Originally Posted by Paulette
Can your contact give you email addresses instead of phone numbers? Most people hate cold calls and I think the best way to reach people nowadays is through email.
I'd have to agree with Paulette about trying to email your prospects. If I was someone who was looking for services, I'd most likely email first. Email is easier because of so many people being able to use it on their smartphones/iPhones, whatever the case may be. Plus, I see so many people working on their laptops and are on the go. When I check email on my iPhone, I LOVE that I can dial the number FROM the email, if it's highlighted. It's done all my work for me and all I have to do is press a link and there you go!
Another scenario (which was happening to me until I got my Skype telephone line for calls) was that people were calling my cell phone and using my minutes up during the day. When people call, I either had to wait until the weekends to respond to them to not eat up my minutes, or wait until after 9 to call back friends and family that were not on my network. It's also like that at my work. Everyone (including my boss) has Verizon and I'm the only manager who has AT&T. Because of that, she prefers to text message me, rather than call me.
With this said, I prefer people to email or IM me when they like to share news, or talk about something important--and that way I can respond to them faster. I'm one of those women who have email on my iPhone, and I check it once every hour. I use Meebo on my phone, and Facebook.
You never know the situation with most business owners, and smaller business put their cell phone number as a form of contact so they can directly handle things sometimes. I know a few who have done that because they own construction businesses, but can't afford to hire a secretary to take all their calls. It may be all they have to get their business started, and it's hard for people to change numbers once they become established.
I wouldn't take it personally, honestly. I'd just try a different method of approach and see what comes out of that. You tried, did your best, and had an experience. That's what we all learn when starting out, or even being in it long enough.
I'm sorry that it happened to you, and wish you better success with anything else you try.