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....

A survey by Consumer Reports found that a whopping 70% 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 having their call transferred. 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...

At the height of World War II, Sir Winston Churchill said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Think about it. On the surface, what possible good could arise from a crisis? The answer is that it gives us an urgency to examine and rethink how things are working and how we can improve. With that in mind, here are five ways companies can learn and benefit from the coronavirus crisis:Embrace and Encourage Working From HomeNaturally, some businesses cannot implement a distributed workforce. However, allowing some employees to work at least partially from a home office is not only...

As we emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown, millions of people are preparing to return to the corporate office (and many have already started the migration). However, we are likely to see a significant shift in the workplace landscape: the popularity of hot desking.What is Hot-Desking? Hot desking refers to a layout in which employees don’t have assigned workstations or offices. Instead, when they’re in the corporate environment (as opposed to their home office), they simply sit at any available desk and start working. It’s similar to hotel business centers or shared workspaces like WeWork, Impact Hub, etc.Post-Conavirus Hot-DeskingBefore the pandemic,...

As businesses worldwide begin coming out of their coronavirus induced hibernation, the world is a very different place. Having a plan for reopening your business is imperative. Also critical is having a plan to communicate with your customers what to expect. Even before they walk in your door, your customers are faced with a laundry list of do's and don’ts. They must be made aware of any services you may have (temporarily) modified or discontinued as well as precautions you are taking and procedures they must adhere to.It’s not enough to make sure your business has taken the necessary steps...

Carolina Digital Phone is proud to be a locally owned Greensboro NC business. We share in the struggles of our neighbors, friends, family, and community as a whole. While we welcome peaceful protesters working towards a change, we will never welcome violence and hatred. Randomly attacking local businesses that are already struggling to stay afloat only causes more injustice. We are posting these images to show support for our hometown businesses and the community affected by a few random acts of destruction and looting during otherwise peaceful protests for change. These businesses are not just our customers. They are our friends....

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...

Is your company ready for not just survival but growth as we enter the “new normal” after COVID-19? Withstanding the weeks of change and uncertainty have given businesses some challenges, to say the least. But as multiple states reopen in phases, there are some promising lessons we can learn. It would be quite a stretch to suggest there is a “silver lining" in a pandemic. There will, however, be innovative, and newly discovered ways to bounce back from this event. Many businesses can exceed their recovery expectations and emerge stronger. Moving ahead, we will know how to be prepared for unforeseen...

In recent years, remote working has become increasingly popular among both small businesses and large enterprises. Yet, some managers and business owners have been reluctant to implement remote working (or hybrid remote working which is a mix of home-office/in-office), because they don’t see the advantages and mistakenly see the move as a downgrade. However, research has revealed that the opposite is true: remote working, when it is structured, deployed, supported, and managed properly, delivers significant benefits: These benefits include: Reduced costs and more profitability: Businesses save an average of $22,000 per year in overhead costs for each full-time remote worker. (Source:...

With roots going back to the late 1980's, Carolina Digital has been a proud North Carolina Based company providing unparalleled customer service to customers big and small. Nicky Smith, our company’s founder and CEO, has always been very philanthropic and pro-North Carolina business. Our vast knowledge of the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) industry sets us apart from the competition. Other companies may venture into the VoIP world with little or no experience or poor infrastructure to support their service. At Carolina Digital Phone, VoIP is all we do. We have an extensive understanding of how the technology works, as well...

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