Most of us have received many unsolicited sales calls for years, but it is only recently that we have also begun to see an increase in unsolicited emails and even text messages. The problem with these unsolicited marketing strategies is that they can quickly become a real nuisance, and if we don’t do anything to stop them, they can take over and disrupt our daily lives.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
Who was it who said the above statement? But anyway, it works for nuisance calls as well. It works this way: companies can get your number in different ways. One of the most common ways of acquiring your phone number and email address is to get it when you purchase something online. So when you buy something over the Internet, make sure to read the fine print carefully. There is usually an option during the checkout process where you have to un-click a box which gives permission to the company to contact you or send you promotional materials. If you do not give your permission, they will not be allowed to contact you in any way.
When you are registering to vote during elections, you should also make sure that you are taken out of the edited register. You can do this by ticking a box on the form they send you every year.This edited register, unfortunately, is sold to various companies, and if you are not on the register, then your information will not be given to them.
Dealing with texts and emails
Did you know that it is against the law for companies to send you emails or texts with a direct marketing purpose if you have not given them your permission? If you receive emails or texts from a company even if you have bought from or done business with them in the past, you should still be given the option to refuse. Emails should have an unsubscribe box at the bottom.
Text messages are a different matter, however. In the first place, you should not be receiving any spam or sales text messages simply because you have no way of giving your consent to them. But if you receive any text messages, the best way to deal with them is to forward those texts to your mobile phone provider. Never reply to unsolicited texts, as it just proves that your number exists and is being used, which will encourage companies to send you even more texts.
Dealing with sales calls
Unsolicited marketing calls can be dealt with in different ways. First off all, if you receive a sales call, you can tell them directly to remove you from their calling list. If you would like to be more pro-active, you can choose to write them a letter and tell them to take you off their list. You can also register with a telephone preference service, or TPS, which is free. Take note that the registration process can take as long as 28 days. There are also telephones available that can enable you to block unwanted calls.
If you would simply like to deal with unwanted telephone calls right away, another alternative is to install a call blocker, which is an effective way of preventing nuisance calls. Blocking phone numbers can be done within minutes, especially if you get a call blocker which can automatically learn important numbers so you need not accidentally block calls from friends, family, emergency numbers, or colleagues.
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