1. What is Castlingo and why should I get it?
Castlingo is an end to end solution that allows you to create and deploy an Amazon Alexa skill within a matter of days right through your mobile app, without having to write a single line of code or use complicated web-based tools.
Watch this video for a high level overview:
2. What are people using Castlingo for?
Here are some ways that people are using their Castlingo skills:
|Author||Readers of the Author’s books||The author of a book on a book tour telling the audience where they will be and sharing with them the sounds of their travels and conversations. Also, the author shares thoughts on writing, on what they are workin on now, among other things.|
|Coach||Team members||A baseball team coach shares tips, provides instructions, words of encouragement, to the team between practices and games.|
|Comedian||Fans||Comedian lets her fan base know where she will be performing, shares thoughts about bits she is putting together, observations, etc.|
|Community Organizer||People who care about the Activist’s cause||A community activist shares the latest updates on their cause and provides information to help organize and mobilize for change.|
|Digital Marketer||Reader audience||In addition to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the usual social properties, the Digital Marketer manager is now also able to publish audio call outs via their Castlingo skills.|
|Expert||People seeking expertise||An expert on what stocks to buy, which to hold, and which to sell shares their tips on a daily basis.|
|Journalist||Readers||The journalist sharing with their audience the sounds of their workaday activities. The journalist lets their readers in on all the steps to the stopr.”}”>The journalist sharing with their audience the sounds of their workaday activities. The journalist lets their readers in on all the steps to the stopr.|
|Podcaster||Listeners of the podcast||Podcaster posting audios between their longer form podcats.|
|Political Candidate||Voters and supporters and potential supporters of the candidate||A congressional candidate shares several audio posts/day about issues, meetings, rallies, etc., to get out the vote.|
|Preacher||The congregation||Preacher leaves a new short homily, quick inspirational words, between Sundays.|
|Residential community coordinator||Members of the residential community||The community coordinator at a senior living home lets the residents know about the lunch menu, doctor visits, bus schedules, and more.|
|TV/Audio Show Host||TV Audience||The radio host shares thoughts and info all day long before and after the show.|
3. What can users do with the Castlingo skill that you publish for me?
You will be able to launch your skill with the name you selected through the Castlingo Skill Wizard and anyone who enables your skill will be able to listen to the audios your recorded with your mobile app on their smart speaker, one after the other, the latest one playing first.
Your listeners can also search your audios by saying “Find” and then a phrase. For an example on how users will engage with a Castlingo, please take a look at this video:
4. What do I need to do to get this?
To deploy a Castlingo skill, first submit your skill using the Castlingo Skill Wizard. Expect 3-5 business days for your skill to become public. If any issue are encountered during the certification (for instance, you select a name for your skill that is hard to pronounce for Alexa or Google), you will be promptly contacted to help you resolve the issue.
Once you have completed your skill submission, next, download the Castlingo Mobile app and begin recording your audios.
On The App Store, go here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/castlingo/id1394726548?mt=8
On Google Play, go here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.witlingo.castlingo
For more details on how to engage with Witlingo, please go to: https://www.witlingo.com/the-castlingo-alexa-skill-wizard/
5. What does the Castlingo mobile app do?
Once you have created a skill through the Castlingo Skill Wizard, the Castlingo mobile app enables you to record audios in the manner and tone that resonates with your brand and makes them available on voice platforms for your customers to engage with. Watch this video for more detail:
6. I just recorded some audios. What happens next?
As soon as your Alexa skill is published, then you can immediately begin listening to our audios on your Echo devices. Your audios are live on your Alexa skill as soon as you post them from your mobile app.
7. Who can hear my posts?
Anyone who enables your Alexa skill on their Echo device can hear your posts. Right now, all posts will be publicly available.
8. How much will it cost me?
Pricing is listed here: https://www.witlingo.com/the-castlingo-alexa-skill-wizard/
9. I have downloaded the mobile app and have logged in via Gmail. What next?
You are almost there. All you need to do now is to submit your Alexa skill.
To get your skill, please go here.
10. I have just completed submission of the skill using the Castlingo Skill Wizard. What now?
Congratulations! Your skill has been submitted for publication on the Amazon Alexa skills store. Expect at most 5 business days for the skill to become public.
In the meantime, make sure you download the Castlingo mobile app. You can start recording your audios while your skill is being certified. As soon as the skill is public, anyone who enables your skill will be able to listen to your audios.
11. How do I get people to know about my Castlingo skill?
Castlingo users have been surfacing their casts in various different ways. Just as with any other marketing content or promotion, surfacing your castlingo on any social media channels will help increase visibility.
Some Castlingo users have added a call-out to their cast on the cover photos of Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter profiles, like this one.
12. You mention that you can host my “Witlingo page”. What does that mean?
All Castlingo clients are entitled to a Witlingo hosted page that describes their Alexa skill and other voice properties that Witlingo is hosting for them.
For examples of such a page, check out the Castlingo Directory.
If you would like your Witlingo hosted page, please fill out the form below and select the ”I want to be listed on the Castlingo Directory” option below.
13. What is the “Witlingo Bubble” and how can I get one?
All Castlingo clients are entitled to a Castlingo bubble that they can to their social properties to surface their Alexa skill. For examples of such bubbles, check out Marylee MacDonald’s twitter page and Tim Wendell’s Facebook page.
If you would like to order your Castlingo bubble, please fill out the form below and select the “I want my Castlingo bubble” option.
14. What is the “Witlingo Widget” and how can I get hold of one?
All Castlingo clients are entitled to a Castlingo widget that they can add alongside their social properties to surface their Alexa skill.
For example, at the bottom of the www.witlingo.com page you can see the “Wit” widget, which, if you click on it, takes you to a link to page about Witlingo’s services.
In your case, you can have that widget link to your Castlingo page or your Alexa skills store listing page.
To download the widget graphic, click here.
15. I would like to expand on the Alexa skills store description for my Castlingo skill. How do I do that?
Castlingo customers who are on a paying package are entitled to the ability to customize their skill listing on the Alexa skills store.
If you would like to customize your Alexa skills store listing, please fill out the form below and select the “I want to customize my Alexa Skill Store listing” option.
16. How do I get a Flash Briefing skill based on my Castlingo skill?
Castlingo customers who are on the paying package are entitled to a Flash Briefing companion skill to their Castlingo Alexa skill.
If you would like to publish your Castlingo based Flash Briefing skill, please fill out the form below and select the “I want my Alexa Flash Briefing skill” option below.
17. How do I get the RSS feed associated with my Castlingo?
Castlingo customers who are on the Premium or the Unlimited package are entitled to an RSS feed of their Castlingo audios.
If you would like to publish your Castlingo skill’s RSS Feed, please fill out the form below.
18. I have more questions. How do I connect with someone who can help me?
If you have any questions or need help with setting up your Castlingo, please use the form below to contact us.