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Nicky Smith

10 Reasons to Why Your Business Should Move to the Cloud

Businesses have been using telephones as a tool since the telephone was invented. While there have been advances in the telephone industry over the years, the basic concept has not changed much for over a hundred years. It wasn’t until well into the 20th century that we began to move away from the analog telephone. Not until the beginning of the 21st century, have we seen a major shakeup to the business phone industry. While the essential function of business telephones has remained the same — connecting people and services over a long distance, the method of sending that information

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Nicky Smith

Cloud Phone System Feature Spotlight: Auto Attendant

One of the most important — and also the most loved — features of a cloud-based phone system is Auto-Attendant. Much more than an answering machine, Auto-Attendant is an automated, sophisticated, customizable, and VERY easy-to-use virtual receptionist. Key Benefits Here are some benefits of Auto-Attendant that will make your team wonder how they managed without it: Answer calls with a professional and customized company greeting. You’ll never miss a call again, even during busy times and after hours. Route incoming calls based on business hours, date, date range, or specific caller ID. For example, you can automatically direct calls from

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Nicky Smith

5 Secrets of Turning a Crisis into an Opportunity for Success

At the height of World War II, Sir Winston Churchill said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Think about it. On the surface, what possible good could arise from a crisis? The answer is that it gives us an urgency to examine and rethink how things are working and how we can improve. With that in mind, here are five ways companies can learn and benefit from the coronavirus crisis: Embrace and Encourage Working From Home Naturally, some businesses cannot implement a distributed workforce. However, allowing some employees to work at least partially from a home office is

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Nicky Smith

Helping the Arts Community in North Carolina

Carolina Digital Phone, a locally homegrown business based in Greensboro North Carolina is committed to helping Arts of North Carolina in uniting people and communities to strengthen and celebrate a creative North Carolina. The arts and culture industry, an essential economic driver as well as a vital cultural asset for North Carolina, has been devastated by COVID-19. Along with airlines, restaurants and sports, the arts and cultural sector took the first major financial blow dealt by the coronavirus. In the earliest days of the crisis, nearly all performances and festivals were canceled, and museums shut their doors to comply with

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Nicky Smith

Why BYOD for VoIP is a Must!

When you’re hosting a party, the acronym that fills your heart with joy is “BYOB,” which stands for “Bring Your Own Beer” (or other preferred adult beverage). But if your company is planning on upgrading to a cloud phone system, there’s a different acronym that is even more worthy of your love: BYOD. BYOD stands for “bring your own device,” and it allows your company to enjoy three massive advantages: 1. If you have pre-existing compatible phones, routers, and POE switches, then you can integrate these into the cloud phone system. This will save you a significant amount of money

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Nicky Smith

Is Your Business Hot-Desking? Then You Need a Cloud Phone System

As we emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown, millions of people are preparing to return to the corporate office (and many have already started the migration). However, we are likely to see a significant shift in the workplace landscape: the popularity of hot desking. What is Hot-Desking? Hot desking refers to a layout in which employees don’t have assigned workstations or offices. Instead, when they’re in the corporate environment (as opposed to their home office), they simply sit at any available desk and start working. It’s similar to hotel business centers or shared workspaces like WeWork, Impact Hub, etc. Post-Conavirus Hot-Desking

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Nicky Smith

Study: Most School Districts Failing to Support Students During COVID-19 — and How We Can Help

On the educational landscape, typically students fear getting an “F” on an assignment or test. However, an eye-opening new study reveals that most school districts around the country are not making the grade during the coronavirus pandemic. The study carried out by the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CPRE), looked at the policies of 477 school systems across the U.S. and discovered that only 33% of districts expected teachers to remotely provide instruction, track student engagement, and monitor academic progress for all students. The gap was especially pronounced in economically disadvantaged communities. As the study’s lead researchers soberly concluded: “This

