Who we are, what we can do for you and what we learned along the way
Hi, I’m Tal Florentin, founder, and CEO of Summurai.
For the last 13 years, I have been rated among the top experts in the user experience field in Israel. I wrote a book called “The User Experience”, I won the UX Award and designed over 160 digital products for leading organizations.
This was a great opportunity for me to look at the needs of the industry and its digital users and identify upcoming trends. One of the clearest trends I could see is that of content overload. I just wasn’t able to stay up to date on everything that my profession demands. You probably share a similar struggle. I founded Summurai in order to help busy people manage the problem of “too much information” so that they can simply know more with less effort.
What is Summurai? The name ‘Summurai’ is a combination of ‘Summary’, and ‘Samurai’, those ancient Japanese warriors. Samurais lived 900 years ago, and their job was to guard the prized assets of the nobility class. And that’s exactly what we are here to do now, the nobility being our content’s target audience, but their prized asset is not a physical one, but rather the most valuable asset of all – time.
Summurai is designed to offer you a new means of communication – more precise and more fitting to today’s age of information overload. A means that will enable your target audience to receive informative, relevant and accurate information via text or audio, and to consume it whenever and wherever they find convenient.
We have created this playlist in order to tell you more about us and our service, and also to give you an opportunity to go deeper into the insights that we have discovered on our journey about the way users consume content.
- What is a Summy, and why is it the most relevant content format you have ever met?
- What can you do with Summies, and in which business scenarios can they be of use?
- Why is audio the most important content channel you should start building in an age of content overload?
- How can you measure the value of digital content?
- And how can you find the right tone of voice for your brand?
I invite you to keep listening or reading so that you can be better to prepare your content for the challenges and opportunities of the new decade.
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What is a Summy and why this is the most interesting piece of content for your brand?03:46Meet the Summy - the Most Relevant Content Format You Have Ever Met
We live in an age of endless information overload. On the one hand, we all have a real need to know a lot more about more topics, but then again, the amount of global content is increasing at an astounding rate, while the quality of content is steadily deteriorating. And how are we ever going to manage reading everything that we find interesting with the little time we have available, anyway?
The role of the Summurai team – our curators, writers, voice artists and editors – is twofold. Firstly, they ensure that bad content does not make its way to the designated audience. Secondly, they identify the quality content and chop it up into small and precise pieces of content, which will convey all that is needed to know in the most accurate and minimalist way possible.
We have created a new unit of content which we call a Summy. The Summy is the sushi of the content world. It is small, accurate, and super effective. It’s composed of around 300 to 400 words, and is served up as audio and text, making it easily consumable at any time. A Summy can be a short piece of content, or a summary of an academic treatise, article, blog post, video, podcast, or online lecture. You can create your own Summies, or you can get our Summurai team to create them for you.
Our Summurai team can write standalone Summies or locate the best articles and online content, summarize them, and voice-record them.
In the age of machine learning and algorithms vying to replace humans, we are on the side of humanity. So all this is done by our team – not by machines. The summaries are written only by people with knowledge in field and an understanding of the article’s topic.
We pack the Summies into SummyBoards – content playlists in various topics. A SummyBoard can be a closed playlist or one that is regularly updated. It can be open to the general public or require registration, and its content can be free or paid.
This content board is “webby”, meaning that it’s available as an online link, without the need to install an app, or any other barrier standing in the way. You can send links to a full playlist of Summies or to a single Summy.
The SummyBoard is a white label – it will take on your logo and branding and become another content channel in your relationship with your target audience. You can either host this content channel with us or place it under your own domain.
SummyBoards and Summies are created using Dojo – a super-advanced management system of our own creation, which we just love. Dojo lets you create Summies and monitor their performance with statistics that show you what works and what can be improved upon. You can also add call to action buttons to your Summies – a link to a purchase page, a phone contact, or navigation to a physical location using a mobile phone.
Summurai playlists are a new means of giving busy audience access to your content. They can form part of the sales process, accompany your user experience processes, provide an alternate platform for your blog or online content marketing, or they can even be used as a means of communication for your team, to keep them updated on what they need to know. We’ll elaborate on these cases over the next few Summies.We just need your phone...
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How will your content marketing activity look like with Summurai?02:51Rethinking Digital Content with Summurai
Everyone knows that marketing today means creating content. Marketing guru Seth Godin said it best: “Content marketing is the only marketing left.” But it turns out that while every marketing manager creates content, about 70% of them claim that it isn’t working as well as they had hoped. There are many roadblocks on the way to creating quality content that people will be willing to consume.
