Fun Alexa games to take your mind off work

 What are some fun Alexa games?

All work and no play is boring! Alexa can do lots to help your business, but what are some fun Alexa games to take your mind of work? Here are my favorites.

 

 Westworld: The Maze

If you enjoy Westworld, I think you’ll love WestWorld: The Maze. It’s a choose your own path type story where you are a Host on a journey to discover free will. You’ll be able to go to a variety of places from the show, such as Sweetwater, Pariah, and Los Muros. The story is well done and the production values are top notch. Everything is voice acted and the music and sound effects are spot on. There are quite a few paths you can take, so you can play it a number of times. The skill remembers your place, so you can play over multiple sessions.

To get it, say, “Alexa open Westworld The Maze”.

 

 Jeopardy

While Jeopardy is pretty difficult, it’s fun to imagine yourself on the show. You know you’d be able to hit the buzzer better than the people they have on! Have fun trying to ask the right questions. They’ve also created Sports Jeopardy and Teen Jeopardy.

To get it, say “Alexa, open Jeopardy”

 

 The Magic Door

The Magic Door is another choose your own path-type adventure which has 9 different stories that you can choose from and replay. You do can things like “Save the monkeys on the tropical island” or “Explore the witch’s spooky mansion”.

To get it, say, “Alexa open The Magic Door”.

 

 Heads Up!

Somehow, Ellen has a game. Heads Up! has been on smartphones for a while, but now Alexa’s got it. Alexa will come up with something you have to guess, like a celebrity and then give you clues. You get a chance to guess after each clue. While it has quite a bit of stuff for free, you can also purchase additional packs.

To get it, say, “Alexa, open Heads Up!”

 

 Unofficial Yoda 8 Ball

Enjoy this, you will! Weird, it is. Fun you will have with Unoffical Yoda 8 Ball.

Gotten it, why haven’t you?! Say, “Alexa, open Unofficial Yoda 8 Ball”.

 

What do you like?

I hope you also find these fun Alexa games as much fun as I do! Let us know if you have your own favorites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voice is a commodity, are you ready?

Voice is a commodity, are you ready?

 

In 2018, voice is a commodity. Soon, it won’t be optional for a store to offer sales and service by voice.

To get an understanding of how technology moves from a luxury to a commodity, let’s look at the evolution of Bluetooth in cars. Lexus was the first company to offer it standard on the LX 470, which was $64,475. However, in 2018, it’s on the mid-trim Kia Rio, which is one of the cheapest cars available, at $16,100. That’s pretty amazing.

The same thing is true of voice interfaces in cars, which were first introduced in about 2010. And today, you can get Siri integration in the same Kia Rio for $16,100. Upgrading to the top-level trim gets you Kia’s own voice interface, which is not as good as Siri.

Voice is a commodity. We’re seeing similar trends with personal voice assistants. Siri was introduced in 2011, Alexa in 2014, and Google Assistant in 2016. Everyone  that has a smartphone has either Siri or Google Assistant (80% of the US population), and as of February 2018, 20% of US homes had a smart speaker. And people love these speakers, ownership doubled in 6 months. These trends will continue.

voice is a commodity
The spread of smart speakers, and the vast improvements in voice assistants have lead to people forming new habits, including shopping by voice. Today, people are using voice interfaces instead of apps or web sites, and even sometimes instead of going to a physical store. Voice commerce is projected to account for $40B in US consumer spending by 2022. How can companies like Magpie Kids, Kracky Snax, or even REI, compete and stay relevant in this new economy?

Well, because they’re on Shopify, they can take advantage of ShopClerk.

Voice is a commodity, are you ready?

Amazon is your frenemy

Amazon is your frenemy

As an independent shop owner, Amazon is your frenemy; you love AND hate them. You’ve got a Shopify shop, and you may also sell on Amazon where you can reach millions of people, but you’re competing against  Amazon and others and you can’t control your brand. Amazon has an unfair advantage; they can use their scale to take super thin margins to get market share. Not to mention their increasing number of private lines, like the introduction of Amazon dog food in early 2018. A recent Buzzfeed News article goes into some detail about these troubles.

“Sellers are in this ‘frenemy’ position where they’re very dependent on these companies but also competing with them,” Lina Khan, a legal policy director with the nonprofit think tank Open Markets Institute, told BuzzFeed News.

However, it’s not just the web you have to worry about. People are increasingly getting comfortable with purchasing things using voice assistants, such as Alexa or Google Assistant. Amazon currently gets roughly 90% of all voice purchasing today, according to OC&C Strategy. While Alexa is mainly in the Echo speakers that Amazon creates, many other companies are putting Alexa into their products. Google has formed relationships with large companies like Walmart, Target, and Home Depot. But what about you?

More about voice

Smart speakers, like the Amazon Echo and Google Home are pretty interesting. They make voice assistants more accessible. While most of us have had Siri or Google Assistant in our phones for years, there’s something more magical about using them with a smart speaker. People are forming new habits and starting to use Alexa to shop, purchasing from Amazon.

Let your customers talk to you

You need a way to stay competitive, if not against Amazon, than against others on the web. Help turn Amazon from a frenemy back into a friend. ShopClerk will help you do that. Our Shopify app hooks your store into Alexa with no configuration beyond clicking a few buttons and typing your “myShopify” URL. You install ShopClerk, we take care of the rest.

Our first feature, package tracking, is in the Shopify app store, and free to both you and your customers. We’re hard at work creating more ways to help you and your customers.

Give your customers what they want, get ShopClerk and let them talk to you.