I didn't even hear the phone ring...

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

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?

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

In marketing, getting your attention is the first step, keeping it is the second step and taking action is the third step. I get these voice mail messages occasionally but better a message than a phone call interruption, wouldn't you agree? I grab my messages four times a day, so, I'm filing the message, deleting the message or responding to the message.

Informing your clients how you respond to phone calls, text or emails should be performed at the first meeting. Your clients will understand once you've informed them about their expectations when trying to contact you. 

Sep 12, 2019 06:27 PM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Alan- like your new profile photo. I've not received those kinds of calls and it sounds too sly and sneaky for me. 

Sep 12, 2019 07:10 PM #7
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

On one hand, I like the unobtrusiveness of it.  But on the other hand, if I'm taking the time to dial your phone, it's because I want to TALK to you.  If I just want to send a message, I'll text or send an email (depending on client preferences).  So ultimately, I'd be a NO SALE for them.  Bill

Sep 12, 2019 07:52 PM #8
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I get a ton of those calls without rings, and weird spam texts, too. Certainly not something I am going to respond to. Sleezy IMO.


Sep 12, 2019 09:52 PM #9
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I do wonder how that happens sometimes, but we live and learn and move forward and take note.

Sep 12, 2019 11:24 PM #10
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I did get freaked out at first, but now it’s just like a speed bump that happens and I move on Jeff Dowler, CRS

Sep 12, 2019 11:27 PM #11
Gordon Crawford
Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team - Morristown, NJ
Your Morris County Specialist!

Hi Alan,  this isn't for me either.  The amount of cold calling across the board is staggering.  On a daily basis, I have 10 to 15 cold calls that eat into my productivity.  I think the general public is tired of being solicited and doesn't answer calls they don't recognize. 



Sep 13, 2019 04:34 AM #12
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Lazy salespeople will always look for the quick and easy.  Here in the high desert sometimes the phone never rings and I get a voice mail from a client, colleague or friend. So far none of the Sly Calls, thank heavens.

Sep 13, 2019 05:18 AM #13
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

Nothing like getting a bunch of robocalls or telemarketing calls.  If I can't get to them, I will look up the number and text them back to remove my number from their calling list.  If I answer them, and it's a robocall, it's best to listen to the end and dial 9 or 2 to be removed.  Like we have nothing better else to do, then to stop these crazy robocalls. 

Sep 13, 2019 06:14 AM #14
Diana Ludwiczak
Doctor Sniffs Bed Bug Dogs - Manhattan, NY
K9 bed bug scent detection and inspections in NYC.

This happens to me all day long. The phone rings without my knowledge (the phone is right in front of me or in my hand) then all of a sudden I have a voice mail. 

Sep 13, 2019 06:17 AM #15
Ron Tissier
Chapman Hall Premier Realtors (404) 580-9069 - Atlanta, GA
Defining Homes. Defining Lifestyles.

People don't answer their phones anymore unless it's a number on caller ID that they recognize.  Everything else is goes into voice mail and is screened.

Haven't recd any of these "stealth" calls yet but the idea is intriguing.

Read an article yesterday in NAR's Realtor magazine that recommended for a higher response rate when prospecting, call and then immediately follow up with a text message. 


Sep 13, 2019 06:30 AM #16
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I've experienced that where there is voicemail and the phone never rang. It's not always a sales call but similar in that the caller wants to leave a message without ever speaking to you.

Sep 13, 2019 07:49 AM #17
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

I wouldn't do this - I think it's better to talk to someone!    But the people doing it are calling people they don't even know, so they have a different mindset.    Nice new pic, by the way!

Sep 13, 2019 09:40 AM #18
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I am aware of Slydial. I am not in favor of it as a marketing technique.  I have, however, used it for calling people who are notoriously chatty. If I want to leave a quick message and not be on the phone for an hour it's an awesome tool.

Sep 13, 2019 03:02 PM #19
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Alan May 
Once in a while I listen and at the end, they say "Press 2 to be removed from this list." So, I press 2 and the recording states i have had my name removed from the list. Who knows? It may work but it may just let them know it is a real number!!! All the best - Lynn

Sep 13, 2019 10:54 PM #20
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

An unwanted contact is still an invasion of ones privacy until it is not

Sep 14, 2019 07:04 AM #21
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Those calls are annoying, but a part of life! I have more pressing things to worry about

Sep 14, 2019 10:53 AM #22
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I think the only killing a professional would make using that sly dial is to kill their credibility with clients - and kill their career!

But... that does happen with "real" calls. I called my son one night and left a message - he called back immediately, wondering how he could have missed my call when he had the phone in his hand. It didn't ring. I've heard the same from friends.

Sep 14, 2019 11:13 AM #23
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

I do use slydial if I really only wanted to leave a message and not get into an argument or a long drawn discussion which might not end up ruining my day.

Sep 15, 2019 09:09 AM #24
Robin Wells
RAW Chimney Sweep and Inspections - Penetanguishene, ON
Giving Peace Of Mind One Chimney At A Time

Thanks for post.  Interesting technology but am not sure I would use it.  I am actually wondering how they manage to get to voice mail without ringing the phone and showing up on call display.

Sep 17, 2019 04:44 AM #25
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