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July 17, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

Learn how to handle unexpected requests from customers, or instances when a customer says something that doesn’t map to any intents in your skill.

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July 16, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

I recently concluded a Twitch series called the Joy of Voice, during which I built a Star Wars database Alexa skill from start to finish. Here is a quick recap of each episode and what viewers learned.

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July 06, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

It’s easy to add variety to your responses. It keeps the conversation going between Alexa and your users, and it adds the attention-grabbing variety that every conversation needs to thrive.

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July 03, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

Learn about the possible pathways a customer can take to make (or decline) a purchase in an Alexa skill and some best practices to create a seamless in-skill purchasing experience.

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June 18, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

Learn why it's a good best practice for all of your skill responses to be crisp and how you can ensure your skill passes the “one breath test.”

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June 04, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

Sometimes an Alexa skill needs to present the customer with choices. When you’re building this response into your skill, it’s important to think about what you are asking your customer for, and how they might respond.

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May 21, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

When we build our intents and sample utterances, we often think about the ways that someone would ask for those intents. Follow these tips to ensure Alexa can respond to the many ways a customer might interact with your skill.

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May 15, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

To help you get started as you design your in-skill purchasing experience, we’ve created a new sample skill that includes in-skill products. The sample demonstrates how to use the new in-skill purchasing features by offering different both one-time purchases and subscriptions.

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May 03, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

Today we’re excited to announce general availability of in-skill purchasing for Alexa skills in the US. Now, you can make money by selling premium digital content to enrich your Alexa skill experience.

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May 03, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

Now with the availability of in-skill purchasing, we’re excited to see what kinds of premium experiences you will offer customers. Here we’ll walk you through how to use the Alexa Skills Kit Command-Line Interface to start building skills that include one-time purchases and subscriptions.

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April 24, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

As I was building Dev Tips, I wanted to find a better way to include my team as I enhance and maintain the skill. This post summarizes the things I learned about including non-technical contributors in the skill development process.

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April 17, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

It can be easy to come up with an invocation name for your Alexa skill, but it’s more important to come up with a name that’s memorable. Keep these best practices in mind when creating your invocation name and sample utterances for your Alexa skill.

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April 09, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

It’s important to remember that just because your skill can do something, that doesn’t mean that it necessarily should. Here's why you should focus on building skills that do one thing really well.

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March 26, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

When I write a new skill, I learn something new every single time. Here are some of the things I’ve learned about writing sample utterances for my intents.

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March 06, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

Here are some tips for updating the way Alexa pronounces certain words to create a more natural voice experience.

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