EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RESTAURANT VOICE APPS

1. Introduction

RY CRIST and ANDREW GEBHART in a Sept 21, 2018 article on CNET best described it.  "The Amazon Echo is the biggest tech breakout in recent memory -- a voice-activated, internet-connected "smart speaker" with a built-in virtual assistant named Alexa that can answer your questions, follow your instructions and control your smart home devices. As Amazon likes to put it, the Echo is a Star Trek computer for your home."
As we like to put it. RVA's are Voice Apps on the Amazon Alexa "Skills" store that Alexa can communicate with.

2. What does a Restaurant Voice App (RVA) do?

Think of a Restaurant Voice App as your businesses digital domain on the voice search platform. Your customers can book a table or listen to your daily chef's specials. You write the narrative and Alexa tells the story.

3. How does a RVA work?

Say "Alexa! Open < your restaurant>" then "Book a table" or "What's today's special?" Your Restaurant Voice App (RVA) does the rest!  With Reservations and Event/Private Party request's Alexa sends you an email or text message with the request details. With your daily specials Alexa reads out your special directly from your blog.      
RVA's also help you establish your Restaurant's brand name on Alexa voice search. Each day, more people are using voice search-equipped smartphone apps and digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa to handle simple tasks, get answers to questions and more — at home, on the road or wherever they happen to be. Just like you have internet presence on the web, you need a strong presence on Voice. Make sure customers can find your Restaurant - with their voice.

4. Does my RVA integrate into my Point of Sale system?

Not yet. However, the RVA team is working furiously on building API"s (Application Program Interfaces) that integrate with cloud-based Point of Sale systems. Stay tuned!.    

5. Will my RVA integrate into my Table reservation system like Open Table?

Not yet. However, the RVA team is working furiously on building API"s (Application Program Interfaces) that integrate with cloud-based Table Management systems. Stay tuned!  

6. Why do I need an RVA? My restaurant is already listed on Alexa on a reservation service.

With a third party reservation platform your business DOES NOT OWN your voice app. They do. With your own registered Alexa Skill you own your name, your "voice real estate" on the Amazon Alexa Store.

Otherwise its like Yelp owning and controlling your website. And hey, if that's a good thing then more power to you. RVA's are just not for you.

7. What is the "First Movers" program?

The First Movers program is a special limited pre-release monthly rate for RVA early adopters. The $99 p/mo rate ) will be locked in for life for all First Mover subscribers. The Activation and Onboarding fee of $1,000 has also been reduced to $899. This is a once only pre-release special pricing and is scheduled to be discontinued at 5pm May 21, 2019. After that time the basic rate of $329 p/mo will apply for all new customers.          

  • Book a Dinner Reservation
  • Book a Private Party
  • Hear Todays Special
  • Secure your voice app "domain name"
  • Exclusive "first look" at new features as they are added
  • Monthly fee grandfathered in for life.

8. What is the Activation and Onboarding Fee?

The Activation ande Onboarding Fee is the deployment cost to onboard your restaurant on our system and on Amazon;s Alexa store. It involves:

 

  • Skill customization
  • Amazon approval
  • Logo configuration
  • Copy editing
  • Compliance
  • Alexa Skill store approval

Pricing

1 What is the "First Movers" program?

The First Movers program is a special limited pre-release monthly rate for RVA early adopters. The $99 p/mo rate ) will be locked in for life for all First Mover subscribers. This is a once only pre-release special pricing and is scheduled to be discontinued at 5pm May 1, 2019. After that time the basic rate of $329 p/mo will apply for all new customers.          

  • Book a Dinner Reservation
  • Book a Private Party
  • Hear Todays Special
  • Secure your voice app "domain name"
  • Exclusive "first look" at new features as they are added
  • Monthly fee grandfathered in for life.
  • Activation fee discounted to $500 from %1,000

2 What is standard pricing?

Standard pricing for  a basic VRA is $329 p/mo

3. Is my payment info safe?

RVA uses STRIPE as their payment processor. STRIPE's enhanced data security adheres to PCI compliance guidelines offering a safe and trusted online payment gateway solution to companies like Lyft, Istacart and Shopify. STRIPE "tokenizes" your payment information so RVA doesn't actually get to see any of your debit/credit card info. Instead a secure token is issued that allows RVA to debit your account without revealing your card info. For more info on STRIPES provacy and policy, go here

4. What is the monthly fee for?

The monthly recurring fee covers Hosting, updates. maintenance and security.

Voice Search Optimaztion (VSO)

1. Introduction

Voice search optimization is different from traditional SEO, primarily because of the way people search using their voice when compared to the way they type. When people talk to the devices, they use more natural language. A search query and a voice query can vary to a great extent in terms of words used and its grouping. So, the usual keywords and phrases for which you used to rank, would not stay effective anymore.

Voice Shopping

1. Introduction

Voice search optimization is different from traditional SEO, primarily because of the way people search using their voice when compared to the way they type. When people talk to the devices, they use more natural language. A search query and a voice query can vary to a great extent in terms of words used and its grouping. So, the usual keywords and phrases for which you used to rank, would not stay effective anymore.

Who/What is RVA?

1. Introduction

Restaurant Voice Apps LLC (RVA), is a Chicago based Company focuse don providing Voice enabled and AI solutions to the Restaurant Industry. The Principals of RVA are long time vets of the bar and restaurant industry from back of house, front of house, marketing, restaurant brokerage, turnarounds, expert witness consulting experince combeind with a deep background in technology including touch screen technology, mobile apps and website development, online marketing and digital brand development.     

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