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Nicky Smith

A Brief History of VoIP and Why You Need it Now

Since the beginning of recorded history, communication has been an essential part of everyday life. From individuals to major corporations, hospitals, and schools, being able to share information is critical. But we’ve come a long way since cave drawings, the adaption of the modern alphabet, and smoke signals. A communications revolution began with the invention of the telegraph in the 1840s and the telephone around 1876. It wasn’t until well into the 20th century that we began to move away from the analog telephone. With the creation of ARPANET in 1969 and the internet in the 1970s, a new communications

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Nicky Smith

Do This Before You Reopen Your Business

As businesses worldwide begin coming out of their coronavirus induced hibernation, the world is a very different place. Having a plan for reopening your business is imperative. Also critical is having a plan to communicate with your customers what to expect. Even before they walk in your door, your customers are faced with a laundry list of do’s and don’ts. They must be made aware of any services you may have (temporarily) modified or discontinued as well as precautions you are taking and procedures they must adhere to. It’s not enough to make sure your business has taken the necessary

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Nicky Smith

The #1 Mistake Businesses Make When Buying a Cloud Phone System

Learning from our own mistakes is smart. But learning from the mistakes of others is wise — and also a heck of a lot less painful, tragic, awful…you get the picture. If your business has decided to switch from your conventional landline phone system to a cloud phone system, here is the biggest and costliest mistake that others have made, but that you can wisely avoid: underestimating the importance of OUTSTANDING SERVICE. Factors like features, functionality, scalability, and price are vital considerations and must not be ignored. But without a doubt, service is going to determine more than anything else

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Nicky Smith

What NOT to do When You Move to the Cloud

Cloud migrations have been increasing rapidly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, companies have been moving more data, services, and applications to the cloud as a means to become more streamlined and productive. Businesses migrating information to the cloud is not a new trend. The move toward cloud adoption, however, has been picking up steam during the worldwide lockdown with some interesting results: A major shift to remote working Reduction in capital investment Innovative business models adapting to a major shift in consumer habits Welcome to the Cloud Worldwide demand for cloud services is swelling as more people

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Nicky Smith

Take a Good Look at Your Remote Work Infrastructure or You’ll Be Sorry

Many municipalities were caught off-guard when the COVID-19 pandemic required them to make a swift change to remote work. Businesses at all levels, but particularly in local government, were forced to address a host of concerns from a shortage of secure infrastructure and increased risks of cyber-attacks to untrained staff managing critical information without the help of their IT team. Let’s take a look: Infrastructure Without pre-planning for a teleworking-friendly structure, many offices were ill-prepared for the stay-at-home orders at the outset of the pandemic. Lacking reliable communication and collaboration tools like VoIP or a committed hosting platform, many didn’t

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Nicky Smith

5 Things Leaders Never Do In A Video Meeting

Now that it has been a few months since the COVID-19 pandemic forced many of us to change our daily routines, it’s time for a refresher course in video conferencing etiquette. If sweatpants have become your new office attire, and your daily commute has moved to a stroll from the bedroom to the kitchen to the sofa, you don’t want to let your guard down. Even though we may have become accustomed to working from home that doesn’t give us a pass from looking presentable for the onslaught of web meetings we still must attend on a weekly and often

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Nicky Smith

Greensboro Strong – Support Local Businesses

Carolina Digital Phone is proud to be a locally owned Greensboro NC business. We share in the struggles of our neighbors, friends, family, and community as a whole. While we welcome peaceful protesters working towards a change, we will never welcome violence and hatred. Randomly attacking local businesses that are already struggling to stay afloat only causes more injustice. We are posting these images to show support for our hometown businesses and the community affected by a few random acts of destruction and looting during otherwise peaceful protests for change. These businesses are not just our customers. They are our

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Nicky Smith

How to Future-Proof Your Business

The global demand for cloud-based communication has been increasing at a rapid pace recently. It is estimated that the global cloud PBX market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 13%, reaching a value of 6.36 billion dollars by 2027. If you don’t switch to cloud communications, your competition will have an advantage. Many organizations have either already switched or are beginning the move to cloud technology. The benefits of switching include increased flexibility, improved performance, and lower cost. Nevertheless, there are still businesses that have not taken the final step to convert to the cloud. We

