How Do You Get Past A Gatekeeper?

Written by Habiba Abubakar

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•If you’re calling from an international destination, say “Hello there, please put me through to Joe Smith, and let him know it’s Tom from Italy.” As a result ofrepparttar time zone difference andrepparttar 145078 cost ofrepparttar 145079 call, an international phone call immediately givesrepparttar 145080 impression thatrepparttar 145081 call is very important. The gatekeeper is likely to put you through without asking why you’re calling.

•Send a letter first. Inrepparttar 145082 letter, askrepparttar 145083 potential partner to expect your call on a certain date. This way you can say “He’s expecting my call,” whenrepparttar 145084 gatekeeper asks what your call is regarding.

•Another approach is to email your potential partner to check if they’ve received your letter, and then ask forrepparttar 145085 best time to call them. In this instance, it’s likely that your potential partner will let their gatekeeper know that your phone call is expected.

•If a voicemail isrepparttar 145086 gatekeeper, it’s best to send in a letter first, and then follow up by leaving a voicemail message. However, if you choose not to send a letter first, then simply introduce yourself and let your potential partner know why you’re calling. Don’t go into detail about your proposal - just give sufficient information to get them curious enough to return your call, or email you.

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Discount Promotional Items - How to Save Money

Written by Cindy Carrera

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DO IT YOURSELF Another great way to cut down onrepparttar cost of promotional items is to do it yourself. Many times when placing an order, you will have to pay a set-up fee forrepparttar 145077 printing (usually a one-time fee), then pay forrepparttar 145078 actual printing and of courserepparttar 145079 items. But perhaps you can do part of this yourself. If you are working with a local printer, you could possibly providerepparttar 145080 items yourself to be printed. For example, if you see a great close-out deal on t-shirts or plain coffee mugs at one of those warehouse stores, you could get a great bargain- much cheaper than buying them fromrepparttar 145081 printer. So, you will only have to payrepparttar 145082 printer forrepparttar 145083 cost of printing and not forrepparttar 145084 items.

BE LOYAL One ofrepparttar 145085 ideas we listed above was to put promotional companies against one another to drive down your cost. However, staying withrepparttar 145086 same company can also save you money. Many times there is a one-time set-up cost, especially with making screens for t-shirts. If you keep changing companies, that fee will always be added. As long as your logo staysrepparttar 145087 same, you will never have to pay that fee again atrepparttar 145088 same company, which could have you hundreds. In addition, many companies will throw their loyal customers a bone every now and then. Keep that in mind.

Cindy Carrera is a freelance author who's written numerous articles about PR including: business promotional items, custom promotional products and wholesale promotional items.

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