De-Stress with a Business Contact Number

Did you know that you can easily set yourself or your business up in 1000’s of cities instantly without even stepping foot or opening an office in that Country?

Well you can! With the increasing availability of Global Internet and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) means that you can setup a local or International presence for yourself or your business within minutes and with ease.

International Coverage

Phone numbers are available almost anywhere including the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, South Africa, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, Japan and Australia.

This opens up a whole new and exciting ball game for new and existing Entrepreneurs and Businesses.

Saves Cost & Lets You Breathe

Before now to open a local business was a gamble and with the expense of having an office, telephone lines and staff could be an expensive one at that.

Having the ability to purchase local phone numbers on a short term rental basis means that corners can be cut to test a market before opening up shop there.

Virtual Numbers or Direct Inward Dialling (DID) numbers (as they are also known) can be used for a number of different reasons. Not only do they stop the need for individuals to give out their mobile numbers – keeping them private, but can be associated with particular campaigns so that companies can monitor Sales or Customer services calls from particular regions to identify which projects are a success or not or to monitor where a business needs more growth/attention.

Compete on an International Stage

Usually these numbers and associated benefits were only available to larger organisations, with the rapid movement of VoIP means that such services are also available to Entrepreneurs or Small to Medium Businesses (SMB’s).

Numbers can be managed by non-technical individuals directly which means that directing calls to who ever you want when ever you want takes the pressure off having full time staff.

Calls can be routed Call Centres, Virtual Receptionists or any of your team members around the world no matter where they are or what technology they are using.

You may also display your number when calling your customers. If you wish to display a local number to your caller when dialling them this can be also be achieved with little effort. This gives your customer the feeling that you are local to them which in turn builds rapport, even if you may be on the other side of the world to them or on a vacation.

Click to Connect

With the rise in Click to Connect features for Social platforms (including Facebook and Instagram) and direct from a Company web site indicates that your customers wish to contact you when they need to via whatever means possible.

This demand means that businesses need to rethink how they are managing/implementing this process, and with what solutions dependent on their individual requirements or situation.

Low Cost Maximum Impact

The good news is you don’t need to employ a full time receptionist or layout serious cost to project yourself as being a large company when in fact it might only be you and a small team in your business.

A Virtual Number opens up new doors and opportunities, if you haven’t considered them yet then maybe you should.

Numbers can be purchased or rented as low as $1.00 each per month and when attached to a sophisticated Phone Call Management solution can catapult your business into an international market within minutes.

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Successfully Managing Your Business Phone Calls

So, picture this, you’re at an Internet café in Italy when you receive an important business call on your laptop, tablet or mobile device. You’re travelling from city to city, or maybe country to country and receive an important voicemail, notified to you via your e-mail inbox on the move, that you missed whilst in transit. Your business has a phone number with a UK, USA, Australia or Hong Kong local or national area code, even though your latest office hub is located in Indonesia, or your colleagues work remotely and are scattered all over the world.

This is voice over Internet protocol (VoIP). VoIP has moved on somewhat since its earlier days and with VoIP services and features, your phone calls travel with you and your team across the globe with little effort at a dramatically low cost whilst increasing your productivity and flexibility of you and your team. It also provides useful features and capabilities that everyday phone technologies can’t offer.

The popularity of VoIP has been growing stronger. Because of the vast, rapid expansion of the Internet and various applications available has enabled businesses to be more flexible with how, where and with whom they do business. This has directly built a requirement for more flexible office working conditions and has enabled staff and business owners to base themselves almost anywhere with Wi-Fi.

The truth is, VoIP’s benefits far outweigh the negatives. Find some further information below;

1. VoIP Saves You Money.

VoIP calls have always been known to be low cost in comparison to standard business lines or mobile roaming charges and on average savings of 50% and sometimes more can be achieved.

Landline set-ups not only have long contractual agreements and can also take some weeks to be installed but more importantly set small businesses back around $30.00 per line on average (dependent on country), before adding any other telephone features.

Productivity levels are also not taken into consideration when looking at the cost benefits of VoIP. Allowing staff to work absolutely anywhere increases moral and therefore productivity. Various studies indicate that around 31% of businesses moving to VoIP do so for this reason alone, giving them a competitive edge over their competitors.

