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Learn how to implement voice first strategy and create world-class voice experiences with VUX World. Every week, we speak to industry thought leaders and practitioners on the three core pillars of voice: strategy, design and development. We share the deep details of how they do what they do, so that you can do what you do, better.
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Facilitating a panel discussion on voice design with Ben Sauer of Babylon Health, Charlie Cadbury of Say it Now, Jen Heap of Vixen Labs, Rozzi Meredith of Voxly and Quirine van Walt Meijer of Microsoft.
Adam Greenwood is the CEO of the human tech agency, Greenwood Campbell. Last year, Adam and his team trialled placing voice assistants in residential homes in the UK to see whether voice assistants can help alleviate loneliness for senior citizens.We discuss the project and the results, as well as get Adam's take on the current state of voice and what he'd like to see in 2020.Presented by the Conversational Academy. Save 10% on the world's no.1 online conversation design course.This episode was broadcast live on LinkedIn. To catch the next live broadcast, join Kane Simms on LinkedIn.LinksAdam Greenwood on LinkedInGreenwood Campbell websiteWatch the Alleviating Loneliness videoGreenwood Campbell on TwitterPodcasts referenced in this episodeAsk Marvee with Heidi CulbertsonHelping Susan with Ruby Steel and Will Merrill
Taken from Kane's talk at the Bots, AI and Voice meet-up in London on 20 November 2019.The meet-up was ran by Roy Murphy of Synthetic. Check out the meet-up page for info on the next meet-up.Connect with me on LinkedIn to watch all future talks live, including the panel discussion on voice design at MUXL2019.
This episode is a bonus episode looking at this week's discussions on LinkedIn. We complain about discoverability and retention, but who's actually doing anything about it? Are you putting the budget required behind getting your apps used and are you utilising the tools available to you to retain users? More importantly, are you creating the right thing for the right person in the first place?Join the discussion next week
Is discoverability of Alexa skills, Google Assistant actions and other voice applications the duty of the platforms i.e. Amazon and Google, or is it the duty of the brand or developer creating them? We discuss this, as well as discoverability challenges within voice applications with Voiceflow co-founder, Braden Ream.LinksSave 10% on the Conversational Academy online conversation design courseTry out VoiceFlowFollow Braden Ream on TwitterJoin the VoiceFlow Facebook community
Jeff Adams was the founding manager of the Alexa speech group; the team that made Alexa listen and talk. Jeff joins us to share the origin story of Alexa: where it come from and how it was created, and why the device was called 'Echo'.Jeff also explains the details behind the three core parts of speech recognition: lexicons, acoustic modelling and language modelling, how the Doppler became the Echo and about his company Cobalt Speech.Linkswww.cobaltspeech.cominfo@cobaltspeech.comhttp://www.cobaltspeech.com/coblog
Kane hosted the MUXL: Voice innovation 2019 Meetup on October 24th 2019 at Amazon HQ, and this is the opening talk. It covers the most recent smart speaker adoption rates for the UK, debates the 'voice first winter' and shares some recent behavioural trends from Code Computer Love.LinksGartner AI hype cycle, July 2019UK Smart speaker adoption stats from Voicebot.aiChinese smart speaker adoption, CanalysCode computer love UK smart speaker usage Survey, October 2019
Communicating address information to voice assistants is hard. Josh Wigmore, Head of Product, joins us to share how What 3 Words are making this possible.Win a ticket to All About Voice 2019All About Voice is the biggest and best voice conference in Europe. It's in Muchich on October 11th and feature talks from Amazon, Google and plenty more. Plus, yours truly is hosting the event.Win a free ticket by sending a tweet using #aav19 and tell us your best voice experience of 2019.In this episodeJosh Wigmore, Head of Product at What 3 Words joins us to share the challenges of addresses in voice, how What 3 Words are helping, how you can use What 3 Words in your voice apps and what the big tech providers need to do to allow accurate address communication.LinksVisit What 3 WordsWhat 3 Words for developerTry the What 3 Words Alexa skillFollow What 3 Words on TwitterConnect with Josh on LinkedIn
