By Stephanie Ciccarelli
August 24, 2008
You've likely heard me say before that your profile at Voices.com is your online storefront.
What if I were to say it's that and could be much, much more?
Find out what's cooking at Voices.com.
A couple of weeks ago we posted an open invitation for people to be part of the focus group for the Voices.com redesign.
The focus group was absolutely dynamite, and we're very excited about the ideas and encouragement presented to us as we keep the wheels of progress moving full steam ahead for the voice over industry.
Since the initial round of review, a number of great suggestions have been implemented and today I'm going to share one of the new features that will accompany the re-branded, re-programmed Voices.com website this fall.
This is an idea we chatted about with the community before, but we've taken it to a completely different level and are pleased to announce that very soon every registered voice talent user of Voices.com will be able to sell their own products and set their own prices for those products.
When we first discussed this concept, it was to be for Premium members only at set prices, but after some careful reconsideration and wisdom that the passage of time permits, the decision to open this revolutionary service up to all voice talent and give you the ability to set your own prices was made to serve as many people as possible and rejuvenate the entire marketplace for both buyers and sellers of voice over services.
Products are bundled voice-over services that make it easy for a client to simply hire you, and conveniently by-pass the audition process.
When you create a product, the experience will be similar to uploading a voice-over demo.
Each product will have:
- product title
- product description
- product category
- product language
- product price
- product demo (a sample audio file that exactly represents what the client can expect to receive after they make their deposit)
Here's an example:
Title: Small Business Package
Description: Script writing, voice-over recording, editing, mixing and delivery as an MP3 or WAV file.
Just as we review the job postings for spelling, accuracy and content, we'll be reviewing all products before they are included in the store.
Now, you may be wondering, where will the products be sold?
As a member of Voices.com, you'll have a section of your profile dedicated to selling products through your store.
In your store, clients can browse all your available products and purchase the ones that will help them complete their audio production by clicking "Add to Cart".
Should you choose not to have any products, the Store will simply not appear.
Naturally, we'll showcase all the products in the Voices.com Store, a central starting point where clients can explore and listen to the professionals on the site.
When the client is ready to complete their purchase, they can simply "Check Out", an e-commerce process that's familiar to anyone who has purchased online.
As part of the check-out process, the client will attach their script for you to record. The script along with notification of payment is sent to you, so you can start the recording.
Take a look at the cart!
This innovation is further enhanced by having the client make the full deposit in advance, with the funds being held in Voices.com's neutral escrow account. Only after you've uploaded the finished audio file(s), and the client has downloaded and accepted your work as complete will the funds be released to you. This service, known as SurePay protects both you and the client and should a dispute arise, we're here to help.
As with other transactions on Voices.com, both you and your client will have the opportunity to provide a "Rating & Review". The rating is a 1 to 5 start rating, and the review is the text portion that supports the 5-star rating.
This is a feature that clients have been asking for and we'd love to really come through on this one. We recognize that the Store will be successful if it's easy to use, and if it's easy for you to create Products. With that said, we need your help.
If you're interested in seeing exactly how this will work, leave a comment and we'll invite you to get a sneak peek at this new development.
Stephanie, David and The Voices.com Team
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