By: Javi Calderon
on Sunday, January 02, 2011
How to Choose a Business Voicemail Service
Having complete confidence and control of your business voicemail is integral to running a successful business. Communication is crucial to the success of any company - both between you and customers, and your business and others. Your business phone
system is one place where inefficiency can easily creep in unnoticed, slowing you down and costing you money.
Having a voicemail system that efficiently meets your needs and provides you with the services and flexibility that you require begins with accurately and objectively assessing the needs of your business. How many employees do you have? How many of them need their own phone and voicemail system? Do you need to provide your customers with customer service? Are your customers local or national, in cities across different time zones like Denver
, Los Angeles
and New York
? Answering these questions will tell you what services you need to provide your customers, employees and business partners with comprehensive and reliable communications.
For the typical user voicemail has become an outdated technology. Cell phones tell you who has called you, Email, text and social media
are quick and effective tools for communicating quick messages. However, for businesses, voicemail can still be a useful tool, and digital phone systems have developed new features to once again make voicemail relevant in the business world.Consider these tips before settling on a voicemail service.
If you have many customers calling in for customer service consider a voice services provider with menus and services that are easy to navigate in order to avoid confusing and frustrating your customers. Happy customers keep coming back. While having an automated attendant or virtual receptionist is a necessity for businesses to streamline their phone calls and voicemails, confusing menus with too many options can be incredibly frustrating to customers in need of help.
If you have several people calling your business at one time you may want to get a multi line voicemail that can handle several calls. This way you can be certain no customer or caller gets left behind!
Some digital phone and voicemail providers offer a tool that can transcribe voicemails into Emails or text messages. This can be incredibly handy for the businessperson who is always out of the office or trapped in meetings. Some people simply don’t like listening and navigating through voicemail - most callers either hang up or stumble through their message anyway - so being able to quickly read your messages in an Email or text message can be a convenient tool.
Voicemail or telephone services integrated with the internet often times offer an internet fax service. The ability to receive important business documents in your Email can help your business save on fax machines and the costly products they consume. With an online fax service you can also read and receive faxes anywhere you get internet, you don’t have to be near a fax.
Having control of your voicemail can give you the freedom to be within reach of anyone trying to contact you, while allowing you to be out of the office to continue furthering your business.