If you do any sort of email prospecting for your business, you’ve likely come across a “hard ass” prospect like me who likes to try to have a little fun at your expense. If you encounter such a person, this woman’s response to me is the absolute correct way to handle the situation. Even though I really didn’t have a clue about her and the company she worked for, she definitely earned a bit of my time (and my respect as well).

And, if you have a naughty streak like I do, feel free to try this with your email sales inquiries :.)

—–Original Message—–
From:
Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 6:49 AM
To: Todd Mintz
Subject: The beginning of Fall…

Todd,

Hopefully you were able to get some time off from S.R. Clarke, Inc. and fit a little vacation time in as the summer comes to an end. It’s the beginning of fall and I’m currently really busy closing out our quarter. I was hoping to get sometime on your calendar and wondered if you had anytime available the week of October 12th. I will be in your area and figured this was far enough out to get on your calendar (she assumed incorrectly I was in Virginia which is her location).

Let me know of any specific day and time that we can come meet you. I look forward to speaking with you soon and have a great Tuesday!

Cheers,

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From: Todd Mintz
Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 3:55 PM
To:
Subject: RE: The beginning of Fall…

A pretty interesting message to get from somebody I never communicated with before :.)

—–Original Message—–
From:
Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 2:53 PM
To: Todd Mintz
Subject: RE: The beginning of Fall…

Todd,

I have heard worse, I will take interesting!! In all honesty, what do I need to do to get 30 minutes on your calendar? I am sure that you are extremely busy and I’m not looking to waste your time. I am not looking to say why *** is the best and you should remove everyone else for us. I am looking to briefly discuss what we do really well and see if we can help S.R. Clarke. Let me know what your calendar looks like, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Best Regards,

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From: Todd Mintz [mailto:tmintz@SRClarke.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 1:34 PM
To:
Subject: RE: The beginning of Fall…

1) Fly to Portland where I live.
2) Buy me lots of drinks and an expensive dinner.

Anyone who does this will get my undivided attention.

Thanks,

Todd
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From:
Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 10:48 AM
To: Todd Mintz
Subject: RE: The beginning of Fall…

Is that all?

Just kidding, thanks Todd. Next time I am out that way, I will hold you to it.

Best Regards,

Todd Mintz
Todd Mintz knows PPC...knows Social Media...knows SEO...knows Blogging...knows Domaining...and knows them all real well. He is the SEM Consigliere for 3Q Digital and is also a Director & Founding Member of SEMpdx: Portland, Oregon's Search Engine Marketing Association, and he can be found here on Twitter and Facebook.
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