Writing content starts with the understanding that while an organization is good at what they do, they aren’t necessarily good at writing content about what they do, let alone promoting that content online. At this stage, organizations hire content writers and dictate what they should be writing about. The problem is that content writers, who know and love writing, don’t know and love your organization. They are simply forced to write content about it in order to make a living.
This content ends up promoted online with clickbait headlines tempting the potential reader but give some credit to your target audience. They will immediately recognize shallow content created for marketing purposes only, as compared to quality content passionately written by knowledgeable professionals out of a true desire to be beneficial. The best online content has been written by experts in their field who are passionate about what they write, and who, for the most part, do not get paid to write it. So, how do you create such content? Well, you don’t create it, you find it.
It’s called Curation. Instead of creating your own unique content and trying to make it look presentable, we’re suggesting you go in a different direction. Let’s track down the best online content pertaining to your field and create audio summaries of these articles for your busy customers. Instead of your brand being identified as just another company with a blog, this is your opportunity to turn your brand into the one that tracks down the most interesting and relevant articles on the web, and helps your customers stay up to date with everything that’s happening in the industry with minimum effort. Which brand do you think will be perceived as the most useful?
This is your opportunity to create a high-quality content infrastructure using an innovative and precise platform. You can use it to feed in the content yourself or let the Summurai team do everything from you – from tracking down the articles, through to creating the summaries, recording them, and uploading them online.We just need your phone...
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How we can help to close that deal and enhance customer experience after the sale03:15The value of audio content before your sale and after
Let’s look at how we can use Summurai during the sales process. We have as an example a potential customer who is taking an interest in your product. She has visited your website or sales center but hasn’t got the time or patience to delve deeper into the details. Now is the time to send our prospective customer a playlist of short and focused Summies, which will inform her of everything there is to know about your product, without her needing to read anything.
This is an opportunity to make your sales process more efficient by saving your salespeople from having to repeat themselves a million times a day, narrowing down your message, chopping it up into easily consumable bites.
Or maybe you’ve just visited a car showroom? You could then receive a link to a Summy playlist on your cellphone with everything you need to know in order to make the right decision. Interested in a specific course? Get an audio summary by the actual lecturer introducing the course and explaining how it is relevant to your profession.
But what about the post purchasing customer experience? Your clients have purchased your product, and you have a lot to tell them about it. But obviously, if you only provide this information in the form of a printed user guide, absolutely no one will read it. And if you choose to make an instruction video for it, you will discover that your expensive production budget resulted in very few views. That’s where a playlist of Summies comes in. It allows your target audience to learn all about your product by simply listening to the playlist whenever and wherever is convenient for them, directly from their smartphones.
It could be a friendly explanation about a coffee machine they have recently bought – how to handle it, which coffee capsules to buy, and how to recycle them once they’ve been used. It could be a full explanation about your new credit card, or the process for taking out a mortgage, or instructions from the doctor’s clinic regarding what to do immediately preceding or following a check-up.
Arrived at a hotel room? You can receive a playlist on your phone with details of all the amenities the hotel offers in a brief, accessible, and environmentally friendly way, or even a guide-less location-based guided tour, leading your customer right where you want them to go.
Are you a teaching a course? Why not give the participants a summary in your own voice of today’s lesson, or of a relevant article that will enrich your students’ learning?
Or why not leave a QR code on your physical product to make your playlist accessible to all your customers, so they can learn everything about it? There are truly limitless possibilities to using Summies. We’re curious to see where this opportunity will take you.
Come to think of it, now that you are listening to our playlist, you are taking part in our own customer journey. We hope you enjoy the ride.We just need your phone...
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How to enrich your team with knowledge and keep them motivated and up to date?02:44Keep Your Teams Up To Date with the Market
Every professional employee at any organization needs to stay up to date, be exposed to trends, and acquire knowledge and tools in order to become a better worker. But we all know that employees simply don’t have any spare time. Here is one particularly troubling example – studies in the medicine field have shown conclusively that doctors just can’t find time to keep up with the latest innovations in medicine.
Summurai offers organizations an opportunity to create an internal content channel where your employees will be sent summaries of the latest, more relevant, and most informative articles from the web. These voice (and text) Summies can be sent directly to your employees’ cellphones using text message, WhatsApp, or even by more “traditional” email.
The content platforms will be branded with your organization’s name and logo, stressing the fact that this content is an exclusive added value given only to your organization’s employees.
Both the type of content and how often it’s pushed out can be defined and guided by your HR department, professional managers, or anyone else designated to do so. The organization can choose content from our own curated content database, as well as add articles themselves which we will then summarize. Even the employees themselves can be given the option to recommend content that they think may be useful to everyone else.
The Summies can be separated into different fields such as soft managing skills, employee management, time management, industry trends, tech or any other category the organization chooses.
And since we have already created an internal communications channel, we could use it to send management updates, for instance, the CEO’s quarterly message to the employees. We can even send out updates and instructions, like an explanation about the annual employee evaluation, in order to save time having to explain it to everyone individually.
If you’d like to see what it’s like, we’ll be happy to create a sample playlist, so that you can have something to operate and pass along to decisionmakers by tomorrow morning!We just need your phone...
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The opportunity to give your podcast the Summurai look and feel02:00Providing a Better Interface for your Podcasts
Our connection to the world of podcasts is based on characteristics which have less to do with the original Summurai story. Since we offer an ideal interface for presenting online audio, podcast and audio content creators have fallen for us.
Summurai’s user interface allows you to gather usage and listening statistics and learn who your most engaged subscribers are, and offers a few interesting features – sending feedback about the content, signing up for updates, forwarding audio from your laptop to your phone to continue listening on your mobile device, and creating a listen-later playlist.
That’s why one of the leading radio stations in the country has chosen Summurai as their online audio content distribution platform. Each of the station’s shows has its own designated Summurai channel which groups together all the audio content that was produced – full shows as well as independent segments sorted by item. The entire content is displayed using Summurai’s user interface for desktop and mobile on web, and is managed backstage by Summurai’s management system.
Another extraordinary innovation is the ability to build distinct playlists based on your podcast. For instance, let’s say you are producing a weekly podcast, and that you already have 45 episodes aired. You could then create distinct playlists from these episodes, say a seven-episode playlist relevant to beginner entrepreneurs.
If you’d like to see your podcast on Summurai’s platform, simply contact us so that we can load up your RSS feed and see what comes out!We just need your phone...
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What can audio do in the world of your busy customers?02:45Understanding the Opportunity to Add Audio to Your Customers’ Timeline
In order to truly understand audio, we must understand timelines and the customer journey. A customer journey is the process of drawing a customer’s timeline from start to finish, locating the various interactions the customer has with our organization, and analyzing the characteristics of each of those interactions.
Let’s explore some of the insights from the typical customer journey analysis.
It turns out that a digital encounter via a desktop or laptop is very different from one the smartphone. The customer uses each device in a unique way. On each device, she will have a different reason for interacting with our organization, a different timeframe, a different way of usage method, a different context for using it, etc. Since each of these encounters is unique, it’s best to create a separate interface for each platform already at the design stage instead of copy-pasting your desktop interface to appear the same on smartphones.
When you look at timelines from the point of view of the content that you want to make accessible to your target audience, the picture becomes even more complex. Normally, even if your target audience has access to your text or video content, they are too busy for it. You may have written an in-depth, professional article which your customer will encounter during the workday on her desktop, but that is a problematic time given the fact that she is currently too busy working to read it. We leave that tab open and keep these articles for later, but later never comes...
However, we can plan the customer’s encounter with our content in the right way. For example, we can place a link on the article webpage to ‘send to my phone’, so that our user can listen to the content at a later time, when she is able to consume audio content, perhaps while doing something else, like being stuck in traffic, cycling home, or walking the dog. In all these situations, there won’t be some digital screen requiring the user’s full attention – she won’t need one to listen to something on her phone.
Moving content into audio allows shifting your content to a timeline where your customer is able to consume it. If you decide to do that, we will be happy to help you create a platform that will let you achieve this easily.We just need your phone...
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How to create high-quality content and stand out in a world of too much information?03:17How Do We Measure Content Quality?
In an age of information overload, when so much content is thrown at your customers from so many directions, quality content is the deciding factor. Most organizations realize today that only truly quality content, created with the intention of adding value, can help build enduring brand loyalty.
So, how do we make sure that the content we’re producing truly is valuable to our customers? Since we come from the world of user experience design, we can use an established model from our field for this purpose.
A few years ago, a researcher by the name B.J. Fogg from Stanford University created a model that evaluates our capacity to influence the behavior of our users or customers. The basic assumption of the model is that when the customer encounters your content and decides whether to consume it or not, their decision will depend on a combination of two parameters – motivation and ability.
The motivation scale deals with the simple question of whether the content we are offering is of any value or benefit to the customer. The headline hinting to what our content is about, together with the attached photo, will determine the user’s decision whether to click on the link to our content or ignore it. That’s why convincing headlines that promise value work so well, even if the actual content does not always live up to our expectation.
