Brring! Me The Money, Get Paid For Every Phone Call…

We reported on a company called HooHaa recently that pays it’s user for receiving SMS messages, but now it’s been taken a step further. What if you could get paid every time someone called you? Brring! does just that. It gives you a free local...

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We reported on a company called HooHaa recently that pays it’s user for receiving SMS messages, but now it’s been taken a step further. What if you could get paid every time someone called you?

Brring! does just that. It gives you a free local phone number that you can give out to your friends and family and when they call you, they hear a short 10 second advertisement. For that, you receive $.05. After the ad, they’re forwarded to you on your LAN line or mobile phone. Once you reach $10 or more in earnings, they mail you a check.

It raises the question again of whether or not this is too intrusive and annoying, but if you keep it focused on people you’d rather not give your personal number to, it’s really no skin off your back. It’s actually easier than receiving several text messages throughout the day to earn a little cash. As you sign up, you do select a few categories of what you think your callers might want to hear, so while this isn’t the best targeting, some people might actually find some of the offers useful.

They offer an affiliate program that pays $1 per sign-up, so undoubtedly, you’re going to see large groups of friends signing up as many people as they can to receive commissions, and then calling one another to rack up their earnings. I couldn’t find anything regarding whether there’s a limit to the amount of ad-plays per day, but I’m sure they’ll monitor the quality for their advertisers.

Personally, I would set up a Brring! number to give away when signing up for things that require a phone number, that way when they call you to try and sell you something, they in return hear an advertisement and you get paid!

It’s another interesting service, and we’ll have to see how it catches on. Would you use it?

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5 comments

  1. MOHAMMED

    I WANT PEPOL TO CALL ME AND PAY ME BY THE CALLS

  2. John

    I would hate to have to listen to an add every time i call a friend – that being said i would also love to get 5 cents every time someone calls me! not sure its worth the hassle though or the ethical delima.

  3. vic berggren

    I don’t know if I’d want that either. The annoyance factor seems to be very high with this.

    I’m interested to see if brring pulls it off.

  4. justin

    Giff,

    Your 100% right, I think the only thing people are going to use this for is blackhat affiliate marketing techniques and other non-ethical practices. Once Brring figures this out and sees that their network is so dilluted with spammers and tricksters, they’ll have some serious hurdles to overcome. Not to mention the low effectivness for their advertisers, and the non opt-in way their reaching thier audience. Conversions can’t be that high for advertisements no one aggreed to recieve in the first place.

  5. Giff Gfroerer, i2SMS

    Justin,

    It is one thing to agree to be paid yourself to listen to adverts. However, to be paid to force those who are not expecting a message to be heard is simply not right. This reminds me of the companies in Europe that tried to Blue-Spam (bluetooth marketing) people walking by in the street by sending them coupons. Look at the uproar it caused at some banks and then think what this is going to do.

    People will only hand out this number to those people they could care less if they called or didn’t call. I can tell you very easily that if I ever called anyone and an advert started to play before the person I was trying to reach picked up, I would hang up before they could say “howdy-doo”.

    Therefore, from a marketers standpoint, why would I want to be paying to reach a crowd that will be annoyed to hear my message and are at the bottom of the barrel to be receiving my message? Let me say that again. People are going to be very bothered and upset to hear these messages. They did not ask for and did not approve of them. These marketers are going to have some very angry consumers on their hands.

    Yep, that’s what I want as a CMO. Upset consumers…Brilliant!

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