First of all: Congratulations! At this point, you already created your own Flash Briefing within Flashtalk.to! The hard work is already done.
Let’s get over to the fun part and listen to your Flash Briefing on your own Alexa device.
In order to test (and publish) a Flash Briefing on your own device you need to create an Amazon Developer Account. It’s like your private Amazon account but for creating Alexa skills and other stuff.
We show you step-by-step how to set up an Amazon Developer Account, link it to your Flashtalk.to account and test your Flash Briefing on your Alexa device or your smartphone.
#1 Create Amazon Developer Account
The starting point is the Amazon Developer Portal where you can register for an Amazon Developer Account. Just click on “Sign In” and afterwards click on “Create your Amazon Developer account”.
If possible you should use the same email address you use for your Alexa device as it makes testing on your own device possible.
You need to provide your contact information to set up an account. You also have to choose a developer or company name. This one is important as it will be displayed as the creators’ name next to your Flash Briefing skill throughout the Amazon platform. Click Save & Continue when you’re finished.
On the next page, indicate whether you plan to monetize your content. You can start by choosing “No” for each of the questions to simplify the process. If you change your mind you can update these settings anytime.
Once you completed the forms successfully you see the homepage of the Developer Portal. That’s it, you’re all set for now.
#2 Connect your new Amazon Developer Account to Flashtalk.to
Go back to the other tab and click on “Connect to Amazon”. A Pop-up appears where you can now sign in to your newly create Amazon Developer account. That’s it, your Flash Briefing is now linked to Amazon and you can test it on your own device.
#3 Test It
Great job! Your first skill is ready. Let’s hook it up with some exciting content.
Enable the skill on your Alexa device. You can do it by either log into the Alexa website or just open the Alexa app on your smartphone and search for the name of your Flash Briefing. Once enabled you can try it out by saying “Alexa, play my Flash Briefing.”
What you hear is the actual content for today.
From now on you can change it directly on Flashtalk.to without the need of going back to your Amazon Developer Account!