Five tricks to counter pesky marketing calls

Many of the tele-callers do not have an in-depth understanding of the products or services they pitch.

October 28, 2015 3:54 IST | India Infoline News Service
Marketing calls from agents, brokers, banks and credit card companies have become a commonplace thing. Even though stringent rules have been made to contain such pesky calls yet the marketers remain more or less undeterred.

Here are some of the uncommon tricks that can help avoid such day-to-day annoyance.
  • Incomplete details - Many financial related websites demand contact details or email id before letting the visitors view the complete page for any information. Such pop-up pages are designed to get visitors data and market products or services. To avoid calls sourced from such pages, it is recommended to put a dummy mobile number or an invalid or unused email id.
  • Keep calls on hold - Despite disconnecting the calls if the marketers are persistent with their calls then its best to receive such calls and place them on hold. This is one of the annoying tricks to shoo away marketers, who are less likely to come back again after such a response.
  • Start asking questions - Many of the tele-callers do not have an in-depth understanding of the products or services they pitch. Thus, it's better to lock them in conversations with number-crunching questions, and sure it will make them least interested in marketing the products to you.
  • Become another marketer - Another way of annoying marketers is to pose as another telemarketer yourself. One can start pitching own products and services and force them to take a decision instantly. Such a trick can certainly put telemarketers away from calling back on the same number.
  • Language barrier - Once a tele-caller starts speaking in Hindi or English, ask them to speak in another regional language such as Punjabi, Tamil or Assamese. It is an effective way to end the call within seconds. 

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