After a very frustrating call trying to navigate my way through a certain furniture company’s IVR system, I couldn’t help but think, “Who the heck is this IVR system designed for?” The choices didn’t seem to match up with any common problems that might prompt someone to call (assembly instructions, lost shipment, damaged products/returns, etc.) and when you pressed zero to get to an agent, you were met with a ‘good-bye’ and then disconnected.
Far too often our clients design overly complicated IVR systems that aren’t intuitive for the customer and end up causing frustration versus helping route callers correctly. When it comes to the IVR, keeping it simple is the best strategy. Oh, and then put on your customer hat, give yourself a specific problem to solve and then try to use the IVR. If you can’t be impartial about it, ask your spouse or a friend to try it out. Do your agents a favor and try to eliminate this built in frustration that gives them unhappy callers to handle right from the start.
“I tried to call you about a transaction that was incorrectly posted to my account. After spending 15 minutes speaking my selections to your phone system, my call was incorrectly transferred and then dropped. What a waste of time!”
“I was practically screaming my responses into your IVR system and each time your system kept saying, “I do not understand your request.” I’m not sure how much clearer ‘yes’ and ‘no’ can be. I was so frustrated.”
“At the third level of choices I had to go through, I spelled out the county that I was calling from and was finally transferred to someone. I went through the whole story and was then told that I needed to be transferred to my county. Really?! If you make us spell it out, then why don’t we go to the right place?”
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