By Stephanie Ciccarelli
September 29, 2008
Every quarter, we make updates to the Voices.com website, and this time, it's a big one.
Over the summer (and really, over the past 18 months) we've been working on ways to make your experiences using Voices.com faster, easier and better, in fact, we're shooting for "fantastic"!
During the next 10 days or so we'll be giving you a first-look at the all-new Voices.com and how you can use it to your fullest advantage.
This is a very exciting moment for us as we draw nearer to the launch...
There'll be plenty to explore including a new search engine, new directory layout, a new Top 100 list called "Most Listens", a dedicated Community area and a reengineered SurePay service that is easier than ever.
Plus, we'll be showing you the Store and how to create products that you can sell in the store.
To start, we're unveiling the completely redesigned Voices.com home page.
First, each page of the website will have a thin top banner announcing the all-new Voices.com.
You'll also have links to check out what's new, and another link to "Send feedback".
We want you to let us know what you like, what could still be better, or in the unlikely situation you find something that needs fixing, please let us know asap.
The logo is now sporting a (R) as Voices.com is now an officially registered trademark in the United States and Canada. Just as you'd expect, the logo will always link you to the home page.
Below the logo, we've simplified the navigation to plain text links which from our testing and feedback are much more clear and communicate the main areas of the website. These four links (Find Voices, Find Jobs, Community and My Account) will be consistent site-wide, whether you're logged in or logged out, and even if you're reading the blog, listening to a podcast or checking out your position in the Top 100.
On the far right hand side you'll find some utilities such as the Advanced Search, Contact Us, Help and Login/Logout links. This search bar makes it easy for clients to search the entire database of professional voice over talents from any page on the website.
The home page's splash is now more bold and directs clients to create their job posting in one simple step. We're confident this will increase the number of job postings and audition opportunities for you.
Moving down the page, you'll notice we've placed an enhanced search tool with three fields; keyword, gender and language. These three fields are by far the most used and make it easy for new visitors to get to the demos that best match their needs.
Next, you'll find the "Movers & Shakers" section. First, demos are featured right on the home page. This means clients can hear your demos immediately. If they like what they hear, they can simply click-through to your profile by clicking on your name. We've also decided to add avatars to add more personality to the website. Headshots, logos or industry iconography is perfectly suitable.
We've got some important updates to this area so read carefully.
There are 4 Top 10 lists on the home page that the visitor can toggle between. They are:
à¹ New Voices
à¹ Most Listens
à¹ Recently Hired
à¹ Top Favorites.
Let's go into each of these individually.
This list is based upon your renewal date. If you renew monthly, you'll appear once every 30 days.
The Most Listens list features voice talent who have been most listened to this month. The site will count the number of times each of your demos have been played and tally them up resulting in a final number of listens. While the home page list will reset at the beginning of every month, a Top 100 Most Listens page has options to view Most Listens This Week, This Month and All-Time.
As an act of congratulations, we'd like to honor those voice talent who've landed a job at Voices.com by showcasing them on the Recently Hired list. If you've completed a job that paid using the SurePay escrow service, you'll see your name on the Recently Hired list.
Clients will soon be able to add you to Favorites directly from your profile, the search results and each audition that you submit. In an effort to more equitably share the home page real estate, we'll be showing the Top Favorites for this month on the home page. Again, if you're in the Top 10 currently, you'll still maintain your top positing in the Top Favorites All-Time.
In the Directory, we've simplified the categories and updated a few icons. Television Commercials and Television Promos and Station Identification have been merged into a single Television category. Similarly, Radio Commercials and Radio Imaging have been merged into a single Radio category. We've renamed some of the other categories, but the content remains the same.
For those who are new to Voices.com, we've placed a brief About Us paragraph. Notably, there's a "What Our Customers Say" section where each week, we'll select a success story from the Buzz blog. So, get your success stories in now so you'll be considered.
Finally, we've reached the bottom of the page. Here's where you'll find helpful links to other key areas of the website. We've also decided to proudly display the Better Business Bureau logo and Verisign Secure Server seal.
A special thank you goes out to all those who helped David and the development team with the redesign.
Add your comments, questions or concerns about the new home page here. As always, we look forward to hearing from you.
Stephanie and the Voices.com Team
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