Today’s VoIP services have evolved and allow you to make and receive calls using standard phones and other mobile devices; staff can utilize their current technology devices (BYOD) saving hefty hardware tech investments and maintenance.

As some platforms are also setup and managed through easy to use interfaces that a company or individual can use and manage themselves with absolutely no prior technical knowledge, this also saves considerable cost on maintenance fees and the need for in-house technical expertise.

2. Make you and your team more Productive

Remote working is an industry within itself and growing at some speed.

If you’re not the latest entrepreneur working from out of a business hub somewhere in SE Asia, you are freelancer providing your very best skills to businesses big and small from all corners of the globe, earning more money, are happier and probably stress free.

VoIP simply enables your business to be global. You can not only easily set-up and manage your communication infrastructure to suit your business requirements but you can also easily set up a local presence in 1000’s of cities around the world, suiting the need of your staff and customers, and routing business calls to you or your team anywhere.

Your business can now be totally mobile, maybe even neglecting the need for an office or even the need to give out your personal mobile number, in fact actually keeping it personal!

Now there’s a thought? No roaming charges and no out of office hour’s calls, etc….

The features of an Enterprise level telephone platform are now available to individuals and SMB’s. Being able to take advantage of features like a professional call answering, simultaneous calling on multiple devices, endless amounts of Voicemail boxes and Intelligent Call Routing to name a few, means that not missing important calls and avoiding phone tag therefore reducing time wasted and saving money.

3. Clarity, Scalability and Installation

Call and sound quality has always been a sticking point for some when considering the move to VoIP, however, as Internet connectivity has improved so has the quality of VoIP calls. In fact, many businesses today have abandoned traditional phone platforms in favour of VoIP.

In a study of a selection of SMB’s in 2015, out of the 57% of those companies considering the transition to VoIP, only 1 respondent out of 208 reported to be dissatisfied with the call quality.

Installing a VoIP solution for Individuals or Businesses is as simple as one another. With the growth of SaaS platforms in all areas of tech means the route to setting up a fully blown telephone platform can not only be done in a matter of minutes but provides a non technical easy to use interface to manage it day to day if necessary.

Scalability is an important factor for any business; most VoIP providers today will support you and your businesses when the need to scale up arises (or down for that matter). Being able to easily add users to your network and have specific or relevant communication routed to them is important for general, sales or customer service needs.

4. VoIP platforms make you, your business and your phone platform highly flexible.

VoIP platforms allow you to do things that are simply not possible with traditional phone technology. For example;

Mobile Office Solution

As long as you have access to Wi-Fi, you can use your VoIP platform anywhere, such as in a hotel, on the Beach or at any Startup Hub around the world. Customers and employees can connect with you or your business just by calling your regular local business phone number to them—they no longer need to call your cell phone, which means you can save on roaming charges and allow you to keep your mobile number personal and be selective as to who can contact you directly and when. If travelling from Country to Country you can simply add your contact number to your platform as you go, so no matter what country you are in you will continue to receive your business calls.

Be contactable on your personal devices

Some VoIP platforms include a telephony interface that enables you to send and receive calls using your laptop or tablet. Now you will not miss an urgent call from a client or colleague no matter where you or your teams are in world.

Get voicemail on your e-mail

VoIP services allow you to have voice mail or multiple voicemail boxes; messages are forwarded to your regular e-mail inbox. You and your team can get all your messages in one place, and your voice mail can be easily archived or forwarded to others. Voicemail can be easily setup for your company in multiple languages to cater for those countries and languages where your customers may be based. By manipulating your call traffic you can easily route inbound calls to the right team members, should they be busy or unavailable you can route calls to other members or to voicemail and notify those team members easily.

Easily setup virtual phone numbers.

It goes without saying that having a local or national presence when dealing with your customers goes a long way in building rapport and trust. You can easily setup phone numbers in 1000’s of cities around the world in a matter of minutes, and not just the one assigned to your companies region. For example, you may have a business based out of Hong Kong, but could have local or national numbers set up throughout Europe or the USA.

This benefits those countries that are expanding their business and want to attract customers in multiple countries, having a local presence for your business is important, this also neglects the need for a local office, saving $1,000s in set-up, overheads and various other ongoing costs.

