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How To Torment A Telemarketer With Just One Word

This week’s reading of  social media marketing blogs and viewing of YouTube videos provided me with a few creative thoughts and had me thinking, nodding and eventually smiling as I stumbled upon a simple method of infuriating a Telemarketer enough to hang up by just uttering one ‘three’ letter word.How To Torment A Telemarketer With One Word

So before I reveal that word, here are five social media blog posts that I read this week that had some important lessons you could apply and also integrate into your clients social media strategies.

1. Online Marketing Still A Faith Based Initiative. Why? What’s The Fix?

This post by Avinash from his widely read blog ‘Occam’s Razor‘ was a transcript of his presentation to an audience of CEO’s and highlights the faith based approach of using the traditional  marketing mediums despite the fact that they are almost impossible to measure. He also mentions the surreal reality of large amounts of dollars still being spent on mass media due to most CEO’s being either digitally challenged or uncomfortable with the Web and the need for the companies to understand that marketing has changed forever…Read more

2. 92 Essental Social Media Resources

Mashable from time to time comes out with some great resources that provide you with days and days of reading that will be a great reference for your social media marketing tool box.. Read more

3. How to Build a Successful BusinessWith a Small Audience

Copyblogger is one of the top blogs on how to write great copy as well as headlines.   Being successful is not always on quantity but quality and as Seth Godin mentions in his book ‘Tribes’ is that you only need a 1,000 fans to be successful and to start a movement. Johnathon Mead shows you how this can be done including examples and some case studies.. Read more

4. 7 Common Social Media Marketing Problems and Their Solutions

This post from Top Rank Blog created by Lee Odden  includes live blog notes from the presentation given by Adam Singer of TopRank Online Marketing. Adam opened up noting that according to a research study by Russell Herder and Ethos Business Law, 14% of executives are unsure of social media, yet 70% expect to spend more. Here is Lee’s take on 7 Common Social Media Problems and their Solutions.. Read more

5. Social Media: The New Curriculum

Social media is an asset or a liability depending on what you are posting and where and for graduates this can be an essential element of your employment strategy.  If you are wanting to be found online and offline and create the right impression for future employees or business partners, making sure you have the right online brand and create the best impression on social media platforms is becoming paramount. Here are a few tips… Read more

Note: All of  us have had the dubious pleasure of being interrupted by an intrusive telemarketer, one of the benefits with social media marketing is that it is essentially permission based and does not annoy the potential customer.

In our office we are thinking of  starting a competition for the most creative method of shutting down a telemarketer…Here is a funny video of how to do this by using just one word.  I hope this video puts a smile on your dial and kicks off your week with a bit of laughter and humour. (It’s short at 1 minute and 20 seconds)

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  • Hilarious!!
    My husband and I were having fun with a telemarketer just last weekend. They asked what grocery store we do most of our shopping – he told them Jake’s Hardware!

  • Love it! My favorite thing to do with telemarketers is to say, “Oh, I’m so glad you called! Can I have your name? Thank you, <>, I would love to let you know about the amazing system we’ve put together for you and just today, by calling this number, you can get it for only $19.95….”

    When they complain, you just answer, “But you called <> didn’t you? Well this is our product sales line, so I assume you have heard the 30 minute audio online and are calling to place an order?”

    It’s a sure-fire way to get your number removed from any list! 🙂

  • Toying with telemarketers sounds like fun, but this is a sure way to get upgraded to the super abusive telemarketer calls. They call with the purpose of infuriating, offending, and even threatening you, tying up your phone line, and in short, make it necessary to change phone numbers. It happened to me.

    The easiest way to deal with telemarketers is this:

    “I’m sorry, I’m not interested. Please add me to your do not call list”. They usually end the call there. If they continue, just repeat this politely. If you have to repeat it three times, just say Goodbye and hang up.

    I use this method, and it has reduced the number of telemarketing calls, and gets calls over and done with quickly.

  • Thats awesome! I’m going to try that next time 🙂

    This one has to be my favourite though … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkdoogjic4I&feature=related

  • Evan Leeson

    I think the telemarker’s final rejoinder makes this even funnier.

  • I was a telemarketer for 9 months many years ago. I was a software engineer by day but entered the dark side at night and called people during dinner with a product they did not want and would not take “no” for an answer. It was a terrible job but I really needed the money. About twice a week, a caller would just go off on me, screaming and cussing and telling me how vile I was for invading his or her privacy. I would let them have their say…I mean, after all, I did call them. If they wanted to read me the riot act, I _did_ have it coming. Once they stopped for air, I would respond, “You know…I feel exactly the same way about telemarketers. I hate them, too. Sorry for calling.” Then I would go right to my next call. The telemarketers who have any pride will quit after a week. They can not take the abuse. For those of us who have more at stake than losing our pride, we learn to deal with it. Fortunately, I was able to find better employment and left that rotten chapter in my life behind.

  • Cute telemarketeer – he caught on quick. Big of you to post the whole video.

  • Steven Pofcher

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  • That is actually smart!

    • Thanks for the comment. Yes it is simple but very effective

  • good stuff

  • That was awesome! im going to have to try that next time i get a telemarketer call! 

    Thanks for the helpful blog links! 

  • Funny, yeah, but on the flip side I’d hire that guy for my customer service department. He handled that situation calmly and with humor once he worked out he was being punked. Good for him.

  • Here’s another way of dealing with telemarketers… the Tom Mabe classic: