Wouldn’t it be cool if customers could simply ask Alexa to look up the contact information for your business or team? Now you can build a skill that enables just that scenario using our team lookup skill template.
This template's sample data lets you search for Alexa evangelists and solutions architects by name and by city. So you could say, “Alexa, ask Team Lookup to find me an evangelist in Seattle,” and your skill would respond with the names of the evangelists along with their Twitter, LinkedIn, and GitHub handles. You could also say things like, "Alexa, ask Team Lookup: Who is Dave?" and "Alexa, ask Team Lookup for Amit’s Twitter handle."
Make It Your Own
You can replace the sample data included in this template and make the skill all your own. See the customization section in our tutorial for more details. Here are a few ideas.
Scenario 1: Just Replace the Data and Publish
Imagine you are a real estate company and you'd like to enable your customers and prospects to find a local agent by just talking to Alexa. You can take this template, replace it with your data, then publish it. Then anyone with access to a device with Alexa can just say, “Alexa, ask My Broker to find me an agent in New York."
Scenario 2: Replace the Data and Use It Privately
The first scenario entails publishing your skill and making it available in the Alexa Skills Store. But you could also use your skill privately to look up information for your friends and family: "Alexa, ask People Finder: What's Jessica's Twitter handle."
Scenario 3: Replace the Data, Add More Features, and Publish
Finally, you can also use the sample code as a base and build up—say, by adding more information types like email and Instagram handles. You can also add search by geolocation, so it would return results for people who are currently in a given city.
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