Create an Alexa Skill for Your Organization with Alexa for Business Blueprints

The below quote comes from the introduction of the Voice Computing Risk Advisory created by the ACT Changing Nature of Risk workgroup.

Alexa Skill Blueprint Landing Page

“The ACT Changing Nature of Risk workgroup feels that Voice Computing, also known as Conversational Computing, is the next major step in user interfaces. It is now changing the way people interact with and use computers.

“The advent of mobile technology added new users and required a redesign of existing processes. Voice Computing will require similar modifications to create voice friendly platforms and services. New services that were not thought of will become common. Probably the most significant new service will be conversational commerce.”

We continue to see the rapid adoption of various smart speaker options, including Amazon Echo/Alexa, Google Home, and Apple HomePod. Based on several recent reports the multiple Amazon Echo/Alexa devices controls about 70% of the market.

Your organization should be experimenting with how to incorporate smart speakers into your marketing and operations. Fortunately, Amazon is making it easy to get started with Alexa for Business Blueprints.

Alexa for Business Blueprints allows a business to publish private skills to their organization within minutes and without writing a single line of code.

LinkedIn Adds Small Business Services Feature

According to LinkedIn, small businesses make up 99.7% of U.S. employer firms, with over 10 million U.S. small business leaders using the LinkedIn platform to help reach and engage their clients.

LinkedIn Open for Business

LinkedIn is a community that can help you grow your business, whether that means acquiring new customers, bringing in exceptional talent, or extending your professional network. LinkedIn recently rolled out a new feature designed to help freelancers and small businesses grow their business.

While word-of-mouth continues to be an excellent way to generate new business, small businesses (like insurance agencies) can and should take advantage of the new, digital word-of-mouth.

The Bezos Letters – 14 Principles to Grow Your Business Like Amazon

For just over ten years I’ve been writing TechTips as a way to share websites, tools, gadgets, books, and basically anything I find that will help you (and your organization) increase revenue or reduce expenses — in other words, I’ve shared with you the best ways I’ve found to grow your business.

Toward that goal (and as many of you know), I have written a new book — The Bezos Letters: 14 Principles to Grow Your Business Like Amazon.

The print book comes out on September 17. My publisher, Morgan James, released the ebook and audiobook early and I’m excited to let you know that as of last Friday, The Bezos Letters debuted on both The Wall Street Journal and USA Today best seller lists.

Quite frankly, I’m a little stunned and extraordinary honored. On top of that, a few weeks ago, Morgan James sold the Foreign Rights (for international translations), and so far, six countries have bought the rights: Korea, Japan, Russia, Taiwan, Indonesia, and India. I have to say we’re super excited and a little stunned!

How to Turn Every Website Article into an Agency Podcast

This issue of TechTips is the last of what has turned out to be a three-part series on how to use the Amazon Polly WordPress plugin to add various types of additional content to your website – automatically.

agency podcast

In Part 1, I showed you how to Automatically Add Audio to Your Website with Amazon Polly.

In Part 2, I showed you how to Automatically Translate A Website Page with Amazon Polly using multiple languages.

In this last part, I will help you understand how you can use the Amazon plugin to automatically add a published article to an agency podcast.