Posted by Daniel Tyreus ● Dec 16, 2019 4:12:44 PM

Your Website as a CMS for Voice

With Soundcheck you can use "speakable" content from your website to answer questions users pose to your Action on Google or Alexa Skill. Voice may be changing the way we access the information that is important to us. But that doesn't mean the location of that information is changing. Much of the important information we consume still lives on the web. Soundcheck lets you use your web content directly in your voice apps.

 One way of adapting web content to be optimized for voice is to add markup that indicates which parts of a web page are speakable. This lets web crawlers for the Google Assistant and others understand the page better. It also lets you use that content as a response to a voice interaction using Soundcheck.

Many of the topics built in to Soundcheck support adding URL with speakable content as the fulfillment. For example, let's say we at Soundcheck wanted our voice app to respond to the question, "tell me more about Soundcheck." We could add the topic "Company Info" and then set the response to be the speakable content from our about page. Then we publish this interaction as part of our voice app to Google Assistant or Alexa.

With a topic connected to a speakable URL, a digital assistant will read the speakable content on that URL when someone asks the relevant question. Your website is now a CMS for Voice!

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Using content from the web in your voice apps has many benefits. Having both your web and voice content in one place greatly simplifies your workflow for updates and reduces the chances of having inconsistent content. Publishers don't need to learn a new system just for voice and don't have to duplicate work across multiple platforms. If you use WordPress, we even have a plugin that makes adding and checking speakable content painless. And last but not least, adding speakable sections to your website may make your content more discoverable by future voice assistants.