The VO website is as indispensable as the demo these days.
True, there are many voice talent who find their way to success without a dedicated website, but I think the prevailing opinion is that they add a great deal to your professional brand. A website done well can be the centerpiece of your marketing, and a showcase for your online profile.
But it’s getting harder and harder to do it yourself and expect results on par with today’s standards. That means hiring another freelance professional like yourself.
It also means having a clear idea of what you want to use your website for, and how it will be positioned in your business.
There’s more to consider, actually… much more.
Luckily, our WoVOChat today features two of the most knowledgeable people we’ve had the good fortune to find in this area of expertise.
I’m biased. One of them is the guy who designed my own website (including the blog), and the websites of many of my fellow voice-actors. He’s Brett Bumeter of SoftDuit Media. Our other guest expert is Nikki Saco of SacoMedia, whose reputation as a voice-over web author precedes her.
As always, WoVO Pro, and content marketing maven extraordinaire — Pamela Muldoon — is the chief architect of our WoVOChats, and will act as the moderator. WoVO Boad Member and voice-actor Brad Venable is our host for the hour-long event.
We begin the online event at noon, Pacific. Just search for the hashtag #wovocon on your favorite twitter program. We like Tchat.io a lot, but tweetchat.com works great, as does Hootsuite and Tweetdeck.
Below are the questions and topic areas we hope to cover. We hope you can join us! Always lots to learn!
1) Give us four basics that should be in every Voiceover website:
2) Should every voice talent have their own unique website domain name?
3) I know you like WordPress for voiceover websites, Brett. Why is that?
4) What other platforms besides WP work well, Nikki? Wix, Google Sites, or other DIY websites?
5) Brett, web authors/developers are mostly freelancers like voice actors. What should they expect to pay for your work?
6) Same question for you, Nikki. What can people expect to get for your fee?
7) How do I fast track a new website, get it built/updated/upgraded/migrated Quick?
8) What are some common challenges you encounter designing web sites, Nikki?
9) How do I avoid a bad haircut with a web developer?
10) What other comments do you have for folks who want a voiceover website, Nikki?