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Beetle Moment Marketing Podcast Appearance (Future Ear Daily Update 8-13-19)

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One of the best things about attending the Voice Summit was meeting so many sharp people working in and around the voice space. One of the people I was fortunate to meet and spend some time with was Emily Binder, founder of Beetle Moment Marketing. Emily’s marketing firm specializes in helping brands differentiate by leveraging emerging technologies, which includes all things voice.

She has an impressive portfolio of work, which includes the creation and management of Josh Brown and Ritzholtz Wealth Management’s flash briefing, “Market Moment” and Alexa skill/mini podcast, “The Compound Show.” (Josh, aka The Reformed Broker, is one of the most popular internet figures in the finance world, with over a million twitter followers). This is just one example of the type of work that she does on a regular basis for all types of clients.

Emily approached me at the Voice Summit about coming on her podcast to record an episode centered around hearables, which we recorded last week. It was a quick, 18-minute discussion about the evolution of the hearables’ landscape, where the technology is going, and some of the challenges that have to be navigated to get there. We also touched on Flash Briefings and shared the same sentiment about how much potential there is with this new medium, while simultaneously being a bit disappointed by Amazon not giving the Alexa-specific feature more prominence (it should be the star of Amazon’s smart speakers!).

Check out the episode, and be sure to engage on Twitter to let me know what you think!

-Thanks for Reading-

Dave

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“Voicebot First 100” Dave Joins the Voicebot Podcast for Episode 105 (Future Ear Daily Update 7-16-19)

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A few weeks back, I was fortunate to be asked by the Voicebot podcast host, Bret Kinsella, to join him, Amy Stapleton and Pete Haas on the podcast to help review some of the most memorable interviews and moments that transpired on the Voicebot podcast across the first 100 episodes. The episode was recently published on all major podcasting platforms.

Amy co-founded the company Tellables, which is a studio that creates interactive story games designed to be told by voice assistants, and prior to Tellables, she worked at NASA for 14 years (so cool). Pete is a long time developer who worked in design and developer roles throughout the various phases of computing, as a web developer, then a mobile developer, and now a voice developer, having created more than 200 voice experiences in the past few years (also very cool). Needless to say, I was in pretty good company!

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After recording our 90 minute chat, here are a few of my big takeaways from the first 100 episodes of the Voicebot podcast:

  1. What a time we live in where you can hear inventors speak candidly about the technology they’re ushering in, such as Adam Cheyer, one of the original founders of Siri. Can you imagine being able to listen to Einstein, Eddison, Ford, etc back in their heyday talk about what they’re working on?
  2. Along the same vein, it’s incredibly impressive the type of access that Bret is getting to leaders within the various companies he interviews. To Amy’s point during our chat, Bret does a great job ferreting out information, and from leaders within organizations that haven’t historically been too transparent, such as Amazon. It’s really valuable as a listener and an awesome resource for business development.
  3. The three episodes I picked as my favorites were the episodes with Amir Hirsh of Audioburst, Vijay Balasubramanyan of Pindrop Security, and Adam Cheyer – co-founder of Siri and Viv Labs (Samsung Bixby 2.0). I view the areas that all three of these companies are working in to be “big ideas” and each area as paramount to the future of voice technology’s success and proliferation.
  4. I love the compilation episodes that the Voicebot team conducts because they often serve as a “teaser” to future, full-length interviews from companies that were originally surfaced in the compilation episodes.

I hope you enjoy the discussion. It was certainly enjoyable to get called up to the big leagues and go on a podcast that I listen to so frequently and find so much value in.

-Thanks for Reading-

Dave

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Podcast Previews (Future Ear Daily Update 7-9-19)

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Something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is podcast discovery. The reason I’m so keen on podcasting right now is that I see it as a killer use case for both hearables (passive content consumption as a reason to wear the devices longer and more frequently) and smart assistants (control, curate and mediate the information).

Last week, I wrote about the concept of podcast-to-podcast advertising as a potential solution to help creators of all sizes work together to monetize and grow their audiences. As I mentioned in that post, there are 750,000 podcasts out there and a total of more than 30 million episodes have been recorded, according to website, podcastinsights.com. So, there’s a big ocean of content out there that listeners need to wade through in order to find something they might like.

One of the other potential solutions that I’ve been thinking might work to help with the discovery dilemma is “podcast previews,” which would be controlled via a smart assistant. The way that I envision this operating is similar to a flash briefing, where you issue one voice command (Alexa, play my podcast previews), and then receive a stream of short clips from the podcasts that you subscribe to, in addition to podcast recommendations that you might like. This would seem to fit right in the wheelhouse of platforms like Spotify that are focusing heavily on podcasting and personalized curation.

You’d then be able to control the stream via your voice assistant, allowing you to skip ahead, play the full podcast, and ultimately subscribe to a podcast. In this scenario, podcast creators would be able to crop their own clip from the episode being previewed and submit it to the stream, the same way a flash briefing is submitted.

To any podcast creators reading this – what do you think? Would this make sense as a way to potentially expose more people to your podcast? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so be sure to reach out on twitter to get the conversation going!

-Thanks for Reading-

Dave

To listen to the broadcast on your Alexa device, enable the skill here

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and then say, “Alexa/Ok Google, launch Future Ear Radio.”

 

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“The Future of Hearables” My Podcast Episode with Nick Myers (Future Ear Daily Update 7-8-19)

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I recently joined Nick Myers, CEO of Redfox AI, on his podcast “The Artificial Podcast” to discuss the future of hearable technology. You can check out our discussion in the link below or in any of the following podcasting platforms (Apple podcasts, Breaker, Google podcasts, Spotify, Overcast).

Here’s a few of the highlights of what we talked about:

  • How I get immersed in the VoiceFirst world, which stemmed from the emergence of Bluetooth hearing aids and the ways they can support new use cases
  • The bullish case for Smart Assistant-enabled hearing aids
  • The rise of AirPods – why they succeeded when previous, more ambitious hearables failed initially
    • Apple’s near-field VoiceFirst play and why AirPods are so critical to the company’s future
  • The new norm of wearing ear-worn devices for extended periods of time
  • The two phases of FuturEar.co and my motivation behind launching Future Ear Radio and the daily blog post
  • Conversational smart assistants and opening the app economy up to our assistants
    • The next phase of VoiceFirst and where we really start to see Alexa, Google Assistant, Bixby become “assistants”
  • Why the blend of assistants, the Voice User Interface and the IoT is going to be so critical to our aging population in the US
  • The increasing ease of conducing audio and why flash briefings and podcasting will continue to explode in popularity

I hope you enjoy the conversation! Feel free to engage with Nick and I on Twitter about our conversation and if there are particular portions of the conversation that resonate with you, be sure to let us know!

-Thanks for Reading-

Dave

To listen to the broadcast on your Alexa device, enable the skill here

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To listen on your Google Assistant device, enable the skill here 

and then say, “Alexa/Ok Google, launch Future Ear Radio.”

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This Week in Voice – First Podcast Experience

 

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This Thursday, I was fortunate to be invited by Bradley Metrock, the host of the podcast, “This Week in Voice,” to sit down with him and discuss the top stories of the week that pertain to Voice technology. I was joined by fellow panelist, Sarah Storm, who is the Head of the cloud studio, SpokenLayer, and the three of us went back and forth around what’s new in the VoiceFirst world.

The great thing about this podcast is that Bradley brings on a wide variety of people with different backgrounds on this show, so that each week you get a different perspective into the stories of the week. This week, we talked about the following five stories:

  1. New York Times: Why We May Soon Be Living in Alexa’s World
    This story serves as a revelation of sorts, as it’s the realization that Alexa, and the other smart assistants, are not just merely new gadgets, but represent a shift in how we communicate with computers as a whole.
  2. VoiceBot.ai: Spotify Working on New Smart Speaker? 
    The fact that Spotify posted two separate job openings for senior positions around a new hardware division turned a lot of heads. This is particularly interesting given the impending IPO, as Spotify might be looking to make some pretty dramatic moves prior to going public. Would Spotify be better off vertically integrating itself via partnerships/acquisitions, or is it possible for them to create a hardware division from scratch?
  3. Forbes: Meet the Voice Marketer 
    Voice represents an entirely new opportunity for brands to market themselves, but the question is how best do you use this new medium? With more personal data than ever at many of these brands’ disposal, it will be a challenge to balance the “creepy” with the truly proactive and engaging.
  4. Satire (I think): Local Man to Marry Alexa
     

  5. The Voice of Healthcare Summit
    Held at the Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston this August, this summit promises to be one of the best opportunities to gather with fellow Voice enthusiasts and healthcare professionals, to collaborate and learn about applying Voice to healthcare. This will be an awesome event and I encourage anyone to go who thinks this might be up their alley!

This was a great experience getting to sit in on this podcast and chat with Bradley and Sarah. I hope you enjoy this episode and cheers to more in the future!

Listen via:

Apple Podcasts;  Google Play Music; Overcast; SoundCloud; Stitcher Radio;  TuneIn

-Thanks for Reading-

Dave