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Preview of Spring 2010 Updates to Voices.com

By David Ciccarelli

February 12, 2010

Comments (64)

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The 2010 Redesign has two main purposes: to improve the speed of the website and improve the usability of the website.

First up, improving the speed and responsiveness of the website. This means faster page load times which can be accomplished by cleaner code, less graphics and a more streamlined look that is faster for the web browsers and mobile browsers to display.

Second, Voices.com aims to improve the usability of the website. Usability is a quality attribute that assesses just how easy user interfaces are to use. The word "usability" also refers to methods for improving ease-of-use during the design process.

Before revealing the new look, know that you can sign up as a beta tester by leaving a comment below. Here we go...

New Look to the Profile Pages

Member Profiles

A streamlined look makes it simple for clients to navigate to the various sections of your profile.

Pick a Color Theme for Your Profile

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You'll have the opportunity to choose the color the matches your personal brand. Upload a logo, headshot or other images too so that you'll give prospective customers a consistent look-and-feel when visiting your profile on Voices.com.

My Account Page with Key Statistics

My Account

Key statistics such as demos uploaded, the number of times those demos have been listened to and the number of jobs currently being worked on are all displayed clearly. You'll note that quick links help voice talent find voice over work online, specifically the ability to "Reply to Jobs," "Update My Profile" and "Add a New Demo." We've also included a link to the "Help and Training" section where voice talent can access helpful resources such as blogs, podcasts and other tutorials.


View All Jobs On One Page

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Voice talent can easily view all the jobs they are qualified for on a single page. The paper clip icon indicates that a script is attached, helping voice talent prioritize those jobs that require a custom audition. A new tab called "Awarded" is a single spot where you go to negotiate the deal, confirm payment and upload your files.

View Job Posting Details

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Voice talent can see all the details as well as tools for seeing the current status of the job, the position of the audition and the total number of people who responded for the job. We will also be displaying the client's feedback rating so that you can see comments left by other voice talent who have worked with that client in the past.

View Payment Details from Secure SurePay Transactions

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After the payment has been received, voice talent are notified by email and can start the recording.

Upload Files at Voices.com To Deliver the Work

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Once the recording is done, simply upload your work to Voices.com and the client will download the files. Voice talent are paid by Voices.com for completed work by either PayPal or check depending on your preference as selected in your profile.

Call for Beta Testers

As you can see, we've been listening to your feedback and working hard at making your suggestions a reality. If you'd like to *test-drive the new website*, leave your name in the comments and we'll be sure to invite you to the exclusive Beta Test.

Thanks,

David



Comments


    Looking forward to seeing how this works. If you need an additional tester, I'd be willing to help.

    Posted by:

      Very nice... Looking forward to giving it a test drive. Feel free to beta me up!

      Posted by:
      • Kyle Wilson
      • February 13, 2010 1:38 PM

        I'm happy to help test your enhancements...just say when.

        Posted by:
        • Toni Williams
        • February 13, 2010 5:04 PM

          Looks good. If you still need a beta tester I would be happy to help.

          Posted by:

            Hi Stephanie,

            I'd be interested in beta testing.

            Mike

            Posted by:

              Happy to test drive. Thanks for all you do!

              Posted by:
              • Lisa St. Regis
              • February 13, 2010 5:11 PM

                Hi
                If my Potential New Clients Could see it on my Site
                Earlier Also? I would love to give it a try
                Joe McMillan

                Posted by:

                  Happy to help Beta test the new design

                  Posted by:
                  • Dave Menashe
                  • February 13, 2010 5:32 PM

                    Sounds great David, I'd love to help you beta test!

                    Posted by:

                      I'd love to try it please

                      Pearl

                      Posted by:

                        Hi Steph,
                        I'm game. I'd love to help test if you need someone.
                        Best,
                        Laura

                        Posted by:
                        • Laura Branch Mireles
                        • February 13, 2010 7:34 PM

                          I'd be happy to Beta test, guys. :) Let me know if you need any more folks, though it looks like quite a few have responded.

                          I'm liking the changes though, from the quick look you've given us here.

                          All the best, --Jodi

                          Posted by:

                            Looks like another step forward. I'm on board, too.

                            Posted by:

                              Stephanie and David, I would like to be a beta tester too.

                              Is there a way to be able to see how many auditions have been submitted on the page woith the lsit of jobs?

                              It would be very helpful to have that for deciding whether or not to submit an audition.

                              Greg

                              Posted by:

                                Hi...I would love to help test the new look..Let me know if I can help....

                                Randy Anderson

                                Posted by:
                                • Randy Anderson
                                • February 14, 2010 9:24 AM

                                  Looks promising, David. You and Stephanie are so diligent about making your website user friendly and efficient. It would be my pleasure to help you Beta Test your newest version...

