Should I Answer the Phone?


Jessica sent me the following question:

Hi Contest Queen!
Quick question.  Am I supposed to answer every phone call with a weird phone number because most of them are just trying to sell me magazines.  All the other prizes I have won either just shown up on my door or I have gotten an email.  Sometimes I get phone numbers that are 5 to 15 digits long, then when I answer nothing is there.
Thank you.

I always answer.  I get calls from everywhere for both business and pleasure.  Sometimes I get calls regarding prizes and when I was a Contest Manager I called people frequently. So answer your phone!  If it is a telemarketer, just say no thank you and hang up.  That’s what I do.


Carolyn WilmanCarolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is the author of You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter. She teaches others how to find, organize, enter and win contests, sweepstakes and giveaways. To-date others have won over $1,000,000 using her Online Contesting System. With over twenty years experience as a Marketing Consultant, Carolyn also helps companies create, and viral market, winning promotions.

2013-03-05T08:58:42+00:00 March 5th, 2013|Contesting, Sweepstaking|2 Comments

About the Author:

Carolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is a Digital Marketing Strategist and Sweepstakes Specialist. Carolyn teaches others how to Find, Organize, Enter and Win giveaways along with working with companies to create, and viral market, winning promotions maximizing ROI and loyal customers.


  1. Nicole March 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    I find that if I am a big winner & not home that most contest sponsors will leave a message on my answering machine/voicemail. The spam callers/telemarketers won’t.

  2. Denise August 3, 2013 at 12:31 am - Reply

    I love your website. I love contests as much as you. It’s like a part time hobby for me. I sometimes use my home phone number for contests but mostly I use my canadian Fongo phone number. Fongo is an app the gives you a free canadian voip phone number on your cell phone.

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