Proposing a new term for the voice first industry to consider: VTA - Voice-to-Action. It's the same as a call to action, only it's exclusive to voice first platforms and interfaces and relies on the call to action and the response being given and responded to on the voice first interface.In this video, we walk through a definition of VTA, as well as provide some examples of where Voice-to-Action is being used. We also walk through some of the other terms that have been created as the voice first industry blossoms as well as see how other industries evolved their own kind of language.For the full write up and all of the reference points and links, visit the show notes page: https://vux.world/voice-to-actionTo leave a comment or send us your questions to be answered on the podcast, visit https://vux.world/ask
Claire Medcalf, Lead Creative at Rehab Agency, joins us to share her learnings on moving from a copywriter to a conversation designer and how you can do the same.Presented by BotmockBotMock is a purpose-built conversational design tool that'll have you rapidly prototyping and testing in no time.Check it out for freeBecome an expert conversation designer with the...The Conversational Academy is THE course that'll teach you the ins and outs of conversation design. Prepare yourself for the UX role of the future and enrol on the course today.VUX World listeners will save $100 when you enrol at conversationalacademy.com.In this episodeThis week, Dustin and Kane catch up with Cannes Lions Gold-Winning Creative Lead, Claire Medcalf and discuss how she went from copywriter to conversational designer.We chat about the similarities and differences between the two, Claire's learnings in designing conversations, where the role will go in future and how you can become a conversation designer.As adoption of voice user interfaces become more prevalent, so too will the role of Conversational Designer. This episode will give you a glimpse into the life of a conversational designer and help you establish your own path to doing the same.LinksVisit the Rehab websiteFollow Claire on TwitterConnect with Claire on LinkedIn
It's our job

It's our job

2019-09-1100:16:32

Is it down to Amazon to help you get your Alexa Skill discovered? Is it up to Google to send Google Assistant traffic your way? Or is it up to you, the developer or brand, to promote your wares and drive traffic yourself?Discoverability is widely touted as one of the key challenges in the rise of voice adoption and usage. But what if it's actually something else?What if, the key to unlocking the VUI is psychological? What if it's about changing our habitual usage of our phone? And, if so, is that the job of the big tech companies? Or are we all partly responsible?
Mindsay CEO, Guillaume Laporte joins us to share how you can use conversational AI to improve and scale your customer care and support.Win free tickets to All About Voice 2019All About Voice is Europe's biggest and best voice event, and the team at 169 Labs are offering two free tickets to VUX World listeners!To be in with a chance of winning one of two free tickets to the event in Munich on October 11th, all you need to do is:Send a tweet using #AAV19 and tell us your favourite voice experience of 2019 so far.Winners will be announced on next week's show!In this episodeWe dig deep into how conversational AI is helping some of Europe's biggest airlines scale their customer care operations, and give you some food for thought as to how you could do the same for your industry or clients.Guillaume also shares with us some of the best surfaces to implement conversational AI, as well as some of the most successful use cases to focus on and where you should start when thinking of introducing conversational AI for the first time.We discuss the differences between customer care and customer support and the future of the two in a voice-first world.LinksMindsay websiteMindsay on LinkedINMindsay on TwitterEmail Guillaume
Mike Page, CEO and Co-founder Phebi, joins us to discuss voicifying the web and collapsing the path to purchase.Presented by BotmockIf you're using things like Lucid Charts and Microsoft Visio to design your conversational experiences in, you should check out BotMock. Those tools are business process mapping tools, are limited and will disrupt your rapid prototyping capability. BotMock is a purpose-built conversational design tool that'll have you rapidly prototyping and testing in no time.Check it out for freeIn this episodeIt would be easy to read the headlines and think that voice is all about smart speakers. It'd be easy to think that it's all about 'big tech', and the big two in particular: Amazon and Google.However, voice is an interface and, as we've spoken about many times on the podcast, we'll see voice increasingly appear on every surface.Helping to bring voice into other mediums is Mike Page and his company, Phebi. It allows eCommerce websites to add vCommerce capabilities and is pushing forward the charge to bring voice interfaces to the web.In this episode, we discuss how you can add voice capability to your website, user adoption, client and business awareness, the voicified web and much, much more.LinksVisit getphebi.comConnect with Mike on LinkedInFollow Phebi on LinkedInEmail Mike
