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MEDIA RELEASE – O’Connell’s Narration Takes Esker’s Cloud Solutions to the World

MADISON, WI, December 26, 2013 – – With their world headquarters in Lyon, France and subsidiaries in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia, Esker had a world-wide banquet table of voice talents to pick from when it was producing the narration for the company’s new “Quit Paper” marketing video. The document process automation solutions company’s video theme offered a simple message that required a friendly, engaging storyteller as its narrator. Esker chose veteran voice-over talent Peter K. O’Connell.

Many companies desire to innovate but successfully managing operational changes within corporate structures can be a significant hurdle. Esker’s “Quit Paper” marketing video provides a streamlined explanation of how Esker’s leadership position in document process automation easily helps organizations around the world automate their manual business processes with a suite of on-demand and on-premises solutions.

Here’s a look at the Esker “Quit Paper” marketing video:

Based on the success their “Quit Paper” marketing video, Esker has secured Peter K. O’Connell as the narration voice talent for a series of Esker marketing and explainer videos now in production.

About Esker
Esker is a worldwide leader in document process automation solutions. Addressing all types of business processes, from accounts payable and accounts receivable to order processing and procurement, Esker cloud computing solutions enable companies to automate the reception, processing and sending of any business document with one platform. Esker helps over 80,000 companies across the world to reduce the use of paper and eliminate manual processes while improving their productivity, efficiency and environmental impact.

About Peter K. O’Connell
America’s Friendly, Neighborhood Voice-Over Talent, Peter K. O’Connell, has worked with a wide variety of companies from around the world in addition to this most recent production for Esker. Some of Peter’s clients include PBS (Public Broadcasting Service), Shell Oil, Pitney Bowes, Bacardi Rum, Highlights HIGH FIVE Magazine, Deloitte Canada, Zaycon Foods, U.S. Army, Starz Cable Channel, BlueCross BlueShield, SunSetter Awnings, Time Warner Cable, New Jersey Tourism, First Financial Bank, N.A., Harlequin Enterprises, The Buffalo News, and Darien Lake Theme Park.

Described as a natural born storyteller, Peter K. O’Connell’s voice-over productions have been heard globally in radio and TV commercials, medical narrations, television infomercials, political commercial voice-overs, TV network promos, e-learning narration projects (computer-based training, internet-based training and web-based training), PSA’s, message on-hold as well as other video and media productions. Peter owns audio’connell Voice-Over Talent, a division of O’Connell Communications, LLC.

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Merry Christmas 2013


EDITORS NOTE: Due to something weird going on with my email blast interface, not all of you got my email Christmas card on Monday.

I’m sorry for that.

While I doubt it ruined your holiday in the least, here is the message in that email blast along with the above art from one of my three favorite young artists.

Christmas 2013

Happy Christmas! Thanks for everything….your business, your referrals and, most important to me, your friendship.

In 2014 I hope your family is well, your wins are big and your prayers are answered. We are all very blessed.

Best always,

– Peter

Your Friendly, Neighborhood Voice-Over Talent

a little, tiny Christmas voice-over spanking for my fellow voice talent

Charlie Brown Christmas_ All Right and Trademarks Acknowledged

You are…to every man, woman and child that I know earning a living in the voice-over profession…all talented people of good heart.

If you’re not, well, you fooled me.

But with this sincere compliment offered, I pose this stinging, serious and direct critique that you are free to ignore:

Your Christmas and holiday messages to your clients and peers are NOT the time to wish us well AND let us know your holiday schedules and availabilities. When you do this cringe-worthy act, you unwittingly come off as insincere and desperate as well as seemingly ignorant about what this holiday season is all about for most of the world.

HINT: This holiday season is NOT about you getting more voice-over jobs.

In this one message to your clients at a time of year steeped in a variety of religious traditions for people of numerous faiths that most all people still hold sacred – be real.

Be human.

Be sincere.

Offer your wish, your hopes or just a simple message of good will. Then stop.

It’s not a marketing opportunity. It’s not a scheduling opportunity. If clients need you, they will find you and you will work.

A competitor won’t tell you about your very awkward yet not career-ending mistake.

But a friend will. 🙂

how not to start a pay to play web site


I’ve never started a pay to play voice-over web site for many reasons, the first of which is I think they each completely discredit the voice-over industry.

My second reason is I believe the only persons who truly profits from these sites are the owners. The overall crumbs that are intermittently handed out to some voice talents pale in comparison to the consistent fees these owners generally bring in from their sites.

Last but not least some (not all) of these owners strike me as crooks.

Again, these are just my personal opinions, your milage may vary and if you disagree with me you’re probably wrong ;).

Yet even though I have not myself started a pay to play voice-over web site and am therefore hardly an expert, I think I have found two surefire ways NOT to start a pay to play voice-over web site.

Note please that in the 30+ years of running this and other businesses, I have never made a mistake and my record for perfection has been recognized by Guinness World Records for it’s, um…perfection. So from from high atop Know It All Mountain, here goes:

Way #1 NOT to start a pay to play voice-over web site:

Recommend, in writing, a voice-over talent pay structure so disrespectful to voice-over talents and oblivious to real market factors and with pricing so biased towards bottom feeding clients that there is a near voice-over rebellion on-line when the talents (who are going to be the potential fuel for the pay to play web site’s engine) see the following:


No word yet on whether said site will be offering a buy-one-get-one (BOGO) coupon for voice talents in the near future. This site’s opening after Thanksgiving so they couldn’t offer any Black Friday voice-over specials, if in fact they wanted to.

Way #2 NOT to start a pay to play voice-over web site:

Name your pay to play voice-over web site with a moniker extremely similar to a well-respected, established site run by a well-spoken voice talent like Jonathan Tilley. Then watch your yet to be launched pay to play voice-over web site (and you as the owner) get your corporate ass publicly handed to you with fact after knock out fact showing that you, as the pay to play web site owner, have acted in what might be considered (at least by this observer) as thoughtless…to say the least.

The web video beating was so bad to my viewing I half expected to hear Howard Cosell again in his famous ringside boxing call.

So in summary, those are the two things I would NOT do if I were ever going to start up a pay to play web site.

Which I won’t, cause what do I know anyway.