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Nicky Smith

Charting a Course to Safely Restart the North Carolina Economy

With signs that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic may finally be receding into our rearview mirror, it’s time to focus our attention on restarting North Carolina’s economy. But where do we start on the roadmap to recovery? Certainly, we don’t want to do anything to fuel the second wave of potentially more severe infections or mortality. However, we need to recognize the catastrophic economic hardship inflicted on businesses and workers. A slow road into a recession is one thing. It’s different to go from a record low unemployment rate to slamming on the brakes and losing 36 million jobs

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Nicky Smith

Is Your Business Delivering the 3 R’s of HIGHLY PROFITABLE Phone-Based Customer Support?

We all know that in recent years, an increasing number of customers — especially millennials — want text-based customers support, such as live web chat, email, mobile SMS, and online knowledge portals. Long Live the Phone However, this doesn’t mean that customers are anti-phone. On the contrary, research by customer feedback platform company Usabilla found that 55 percent of customers prefer speaking to a live agent or representative because doing so is faster, easier, and ultimately more beneficial; particularly if they have a complex challenge to solve or detailed questions to ask. What’s more, a survey by CRM system leader

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Nicky Smith

Is the Kitchen Table the New Work Cubicle?

Will your morning commute from home to the office be forever replaced with a bleary-eyed stroll from the bedroom to the kitchen in your fuzzy slippers? Maybe — the COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses to rethink how to manage their employees and remain productive, and a physical office setting isn’t a necessity anymore.   Notable employers like Twitter and Facebook are giving notice to workers that they will be able to work from home permanently. Others, like Barclays and Nationwide have announced intentions to reduce their office space. “We’ve been investing in our technological capabilities for years, and those investments really

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Nicky Smith

5 Reasons Why a Cloud Phone System is FAR BETTER than a Landline+Smartphone for Your Remote Workers

Regardless of the size of your business, there’s a very good chance that you either have some staff working from home right now, or you’ll have some staff working from home in the near future (if not exclusively, then partially). This has nothing to do with social distancing, and everything to do with the fact that remote working is generally cheaper for employers and generally preferred by employees. Plus it’s good for the environment. However, if you think that a conventional landline+smartphone is sufficient for your remote workers, then think again! Here are 5 reasons why a cloud phone system

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Nicky Smith

How COVID-19 Makes Small Businesses Better

Is your company ready for not just survival but growth as we enter the “new normal” after COVID-19? Withstanding the weeks of change and uncertainty have given businesses some challenges, to say the least. But as multiple states reopen in phases, there are some promising lessons we can learn. It would be quite a stretch to suggest there is a “silver lining” in a pandemic. There will, however, be innovative, and newly discovered ways to bounce back from this event. Many businesses can exceed their recovery expectations and emerge stronger. Moving ahead, we will know how to be prepared for

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Nicky Smith

Still Unsure About Switching to a Cloud Telephone System? Read This Now!

If you are a business owner or executive, then obviously you want to find ways to save money — especially these days with so much uncertainty about the future. Switching from a landline telephone system to a cloud telephone system will save your business anywhere from around 20%-50% per year (and possibly more). Plus, your staff — regardless of whether they are in a home office or workplace location — will have access to a full range of enterprise-grade calling features like voicemail-to-email and auto attendant that will help them be more productive and efficient. On top of this, your

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Nicky Smith

10 Great Things You May Not Know About Our Softphone App

There is growing — but cautious — optimism that the very worst of the coronavirus pandemic is behind us, and we can start looking forward to a summer filled with fishing, golf, barbecues with family and friends, and other things that make life worth living. And speaking of inspiring news, here are 10 great things that you may not know about our softphone app: It is offered FREE to all of our valued customers. There is no additional charge of any kind. It is available for iOS and Android devices (smartphones and tablets). It installs quickly, and the streamlined clutter-free