Dustin and Kane speak with Charles Dawes and Patrick Byrden of TiVo about how they're helping users discover content through the power of voice, and the future of TV.Presented byIf you're using things like Lucid Charts and Microsoft Visio to design your conversational experiences in, you should check out BotMock. Those tools are business process mapping tools, are limited and will disrupt your rapid prototyping capability. BotMockis a purpose-built conversational design tool that'll have you rapidly prototyping and testing in no time.Check it out for freeIn this episodeWhen sitting down to watch TV, 60-80% of the time, people know what they want to watch. The problem is finding that thing. Knowing where to look, what channel to check, which on demand platform to search.Finding content on TV is hard.And what about the 20-40% of people who have no clue what to watch? How do they find something relevant? We've all been down that rabbit hole of skipping through film after film, trailer after trailer on Sky or Netflix, only to get tired and give up in the end.These are the problems TiVo are seeking to solve with its voice technology solution.For those of you in the US, TiVo will be a household name. A verb. And, for those in Europe and beyond, chances are, you've heard of TiVo. What you might not know, is that TiVo power the voice capability for Samsung TVs, Sky Q, Virgin and more. So even if you haven't interacted with the customer facing set top boxes, you may well have used its voice solution.In this episode, we speak to Charles Dawes, Sr Director, International Marketing, and Patrick Bryden, Sr Director, Customer Solutions about how TiVo are fixing the broken content discovery model through the use of voice.We discuss the TV landscape and the problems they seek to solve, usage of the solution and how they measure success, the technology used and architecture, personalisation and recommendations, maintenance and constant improvements, and whether the remote control is a thing of the past.LinksFollow TiVo for Business on TwitterVisit the TiVo for Business websiteConnect with Charles on LinkedInConnect with Patrick on LinkedIn
This week, Dustin and Kane chat with Nico Acosta, Director of Product and Engineering at Twilio, about how companies are approaching multi-channel conversational strategies.Presented byIf you're using things like Lucid Charts and Microsoft Visio to design your conversational experiences in, you should check out BotMock. Those tools are business process mapping tools, are limited and will disrupt your rapid prototyping capability. BotMock is a purpose-built conversational design tool that'll have you rapidly prototyping and testing in no time.Check it out for freeIn this episodeWe chat to Nico Acosta about how he's observing companies approach their conversational strategy using Twilio's Autopilot platform. This builds on the episode with Elaine Lee where we spoke about Autopilot from a design perspective. This time, we're zooming out and looking at how Autopilot can fuel your whole conversational strategy across all channels.Nico has a fresh perspective on technology architecture, building on conversations we've had with Matt Hartman and Charlie Cadbury and providing detail on how to actually build once and deploy across all conversational channels, including voice assistants, chat bots and phone lines.We discuss some of the parallels and similarities between IVR design and development compared to voice assistant creation, and how the IVR, voice assistant and chatbot industries are converging.Nico also shares some insights into the kind of use cases that are working well, including a chat bot that automatically generates a website for a small business based on a short conversation. Nico also shares his dream application of Twilio Autopilot, which is all about obliterating being put 'on hold' when calling a company.LinksFollow Nico on TwitterCheck out AutopilotBecome an expert conversation designerThe Conversational Academy is a fantastic online course that'll teach you the ins and outs of conversation design. Prepare yourself for the UX role of the future and enrol on the course today. VUX World listeners will save $100 when you enrol at conversationalacademy.com.
In this episode, we discuss the Siri announcements from WWDC19, the Alexa announcements from reMARS and the Future of Voice Commerce report.WWDC AnnouncementsAlexa ConversationsAlexa Cross-Skill ScenariosThe Future of Voice Commerce report
After being published in the Harvard Business Review with the article, How voice could change the way we shop, Kane gives a high level overview of the piece in a presentation to those who attended the General Assembly event, Voice Commerce: the future of shopping?
