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Exclusive Preview of Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

August 21, 2006

Comments (12)

With just over 10 days to go, we've let a few cats out of the bag! Want a sneak peek of Voices.com?

Hi there,

We've been working hard throughout the summer and have been listening to all of your ideas, aiding us in our mission to make Voices.com the absolute best place that it can be for you.

Here's a glimpse of what you can expect at the new Voices.com website.

Account & Settings - Preferences, Statistics and Account Description, Type and Renewal date all one click away. Preferences have been simplified and now govern your complete experience from the email notifications you receive to the types of jobs you see.

Search - The search engine has been improved to index all the text of your web page. The search results include a Flash player, so your MP3 demos will load quickly and play back in high-quality, 128 kbps.

Navigation - Whenever you hover over a link, the entire word lights up, making it easier to tell that the highlighted word will take you to a new page. You may have already noticed this in place on the Vox Daily blog.

Your Web Page
- Union status has been standardized which now allows you to check the box beside the appropriate item.

The recording studio area on your web page is divided into four distinct areas, where you can type descriptions for your microphone, computer software, special equipment, delivery method and turn around time. Having a complete recording studio description lets prospective clients know that you are fully capable to record, edit, mix and master their audio project to perfection.

Studio - After much debate, and various layouts, the Studio is still a central focus for many voice talents. Uploading, editing and deleting files is a day-to-day activity, so we've decided to keep the 'Studio' tab, as opposed to merging it with the Profile. You can now select the category of demo which will improve the search results and inform clients of the style of work they'll be hearing - before clicking the play button.

Audition Preview - The online audition screen now includes a preview button, so you can see exactly how the clients will see your audition. Preview the MP3 file you've included with your audition. A PayPal button is automatically created, so if the client wants to move ahead with payment, they can do so easily. Text formatting includes spaces and line breaks, plus you can 'attach' your signature, saving you from retyping your contact information with each audition.

People - An new area for clients that allows them to invite their colleagues and team members to listen to, review and rate voice talent that respond to their job postings. People also includes their 'Favorites'.

Ratings & Reviews - The feedback system has also been simplified in order to help you better gage what clients think of your work. A simple 5-star rating is located in the search results and in your auditions.

PayPal - PayPal buttons on your web page now allow the client to input any amount. This means, that there's no need to login and change the value of your PayPal button to specific amounts. Clients send money to you directly, for the agreed upon amount.

Help - There are four ways to have your questions answered, all organized under the 'Help' tab. You can browse the FAQ's and read solutions then print those you may want to reference again in the future. Live Chat is a great option when you are navigating the website. Alternatively, you can send us an email using the online forms. Finally, call us toll-free, Monday to Friday and we'll be happy to give you a hand.

Here's a snapshot of the new Voices.com My Account page:

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Don't forget to tell all of your friends!

Cheers,

The Voices.com Team


Comments


    Do we as members have to do anything like rejoin or change "favorites?" Or will the whole changeover be automatic to voices.com?

    Just hadn't heard this addressed so I thought I'd ask.

    Thanks, I think it's going to be great!!!

    Posted by:

      Just wanted to say how pleased I am to see the continued improvement for Voices.com, (What did ya have to pay to get THAT? - I tried a long time ago)

      Re-upped for another year because I believe in what David & Stephanie are trying to do to make this the best service.

      Now...if I can just get some more responses from those elusive clients...

      Posted by:

        Hi,

        Steve: The switchover will be automatic. Hooray!

        Johnny: Thank you for your support and I trust we at Voices.com can help you out regarding voice-over work.

        I want to take the time to thank everyone who submitted ideas and their vision for the Voices.com website. We're almost there!

        Cheers,

        Stephanie

        Posted by:

          "Standard", as in "Industry Standard", is something that any company offering services such as a gathering place for clients looking for talent and talent looking for work should aspire to.

          "Voices" is on the verge of becoming the Industry Standard in our business. The "Cattle Call" sites are fast becoming a thing of the past because not everyone with an inexpensive PC or MAC and the chat mic it came with is a "voice talent" regardless of how fast modern communications get. "Voice talent" in 2006 may indeed be "in the ears of the client" but "producing quality work" will remain a professional task. Voices.com is making it easier for the professional to make an even better presentation.

          Thank you "Voices.com" for provided the "others" a lofty goal to aim for.

          Ken
          KJVP

          Posted by:

            Stephanie,

            It's wonderful to see all of these improvements taking shape and fun to know that many of them from our suggestions.

            The very best to you, Dave and the whole team there at Voices.com.

            Be well,
            Bob

            Posted by:

              Stephanie and David,

              Congratulations on your new site name and content. I know you've been working hard to make your site the best in the business, and I'm glad to be associated with your company.

              I wish you much success!

              Posted by:

                Great news! Will clients continue to received our proposals as one big text smush, or will line breaks and formatting be preserved?

                Thanks,
                Amy

                Posted by:
                • Amy
                • August 22, 2006 9:00 AM

                  Amy,

                  Break lines and formatting in proposals will be preserved.

                  Thanks,

                  Stephanie

                  Posted by:

                    After a couple years on voice123 and Voices.com (formerly Interactive), there is no comparison.

                    I will not renew on 123.

                    Thanks to David and Stephanie for their tireless striving to be a true "Premier" site and resource. I'm looking forward to the next year or 2 as the dust begins to settle on this aspect of the business and seeing the winners (like voices.com) emerge the victors.

                    Thanks for inviting me to the party.

                    Here's to outrageous success to us all.

                    dc

                    Posted by:

                      These are all great advances.

                      Glad that I will be able to do one last check of my audio before I send it. I am really excited about the **** feedback system - that should be a excellent tool to learn from.

                      Interactive Voices was my favorite site, however, now with the improvements it will be even better.

                      Now if we could just get all the talent to use your Rate Sheet as a bottom line bid - we would all be better off.

                      Well done and thank you for all your efforts.

                      Best wishes.

                      Posted by:

                        Thanks for the update Steph and David!

                        I can't wait for the official launch of Voices.com. I reupped for another year and hope to be as successful in my VO venture as you are with Voices.com.

                        It's great to be here and thanks for all the superb and hard work making this THE place to be for voiceovers (talents and seekers).

                        All the best!

                        Posted by:

                          Thanks for making PayPal a flexible amount!

                          Audition preview sounds like a plus. I am definitely getting smoother and faster at this and appreciate these comment emails and your updating my Profile with edits and suggestions for success.

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