October 15, 2019

No Better Friend and No Worse Enemy for Broadcasters – the Rise of Voice Assistants

Last month I met General Jim Mattis at the LIFT Summit where he told his story of why there is “No Better Friend and No Worse […]
September 4, 2019

Brands in the Age of Voice AI. Is Your Brand Fluent?

All digital interfaces will soon be conversational. Why? Because customers crave convenience and they want to be understood. Conversational AI interfaces give them the ability to […]
April 23, 2019

What Happens After Launching an Alexa Skill and Google Action

A lot of planning goes into designing and building Alexa skills and Google Actions. And, there may be detailed plans about the launch and how to drive initial consumer interest. However, we have seen few people give much thought to what happens next. At XAPP, we believe that Launch is Day One of your voice app lifecycle.
April 16, 2019

6 Reasons Why You Need a Google Action Now

With Amazon maintaining smart speaker market share over 60%, we often have brands and agencies ask us if it’s worth it to also support Google Assistant. The simple answer is yes for six reasons.
April 11, 2019

8 Reasons Why You Need an Alexa Skill Now

Some brands and agencies will tell us they are considering whether now is the right time to launch an Alexa skill. Our experience with clients ranging from the top automakers and consumer brands to retailers and media broadcasters is that having an Alexa skill now is essential to winning in the voice era. Here are eight reasons why brands, media companies, and even government agencies should launch an Alexa skill now.
March 11, 2019

Living with the Duopoly – Managing the Need for Both an Alexa Skill and a Google Action

The emergence of voice assistants has led to both excitement and frustration among brands and media organizations. A recent survey of 500 marketers revealed that 69% […]
September 26, 2018

Voice Landing Pages Bring Alexa and Google Assistant Into Ad Campaigns

More than 50 million U.S. adults are now using smart speakers and double that number are using voice assistants on smartphones. Smart speakers represent the fastest growing technology adoption cycle in history--even faster than smartphone uptake by consumers. This poses a nagging question for brands and agencies: “How should I incorporate voice into my marketing mix?”
August 20, 2018

Alexa and Google Assistant Represent a Content Marketing Opportunity for Brands, But With Deeper Engagement

Smart speakers are showing up everywhere. Voice usage on smartphones is rising. Voice assistants have become an important digital channel with substantial reach seemingly overnight. This has brands thinking about how to best establish a presence in voice, how the new channel will impact their omnichannel strategies and what approach their voice app strategy should take. Voice apps are the skills or actions that brands can build to engage directly with consumers through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
June 28, 2018

Implement Voice SEO on Amazon Alexa with Nameless Invocation

Amazon announced a new feature on May 30th that is designed to improve Alexa skill discovery. Nameless invocation, also known as CanFulfillIntentRequest, enables you to make […]