The latest dispatch from the pandemic front brings some good news, and some bad news.   The good news is that despite yet another surge of cases and hospitalizations —  this time driven by the Delta variant — there is no official plan to enter into another lockdown. But the bad news is that the White House recently stated that “in all probability” there will be guidelines and restrictions issued in the weeks and months ahead. Unfortunately, we all know from experience that “in all probability” is political-speak for “it’s going to happen.”  This begs a vital question for business owners and leaders...

The Federal Communications Commission recently announced the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program generating an overwhelming response. That demand, combined with the recent spike in coronavirus cases, has prompted them to announce a second application filing window. The funds are being made available to schools and libraries to request funding for connected devices and broadband connections for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons for the current 2021-22 school year. “The Emergency Connectivity Fund is the single largest effort to bring connectivity and devices to students who lack them.” according to acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “The need is there,...

Saying that effective workplace communication is important is like saying water is wet, fire is hot, or that people with small children will repeatedly, and painfully, step on Legos many, many times. These are all blatantly self-evident (especially the Lego one).  However, just because everyone knows that effective workplace communication is important, does NOT mean that it’s happening everywhere. Consider these statistics:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kHkr5HrG-A 28% of employees cite ineffective communication as the number one reason why they cannot deliver work on time. 86% of employees and executives believe that ineffective communication is the core reason for workplace failures. Ineffective communication costs large enterprises an average of...

The Dangers of Accepting the "New Normal" January 2020 seems like a lifetime ago for many of us. For business owners, it may feel like a good deal longer. But that’s the last time many of us can remember operating under normal parameters before COVID-19 changed everything. For months we’ve had to cope with crippling uncertainty and ulcer-inducing anxiety. They’ve had to adjust to a state of affairs that’s terrifyingly referred to as “The New Normal”. A state of affairs that’s anathema to the tireless entrepreneur. Business owners from all walks of life have had to make sweeping operational changes on the...

If you have questions about choosing between Carolina Digital Phone and Zultys, we have the answers. We have put together the important information you will need to compare and make the right choice. Let's start by looking at some benefits. Benefits of Carolina Digital Phone The benefits of choosing to go with Carolina Digital Phone are many. To start with, you get a dial-by-name directory, an intro greeting, and even a post-welcome greeting too. For conferences, you have leader login options with the chance of being able to reject anonymous calls. Calling line ID blocking is also another welcome feature, which all...

Are your outbound calls being labeled as SPAM or being Blocked by a carrier?  If so, read this. Multiple companies provide analytics, each with its own tracking and radar systems. The FCC mandated a new system to authenticate calls with a certificate on every outbound call but has delayed the implementation of this new protocol for another year. The result is that the demand from users to block these unwanted calls has increased and many times causes your call to be blocked because it has been spoofed as a number that has been used by a robocall.  The first option is to report this...

These days, workers spend much of their time away from their desks — and some of them never come into the office at all. Currently, 55% of workers telecommute full-time, and by the year 2020, this is expected to reach 72%. In fact, 48% of workers don’t even believe that traditional offices will exist by the year 2021!This means your company needs a cost-effective, reliable, scalable, and secure way to extend your telecommunications footprint beyond desks and offices — so that your team can be productive, efficient, and successful at all times. That is where our mobile app for iOS...

There are very few things that customers dislike more than being placed on hold. Research has found that 31% of customers will not wait on hold for more than five minutes.  Even worse, many of these unhappy customers are unlikely to come back and give a business a second chance. Separate research has found that after a single bad experience. Here at the facts to know when taking care of your customers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0JwZjg8oR0 58% of customers stopped buying from the business. 52% of customers switched to a different business for that particular product or service. 52% of customers told others not to buy...

Before we look at how to choose the best business phone system, let’s highlight why many businesses are frustrated with their current landline (i.e. on-site PBX) phone system:     High Up-Front Costs: Landline phone systems are very costly to purchase, install and maintain.    No Cost Certainty: Costs can fluctuate significantly from month-to-month, making budgeting and forecasting difficult and risky.    Lack of Scalability: If the maximum number of lines are in use, a replacement can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Lack of Business Continuity: A landline system uses a network design with a single point of failure. This means if part of the system fails,...

When it comes to updating software and hardware for either personal or business applications, not everyone makes it a priority to be the first on the block. After all, the rule of “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” serves most of us in our day-to-day lives. It only becomes a priority to replace our car, television, computer, and such when they are no longer functional for our needs or flat out stop working. One of those milestones is approaching for Cisco Unified Communication users. Cisco announced on November 30, 2020, the End-of-Life (EoL) timeline for their Version 11.5 Software of...