Why your business need an IVR

business-ivrIVR is an interactive voice response that is automated by the computer system and allows people to connect with the computer’s database, that can be via emails, fax etc., usually it is the telephone.

We all are aware of the concept of the call centers… Do we..??
‘Press 1 for sales’,’Press 2 for marketing’… Yeah..?? Remember..?

The IVR service firstly deployed in the 1970s for the use of call centers, but it was too expensive and with the complicated technology.
Now it’s being a decade later that the technology became more affordable, cost effective and able to used with voice recognition.
Voice recognition helps your customer to collect information without wasting their time with prerecorded messages in detail.

For Example: If you call any operator’s (such as airtel, vodafone, BSNL, idea etc.) customer care and want to know about your balance and validity then IVR helps you to reach the particular destination of information and with the help of the computer’s database, and the voice recognition feature, announce your balance details with validity (if applicable).

IVR is of two types, usability depends on the demand:

  • Inbound IVR: use to automate the calling answering process.

For example: ‘Press 1 for DTH’,‘Press 2 for the Internet’,‘Press 3 for other assistance’ etc.

  • Outbound IVR: use to take the feedback from the customer.

For example: After solving the customer’s query, you can make an automated IVR call to the customer and ask ‘Press 1 if you are satisfied or Press 2 if you are not satisfied.’

Why only IVR?

Grab every call

Your every call is an important one as your customer. You may miss a big order call but now you will never miss any call whether your phone is switched off or not with you for some reason. IVR services give you a list of all the customers who called you and whose call was missed.

Intense fight

There are many companies are in hurry to grab the attention of the customers but unfortunately, they fail because of the low budget.

Although the multinational companies don’t give attention to the individual customers but they use large marketing budget and images to grab their attention to them.

But what about the small businesses, what should they do…??
They do not have the high budget and have any image in the market too.
The IVR services are not less than a boon for them. Now they can provide all type of customer service in their low budget.

Enhances company’s image

You undoubtedly want to impress your caller and convey a big company image but you do not want to expense too much like a real receptionist. Through the IVR services, you can handle the calls for multiple departments and project a professional business image by providing the extension for each function.

Location doesn’t matter

No matter where you are, you can manage the call routing to your home, mobile or any other number. Enjoy your convenience and never miss your crucial phone call too.

MIS (Management Information System)

Don’t worry..! If you are out of papers. IVR services come up with call logs, call recordings and notifications features for each call. Now you do not have to remember what details you gave to each of the prospects.

Number ends with your business

Suppose your business grows and you want to move your business. But if you are dealing with your customers by your regular phone numbers, what would you do now..? You may call each and every customer and inform about the relocation…. Don’t you think it’s going to be very hectic and impossible..??
The IVR services give you a solution for this, now your number will never change doesn’t matter what is your office location.

IVR services are all about No Hardware ! No Software ! As Easy as your Email 🙂

What role Cloud Telephony plays in your business

cloud-telephonyLet me tell you the bitter truth…!!

If you are still using clumsy on-premise communication products, you’re missing out (and you’re apparently paying way too much!).

When you talk about a business, there is a lot of things you have to handle, in which communication takes a substantial part and it is complicated now because you have to handle many phone calls, faxes, emails, text messages and this all should be answered or managed successfully. Plus, you have to sit on the desk between 9 to 5 to manage but in the 20th century, telephony services have been transformed. Now the work happens at home, on the road, and at the client side means anywhere, anytime via your friendly phone.

Now the first question begins, What is this technology or…..

What is cloud telephony?

Cloud Telephony is an internet based phone call that does not require any hardware to route your calls, you need a particular number from cloud telephony or telecom provider along with a certain number of ports to route the incoming or outgoing calls to and from this number.

When a call is landed on your particular phone number the vendor API communicates with user web application interface. This web application interface has an appropriate set of commands to execute predefined actions such as playing text file, send SMS. Record etc.

The telecommunications applications, switching, and storage are hosted by a third-party, also known as hosted telephony.

Cloud Telephony – an innovation  

In today’s revolutionize world, business communication has also been advanced. Communication happens between people in different regions, on different scales and through different channels not just within the 4 walls of the office.

