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Looking for great podcasts about voice technology? Here are some of our favorite episodes that aired in roughly the last six months. Get notified via email when we publish Part 2.
Download these for offline listening for your next flight or road trip to hear a nice overview of voice technology, voice marketing, speech recognition, Alexa Flash Briefing, podcasting, smart speakers and voice assistants, and the future of voice-first interfaces and computing. #Voicefirst baby.
For anyone new to voice or even if you’re familiar but want to learn more - this list is for you. In no particular order:
Podcast Episodes about Voice Marketing and Technology that You Need to Hear:
The Last Interface with Brian Roemmele on Voice First Health ep. 27 with Teri Fisher.
About: The future of Voice: The Last Interface, the Intelligence Amplifier and the Wisdom Keeper. (February 19, 2019)
Be Here First: The Future of Voice-Interface Marketing on The Marketing Agency Leadership Podcast - Emily Binder with host Rob Kischuk. (May 16, 2019)
About: Voice search, voice SEO, brands must play in Alexa's ecosystem, the power of Flash Briefing and tips for a good one.
Podcasts of the Future – Bryan Colligan, AlphaVoice – Voice Tech Podcast ep. 010 with host Carl Robinson.
About: Bryan Colligan is the co-founder of AlphaVoice, the easiest way to get your podcast and audio content onto Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Bryan shares his vision of how the podcasting and voice technology worlds are set to collide, and how the implications will be felt by platforms, content producers and consumers alike.
Voice Strategy with Emily Binder of Beetle Moment Marketing on Alexa in Canada with Teri Fisher. (February 26, 2019)
About: The power of voice marketing, what sonic branding means, and why Flash Briefings are such an incredible opportunity when it comes to getting a brand’s voice heard in the voice-first world.
Heidi Culbertson CEO of Marvee on Voice and the Elder Community – Voicebot Podcast Ep. 68 with host Bret Kinsella. (November 5, 2018)
About: Culbertson discusses voice UX principles and how requirements must be modified when serving older users. She also discusses the Marvee Alexa skill, what the team has learned about elder users and why they are changing the skill significantly to better align with user needs. Heidi is a former professional tennis player and a cool and interesting lady. We polled several people to recommend episodes featuring women and nearly all mentioned this episode.
This Week in Voice: Season 3, Episode 13 - Emily Binder and Voicify’s Jason Fields with host Bradley Metrock.
Topics: Amazon's Super Bowl Ad, Siri Shortcuts, Walmart pulling out of Google Express, and whether or not smart speakers are good for kids, and gender and bias in voice design. (January 31, 2019)
What to Know about Voice AI w/ Katie McMahon at SoundHound - DataTalk podcast with host Mike Delgado.
About: Touch, Type, and Swipe era is giving way to #VoiceFirst.
Top Five Tips for a Great Flash Briefing - Daniel Hill from The Instagram Stories Flash Briefing on Beetle Moment Marketing Podcast ep. 33 with host Emily Binder. (April 28, 2019)
a16z Podcast: Talent, Tech Trends, and Culture with Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz, and Tyler Cowen (this is not 100% focused on voice but Andreessen’s points about technology and innovation definitely apply. He says the big box store is going away, which obviously relates to voice enabled shopping. (December 29, 2018)
This Week in Voice: Season 3, Episode 9: Brian Roemmele with host Bradley Metrock (November 15, 2018)
About: The current state of #VoiceFirst technology and what stories were top-of-mind in 2018. Brian is called The Oracle of Voice for a reason, so we consider this evergreen.
A note about representation: we want to feature more women hosts or solo guests. If you have any suggestions, please comment or tweet us @beetlemoment and we’ll review the episode to potentially be included in Part 2. Thanks!
Listen on your favorite podcast player:
TuneIn: on your smart speaker, say:
"Alexa, play This Week in Voice."
"Hey Google, play This Week in Voice podcast."
