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RE: [Sigia-l] Re: SIGIA-L: Most abusive user experience?
Date: Mon Apr 08 2002 - 18:08:30 EDT
I'm not saying I love auto-responses or anything, but I do think they
have their value. One thing they are good for is letting the user know
that their feedback/request was received. This is especially important
when the request is sent from a web form. If for some reason the form
doesn't work, there's no "bounce" message or anything to tell the user
that the email or transmission failed. An auto-response is a small bit
of "system status" back to the user. It can also be enhanced to
include additional info like a tracking number, a phone number (if it's
an urgent request), etc.
In some ways, this is an example of how an online system can be "better
than reality". When you send a snail mail letter, you have no idea if
or when it ever got there.
Obvious possible improvements:
- Let the user decide whether or not to get a confirmation.
- Don't use it for frequent or trivial types of requests -- that would
really create inbox clutter.
- Provide an issue tracking # immediately on a confirmation screen and
an on status screen where users can check status of their request.
This makes it pull vs. push.
Keep in mind that not all communication is of equal importance.
Even hold music has its purpose...(other than to provide material for
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From: lee.r.sachs_at_verizon.com [mailto:lee.r.sachs_at_verizon.com]
Sent: Monday, April 08, 2002 3:32 PM
Subject: [Sigia-l] Re: SIGIA-L: Most abusive user experience?
I've got one that is often cited as an e-business best practice that
have recommended to clients. It's the automated email response. In
cases, it's worthwhile to let people know you are going to respond
hours or supply some other information, but this is the digital
of hold music on a VRU.
Why do I need my inbox cluttered with auto-generated email that doesn't
answer my inquiry in any meaningful way. How would a customer feel, if
every time they snail mailed a letter or a complaint to a company, the
company initially wrote back a form letter that stated they're 'really
going to answer my letter the right way, but in the meantime here's
piece of paper that just says we got your letter but no human being has
even looked at it. I mean I don't want to get on a rant here, but,
yet another example of people in the service of technology.
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