The Client - MadAveGroup (Our parent agency)

What Is This?

The Christmas season is full of cherished imagery and traditions that have lasted generations. However, neither include references to smelly stockings, vibrating websites and bits of old fish as the On Hold Marketing production in the video above does, so it may seem a little irreverent, but it’s all in good fun.

“One of the things we like to do with Humor On Hold™ is poke fun at convention, whether it’s a holiday, a brand or industry, even advertising itself,” said Scott Greggory, the writer behind this OHM. “With that unexpected approach, we want to catch our audience off guard, earn their interest, and then draw them into the content.”

Why Humor On Hold™?

“Before we can share any legitimate information with callers, we have to encourage them to listen actively,” said Greggory. “That can be tough to do when so many people perceive holding to be a negative environment.”

Callers may also feel like they’re only going to hear predictable, perfunctory information when on hold. So, when we can surprise them with humorous copy or music or a funny attitude, we have a better chance of winning their attention.

Proven Success

Since 1994, BusinessVoice Humor On Hold™ has differentiated brands, delighted audiences and impressed award show judges. Several companies have signed on to work with us because of our humorous approach. Clients have told us many times that callers ask to be placed on hold again so they can hear our work. And we’ve earned more than 100 marketing and creative awards.

Want to talk about putting Humor On Hold™ in place for your brand? Contact us today: 800/473-9005

Production Credits

Creative Consultant: Scott Greggory
Voice Talent: Scott Greggory & Amy Scott
Recording Engineer: Don Binkley

The Client - Lakeland Auto & Marine (Our client since 2016)

Why Humor On Hold™?

Chris Hamann is the President of Lakeland Auto & Marine, a car and boat repair company in Port Clinton, Ohio.

Chris likes to make sure his customers enjoy a good laugh while on hold. “I believe it relaxes our callers,” he wrote. “Not many people are happy when their vehicle needs attention. The humor puts them in a better mood. Most of our customers know that we're a humorous group anyway. And if they didn’t, they find that out when they call.”

The Value

“I feel this is a perfect fit for our business,” Hamann wrote. “Who wants to be put on hold? But these productions convey pertinent information in a humorous manner, and they just click with our callers.”

“I get business owners asking us all the time who does our productions. I’ve referred BusinessVoice multiple times. We actually get callers who specifically ask to be put on hold so they can listen to the entire production!”

Their Latest Production

As if he hadn't been complimentary enough, Chris had even more nice things to say about the On Hold Marketing in the video above. “Absolutely great! I’m impressed by how creative you are! Thanks again. You folks are amazing!”

Update (May 2018): Comments from the 2018 MARCE Awards Judges

“The voices and music seemed reflective of the brand image. Humor was funny and well crafted. Overall, well done.”

“There’s creativity in the contrast between the soft, sweet-sounding music and the sarcastic script. There’s a lot of personality in the copy.”

Production Credits

Creative Consultant: Scott Greggory
Voice Talent: Scott Greggory & Amy Scott
Recording Engineer: Don Binkley

The Client - Quality Inn and Suites of Monroe (Our client since 1993)

What They Do

Quality Inn and Suites of Monroe is a full-service hotel located in southeastern Michigan. The facility offers 127 guest rooms, as well as meeting rooms, ballrooms, and a long list of popular amenities.

The Concept

In June 2017, Creative Consultant Bob Seybold wrote On Hold Marketing copy for another client - Reliance Industrial Products - that was a bit different. Rather than focusing on what Reliance does, Bob provided callers with helpful tips on lots of general subjects - from maximizing the ROI on home improvements, tightening up resumes, and eating a healthier breakfast to strengthening online security, beating insomnia, and using an alternative form of auto financing.

With this production, Bob provides more great advice. It’s still not directly related to the client, but it’s all aimed at travelers - the people who are calling Quality Inn and Suites.

The Benefits

We like this approach because it’s about “giving” to the audience, a concept we introduced on our parent agency’s blog with the post Giving vs. Taking: A Fresh Approach to Advertising.

Each message is quick, and it’s likely that almost every caller will take away at least a few good tips that they could integrate into their traveling.

