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Friday, April 13, 2018

New Amazon Skill Builders Guide

Amazon puts together a nice doc about building voice first experiences.  Linked to below.  Mostly rules of thumb to make things work.   And they have lots of data now on what works well, based on the architecture they have.    That may be the big win, continue to adapt approaches and architecture to lead to good assistant value for given contexts.  Note in particular the section mentioning the use of analytics to make enhancements.

10 Things Every Alexa Skill Should Do

Tips to Build High-Quality Alexa Skills

We get a lot of great questions from developers and skill builders about how to build high-quality Alexa skills. Questions like, “what makes a skill great,” “are there any best practices that I should be considering,” and “what can I do to make my skill better,” are usually top of mind.

Building Alexa skills is both an art and a science. There are technical aspects to building for voice, as well as creative concepts that go into designing natural voice experiences. Both are important things to consider as you build engaging skills.

With more than 30,000 skills in the Alexa Skills Store, we’ve learned a lot about what makes a skill great, and what you can do to create incredible voice experience for your customers.

Here are 10 things to keep in mind when you’re building voice-first experiences for Alexa: .... 

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