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Nicky Smith

You Must Have Thermal Analytics For Your Business To survive

As the world advances toward reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic, your business needs to be prepared. Carolina Digital Phones has solutions to your communication needs through our dependable, affordable Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone services. Our partners at AT&T IoT (Internet of Things) are preparing integrated solutions for businesses with public spaces in need of real-time monitoring of body temperature through Thermal Analytics. In the new economy, being able to monitor a large number of people without bringing your company to a halt will ensure your business or institution runs smoothly without major bottlenecks or delays. Being able to

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Nicky Smith

The Time for Action is Now: A Wake-Up Call for Business

This week, Twitter announced that many of their employees will be allowed to work from home not just for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic shutdown, but forever. Other companies are grappling with when to reopen their physical offices and, how many of their employees to allow to work remotely. Barclays and JPMorgan Chase & Co may not bring all employees back at the same time. Austin, Texas-based Dell Computers says that more than 50% of their more than 160,000 employees may never return to the office. The decision by Twitter and other employers signals a growing shift in attitude

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Nicky Smith

If Your Business Isn’t Working Remotely, You’re Doing It Wrong

In recent years, remote working has become increasingly popular among both small businesses and large enterprises. Yet, some managers and business owners have been reluctant to implement remote working (or hybrid remote working which is a mix of home-office/in-office), because they don’t see the advantages and mistakenly see the move as a downgrade. However, research has revealed that the opposite is true: remote working, when it is structured, deployed, supported, and managed properly, delivers significant benefits: These benefits include: Reduced costs and more profitability: Businesses save an average of $22,000 per year in overhead costs for each full-time remote worker.

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Nicky Smith

Why Carolina Digital Phone is the Best at What We Do

With roots going back to the late 1980’s, Carolina Digital has been a proud North Carolina Based company providing unparalleled customer service to customers big and small. Nicky Smith, our company’s founder and CEO, has always been very philanthropic and pro-North Carolina business. Our vast knowledge of the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) industry sets us apart from the competition. Other companies may venture into the VoIP world with little or no experience or poor infrastructure to support their service. At Carolina Digital Phone, VoIP is all we do. We have an extensive understanding of how the technology works, as

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Nicky Smith

Five Facts to Learn from Telehealth Early Adopters

Medical institutions and professionals are constantly looking for ways of evolving and being able to give the best possible healthcare and treatment to patients. The need for more readily accessible healthcare is growing. One in five adults in the United States is believed to live with some sort of mental illness or mental health problem. For three years running, life expectancy has dropped in the US, which only serves to highlight the need for greater access to behavioral care and treatment in day to day life. Telehealth is one of the greatest tools available to behavioral healthcare providers when it

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Nicky Smith

Why my Local Community Bank is the best!

When the going gets tough, local businesses get going As a longtime business owner in the Triad, I have always been a big supporter of backing local companies and following the principle of “give where you live.” But as we all know, relationships are a two-way street. And right now, as we grapple with this unprecedented crisis caused by COVID-19, I am seeing local businesses step up and give back to their customers in ways that are both practical, and inspirational. As the saying goes: In bad times, you find out who your real friends are. Since the beginning of

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Nicky Smith

Video Conference Security is More Important Than Ever

In today’s current climate, video conference security has become more important than ever before. More people are remote working in light of the coronavirus lockdown. Getting used to remote working isn’t easy. You need to get your routine figured out and you need to get used to the different tools you will be using while working from home. It’s a big shift! And, this is represented effectively when it comes to the different statistics out there in regards to collaboration tools and the usage of online video context. Let’s take a look at the case of Zoom… We only need

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Nicky Smith

7 Tips to Increase at-Home Virtual Private Network (VPN) Speed

A virtual private network (VPN) encrypts traffic between a device (e.g. computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone) and a network. Since hackers don’t have the encryption key, they can’t snoop and steal data. That’s the good news. The bad news is that because millions of people are working from home right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, VPNs are getting overloaded with traffic. Reports show that the global use of some VPNs has increased by 165 percent since March 11. This is causing some remote workers to experience sluggish data connectivity speeds, which is making it frustrating (and sometimes impossible) to