Timestamps and stories (sources linked):
1) 04:15: Amazon's Super Bowl ad, featuring Harrison Ford, is already drawing positive reviews in advance of the big game
Amazon is reassuring us that they can be trusted (PR wake)
“Not everything makes the cut” re: Amazon Alexa hardware
I love this - very Bezos: Queen: “Don’t Stop Me Now” plays at the end
Celebrities and testimonial - well cast, diverse (Harrison Ford, Forest Whitaker, Broad City women, astronauts)
A little creepy
Transparency about product failure - brands can make mistakes (this is the zeitgeist we’re in)
10:35 - Amazon Alexa microwave
Moore’s Law (Jason)
15:45 - another Apple security breach with Facetime Groups - microphone on before call is answered
17:50 - is Apple’s quality decreasing?
3) Voicebot.AI Story of the Week: Walmart pulls out of Google Express and Google Shopping Actions
This is about DATA
Remember Mattel’s Aristotle, a 2017 Alexa kids smart speaker that never made it to market? Because privacy concerns.
“Mattel announced on Wednesday that it was canceling plans to bring to market a smart device called Aristotle, which was aimed at children from infancy to adolescence and was set to hit stores in 2018.” -NYT, 10/5/2017
What is “post-gender”!?
In 2018 we began working with Ritholtz Wealth Management on a voice marketing strategy to get their foot in the door of the Alexa ecosystem. As trailblazers in blogging and social media in the finance and investing space, “Downtown” Josh Brown and the Ritholtz Mafia wanted to beat the crowd to voice, too.
Top Flash Briefing about Stock Market History & Investing
Market Moment is an Alexa Flash Briefing we created with Ritholtz Wealth Management, a New York City RIA (Registered Investment Advisor) run by two of the most online-savvy and established advisors in the industry: Barry Ritholtz (Masters in Business podcast and Bloomberg columnist) and Josh Brown (The Reformed Broker). Josh and Barry wanted to be first and best in voice in the investing space - and now they are.
IN ITS FIRST MONTH IN 2018, MARKET MOMENT BECAME THE FASTEST GROWING BRIEFING IN THE ALEXA BUSINESS & FINANCE CATEGORY … ORGANICALLY ($0 MEDIA BUDGET).
Based on the popular “Today In Market History” tweets from @RitholtzWealth, Market Moment hosted by “Downtown” Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) is a 5-star briefing packed with great information about business and the market.
The Ritholtz team has been a blast to work with. They’re hands-on, ahead of the curve, and excited to invest in voice branding.
Having vision in 2008 that social media would explode helped Josh and his team get millions of followers. They’re doing the same thing with voice. Check back in a couple years and see who in finance-related content marketing had the head start voice.
We took care to choose keywords, title, and description for Amazon SEO (search engine optimization). Through monitoring and tweaking these fields, we have been able to climb the rankings for our top search terms, including investing, stock market, and financial advice. For example:
Improving Alexa Skills store page rank (SEO):
After eight weeks, with $0 spent on promotion:
We improved from position #75 to #20 for "investing", a 73% improvement. I.e. we were #75 of total results and now we are #20, on page 2.
We improved from position #24 to #8 for "stock market" (and to #7 a week later, below):
In March 2019, we launched a first-of-its-kind custom voice skill and mini podcast about investing based on The Compound YouTube channel.
What if you could listen in on regular conversations between professionals working in money management today?
I invented the mini-podcast. All the financial industry and investment-oriented podcasts are an hour long or more. I think that’s because the person whose podcast it is feels bad about asking a guest to come on and then cutting them short. Some podcasts should be an hour – Patrick O’Shaugnhnessy interviewing Michael Mauboussin, for example, or Barry Ritholtz interviewing Ray Dalio, or Michael Kitces interviewing Ric Edelman.
But most podcasts are too long and not every guest has an hour-plus worth of stuff you want to hear. However, the format persists. I think it’s just something that’s become a tradition – to interview each guest for an hour and change – even though that’s not what the listener actually needs or wants from every conversation.
Click here to enable The Compound Show on Alexa then say, “Alexa, open The Compound Show!”