By Stephanie Ciccarelli
October 6, 2008
As you've been reading, we've left no rock unturned and are pulling out all of the stops for this redesign and reprogramming of the Voices.com website.
Today, we'll discuss some improvements made to the auditioning process and the SurePay Escrow Service as well as how they will benefit you.
This is probably one of the posts you've been waiting to read!
In today's article, we're going to discuss how to submit auditions using the all-new Voices.com.
As many of you know, there have always been more private jobs at Voices.com with many of those channeled through email as direct contacts.
Considering that the email box is typically used by clients who describe their job details and request a quote from you for the work, we're now channeling email contacts through a job posting form.
Yes, you'll still be able to receive email messages, but you'll likely see an increase in the number of private jobs.
To distinguish the difference between a private job and a public job, we're displaying a prominent banner at the top of the "Send Audition" page. The banner will say "You've Received a Private Audition Request".
It may go without saying, but if you are the recipient of a Private Job you'll want to respond promptly, however if you have a question about the project that needs to be answered prior to submitting your quote and voice sample, you'll also have the opportunity to send the client a private message BEFORE submitting your audition.
Just to be clear, sending a client a private message is an optional action to help clarify any job details should you have questions before proceeding with the submission of the audition itself.
The ability to send a private message before auditioning is also meant to safeguard your auditions and is in place so that you don't use your one shot at submitting an audition to ask a question or say "I'm busy, now, but I'll get to it tonight", as you won't be able to submit to that job again.
To reiterate, if you have a question about the project or need to contact the client about the job details, use the private message link to open up the lines of communication to ensure that you can audition in a professional manner.
Also note that Public Job Postings will not have this banner. If no banner is displayed, it's a publicly available job posting.
We're aiming to make the site as easy as possible for you to use as well as maximize your productivity at the site by streamlining a number of steps for you where your proposal is concerned.
This includes an upgrade to your Templates! You'll be able to do a number of new things, specifically:
à¹ See a Good Example (pop-up)
à¹ Select a Template (pull-down menu of previously saved proposals)
à¹ Save templates on the fly for future use
When you are writing a proposal, you'll have a checkbox option to "save as template". This allows you to save what you just typed into the proposal section as a new template. We'll automatically create a title for the template, so if you use this option, you'll want to go back and edit your templates later and give it a proper title such as "Radio Commercial Proposal" or the like.
The quote section has changed a bit and here's how.
After you enter in your fee, Voices.com will add the SurePay escrow fee ON TOP of your fee.
As many of you know, this is how SurePay has been operating for the last year, except for the fact that up until now we've been adding the fee after the client has selected the voice talent.
From our experience, most clients prefer just to see one total upon checkout, which is why we decided to make this adjustment.
For that reason, the new system gives you the opportunity to set your fee as you always have, and then show you what the client's total will be.
This section has remained the same with the choice to either upload a new MP3 demo (commonly referred to as a custom demo) or you can attach an existing MP3 that you previously uploaded to your profile.
à¹ The client click the "Select This Voice" button in your audition.
à¹ The client lands on a confirmation page where they attach their final script and set a deadline for delivery.
à¹ The client confirms by clicking the "Send Script" button which will send you a message to inform you that you've been awarded a job.
Stephanie and The Voices.com Team
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