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Voices.com's Fall Release 2010

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

October 15, 2010

Comments (6)

Fall 2010 Release at Voices.com

Periodically we do a write up on our blog to share information and feature updates that have occurred in the past few months but may not appear obvious at first glance. In the following article, you'll learn about the cool things that have been going on behind the scenes at Voices.com to make your experience even better.

Learn more in today's VOX Daily!

Updates Affecting Talent

We are constantly working to improve our current site and also develop new, useful features for our voice talent members to give them a richer experience using the site. As people who use the site day in day out, it is important that we continue to hear from you and also receive your ideas and suggestions on how you feel we could make Voices.com even better for you.

Here are a number of improvements and additions we've made over the last 6 months to better serve you.

My Account Activity

If you had noticed that your profile was showing as 95% complete when you knew it was 100% complete, you'll be happy to note that the The Profile Completeness Meter is now functioning correctly. What happened? After we changed from primary language to multiple languages a little while ago, members who had complete profiles saw their meter reading as 95% due to the system accounting for old language-related fields that were no longer necessary.

If you were racking your brain trying to figure out what else you had to do to complete your profile, check in again and breathe a sigh of relief :)

Store Fronts

You might have noticed that your Voices.com store is more prominently displayed on your profile to showcase individual products for sale. If you aren't making use of your Voices.com Store, log in to your account and create some products! Here's a tutorial to learn more about how you can do this.

References to Testimonials

On the Feedback page and in the Profile Edit pages the References section has now been renamed as Testimonials to make it more evident to talent what the sections were for. I'm particularly pleased about this change as Testimonials more accurately represents what you're including.

Auditions

๏ A demo file is now required for submission.
๏ Your quote cannot be less than $100.
๏ An audition review indicator was implemented on August 16th and is not retroactive. The indicator will update to show that your audition was reviewed when the client clicks on the flash player to hear your demo.

Demos

๏ You can now see individual listens in a special column under the "Demos" section.
๏ All uploaded demos can be viewed from your member website. Previously only the most recent 5 demos were displayed.

Themes

Did you know that you can choose a color theme for your Voices.com profile?

Your options include:

๏ Blue
๏ Grey
๏ Pink
๏ Purple
๏ Green
๏ Orange
๏ Yellow
๏ Red

Languages

In an earlier post, I covered how the language fields have changed (you can read it here). To reiterate, we have replaced the Primary and Other Language fields with the option to specify up to 5 individual languages. How does this work? When identifying your language skills, list the languages in the order of fluency with your native language being the first selected and so on.

Let us know how we did!

There are a number of improvements we made for clients using the site too and if you also have a client account, no doubt you've noticed clearer navigation among other benefits.

If you have a feature request, feel free to add it as a comment on this post.

Best wishes,

Stephanie

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Comments


    Thank you so much for taking your site and services to the next level. I am glad that a quote can not be less than $100, although I'd love to see this number go up.

    I do have one suggestion and it's about products.

    Your FAQ's mentions:

    "In the future you will be able to upload documents so that you can sell copy-writing services as well"

    Has soon do you think it's going to be possible to upload products such as e-books, White Papers and other documents?

    Posted by:

      Hi Stephanie!

      I don't have a feature request but want to thank you for the changes. I love them. They really help.

      As always, you're doing a fantastic job at voices.com.

      Keep it up!

      Warm regards,
      Laurie Allen

      Posted by:
      • Laurie Allen
      • October 18, 2010 12:00 PM

        Thank you Stephanie,
        I am appreciative, as always, of the improvements Voices.com continues to develop.
        I reviewed my profile after this latest Vox Daily and saw that my profile is 88% complete. That is because I choose not to include my address, zip code, city, and phone number.

        Maybe other women have made this decision, or I can advise them to make this decision, and that's why I'm posting publicly. I've had the unfortunate experience of weirdo stalker-like men calling me pretending to be an interested client. My 'sexy voice', posted all over the web, has led to a couple of disturbing calls. After I had to field the last call of this type in front of my family, I removed my phone # from my personal website. I removed my physical address from the phone book and from Google.

        True privacy may be impossible in an Internet world, but you don't have to hand everyone your personal info on a silver platter.
        Clients can easily email me. I share my number when we do business together. No prospective client needs my address! You might advise me to open a PO Box, but why add that expense and hassle when only my known clients pay me by check?

        Men don't worry about this stuff, which is why the problem gets overlooked. We warn our children about sharing information online that may endanger them. So guys, you might want to warn your wife too.

        Anyway, Stephanie, will my profile always be 88% complete because I take these precautions?
        Thanks for letting me know.

        Posted by:

          Thank you for the comments thus far and I've taken the time to address a few questions:

          @ Paul

          "Your FAQ's mentions:

          'In the future you will be able to upload documents so that you can sell copy-writing services as well'

          Has soon do you think it's going to be possible to upload products such as e-books, White Papers and other documents?"

          ~ Thank you for pointing this out and we'll revisit the option of selling documents in the future. At this point in time we've not had much request for the feature and since we've recently only brought the Store back to the site we're currently focused on marketing the Voices.com store front as a place to buy and sell pre-packaged time and services.

          @ Vicki

          ~ Privacy is certainly important to Voices.com and we do uphold member privacy here (see our Privacy terms - http://www.voices.com/security/privacy_policy) . Although full contact information is required to reach a 100% profile completeness rating this information is never provided to anyone other than Voices.com until such time as you enter into a working agreement with a client. This working agreement can only be reached if a payment is made through Voices.com for your services. The only contact information made visible to a visitor is the information you enter into such fields as your voice description or experience. All of your contact information, address, email address, phone number remains hidden.

          We suggest that members enter in their full contact information so that if a client does opt to conduct a keyword location search in the Talent Search engine then matching talent appear. This means if a client conducts a search for New York and you have it listed in your contact information, you'll appear, even though the client cannot see that you're based in New York within your profile.

          Thank you,

          Laurynda Pasma
          Product and Operations Manager

          Posted by:
          • Laurynda Pasma - Product Manager
          • October 18, 2010 2:37 PM

            Thank you for the changes and updates Voices.com! While I was reading about the changes and getting myself familiar with them, I had an idea about one more. When we audition, we are always curious as to what VO audition got the job. Would it ever be possible to be able to listen to the audition that was chosen for the job? Names are not necessary but to be able to hear the winning voice recording would be very helpful and educational.

            Kathy Curtis

            Posted by:
            • Kathy Curtis
            • October 19, 2010 10:07 AM

              Hi Kathy,

              Thank you for writing in and for asking your question... it's a popular one!

              The reason why you cannot hear the winning audition or any other details therein is due to our privacy policy. If a client and talent were to agree to share and allow public usage of the audio for demonstration purposes in a webinar situation, we might be able to do case studies where you can learn more about what was involved in the casting process from the client perspective.

              This is indeed a possibility that we can explore but is completely dependent on the client, the talent they hired and whether or not they want to participate in an activity of this kind.

              Best wishes,

              Stephanie

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