By Stephanie Ciccarelli
July 7, 2010
Are you the voice of a SitePal or a talking character on a website?
You've probably seen these virtual spokespeople on many websites. Perhaps you have even given voice to one, two or more!
We'll learn about SitePals, take a look at a SitePal in action and discover more about this kind of voice over work in today's VOX Daily.
What's a SitePal?
A SitePal is an animated character that welcomes visitors to a website. SitePals may assist visitors with navigation or answer frequently asked questions, empowering online communication.
While SitePals primarily serve as the front lines of customers service via the web and first humanized point of contact with the brand on a corporate website, they can also be fun and engaging.
Many companies strategically use SitePals as brand ambassadors to greet visitors upon reaching the website and to keep those visitors at their site for longer periods of time.
A SitePal in Action!
SitePals give you the opportunity to use your voice in fun and challenging ways... you might even be surprised to learn that your voice is paired with a younger or older looking avatar as chosen by the client!
Gary Moore wrote to me and shared about a SitePal he is currently voicing. Gary writes, "Look what they did to my voice, I'm looking a lot younger!"
Which SitePal is Gary voicing? Check out the SitePal on CompleteCurriculum.com.
Complete Curriculum, LLC is a Rockwood, Michigan-based company that provides digital textbooks and a comprehensive web-based educational interface for grades K-12 in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
Work That Comes and Goes
These gigs are not destined to last forever in the online world and it isn't uncommon to voice a SitePal that eventually gets retired as it were from a website.
Tony Pasquale shared "I've voiced a few over the past 2 years but they come and go."
Elie Hirschman has also recorded SitePals that are no longer being used, sharing, "I did a SitePal for a site which seems to no longer exist. But I have the recorded tracks to prove it!"
Are You The Voice, Past or Present, of a SitePal?
Comment with where we can hear your work!
SitePal image via CompleteCurriculum.comRelated Topics: animated talking heads, CompleteCurriculum.com, Gary Moore, interpreters, SitePal, Voice overs