Father’s Day is on Sunday, and if you’re like me, your dad is many time zones away. So you’ll need to send him something or call him for his special day. Or better yet, both. While you ponder between sending a new coffee mug, keychain or summer sausage sampler, consider also sending him a pre-recorded voicemail through the free Zang Forget Me Not service. It’s the very same service Zang launched for Mother’s Day, and we’re doing it again for Father’s Day. And because you can designate the time for your message to be delivered, it’s great for service men and women overseas who would like to send dad a message back home as well as for fathers who are overseas to receive messages from back home.
On May 4, we announced the Zang Forget Me Not Service for Mother’s Day (press release, blog)-- a free service through which people could schedule a voicemail to be delivered to their mother. Candidly, the idea was born out of a marketing meeting I, a PR manager at Avaya, attended on April 14 when thinking about what we could do to promote the simplicity, utility and virtually endless possibilities of Zang. And with Mother’s Day around the corner, the stars seemed to be aligning nicely to tie in the one day of the year that the most phone calls are made.
On April 20, I met with the head of Zang product management to run the idea by him. Much to my excitement, his response was, “Yes, that’s something that Zang can do.” Score! Now, it was just a matter of getting the project approved and resourced, which happened over the next few days. When everything was said and done, the development took all of two days, testing and UI “beautification” took another couple of days, and on Wednesday, May 4, the Zang Forget Me Not service was announced to the world.