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May 25, 2009 9:51 am

Is today like sunday, where it's rather taboo to call people... or is it like the day after thanksgiving when it's a gold mine??



Thoughts?

May 25, 2009 11:41 am

Unless you're calling Mexicans I'd take the day off.

May 25, 2009 12:39 pm

I'm in Southern California. There are tons of Mexicans, Asians, Europeans and other foreigners that aren't patirotic that would welcome your calls. However, most foreigners are actually working today so us patriots can buy from their stores' "Memorial Day Sales", irony.

May 25, 2009 1:15 pm

Just take the day off. Honor the fallen by relaxing and enjoying your day. Enjoy your freedom.

May 25, 2009 4:15 pm

Today is taboo to call people who don't want to be called today.

Sunday is taboo to call people who don't want to be called on Sunday.
Saturday is taboo to call people who don't want to be called on Saturday.
5:00 is taboo to call people who eat dinner at 5:00 and don't want to be called during dinner.
6:00 is taboo to call people who eat dinner at 6:00 and don't want to be called during dinner.

7:00 is taboo to call people who eat dinner at 7:00 and don't want to be called during dinner.

8:00 is taboo to call people who put kids to bed at 8:00 and don't want to be called during the bed time routine.
All hours are taboo to call people that don't want to be called.
 
What's the solution?  Call when you have a phone and you want to work.  You can't worry about what others are going to think.  Someone who isn't going to do business with you because you called today, wasn't going to do business with you anyway.  In case I'm wrong, when you call them back in 6 months, they won't remember that you called them in the past. 
 
 
May 25, 2009 4:33 pm

Someone who isn't going to do business with you because you called today, wasn't going to do business with you anyway.





I disagree. To some people today is holy. Even more so than Sunday, and even Christmas.

May 25, 2009 4:34 pm

You'll get lots of people home and in good moods. They may just think you're sort of nuts for prospecting on Memorial Day. But that could be balanced out by the number of people you catch at home that are willing to talk to you. Just my perspective, but I would go casual, like a polo short and khakis. If yoo wear a suit, you will really look goofy. And be a little more laid back than usual.

May 25, 2009 7:47 pm

"I disagree. To some people today is holy. Even more so than Sunday, and even Christmas."
 
If you made 100 cold calls today, how many of them would have been made to someone who treats this like a holy day?  1? 2? 3? 10?  What do those people have in common?  They wouldn't be sitting at home answering their phone.  They would be out memorializing those who gave us the freedom that we enjoy today.
 
We can't run a business being worried that we might offend someone.  There simply wouldn't be a good time to call anybody.   It's not about having a good ratio between people who don't mind our calls and people who are pissed that we called.  The phone is simply about the number of successful calls. 
 
I would think that today would be a great day to call.  If someone typically cold calls 100 people to reach 10 people to set 1 appt.  Today they may have been able to reach 30 people and set 6 appointments.    Does it matter at all if those other 24 people were mad about getting a phone call on Memorial Day?
 
Chief123, By the way, I do think that there is an issue with making calls today.  It is simply that time off is important.   We all need down time.  Taking time to say thanks to those who gave their lives for us sure seems like a worthwhile endeavor.

May 26, 2009 9:46 am
anonymous:

"I disagree. To some people today is holy. Even more so than Sunday, and even Christmas."



If you made 100 cold calls today, how many of them would have been made to someone who treats this like a holy day? 1? 2? 3? 10? What do those people have in common? They wouldn't be sitting at home answering their phone. They would be out memorializing those who gave us the freedom that we enjoy today.



We can't run a business being worried that we might offend someone. There simply wouldn't be a good time to call anybody.   It's not about having a good ratio between people who don't mind our calls and people who are pissed that we called. The phone is simply about the number of successful calls.



I would think that today would be a great day to call. If someone typically cold calls 100 people to reach 10 people to set 1 appt. Today they may have been able to reach 30 people and set 6 appointments. Does it matter at all if those other 24 people were mad about getting a phone call on Memorial Day?



Chief123, By the way, I do think that there is an issue with making calls today. It is simply that time off is important. We all need down time. Taking time to say thanks to those who gave their lives for us sure seems like a worthwhile endeavor.







I see your point... but I still disagree . Other than my wife and I going for a run together, we stayed at home. I served, both of my parents served and my brother gave his life for this country. It is holy to me, my brothers in arms (I pray for their safety daily - they are in harm's way again) and my family's friends, many of whom are clients of mine.



I don't know what the ratio is of people who should think this day is holy. But if you read ice's post - it should be 100% of the people you call.



People honor this day in their own way, but should not have other's force their agenda's on them (or make the attempt). I know that if someone calls me on Memorial day, I WILL remember that person and likely spread the word that that person is disrespectful.



Just my .03. People can do what they want. Just giving my opinion.

May 26, 2009 8:08 pm

 Those who died defending our country are owed a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.  Those, like yourself, who were willing to risk their lives and fortunately survived while serving our country are also owed a debt of gratitude that can't be repaid.

 
Memorial Day is an important holiday, but it certainly doesn't cross into the realm of being holy for me or most people.  There was a pause in the day to remember what is important.  However, my day was probably similar to yours.  I went for a run with my kids and then hung out with family for the day.  I didn't go go church/synagogue to say any prayers.  I didn't go to the cemetary.  Those are the people who are treating it as a holy day.  For the rest of us, running and burgers on the grill and a cold beer don't quite make it a holy day.