Call forwarding

VoIP offers a true uninterruptible business communication solution, with uptime at 99.9% and intelligent routing means that you will never have to worry about downtime of your voice communications network. The ability to strategically control the routing of your business calls means that if you ever experience downtime on your local internet connection, or you are in transit travelling from country to country you can manage how calls are routed in the event of not being able to answer them, or being available at any time. The ability to setup your own rules and profiles around how your business calls are routed is fully under the control of you and your business. Being able to route calls to various destinations worldwide or worse case to voicemail means that your calls from your customer or prospects are controllable and never missed.

Analytics

Data is a big topic if you’re looking to understand why, when, and how calls are made to your business. To be able to monitor the calls that connect to your company/departments and their outcome provides some serious business development criteria, whether your business is large or small. Being able to manipulate the information on your calls gives your business sales and marketing focus. For example; Click to call campaigns allow your business to be directly in touch with your prospects or customers by prompting them to connect to your business directly and with ease, you may have various Local, National or International numbers setup for specific campaigns or geographical areas, you may be dipping your toe into the water in a foreign country.

Analytics will show you how to improve on those campaigns by providing valuable data. Data can be collected around why and when calls are made, the duration, which person or team responded to those calls and their outcome.Volumes and percentages can be used to increase, amend or retract focus in certain areas of your business.

No matter what size of your business may be, VoIP is a surprisingly flexible, affordable technology that offers the same, sophisticated communication tools your enterprise-size competitors have for a very small fraction of the price, it gives your small business scalability and future proofs your business.

Managing International Business on a Budget with Remote Phone Services

Gone are the days when only big market players could think of overseas expansions and international operations. In these modern times marked by technological evolution, even solo entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses start their operations with a global approach in mind. What is the driving force behind this change? The answer undoubtedly lies in the improved networking and connectivity brought to us by the internet, cloud-base services, and exponential growth of mobile phones. Another decisive factor that can contributed immensely toward the increasing global outreach of businesses is the symbiotic relationship between cloud computing and telecommunication, which has led to creation of hosted telephony services. Here is how these services can play a key role in helping you secure an international presence on a budget:

Ease of Operations

The first and foremost advantage of a hosted telecommunication system is that, unlike its traditional counterpart, it is housed at a different location, making it easy operate and handle. Instead of having to focus on the maintenance and upkeep of the telecommunication network, you and your employees just need to learn how to handle different features of the telecommunication system such as making and receiving calls, retrieving messages, and forwarding calls. This not just simplifies everyday operations but also eliminates the need for having a technical support staff, thereby giving business owners more scope to channelize funds toward development and marketing their products and services.

Access to International Numbers

Hosted telephony services offered by key players like VoiceRules bring to you the benefit of having access to international telephone numbers anywhere in the world. The inbound call to this international number is routed to an intelligent call management platform, which directs it to wherever you wish and in whatever country you may be in. However, an international customer calling this number gets a sense that they are dialling a local number in their area. This allows you to create the impression of having an international presence without having to set up shop or office in different locations.

Multi-site Operations

A great deal of business ventures today operate outside the realm of a traditional office, with employees scattered at different locations across the globe. Hosted telephony is the perfect solution for such organisational set-ups, as the multi-site feature allows for a single system to be accessed, operated and monitored from multiple locations. You can take your operations international on a budget in the true sense with this facility, as you pay for one hosted system that can be accessed by your employees or business partners in different cities, regions and countries.

Self-Service

Now that modern day platforms are built  around the user, means that set-up, management and monitoring can easily be maintained in-house and without the need for technical experience. Platforms such as VoiceRules put the power back into the hands of the business which means that a whole fully functional and international telephone network can be set-up in a matter of minutes, meaning that your business could in effect have a presence in 1000’s of cities in no time at all.

Click to Call – What is it and how can it help my business?

