It is no surprise that small and medium-sized businesses across the globe have suffered due to the global coronavirus pandemic. What is becoming evident, based on research, is that the companies that are surviving and prospering are making a concerted push toward upgrading their digital technologies to survive. According to a new 2020 Small Business Digital Maturity study from IDC, 70 percent of small businesses are speeding up their push to switch to digital in the face of hurdles coming from the COVID-19 crisis. As it turns out, those companies that have already adopted digital strategies are much better equipped to...

A survey by Consumer Reports found that a whopping 70 percent of customers become highly upset — and some outright hate it — when they hear the following phrase (or a variation): “I need to transfer your call.”What’s behind this dread and loathing? Surely, it can’t be the simple act of transferring a call. After all, customers don’t have to lift a finger, and transfers are instant. There must be something else that infuriates customers.It’s not that customers inherently hate having their call transferred, it’s that they hate what usually happens after their call is transferred: instead of speaking to...

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 has...

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...

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 customers...

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 five...

Some businesses that want to reap the many advantages of switching from a conventional landline telephone to a cloud telephone system — such as saving thousands of dollars a year, connecting their remote workforce, seamless scalability, business continuity, and the list of goes on — are nevertheless hesitant to do so, because they fear that audio quality will suffer. This perception is understandable. Oversubscribed VoIP services like Skype and Google Voice are notorious for static, echo and dropped calls. There are just too many users. Think of it like a hospital designed to serve a region of 100,000 people, instead trying...

Communication affects every part of your business. From reaching to new clients to interacting with customers, efficient communication ensures your business will reach its goals. Because of this, turning to Cloud-based Hosted Telephone Service can help your business grow by offering three distinct improvements over the standard phone system. Learn here about all three and how they can help your small business. How Can Small Businesses Benefit From Hosted Telephone Service? 1. Cost Saving With no need for a physical phone line a Hosted Telephone service doesn’t come with high installation costs or maintenance fees due to being online. Offering remote access from...

For years, businesses have relied on traditional landlines to enable their customers, colleagues, and other stakeholders to communicate with one another. It’s a tried-and-tested method that works. Today, though, the world is moving towards cloud-based telephone services: ordinary voice-based calls routed through the internet instead of landlines. These systems offer a host of benefits that businesses love. Please take a look at them below. 1. Cost Savings Owning and running a traditional business telephone service is not cheap. Not only do you have to pay monthly fees to the line and interchange provider, but you also have to employ people to maintain it...

When it comes to hunting out modern-day solutions to drum up growth within your business, you can often find yourself in a minefield of options without any serious guidance as to what can serve your company best. One solution that is becoming more and more popular with each passing year is that of VoIP service also known as as hosted cloud-based telephone services. We will go on to explain what a VoIP service is briefly in the next section, but the main focus of the article is to compare two companies providing cloud-based telephone solutions to businesses and see which...