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Nicky Smith

10 Tips to Engage, Motivate and Energize Your Remote Workers

Right now, tens of millions of people who would otherwise be working in a corporate office are working from home. This is a good thing. If the COVID-19 pandemic happened 20 years ago, remote working would be far less viable of an option. Yes, people had internet at home back then, too. But connectivity speeds were much slower, and many were still using dial-up modem technology. Imagine taking 15 minutes to download a presentation (and even longer to upload one). And as for real-time video conferences: forget about it! However, the fact that millions of people are working remotely right

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Nicky Smith

The Remote Working Era has Arrived. Is Your Business Ready?

While we aren’t out of the woods yet, there are some glimmers of hope that we may have past the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. However, once the recovery takes root and starts to gain momentum, some things aren’t going to go back to the way they were. And one of the most significant shifts is going to be around the concept of remote working. That Was Then… Before the coronavirus pandemic, remote working was already surging in popularity. Here are some of the statistics (all of which were compiled prior to the crisis): 55% of workers now telecommute full-time.

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Nicky Smith

Local Economy Reboot 2.0

[vc_column width=”2/3″]As COVID-19 continues to sweep across the United States, government bodies, commercial organizations and individuals are already looking forward to how we’ll build a new future. The impact of COVID-19 may be unprecedented in living memory, but the compassionate and courageous response is nothing new. Like everyone, my outlook has been changed by COVID-19. As we’ve seen the speed at which a previously unknown threat can affect our country, it’s natural to feel shocked and wary. Now that we find ourselves reaching the peak of the outbreak, however, these initial emotions have given way to altogether more positive ones:

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Nicky Smith

There is good news. You just need to look for it.

Most of us have more time on our hands than ever before. We’re locked down in our homes, with nothing to do. We’re probably reading the news more than we ever have been, actively searching for updates on the coronavirus and information on how many people have died and when we will be able to resume to normal life again. It can be easy to become wrapped up in all of the doom and gloom that is on the television and the internet. However, there are plenty of great news stories out there at the moment; you simply need to

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Nicky Smith

COVID-19 Crisis: 3 Reasons Why America Will Triumph

The look on people’s faces is asking the same thing: How could this happen so rapidly? In just a few weeks, we have gone from being advised to wash our hands properly — which, frankly, is something that we should always be doing regardless — to being ordered to stay in our homes for all but the most vital activities, like buying essential groceries or going to the drug store. True, our nation has faced larger catastrophes before. But we have never experienced so much remarkable change in such a small period of time. This isn’t merely dizzying. It’s staggering.

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Nicky Smith

Positive News Stories You May Have Missed During The Coronavirus Outbreak

In a rare move – one that has only been done four times for the monarch – the Queen delivered a speech to the country amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Speaking from Windsor Castle in a pre-recorded message where only one camera person wearing protective clothing was present, the Queen rallied the country saying we will ‘succeed’ in overcoming Covid-19 and thanked NHS staff and key workers for their tireless sacrifice. One of the most stirring comments was one of hope from the 93-year-old Queen: ‘We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will

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Nicky Smith

Tips About Can The Internet Handle All The New Traffic? From An Industry Expert

[su_row][su_column size=”2/3″]The world has changed rapidly over the last month or so. COVID-19 has changed how we work and where we work, and one of the side effects of that change is a heavier pressure on the internet. After all, we’re now all working from home, communicating via video calls and sending more emails than ever before. When you take into account how many millions of people around the world are changing their working habits in these ways, it’s clear that the internet will be under greater strain than ever before. So, can the internet handle all this new traffic

