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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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March 05, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

You can get meaningful insights about your skill engagement using the JSON data that is sent to your code by Alexa each time a user interacts with your skill.

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February 20, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

Once you’ve published your Alexa skill, it’s time to spread the word about it. Sharing your skills is a great way to promote it and expand its reach to potential new users.

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February 02, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

Increase engagement with your skills through continuous improvement and maintenance. See how we track engagement of the Dev Tips skill, then create custom slots based on user activity.

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January 15, 2018

Jeff Blankenburg

Our final post in the resource roundup series features top tips and tutorials for building multimodal skills for Echo Show and Echo Spot. 

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December 08, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

Starting today, Alexa and Amazon Echo will be rolling out to customers in over 80 countries. Now you can make your Alexa skills available to customers in these countries who buy an Echo.

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November 30, 2017

Jeff Blankenburg

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Today we are excited to announce that developers will soon be able to use the Alexa Skills Kit to build personalized responses when Alexa recognizes a customer’s voice.

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