Fact Finding: Voice123

29 Apr

Just finished the draft of my next article on P2P sites, which is Voice123. Prior to posting (which I plan to do Monday afternoon), I hope Voice123 responds to the email I just sent requesting they answer the questions below, so I can replace some of my hypothetical musings with facts straight from the horse’s mouth. Of course, I understand that some of this information may not be for sharing with the public. I’d like to know if that applies as well.

1. Do voice coaches receive a “kickback” when their students enroll as paying members? What is the rate or percent they receive?

2. How many voice actors are currently listed on Voice123? Male / Female?

3. How many auditions or what percent of invitations to submit that are responded to triggers SmartCast to label talent as “not selective enough”?

4. How many auditions or what percent of invitations to submit that are responded to triggers SmartCast to label talent as “not active enough”?

5. How many artists are invited to audition in relation to the # of auditions sought (multiple of # desired)? For example, if a client asks Voice123 to use SmartCast to find 50 auditions, how many subscribers receive an invitation?

6. Do you track jobs in any way after auditions have been sent? Does Voice123 have any data on how many jobs listed on their site are actually completed and paid for?

 

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One Response to “Fact Finding: Voice123”

  1. Wendy Algranati April 30, 2012 at 4:45 am #

    UPDATE
    Change of heart. I have copied and pasted Steven’s response below with the links edited out. I am happy to have folks post comments on my website, but not crazy about an excess of links going back to a single company’s website or blog.
    Thanks,
    -Wendy

    —–
    Steven Lowell commented on Fact Finding: Voice123

    Hey hey,
    Let me answer your questions:

    1. Do voice coaches receive a “kickback” when their students enroll as paying members? What is the rate or percent they receive?

    a. I believe you are referring to our affiliate program with coaches, which is a typical way that we try to bring talents and jobs to a website. More info here: (link)

    2. How many voice actors are currently listed on Voice123? Male / Female?

    a. 56% men – 44% women. Paid subscribers as of today about 4100. You can scope your competition by entering your own parameters here: (link)

    3. How many auditions or what percent of invitations to submit that are responded to triggers SmartCast to label talent as “not selective enough”?

    a. That question is impossible to answer because there is no such thing as a label of “not selective enough”. I dont think you read up on chapter 6 of (link) where I explain exactly how it works. I also do a free webinar every Friday.

    4. How many auditions or what percent of invitations to submit that are responded to triggers SmartCast to label talent as “not active enough”?

    a. If you dont audition or login within 30 days, you become inactive.

    5. How many artists are invited to audition in relation to the # of auditions sought (multiple of # desired)? For example, if a client asks Voice123 to use SmartCast to find 50 auditions, how many subscribers receive an invitation?

    a. You have to really read (link) to find out exactly what is going on. The problem is that you are asking the questions without knowing how SmartCast works. I cant answer the question because the matching process is very complex. It is not simple, and it is why I wrote that ebook, and do the free training. What many forget is how Voice123 works from the voice seeker side. No one selects 50. Its the default. I have seen many do these comparisons in the past, but they always forget to test what its like to hire someone.

    6. Do you track jobs in any way after auditions have been sent? Does Voice123 have any data on how many jobs listed on their site are actually completed and paid for?

    a. We do surveys with talent every month. As it stands now: 10-13% of premium subscribers are able to use Voice123 only for their voiceover work. SmartCast is a software for helping people build relationships. About 35% of people who pay cannot book at least one voice over job in a month. 50% book about 2 – 3 jobs a month
    65% book at least 1 a month.

    I have seen many compare P2P sites and make the mistake of thinking that we are similar to others, but we are not at all.

    I really think before you want to do a fair comparison, you should check the (link), or come to one of the free webinars. (link)

    I understand it is hard to know what the right thing to do is…but there is a lot of wrong, bad distracting info out there from people who just dont know what or why Voice123 does what it does. It is always best though to get the info from the webinar and (link). The staff on Voice123 are all voice talent and know what they are doing, but perhaps the biggest mistake so many talent make is believing that they know how it works without asking anyone of us on staff, and making up myth. I am just saying this because I cannot answer the questions you are asking unless you know more about what I have written.

    One final tip…just because a website involves auditions…doesnt mean you use all the same. Clients use them for different reasons, and you have to know why they use Voice123 and not other sites.

    —-

    For those of you following, I did receive a response to these questions from Steven Lowell at Voice123. Unfortunately, Steve’s responses are primarily links back to his own blog and not the answers themselves, so instead of approving his response to be posted on my blog, I will be including the information provided in my final post. 🙂 Wendy

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