Move Over, Zoom: Here Are 7 Voice Tools You Should Know About
When you work remotely, being in meetings all day is exhausting (it’s exhausting in the office, too). Voice tools, on the other hand, give the benefit of human conversation without the hassle of coordination.
The voice ecosystem is exploding with hundreds of new tools. One of the big challenges, though, is figuring out which apps or tools are helpful from a business perspective. Despite being the dominant players to market, Google Home and Amazon Alexa aren’t the only tools available. While cool features or novel concepts might get media coverage, entrepreneurs and business teams need robust, scalable technologies. In this article, we’re rounding up a few business-grade voice tools you should know about. Far from phone calls and a certain video chat platform, these voice tools are made for the new world of remote asynchronous work.
VoiceFlow is a voice app builder. The platform is also no-code, which makes it incredibly accessible for beginners or upstart entrepreneurs. If you’ve looking to build a new app or team feature and want it to be voice-powered, VoiceFlow is a great platform to start. The whole mentality behind the platform, as described by their head of growth Emily Lonetto, is that work should be about outputs, not location. With that in mind, the app builder is a strong platform for building whatever future you see fit (from where you want to be).
Remember walkie-talkies? If you grew up in the 1990s, that was all you had when it came to chatting with friends. You could listen to what was going on, respond, and feel very official when you were done your message, over. Voxer took that mentality and upgraded it to business level. The app - with both business and individual tiers - helps teams communicate with real-time energy, but asynchronously. With Voxer, you can set up secure, private lines of communication with single individuals, whole teams, or even the whole organization. From there, speech is automatically stored and transcribed, making it a perfect solution for remote teams since documentation is built in.
Hey, that’s us! Our platform is voice-first messaging for remote teams, meaning that we center on the idea that everyone wants the chance to talk with colleagues. From there, you can send voice messages, add screen recording or screen share, or even send video of you talking asynchronously. If you need to chat with multiple people, you can build a Yac chat room and keep the conversation flowing. We’re built for asynchronous communication, so you can communicate and plug in on your own terms.
When you need to urgently have a real-time private chat, Chalk App can help. It makes it easy to spin up private, secure chat rooms in an instant for conversations. The platform is currently only available for iOS, though, so it’s not helpful if you primarily work on desktop or Android devices.
Beyond individual apps that help you build voice platforms or communicate with voice, there are also voice features that exist within other platforms and apps. This is an interesting expansion of the voice ecosystem, since it augments current tech to enable voice control. As the world goes more remote (and people have lives to manage at home), the idea of getting multiple things done via voice commands or voice messages is pretty appealing.
Here are a few that we like:
Voice for FB Messenger: Chat with your friends using voice. While not a “business” app per se, it could apply if you use FB Workplace for your virtual office. Otherwise, it’s a convenient way to get used to voice messaging.
Voice for Twitter: Getting all your business tweets out with voice? Yes please.
Voice for Slack: Already a powerful tool for business communication, adding voice makes the platform that much stronger.
It’s all voice to me
When you work remotely, being in meetings all day is exhausting (it’s exhausting in the office, too). Voice tools, on the other hand, give the benefit of human conversation without the hassle of coordination, the way you’d need with phone or Zoom calls. Voice also has all those documentation best practices built right in - data is stored, transcribed, and easily accessible. In the new world of remote work, new communication systems are required. Our current systems simply fail without the office hub. That’s where voice comes in: a critical new piece of infrastructure that recognizes the best of the office and empowers the best parts of remote work.