Click to Call, also known as click to dial or click for talk, is one of the latest marketing strategies where a VoIP setup can be used to convert incoming web traffic into a voice call. The Click to Call services offered by hosted telephonic service providers such as VoiceRules allows for instant connectivity in real time. The phone numbers of a company are displayed as hyperlinks on an advertisement, webpage or even an email, and potential customers can initiate a call by simply clicking on the hyperlink. The Click-to-Call service can be used through any advanced smartphone or computer with internet access. VoiceRules’ Click-to-Call services can be availed for a nominal monthly fee. Here is how your business can benefit from Click to Call:

Optimizing Online Sales Opportunities

By giving your website visitors a quick and easy means to reach out to you through the Click to Call option, you can truly optimize online sales opportunities. In addition to this, the ability to reach out to you instantly, helps build the buyers’ faith in your service. Since they know they can reach out to you by simple click of a button, if need be, the risk of abandoned sales and visitor bounce rate is reduced considerably.

Improved marketing effectiveness

The ultimate aim of putting your services out there in the online realm is to reach out to a wider base of potential customers. The data gathered through Click to Call helps you understand your customer base better, thereby giving you the advantage of posturing your marketing strategy to meet those needs. What makes them click to call you? What is nature of enquiries like? Which products of services prompt most number of calls? An analysis of these trends can help you market yourself more effectively.

Boosting Customer Relations

A Henley Centre study says a whopping 65 percent of consumers are likely to stick to a company that seems to care about its customers, even if its competitors are offering better financial deals. The Click to Call button holds the key to boosting customer relationships. First of all, with a hosted telephone network, such as those offered by VoiceRules, you can be available to respond to customers reaching out to you through Click-to-Call services round the clock, as you have a working telecommunication network that works on the go. This also accords the customers an upper hand, as they can reach out to you at their own convenience and with minimal time lapse. This makes for a seamless interaction between you and your customers, thereby demonstrating a positive approach toward customer responsiveness.

Why Voice Analytics are Important for Your Business

In modern businesses, proactive marketing plays a critical role in steering the growth graph in the right direction. While the focus is primarily on lead generation through email marketing and social media interactions, one very important aspect of modern marketing is often overlooked – call-based marketing automation. In these click-to-call times, email marketing may soon be a thing of the past. The future lies in tapping the potential of voice calls and preparing your business to handle the bulk of inbound and outbound marketing calls.

Clouds-based software makes it simpler

Most large-sized corporations and multi-national companies have their dedicated call centers to look after the aspects of call-based marketing automation. From dissipating vital information to handling customer queries and generating analytical data from these calls, everything is taken care of by a single dedicated department. However, this may not be a financially viable option for SMEs and individual entrepreneurs.

Tapping on the potential of cloud-based software, VoiceRules bring to you call-based marketing automation in cost-efficient packages. This can give a big boost to your marketing initiative by simplifying the process of tracking inbound lead and generating potential outbound leads.

It helps with Analytics

Having the right analytics is critical for assessing the success of different marketing initiatives. The call-based marketing automation service provided by pioneering cloud-based telephone providers like VoiceRules, thus, make analytics an integral part of their services. Call analytics are based on crucial data such as origin of the call, where the call was routed to and from, time and duration, most frequently used numbers for inbound calls, and list of regular callers. A compilation of these variables helps business sense the pulse of their marketing campaigns, know how well their call-based marketing initiatives are being received and make necessary amends along the way.  

Need for Geo-Location

Most SMEs and startups today resort to location independent operations, which means different people associated with a business may not be the same physical location, or even the same country. Call-based marketing automation becomes critical for smooth conduct of business operation in such a setup. Geo-location feature offered by service providers like VoiceRules helps in routing the calls to the concerned person in your organization irrespective of their physical location. As an added benefit, it gives you clear analytical data of on which services or products are the most sought after.

Calls are the New Clicks

As the realm of online buying and trading expands, the importance of automated calls too is growing more than ever. As per Google, recent trends show that more than 70 per cent people hit the click-to-call button available on a search Ad. Not having a call-based marketing automation system in place means losing out on a wide chunk of potential customers, and along with it, losing the opportunity to analyze the newest market trends. You need to focus on phone call data in order to evolve the big picture of your search marketing strategy.

