I try not to blog too much about what has already been talked about, but could only find one article on gizmoz.com, and since I have been playing with it extensively this morning, thought I would share a bit, and hopefully solicit some feedback.
So to start, what is gizmoz? In short - it is a service that will allow you to generate a talking avatar. You can upload a picture of your face and it will build a 3-D image. It also allows you to put voice to your digital communications. Personal service to the comical extreme.
For most of us, once you complete the easy process of building your first (what they call) character-based visual expression, it may come out looking like a dysfunctional mini-clone; eerily reminiscent of the 80's pop culture icon Max Headroom. So can their be a legitimate business application to this.
I have decided to experiment.
I have produced a short 20 second video clip (see the sidebar to the right) that can be played upon entering my website. From this point on, for the next month or so, I will monitor my analytics account to see if I can keeping more people on my site for longer. Take a look:
Now - I didn't use myself, since I was trying to give this a hint of professionalism and no matter how many different pictures I used, I couldn't get it to a point that didn't make me want to reconsider this experiment. Maybe I am just digitally self conscious, but I'd rather use one of the provided (and admittedly better looking) provided pictures. Does does this work? We shall see.
I will have statistics next month, but in the mean time, take a look, let me know what you think, and if you could ever see using this as an application in your business.