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In this digital age, effective communication is key to business success. Cloud-based PBX phone systems have transformed how companies with multiple locations can connect and collaborate. Say goodbye to disjointed communication and the hassles of traditional phone systems....

When most people think of or discuss cloud (VoIP) phone systems, they focus on things like advanced features, total mobility, scalability, and of course: significant initial and ongoing cost savings. However, there is another piece of the cloud phone system puzzle that is just as important. In some situations, it is even more valuable and vital than those mentioned above - geo-redundancy. Geo-redundancy is the practice of ensuring that all data associated with a cloud phone system is backed up in multiple geographic locations. This means if there was an event like an earthquake, power outage, or other natural disaster in...

Let's start with this: in business, phone calls aren't merely phone calls. They are also pivotal touchpoints that influence your customers: for better, or sometimes, for worse.  To help you optimize this opportunity to impress rather than irritate -- or in some cases infuriate! -- your current and future customers, here is a list of 3 essential rules of proper phone etiquette, and how a VoIP phone system helps you consistently deliver positive customer experience: Rule #1: Answer the Call Before the Phone Rings 3 Times (and Ideally on the 1st) Nothing says "we do not care about your call" than when customers...

Texting has become a significant modality in business communication, preferred by 63% of customers. The alignment with customers' lifestyles drives this preference as the average smartphone user checks their device every 10 minutes. Texting also outperforms emails and phone calls, boasting a 90% open rate and a 45% response rate, respectively, against email's 20% and 6%. Additionally, it seamlessly integrates with other communication channels and provides a reliable digital paper trail. As texting elevates customer experience, productivity, and profitability, businesses are encouraged to implement it as part of their communication approach....

If you sell goods or services to different levels and systems of government, there is something you should know. The process is very different from typical B2C or B2B selling. Governments follow a strict procurement flow which includes a request for quote (RFQ) and request for proposal (RFP) process. Once a vendor is on the coveted "provider list," they must continue to meet certain terms and conditions. Among these requirements are transparency and auditing. At Carolina Digital Phone, we are proud to be a trusted provider of VoIP services for government systems. Here are seven reasons why we have...

Effective performance management is essential to business success. And, in the long run, survival. Notes McKinsey: "Through both formal and informal processes, [performance management helps companies] align their employees, resources, and systems to meet their strategic objectives. It works as a dashboard too, providing an early warning of potential problems and allowing managers to know when they must make adjustments to keep a business on track." In this article, we dive into a roster of performance management metrics your management team can monitor and track through our powerful hosted call center solution. Performance Management Metric: Speed of Answer/Response Time This measures the average...

Things have been challenging — to say the least — for many small business owners over the last few years. But there is some good news that will improve everything from customer satisfaction to the bottom line. It is one of the most popular advanced features in our cloud-based (i.e., voice over internet protocol AKA VoIP) phone system: Interactive Voice Response (IVR). About IVR Even if you do not currently use IVR in your small business, you have doubtlessly experienced it many times as a customer, or when contacting a government agency. It works by asking you to press digits on your...

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a chronic condition that affects 1 in 10 women between the ages of 11 and 44. PCOS causes a range of hormonal imbalances and metabolism issues. It’s also the most common cause of infertility among women of childbearing age.Typical symptoms include irregular menstrual cycles, excess hair (also known as hirsutism), acne, thinning hair, weight gain, darkening skin, and skin tags. Additionally, some of the symptoms can have a variety of potential causes. So, up to 70% of cases remain undiagnosed. Gaps in the management of PCOS Aside from the difficulty of reaching a diagnosis, there are other factors affecting...

To boost customer satisfaction, it's important to go beyond their expectations and make them feel special. Surprise and delight your customers by doing something unexpected that shows your appreciation and lets them know you value their business. The old saying “If you don’t take care of your customers, then someone else will” is not just a helpful idea: it is a mandatory instruction. Consider the following: 96% of customers will switch companies due to bad customer service. 78% of customers have backed out of a purchase they had planned to make due to poor customer service. Businesses across the U.S. lose a whopping $62...

Carolina Digital Phone has been in business for more than 20 years. For very select companies in some industries, this is not an exceptionally long period. For example, founded in 1806, Colgate is still going strong and the legendary Pabst Brewing Company has been around since 1844. However, in the VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) marketplace, 20+ years is an ETERNITY. You can probably measure the average lifespan of a VoIP company in months rather than years. We have seen so many companies come and go — a few because they were unlucky, but the vast majority because they did...

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