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Why I hate telephone and internet marketing

Updated on April 9, 2012

Why I hate telephone marketing and other things that we don't need in life

The phone rings. I pick up, only to hear a background rumble. I say “hello”. Nothing. Then on the other side “hello, hello”. So I say back “hello”. It must be the man from the moon again, at least it sounds like it. Suddenly the voice says: “Hello, Ma’am” (this is a dead give-away that he doesn’t even know my name). “Hello, Ma’am, how are you today”? “Great, thanks, and how are you”? “Great, thanks”. Now that all the pleasantries have been exchanged, a short interval follows. I ask, “Who is this”? “This is James from mumble mumble...” and the rest drowns in the background noise. I know that James is not really James or the man from the moon. I suspect that he is Rajeev from India who has been watching 200 episodes of “Friends” on TV to acquire an American slang but he still can’t hide his real origins. After all, which North American would call you Ma’am these days? “Ma’am, you have been selected to get 200 free minutes”. I think, great, I have to listen to this crap for 10 minutes to get 200 free minutes that I can’t use. “James, I’m not interested”. “But Ma’am, you have been selected to....”. “Thanks for your generous offer James, but I don’t have a cell phone”. James totally ignores me and tells me: “Ma’am, you’ve been selected to...”. A bit aggravated, I tell him once again that I am not interested because I DON’T have a cell phone. This results in me being selected to get a free cell phone. “But James, I am living in the Canadian boonies and I DON’T have cell phone reception here”. “What, no cell phone reception, where on earth do you live”?!!!! he exclaims in a now very arrogant Indian voice. Now, I take this as a personal insult and before Rajeev or James or the man from the moon selects me to get my own “free” cell phone tower I hang up. I’ve just wasted 10 minutes of my precious time to get 200 free minutes that I can’t even use....

Now, while I am doing some internet research for this hub (looking up popular Indian names), this ad pops up on my screen. “Congratulations, you are the 1’000’000 visitor and have just won...”. I guess this must be Rajeev’s Nigerian cousin. Dam it, haven’t I blocked these pop-ups? While I am trying to close the first ad another one pops up and whenever I close it a new one pops up. Each time I'm the 1'000''000 visitor and I have just won something. They seem to be multiplying and in the end I give up. I’ve just won a free trip to the Bahamas. Amazing! Must be my lucky day. Not only have I been selected to get 200 free minutes, a free cell phone, my own free cell phone tower but now also a free trip to the Bahamas. And all that within a matter of 20 minutes. I feel like I’m being stalked and quickly switch off my computer.

The phone rings again. Another Indian James with a fake Jennifer Aniston accent. He claims he’s phoning in connection with my credit card. At least this time he doesn’t call me Ma’am, which makes it more believable. “ Mrs. so and so, as you are a very good customer who always pays her credit card bill on time, we’ve decided that you will get an extra low interest rate of only 6% this month”. No reaction from my side. “Hello, Mrs. so and so, you will only have to pay 6% this month, isn’t this great”? Still no reaction. Either he thinks I have fainted or am weeping with joy. “Well, actually I couldn’t care less James, because we always pay our credit card bill in full each month. WE DON'T PAY ANY INTEREST”! “Yes, Ma’am, I know, that’s why you are such a good customer and we give you an very low interest rate of 6% this month”.... Now I am speechless. I hang up the phone and unplug it for good measure. Better safe than sorry, I can’t take any more freebies today.

And now my question of the day: "Are telephone marketing and internet stalking really effective"?

Has anybody ever bought anything from a total stranger with a weird accent who places random calls?

Has anybody actually ever claimed that free trip to the Bahamas and gone there?

Death by marketing
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      novascotiamiss 6 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Cardisa, no they haven't tried the survey on me yet. But a couple of times they wanted to give me free holidays. 3 nights accommodation in Florida, a free 1 day cruise to the Bahamas and 3 nights accommodation in Las Vegas. It was all free, the only thing I needed to do is pay a small booking fee (which I didn't). I later found out on the internet that they charge outrageous booking fees and once they get your credit card info (that's all they're after) there's no easy way to get out of this. Apparently the accommodation is in really cheap hotel rooms and if you want an upgrade you pay through your nose. The Bahamas cruise is actually a trip on the ferry.... I just received another call yesterday morning from a James aka Rajeev and before he could say what he wanted I hung up. Sometimes you need to be rude.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica


      Have you had the survey telephone call yet (by James aka Rajeev)? That one is also hillarious. It kinda catches you off guard as it's supposed to be a simple survey but then they tell you you need to have a certain brand of electric appliances and you can get them shipped for free or some stupid thing like that. That particular one was selling the LG brand, I told him all my appliances were samsung even my cell phone, he wasn't please so offered me another cellphone at a discount, I told him it had to be samsung and hung up. By the way they call every where, imagine them calling Jamaica!

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      ambrking 6 years ago from Encino, California

      Too much marketing is a nuisance. They are giving the people a reason to ignore them. Like for telemarketers, one important thing that they should prioritize is respect for a persons time and decision. I believe that marketing should be moderate and should be done in a proper way.

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      novascotiamiss 6 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Very interesting. I always wondered why it takes them so long to reply. So next time when the man from the moon calls I'll just say "good bye".

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      kschang 6 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      What you got is a "robo-caller". They have a list of all the numbers they need to call. A computer calls the numbers one at a time, and if you respond "hello?" it pages the human salesperson to pick up the phone. Else, the computer can hang up, leave a robo-message, or if the number's not valid, stricken from the database.

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      novascotiamiss 6 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Jenna, thanks for your comments. Looks like I am not the only one who gets aggravated. I have never heard of mass callings but now it makes sense why there's never anybody on the line... Yeah, and I also agree with you, it's amazing how insulting they can sometimes be. I once read that they do this to make people feel insecure so that they feel pressured to buy something.

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      Jenna Estefan 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      It does seem like a strange marketing technique. Sometimes I get these calls and there is no one there when I pick up. Someone told me they do these mass callings, where they call 10 people at a time and the first person to pick up the phone is who they talk to.

      One time I had some sort of debt consolidation company call me and the saleswoman told me I wasn't very bright and needed to go back to school when I didn't respond when she asked me how much credit card debt I had. Yeah, I would really love to give this company my money.

      It seems to me that these techniques just aggravate consumers. But why would they keep doing it if they didn't generate some sort of gain from it? I don't know... good questions!