Production Credits

Creative Consultant: Bob Seybold
Voice Talent: Bob Seybold
Recording Engineer: Chris Zaharias

The Client - Jamieson’s Audio Video (Our client since 2003)

The Approach

Years ago, when we first discussed the Jamieson’s On Hold Marketing program with our client, owner David Jamieson explained his marketing philosophy: “I don't want to compete on price; let's sell the experience." And that’s what we’ve focused on ever since.

The Writer’s Thoughts

“The technology is ever-changing, but the constant is the great experience that Jamieson’s Audio Video delivers,” said Creative Consultant Bob Seybold. “Their customers get high-quality products that are matched to their needs.

“The On Hold Marketing copy we write for Jamieson's features information about some of the most sophisticated equipment you'll find anywhere, but we don't focus on technical specs. We want to show callers how the products and services from Jamieson's can fulfill their needs, whether that's entertaining their family in a custom-built home theater, keeping everyone connected and online with well-designed home networking, creating different atmospheres in their home with wireless music systems, or managing the routine processes of daily life with home automation.”

About Our Client

Jamieson’s Audio Video has been in business for more than 60 years. From their showroom in Toledo, Ohio, they design and sell high-performance audio systems, home theaters, media rooms, and automation and smart technology systems.

By the way, the company’s logo (below) and tag line - Hear. See. Believe. - were created years ago by Terry Lesniewicz, now the creative leader of our sister agency d2iJAV
Production Credits

Creative Consultant: Bob Seybold
Voice Talent: Amy Jeffries
Recording Engineer: Don Binkley

The Client - Our Holiday Clients (This program began in 2015)

What’s Going On?

This month, we’re showcasing a different type of work. It’s a compilation of some of our favorite humorous holiday messages from the past year. In the video above, you’ll hear certified goofiness about Valentine’s Day, April Fools’ Day, the 4th of July and Halloween.

Holidays On Hold

In addition to their regular updates, clients who participate in this program also receive a new On Hold Marketing update two weeks before certain holidays. That production includes all or most of their current OHM content, plus three new messages that pertain to the upcoming holiday.

This very affordable program makes it easy for those clients to feature content related to a current national event, while entertaining their callers at the same time.

The Content Style

These holiday messages are loaded - some might even say stuffed - with our award-winning Humor on Hold™. So, they’re guaranteed to either 1) make you laugh or 2) make your stomach hurt.

For more information on our Holidays On Hold program, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 419/724-7311.

Production Credits

Creative Consultant: Scott Greggory
Voice Talent: Scott Greggory
Recording Engineer: Don Binkley

The Client - American Frame (Our client since April 2017)

What They Do

In 1973, American Frame became the first company to sell do-it-yourself metal picture frame kits by mail. Over the decades, the company's inventory and customer base have expanded. The bulk of their revenue now comes from online sales, and they have a modern facility in northwest Ohio that doubles as a framing and education center.

Our Relationship

Early in 2017, our parent company, MadAveGroup, was named American Frame's agency of record. Since then, our team has worked with the American Frame principals to develop a marketing plan, messaging, brand and content standards guides, staff training, email marketing, online content, an updated logo and many other marketing-related aspects of their business. (Learn more and see some of the work here.)

We also conducted a caller experience audit, produced contact center announcements, and created the first of many On Hold Marketing productions, which you can hear in the video above.

The On Hold Marketing Style

With everything we do for American Frame, we want to communicate how their products and services complete and elevate their customers' art, from the paintings and photographs their callers create themselves to the work that they purchase.

“In terms of tone, the key words are 'simple sophistication,'” said Chief Creative Officer Scott Greggory. “We also want to reinforce how much American Frame is legitimately committed to artists and the process of creating art.”

Update (May 2018): Comments from the 2018 MARCE Award Judges

“The music and voices absolutely portrayed a ‘simple sophistication.’ Loved the use of client testimonials. Both the male and female voices reflected the brand. Overall, great work.”

“The testimonials are a nice touch, as is the scope of service offerings. The repetitive use of the tagline is effective and sets expectations for the customer experience.”

Production Credits

Creative Consultant: Andrea Poteet and Scott Greggory
Voice Talent: Scott Greggory and Amy Jeffries
Recording Engineer: Don Binkley