I just don’t get a personal contact kind of feeling from auto reply email. Yes, it gives me instant (or near instant) feedback, but it is MEANINGLESS! I don’t get an answer to my question. Sometimes I get something based on keywords which usually misses by miles. What I do get is the feeling that I have one more junk email to delete and I expect I will be waiting a very long time to get a real reply. I’m often right.
What is a long time? MONTHS! I don’t mind waiting a week, even a second week, if that’s what it takes. But, that auto reply seems kind of ignorant to me. It’s just a way to put me off. Like being told I got my reply – what more do I want. Patronizing, with a capital P!
Stop sending auto replies. It’s an idea who’s time has passed. Let it die.
This includes those lame vacation response emails. Why do I only seem to get those from people who have just posted their email address asking for replies?!!! Why ask people to email you and then go on vacation? What is the point there! If you’re going to be away, wait until you get back. Simple isn’t it? You don’t need to be a brain surgeon to figure that one out.