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:
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?