By Stephanie Ciccarelli
August 21, 2006
With just over 10 days to go, we've let a few cats out of the bag! Want a sneak peek of Voices.com?
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:
Don't forget to tell all of your friends!
The Voices.com Team
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