For my job I have vendors who call me all the time, soliciting us for their business. Since I handle a lot of the merchandise and point of sale items, this means I get pitched a plethora of kitschy crap from China, or hideous ideas with a random beer theme thrown in. Or the standard “We can put your logo on ANYTHING!” pitch. What really drives me crazy though are the mystery voice mails, such as one I received today.
“Hi, Stephanie! I’ve come across this really revolutionary product that I think suits your brand perfectly. I really do. Give me a call and we’ll talk about it.”
One, I’m blogging busy.
Two, I’m not going to take the time to follow up on a mystery promotional item that, much more likely than not, does not suit our brand.
Three, freaking EMAIL me your pitch. If it was an introductory call, I keep the conversation brief and tell them to email me their company’s information, whereupon I can peruse it completely at my leisure, when I’m not in the middle of ten other things. But if we’ve emailed and communicated in the past (like I have with this salesperson), SEND ME YOUR PITCH. With VISUALS. And TEXT. Explaining something that’s “revolutionary” over the phone will never do it justice. If, after reading your email, I am intrigued enough I will call YOU to go over potentials.
There, done ranting.