How Robocalls Affect Businesses
By Riley Panko
A recent survey revealed that most people receive at least one robocall per day, and about 40% of people receive more than one a day.
Despite repeated government attempts to regulate automated phone calls, robocalls continue to grow at an alarming rate. Data shows that people are unlikely to answer calls from numbers they don’t recognize.
As a result, many legitimate businesses are negatively affected by robocalls.
In this article, we’ll explain how robocalls are affecting businesses and offer tips to help you work around the challenges.
We’ll also share examples of how some businesses are adjusting their tactics and easing customer concerns along the way.
How Robocalls May Be Affecting Your Business
In this section, we take a look at how robocalls are affecting your customers’ behavior.
Although some automated calls, or “robocalls,” are an attempt to market products, many come from criminals trying to scam private information or money from people.
One of the reasons robocalls are increasing, despite government regulations, is that it can be hard to track down the source of the calls. Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) makes it easy and inexpensive for scammers to alter caller IDs to display a different number than the one they’re calling from.
According to Rick Dionisio, senior vice president of operations for customer phone number retailer RingBoost, “Illegal telemarketing operations could be generating their calls from overseas,” and “That makes law enforcement or fines nearly impossible to levy.”
Robocalls are more than an annoyance – they can pose a danger to any person who engages in conversation.
For example, in 2017/2018, there were 30 complaints filed with the New York City police from people who were scammed out of a collective $3 million.
Other robocalls try to imitate human conversation to provoke a “yes” response that’s recorded and used to try and gain access to utility or bank accounts.
Today, nearly 70% of people avoid answering calls from unknown numbers due to the risks involved, and this creates a challenge for businesses.
Adjust Your Outreach Tactics
One of the challenges businesses face is how to conduct sales outreach when they’re used to picking up the phone to connect with new people.
Some businesses are finding alternative ways to reach out to customers.
For example, Buy Life Insurance now conducts more face-to-face calls instead of prospecting solely by phone.
“Canvassing face-to-face has increased many of my agents’ presentation ratios,” Owner David Duford said. “It allows my agents to integrate good body language to convey trust and rapport, such as eye contact, smiling, and hand-shaking, all of which is inaccessible on a phone call.”
Businesses that rely on phone outreach will need to get creative about new ways to connect with customers. However, this one-on-one human connection can be a positive experience in an age where robots are preventing people from answering their phones.
Businesses may also want to seek outside expertise. If your business is too overwhelmed to conduct professional and personalized phone outreach, outsourced help, like a virtual receptionist, can help.
Pay Special Attention To Customer Concerns
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