VOICE ASSISTANTS ARE ON THE RISE, AND THEY ARE NOT GOING AWAY ANYTIME SOON. QUITE THE OPPOSITE.
Voice User Interfaces (VUI) have come a long way ever since Apple’s Siri, the first mainstream voice assistant, made it into people’s lives back in 2011. Google Assistant followed, and soon after Amazon would forever change consumers’ homes with its smart speaker, Alexa. Consumer demand for voice assistants has grown exponentially ever since, making one thing abundantly clear: the future of marketing lies with voice. To learn more about VUI and speech recognition technology, SCOOP & SPOON developed a voice assistant called “Andy”– after our company mascot – for Amazon Alexa and Google Home, in preparation for what is coming in this near era of search.
“To be a leader in the marketing world means to go further than it seems possible today. SCOOP & SPOON’s drive for innovation takes voice commerce to a new dimension.”
According to a study by Grand View Research Inc., the global intelligent virtual assistant market is expected to reach 3 billion USD by 2020; in the same year, the market share of Google Assistant will have reached 43%. This is a huge, promising market; and yet, most companies still have trouble accessing it. By developing our voice assistant and broadening our skills, we are prepared to offer clients this new channel to help them expand their brand and enrich their user experience – which makes SCOOP & SPOON part of the first marketing companies to do so.
Based on a joint content pool, we provide content for two digital channels – the website scoopandspoon.com and the voice assistant app. Making use of the most popular tools in this area, the assistant was developed as an Amazon Alexa Skill and a Google Action. The assistant’s wake word is assistant’s name – “Andy”. Following the wake word, the user can ask “Andy” questions about SCOOP & SPOON, our services, competences and projects.
Challenges are to be expected when you set out to conquer a new field of expertise. Some we already resolved; others we are tackling as we continue to work and make progress on “Andy”.
Third-party advertising not yet open for Amazon Alexa and Google Home
Marketing and advertising in a world Without display and SEO
Cross-channel user tracking
Natural Language Processing (NLP)
Voice as both entertainment tool and information source
Optimisation of content based on engaging conversational design
Security and sharing security context with internal and third-party systems
Technical limitations of Amazon Alexa Skill
Visual responses not available on all devices
SCOOP & SPOON PROVIDES A BACK-END SYSTEM AND INTERFACES FOR INTEGRATION WITH AMAZON SKILLS AND GOOGLE ACTIONS. THE NEW VOICE ASSISTANT: