Saturday, 14 March 2009

Which Narration Should I Use On My Homepage?

I would appreciate your opinions whether I should use Video 1 or 1B as the intro video on my homepgage. The narration style is slightly different and I was wondering which style was preferred! Many thanks to all of you who take the time to listen. Each video is 2mins long.

Video One:

Video Two:


Anonymous said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Anonymous said...

I prefer the first one as it sounds slightly more real/conversational. The second is slower and so sounds more scripted and a little stiff. I would be more excited about working with/building a professional relationship with the first speaker - it has a brighter, more energetic sound.


Anonymous said...

Absolutely for sure, take the first one. A Belgian Voice Over.

Fred Trellis said...

I'll agree with the previous posters:
The first one sparkles with more energy.

However, I'm older - and find the style of 2 more pleasing. There's a modern lilt, which is used in adverts, Big Brother narrations, which sounds to my ears like a (and technical words to describe it are beyond me) a sarcasm pointer, by stress.
Made up example:
"It's all down to you" - the cadence of the ending "you" is, most people in normal speech, on a down melody.
The modern (and I hate it) fashion is to have a slightly nasal ringing note at the end, that pushes the word assertively towards the listener, and signals a kind of cynical world-weary. "I'm saying this because I have to" tone. Hence the sarcasm.
That's to my ears, at least.

I'd still choose 1 for it's energy, but would recommend making it shorter and punchier. Suggest dropping the "having paid a deposit" bit, and I'd reconsider the list of possibilities - is it not so that visitors to your website likely have a purpose in mind, and don't need a list of potential PhoneVoice uses?

But very nice voice work, in any case.

The Phone Voice said...

Dear all,

Thank you so much to all your comments -it is hugely appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to post your thoughts and to offer me some really valuable insight. Brilliant x.