How to connect your chatbot to Stripe?
What is Stripe? And what is a Stripe chatbot?
Stripe enables businesses to process payment within their website. Your client can pay for their product or subscription via their credit and debit card and the fund will be deposited into your business bank account.
Moreover, with Stripe you can even accept payment via mobile wallet and more. Stripe can process many currency and it is truly a vital asset to any business, small or big.
A Stripe Chatbot is just a chatbot connected to Stripe! It enables your client to make paiement directly within the conversation. This create a frictionless experience and your clients don’t have to change windows to make their purchase.
How does Stripe work?
Stripe make it easy for business to process their payment so they can concentrate on their core product.
For the client side, here how it works:
- The client provide their credit card information for the payment
- Stripe receive the information and encrypt it
- The payment in processed by Stripe's payment gateway
- The bank check whether the fund are available or not
- A response is send to the client to tell them if the payment have been processed or not
The fund stays in your Stripe account until you transfer it to your bank account. You can schedule the fund transfer whenever you like or recurrently, such as every week or month.
Stripe takes a small fee for each transaction, those fees vary by transaction type and other parameters.
Stripe Chatbot Tutorial
First, you should create a Stripe account and set it up completely. Then, follow the steps bellow to connect your chatbot to Stripe.
To activate, you must follow these few steps :
Connect Stripe to your Chatbot
Connect your Stripe Account by going to the :
- Settings > Integrations > Connect with Stripe
Follow the process. When it is done, 5 bots variables (identical throughout all conversations) are created. We will need them later.
Create your bubble and conversation flow
Build your chatbot then create your Stripe bubble. When you need to collect payment in your conversation flow, you can insert a Stripe Bubble.
You can now change the information necessary (amount requested, wording...).
If the connection worked well, you should have the variable “ideta_stripe_publishable_key” available in the form.
Let test your Stripe Chatbot
Go to testing area and follow the process a client will do. Go until your Stripe bubble is displayed.
Now, we need to work on what happens once the credit card is entered.
Process the payment
Go to the data manager and create a conversation object variable (different for every user and therefore different credit cards) “ideta_stripeCustomer” with these properties :
This object will be filled in automatically once the credit card is validated.
Now click on "see more" and add a background action :
Enter the following information :
Now, you need to do three things :
Encode the “ideta_stripe_access_token” variable in base 64 :
Then, you must create the payment intent :
and catch it :
If everything works well, send a success message. If not, use the fallback bubbles in the next steps of every API call to prompt the user what to do.
That's it ! You can now collect a credit card and collect a payment. They will both appear in your Stripe Dashboard. Enjoy !
If you encounter any trouble while building your Stripe Chatbot, just send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or chat with us in our support chatbot at the bottom right corner of your screen!