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Are Talking Avatars Right For Your Site?

Talking avatars are a friendly way to connect with site visitors.

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This story appears in the July 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Imagine visitors to your website being greeted by a lifelike animated character that follows their mouse movements with its eyes and even talks to them.

Sound far-fetched? It's not--and it's relatively easy and inexpensive to implement, thanks to Sitepal from Oddcast, an internet-based subscription service. Sitepal allows businesses to create animated, talking avatars and add them to their websites for a variety of professional and personal applications. They can be used, for example, as intelligent online customer service agents, virtual salespeople to promote products, or even virtual auctioneers for eBay listings.

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