I received an unwanted phone call solicitation from James H. of VMTurbo today. It’s not uncommon for me to receive cold phone or email solicitations.
I asked James H. to please not solicit me. He then said he’ll send me an email asking for my time. I clarified that I do not want VMTurbo to solicit me by voice or by email.
Less than two minutes after he hung up, I received this email solicitation from James (an excerpt).
Jason, I’m interested in a 5 minute conversation to simply introduce VMTurbo and see if what we do even aligns with your virtual initiatives for 2014. If there’s no match, you’re off the list. If you see value in our conversation, we can pursue future dialogue. Best Regards, James H.
James, if it was not clear when we spoke, please respect my time by ceasing all forms of solicitation from any medium.
Most other vendors respect either my time or my desire to have fewer disruptions. I would appreciate it if you and VMTurbo would do the same. Thank you.
- July 14, 2014: Nick I. sent me an unsolicited email request from VMTurbo. I again asked to no longer be solicited.
- July 26, 2014: Eric S., Vice President of Marketing for VMTurbo, apologized below in the comments and asked me to remove James H. name from my blog. I appreciate the sentiment and request, but decided to stand behind what I posted.
- September 11, 2014: Mari O. sent me an unsolicited email request from VMTurbo. I again asked to no longer be solicited.
- September 11, 2014: Newton D., VP and General Counsel, responded saying “On behalf of our company, I apologize profusely that we have bothered you again.”
- December 18, 2014: James H. sent me a personal email apologizing and asking me to remove his name from my blog. I remain conflicted. On one hand, my post is accurate, polite, and professional. On the other hand, the only issue I can see is that my post is public and it has risen to the top of Google search engine results. I decided to create this public grievance because my private and direct requests were ignored. Because of my public post and its high search engine ranking, VMTurbo is now doing a better job of honoring my desire to no longer be solicited. Removing this post erases this history and lesson, which I am hesitant to do.
- January 5, 2015: I decided to exclude this post from my blog’s sitemap in hopes it will be removed from search engine results.
- January 6, 2015: Exclusion did not work, even after being re-indexed. I’m going to change everyone’s last name to a single character abbreviation, but maintain links an all other references to see if that properly demotes this entry from search engines.