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  • ALEXA SKILLS DEVELOPERS

    We are a digital agency that builds Alexa Skills, voice applications built on top of Amazon’s Alexa, allowing businesses to be more efficient and effective at both reaching new audiences and serving current stakeholders.

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Why Businesses Need Alexa Skills

THE PROOF IS IN THE DATA.

  • This is the next way to get your audience’s attention.

    In January 2019 there were more than 50 million smart speaker users in the world, increasing 15% each month. During 2018, 22% of Americans had smart assistants in their home, up from less than 1% in 2017. 

  • Increase Your Revenue

    In 2018, businesses reporting at 43% increase in revenue nine months after launching an Alexa-enabled product and a 53% boost on average almost immediately after incorporating an Alexa Skill into their current product.

  • Increase Productivity In The Workplace

    54% of professionals surveyed by business.com say they’d use Alexa in the workplace to increase productivity.

  • Own Market Share In An Emerging Technology

    As of January 2019, Amazon Alexa makes up 62% of the Smart Speaker Market, with Google Home at 24%.

SAVE TIME. REDUCE FRICTION. DIFFERENTIATE YOUR BUSINESS.

WHAT DIFFERENT TYPES OF ALEXA SKILLS ARE THERE FOR BUSINESS?

MARKETING & RETENTION

Alexa Skills are the new websites. For several years, the data has been telling us that users are adopting voice speakers and Alexa-enabled devices in their cars. 

This means it’s only a matter of time before they expect to be able to hear a voice-enabled version of your company’s website on Alexa.

The slideshow below walks you through an example of a simple Alexa Skill we can build for your business at a low fee to get your business into the Amazon Alexa Skills Store where users can find you and interact with your business.

And keep in mind, unlike traditional websites, these Alexa Skills allow you to research, learn, interact and take action while multitasking, in meetings, on the go, while working out, walking the dog, feeding the family or even safely driving.

VOICE BASED WEBSITES

ALEXA SKILLS ARE THE NEW WEBSITES

LET US BUILD YOU A VOICE BASED VERSION OF YOUR WEBSITE

THIS DIFFERENTIATES YOUR BUSINESS.

ALEXA SKILLS ARE THE NEW WEBSITES

LISTEN TO AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

CLICK BELOW TO HEAR WHAT YOUR VOICE BASED WEBSITE CAN SOUND LIKE.

ALEXA SKILLS ARE THE NEW WEBSITES

Paul Hickey’s Full Presentation From Nashville Voice Conference

CUSTOM ALEXA SKILLS

Voice Enable Any Software Application or Database

Okay, let’s say you’re a small veterinary practice, or family physician, with a small staff of vet techs / radiologists and office admin staff.

Every precious second counts. Instead of logging into a web based dashboard to reorder your customers prescriptions for them, you can walk past a room and say “Alexa, open Taylors Pharmacy and reorder X for Fluffy (or Mrs. Johnson).”

That order then happened, because it was integrated with your account. While saving time in the moment, you also had peace of mind later when you checked your email and saw a confirmation of the order.

This, friends, is what a custom Alexa Skill can do for your business.

Don’t resonate with that Scenario? Okay, how about this one…

You’re a sales rep that drives a lot. As soon as you get off the road, you have to pick up kids from daycare and get dinner going for the family, but you have expense reports to do from all of your traveling.

On your way, while driving, you can say “Alexa, open our company intranet and read me the travel reimbursement policy.”

That is another example of a custom Alexa Skill and what it can do for your business.

Still not getting it? Okay, stay with us…

You’re in HR, and you’re finding it’s hard to get all of the employees to complete the required training documents. 

You implement a custom Alexa Skill that links with each employee’s account. They can Ask Alexa for progress updates, and actually bring up where they have last left off or saved their progress. They can even ask Alexa to read them the next question, give Alexa back their answer, and save their progress on their voice-device or smart speaker (Echo).

When they log back in at the office on their computer, they see that sure enough, the questions they completed while driving or waiting in the lobby at their hair appointment actually saved and they are that much closer to completion.

On the other end, you as the HR person, can Ask Alexa “how many people have completed the training?” and “which employees still haven’t completed the training?”

As you can tell, there are endless possibilities of how to implement a custom Alexa Skill for your business. Our example is Ask Data Driven Design, which allows all of our clients to simply Ask Alexa how their web traffic is doing. You can demo this right here by listening or watching how it works.

