Your VoiceMail Should Say "Press 1 to Skip this message"

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Northern Virginia Homes - FRANKLY REAL ESTATE Inc

 Ok, everyone here talks about how busy we are and how important time is.

What about the time of our clients?

Lets start with: What does your voicemail say?

Is it long winded and polite? Maybe mentions a website or how you are honored by referrals. Maybe it is even in two languages? But does your voicemail give the person an option to skip all your sweetness and get to the damn beep?

 

Every carrier has a different number. Verizon is * or #, Sprint is 1 etc. So call your phone from another phone and try pressing 1. If that doesn't get you the beep, hang up and try again, this time pressing star and then pound etc.

 And then at the beginning of your voicemail say "Press 1 to skip this message..." That extra minute and a half that the client saves will tell them that you appreciate their time and it sets a tone for your level of efficiency. Heck 15 calls over a month or two month process might save them almost 30 minutes.

Frank Borges LL0SA- Virginia Broker/ Owner FranklyRealty.com

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Comments (34)

Funmi Nwokolo
Keller Williams Realty ® - Round Rock, TX
Realtor - FunmiAndTheCity.com
Great Idea for a blog and for us Realtors....I will do this
Aug 31, 2007 04:51 AM
Chris Molina
Cooper & Associates Real Estate - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor, Elk Grove CA
Thank you!!!  I can't stand calling lenders for a pricing scenario and I can't get to their "beep" to leave a message because they're talking about what rates they have for certain borrowers and so forth.  I'll definitely pass the word....or at least direct them to this post.
Sep 01, 2007 03:59 AM
Pat Hommel
Annapolis Plaza CB Residential and Commercial - Annapolis, MD
Annapolis, AA Co., Md. Real Estate Sales
Frank,   This is an excellent tip.  This will be extremely helpful for investors who call as their time is money and they will appreciate not having to hang around listening to a recorded message.  Thanks for sharing your expertise.
Sep 10, 2007 01:53 AM
Judy Kincaid
Tampa, FL
Frank -- I was wondering how other people were able to have that feature on their voice mail.  Now I know....thanks to you!  Thanks for the great tip.
Oct 06, 2007 03:56 PM
Heather Harrell
Harrell Home Staging, LLC - Gainesville, VA
Great post, Frank!  I've always appreciated that tip on other people's recordings.  This was a great blog idea!
Oct 06, 2007 05:11 PM
Scott Baker
www.eHomeReports.com Coldwell Banker Realty - Liberty Township, OH
Realtor Homes for Sale Cincinnati/Dayton Ohio

Yes, very good idea. I will be adding this to my new SHORTENED message

Nov 24, 2008 12:11 PM
Andrew Monaghan
The Monaghan Group - Glendale, AZ
CRS, GRI, EPro Associate Broker

Its so simple that its easy to forget and you only think about it when you are subject to a 2 minute greeting.

Jan 01, 2009 03:18 AM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

I have the information at the end of my message as I would like people to hear it at least once.

Jan 11, 2009 06:32 PM
Jeremy Patterson
Patterson Power Washing - Yucaipa, CA

Short and sweet is usually best for me, especially when time is money.  Great tip. Jeremy

Jan 31, 2009 10:28 AM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Good idea -- will have to check into this - all the best.

Feb 03, 2009 02:52 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

That's a great tip, Frank. Sadly, I tried four or five different times and my cell provider (Cellular South) must not allow this feature.:(

Feb 22, 2009 10:44 AM
Norma Brandsberg
Marks Realty Co. Inc., Lynchburg, VA, 540-586-9496 - Forest, VA

Going to check it out right now. Thanks for the tip.

Mar 16, 2009 07:40 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

YOu are so right.  If you have a long message...folks will hang up.

Ginger

Aug 12, 2009 08:00 AM
Stephanie Arnett
ERA Town & Campus Realty - Starkville, MS
SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR

THANKS!!  Setting mine up now!!

Sep 02, 2009 09:17 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Thanks for such a great post.  As would be, other shared good ideas too.

Ginger

Oct 23, 2009 01:40 PM
Andrew Monaghan
The Monaghan Group - Glendale, AZ
CRS, GRI, EPro Associate Broker

Thank you

 

Nov 28, 2009 02:03 PM
Andrew Monaghan
The Monaghan Group - Glendale, AZ
CRS, GRI, EPro Associate Broker

Thank you

 

Nov 28, 2009 02:03 PM
Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON

Frank

That is a good tip and cuts to the quick for repeat callers

Ty

Feb 12, 2010 08:32 AM
Rita Norman
Walnut Creek, CA
Your Agent in Walnut Creek CA

Great tip Frank - Thanks. I like Ilyce N. Powell's suggestion too, of telling the listener they can press * anytime during the message.

Rita

 

Jul 13, 2010 01:30 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Such a great idea..Will do this.

Mar 25, 2011 03:14 PM