Alexa in Canada: Amazon Alexa and Echo Skills, Tips, and Tricks for Canadians
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Teri Fisher, from the Alexa in Canada Blog and VoiceFirst network, reveals all of his top Amazon Alexa skills, strategies, news, power tips and tricks for Canadians. Discover how you can get the most out of Alexa’s voice first service so you can have the time and freedom to make your life more organized, relaxed, stress-free, entertaining, and fun!Although Teri confesses he does not have a complete Smart home, he uses Alexa to help him be more efficient in his daily life. Amazon Echo devices, personal digital assistants, smart home automation, flash briefings, voice recognition, natural language understanding, artificial intelligence (AI), and everything that works (and doesn’t work) to help you better understand how to get Alexa working for you.Alexa in Canada is an independent publication and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Amazon.com, Inc.
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Voice Technology Marketing with Doug Schumacher #23
1 day ago
In this episode, Teri welcomes Doug Schumacher, Co-founder, Content Strategist, and Advertising Creative Director at Zuum, and Writer and Producer of the podcast, Homie & Lexy, to talk about marketing trends in the voice-first technology world.Welcome Doug Schumacher!Doug Schumacher is a marketing guru. He has extensive experience in radio, advertising copy-writing, new media marketing, and is a leader in voice-first technology marketing strategies. He comes on the show today to discuss the future of marketing for voice, and using voice for marketing.We covered a lot of ground in this interview, and below you’ll find a summary of the key take-home messages.How to Market A Voice-First ProductStart by identifying your target audience and the competitive landscapeDetermine your product’s/service’s distinct advantagesConsider creating broad, high-level branding messages on multiple channels (i.e. podcasts, flash briefings, voice skills, etc.)In the new market of voice-first technologies, there are some specific challenges that must be considered:Discoverability – how will your product be discovered?Location – Where will the product/device be located? (i.e. home, mobile, car?)Timing – When is the best time to target your audience? (e.g. when people are in their kitchen in the evening, preparing dinner?)Call to Action – As voice tends to be a linear 1-dimensional experience, without easy access to a website, where will you direct your customers/clients?How to Use Voice First Technology for MarketingStart with a simple voice strategy, a voice experience that is essentially a minimum viable productThe key is to actually take action and enter the voice-first space nowVoice-first marketing offers an opportunity for brands to personalized themselves so clients and customers can engage with the organization in a more intimate wayFlash briefings are prime real estate, equivalent to the front page of googleThe end of flash briefings are excellent “locations” to promote specific skills, making for a more streamlined approach to discoverability.Differences in Voice First Marketing compared to other MediumsVoice-first technology is a very fluid, natural interfaceInvoking a voice app is very simple, and allows for a more streamlined experience (compared to finding a podcast on a phone app, for example)With voice-first technology marketing materials, you are not confined to a specific time slot or time frame (compared to a specified 30 second radio commercial, for example)Social Media and Voice First TechnologyVoice-first technology is the “anti-social” media, as there are NOT a million people talking at once!Currently, it’s not easy to share voice skillsThis will likely change over timeHomie & Lexy Podcast/SkillPractising what he preaches, Doug has created a tremendously funny and entertaining podcast, Homie & Lexy.Homie & Lexy is a podcast that documents the adventures of 2 AI voicebots, Google Home (AKA Homie) and Amazon Alexa (AKA Lexy) residing in the same house. When their owners step out, the voicebots discuss the perplexing human world around them.We are very fortunate to have Lexy making her debut live appearance on this episode of Alexa in Canada! Make sure to listen to her interview and found out what Lexy really thinks about being an AI voicebot!List of resources mentioned in this episode:Doug Schumacher on TwitterDougSchumacher.comHomie & LexyHow to Create a Flash BriefingVoice in Canada: The Flash BriefingTeri Fisher on TwitterAlexa in Canada on TwitterPlease leave a review on iTunesShopping on Amazon.ca