As a Marketing Consultant, I’m always thinking about how to get a good, quality, prospect lead. But I’m also a consumer that hates getting unsolicited phone calls. Oddly, I find it an invasion of my private space because answering a call instantly stops the momentum of whatever task I was working on. Caller ID certainly help me screen calls, but it doesn’t help me block unwanted calls.
I especially hate those annoying, pre-recorded messages. Occasionally I’m tempted to hang on the line waiting if I’m offered a number to press to get removed. I’ve discovered that most times there is no such option so now I just hang up immediately.
Fortunately the National Do Not Call Registry is a way to help reduce the annoying distractions of unwanted sales calls on your home or mobile phone.
How To Stop Unwanted Calls…
It’s managed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Basically you add your phone number to the national list. Reputable marketers agree to take that data, compare against their own telemarketing lists, and suppress the people who’ve requested not to receive sales calls.
It’s very easy to add your mobile or home phone number:
- Go to https://www.donotcall.gov
- Add up to 3 mobile or home phone numbers along with an active email address.
- You will receive an email for each phone number you submitted.
Subject line: “National Do Not Call Registry – OPEN AND CLICK on Link to Complete Your Registration”
You must open each email and click each confirmation link within 72 hours to complete this step otherwise your number(s) wont be added to the do not call list. If you don’t get the email, be sure to check your email spam/junk mail folder in case it was misfiled. If you have more than 3 phone numbers to add (your parents, your kids, etc.), simply start the process over again. It will accept the same email address again.
Fortunately, your registration will no longer expire after a period of time (like it used to). According to the website:
Telephone numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry will remain on it permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February 2008.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that it stops all unwanted telemarketing sales calls, but you should experience a noticeable decline when reputable marketers updated their contact lists.
Finally, whenever you do receive an unsolicited sales call with a live human on the other end, simply be polite and say:
“Please remove me from your contact list. Thank you.”
While we’re on the issue of privacy, follow these steps to remove your Spokeo listing.
That’s it. Hope you find this helpful.