Do you have an IVR? Are you thinking about getting one? No, that´s not a new piece of medical equipment nor is it the latest device that incorporates a cell phone, laptop computer, camera, and coffee pot into one piece of hardware. "IVR" stands for "Interactive Voice Recognition", also known as voice mail.If you´re thinking about getting one for your business, or if you already have one, you need to listen to Jeff Hoyt´s podcast, Voice Jail. A 15-minute podcast, it is funny while making several great points for those who abuse- er-use them. It should be required listening for managers and owners before they install them.
Jeff makes three very good points about voice mail. I´ll not give them away because it is well worth your time to listen.
He also mentions Gethuman.com, which has composed suggested standards for businesses. If you want to set yourself apart from your competition, check it out.
In a previous post, I gave several recommendations for businesses that use them. You should review it as well.
Remember, your customers form relationships with you and your employees. Not with your voice mail system. Don´t forget the human touch!