                                  Linda

                                  Posted by:

                                    Hi, Stephanie,

                                    Please count me in! I'd love to test things out. Let me know the next step and I'll be happy to help.

                                    Best regards,
                                    Annette

                                    Posted by:

                                      I'd be happy to beta test you great new look!

                                      Posted by:
                                      • Rich Owen
                                      • February 14, 2010 10:01 AM

                                        I was never that good at tests, but this one looks like one I could pass. Please add my name to the list of 'beta testers'. Thanks.

                                        Posted by:
                                        • Derek Chappell
                                        • February 14, 2010 10:31 AM

                                          Looks like it will have some very nice features. Sure, I'd like to take it for a spin.

                                          Crai Koepke

                                          Posted by:

                                            Feel free to add me to the beta tester list as well! Looks great, guys!!

                                            Posted by:

                                              Very exciting, thank you for your efforts. Please add me to the test-drive...

                                              Ken

                                              Posted by:
                                              • Ken Budka
                                              • February 14, 2010 11:48 AM

                                                I'll be a beta baby! Bring it on!!

                                                Posted by:

                                                  Changes look great! Would love to help beta test.

                                                  Rick Brown

                                                  Posted by:

                                                    Hi David,
                                                    Daniel Goldman here. I have experience as a professional tester, so yes...I would like to help you by being a beta tester. Thanks.

                                                    Posted by:
                                                    • Daniel Goldman
                                                    • February 14, 2010 6:51 PM

                                                      Looks great. Thanks guys. I'd love to beta test.
                                                      Bob

                                                      Posted by:

                                                        Looks great... count me in!

                                                        Posted by:

                                                          Count me in. I would love to help!

                                                          Posted by:
                                                          • Toni Williams
                                                          • February 15, 2010 4:38 PM

                                                            Hi David,

                                                            I am so excited to hear about these upgrades to the system! I would love to be a part of the beta testing process.

                                                            Posted by:

                                                              I'd be happy to beta test! Looking forward to the new look and feel as well as the enhanced functionality.

                                                              Posted by:
                                                              • Glen Kaminski
                                                              • February 15, 2010 4:43 PM

                                                                I'd love to get on this bandwagon!

                                                                Thanks,

                                                                Rachel

                                                                Posted by:
                                                                • Rachel
                                                                • February 15, 2010 4:45 PM

                                                                  Looks good--I "Beta" sign up for this now!
                                                                  Thanks!
                                                                  Dan

                                                                  Posted by:

                                                                    Looks cool guys! I'll help you beta test it...sign me up!

                                                                    KL

                                                                    Posted by:

                                                                      Hi Steph - Would love to be a beta tester. Looks like lots of great improvements.

                                                                      Posted by:

                                                                        Hi yes I would like to help out and test the new website

                                                                        Posted by:
                                                                        • carol ann nicholls
                                                                        • February 15, 2010 6:00 PM

                                                                          I'd love to help if there are still spots available! =)

                                                                          Posted by:

                                                                            Yep! {:-)

                                                                            Posted by:

                                                                              I am new to the site but would love to help out!

                                                                              Posted by:
                                                                              • Jim Anglo
                                                                              • February 15, 2010 8:41 PM

                                                                                Ready to beta your way to a better voice talent experience. Sign me up to make a great web site even better. Good luck!

                                                                                Dave Brannen

                                                                                Posted by:

                                                                                  I would love to be a Beta tester....an "Alpha" tester would be even better!!!

                                                                                  Posted by:
                                                                                  • John McCann
                                                                                  • February 15, 2010 11:50 PM

                                                                                    This looks brilliant! I especially like the feature of the paper clip denoting where custom auddies are required. This can help us prioritize auditions, and if we've only a time for a short voices.com session, we can look at those where custom auddies are not required, and go back to the others later.

                                                                                    Like the colours feature as well.

                                                                                    looking good...

                                                                                    Stefania
                                                                                    :D

                                                                                    Posted by:

                                                                                      I'd be happy to be a beta tester if you need another one.

                                                                                      Posted by:

                                                                                        Stephanie,

                                                                                        Please sign me up as well as a beta tester. Heck - I might even put on my old IT/Tech Support hat to see what I can beat up... :-)

                                                                                        Thanks for all the great work you, David, and everyone else there does!

                                                                                        -Mike

                                                                                        Posted by:

                                                                                          Hi David, I'd love to be a beta tester if you have any spots left.
                                                                                          Thanks
                                                                                          Kim

                                                                                          Posted by:

                                                                                            I'd love to beta test.

                                                                                            Thanks!

