Seriously? Unimagineable!

by | Mar 25, 2013 | Techniques | 5 comments

email1 (1)Every once in a while, I’ll get a particular email response back from one of my blog subscribers.

It’s an automatic message, and it says the following:

Hello there, 
In order for me to appropriately delegate my time properly to high priority tasks, I only check Emails twice a week. My Email operation times are: 
Monday and Thursday. 
12pm to 1pm And 4pm to 5pm. 

All I’ll say about the respondent is that this person is a freelancer (not VO).

First of all, I give this person kudos for a ballsy move.  He’s got his priorities, and he’s sticking to them.  I give him extra points for a clear vision, and excellent follow-through.

But I ask you…could your freelance VO business thrive…no…survive, if you only checked it twice-a-week?

Mine couldn’t.

I’m married to email.  I get all my FaceBook, G+, Twitter, Google Alerts, V123, Voices.com, Bodalgo, Nutshell mail, and most every other notice funneled through email.

People pooh-pooh email, saying it’s importance is behind us in the new digital age.  My 20-ish kids tell me only “old people” use email.  They use texting, and FB messaging instead.  My guess is our friend above would put THOSE messages on a similar restrictive diet.

The bottom line is that I think clients prefer email first over even phone calls on first contact.  A good 70% of my first-time contact from prospective/future clients comes from email —  maybe more — I’ve never done the exact metric on that.

Tellya what…just to prove how valuable email is, let’s do this.  Send a message to me at [email protected] with the subject heading GREAT TIPS, and I’ll send you a link to a website I just found that has links to some amazing online tools.

I truly hope the above-mentioned person has found a groove with this time-saving priority.

Is this something you do? / are doing?

CourVO

 

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5 Comments

  1. Brian Haymond

    I agree! Email is how I do 99% of my communication – only about 1% by phone. When client details/instructions are on an email I can reference back. If they provide pronunciation via an audio file recorded on their phone etc., I have it on file so I can reference back. Plus, let’s say time has passed and the client references something from the past, chances are I have the email saved and can, once again, reference back.

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  2. Marc Scott

    If I did this my voice over career would be over. Period. I’d be back to working full-time in radio to make a living.

    We’re a connected society, whether we like it or not. Email is quick. It’s easy. And in a world with no virtual borders, it’s more affordable than long distance phone calls.

    In addition, I work with clients around the globe. If I checked my email once or twice a week, I’d lose every one of those clients simply because of time zone differences.

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    • CourVO

      Marc and Brian,

      Whew, I was thinking maybe I wasn’t controlling my email enough…I’m not…but better that than only reading it twice a week for an hour!

      I appreciate your responses!

      Dave Courvoisier

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  3. Jane Ingalls

    “This is a test of the Email Operating System!”
    I strongly agree about first time contacts coming through email. I do almost all of my communicating with voiceover clients this way and it levels the playing field for us introverts! I check mine throughout the day and respond as quickly as possible. Thanks for another great post, Dave.

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  4. Tom Conklin

    Well Dave…

    In order for me to appropriately delegate my time properly to high priority tasks, I only reply to blogs twice a week… 😉

    Seriously though… I am also married to email. I am on it several times a day. I’m so afraid to miss something important. Needless to say…I usually don’t miss anything.

    Tom

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