Posts tagged with Voice Assistants

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How well can Apple’s smart speaker hold its own against tech rivals?

It’s been three months since Apple started shipping the Apple HomePod, its long-awaited entry into the increasingly competitive smart speaker market.

Despite initial optimism around the HomePod’s prospects, reports have indicated that Apple’s smart speaker falls short of its main rivals, the Google Home and Amazon Echo, in terms of features and functionality.

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The implications of voice tech for marketers, from brand to customer service

What are the implications of 'voice technology' for marketers?

Though it's a few weeks since South by Southwest, here are few thoughts distilled from sessions I attended in Austin, including — I’ve Got No Screens: Internet’s Screenless Future and A Conversational Future: Making Technology Adapt To Us.  

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Will the rise of voice search kill off screen-based search marketing?

The rapid adoption of smart assistants is set to spark a huge increase in voice search.

Where does this leave traditional on-screen search in marketing?

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Remove the waffle from your content or risk failure in voice search

At the end of 2017 Google published some specific instructions relating to 'eyes-free' technology (such as voice assistants) in its Search Quality Rating Guidelines.

You can read the guidelines and Google's accompanying blog post, but what I took from it was pretty simple:

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What do voice user interfaces mean for marketers & brands?

I recently attended an interesting WARC mini-conference on voice tech and machine learning. The stand out part was a joint session from Mindshare and JWT, highlighting their research in this area.

Here are some observations from this session regarding voice tech, beginning with some background before looking specifically at the commercial challenges and opportunities for brands. (Please also see my recent article, Why brands should be bothered about voice bots).

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