Putting Your Website on Audio Autopilot
by Tiffany Dow
Audio is a very powerful selling tool. Some people arenít very good at reading, or really hate to read, but they donít mind listening as they multi-task. Using audio on your site is a great way to capture attention and sell to people who really canít stand reading long sales pitches.
Audio instantly captures attention. Some people see this is a bad thing, because audio can be very startling if someone has their speakers turned up loudly and arenít expecting a verbal pitch. This is why some marketers choose not to have their audio start automatically, but have a ďplayĒ button instead.
Other marketers say audio loses its power if itís optional. Itís probably better to test both options on your site to see which performs better for you. Audio is also very good for selling to the vision impaired. A lot of people with vision impairment use the Internet frequently. By adding audio to your sites, youíll make it easier for them to understand your product.
You can also use audio to provide tutorials. These can be tutorials that you place on your website or allow people to download. Some people learn better when they hear instructions than when they read them. Providing your tutorials in audio format will help reach these people in a way that written tutorials might not be able to.
Audio testimonials are a very useful selling tool. By having people give you their testimonials in audio format, you help lend credibility to the feedback. A lot of people feel that anyone could write a fake testimonial, so they often donít trust them.
But if you offer your testimonials in audio format, theyíll be more likely to believe they were provided by real people, because theyíll hear different voices in each audio file. Remember, if youíre using audio for multiple testimonials, make sure you donít have the audio start automatically.
It may sound obvious, but there have been cases of marketers forgetting this and ending up with several audio files all playing at once! This would definitely chase off a lot of visitors. If youíre going to offer audio on your site, itís important to use the best quality audio you can.
If your audio quality is poor, people probably arenít going to want to listen to it. In fact, if the audio is bad enough, people may just hit the back button to get away from it! You donít have to record your website audio in a professional recording studio, but you should use a decent quality microphone and minimize background noise as much as you can.
You should make sure you create your audio in a room with decent acoustics. Itís best if you make it in a room with carpeted floors and a lot of plush, soft furniture. If you create your audio in a room with hard floors and little soft furniture, there may be a hollow, echo-like quality to the sound.
You should also make sure the room isnít full of crying babies, screaming children, and barking dogs. Any background noises can be very distracting, so close the door and turn off the television!
If done well, audio can be a remarkable tool for selling and teaching. You can use them on sales pages, but test the results you get when you take a simple PDF file and turn it into a batch of downloadable MP3 files the customer can take on the go with them at any time, too!