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Nicky Smith

Cloud-based Phone and Zoom

Working from home has quickly become the new normal for many people. Remote working has been an effective way for people to continue to run their businesses, even in these uncertain times. It’s been a great time to discover new ways of working and new tools, allowing everyone to stay connected and keep business running as usual, for now at least. One of the most popular applications right now is Zoom.us – an app that’s being used to conduct video meetings all over the world, and even political business in some countries! Video conferencing helps to keep meetings going, as

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Nicky Smith

COVID-19 Reveals the Benefits of Remote Work Solutions

Since it first emerged in China last year, the coronavirus has spread rapidly across the globe. To slow the spread of this disease, many U.S. states and municipal governments have either ordered or recommended that individuals stay home as much as possible and avoid contact with others. This has interrupted work for many businesses, who are now looking for remote work solutions. But this isn’t the only situation when telework solutions can benefit your company, and recent events have highlighted the many advantages of being a remote teleworker or offering this opportunity to your employees. 3 Major Advantages of Remote Work Solutions 1. Improved

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Nicky Smith

A Guide to Managing Your Remote Workers

In the current times, many businesses and institutions have implemented remote working. Although many companies already offered the opportunity to their employees to work remotely from their homes before the virus, now more people are having to do it with the international lockdown. But by separating employees and having to deal with the challenges of working remotely from home, how are businesses keeping up? Fortunately, there are steps that business owners, managers and other senior staff can make. Ensuring that engagement and productivity are still at the core of each employee’s everyday routine, it guarantees that there is little to

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Nicky Smith

America 2.0 – When The Global Pandemic Is Over

Right now, we are living in uncertain times resulting from a global pandemic. There is fear and even panic resulting from this virus and the resulting aftermath. Many are sick, some have died, many more are at risk, food and savings are scarce for some people, some have lost their jobs or at least their income, and schools are shut down. No one is unaffected by the turmoil. While we are struggling through the changes and adjustments needed to fight this virus, we may have difficulty seeing an end. We may be longing to go back to a time before

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Nicky Smith

10 Reasons NOT to Choose Google Voice for Your Business

Now that it is integrated with G Suite, there is a lot of buzz these days about using Google Voice as a business telecommunications solution. Unfortunately, some businesses that have headed in that direction have found the experience frustrating, costly and regrettable. Here are 10 key reasons why: 1. No Business Caller ID Every business knows that caller ID is an absolute must have feature. In fact, it shouldn’t even be called a “feature” at all. It’s a basic staple that simply can’t not be an option. This is not 1992 anymore. There are three major problems with Google Voice

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Nicky Smith

Success Story: Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro

The team at Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro is simply amazing, and now their efforts are needed more than ever. Indeed, a survey by the Pew Research Center revealed an unexpected impact of the coronavirus crisis: more Americans are turning their attention — and some of them for the very first time — to spiritual and religious matters. And so, when Samantha Charlet, the outstanding and friendly Business Manager at Christ United Methodist Church wanted to make sure that her IP phones worked over a Wi-Fi network, our (also outstanding and friendly!) Customer Service Manager Randy Williams personally delivered

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Nicky Smith

5 Best Techniques for Working at Home

Welcome to lockdown! This is a weird time for everyone, and that’s putting it lightly/ so many of us are used to waking up early and rushing through morning exercise, breakfast, a coffee or two, and even kissing our partners on the cheek goodbye. Often, we may not see our family before leaving the house. However, with lockdown, everything has changed. Working from home is the new normal for many, and if you’ve never worked from home before, then it can be a challenge to adjust. To help you overcome this sudden and unexpected shift in your life, here are

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Nicky Smith

Involuntary Confinement

The business executive had a busy life. He would get up at 5 AM every day to go for a run around the neighborhood. After his run, he’d take a shower, make a pot of coffee, and then he’d rush to the train station for a tedious 45-minute commute to the office. When work finished for the day, he’d take the same tedious commute back home, exhausted, and not in the mood to hang out with the family. And then, everything changed. All of a sudden, he was home every day with his wife, his three kids, aged three, ten,

