Voice search as we know it first began in 2002 with Google voice web navigation and has boomed in popularity ever since. A few years later the search giant released GOOG-411, a dial-in service where users could call a toll-free number to retrieve a list of businesses in their area.
Now, voice search can be used to do anything from browsing a website to purchasing an item. Developments in AI and search algorithms allowed businesses to expand voice search to amazing functionality never dreamed before.
Most of today’s voice search devices rely on a speaker with a built-in microphone. Think of Google Home or Amazon Alexa. You speak a voice command to wake the device (“Hey Google” or “Alexa”), speak your request, and the query is completed.
The next step is integrating voice recognition into all websites and mobile apps. That’s how Voicer was born. And it’s easy to get started.
How do I add voice search to my website?
With Voicer, adding incredibly powerful voice search capabilities to your website is easy.
Simply copy the Voicer code snippet and paste it into your site’s HTML. One you hit save, Voicer will be ready to go on your site. No coding required.
With that one simple step, you give your users the ability to navigate your entire website and all of its menus with the power of their voice.
Voicer is much more powerful than speech-to-text voice capabilities that most of us are already familiar with. It allows for a completely integrated voice search experience on any website or app. We’re talking webpages, menus, settings, widgets, and anything else.
Tap the microphone icon and speak for what you’re looking for. Voicer will work its magic and take you there — no search bars or complicated menus necessary.
Why does my site need voice search?
What can you use a voice search tool like Voicer for? There’s plenty of reasons.
- E-commerce: Easily find, research, and purchase products. We’ll take a pair of blue-tinted Ray-Bans aviators for women, please.
- Blogs: Need to find a specific quote or a bit of information out of a 10-page blog? With voice search, that’s no problem.
- Dashboards: View highly specific datasets without clicking through various filters.
- Media players: Play a song, album, genre, or find song suggestions based on your favourite car jam.
- Web browser games: Quickly find and change a display setting without taking away from your game time.
- Communication apps: Message or call a specific contact — just be sure to speak their last name, too.
Improve site rankings on search engines
With the growing popularity of voice search, more and more search engines are factoring in voice capability into a website’s ranking.
The easier your site is to navigate, the better your SEO rankings will be, generally speaking. Integrated voice search like Voicer means you can keep all of your website information and detailed menus without taking away from your search engine ranking.
Voice search capabilities also improve website accessibility for disabled users who rely on text-to-speech. Now they can reverse that process and use speech-to-text to navigate your website.
The future is voice
Technology users have high expectations. They demand online experiences that are extremely powerful and intelligent, yet highly streamlined. In-app voice navigation is the next natural step in that direction.
Before we know it, most, if not all, major sites will contain some level of voice search functionality. Don’t let your website get left in the dust. Get started with Voicer voice search to create an online experience that your users will love.