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.
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.
Today, XAPP’s newest partner, SurferNETWORK announced our collaboration to bring even more radio stations and podcasters to Amazon Alexa and other voice assistants. We are excited to be working with the SurferNETWORK team because of their 19-years of experience bringing radio, sports teams, independent artists and labels, and more the ability to distribute their content on mobile and web.
XAPPmedia CEO Pat Higbie was recently the featured guest on The Voicebot Podcast with Bret Kinsella. During the episode, the pair discuss how voice technology has throughout Higbie’s decade long career in the field, from the introduction of Siri to the launch of Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa.
XAPP announced Voice Radio™ just last Wednesday as a fast and affordable way for radio stations to get their live stream on Amazon Alexa. Within a couple of hours we had our first customer go through the process. The Christian radio station 88.3 The Journey became the first to use Voice Radio after our public release and four days later was live on Alexa.
XAPPmedia pioneered voice interactive ad monetization for radio on mobile and is now working with VoiceLabs to bring that same value to radio stations with Alexa skills. Radio stations can offer their listeners an ad-free experience or they can take advantage of XAPP Ads on Alexa and develop a new source of revenue.
In recent interviews, I have said many times that Amazon Echo is bringing radio back into the home. Over 10 million homes have introduced Amazon Echo and Google Home into their kitchens and living rooms. Another 20 million are expected to add these devices in 2017. Gartner estimates that 75% of U.S. households will have a smart speaker by 2020 according to Inside Radio.
Last week, Voicebot covered the launch of Federated Media’s B100 Amazon Alexa skill developed by XAPPmedia. The article discusses how the skill is different from others currently offered by radio stations because it is offers more than just a live simulcast or Flash Briefing.