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Nicky Smith

Success Story: French West Vaughan Working Remotely

A couple of weeks ago, our customer French West Vaughan was gearing up to transition their staff to work remotely, when they ran into an unexpected challenge: two of their key people responsible for answering calls didn’t have a wired network in their home office. As a result, they wouldn’t be able to use their IP phones. Understandably, FWV was concerned and reached out to us for help. Because time was of the essence, our Major Account Executive, Joan Wilkerson personally delivered two high-performance Wi-Fi dongles to FWV’s corporate HQ in Raleigh. Now, these two key employees are happily and

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Nicky Smith

Working From Home Productively & Comfortably

Keeping your business up and running amidst the current pandemic sweeping the globe can seem like a somewhat impossible task, as there are so many obstacles that appear to stand in your way thanks to measures such as social distancing and working from home. However, there are several ways that you can continue to operate as normal despite the hurdles you face, and you can ensure that your business can thrive as usual with productivity at ultimate levels in every location. The experience may be one which is particularly stressful and negative, but it can also be a great learning

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Nicky Smith

10 Steps To Help Your Business Survive and Thrive

Whether you’ve recently launched a startup or you’re the CEO of an established organization, these unprecedented times caused by COVID-19 have erected several unique obstacles. On a brighter note, though, it also creates the perfect landscape for opportunistic entrepreneurs that are willing to go the extra mile. With the right strategy in place, your business can thrive during these difficult times. Focus on the 10 pointers below, and you won’t go far wrong. 1| Positive Communication “You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.” – Zig Ziglar. Great communication sits

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Nicky Smith

Not an April Fools’ Gag: We Are SERIOUS About Our Free Offer to Support Remote Workers

Given the serious coronavirus pandemic, this year Google has decided to skip its April Fools’ Day gags. And speaking of taking things seriously: at Carolina Digital Phone, we are very serious about doing our part to make things better for businesses during this difficult time. That is why we have launched a special FREE OFFER to help your business stay successful in your business. HERE IS HOW IT WORKS: Until April 17, 2020 when you make a two-year agreement for services, you will also get TWO FREE MONTHS of service and BELOW COST PRICING on state-of-the-art Yealink IP-based telephones. And

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Nicky Smith

Working at Home with Pets

With all the virus-related doom and gloom in the media, you could think that NOTHING good is happening in the world. But you’d be wrong. As with any catastrophe, there’s always a silver lining. And in the current crisis, it’s spending more time at home with your pets. With the rise of “stay at home” working, we’re seeing a whole new generation of co-workers come to the fore – or should we say, the “paw?” And while our animal friends might not be able to organize spreadsheets or fire off emails, they are, nonetheless, lending their support in our time

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Nicky Smith

Gates County Government Deploys Hosted Phones with Success

Our customer Gates County contacted us when the IP phones that their employees took home didn’t work. We quickly discovered the root cause: Gates County had Power-Over-Ethernet (POE) in their corporate office. This technology allowed them to power all IP phones without the need to plug each one into a wall outlet. The same ethernet cable that transmitted data also transmitted power. But guess what? Most employees didn’t have POE at home, and so their IP phones weren’t getting any power. That’s when Joan Wilkerson, one of our amazing Major Account Executives, sprang into action! She had several IP phone

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Nicky Smith

Embrace A Remote Work Model

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many businesses having no choice but to work from home. For some companies, this may be a relatively easy switch. Others might well be panicking about how to (quickly) deploy a remote operation. The good news is it isn’t too late to equip yourself with the right tools, practices and attitudes to thrive as a remote business. 1 . Communicate with your team When you are working remotely, it’s more important than ever to establish communication solutions for you and your team. Working remotely does not mean that communication should decrease, in fact, it’s quite

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Nicky Smith

Where is the Power Supply?

