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5 Examples of Funny Voicemail Greetings & why you should avoid them

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A funny voicemail greeting is one of those things that seems like a good idea...until you hear it time and time again. For business and professional life, a funny cell phone message just doesn't make sense. Here are 5 examples of funny phone greetings...and why you shouldn't use them on your cell.

The Voicemail Greeting Song

Made famous by George Costanza, the answering machine song sometimes seems like a good idea: it's out of the box, unexpected, and definitely a novelty. But unless you're in the music business, it's probably not a good idea. You'll definitely irritate your mother (or anyone else important who calls you frequently) and you won't make a good first impression with your message.

The "Fake Hello"

Be honest...you've been fooled by this one before, haven't you? It goes like this: riiiing, riiing, riiiing "Hey." "Hi, it's Juli what's up?" "Oh. I'm not here right now, leave me a message after the beep". There is actually very little I find more irritating than this voicemail, especially for business. Why do you want to fake out a business opportunity? This voicemail leaves callers feeling embarrassed and you looking foolish.

The Rude-Statement-Instead-Of-Nice-Message

This is a true story: my friend's voicemail says, "Hi, you've reached Dave, I'm screening your call." My friend is a recent college graduate, currently searching for a job. While your best friends might think it's funny, anyone else will see a message like this for what it is: unnecessarily rude. 

The Cutoff-On-Purpose Voicemail Greeting

Using your cell phone to record a voicemail message isn't always easy. Between remembering what to say and getting the right timing, it's tricky. But your phone does have a playback option, and it's easy to listen to and review your message. For some people, though, cutting off the end of a message is a funny way to trick people and catch them off guard. In most situations, callers won't know it's intentional and will think you're far less than tech savvy. Definitely not an impression I'd want to make.

The Joker

Is your refrigerator running? You better go catch it! Corny jokes like this don't work anymore...and won't work in your voicemail greeting. Saying things like, "Hello, you've reach the machine that lives inside Mark's cell phone. Leave a message and I'll tell him!" are really unappealing and aren't even funny.

What's better than one of these not-so-funny voicemail messages? A voicemail greeting that's well written and professionally recorded. The most important thing to remember when writing a new voicemail is don't waste the caller's time. A concise, informative voicemail may seem "square," but its better than irritating and alienating potential business opportunity.






Same principle applies for Message On Hold content. I recall many years ago there was a start up called "Jokes On Hold", which, at the time, took a novel approach to MOH programming. They used to license Henny Youngman one-liners, among other short comedic deliveries. Problem was, the jokes quickly became stale, and repeat callers became extremely frustrated.
Posted @ Monday, March 19, 2012 7:42 AM by Neil Fishman
I think in a business situation, presenting yourself properly whether its by the look of your website, a professional sounding voicemail, or the name of your business, is essential for selling yourself. 
Posted @ Thursday, May 03, 2012 6:16 PM by garrett
haha I saw jokes on hold on shark tank or dragons den (Canadian version) they failed miserably
Posted @ Saturday, December 01, 2012 6:52 PM by anon
I had non stop telemarketing calls untill I added a funny message to my machine, within a month the calls stopped. Keep your cell for the professional calls and if you have problems with unwanted callers add a funny message trust me they give up after awhile.
Posted @ Tuesday, May 27, 2014 10:41 AM by Shane
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