It does not take long to observe how Trulia can be used as a resource for many business pursuits.
From the mortgage broker, property manager or agent who posts 100 blogs or Q&A's with identical content to the business owner who recognizes a collaborative business relationship with other professionals can prove beneficial. Trulia is a great resource to leverage to your benefit. What Trulia has permitted shines a spot light on these emerging practices. As a business person you need to do what is good for you, your business and the citizen you help.
Since real estate agents have proven, overwhelmingly, that they will buy ANYTHING, I certainly would target this gullible group with only one business premise.."if you get just one deal, it more than pays for itself." And time and time again agents surrender their credit card number and get on auto-billing.
These solicitors are on to a good business practice that is more effective than the direct mail and placement ad programs that consistently separate agents from their money.
You may find it EXTREMELY beneficial to refer all such people to your 'imaginary' marketing director who will assess the benefits of the offered program and who will make ALL purchase decisions. These solicitors will NEVER chat with someone who knows the business, even when I tell them, I'am a business owner, I need stuff, but I don't need the stuff I don't need." They seem to know they are selling the exact same 2004 products everyone else is selling and they can't deviate from the script or the 'Go to Meeting" show and tell. The other element of the conversation ending strategy is the ASSURANCE no decision will be made TODAY. 99% evaporate when this reality become clear.
Another approach would be to do an analysis of your business and assess what resources or tools may prove beneficial to your time management, efficiency or lead generation. Then when a telephone jockey calls you can say and ask, "I need a product with algorithms that will leverage these three indices, U-Haul rental rates, Louisville temporary staffing stats and my areas census data for value and trend projections?" 'Say, What?" "Oh, you apparently don't have that. Thanks for calling."
Sometimes you just wanna have fun.
Best of success to you all,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, Fl
I encourage you to flag these emails as 'spam' within the My Leads section of your account. Though this kind of activity is difficult to police, if these individuals are sending the same message over and over again, our spam filter should be able to filter subsequent messages.
And if you suspect for any reason that the individuals in question have an account on Trulia, please let us know so we can investigate. You can forward the emails you receive to email@example.com in that case so we can investigate further.
Yes, I'm contacted all of the time. When I receive an unsolicited call, I always ask in the most innocent, 'surprised' voice, "Where did you get my name?" 9x outta 10 it's from Trulia and they admit it. This is completely against Trulia's TOS......PLUS, it's just such a lazy (read: free) way for companies to solicit biz. Slimy to say the least.
I usually take their name and shoot it over to firstname.lastname@example.org. I normally don't hear from them again, but Trulia definitely needs to take a stronger position on these infractions by telemarketers.
Boca Raton, FL