Concierge is a new personal secretary type application that makes phone calls for you and collects information you may need, confirming appointments, cancellations, or availability.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ It’s all automated and for many could be extremely useful.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Did I mention that it’s free?
Whether or not it lasts, it can be useful while it does.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Using Concierge, I was able to confirm an appointment for the dentist next week and check on the status of my wife’s car in the garage.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ All without making a phone call myself.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ These are simple tasks that I probably could have accomplished on my own more quickly, but were worth using as test subjects for the app anyway.
It works simply: you plug in the information, including questions you want asked (simple yes/no scenarios are best) and where you want the answers delivered (email or text message).âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Then you give it the phone number(s) to call with the automated questions.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ When people are called, they get a generic voice telling them that it is an automated call on behalf of you and could they please answer a couple of questions regarding the subject you’ve specified.
The person being called then answers the questions you’ve put in with 1 for yes or 2 for no.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ The responses are forwarded to you automatically.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ For busy offices in multiple locations, for instance, this could be a lifesaver when a conference call is rescheduled or canceled, making sure everyone involved is aware of the change and saving man hours and confusion.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ It could also automate the process of finding dinner reservations on short notice, calling several restaurants for you to check table availability.
There are a lot of possibilities for this app and I was impressed with how easy it was to use.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Now if only this were available on the iPhone…