Do You Record Your Own Voice Mail Messages?

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Do You Record Your Own Voice Mail Messages?

 

I’ve often wondered why some people don’t record their own voice mail messages, especially in our business. It just strikes me as odd. But maybe that’s just me.

 

Do YOU record your own voice mail?I’ve called 2 agents in the last day for appointments and it was clear it was not them in the recording, not just from the voice (a female voice for a make agent in one case) but also the message itself – “so and so is not available but if you will leave her a message…”

 

Is it laziness?

 

Is it wanting to sound more important by having an assistant or office reception record the message?

 

Could it be company practice for the brokerage office?

 

Is it because they can’t figure out what to say or how to do it?

 

Do they not like the sound of their voice?

 

Then there are those who don’t state whose voice mail it is that you’ve reached, but just ask you to leave a message. Hellooooo – who IS this I am talking to??!!

 

Not very businesslike or helpful, IMO. But again, maybe it’s just a personal pet peeve. But given our business is US...

 

Any thoughts on voice mail (apart from those that have them but don’t return those messages)?

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Jim Patton
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I agree with you Jeff.  It should be personalized but business like.  No kids, pets, music etc.   And check it once in a while and don't let your mail box fill up!!  Good post.

 

April 09, 2012 06:39 PM
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Cathy Bureau
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I used to work at a commercial company in a corporate setting. They insisted that my secretary record my message. I hated it. They had several impersonal policies, but that was the culture of corporate commercial. I think some think it sounds more professional.

I think of my voicemail as a marketing tool so to be professional is just a no brainer.  Raise the bar.

April 09, 2012 07:26 PM
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Sharon Alters
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Jeff, now that is just bizarre. it goes right along withi the agents who do not identify themselves when they call you back or answer their phone. Sharon
April 09, 2012 08:26 PM
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Ellie Penaranda
Naples Florida Real Estate - Waterfront & Beach Co
239.776.5077 Downing-Frye Realty

I've had to experience an agent's VM that had her dog barking in the background.  I have to say my immediate reaction was jealousy, that she nonchalantly recorded her message once and never bothered to check it - while I spend 30 min deleting and recording till I get it right.  I think that dog would get on my nerves if I had to call her more than once.

April 10, 2012 06:10 AM
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Todd Clark
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Keller Williams Realty

The ones that amaze me are the ones that don't have a voice mail at all, just a "You've called 503-###-####, please leave your message"

 

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