Most of you know Alexa. She’s the talk of the town lately, thanks to her ability to make people’s lives a little easier. Her various skills (she’s got over 3,000, and counting!) allow you to play music, order a pizza, tell you about upcoming concerts and even dim your house lights. She can help you call an Uber, guide you through a new recipe and remind you that you’ll need your raincoat before walking out the door. For those of you who have yet to meet her — let me explain.
Alexa is Amazon’s voice-controlled virtual assistant housed within a growing collection of smart devices that are gaining ground in the consumer market at an exponential rate. Most people know her via Amazon’s Echo devices, which have flown off the digital shelves since debuting two years ago. The flagship Echo device (two smaller, cheaper devices — the Tap and the Dot — have since been released) alone has sold an impressive 5.1 million units in those two short years, and along with the Tap and the Dot, it’s slated to be one of this holiday season’s hottest items.
So while most people associate Alexa with playing music and being the real-life version of Pat from Smart House, some fail to realize what she really is: a disruptor to life as we know it. The Alexa technology is disrupting everything from banking to how we consume news — so naturally, we wanted in on it.
Without further ado, we’re thrilled to introduce the ChannelAdvisor skill for Alexa.
Here at ChannelAdvisor, we strive to be on the cutting edge of the newest technology, which is why we’re excited to present our blog content in a completely new way. The first version of our skill allows you to ask ChannelAdvisor for summaries of our latest blogs. We publish new blogs several times per week, so you’ll constantly be getting our content when and wherever is most convenient to your lifestyle.
For those of you who already own an Echo device, are planning on snagging one during Amazon’s Black Friday sales or expect one under your Christmas tree, getting our content on your device is easy:
- Step 1: Download the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet
- Step 2: Login with your Amazon account. Note: You must have an Amazon.com account to use your Echo device
- Step 3: Search for “ChannelAdvisor E-Commerce Blog” in the skills
- Step 4: Select the skill and click Enable Skill
- Step 5: You’re ready to go! Just say the phrase “Alexa, launch ChannelAdvisor,” sit back, relax and get caught up on the latest from industry experts.
Did you try out our skill? Did you love it? Did you hate it? Either way, let us know! The Alexa technology, while exciting, is still unchartered territory for us. We’re constantly looking for ways to improve, and we can’t do it without your feedback. Please send any comments, questions and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org