My contact details which method to choose?
Thread poster: Ania Heasley

Ania Heasley  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:57
English to Polish
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Mar 29, 2011

I know I have to decide myself, but I would like to ask the more experienced colleagues for advice.
I was asked by a well known interpreters register to give just one piece of contact information to be displayed to potential clients.

Would you say mobile phone number or email address is more effective? Do clients email you or call you as the first point of contact, or am I being too finicky about this?

Thank you
Ania


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Lori Cirefice  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 20:57
French to English
e-mail Mar 29, 2011

Clients almost always contact me by email. Not sure if that's true for interpreting, no experience with that.

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Lennart Luhtaru  Identity Verified
United States
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English to Estonian
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e-mail Mar 29, 2011

if it's a register, then I guess a client can (and often wants to) contact multiple interpreters for availability and/or pricing etc.

If you list only your phone number, it's less likely you'll be in this initial contact e-mail list.

But of course it all depends on the register etc.

[Edited at 2011-03-29 10:44 GMT]


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 20:57
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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E-Mail Mar 29, 2011

You can always redirect your email to your mobile phone if you wish.

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sokolniki  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 13:57
English to Russian
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Cell phone Mar 29, 2011

Direct clients (which find you on professional organizations' websites and by simply googling) prefer to call - I do not understand why but this is true.

After the initial conversation - they inquire about your availability and rates primarily - I always check if they have my email address and request to send me an email confirming the assignment or with the update, so that I can reply with my CV attached. 50% or more will never contact you again after shopping in the market and finding a lower rate.

It is correct that email, especially mass one, is a preferred method of translation agencies.


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Sergei Tumanov  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:57
English to Russian
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A vs. B Mar 29, 2011

You send emails for free
You make a phone call not for free

Imagine, you are a project manager.
What will be your choice to approach one hundred translators to check their availability for a prospective project?

[Edited at 2011-03-29 16:18 GMT]


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Susanna Garcia  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:57
Italian to English
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Revised Apr 4, 2011

I had an e-mail dated March 18 which amends this rule - I can forward it to you if you didn't receive it.

Suzi


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Ania Heasley  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:57
English to Polish
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Susanna thank you Apr 5, 2011

Susanna, yes, please, that would be great!
Thank you
Ania


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