When was the last time you took the pulse of your customers? If you don’t recall, now would be a good time to take a look at your relationship with your customers. Over half of consumers have simply taken their business elsewhere after receiving less than satisfactory customer service according to a report from Microsoft. That’s a lot of unhappy customers.So, what should Customer Service look like? It’s not rocket science - it’s all about being available to provide assistance and guidance for the people that help you pay the bills. It comes down to how much you are invested...

Even before the pandemic, remote working was on the rise with an estimated 55% of people telecommuting full-time. However, these days everyone who can work from home is working from home; if not full-time, then at least part-time. What’s more, a recent survey by Gartner found that 74% of CFOs plan on permanently shifting at least 5% of previously on-site employees to remote positions post-COVID 19, and several companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Shopify, Square, Box and Slack have already told employees that, if they wish, they never have to return to the corporate office. However, while many workers are celebrating...

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...

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So, your business was humming along nicely. Then, all of a sudden, COVID-19 reared its ugly head and threw the world into a tizzy. Almost overnight, companies were scrambling to find solutions to run their business remotely. The idea of having your employees work remotely is not a new concept, nor is having your teamwork from home for various reasons like inclement weather, illness, or lack of daycare. We’ve all been there - your toddler is sick and you need to stay at home with them. Or, you live in the south and there is a light dusting of snow on...

Cloud-based phone systems have been viewed as important and valuable for a while now. However, in the last few months with the coronavirus pandemic, this perception has evolved, and a growing number of businesses of all sizes — from startups to enterprises — now believe that cloud phone systems are essential. What is the reason for this mindset shift? It’s all about flexibility.We have entered the Era of Uncertainty, which means that the ability to adapt is arguably a business’s most vital core competence and competitive advantage. Cloud phone systems drive flexibility on several levels, including:Capacity Flexibility: With a conventional...

Security is a top-of-mind concern these days and for good reason. The costs of a data breach can be significant — and in some cases enormous. For example, the Target breach in 2013 ultimately ended up costing the company a cool $162 million. And who can forget the Epsilon breach back in 2011? The price tag for that incident? Four (cue Dr. Evil voice) BILLION dollars.Of course, most data breaches aren’t as staggeringly expensive as these notorious cases. However, all breaches are costly and can take several weeks, months, or even years to investigate and clean up. And we haven’t...

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...

Let’s face it, COVID-19 has changed our daily routine a lot. 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 work scenarios.Online Meeting SecurityWhether it’s...

First things first: we all know that customers don’t like being placed on hold, and some of them downright hate it. But what you may not know is WHY customers find this experience so dreadful. As with many things in life, this reaction has less to do with reality and more to do with perception.It’s All in the MindResearch has revealed that what rankles people so much about waiting on hold isn’t actually waiting: it’s that they have nothing to do, which makes them feel that they’re waiting much longer than they truly are. For example, a customer who is...