The Big Sky skill delivers personalized weather reports to more than 60,000 monthly active users. This CNET "must-have" skill also offers premimum content; 50% of customers opt in to purchase when offered.
Headspace reimagined its meditation app for voice to provide a customer experience free of mobile interruptions. Customers are responding to the simpler and more seamless option by linking accounts, trying premium experiences, and coming back for more.
Say It Now helps brands reimagine their offerings for voice in a way that yields value for both the brand and its customers. The agency's leaders say "conversational commerce" will transform the voice industry.
Sony Pictures Television built Alexa skills to bring Jeopardy! and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire to millions of fans at home. Both games include premium content—Jeopardy! via a subscription and Millionaire via a consumable model—to give fans more of the content they love.
Volley built voice-first games that amassed over 500,000 monthly active users in less than a year. With a vision to “build games that people can play for hundreds of hours,” Volley added premium expansion packs to its top-rated game and has seen “much, much higher” conversion than its mobile app.
With over 30 published skills and 200,000 active monthly users, there’s no doubt Gal Shenar has cracked the code for building highly engaging Alexa skills. When Amazon introduced in-skill purchasing, Shenar saw even greater opportunity to monetize his skills.
Through his company Invoked Apps, Nick Schwab is the creator of popular ambient sound skills earning Alexa Developer Rewards. With in-skill purchasing, Schwab saw a chance to grow his voice business with more sustainable and predictable revenue.
From launching startups to helping build a $3 billion e-commerce giant, 20-year software veteran Jeff Bolton knows a thing or two building a business. As founder of Voice Apps, a voice design studio focused exclusively on Alexa skills, he's built a catalog of 88 Alexa skills and has incorporated premium content into his skills.
Mauri Niininen has worked in technology since 1985, while Barry Thain has been a clinical hypnotist in London for 25 years. After one of Thain’s hypnotherapy recordings helped Niininen get some much-needed rest over 20 years ago, he had a business idea about delivering audio therapy benefits to a broader audience.
Big Sky is a weather skill that delivers personalized, hyper-local weather information. The skill uses the Alexa Presentation Language to present a simple yet striking set of visuals to complement the voice experience.
With zero coding experience, John Gillilan never expected to find life-changing success building Alexa skills. But today, Gillilan heads up bondad.fm, a thriving voice design consultancy that creates highly engaging multimodal skills for Alexa.
For years, professional developer Ben Ursu has built technology that brings immersive visual and augmented reality experiences to life. But Ursu was curious how he might integrate such powerful visual interfaces with another engaging technology: voice.
In an exciting move for the gaming world, Electronic Arts, a global leader in digital interactive entertainment, is investing in voice technology. Maxis, creator of the its popular life simulation franchise The Sims™ within EA, has published three Alexa skills to date: The Sims, The Sims Stories, and Maxis Podcast.
Nickelodeon's skill places kids behind the counter at the Krusty Krab diner where they take orders that they then have to remember. The SpongeBob Challenge skill features 70 characters from the show including Patrick, Plankton, and Mr. Krabs.
St. Noire by Virsix Games is the first truly immersive voice-based murder mystery board game and Alexa skill. First released in July 2019, the game’s sales and customer response have been positive from day one.
For the Season 2 finale of Westworld, HBO turned to Alexa to draw fans into the fantasy world. Westworld: The Maze is an immersive voice game that lets fans navigate the show’s world and interact with characters. With actors and custom-built sound design, the game kept fans engaged for an average of 15 minutes.
To drum up excitement for the launch of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Ubisoft created a game companion experience for Alexa. In the Spartan skill, Alexios delivers in-game information, answers questions, and even tells jokes to engage and delight fans at home. Ubisoft also produced a funny and well-received video featuring Alexios in action.
iRobot devices have been vacuuming and mopping customers’ homes ever since, but the 2017 addition of the iRobot skill for Alexa to enable voice control took the customer experience to new heights.
Sesame Street built a skill that enables kids to call Elmo to learn about the letter of the day or play hide-and-seek. In addition to Elmo's voice, the skill is chock-full of silly sounds that kids love, like boings, oinks, and horn honks.
Customers can listen to music from their Pandora account simply by asking Alexa. The company recently simplified account linking to a one-touch operation, enabling a simple setup experience.