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September 24, 2018

Paul Cutsinger

There are many ways Alexa technologies help people find engaging skills. Check out this post for a deeper look at those technologies and how you can leverage them to make your skills more discoverable.

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September 20, 2018

Paul Cutsinger

Today we’re excited to announce a preview of a new design language and tools that make it easy to create visually rich Alexa skills for tens of millions of Alexa devices with screens.

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August 03, 2018

Paul Cutsinger

I recently chatted with Oren Jacob, co-founder and CEO of Pullstring, and was delighted to learn that he shares my view on the importance of conversational design. Here are a few points from our chat that have stayed with me.

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July 30, 2018

Paul Cutsinger

One of the most common questions we receive from developers is “How can I get my skill featured by Amazon?” Here are a few best practices to help your skill shine and increase the chances of it being featured by Amazon.

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July 13, 2018

Paul Cutsinger

Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of VaynerMedia, says, "Alexa and voice is the future of a frictionless world." Vaynerchuk believes the voice economywill fuel hundred-billion-dollar companies the size of Facebok and Instagram. 

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June 07, 2018

Paul Cutsinger

The final post in our series covers another key voice design principle, which is to make your interactions relatable to your customers.

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June 02, 2018

Paul Cutsinger

In order to enable conversational, freeform voice-first interactions, it's important to present all available options at the top level. Learn how to design your voice user interface in a way that reduces cognitive load on your customers.

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May 17, 2018

Paul Cutsinger

When designing customer experiences for any form factor, it’s important to create a personal experience for users. Learn how you can individualize the voice experience through personalization.

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May 08, 2018

Paul Cutsinger

Voice is fast-becoming a common user interface, and we find that people embrace voice-first user interfaces because they are natural, conversational, and user-centric. Learn about how you can build your voice-first interaction in a way that enables users to speak to Alexa in their own words.

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May 03, 2018

Paul Cutsinger

When you build delightful skills with compelling content, customers win. Now with the announcement of in-skill purchasing, you can sell premium content to enrich your Alexa skill experience. Here are some best practices for designing a premium experience for your customers.

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February 28, 2018

Paul Cutsinger

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The Alexa Developer Rewards program is expanding, giving developers even more ways to earn money for eligible Alexa skills that customers love. Now, kid skills join the growing list of eligible skill categories.

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February 07, 2018

Paul Cutsinger

When building skills, it is incredibly important to build high-quality experiences. Users will not come back if a skill does not open or fails quietly halfway through. And we may not be aware of any problems until a user writes a one-star review. Testing and automation are the solution.

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January 05, 2018

Paul Cutsinger

Last year we released more than 100 products, programs, features, and tools in the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK)—from new additions to the Echo family of devices, to new monetization opportunities, to new and improved developer tools. Here are the highlights. 

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December 19, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

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Echo Spot is now shipping to customers in the US. Create engaging experiences using the interactive touch display on Echo Spot.

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December 14, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

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We are happy to announce the next evolution of our testing tools for Alexa skill developers. Now you can use the Test Simulator (Beta) to test your Alexa skill without owning a device.

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