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Who tf does this

I cold called a guy's cell last week but got the wrong number. This person answered and pretended to be my prospect saying "I'm no longer active at my company it sounds like a cool product though, please reach out to my CFO."Β 

Today I called into the main office and told the gatekeeper the story. He put me on hold and asked me to repeat it. I did and immediately my prospect picks up and says "I'm (prospect name) and I'm still active at this company. I will never do business with you guys." Then he hangs up.

I call back that cell number and asked what the fuck just happened. The dude laughs and says it's a prank.Β 

You guys got any other insane cold call stories?


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Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
You should totally email the CFO and explain the mishap. Apologize for the confusion, tell him exactly why you were reaching out, mention you were not looking to deceive their company and that you only wished to see if your product could help them. End the email by saying if they ever consider "whatever your product does" for the future roadmap that you kindly hope this misunderstanding won't disqualify your business because of some jerk who pretended to be someone they were not.Β 

That does suck tho gotta love the grind 😎🀝πŸ”₯
Hambalang
Politicker
+4
Enterprise SDR
Yeah I sent him an emailed to quickly explain what happened and apologized. He's opened it a few times but I'm not holding my breath for a response.Β 

Hell yeah brother just keep moving along!Β 
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Senior Account Executive
That person had nothing better to do obvs. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ
poweredbycaffeine
WR Officer
+9
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
Or they're getting lit up because of a number typo on ZoomInfo...and they're just having a bit of fun instead of doing the right thing and requesting info removal πŸ˜‚
HarryCaray
Notable Contributor
+14
Regional VP
I don't understand why the prospect would be mad at you for that and say he'd never do business with you.Β  Not like you were the one that did anything wrong.
Gyro25
Politicker
+6
BDR - Enterprise and Partnerships
Oh man, that's a rough one. If that happened to me, I'd be pissed, but still be in awe of wtf just happened..lol
Hambalang
Politicker
+4
Enterprise SDR
Yeah dude I was just shocked that I have a FIVE minute call with that guy and he was playing a character the whole time. Absolutely bonkers.
Tomahawk
Fire Starter
+2
AE Team Lead
That’s terrible and bad luck. However, if something that simple and benign got that reaction I’d say you didn’t have a ton of hope selling into that account anyway FWIW.
Oz
Ozz
Politicker
+6
Account Executive
Yeah, this a DQ. Sounds like he wants to waste your time.Β 
SlinginSoftware
Politicker
+6
Account Executive
That's pretty shitty. Hearing these stories is why I listen to the pitch when spectrum calls my phone, or from the college kid going door to door trying to sell extermination services. It's someones livelihood and I'm not going to be an ass to them if they're doing nothing wrong.

I'll politely tell them I'm not interested, but I'll at least hear them out... Who knows, maybe I'll hear something that resonates!
SaaSam
Politicker
+6
Account Executive
Had a CEO start to rip into me about how rude and outdated cold calling is until I hung up. I believe he said "it's not the 90s anymore" with a few expletivesΒ 
Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
This is terrible! I would subscribe this guys number to all the spam I could, just to get him some of his medicine!Β 
signandrecline
Opinionated
+5
Enterprise Sales & Demand Gen Manager
Damn, that sucks man! Most of the time we're hanging by a thread, and this shit would throw me off.Β 


GDO
Politicker
+7
BDM
What an ass!Β 
CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
Holy shit, you actually provided a cold calling story I've never heard before. Impressive.
avocadobegood
Acclaimed Answer
+7
MM Account Executive
that's fucked but also reference check linkedin / zoominfo before doing as much
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Pointed a prospect to a competitor. They came back 3 months later!
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What's the longest a prospect has ghosted you before signing all of a sudden?
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Sent agreement then crickets?
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