Comcast Selling Their Customer Phone Numbers

First of all, welcome ConnectBlogs readers! Thanks Jordy for getting me added to that.

It’s been awhile since I had to blog about Comcast. I noticed something today that I think needs some attention. Recently I signed up with Comcast Digital Voice from Vonage in an effort to reduce my monthly internet/tv/phone costs. Hey – how could I refuse $40 in savings?

Well, the minute we got our new number we started getting telemarketers calling us multiple times daily. At first I thought it was because we weren’t yet on the Do Not Call List, but today something happened that made me question that. First of all, I haven’t given my phone number to anybody. I don’t even know my own home phone number. The only place that knows my number is GrandCentral – the minute I got my number I put it in GrandCentral and forgot about it.

Well, just today I received a call on my home phone number (that I don’t even know) from Farmers Insurance, asking for Jesse. There is absolutely no way Farmers can know about me or my number unless someone gave it to them! Well, we all know that wasn’t me, my family, or friends, or even any other company at that. There is only one company that knows that number, and that’s Comcast. Comcast, I’m ashamed. We all know that cold calling doesn’t work. And selling your customers’ information to this practice? Come on!

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Jesse Stay has been a pioneer in the space of social media marketing since before it was called "social media marketing". Originally a software developer, Jesse built a tool called which helped brands like Pepsi, Brittany Spears, and MC Hammer grow their social media presence, and before he knew it brands were coming to him for help to grow their presence in very unique ways. His tool was featured on almost every tech blog and even mainstream news sites like New York Times, Techcrunch, and Mashable. Jesse also spent a brief period working FOR Facebook, Inc., helping them to build out their documentation to help companies integrate Facebook Connect into their websites and mobile apps. Jesse took his skills and helped the LDS Church kick off most of its social media programs. While there he helped launch the award-winning "I'm a Mormon" marketing campaign with global reach worldwide in the millions of views and followers. Jesse established new global programs at the Church to further grow its reach amongst both members and non-members of the Church, working with every department of the Church, also including entities like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Brigham Young University. He also helped the Church navigate its voice and presence during the Mitt Romney Presidential campaign due to the significant attention the Church was getting at the time. He established the social media advertising techniques and strategies employed at Deseret Digital Media growing over 20 million fans across their news properties in just 6 months, and was featured on AdWeek for his success. As founder and Principal of Stay N Alive, Jesse has developed very unique techniques in social media advertising to help organizations grow presences, within months on minimal budgets, into hundreds of thousands of highly relevant and engaging fans and followers. He designed and teaches social media advertising at LDS Business College. He has helped grow sales, and has a belief that yes, you CAN measure social! Jesse has been featured as one of 10 entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter (next to Biz Stone and Ev Williams, founders of Twitter) by Entrepreneur magazine. Jesse has written 9 books on the topic of social media marketing and development, including Google+ Marketing For Dummies and Facebook All In One For Dummies, and eats, lives, and drinks social media with a personal combined presence of over 600,000 followers on his personal social profiles.

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