In recent months we have received a rash of automated phone solicitation from “network marketers”. They have found our contact information online as we are mentors and have our personal contact information readily available for anyone who is looking for guidance in their online multilevel marketing business opportunity.
It is very frustrating to say the least when you are working with someone, or you have started to eat a meal with your family when the phone rings; you answer it to be greeted by a robotic pre-recorded message. Or worse you are unable to answer the phone because you are on another call or not at home and the message goes to your voice mail. The instructions are to press nine to have this person stop calling you. Duh! Once it is in your voice message there is NO way to press nine to remove yourself from being called again. In most cases when you press nine you return the message to your inbox. How thankful I am now that I can return to this SPAM over and over again. NOT!
We care nothing for receiving phone calls with a recorded voice spewing a bunch of junk.
We have not opted in to receive email solicitation or phone solicitation from any network marketers. We are NOT looking for any income opportunity, lead generation system, list builder or matrix compensation plan, we are not prospects for anyone.
These spammers go on to tell you that they are using a double opt-in system and you can simply opt out at any time. Since many people have their contact info listed on places such as Facebook, Twitter or MySpace spammers feel that they have full reign of this info and they have been given permission to use it. Absolutely not! Having my info in a public place does not give anyone the right to spam me their deal via email or by phone. Our phone number is listed in a phone book. However, we do not have a ton of strangers calling us, to discuss how their day at work went or how the weather is. So why do “stranger” marketers think it is ok to call us. This is NOT opting in to anything.
If “professional” network marketers took the time to read Policies and Procedures, they may read something of this nature that does not legally permit you to use automated devices to call anyone. Please read a clause from an MLM company, yours may say something similar. Violation of your Company’s policies and procedures are cause for termination.
8. Unsolicited Faxes
Except as provided in this section, Distributors may not use or transmit unsolicited faxes or use an automatic telephone dialing system relative to the operation of their [COMPANY] businesses. The term ―automatic telephone dialing system‖ means equipment which has the capacity to: (a) store or produce telephone numbers to be called, using a random or sequential number generator; and (b) to dial such numbers. The term "unsolicited faxes" means the transmission via telephone facsimile of any material or information advertising or promoting [COMPANY], its products, the Marketing and Compensation Plan or any other aspect of the company which is transmitted to any person, except that these terms do not include a fax: (a) to any person with that person’s prior express invitation or permission; or (b) to any person with whom the Distributor has an established business or personal relationship. The term "established business or personal relationship" means a prior or existing relationship formed by a voluntary two way communication between a Distributor and a person, on the basis of: (a) an inquiry, application, purchase or transaction by the person regarding products offered by such Distributor; or (b) a personal or familial relationship, which relationship has not been previously terminated by either party.
These violations, although they may be relatively few in number, would jeopardize the [COMPANY] opportunity for all Distributors.
We have a couple of questions. When you opt in to receive that free iPod or Dell computer do you know that you will be contacted by a third party and do you know you could be receiving automated phone calls, not just emails? Because we feel there is a HUGE difference between receiving unwanted emails; which can be read as your time permits, and interrupting someone at the dinner table with an unwanted phone call to sell you on the next big thing.
Our next question is this. Why are you hiding behind a pre-recorded message? Come on, we do not relish the idea of talking with people anymore than the next guy. However if you feel the need to phone someone about your great deal or webinar and want to get this message out, create a know, like and trust relationship first and then it will not be so hard to actually speak person to person about your turnkey, in-home income opportunity or webinar prelaunch presentation.
We learned some very simple skills, do NOT sell or CLOSE anyone and do not SPAM people with network marketing opportunities, lead generation systems, list building systems or robotic message dialling systems. Learning some basic skills takes away the need to hide behind a pre-recorded message. Build confidence in yourself, in your company and your product.
Wishing your great success,
Dave and Darlene Mills
Leadership With A Vision