OUR BLOGS ON ALEXA SKILLS

How To Build Multimodal Voice Apps Using Alexa Presentation Language – Data Driven Daily Tip 339

How To Set Up An Amazon Alexa Developer Account – Data Driven Daily Tip 337

Why Voice Makes Sense For Start Ups and Entrepreneurs

How An Alexa Skill Increases User Engagement

What Do All Start Ups Need To Survive?

How To Integrate Your Mobile App With Your Alexa Skill With The CEO of CARROT Wellness

Why The Next Generation Will Expect Businesses To Have Alexa Skills

How to Publish a Google Action Using VoiceFlow: Data Driven Daily Tip 323

Data Driven Daily Tip 322: How To Set Up Alexa For Business

Podcast Episode 225: Data Driven Daily Tip 315 – The Data Around Voice

ALEXA FOR BUSINESS

Private Skills With More Functionality, That Only Members of Your Organization Can Access.

What is Alexa For Business? It’s not a phrase I’m using to try to encourage businesses to use Alexa, it’s an actual service offering from Amazon. Similarly to the way that IT departments have managed company-issued computers and mobile devices, organizations can now distribute and manage company-issued Alexa-enabled devices as well as create Private Alexa Skills.

This video walks you through how to set up Alexa For Business for your organization.

Things you need:

1. An AWS (Amazon Web Services) account
2. That’s it.
3. If you want to deploy, manage Private Alexa Skills, you’ll also need an Alexa Developer Account.

Things you can do with Alexa For Business include:

1. Manage Meeting Rooms
2. Have Alexa enabled devices on your desk
3. Ask private skills to read you information from the company intranet, conduct voice-enabled new employee trainings or sales trainings, or even just ask when a meeting room is available or “what building does Sally work in?”

Alexa for Business is all about making your organization more efficient and effective.

OUR BLOGS ON ALEXA FOR BUSINESS

Podcast Episode 233: Data Driven Daily Tip 322: How To Set Up Alexa For Business

Data Driven Daily Tip 322: How To Set Up Alexa For Business

Podcast Episode 174: What Exactly Is Alexa For Business?

Podcast Episode 168: Interview With Amazon Alexa Chief Evangelist Dave Isbitski

What Kind of Alexa Skill Makes Sense For Your Business?

What Is Alexa For Business?

Can An Alexa Skill Be A Business?

What Is An Alexa Blueprint? How To Make Your Own Alexa Skill

Interview With Amazon Alexa Chief Evangelist Dave Isbitski

Top Five Ways Businesses Are Using Alexa Skills: Data Driven Daily Tip 270

BASIC ALEXA SKILL PACKAGE

Voice-Based Website

  • We take the content from your website, and we turn it into a conversational alexa skill that engages your audience

  • Gives You A Presence On The Amazon Alexa Skill Store To Increase Awareness And Engagement

DIG DEEPER INTO OUR CUSTOM SOFTWARE SERVICES

ALEXA SKILLS, GOOGLE ACTIONS, MOBILE APPS

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    Supporting Small Businesses & Mid-Size Company Marketers

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We’re always going to be training small business owners and marketers on how to improve their digital presence and become more self sufficient. Click below to learn more about upcoming events, and register now!

VOICE APPS FOR BUSINESS

A Nashville Technology Council Tech Talk
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Tech Hill Commons, Nashville, TN
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The data has spoken. Nearly 200 million people are getting their information from voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant, and it’s time businesses built a presence on top of these platforms and started using voice-based apps to streamline their marketing and operations, and increase efficiency and effectiveness. Whether delivering a voice-based version of your company’s website so your audience can interact while walking the dog, an interactive extension of your company’s intranet that employees can check in on while waiting in line at the store, or a training for your sales force that they can take while driving, the possibilities are endless.

Paul Hickey, CEO of Data Driven Design, a Nashville-based digital agency that builds Multimodal Voice Apps for Alexa and Google Assistant, as well as Websites and Custom Software, will walk attendees through how to design, develop and deploy voice-based apps for all Alexa and Google Assistant devices, including those with screens like the Echo Show and Google Hub.

It’s time to integrate voice into your business strategy, and save time, reduce friction, and meet your audience where they are.

(OUR BLOG)

THE PROOF IS IN THE DATA.

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