Zeals is transforming how companies do customer service using technology. Their top-rated chat commerce tools are designed to help clients provide digital "Omotenashi", Japan's highly-prized brand of hospitality.
The “Zeals" service lets users purchase and reserve products while talking with an AI chat bot. The goal is simple: to “revolutionize hospitality on the Internet”.
By integrating directly into chat apps like LINE and Facebook, Zeals unlocks digital customer service experiences that were limited to physical stores previously. By allowing customers to converse about their purchase before making it, they’ve been able to increase the purchase rate by about 5 times.
Their service has already been widely adopted in industries like travel, cosmetics and fintech. And they’ve already helped around 400 companies increase their sales.
In Japan, chatbots are still perceived as a tool for automating customer support, but more companies have been using them for marketing and commerce tasks as well (especially overseas).
China’s hyper-popular “Wechat” has over 8 million chatbots in use for marketing purposes, and there’s a “Conversational Commerce” movement happening in the US as well, with a growing number of services using chat bots for marketing. Zeals is the first solution in Japan to offer “purchase through conversation”.
Tackling a billion-dollar e-commerce trend
Zeals is the #1 Japanese conversational commerce solution, driving a 9.6% average conversion rate across over 1.5 million monthly active users. Using AI-powered, human-designed conversation flows in Instagram DMs and LINE chat, Zeals enables brands to build personalized, automated conversations with their consumers and develop a deeper understanding of their preferences while creating a delightful, seamless shopping experience.
The company has big plans: they’re hoping to expand to foreign markets, add voice features. The combination of their “chat commerce” tech and their communication designer expertise unlock a myriad of possibilities for future expansion. Their ultimate goal is to share Japan’s prized “Omotenashi” culture with the world and enable people to forge new connections with one another. They plan to keep developing new products in service to this vision.
To make this technological revolution necessary, Zeals is investing in people. They entrust their members with a high degree of autonomy and believe strongly in the need for a deep understanding of technology. The company raised 1.8 billion yen in funding in April 2021, and they’re planning to use these funds to continue their aggressive investment in both technology and people. They’re hoping to double the size of their engineering team in the next year.
Zeals has a highly unique culture among Japanese companies. They eschew the traditional hierarchical system in favor of a work style that emphasizes what people can do. They proactively give opportunities to those who are capable and motivated, and they’re not concerned with things like working hours or age.
They offer a flat hierarchy with a truly diverse group of members, including people coming from over 18 countries. Their work environment is flexible, allowing members to choose their own hours and work 100% remotely if they wish. They also have a culture that embraces new technologies, so they’ve gathered quite a few tech aficionados.
If this culture of a global, engineering-driven company resonates with you, then Zeals wants you to join their team!
Zeals' policies during COVID-19 are as follows:
- Overseas candidates are welcome to apply — and can even continue working from abroad!
- There are currently no meetings that require your physical presence (especially during COVID-19)
- For anyone who does relocate to Japan during COVID-19, Zeals will cover any costs for quarantining, testing etc.