At the beginning of October we traveled to Fort Portal in Uganda to kick off this partnership with Safe Hands. The first step was to engage a local partner, Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) in the project and start to design what a Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) chatbot might look like.Read More
Advertising started in the pre-modern era with the Egyptians creating posters out of papyrus to hang on walls to deliver sales messages. How far have we really come to convey our messages to the masses?
Advances like the printing press, radio, TV and the internet all massively increased the addressable market. Recently though, we have focused on both segmenting the audience to deliver messaging with pinpoint accuracy to exactly the right person at exactly the right time. Platforms likeRead More
We were invited to Founders Live recently to participate in their famous ‘99 Second Pitch Competition’. With or without slides 5 start-ups took to the stage and battled it out. The competition was ferocious with companies ranging from a bespoke skincare platform (skinlyst.com), home rental platform (avasa.ai) to award winning sexual health products (mysteryvibe.com), ethical ticket touting (ticketpass.org) and us (sayitnow.ai).
It’s not often you’re asked to condense your entire raison d’ être into 1m39s butRead More
Charlie Cadbury, CEO of Say It Now, has adapted alongside technology since 1999 when he sold his first website. In 2015 he began playing with voice with a proof of concept for Allegiant Air. Charlie then spent most of 2016 and 2017 attending conferences with an Amazon Echo, pitching (and winning) several travel innovation competitions for a conversational hotel concierge serviceRead More
MAD//Fest has teamed up with award-winning voice assistant and messaging bot developer Say It Now to build the MAD//Bot - a chatbot shaped by the MAD//Fest community to make your event experience more seamless.
From Google Maps to mobile apps, technology has made attending events less complicated (especially if you remember scrambling around trying to print tickets or directions only to find you’re out of ink).
The MAD//Bot is the next evolution of theRead More
SafeHands is delighted to welcome a new strategic partnership with software development and award-winning voice and chat bot agency Say It Now to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Uganda.
During this one year project, beginning in September 2019, SafeHands and Say It Now will work in partnership with Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) to pilot an AI text messaging ‘chatbot’ toRead More
The likes of Facebook, Amazon, Google and Microsoft may have upwards of a billion users, but this ‘billion user club’ status enters them into a digital arms race. They all understand the power their virtual assistants will hold over us in the long term and this puts them under pressure to create, in the shortest time possible, compelling assistants that allow access to unbounded utility so we can delegate more and more of our everyday tasks.Read More
This year’s Cog X (the Festival of AI and Emerging Technology) provided me with my current favourite quote. Grace Boswood Karthi, COO for the BBC’s Design and Engineering team, noted that we’re in ‘the crap wizard’ phase of voice – meaning that, while we know that our smart speakers can do a lot, we don’t know the ‘spells’, the right words to say to make ‘Alexa’ or ‘OK Google’ do the thing.
For many, the assistants are limited to delivering simple tasks, a ‘glorified switch’ if you like that lets people turn lights on and off and select music to play without having to press any buttons. It’s a bit like the early days of computing when there was only a blank command line and users needed to know what to type to produce any meaningful results.
However, voice differsRead More
Three months ago, along with 300 other practitioners, Say It Now entered the first ever Alexa World Cup, designed by Amazon to stimulate the global agency community and flush out ‘killer apps’ for voice across the Alexa platform.
Agencies were encouraged to double down on a client relationship and present a vision for voice that, using the latest and greatest Alexa features, would have a positive impact on a broad user group.
We had been working up a partnership with marketplace aggregation platform Booxscale for the past nine months or so and The Alexa Cup seemed like the ideal platform to present the strategy.Read More
Voice app identifies market gap; winning concept lets users ask Alexa to recommend and book local services based on customer reviews
The Alexa Skill allows users to search for and book recommended local services using only their voice has won the Amazon Alexa Cup European round. The proposed Alexa Skill, the result of a collaboration lead by voice technology specialist, Say It Now and the ‘marketplace of marketplaces’, Booxscale, beat leading UK digital marketing agencies for its top place in the European competition. The team will now compete in the global Alexa Cup final being held in the US at the end of July.Read More
For the last 10 years or so I've eagerly anticipated Mary Meeker's annual Internet Trends report. This year it came out a couple of days ago on 11th June, I skimmed the 333 slides and forwarded the report to a few friends and colleagues I thought would appreciate it.
For the most part the response was 333 slides! Is it worth a read? Which inspired me to pull out my favorite 23 and put a line of commentary against each. This is aRead More
My first foray into voice was with Lola Tech back in 2015 looking at proving out the ability to book an airline ticket using Alexa. With the capability hooked into the airline API’s it was a solid use case and around the organisation we looked for other opportunities or stand alone products we could build…Read More
Last Thursday I was invited to an intimate session at the Royal Institute hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. The foundation had invited representatives from leading healthcare charities and governing bodies. The title of the session was “Making The Case For Global Health” and it was fascinating to hear the macro view of one of my business heroes, William Henry Gates III.
The invite had come from Nancy Durrell McKenna and Erica Belanger of Safe Hands For Mothers who, for the last 15 years have been on a mission to educate on the topics of sexual and reproductive health and rights, primarily in Sub Saharan Africa. We at Say It Now have been talking to them about using digital messaging tools (chat bots) to help amplify the reach of their work.
The rapid rise of smartphone penetration and network technology in Africa is opening up huge opportunities to reach ever larger groups of people. Where the delivery of basic education carries the power to positively impact many lives we believe a mobile (or chat bot) first approach can be transformational and are thus heavily invested in the area.Read More
This is all about communication.
The ability to convincingly communicate puts you ahead of the rest.
Automated, constantly improving, communication systems deliver great power and influence. However, are the people of planet earth ready to use these systems? Are we ready to trust chat bots and voice bots?
As with any new communications channelRead More
“Alexa, open Talisker Tasting”Read More
Charlie was recently asked to appear on ‘The Botcast’ podcast to talk through his experience and share some thoughts on how brands should think about voice and chat bots for conversational commerce, conversational SEO and shifting consumer behavior.Read More
Bixby, Apple, speed and 500 million voice enabled devices. Where do all these fit into our view of the voice landscape in 2019?
Charlie was recently asked to give some predictions for voice in 2019 by MItra Sorrells who had interviewed him earlier in the year for a Phocuswire Feature. Here are our top 5 predictions for the voice landscape in 2019:
1) New entrants: SRead More
There is a huge amount of potential for the use of automated content delivery in the world of healthcare. Some of the most compelling early use cases areRead More
“In the long term, beyond the five-year horizon, natural language question answering will be a major technology force” - Gartner 2011
'Natural Language Question Answering' was first tracked in the 2011 Gartner Hype cycle as a technology that would reach mainstream adoption within 5-10 years.
‘Natural Language Question Answering’ encompasses much of what smart speakers and chatbots can do today, but we wanted to see where we were in the cycle, soRead More
Can we put any figures on how many people are connected to voice activated devices, how many people use voice search, demographics, growth in people using voice search? There are now estimated to be over 1BN voice activated devices worldwide. These encompass smart speakers such as Alexa and Google Home and embedded assistants on mobile devices like Google Assistant and Siri. In the PwC 2018 Consumer Insights Survey they found that 10% of consumers globally own an AI device andRead More