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Making Phone Calls with Amazon Alexa

Making Phone Calls with Amazon Alexa
Making phone calls with Amazon Alexa is easier than you think. Even if you don't think you'd use it at home, imagine what it could do for your business. Instead of fumbling with your phone to find a number, or heaven-forbid, thumbing through a phone book. You can just ask Alexa to call whoever you'd like to speak with. If you run a business or organization, why not stock up on a few Echo Dots (or even better...snag the 2nd generation models for less) and give them to your employees. Think of the time and headache they can save by making fast phone calls just using voice commands. Here's how to set it up:

Shopping with Amazon Alexa

Shopping with Amazon Alexa
If you already have an Amazon Alexa device, you maybe have started asking her for the weather, or learned to set up your Flash Briefing. But, with the holidays coming up, I thought it was important that we all know how easy Alexa makes it to order things you need most. Here are just a few examples:

Creating & Managing Lists with Amazon Alexa

Creating & Managing Lists with Amazon Alexa
Another underutilized feature of any Amazon Alexa device you own is the ability to create and manage lists. The most obvious types of lists are shopping lists and to-do lists, but Alexa allows you to create lists for anything you'd like! Set up a Christmas Gift Idea list, Home Improvement Tasks, or Vacation Packing List using just your voice. Then, when you're ready to access everything you've added to your list, pull it up easily using the Alexa App on your phone. Here's how to set it up:

How to Use Your Alexa Device as an Intercom

How to Use Your Alexa Device as an Intercom
One of the most underrated features of Amazon Alexa devices (in my opinion) is the intercom/calling drop-in feature. You can call other rooms in your house, call home when you're away, or call a friend or family member right from your Alexa device....or even from your Alexa app on your phone! Here's how to set it up:

Why You Need Alexa Routines

Why You Need Alexa Routines
Even if you already have an Amazon Alexa device, I'm guessing you haven't played around with routines all that much. That's ok! You're not alone! You're probably feeling like you already have your morning & evening routines figured out, so there's no need to complicate things with Amazon Alexa, right? I thought that myself, until I decided to give it a try just to be able to speak intelligently about it when people asked. Now I'm hooked. It seriously is worth your consideration. Here are a few ideas of how you could use Alexa Routines, and at the end of the article, I've got instructions on how to set it up. :-)

101 Flash Briefing Content Ideas

101 Flash Briefing Content Ideas

Ok, so you have your very own Alexa Flash Briefing Skill for your business. You can reach anyone with an Alexa device right in their own home! That's amazing! But, now what?....what do you say to them? How do you keep them engaged and interested in your content while still building rapport AND boosting sales?

Here are some content ideas to consider:

  1. Your Podcast!
  2. Share a Business Success
  3. Ask a Question

How Much Does Your Advertising Really Cost?

How Much Does Your Advertising Really Cost?

If you're like most companies, you're probably sticking to the tried and true advertising methods that have worked so far....maybe you advertise in trade magazines or have a TV or radio ad here and there. Or, if you're a local business, maybe you've got billboards and are sending out direct mail to target customers.

If you're on the cutting edge of technology, maybe you've got Google Ads set up or Facebook ads running to promote your business.

How is all this working for you? Do you feel like you're getting the right bang for your buck? Or could there be a better way to reach target customers?

Have you considered using the Amazon Alexa platform to reach customers? Statistics show that approximately 50,000,000 Americans have an Amazon Alexa device. If just 0.1% of those people have your App (or Skill, as they're called), you could be paying just $0.07 per 1000 impressions. That's less than 3% of the cost of Facebook impressions! And Facebook impressions are less than 5% of the cost of Direct Mail impressions!

How to Increase Sales with Amazon Alexa Flash Briefings

How to Increase Sales with Amazon Alexa Flash Briefings

With over 50 million Amazon Alexa users in the United States, reaching your target demographic via Alexa Flash Briefings is one of the most undervalued ways of reaching your target audience.

Every time your target client says, "Alexa, what's my Flash Briefing?", they could be hearing your content. Stop getting lost in the noise of all the advertisements on TV, radio, print and social media, and be one of the first to reach your audience through Amazon Alexa.

Here are four ways to establish yourself as an expert to your target demographic and attract more business:

Amazon Alexa Hacks for Real Estate Agents

Amazon Alexa Hacks for Real Estate Agents

As a real estate agent, you probably are always thinking about ways to get in front of potential customers and ways to separate yourself from the flock of agents looking to nab the next client. Do you have an email list? Do you send postcards? What about social media or website updates?

You're doing those? Great! Well, chances are, your competition is doing those things as well. What about Voice? Have you started setting yourself apart from other agents by using Amazon Echo or Google Home devices to your advantage? It's estimated that over 50 Million Americans are using voice-activated devices, so if you're not already taking advantage of this built-in audience, you should be! Here are 3 ways you can use this platform to your advantage.

Top Sioux Falls Projects of 2018

Top Sioux Falls Projects of 2018

This city is amazing. I recently came back to Sioux Falls after 15 years away, and every day I hear of more and more incredible new projects and businesses that are drastically improving the quality of life of all of us Sioux-ites (What should we call ourselves? Has a word been coined yet?)

Here are the four to watch in 2018:

Introducing: Raspberry Mills Business Mastermind Group

Introducing: Raspberry Mills Business Mastermind Group

Last week we posted about how lonely it can be as a business owner....you don't really have coworkers to lean on the same way you would if you worked for someone else.

We received overwhelming feedback that business owners, entrepreneurs, and those looking to reach the next level in their business could really use a community to bounce ideas off of each other and share resources.

Your wish is our command: Introducing the Raspberry Mills Business Mastermind Group on Facebook.

Business Feature: Rehfeld's Art & Framing

Business Feature: Rehfeld's Art & Framing
From Forensic Scientist to Successful Sioux Falls Business Owner, today's Business Feature is a fascinating conversation with Matt Jorgenson at Reh...