Until about 18 months ago I had a no-show number, dating back from 1990, the days of dial-up modems. I had a little scam whereby I would track down the phone number of telemarketers and load those numbers into a little DOS-batch job that would attack the list of numbers whenever I felt malicious, usually after a telemarketing call. It got to be so good/bad that I would issue 20 annoying calls for each one I received.
Gone is the dial-up modem and with it the ability to attack-dial my enemies.
So about 18 months ago I removed the blocking.
Which meant my name began to appear on my prospect’s/clients phones instead of “Private Caller” or “Unknown Name”.
Four months ago I switched providers and the call-display arrived with the bundle.
I find myself looking at the name, and if I don’t recognize it (or the displayed number) I don’t pick up the phone.
I figure if it is someone I know, they’ll leave a message, and if it is someone trolling for a live voice they won’t.
Which Raises My Question to You
Do you know how you appear to the people you are trying to call?
Could your low-response to telephoning prospects be because you show up as “Private caller” or similar?
How Could You Find Out?
There’s no 100% guarantee, since every organization has a different carrier and/or a different system.
But you could try calling me and ask me how you appear on my phone.
It’s a start.