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4 Ways that a Cloud Telephone System Makes Your Small Business Look BIG

Being at the helm of a large multinational enterprise has its perks, like incentive stock options, zipping around in a corporate jet, and team building getaways to an executive dude ranch (we’re not kidding). Yet with this being said, it’s also a great time to run a small business; especially since they account for a whopping 99.7% of all businesses in the U.S., and have provided two-thirds of all new jobs since the 1970s. So yes, big businesses get featured on magazine covers, but small business are — and always will be — the economic engine of the nation. However, there’s one thing that small businesses can’t afford to do if they want to avoid entering the dustbin of history: they can’t afford to look tiny. Otherwise, customers can get nervous and head to larger competitors. That’s where a cloud…


How to Get Your Boss to Switch to a Cloud Telephone System

It’s not quite Mission: Impossible and you’re not expected to use your computer while dangling in mid air or wear scanner contact lenses. However, you know from experience that convincing The Powers That Be in your business to invest in a new solution can be a challenge — or a struggle. To be fair, it’s (probably) not that your boss delights in saying no, or enjoys borrowing a phrase from the universal parents playbook: “we’ll look into it at a later date.” It’s a lot more pragmatic and down to earth than that. Simply put, smart bosses — which are the kind that make decisions that keep folks (including you) employed — don’t loosen the purse strings because they think something looks interesting or seems like a good idea. Instead, they approve procurements based on data and facts. Fortunately, that’s…


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Does Your Business Need to Switch to a Hosted VoIP Call Center?

In theory (which is always an ominous way to start an article) a call center is supposed to help businesses save money, improve productivity, increase compliance and governance, and most importantly: enhance customer experience and satisfaction. However, many businesses that use a conventional premises-based PBX to support their call center aren’t reaping these rewards. Here are the three key challenges they face, and how they can permanently solve them by switching to a hosted VoIP call center:  Excessive Overhead Costs Premises-based call centers are very costly to operate. Reps and agents must be housed on-site, which drives up leasing, infrastructure and utility costs. In some cases, businesses are forced to move into larger and more expensive offices to accommodate a growing call center workforce.  With a hosted VoIP call center, businesses can deploy call center staff off-site in areas with…


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5 Reasons Why Hospitals are Switching to a Cloud Telephone System

As noted by HealthcareDIVE, today’s hospitals are under relentless pressure to find efficiencies that reduce operational costs, but without compromising patient care standards. In simpler terms: they need to do more with less. And that’s why hospitals across the country have made the switch to a cloud telephone system.  Here are 5 key reasons why a cloud telephone system helps hospitals do more with less:  Substantial Year-Over-Year Cost Savings With a cloud telephone system, hospitals eliminate the need to purchase, support and maintain costly PRIs, bonded T1s or other trunk lines that are required to connect their on-premises private branch exchange (PBX) to the local telephone company. This is because the system leverages the existing data network infrastructure. There is no need for a separate — and very costly — voice network. Furthermore, with a cloud telephone system there are…


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How a Cloud Telephone System Helps Your Organization Recruit & Retain Millennials

Millennials — the people born from around the early 1980s to the late 1990s — now comprise the largest segment of the U.S. workforce. And by 2019, they’ll be the biggest adult population overall, surpassing Boomers and Generation Xers. Given this seismic demographic shift, it’s not surprising that businesses across all industries — from small startups to large enterprises — are aggressively trying to recruit and retain the millennials they need to drive today’s success, and lead tomorrow’s growth. If your organization is vying to onboard talented and high-potential millennials, then you’re well aware that competition is ferocious. But what you may not be aware of, is that your old school conventional premises-based landline phone system might be a human resource liability instead of an asset. Why is this the case? It’s because study after study — like the 2017…


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5 Reasons Why a Conventional Premises-Based Phone System is So Expensive

When we analyze a customer’s telecommunication needs and present a customized solution, the first thing we usually hear is: “wow, I had no idea that we could be saving so much!” Of course, there are several reasons why a hosted VoIP phone system dramatically reduces telecommunications costs — and we’ve highlighted some of the key factors in this article. However, the other side of the coin that we want our customers to understand, is that conventional premises-based phone systems are (and always have been) excessively expensive. Here are the key reasons why: 1. Maintenance Fees Maintenance fees for a conventional premises-based phone system can reach into the thousands of dollars a year. What’s more, most businesses have no choice but to pay the exorbitant fee, because they lack the in-house expertise to maintain the system on their own. It goes…


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Hosted VoIP Phone System Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If your organization is thinking of switching to a hosted VoIP phone system, then you certainly have a list of questions that our team will be delighted to answer. However, to give you the information you need even faster, we’ve put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions that we’ve received over the years. Ideally, the following will answer some of your questions, and our team will do the rest! Question: What is the number one reason that organizations switch to a hosted VoIP phone system? Answer: Every organization is unique, and has specific need priorities, objectives, risks and opportunities. With this in mind, generally speaking the number one reason that organizations switch to a hosted VoIP phone system is — not surprisingly — to measurably reduce telecommunication costs by anywhere from 25% to over 50% per year. Another major…