                                                                                            Mike O'Brian

                                                                                            Posted by:
                                                                                            • Mike O'Brian
                                                                                            • February 16, 2010 12:38 PM

                                                                                              Great new changes! Please add me to the Beta testers list!

                                                                                              Derek

                                                                                              Posted by:
                                                                                              • Derek Shetterly
                                                                                              • February 16, 2010 1:18 PM

                                                                                                Herbie, here--ready for testing as needed!

                                                                                                Posted by:

                                                                                                  I'd love to test the new design.

                                                                                                  Thanks,

                                                                                                  Bob

                                                                                                  Posted by:
                                                                                                  • Bob Ransom
                                                                                                  • February 17, 2010 11:09 AM

                                                                                                    I would like to "test drive" the new web site.

                                                                                                    Thanks,
                                                                                                    Susan

                                                                                                    Posted by:
                                                                                                    • Susan Manhire
                                                                                                    • February 18, 2010 1:43 PM

                                                                                                      I would also like to help with the Beta!!! Please include me in!!!

                                                                                                      Posted by:
                                                                                                      • Scott Terry
                                                                                                      • February 18, 2010 3:04 PM

                                                                                                        I'd love to beta test, thanks!

                                                                                                        Posted by:

                                                                                                          Hi there,

                                                                                                          Great job with the changes, looking forward to them! I'd like to take a beta test drive, please add me to the list.

                                                                                                          Thanks for such a great site!

                                                                                                          Joseph

                                                                                                          Posted by:

                                                                                                            When can we start getting invites to the Beta testing David?
                                                                                                            It looks like it is going to be a great, can't wait to test it out. I am a beta tester for Google, so know the score ;)

                                                                                                            Posted by:
                                                                                                            • Carole
                                                                                                            • February 21, 2010 9:27 AM

                                                                                                              Hi David,
                                                                                                              I would love to be a Beta Tester. Some of the changes you are talking about sound great, but there are still a few that I, as a voice talent would love to have.
                                                                                                              On the job posting details page please give a number of auditions submitted and auditions reviewed.
                                                                                                              Plus, why do we have to download a script as a doc or text file if we are only submitting 20 or 30 seconds worth? Can't we see the script sample on the Jobs Detail page?
                                                                                                              I've got to go through 2 different pages and download a script just to see if the spot is "right" to audition for.
                                                                                                              I don't need all the confirmation popups to delete a job either.
                                                                                                              And one last note, I submitted these points and others to your feedback section and this is what I received:
                                                                                                              "Thank you for submitting your question to us online. Case # 00037903: "Website" has been created and a member of the Voices.com Customer Care team will get back to you within 2 business days unless we're experiencing higher than normal volume."
                                                                                                              I received this on Feb 6th and have yet to get any feedback--
                                                                                                              Alex

                                                                                                              Posted by:

                                                                                                                Please sign me up as a beta tester. I would also like to see how many auditions have been submitted already. Perhaps the language column could be abbreviated (Eng. (No. Am.)) to make room on the page if space is a concern. I don't think we need that spelled out as thoroughly as it is now. One other note, If there was a way we could sort the jobs in different ways to prioritize them the way we personally find most helpful. Thanks!

                                                                                                                Posted by:

                                                                                                                  Call me mister beta! Or mister tester....call me anything you want to call me, but i'm up for trying it out!

                                                                                                                  Posted by:

                                                                                                                    I'd be happy to Beta test - thank you!

                                                                                                                    Posted by:

                                                                                                                      I love a good beta test... I'm in!

                                                                                                                      Posted by:
                                                                                                                      • Peter Bishop
                                                                                                                      • February 28, 2010 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                        Looks like I'm coming a little late to the party, but I'd love to beta test, as well!

                                                                                                                        Posted by:

                                                                                                                          Oooh! I think you guys read my mind with some of the website changes to make it more streamlined when going through a rack of auditions. I'd love to beta, sign me up!

                                                                                                                          Posted by:

                                                                                                                            If there are still slots open for the beta test, I'd love to be added to the list. Thanks!

                                                                                                                            Posted by:

                                                                                                                              What you've got now is so solid, I can't wait to see the next generation.

                                                                                                                              Posted by:

                                                                                                                                Great stuff David! I would be willing to help test if needed.

                                                                                                                                Posted by:
                                                                                                                                • Howard
                                                                                                                                • May 15, 2010 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                  I would love to beta test the site.

                                                                                                                                  I would also like to request a feature. Is there a way to mark a job that you have "answered", into "taken" (or some other word to indicate that it's been given to another voice talent) so that you no longer are wondering if you might still hear from someone about the job?

                                                                                                                                  Thanks.

                                                                                                                                  Posted by:

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