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If you’re looking for an easy way to receive voice messages from your blog visitors, look no further than SpeakPipe.
The nifty little web app makes it easy to install a voicemail widget on your blog, and receive audio messages from your visitors in a matter of minutes.
SpeakPipe is incredibly easy to set up and doesn’t require any HTML or coding knowledge. Simply choose your blogging platform and copy and paste the HTML code. Blogging platforms currently supported are WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr and Joomla. If you don’t use any of these platforms, trying out SpeakPipe’s generic HTML code to see if it works for you.
The widget sits unobtrusively on your site, and can be customized, to a certain extent. You can select what text appears on the button, as well as it’s colour, so that it fits right in with your design. You can also select the button’s location – placing it on the page on the the left, right, top or bottom.
The button is pinned to the page, so that even if a user scrolls up and down, it will still be visible. Users can record and listen to the message before sending it to you, and it can’t be heard by anyone except you.
When a user sends you a message, you’ll receive a notification via the email you used to sign up. The messages can be played from your SpeakPipe inbox, where you can delete them or download them to your computer – so if you’re using SpeakPipe to receive testimonials you can still share them on your site. Recordings are limited to 5 minutes each.
While the site is in public beta, the service is offered for free, and with what appear to be no limits on storage, but once the site has officially launched, users will be charged for the service.
SpeakPipe gives its users a quick and easy way to connect with their audience, and if you’re offering a service, it’s a great way to receive personal testimonials which could easily have far more of an effect than plain text on a page.
Can you think of other personal ways you can connect with your site visitors? Let us know about them in the comments.
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