Working remotely has its challenges, especially when you usually rely on your office IT supplies to help you keep everything up and running! I work in medical supplies sales and need an IP based phone to do my job, so I was worried when my boss asked us all to work from home for a while. Nevertheless, I packed up my desk and set off, ready to work hard from home, whatever the challenges. Of course, when I got there, I found my IP based phone needs a power supply to work! What was I going to do? At the

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Nicky Smith

FREE Working Remotely Solution to Help You Stay In Business

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Get Your Team Back to Working Remotely from Home With Carolina Digital Phone’s Cloud-based Telephone Service. Get your business back online tomorrow!” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30|text_align:center|color:%2300840f|line_height:30px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css_animation=”slideInLeft”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1585494629634{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]To help small businesses get back in business during the Coronavirus outbreak, Carolina Digital Phone, a local Greensboro, North Carolina based business wants to help you! If you have been waiting to move your communications to the cloud, NOW is the time with our FREE month offer. Make a two year agreement for services and get TWO FREE MONTHS of service PLUS deeply DISCOUNTED pricing of Yealink IP-based telephones below our cost. Get your employees working for home tomorrow! Call us by noon (336)

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Nicky Smith

Working From Home With Children

It’s comforting to know that we’ve all been thrown into the same situation as everyone else in the world. However, suddenly working from home for the foreseeable future seems like a blissful and satisfying situation for some people, but a terrifying and painful situation for others. So regardless of what industry you work in, how do you cope with remote working when you have children? Here are some tips that might just stop you from going stir crazy indoors. Keep To A Routine A routine is important because despite you having your home, as the workplace, you still have things

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Uplifting Message to Millions from Joel Osteen

During uncertain times we need to have a positive influence on what we do daily. Enjoy Pastor Joel Osteen giving uplifting message during these hard times to over 4.6 million viewers today. He has answers for how we can seek positivity when there is a lot of negativity in the world. Well worth sharing!   During these difficult times Carolina Digital Phone is offering FREE telephone services to businesses affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Please visit https://digitalphone.io/working-remotely-free/ for more information.

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Nicky Smith

A Message from Carolina Digital Phone’s CEO Nicky Smith on COVID-19

To Our Valued Customers: With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading around the globe so rapidly in recent weeks, I am taking this opportunity to share with you the key actions that we are taking in response: maintaining business continuity, maintaining high availability of services, offering our mobile app for remote workers, and introducing our next day telework solution for remote workers. Each of these is described below. [su_highlight]1. Maintaining Business Continuity[/su_highlight] Our office remains open, and our staff is ready to provide the exceptional support that you have come to expect from us. Should it become necessary for us to

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Nicky Smith

Help, My Cat Has Coronavirus

Working from home is not for the faint of heart. Where is the motivation to set the alarm in the morning? Wearing pants has become optional. I sit down to work and then remember the dishes in the sink, the lightbulb that needs to be replaced, and the plants that need watering. Pets become both a comfort and a source of distraction. Lack of human interaction has me wondering if I always had the urge to cut my own hair or if cabin fever is finally setting in for good. The internet is frothing with information about coronavirus: the symptoms,

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Remote Worker Solution

Get Your Team Back to Working Remotely from Home With Carolina Digital Phone’s Cloud-based Telephone Service. Get your business back online tomorrow! Get your employees working for home tomorrow! Call us by noon (336) 850-5400 and we can ship direct to their homes a digital phone that you can manage and monitor from the cloud. You can be back in business quicky with remote workers having access to each other by phone, chat, video and answering your customer calls, making calls and keeping your business operational! If hardware financing is required we have made arrangements with finance companies to help you make

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Nicky Smith

Carolina Digital Phone Earns 100th 5-Star Review from Satisfied Customers

Carolina Digital Phone, a leading hosted VoIP and telecommunications firm based in North Carolina that serves businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions nationwide, is proud to announce that it has received its 100th 5-star review from satisfied customers. The verified reviews, which were provided by customers through multiple sites including Google, Facebook, the Better Business Bureau, and Yelp, can all be accessed through the Carolina Digital Phone website at https://digitalphone.io. A sampling of some of the 5-star feedback includes: “Carolina Digital Phone answers promptly, solves our issues efficiently, and we have a personal contact with our own representative who

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