By David Ciccarelli
June 3, 2013
Over the past year, the team at Voices.com has been working hard on creating a new website with an updated look-and-feel.
We refresh the site every couple of years to be sure we're giving you the best experience possible by taking advantage of new technologies.
Plus, it's important for us to create a positive first impression which can be achieved through good design, simple navigation and a memorable experience.
This weekend, on Saturday June 8, 2013, the new Voices.com website will be going live.
How Does It Look Different?
1. Responsive Design
I've introduced the concept of responsive design a few times now. In a nutshell, responsive web design is a design technique where the content on the page adapts to the screen size and resolution. This means the site works equally well on your mobile phone and tablet as it does on the desktop. You can read about responsive design or watch a demo of responsive design in a recent webinar I hosted with Ashley.
2. Touch Enabled
When accessing Voices.com through a browser on your mobile phone or tablet, you'll notice that the buttons are larger and that menus are hidden - but only a tap away. We've touch-enabled the site as much as possible because we live in a touch screen world. While we conducted extensive browser testing, let us know if you find some oddities in your web browser.
3. Flat Design
Flat design is a design trend you've probably seen on Facebook and Google. Buttons are often square boxes, icons are grey or white and the overall look seems very modern. We like this and have moved towards a flatter design.
What Has Changed Location?
4. Help Menu
Voices.com offers a lot of material including articles, rate sheets, videos, podcasts, ebooks and more. We also offer help and training material including FAQs and user guides. To simplify navigation, we've merged the Community and Help sections into one (1) menu, called "Help" just like you see at the top of this blog. Now, all this wonderful information will be one click away from anywhere on the site.
What Works Differently?
5. Search Engine
The search results look different and now display three (3) descriptive tags for each talent listing. We've eliminated the flags showing the country of residence. The photos are larger and there is an obvious "Request a Quote" button beside each talent.
6. Profile Photos
For best results, your profile photo should be cropped as a square. Ideally, the image would be at least 500 pixels high and 500 pixels wide. You'll sometimes see this setting as 500x500. With larger photos on the home page, search results and in your profile, it's more important than ever to make sure you're lookin' great! Here are 19 ways to create a profile picture.
7. Demo Details Page
Each demo you upload has its own unique page. These are called the Demo Details pages. Now, you'll see an option to embed your demo into other sites. It works just like embedding a YouTube video. All you need to do is pick the size and style of audio player and then copy/paste the code into your website, blog or Tumblr account.
8. Membership Settings and SurePay Settings
We've given SurePay it's own settings page. If you haven't done so already, select your payment preference so when you're hired for work, we can get the payment to you quickly.
Messages has been completely redesigned to behave more like a conversation. Similar to chatting on an instant messaging app, Voices.com Message will now be a joy to use.
10. Jobs List
The Hiring view is a list of all the job postings which are currently open for auditions and the client is actively hiring. The page looks very much like it did before, only the VoiceMatch graphic is slightly different. Note the bar graph behind your score indicating how well matched your profile is for a given job. Also, private jobs, those jobs which you were directly invited to by the client, are also identified with a ribbon.
11. MP3 Audition Uploads Only
After receiving more than 2,500,000 auditions, we came to a startling conclusion, which is actually quite obvious. Clients have only hired talent who have read a portion of the script when a script is provided. Said differently, generic auditions have never won a job if there was a script attached. With this finding, we've decided to remove the ability to attach an existing demo from your profile if there is a script. We firmly believe that this small change will reward all of you who perform amazing auditions and give clients more of what they are looking for, auditions of their script from incredible voice-over talent.
12. Answered Jobs
The Answered view is a list of the jobs that you have already auditioned for. You'll notice that we're now using the same icons already on the iPhone and iPad apps to represent when one of your auditions has been listened to by the client (an ear icon) and when the client has also liked your audition (a thumbs up icon).
More To Come
Those are the big items, but there are plenty of other goodies that you'll discover as you use the site. Be sure to send us your feedback by email, phone or using the Send Feedback button you'll see on the new site.
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