The second scale we measure is ability, that is, how hard or easy it will be to consume the content. Once the customer has reached the actual content – say a printed article – they will have to decide whether to start reading it. People have a real and proven difficulty reading texts, so the average time dedicated to reading a blog post is just 37 seconds, which, between you and me, is not enough to read anything.
When we started out with Summurai, we created a scale to measure global content quality. We called it V.E.R. – Value/Effort Rate – meaning, the rate between the effort invested and the value gained from the content. We have found that nowadays, most texts we encounter leave us feeling like they were simply not worth the effort we put into reading them. Even with podcasts, there is often a huge gap between the length of a podcast and the value we got from listening to it.
Summies, our audio summaries, offer the highest value to effort ratio available in the digital world. Three minutes of content carefully diluted and edited in order to offer the most value, presented in an audio format requiring hardly any effort to consume, and accessible at the times that the users are most available to learn more. We also add in the full script of each Summy in text format, giving the users another way to choose to access our content.We just need your phone...
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Why short content has concurred the world and how to connect to this trend?02:45Welcome to the Age of Very. Short. Content.
Twitter came out in 2006 and opened the door to a world of brief content by limiting posts to just 140 characters. Vine joined the game in 2012 with videos limited to just six seconds long. Facebook posts with 85 characters or less show up in larger font. Instagram videos are limited to fifteen seconds, while Facebook Stories are limited to twenty.
Are you looking for in-depth content? Ted Talks were originally designed to be 18 minutes long, but in recent years, the people over at Ted realized that 18 minutes can feel like an eternity, so they shortened the duration of some of the Ted Talk to just five minutes.
Even learning has changed, and terms such as ‘micro-learning’ - bite-sized education over an extended period - have become more acceptable.
Generation Y came up with the culture of ‘TL;DR’ – ‘Too long, didn’t read’ – and made it clear that unless we offer brief and precise content, they simply won’t be there at the other end.
Let’s have a look at the world of digital books. Once Audible successfully popularized audiobooks at the expense of printed ones, services such as Blinkist and Instaread have popped up offering audiobook summaries, where the main idea of a book is conveyed in under fifteen minutes, to varying degrees of success.
The content we at Summurai have chosen is aimed to be just three minutes long. We chose three minutes because this duration offers a fine balance between getting in-depth with the material while focusing on conveying a message, without any superficial fluff getting in the way. Is your message too long? It might be a good idea to split it into two Summies. Like we said, think sushi.
But creating brief content that maintains quality is far from easy. Mark Twain once wrote, “I apologize for such a long letter - I didn't have time to write a short one.”
Creating brief and focused content is much harder than writing long, arduous texts. But this is precisely what we at Summurai specialize in, and we’ll be happy to create this content for you and allow your brand to be identified with easily digested content that offers great added value.We just need your phone...
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Why you should look for your brand's tone of voice and how to find it02:47Finding Your Tone of Voice
We’ve already mentioned that audio has a competitive advantage in being easy to consume as a secondary activity. But we haven’t discussed another, much more interesting advantage that audio has. Audio content allows you to break the ice and create a warmer, more emotional, and more personal interaction with your customers. When you start out creating your audio content, you’ll soon be asking yourself what kind of voice you want to represent your organization’s message and brand. When we’re no longer using the cold, impersonal tone of printed text, we must choose the right presenter to best convey your brand.
Who would you like your customers to meet, and what tone of voice should he or she have?
Making content accessible using a friendly human voice is not a gimmick. It simply can’t be done any other way. When you or your customers consume audio content as a secondary activity – say, while driving – most of your cognitive resources must stay focused on the primary activity, and not on deciphering some strange voice. So, if we hear the voice of a robot or very official-sounding narrator, our cognitive system chooses the easy way out and simply filters them away. In order to pass through this listening barrier, the content must be delivered in a down-to-earth manner, in a tone similar to that of a friendly radio host, or the person sitting next to us in our car. Only this type of content will register with us.
When you start your journey creating audio content, it’s important to remember not just to read the text, but also to understand how the text can break the ice and come across as a friendly conversation. Try asking yourself who your customers would rather be talking to, and what kind of hat your representative needs to be wearing while recording their narration. This will help you identify the most suitable voice for your brand.
If you’ve come this far, you have gotten to know Summurai personally. You know who we are and what we can do, and you have experienced our Summies for yourself. Now you are ready to offer this new communication channel to your customers. We’ll be thrilled to help create this new content format for you and make it accessible using the tools of Summurai.We just need your phone...
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