I'm always thinking of ways to be more efficient..because time management is my weakness or is it? There are days that I feel like I get nothing accomplished and then there are the days..Where I think of the song, You Can't Touch This..I'm a steam roller and somehow I just get it all done!
But I admit if I take a look at everything I do..getting back to people in a timely fashion is something I can always improve on...just think about this:
With the wonderful tools of technology..there can still be fallacies..that's where getting personal comes in...even with auto responders.
After Sharon's post..it got me thinking..what an opportunity...after all we are all so automated...cell phones, recorded messages, auto responders for emails, text messaging..everything that allows us to always work in the now...
In the moment....
Is it shameful, are we embarrassed?
Is this the end of humanity?
Its the way the world is turning..but we do not have to lose our human touch..even in auto responders.
We do not have to automate our entire businesses..but there are parts I believe it is necessary. When I look at my email box..I have to admit there are times..its really overwhelming..considering I am in front of agents, in front of customers..in front of the public every day all day long..
I know I am not that different from you!
I read Problogger's book, maybe you have and maybe you haven't...I subscribe to his newsletter and read him regularly..he uses auto responders and has over 48,000 subscribers. Ask yourself..how many subscribers do you have?
In truth what would you do to stay in contact with all those people? I know that I recieve updates..email newsletters..and more!
I personally appreciate it!
I get auto responses from Oprah..does it offend me? No it does not! Is she any different from any one of us?..Just more people know who she is. Does that make her different and an exception to the rule?..nope just richer and maybe smarter..because she is efficient she has to..the original media queen!
Auto Responders Serve Their Purpose..I Have To Build The Relationship! Would You Be Insulted If I sent You An Auto Responder?..Many of the Pro's use them..in a wide variety of ways!
When someone leaves a comment on your blog on wordpress or blogger..a message pops up..is that not an auto responder? This comment is awaiting moderation, can you personalize it?
Or you can't get to the phone because you are face to face with someone....Having a customer listening to your voice recording is that not an auto responder? It is personalized?
Can you honestly tell me you use no other automated tools? To me you can get personal..even with auto responders.
I will tell you..I'm not the best...when it comes...to automating my business... but for 2009..that is my goal...and my intention..to be more efficient...have enough energy...to do all I do. I really don't have auto responders in place..but that is definitely part of 2009's plan..to personalize them..to have them mean something...and remind people..I'm here and I appreciate them!
I don't know I still like the idea..auto responder for my blog comments.