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Four Things To Avoid In Your IVR, Auto Attendant, and Voice Prompts

Voice prompt menus, IVR, and auto attendant greetings can be a helpful way to get more information to your customers. You can mention your business hours, current specials, a temporary store closing, or a charity drive that you’re going to be having in the near future. Since you may already have an idea about what you want to say on your phone script, here are a few things you will want to steer clear of:

  1. Too Many Options – It’s important to have enough options to cover the various departments you have for your customers to speak to, but you also want to keep in mind that listing too many on your automated menu can seem cluttered. The more you have listed, the more apt your are to have confused customers, and the more apt they are to end up in the wrong department anyway. If they don’t quite fit in with option one and keep listening for a better selection, but by option eight they’ve forgotten what option one even was, they may end up hitting any number just to speak to a representative. The whole point of these options is to get the customer to the right department the first time around, so make the choices clear and concise. Keep in mind who the callers are and what they tend to call for. The main menu should then be tailored to the needs of the caller.
  2. Cornering the Customer – When using an auto attendant always provide the option to speak to a representative. They may not have an account number available, or they may have questions about the information your menu is requesting from them. Allowing them to speak to a person can avoid unnecessary frustration for your customer. If they know that every time they call you they are going to end up frustrated before they can even talk to someone, they may begin to associate negative experiences with your company.
  3. Giving Outdated Information – Keeping the informaion contained with your phone script up-to-date is important to your customers. You won’t be wasting their time with out-dated information, which is always appreciated. Telling customers about the wrong hours of business, an outdated website, or a wrong address can be frustrating. Be sure if there are any changes in your company that you update the recordings accordingly. 
  4. Don’t Bury the Lead – The term “bury the lead” comes from journalism. In a news story, the “lead” is the first sentence, which concisely conveys the main point of the article. Same hold true for your phone system.  If 80% of your callers choose one option over the others, don’t bury that option in the list of choices.  Making the caller wade through other options is tidus and inefficient.  Order your menu choices in the priority which they are choosen.  Not sure which is choosen more?  As your administrator for a report, or stroll on down and talk to the agents.  They’ll let you know who’s calling and why.
  5. Your phone script should be clear, concise, up-to-date, and helpful. Customers generally call you because they are having an issue with something, and you don’t want to compound the problem — you want to solve it. Send the message to your customers that you consider their time as important as yours by never making them take longer on a phone call than necessary.
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Voice Prompts and MOH Make it to the Great White Way

VoicePrompts+BroadwayMy adolescent nephews have never experienced a Broadway play, so for their spring birthdays my husband and I took them to see Spiderman: Turn off the Dark.  This show was in the headlines for various reasons – injuries, confusing plot, being the most expensive play ever produced, but it was an ideal way to introduce Broadway for novice attendees.

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Voice Prompt Scripts Near and Far

Guest Blog contributed by Scripts Consultant Megan Andriulli

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5 Ways IVR Can Improve the Healthcare Industry

Interactive Voice response or IVR, is a form of human-computer interface which takes its input from voice and keypad commands. Compared to a phone menu, call tree, or automated attendant, an Interactive Voice Response system is put in place to actually receive data, process it, and deliver meaningful value to the customer.

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5 Reasons Employees Shouldn’t Record Your IVR

Your company’s IVR is the “first impression” callers get about your business. Recording your voice prompts in house may be a quick and affordable solution, but here’s a few reasons why that decision might not be the right one:

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IVR: 4 Uses in Healthcare

The Healthcare industry has changed drastically within the last decade. There are constantly new regulations created to provide safety and security to all patients.  With these changes, a new set of needs for the industry such as: accurately collecting information, providing support, and staying within budget. All these requirements must be met-  all whilst having a unified brand voice. The solution? IVR also known as Interactive Voice Response is a technology that can be utilized throughout all healthcare fields.  Here are 4 ways that your Healthcare business can use IVR

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Voice Assistant Technology and its Part in Customer Service

Once relegated to the realms of sci-fi and seemingly far-fetched movie plots, voice assistant technology is now a huge part of the customer service experience. It works inconjunction with your Interactive Voice Response, known as IVR, to increase efficiency in your company’s communication, making it ideal for customer experience strategies.

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IVR Monitoring Improving the Healthcare Experience

In a recent article written by Mary Thomson and published in Digestive Diseases and Sciences,  she discusses how using an automated IVR system to monitor patients within a healthcare facility can identify patients at risk for prehospitalization. According to the article patients typically do not enjoy automated phone systems. However, once the automated system was implemented there was a 70% completion rate of 80% or higher on the assessment. A large part of the group in the study were patients with Cirrhosis considered to be noncompliant. Setting up an automated phone system allowed physicians to qualify what patients needed more communication based on the additional information submitted.

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Live Agents Or Automated Attendant?

The term ‘Live Agents’ has replaced the traditional “receptionist”.  Not too long ago most businesses answered calls live during “normal” business hours. So much has changed in how we work and live and communicate, I’m not sure what is considered normal.  Today customers expect 24/7, 365 support from any channel possible. In order to keep pace with customer demand auto-attendants are used everywhere – even local pizza shops.  Once considered a tool for big businesses, auto-attendants and IVR are available in just about every phone system sold. But which is better?  Answering the call with a live representative or having all calls go through a menu of options?

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3 Reasons IVR Can Make or Break Your Brand

IVR systems. We’ve all used it and we’ve all had experiences where we were trapped in a routing loop unable to reach a human being and stuck yelling at a “robot” we can barely understand. 

When was the last time you’ve had an experience like that? How did it make you feel about the brand who provided that experience to you? Probably not good.