By Stephanie Ciccarelli
June 11, 2008
We're pleased to announce the launch of the Voices.com Developer Program and Web Services API.
Software developers will be able to build more sophisticated applications around Voices.com™s services and content.
We're confident that you'll see a massive increase in activity at Voices.com and you'll also see an increase in work opportunities as well as the diversity of voice over requests.
What's an API?
Wikipedia defines an API (Application Programming Interface) as the source code interface that a web service (Voices.com) provides to support requests made by third-parties.
How It Works
The Voices.com API will let developers write applications that can be used to send data, such a search query or job posting details. People will be able to use their favorite web browser to access Voices.com from another website, such as an advertising network, podcast portal or voice talent agency.
Then, Voices.com will return a search result, or if a job was posted, the client would receive auditions. If a SurePay payment is initiated, the client will receive finished digital audio back into their applications.
The API will allow people to use other websites to remotely log in to their client accounts, search for voice over talent, post jobs, and send payment online without ever having to visit the Voices.com website.
Examples of Successful APIs
The Yahoo! Shopping APIs enable you to use Yahoo! comparison shopping data to power your site or application. Using Yahoo! APIs, you can search our database of millions of product offers from thousands of merchants to create applications that provide comparison shopping and product search functionality, as well as display user reviews.
Examples of Applications
• Radio stations receive a lot of telephone calls for everything from music requests, contest entries and people looking to contribute on talk shows.
The Application: On Hold Advertising Network
Radio stations can now monetize the hold-time by charging advertisers to have their ad inserted into their telephone system. The result? You call the local radio station to enter a contest and you hear a 10 second ad for the contests sponsor. Ads are procured with Voices.com voice talent and updated with each new contest.
• There are twice as many mobile phones as personal computers. Each mobile phone is personal, and what better way to personalize your phone than with a customized voicemail greeting.
The Application: iPhone Voicemail Greetings
Technology enthusiasts could built a simply iPhone application that allows people choose from a directory of pre-recorded iPhone voicemail greetings. Alternatively, customers could search for a professional voice over talent to a record personalized greeting for their phone.
News & Media Websites
• Localized news, weather and sports are updated on a daily basis. As the world becomes increasingly more mobile, this content should be accessible from any mobile device.
The application: An Audio News Network
Audio content is recorded, then delivered to people who subscribe to the service, making getting the latest news easy to download to your mobile phone or iPod.
• You call the airline to check your flight time and you hear a 10 second ad for 5000 frequent flyer points when you're approved for an American Express credit card.
The application: Airline Audio Updates
Flight schedules, travel tips and other helpful information are delivered to mobile phones. The service is free for travelers, and supported by the 10 second ads which are also procured at Voices.com.
Access, Authentication & Security
Voices.com will have real-time view of who is using our web service - while simultaneously guarding against misuse. We will issue developer security keys and grant privileges only to trusted developers.
Protecting your privacy and the confidentiality of your personal information is fundamental to the way we conduct business at Voices.com. To us, providing you with the best customer service includes handling your personal information with great care and respect.
Our success depends on the developer community. That™s why a Developer Portal has been launched with a comprehensive set of developer and community tools. Developers can annotate documentation with comments. A developers™ blog, wiki are moderated and managed by our team.
What Do You Think of This New Program?
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Stephanie and David