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3 Reasons Why Law Firms are Switching to a Hosted Business VoIP Phone System

Across the country, an increasing number of law firms — from solo practitioners and smaller partnerships, to large multi-practice area and multi-site enterprises — are making the switch from a conventional landline phone system, to an advanced and innovative hosted business VoIP phone system. And since lawyers as a breed are trained to be highly skeptical — which is a good thing! — it’s not surprising that the reasons that they’re making the switch has nothing to do with marketing hype, and everything to do with pragmatic advantages and benefits. Below are the 3 most important: 1. Dramatically Lower Costs While each law firm is unique, it’s not uncommon to save anywhere from 30% to over 50% a year in telecommunications costs after switching to a hosted business VoIP phone system. This is because there is no expensive on-premise PBX…


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What are the Benefits of Live Call Monitoring with a Hosted VoIP Phone System?

If you ask employees why they love their hosted VoIP phone system and would sooner call in sick or stage a sit-in before going back to a conventional landline system, they’ll usually focus on features, features and yet more features. Indeed, whether they’re using video conferencing to connect face-to-face with colleagues, getting voicemails and faxes delivered to their inbox, creating customized auto-attendant greetings — and the list goes on — the biggest complaint that employees have about a hosted VoIP phone system is that they didn’t get one sooner. At the same time, supervisors are also big hosted VoIP phone system fans thanks to a innovative feature called Live Call Monitoring. What is Live Call Monitoring? As the term suggests, Live Call Monitoring is a feature that allows supervisors (as well as managers, mentors, or any other authorized hosted VoIP…


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5 Ways that a Hosted VoIP Phone System Boosts Mobile Productivity

In the past across most industries and sectors, remote workers were the exception (and we’d all hear them brag at parties about their glorious office-less job). However, these days remote working isn’t just trending, but it’s the norm! 3 Out of 4 Workers Will Be Mobile by 2020  According to research from IDC, the number of mobile workers in the U.S. will grow to a staggering 105.4 million by 2020, at which time approximately 3 out of every 4 employees will work at least part — if not all — of the time away from the office. Given the surge in remote working, it’s easy to understand why businesses of all sizes — from small startups to large enterprises — are investing in systems and solutions that boost mobile productivity. And one of the ways that they’re achieving this mission…


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10 Reasons Why Hosted VoIP is a MUST for Multi-Site Organizations

If your organization has two or more locations — regardless of whether you’re in the B2B, B2C, B2B2C or B2G space — then the smartest thing you can do to your conventional landline phone system is get rid of it ASAP, and switch to a feature-rich cloud-based hosted VoIP solution. Here are the 10 key reasons why hosted VoIP is a MUST for multi-site organizations, and should be at the top of your strategic to-do list if you want (or need) to dramatically reduce costs, improve communication, enhance customer experience, and ultimately boost the bottom line in both the short and long-term: Instead of working in separate silos, all employees across the organization are connected on a single, centralized platform. They can efficiently collaborate and communicate as if they were working in the same office, even if they’re located in…


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Why Switching to a Virtual PBX System Before Your Office Move is a Smart Idea

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of businesses — from small firms to large enterprises — have upgraded from a costly and limited on-premises PBX phone system (a.k.a. landline system), to an advanced, feature rich and future-proof virtual PBX system (a.k.a. hosted VoIP system). If your organization is eager to join the ranks of your counterparts — and indeed, your competitors — who are reaping the rewards of a virtual PBX system, then you may be holding off until after a scheduled office move is complete. Here are three reasons why the delay is unnecessary, and even counter-productive:  1. Moving the system doesn’t cost a cent. Moving an on-premises PBX phone system is time consuming, complex and must be done by telecommunications specialists vs. traditional moving companies— which means that there’s a hefty price tag involved. But moving a virtual PBX phone…


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How Hosted VoIP Phone Systems Optimize Call Management During Vacation Season

As the temperatures outside (finally) start to climb and the days get increasingly longer, organizations are gearing up to face an annual challenge: managing calls during the holidays.  Indeed, while customers usually tolerate hearing a “Thank you for your call, our office is closed today…” message during Federal holidays such as Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day, they are much less impressed when they are forced to leave voicemail after voicemail — or stay on hold for excessive amounts of time — because employees are on vacation. Fortunately, there’s where a hosted VoIP phone system bridges the gap. Here are 4 key ways that a hosted phone system optimizes call management during vacation season:  Hunt Groups and Ring Groups A hunt group is when specified phones ring in succession. For example, one number will ring twice,…


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Here’s Why IT Teams Hate In-House PBX+SIP Trunking

