Have you ever wrestled with a set of instructions, but then got so frustrated with it all that you thread them away in a fluster and tried to figure out how to do it … yourself?
Resulting in … Making a great big mess of it all?
Similarly, if you really want to use Web Audio the right way, the way that WORKS, then you need to know what DOES NOT work.
Here's what many people do, pretty systematically … to hinder their marketing and audio responses:
1. Speaking into the microphone without a care for what they're saying, how they're saying it and listening! That's pretty scary. Mumbling along without paying any attention to the small details. It's what could sink the hopes of many … FAST!
SIMPLE SOLUTION – Write out a little script. Then, rehearse it. After that, record it several times. Finally, choose the best of the lot and use it. See, I told you it was pretty simple.
2. Some feel that hiring a 'PROFESSIONAL' or 'DJ', to record the voice audio, is the way to go. Now, for some, that may seem a reasonable way out, but what's likely to happen is that the websites' PERSONALITY loses its authenticity. Somehow, most of us can detect when things seem out of sync. When things seem a little too … SLICK!
SIMPLE SOLUTION – If you really want to get someone else to do the voice audio for you, then make sure they've got a warm, natural personality that shines through in their voice. It'll win people over.
3. Sending the recorded audio message to your website, and then … FORGETTING ABOUT IT! Have you ever dialed a phone number, got an answer machine message that was either way out of date or just plain irrelevant? What an unprofessional image to portrait. Well, that's why NOT attaching to what's on your messages, could cripple you more than you'd know!
SIMPLE SOLUTION – Keep your audio updated! I'm not saying that you have to micro-manage it and change it every other day. But, keeping your messages fresh, alive and full of valuable, useful and usable information that addresses the needs of your audience … is what'll keep them loyal, attentive and eager to receive your future messages!
4. Leaving your audience mentally floating, not knowing what to do next. Have you ever experienced a scenario similar to this one: Whilst waiting on a train platform, an announcement is made to the waiting passengers as follows,
"due to a fault on the line, please expect further delays".
I'm in no doubt at all that this announcement would have left the passengers feeling concerned, confused and wondering what to do next. What the announcer should have taken the time to add is as follows,
"as we have not received any information from our control center indicating the expected length of delay, you may like to consider hopping on bus number 19, leaving the bus stop adjacent to the station entry in 7 minutes time. Otherwise, please continue to listen for further announcements, which we will endeavor to make every five minutes. Please also accept our sincere apologies for the delay and any inconvenience this may have caused you. "
SIMPLE SOLUTION: People are silently begging to be told what to do next. If you can lead them to a specific outlet, they'll be putty in your hands! Whatever it's instructions to go to a specific toll free number to get more information, or something they have to activate, like a membership number, whatever it is … tell them PRECISELY how to do it.
Web Audio, used correctly, will have a dramatic impact on the way in which your customers respond to you. They'll be so 'stuck' on your website and added to your audio messages, that you'll soon be sending out birthday cards to them!
FLASH AUDIO WIZARD has a simple in-built technology that'll give you the website personality you've always dreamed of. It's simple to use. It's easy to get started. Why not get your website 'speaking', today? Just visit www.FlashAudioWizard.com
Copyright 2004 Nick James