An IP PBX is a private branch exchange (i.e. a telephone switching system within an organization), which allows calls to be placed and received over the internet. It uses an IP-based architecture to convert analog voice signals into digital, and routes calls to a VoIP Solutions Provider that is responsible for initiating and terminating each call.  Key Benefits of an IP PBX There are seven key reasons why a growing number of organizations across all sectors — health care, manufacturing, legal, financial services, IT, retail, logistics, etc. — have made the switch from a conventional on-premises PBX to an IP PBX: 1. Significant...

“Doing more with less” has always been a mantra on the business landscape. However, in the aftermath of COVID-19, it is not just a piece of good advice: it is a mandatory requirement. Simply put, businesses that find innovative and sustainable ways to do more with less will thrive in the months and years ahead, while those that don’t will struggle — and eventually, disappear. What does this have to do with unified communications benefits? In a word: everything! The Basics of Unified Communications  Unified communications (UC) refers to the integration of voice, data, and video communications on a single and centralized...

If you’re searching for a smart and safe way to improve your business — which means a bigger bottom line, more productive employees, and happier customers — then here are three eye-opening facts about a hosted PBX phone system that you need to know: 1. Hosted PBX costs far less than a conventional landline phone system. Hosted PBX offers enormous cost savings for three reasons: There is no need to purchase and install an expensive physical telephone network at your location. You do not have to buy a separate maintenance and support agreement . Your hosted PBX solution should include these items.You do not...

It does not take long for some technologies to go from optional to essential. And, for the question to shift from “should we be using this technology in our organization?” to “how can we afford NOT to use this in our organization?”. Think of social media platforms. When they first hit the scene most corporations ignored these platforms. Now 97% of Fortune 500 companies use social media. Even cloud-based apps were initially treated with skepticism. Now 94% of enterprises use these apps across the world.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhTewwVCVWE What is the next technology to make the shift from optional to essential? Without a doubt,...

Surprises come in two versions. There is the “wow, how exciting and wonderful!” variety. And then there is the “oh please let this be a bad dream that I’m about to wake up from!” kind (otherwise known as the “birthday party from hell”).  Well, here at Carolina Digital Phone we are all about giving our customers delightful surprises. We are pleased to highlight four surprising features that are included in our all-in-one cloud business phone service. Why are they “surprising”? Because they have nothing to do with making and receiving phone calls, and because they are 100% free! Surprising Cloud Business Phone...

Every successful business leader knows that “if we fail to take care of our customer, a competitor will.” Consider these eye-opening statistics: 17% of customers will walk away after just one bad experience, while 59% will leave after a handful of bad experiences. (Source: PWC)Companies that lead in customer service out-perform laggards by nearly 80% (Source: Forrester)Customers who rate a company’s service as “good” are 38% more likely to recommend that company to family members, friends, colleagues, and associates. (Source: Qualtrix XM Institute)  While there are many ways for organizations to improve customer service, among the most effective and most affordable is...

It is widely understood — frankly, it is axiomatic by this point — that good customer service is important. However, the enormous impact and influence of customer service on today’s business landscape is truly eye-opening. Consider the following: 52% of customers have made an additional purchase from a company after a positive customer service experience. (Source: Dimensional Research) 86% of consumers are willing to spend up to 25% extra for better customer service. (Source: Squaretalk) 61% of customers have switched brands due to poor customer service. And nearly 50% have done so within the last year. (Source: Microsoft)   The moral to this statistical story...

Dear IT Professionals: Let’s start with this: there has been a lot of talk about “essential workers” during the pandemic — and for good reason. But you, Mr. or Ms. IT Professional, are essential ALWAYS. In fact, if you weren't on the job, end-users would experience chaos and customers would get irate. Basically, the entire organization would grind to a halt. Things would get ugly in a hurry. And speaking of ugly… Let’s talk about your other job. You know, the one that you never applied for: serving as the organization’s “Phone System Guru.” You are the go-to person for phone system moves, adds,...

Let’s face it, COVID-19 has changed our daily routine a lot, this includes our communications strategy. We have adapted rapidly and generally with good results. Cloud-based communications have become an integral part of how we do business. While switching to a work from home setup brings many challenges, like finding a suitable workspace and juggling home-schooled kids and pets, one area we tend to ignore is security.The proliferation of phishing schemes and Zoombombing has increased seemingly overnight. For companies both large and small, learning how to implement security needs to be a primary concern for companies needing to change remote...

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. This means survival of small business depends on digital. What the Experts say 2020 Small Business Digital Maturity study 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....