Some businesses are led to believe — typically by smooth-talking vendors — that they can reap the rewards of a hosted VoIP phone system for a fraction of the cost, merely by purchasing a cheap in-house PBX phone system and adding (relatively) inexpensive SIP lines. However, as we’ve discussed previously this configuration doesn’t add up to a legitimate, feature-rich and enterprise-grade hosted VoIP phone system. Instead, it leads to endless configuration obstacles, greater business continuity risk, severely limited feature options and integrations, and one other problem that never goes away: an excessive burden on in-house IT teams. Here’s why: vendors who sell cheap in-house PBX systems gloss over the fact that it’s NOT a “plug and play” experience. Why do they withhold this critical information? It’s simple: if businesses realized what was in store for their IT team, they would…


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Why Your Premise-Based PBX Phone System Could Cost You Customers

The importance of business continuity cannot be underestimated; especially for small and mid-sized businesses. Going “off the grid” for even a few minutes — let alone a few hours or even days — can convince unimpressed customers to head for the exit, and straight to a competitor.  However, often without their consent or awareness, many businesses are at risk of losing both current and future customers — not because of anything that they’re doing wrong, but because they’re saddled with a premise-based PBX phone system.  Here is why: a premise-based PBX phone system essentially connects businesses to the phone company through underground copper wires. This “technology” hasn’t fundamentally changed since the 19th century. If anything happens to those wires, if the power goes out, or if the PBX system suffers an internal failure (and there are multiple ways this can…


Is Your Organization Being Held Back by a Premise-Based PBX Phone System?

A growing number of organizations are saying goodbye to their conventional analog premise-based analog PBX phone system, and hello to a cost-effective, feature-rich and future-proofed hosted VoIP phone system. Here are the key reasons why they’re saying farewell to their premise-based system — and not looking back: Excessive up-front costs: premise-based PBX systems are expensive to purchase, install and maintain. For many small and mid-sized businesses, the CapEx burden is prohibitive, and for larger organizations it’s unjustifiable. No cost certainty: the cost of operating a premise-based PBX system is based on usage (regular calling along with long distance costs). As such, it’s virtually impossible for organizations to know how much their monthly, quarterly and annual telecommunications costs will be. This often leads to budget shortfalls — which ultimately leads to greater risks and higher overall operating costs. Lack of scalability:…


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In-House PBX+SIP Trunking vs. Hosted VoIP: What’s the Smarter Phone System Investment?

When it comes to making wise investments, organizations need to borrow a page from the consumer playbook and “get the most for the least.” This doesn’t necessarily mean getting the cheapest price. It means that organizations need to assess their needs, conduct marketplace research, evaluate potential solutions, and select the one that delivers the most long-term value. However, just like consumers, sometimes organizations can mistakenly head in the other direction: getting the least for the most. And since this unfortunate fact doesn’t come to light until after a purchase decision is made, organizations in this situation are forced to absorb the excess costs or purchase a replacement. Either way, it’s costly, time consuming, risky and frustrating. Here’s what the above has to do with business VoIP phone systems. Some organizations are led to believe that they’ll get the most for…


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5 Reasons Why Organizations are Using Cloud Faxing

A few decades ago, fax machines roamed freely on the business landscape: and it was good. Actually, it was groundbreaking. The idea of transmitting an exact facsimile of a document to anyone in the world — and within a matter of seconds — was incredible. Indeed, if you build a time machine and head back to circa 1988, you’ll be greeted by an orchestra of screeching fax machines (don’t worry, it’s a screech of joy, not of pain).  Well, here we are about to enter the third decade of the 21st century, and traditional fax machines are few and far between. In fact, some millennial doctors have no idea what to do with this ancient technology. But does this mean faxing is dead? Not at all!  On the contrary, faxing is alive and well. But like many other technologies, it…


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4 Reasons to Choose a Local VoIP Vendor

We all know that all businesses these days need to “think global and act local.” But when it comes to selecting the right VoIP vendor, this wisdom needs an adjustment: “think global and buy local.” Let’s start with the first part of this advice: think global. What this means is that small and mid-sized businesses should ensure that they get the same enterprise-grade telecommunications features enjoyed by large multinational firms, such as: auto attendant, live call forwarding, call transfer, automatic call distribution, online message access, call queuing, call announce, company directory, hold music, voice and fax email messages, message notification, and call analysis, and reporting. And of course, the system must be quick to learn and easy-to-use.  Now for the next part of this advice: buy local. Choosing a local VoIP vendor — and in this context, local can also be…


4 Ways that a VoIP Phone System Optimizes Customer Experience

On today’s hyper-competitive business landscape, satisfying and impressing customers — both prospective and current — isn’t just important: it’s essential. In fact, a study by Walker Information concluded that by the year 2020, customer experience will be the number one brand differentiator in the minds of customers — surpassing traditional factors such as product and price. In other words, within a couple of years the vast majority of customers in both B2C and B2B spaces will knowingly, willingly, and happily pay more for something from a business than they could from its competitors, provided they feel as though they’re getting great service and support. Of course, price position and value will still matter (because they’ll always matter). But leaning forward to close the gap with customers will increasingly determine whether a business will have a prosperous future — or if…