I hate telemarketers, but when I instigate it that makes things even worse. I fell for the “REGISTER FREE” trick. It sounded like a good idea.
Not long after I got a phone call from a very pushy woman, who made it sound like this organization was PERFECT for me and my business! So what does it take to sign up? How about a couple thousand dollars!! After I nearly hang up in laughter, the price came down, because there was a special deal that was good for today only. They knocked off a couple hundred dollars. This game went on for about 30 minutes more and I got them down to $99 for a one year, receiving a limited features, trial membership.
The most annoying part of our conversation was that if I didn’t take the offer now, it would never be extended to me again. I had to decide THAT DAY. Later I realized that they didn’t want me to Google “National Association of Professional Woman reviews” to see all the other negative reports about this company and their telemarketing tactics. So out of curiosity and the acceptance of the idea that it might be a waste of time and money, I signed up and it was.
They sent me the shiny plastic card declaring me a member and gave me access to their website where I could post my business profile that all the members would have access to.
I didn’t start getting emails for quite some time after, but found they had a local chapter. Once I got on the list I started getting the invites to various events, which were all very expensive. I saw no benefit to listening to Star Jones, so I skipped that one. The rest of the events and meeting may have been beneficial to other people, but not to me. The other members who I’ve met had little to offer. Everyone was there to see what the organization could do for them.
My membership expired last week. This time the aggressive telemarketer knew better than to keep pushing. Needless to say this was a total waste of $99.
Before you click that “Register Free” link, make sure you Google and read the reviews, check Yelp and the Better Business Bureau.