By Brian Copeland
Thousands of REALTORS® are making the choice, consciously and unconsciously, to add Lady Gaga, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Jimmy Buffett to their business plans. In fact, Americans as a whole are consuming ringback tones as a personal and business medium to the tune of over $235 million in 2009 (BMI).
I don’t want to assume that everyone knows the term “ringback;” so, quickly, it’s what you hear when you are calling someone’s phone. Usually it’s a popular song and shouldn’t be confused with a “ringtone” which is what you hear when your phone rings.
Ringbacks can either be a great connection point with a consumer/another agent or a kiss of death for your business. If you want to personalize your phone this way in your business, move forth with caution. I personally love ringbacks; so, please don’t hear me be all “yuck, yuck, unprofessional.”
1. You can really connect well with a demographic with the correct choice. If you have a specific niche market, ringbacks can screen the correct demographic you want to reach.
2. Ringbacks can place the caller in a better mood or relax them prior to your conversation. When I’ve used ringbacks, DAILY I answered the phone and the caller was literally singing along. After brief laughter, they always complimented my song choice, and we had a good 30 second chat about that commonality.
3. They set a fun tone. REALTORS® often get bum wraps as overly serious, negotiating freaks. As you’re getting that call from your cooperating agent on a deal, it may just put them in the mood you need them to be in.
1. You may isolate a clientele. I was calling a service provider recently, and he had “Margaritaville” on his ringback. I immediately thought, “Me and this guy are not going to gel.” I hung up and chose another service provider. Continue reading »