It breaks the barriers that the traditional phone systems have. Let’s get rolling to know about the ways:

  • Supports outside communication: Call centre is no novation, even not for a small business. Running a call centre can be a huge investment that is what cloud telephony can do with ease. It enables the communication in a more sleek, controlled and orderly manner.
  • Supports modernization: Cloud telephony helps you to save on costs, increase your company’s flexibility and productivity through technical modernization, set up your company’s infrastructure easily and quickly, and improve continuity of operations.

Benefits of using cloud telephony

Here are some enormous benefits of modern cloud telephony:

  • Flexible, Scalable and Secure: You can do any change such as IVR message as well as add or delete a number of agents according to the number of calls and all the data from call records to recording are stored on high-security cloud servers.
  • User-Friendly and Zero Maintenance: You can use your own mobile phone and no physical servers are necessary at your office location. So, you have to do zero server cost.
  • More Value for Less Money: Cloud telephony have a completely different cost structure, unlike traditional phone system have. Traditional phone system loads additional cost for maintenance on top of your telephone bill but now your dream came true “pay only for you use”. No maintenance charges at all.
  • Time to set-up: If you remember……previously your office landline takes a lot of time to set-up; from feasibility test to final installation but now you can set-up and go live in less than a day.

This technology is only as powerful as what it is used for. Cloud telephony, with its creative and fascinating adoptions, has emerged far beyond its anticipations.

Few interesting uses of Toll Free Numbers

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What do you think? Does anyone really care if their call is Toll-Free anymore? Does anyone really pay for long distance anymore? No.

If no one really cares about calls being Toll-Free anymore, why do companies still invest billions on the service? Simple, they get the traits they need to manage their business. They control the routing of calls, where all are they going and when they are conquer, they get all kinds of announcements for business intelligence, and they can approach cloud-based services that help them furnish high-quality customer service.

So…what if I told you Toll-free numbers acknowledge callers to reach businesses or individuals without giving any charge for the call. Toll-free numbers can be dialed directly to your business or personal telephone line and the charges of the call are paid by the called party (the toll-free subscriber) in place of the calling party.

These are very ordinary and have proven fruitful for trades. It presents “free” and advantageous way to contact businesses.

Many companies rely on toll-free services for their thriving businesses. Little do they know, this utility works well for other purposes too.

Below are some features of toll-free numbers used in creative and socially conscious ways:

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Did you know? If you once buy a toll-free number, it is all yours; even if you can change providers or change your trades location.

Location doesn’t matter with a toll-free number. If you are going to relocate your business, your consumers won’t even know about! You can still reach to your customers by forwarding your calls to your cell phone or any other cell phone.

Credibility

A toll-free number enhances your company’s image and gives soundness to your business. These numbers are not just for the big corporations; they are valuable for companies of all sizes, specifically those just proposing a business. It builds trustworthiness between the organization and the customer. You could be working out of your basement and no one would know.

Non-geographic number

non-geographic-3Businesses can have one number to reach the particular department of the company, that may be geographically distributed(starts with an area code).

Non-geographic numbers are easy to remember and it is only one for all the location.

For example: 1-800 Flowers.com.

This company, possessed by flower-shop owner Jim McCann, fills its orders through a florists network and through drop shipments.

It holds a florist-to-florist network and a floral wire service too—all services routed through the vanity toll-free number.

Enhanced data

When a consumer makes a toll-free call to a business, the company can access additional analytical data that would not be surely available if the customer uses a local phone number. Toll-Free Numbers are used by Google on digital click-to-call campaigns. Businesses can approach data about the caller’s search history, geographic location, and the other helpful statistics.

Marketing Tool

Vanity numbers are great for marketing purposes but do you know toll-free numbers help you to better track your marketing efforts?
Hold on..!! Think..! You have a website and a lead generation system. OK..? and what if someone picks up the phone and calls you from anywhere, how do you perceive where they came from?

The toll-free number allows you to create extensions, which associated with a particular campaign. Your toll-free number can act as a marketing tool and as a result can boost your call volume, sales and return on investment(ROI).

So, the toll-free service is very wide for all corporations in sales, support, CRM, survey, polls, subscription, accounts etc.

The elegance of Toll-Free number; Your client may reach you without any calling charges.

It is billed for the subscriber instead of the caller.