Possibly the World’s Longest Voicemail

Jenn Marie

Do you think hiring a virtual receptionist is a bit of an overkill for your small business? Well, before you rule it out, consider this real example of a spam voicemail one of our pros received.

Behold, the “Robocall”

When our virtual receptionist answered a late afternoon call, she wasn’t surprised to hear an automated voice on the other line. For her, it was pretty standard to receive a 1-2 minute recorded call at least once a week. However this was no ordinary robotic phone call – it was an army of robot messages, each one repeating after the other. In the first two minutes, it advertised an insurance company, a Caribbean resort, and a radio station, as well as delivering multiple political messages.

You may be thinking, “what’s the harm if I can simply hang up?” If you are unlucky enough to answer the call, you could hang up. However, if you are like most busy professionals and allow it to go to voicemail, it could potentially fill your inbox and make it impossible for other callers to leave messages.

Our marathon message ended up being 60 minutes long. That’s 60 minutes of spam that our busy professional didn’t have to deal with.

Protection via Answering Services

Technology has done wonders for mankind, but it has not protected us from the productivity-draining assault of spam. Spam has been a part of our society long before the Internet. In fact, Western Union reported a spam telegraph in 1864 for a dentistry shop. The next generation figured out a way to record conversations, and by 1934, we had our first answering machine. If your business still has a fax machine today (or you remember the 90s), you’re all too familiar with having to sort out actual incoming faxes from all the spam. More than 100 years later, we are still searching for ways to prevent being hassled by unsolicited sales attempts. Smith.ai answering services are this generation’s solution.

The first line of defense is the Smith.ai virtual receptionist. He or she is able to identify sales attempts and prevent them from reaching your ear, 24/7. Your small business is now thoroughly protected from spammers – real and robotic.

Other Options for your Small Business

While using a virtual receptionist to filter out spam calls is the best way to prevent spam from ruining your productivity, there are other options. You can register your Smith.ai number with the National Do Not Call Registry, although doing so may prevent you from receiving the calls you want to know about. It’s much easier to let us handle it for you.

Jenn Marie

I began my writing and marketing career in 1993 for Taw Caw Little League, a community organization managed by my father at the time. At a young age, I learned the importance of well-written brochures, newsletters, and programs as well as the many challenges of running a fundraising concession stand.

But the unlimited supply of candy made it all worthwhile.

My childhood exposure to community development grew into an adult love of community service. As a young adult, I spent multiple years involved in full time community service through both Xavier University’s United Way Service Fellows program and National AIDS Fund AmeriCorps. During these times, I worked with young children and teens as an educator on literacy, sexual health, and HIV prevention.Helping others through communication was quickly becoming my passion.

Although active on the Internet since 1997, I first began working online in 2002 for Dell Computers. I was responsible for teaching people how to shop online, and it was a job I took very seriously.Upon graduation, I was hired by Microsoft, at the dawn of the Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud computing boom. I completed three Microsoft certifications within a few months, vastly increasing my technical aptitude and sales skills.In 2010, I began leveraging the internet for projects that combined my journalism, customer service, and sales background. During that time, I completed writing projects for  a variety of internet marketing firms as well as established websites such as Avvo.com and Groupon.  I also worked part-time for Amazon.com as a virtual customer service agent.I’d built a career off of the internet, and was now ready to build my own business.I left Amazon in 2014 to build my business full time. A few months later, I founded Jenn Marie Writing & Marketing, LLC  with a team of four freelancers. Since then, we have scaled up and down to meet client demand for  content writing, blog posting, and social media management services.

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