By Stephanie Ciccarelli
September 30, 2008
Continuing our "First Look" theme, let's take a look and the new Profiles.
à¹ The main Profile page
Since many of you have such impressive resumes and also a growing portfolio of demos, separating the two only makes sense and gives you more room to shine.
Learn more about the new Profiles now!
Welcome to what will be your new profile!
Your Contact information is still prominently displayed at the top of the page with an option to "Send Email".
Below the contact info, you'll be able to display one demo that we'll call "My Primary Demo". This ensures that clients can listen to samples from any page on your profile and always link to more demos if they'd like to hear more.
The Profile page displays most text information including your voice description, languages, accents, ages and a new area called special skills.
Special Skills is the ideal spot to add in copywriting, editing, mixing, mastering, music production, video production, multi-media design or anything else that you can do that is complimentary to your core voice-over skill set.
Credentials are important in any professionals career and often sway the hiring decision in your favor. In the education area, you can add in voice-over training, classes and workshops you've taken as well as university degrees or college diplomas. With so many associations out there, we found it more accommodating to give you the opportunity to notate the unions affiliations, associations or guilds that you're part of. We strongly believe that a detailed credentials area will present a solid impression of your professionalism and ability to get the job done.
Detailed Service Description differs from other areas of your profile as this is the best place to describe what kind of work you can do and how you perform your services.
Payment Terms clarifies (in advance) how you expect to get paid. This eliminates the back-and-forth that typically asks "how do I pay you?" or "when do you need to get paid". Do you accept credit cards, PayPal or check? Do you issue invoices that are due 30 days later (Net 30)? Outline all that here and give the client the answers their looking for.
Next Steps is our way of prompting the clients to provide you with their project details by clicking the large "Request a Quote" button.
The sidebar on the profile will be consistent across your profile pages. The sidebar also has new features.
The Rating provides clients with an instant snapshot of your trustworthiness. The date joined and your location will also give visitors the confidence that you've been in business for a while.
Page Tools are useful features designed to help the client interact with you and your profile page.
Should the client find themselves on any of the other pages within your profile, the "Voice Talent's Other Demos" links will quickly navigate them back to your demos where they can listen to your voice samples.
You'll now have a dedicated page just for your voice-over demos!
Below each demo, you can add Tags (learn more about how add tags to your demos here) and now a brief description of the demo. The description is optional, but may prove useful to those who want to expand on the content or context of the demo recording. Also new is the "Learn More >>" link that if clicked upon will link to the Demo Details page (see below).
Before moving on, you'll notice the Studio area has been moved to this page, too. This keeps all the audio recordings and production items on the same page and separates any technical information from your main profile view.
Each demo you upload will have it's own unique URL.
Why do this?
Because many of you use Voices.com for file delivery and a replacement for an FTP server. So, if you've got a file to deliver, upload it to Voices.com and then share the link of this page with your client. They can preview the audio using the flash player or download the source file by right-clicking the hyperlink.
These pages will also come in handy for clients who are scoping your work out and want to send the link to their colleagues prior to contacting you for work.
Your Store is where clients can buy your products. We've taken the familiar shopping cart model and adapted it for the marketplace at Voices.com.
Coming up this fall, you'll be able to sell products in the Voices.com Store as well as in your own store located within your profile, an innovation that we're pleased to offer to you that will make it easier than ever before to be hired based upon work you've already done.
In your Store, clients can see which products you offer and can add these items their cart. Note that the same products that you have listed in the Voices.com Store will also appear in your personal store located at your Profile.
While viewing your products, clients have the option to email you about a product or save your profile to their favorites, making it easy for the client to return to your store to complete the purchase at a later date.
à¹ The full product title
à¹ The full product description
à¹ More information about you including your services as pulled from your profile (payment terms, about us etc.)
à¹ Complete feedback history
To complement the other areas of your profile, the Feedback page displays Ratings & Reviews that you've received from completed transactions at Voices.com as well as comments left by clients who paid you by other means in the References section.
The client list is a great spot to jot down all those companies, organizations and groups that you've worked for.
The newly designed profile with its four distinguished areas is definitely an improvement.
Focus groups, industry experts and fellow Voices.com members have all contributed into making these developments a reality.
Thank you :)
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
Stephanie and The Voices.com Team
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