I'd just like to point out a "tool" that I've used to call a business during the day and go directly to voicemail...
It's called Slydial and can be found at Welcome - slydial
IT SAYS THAT IT IS ONLY FOR MOBILE PHONES BUT I HAVE USED IT TO REACH VOICEMAILS ON SEVERAL LANDLINES
Of course I have NO IDEA if it works on all landlines or if it will work on landlines for you, but I'm just saying it has worked for me.
It works like this (directly from their site):
- Dial 267-SLYDIAL (267-759-3425) from any landline or mobile phone.
- At the voice prompt, enter the U.S. mobile phone number of the person you want to slydial.
- You will be directly connected to their voicemail. Leave them a voicemail, sit back and relax.
You'll have to listen to advertising, but you can use it for FREE
If you want to skip the advertising just pay for the very reasonably priced Premium Service Plan like $30/ year or $3/month
Just thought I'd share this for people that do the voicemail strategy. AGAIN I CAN'T PROMISE THIS WILL WORK WITH LANDLINES YOU CALL BUT IT WORKED FOR SEVERAL LANDLINES I CALLED.
Also some of the small businesses we're dealing with use cell phones as their business phone anyway.
If you don't want to dial numbers one by one they have a link on their homepage for another service called badodi badodi Communication to your clients the smart way that does like a voicemail blast and will leave voicemails for $.30 (thirty cents) a piece. It also says its for mobile phones only.
Hope this helps some people.