What we discuss in this episodeMeet the expert: voice search and discovery with Dustin Coates:LondonSan FranciscoSeattleGoogle Assistant:What's new with Google Assistant? Announcements from I/O19Google Assistant passes 1m actionsAbout the interactive canvasHow to templates for Google AssistantSchema mark up for how to tutorialsSchema mark up for FAQsApp actions for Google AssistantGoogle Assistant for smart homeMini appsGoogle Pixel 3a and 3aXLEverything elseMicrosoft's voice report 2019Delete Alexa recordingsEcho Show 5Become an expert conversation designerThe Conversational Academy is a fantastic online course that'll teach you the ins and outs of conversation design. Prepare yourself for the UX role of the future and enrol on the course today. VUX World listeners will save $100 when you enrol at conversationalacademy.com.
We're honoured to be joined by Amazon Alexa Chief Evangelist, Dave Isbitski, to discuss the conversations that he's having at C-Suite level about how brands should be approaching voice and where it's all heading.Become an expert conversation designerThe Conversational Academy is a fantastic online course that'll teach you the ins and outs of conversation design. Prepare yourself for the UX role of the future and enrol on the course today. VUX World listeners will save $100 when you enrol at conversationalacademy.com.In this episodeDave Isbitski is the Chief Evangelist at Amazon Alexa and spends his days touring the world speaking and educating brands on why they should be adopting a voice strategy and how they can do it.We chat to Dave about what he's observing at Chief Exec level within brands across different industries and how he's advising brands to approach voice. We also look at the bigger picture, where voice is heading and what brands can do today to put themselves in prime position tomorrow.This is a key episode for digital and innovation leaders and C-Suite execs as you'll hear first hand from Amazon on how you should be thinking about and approaching voice in your company. From visioning and scene setting to resourcing, planning and scaling. You'll also hear about the opportunities that are waiting for you once you start down this path.It's also an important episode for anyone working at agency level, as you'll see some of the techniques Dave uses to sell voice to big companies and understand where the technology and user behaviour is heading.We dive into details on:Voice in the enterpriseShort and long term roadmap planningThe similarities between voice now and mobile thenHow to get users to discover your skillsConversation designRelationship buildingThe future of voice and how to plan for itLots of you sent your questions in for us to ask Dave, which we do at the end and Dave shares plenty of tips for designers, developers, agencies and creators in this space.Thanks to everyone who sent their questions in, it was a great way to end the show.LinksDave's details: thedavedev.comDave Isbitski on TwitterVote and propose Alexa features: alexa.uservoice.comDave's podcast: alexadevchat.comRecent podcast appearancesHear Dave discuss the evolution of Alexa on VoicebotAbout Dave, his role and Alexa in Canada on Alexa in CanadaDave on what's changed in voice on Voice Summit
This week, we're finding out how Ruby Steel and Will Merrill made Alexa more accessible for Susan as part of BBC 2's Big Life Fix.Become an expert conversation designerThe Conversational Academy is a fantastic online course that'll teach you the ins and outs of conversation design. Prepare yourself for the UX role of the future and enrol on the course today. VUX World listeners will save $100 when you enrol at conversationalacademy.com.In this episodeVoice first devices such as smart speakers are often touted as accessible. That's one of the main reasons voice assistants are forecast to grow in adoption and usage over the next 5 years. Voice is the new interface.Whether you're a child, an elderly person or if you have a disability of some kind, voice is here to enable to you interact with technology and connect with those around you.However, as you'll find out in this episode, there are some fundamental accessibility problems with smart speakers. Having to download the app in order to onboard, for example. Even the design of smart speakers themselves can be intimidating for some.As part of the BBC 2 Big Life Fix in the UK, Ruby Steel and Will Merrill of Smart Design Worldwide looked to address these problems for Susan.Susan has MS and requires round the clock care. Even things like changing the TV channel are a challenge for Susan and Smart Design Worldwide looked to change that.Through creating a custom build, 3D printed casing in the shape of an owl, this 'accessibility jacket' made Alexa less intimidating. Inside, were two Echos. One for Susan to address, and that one talked to the other. Why? You'll find out in today's episode.There are also plenty of insights into how to make your voice experiences more accessible. Some of which, like the use of small nested menus, go against the grain of current VUI design thinking.Prepare to be inspired and challenged.Linkshttps://smartdesignworldwide.comSmart Design Worldwide on TwitterSmart Design Worldwide on MediumRuby Steel in Big Life Fix
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