Nuance intros Voice Ads to engage consumers through mobile ads

Summary:Nuance has introduced what it is framing as a "game changer" for mobile advertising — and that could be accurate.

Nuance is revving up the potential use cases for its voice recognition technology with the introduction of a new solution intended for mobile advertising.

Voice Ads is designed as a way to enable two-way communication between consumers and brands through a conversation-like experience.

Basically, a mobile ad is supposed to appear, and the consumer can respond with how he or she fits the ad just by speaking to it like any other person on the phone.

By taking advantage of other features available on mobile devices (i.e. GPS, Wi-Fi, etc.), Voice Ads can also be set up with geo-location features to optimize ad targeting for individual users.

Nuance is framing this as a "game changer" for mobile advertising — and that could be accurate.

Much of the buzz around mobile advertising (and digital advertising in general these days) is enabling more engagement directly with customers and then offering them increasingly customized experiences.

Social media is probably the primary way that most advertisers and marketers are going about this, using big data from these sources to better comprehend what consumers want.

But if any kind of feedback could be garnered in real time, you can't get much faster than directly from the consumer's mouth.

Such a platform could also fill a number of roles at once, ranging from standard customer service to acting as a personal mobile concierge.

Nuance Voice Ads is available now for mobile ad platform and network providers and creative agencies through an SDK that can be integrated into new or existing mobile advertisement campaigns.

Topics: Mobility, Apps, E-Commerce, Enterprise Software, Software

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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