Like most government agencies, the City of Lexington, North Carolina needed to bring its phone system into the 21st Century. Their Mitel phone system was aging, and the city was looking to have some redundancy outside of their facility. Systems Administrator Lindsay  Hedrick, who has been with the city for 6 years, opted to take their communications to the cloud! Previously, all of their hardware was on-site. Now, The City of Lexington has moved its telephone services into the cloud with Carolina Digital Phone. Before the move, he says, they relied on their telephone vendor heavily for support - all the...

If your business is not taking full advantage of text marketing — SMS and MMS marketing — then you are missing out. This is a massive opportunity to drive customer engagement, acquisition, and sales. Consider these eye-opening statistics: 69% of customers want the ability to contact a business through text messaging.  Customers are 4.5x more likely to reply to text messages than emails.12.9% of customers are more likely to support businesses that offer text-back capabilities.   And just in case you think that “texting is obsolete” — think again. 50% of people sent more texts during the pandemic. Additionally, due to COVID-19 34%...

As we emerge from the pandemic, we can see that some things are never going to be the same again. But that doesn’t mean they will be worse. On the contrary, they will be BETTER! And if you ask employees and employers across the country about the “pandemic’s silver linings,” you’ll hear the same thing over and over: the rise of a remote work solution.  Indeed, employees love remote working because they avoid a tedious and costly commute, and have more time to achieve work-life balance. And employers love remote working because it reduces overhead costs, and lets them recruit beyond...

If you thought ransomware was scary, now the world of cybersecurity is contending with an even more diabolical threat - killware. No, we’re not talking about SkyNet, the self-aware AI computer security network from the Terminator movies hell-bent on destroying all humans. But the idea of cyberattacks actually designed to kill people is, apparently, all too real. After the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack in the Spring of 2021 - which disrupted a major fuel delivery pipeline and resulted in the company paying a $4.4 million ransom -  companies large and small are on edge. And with good reason, according to Homeland...

Video conferencing has been steadily growing in popularity for years, but the pandemic massively accelerated adoption across all sectors and industries. Consider these statistics: The size of the video conferencing market surged 500% in the first two months of the pandemic. (Source: TrustRadius)The global video conferencing market is projected to grow from $6.28 billion in 2021 to $12.99 billion in 2028 — which is a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 10.9% during the forecast period. (Source: Fortune Business Insights)79% of workers believe that video conferencing is at the same level, or is more productive, than in-person meetings. (Source: Owl Labs) Difficult...

Your business has decided that upgrading from a costly, inflexible and restrictive on-premise phone system to an agile, advanced and affordable hosted cloud phone system is the way to go.However, before you can start reaping the rewards of your wise decision, you need to choose the right partner. To help you make this decision, here are 10 essential questions to ask hosted cloud phone system vendors:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgOVbbgYal01. Do you specialize in installing and supporting hosted cloud phone systems?You want to steer clear of vendors that “dabble” in hosted cloud, while they juggle other business lines.2. Do you offer comprehensive post-sales support?Choose...

If your organization is exploring the possibility of switching to a cloud-based phone system, then we cannot give you a single powerful reason to do so. Instead, we can give you THREE powerful reasons: Reason #1: You Will Reach a Whole New Level of Mobility & Agility Thanks to a Cloud-Based Phone System    We all hope that we never have to see another lockdown. However, there is a realistic possibility that we may face them again — in one form or another — sooner rather than later. And even if we avoid that risk, there are other, more traditional reasons why it...