The on-hold message for your business matters. And your on-hold message needs help.
I was recently on-hold for a few minutes the other day. It was a local business. Their on-hold message is what gave me the idea to write about this topic. But I WILL give them kudos for trying to make an on-hold message that stood out from all the others. Yet I would have preferred some run-of-the-mill classical music. Here’s why…
They had a radio jingle as part of the message. They also had a voice telling me a few things. They talked about the services they provided and the products they had. Which is predictable. (Remember? Predictability puts a choke-hold on marketing effectiveness)
Then, the voice kept saying, “Thank you for calling. Your call is VERY important to us.” I heard that about 5 times within about 3 minutes. Yes, I know my call is important to you, whoever you are. And then the jingle would cut in occasionally… which seemed very out-of-date and was kind of annoying. (that’s the thing with jingles – they can either do wonders for a business, or turn people off)
So… what’s my advice on your on-hold message?
I would hang on every word of your on-hold message if you were giving me tips and advice regarding your industry or the products and services you provide. And not lame tips that 85% of the population knows. I’m talking about really interesting or even obscure information that would intrigue me and / or help me.
DON’T TRY TO SELL ME WHILE I’M ON HOLD! At least don’t be so obvious about it.
If you told me a few customer experience stories…you’d have my attention. As long as you don’t water them down. I love to hear the specifics. When you tell a detailed story…it means it’s real. And then people know you’re not “full of it”. People also like to hear that they’re not the only ones who might be in the same situation. Make them feel comfortable about calling. Make them feel confident that you’re a business who cares about giving them a good end result. If you can cause people to like you a little bit more because of a tip or a story you told them… then you’ve just moved them closer to buying from you, buying MORE from you, or buying more OFTEN from you.
All that from an on-hold message. Can you believe it? Believe it. The communication you have with your customers matters. The words you choose matters. It’s not the “act” of doing something (direct mail, on-hold message, advertising, core customer emails, thank you cards, etc.) … it’s the manner in which you do it. It’s the FEELING you give someone about you or your company… that makes all the difference. Make sure the sincerity level of your marketing communications is dialed up to a level 8, 9, or 10.
Do you think you should have a “professional” voice do your on-hold message? I’d actually prefer if the business owner or someone within the business did it. Because it cranks up the “Sincerity Level” another notch or two. People want to do business with good, honest, hard-working people who care about their customers. So, show them that’s what you are.
It’s pretty much the same with all of your marketing communications. Make it real. Make it sincere. Tell us something we might not know. Tell us a story that can help get your point across.
Have a great day!
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Sioux Falls, SD