Ring-a-ling, Ring-a-ling goes the phone or whatever silly ring tone, or song, that may be on your phone.
I look at my phone and notice that I do not recognize the number.
Normally, I might think that this is a possible customer or maybe another agent or possibly a number which I have forgotten.
Since I like to provide quick and easy service, I would usually answer before the phone could go to my greeting and voicemail system.
But more and more, I am finding that the calls are not from such people, but rather that they are from people, who, like me, need business. They are sales calls.
They may go something like this:
- Ron, this is Nick. I noticed that it's been two years since you bought your car. I am just calling to see how things are going. ----- Even though, I am not in the market for another car, I do wonder why it took him two years to make a follow up call. Business must be slow, which means I probably will not be able to sell him a house. In fact, as I recall, the last time that I tried to call him he did not work their anymore.
- Ron, it's Charisse, I wanted to talk about your web site. ----- Oh it's Charisse; as if I know who that is. In this case, I know that when I return the call, she will tell me how they can make my site show up on the first page on a google search. Given that everyone who provides this type of service states the same thing, I wonder how among the thousands of agents, we can all be on the first page. It's really very simple. As long as someone specifically searches for "Ron sells real estate in the summer down by the seashore on Saturday afternoons", then my site should be right on top.
- Ron, it's Tim from the Yellow Pages . . . ----- Who cares what else Tim has to say. He is calling from the Yellow Pages. Well, it's not as outdated as it seems; they are on the web these days. But I already know the story; you pay per click . . . and you never get any business out of it, but you can see that people are clicking away.
- Ron, It's Darlene, from ABC Lending, I used to be at XYZ. ----- Darlene is very nice, and it is smart that she is keeping me updated on where she is working, but I never used her when she was at XYZ. I suppose that she is going through all of the names that she can find.
- And, the list of people wanting to sell me something goes on and on.
I am not complaining about these calls. I make plenty of calls myself. It is just frustrating that when I take extensive efforts to make my phone ring with leads for my business, that, instead, I get these calls with people trying to sell me something.
By the way, when you see 410-935-5844 on your caller ID, answer it; I will be calling with business for you.