Over the last several months I've noticed a trend. I've noticed that I have a voice-mail, and I didn't even hear the phone ring.
Now, neither of my kids would be surprised at that. They claim I don't hear much, these days. In fact I was walking with one of my girls, recently, and she said "Dad, you're phone is ringing". It was in my jacket pocket, and I didn't hear it at all, but she did. - heavy sigh - This 'aging' thing isn't for the timid. But I digress.
On checking the voice-mail, I've found that the messages are all the same. They are a marketing pitch from a company selling their product that allows you to send pre-recorded messages to your own list of mobile numbers, and here's the "kicker"... and their phones will never ring.... it will go straight to their voice-mail, and will not show up on their caller ID. In order to find out who called, they'll have to listen the your message.
I admit, with the first call, I was intrigued, and listened through the full message. They suggest that early adopters of new technology will make a killing using this new marketing technique.
Personally, I don't like the idea. I don't make cold-calls anyway. So maybe I am not their target market. I have since had a half-dozen similar calls... not sure if they're all from the same place, or a different client each time. As soon as I hear the first line, and realize it's another "sly-dial"-style call... I hang up. I find it a bit too slippery for my taste.
How about you? Does this sound intriguing to you?