Customer Contact Support for Remote Startups

Having the liberty to work from the comfort of their homes is a lucrative proposition for a majority of workforce employed in different sectors, and an option that is increasingly growing. What seemed like a distant dream nearly a decade ago is now becoming an integral part of the work culture, as more and more companies open up to the concept of telecommuting or remote working. Small businesses and startup culture are largely attributed for this evolving work trend, as it brings in benefits of cost-effectiveness and increased productivity to operations. Any company that thrives on telecommuter employees will vouch for the indispensability of cloud-based services in the realm of IT and telecom infrastructure for successful execution of day-to-day operations. Tapping on this trend are communication platforms like VoiceRules that offer its customers with the requisite infrastructure to allow their employees the freedom to work from any remote location.

A company that is serious about introducing telecommuting in its work ethics, however, must invest in necessary technological infrastructure to bring about sustainability in its operations. This entails:

Hosted Phone System

When your employees are scattered over different physical locations, high-end real time connectivity is a prerequisite to allow seamless execution of work operations. A hosted phone system run on a strong broadband connection emerges as surefire way to achieve this end. VoiceRules, a leading hosted communication service provider, extends high-end services that include linking a VoIP to the telecommuters’ smartphones, IP phones and even tablets to secure constant and reliable connectivity at low costs.

Full-blown telecom systems

Every organization that has a large telecommuter workforce still has a smaller pool of employees at a specific office location to coordinate and manage the work operations. Investing in a full-blown cloud-based telecom system is, therefore, necessary to ensure smooth discharge of tasks such as making and receiving calls, sharing files and data, and maintaining customer relationships. VoiceRules, with its elaborate low cost communications platform that includes features such as access to international numbers, high voice clarity and intelligent call control, is just the kind of hosted interface you need to keep operations streamlined.

Syncing Mobile Devices with Desktop Computers

One of the biggest risks with telecommuting is the lack of accountability. When a large number of people share big chunk of data with each other on a regular basis, it is possible for important information to get lost in transition. VoiceRules brings you just the right solution to streamline this process by syncing mobile devices with each other and with desktop computers installed in your company office. This makes the process of collaborating and cross-referencing with colleagues a lot more efficient and goes a long way in fixing accountability.

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Why the On Demand Economy Thrives on Cloud-based Communications

On-demand economy services are all about offering your customer base an instant and convenient access to daily need commodities and services. The concept of commerce-based solutions, marketed as on-demand economy, aimed at making everyday life simpler and more comfortable, bears the hallmark of a mobile-first world. The on-demand economy is evolving as an industry unto itself that is driven primarily by connectivity and communication. On the other end of the spectrum, leading interactive communication platforms, like VoiceRules, have been tapping the full potential of cloud computing services to evolve an infrastructure that focuses on performance-based telecom services. Leveraging cloud-based telephone networks is, therefore, indispensable in order to connect with a wider base of audience and deliver on the promise of instant services on-demand.

Control over Operational Costs

Hosted telecommunication services come with the huge benefit of giving the power of having a control over operational costs back to the business itself. Since most companies modelled on the on-demand economy concept start out as startup initiatives, this control over operational costs goes a long way in securing financial robustness.

Independence of Operations

On-demand economy companies do not have their workforce huddled up in one physical location. For instance, an app-based cab service provider such as Uber will have drivers scattered over different parts of a city. Employing services of a leading hosted telecommunication provider, like VoiceRules, then goes a long way in bringing about greater independence in everyday operations of these companies. When both outbound and inbound services such as calls, SMS and even marketing communication can be managed through a smartphone or the internet browser, organizations operating on the on-demand economy model stand to gain in terms of productivity and efficiency.

Tailor-made Solutions

Another key benefit of cloud-based telecommunication solutions is that the services can be tweaked to suit the requirements of a specific industry or company. After all, the telecommunication services that work for a startup running an e-commerce portal may not fit in the ambit of on-demand economy companies. Acknowledging this aspect of varying needs, VoiceRules brings versatility to its range of hosted telephony by offering a suite of products that can be tailored to cater to specific business requirements. These customized telecommunication solutions prove vital building strong relationships with your customers through continued customer service, updates and feedback.

Scalability

Another key aspect of hosted telecommunication services that holds well across different industry segments – but is particularly important for the on-demand economy sector – is that of scalability. Expansion and growth in the on-demand economy sector is almost instant. One day you are operating locally and a few months down the line you are an international name to reckon with. This kind of expansion requires instant yet reliable upgrade of your telecommunication network, which is easily accorded by cloud-based service providers like VoiceRules.

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