Posted on July 28, 2014 by Paul Hammond
VirtualPBX is happy to announce a new Direct Conferencing feature for VoIP users. Each VirtualPBX plan includes conferencing, including free minutes depending on which plan you choose. VirtualPBX Office Plans include 1,000 minutes of free conferencing per month, while Anywhere Plans include 100 to 500 minutes. Users also have the option of adding unlimited free conferencing to their plan for only $49.99 per month, not including the cost of each inbound call.
- Conferencing for Every Extension
With VirtualPBX, you can choose which extensions receive conferencing – it can be made available for every extension in your PBX system or the privilege can be granted to certain extensions only. Each extension with conferencing enabled has its own private conference room, which is available at any time; other sessions on other extensions. Up to 10 people can dial into each conference at one given time, though you may add more seats for only $10 per month.
- Direct Conferencing
VirtualPBX is excited to announce this new feature! Usually, the owner of the extension is required to be on the conference call; however, with Direct Conferencing, a conference room does not require the presence of a moderator. Instead, an extension owner may give out a PIN on the Direct Conference-enabled room and anyone with that PIN is able to conduct a conference without the presence of a moderator.
- Ease of Use
Conferencing with VirtualPBX is easy. To begin, callers can simply press a designated phone key and enter their extension number or PIN. No scheduling is needed to set up a call – conferencing is always at your fingertips.
- Secure with Real-Time Monitoring
With VirtualPBX conferencing, you can rest assured your calls are safe and secure. An extension owner can monitor the conference through their computer screen and lock the conference or password protect the conference if need be. The extension owner will always know exactly who is in attendance, as caller ID is updated frequently as attendees join or leave the conference.
Want to learn more about VirtualPBX’s unique conferencing features? Call us today at 1 (888) 825-0800 – we are happy to help!
Tips for an Effective Business Meeting and the Benefits
Posted on July 23, 2014 by Paul Hammond
Meetings are a necessity in almost every industry and they provide a myriad of benefits for the participants. Some benefits are more obvious than others – the evident goal being to ensure alignment and clarify meaning through voice interaction, as opposed to spending numerous hours reading through email chains. When you need innovative concepts to come to a solution, a brainstorming meeting might be the key to success. One final obvious benefit is education. Meetings are often the best solution to educate individuals; questions can be asked and a more personal approach can be taken. Teleconferencing is a great option due to its ease of use and convenience for all parties involved, and flexibility in terms of location, timing, and the number of potential participants.
- Socialization – The brief socializing before and after the meeting can be an important factor for employee engagement and team building – especially when those involved work remotely and may not get the chance to speak to each other often.
- Awareness – As opposed to written communications, issues or risks associated with a plan or solution are more likely to be brought up during a verbal dialogue.
- Development – Professional development occurs as individuals are challenged to speak up amongst their peers. This is where character, quick thinking, and communication skills are often developed.
- Keep it short, simple, and to-the-point.
Consider how long the meeting will take and schedule that amount of time to stay on track. Keep everything short and to-the-point to ensure unnecessary banter and off-topic conversations.
- Create an agenda prior to the meeting.
This will help keep the meeting on track, as well as allow others to prepare and set expectations. A brief list of topics goes long way.
- Ensure accountability.
Ensure expectations and accountability by clarifying what’s expected of everyone before and after the meeting, particularly if this is a team effort. One easy way to do this is by taking meeting notes and capturing action items in bold along with the designated person for the task.
- Go virtual.
To increase convenience, more and more business are going virtual with VoIP conferencing. Phone conferencing is easy to use and is perfect for meetings between those in the company or outside customers, vendors, and more. Conferencing via telephone offers flexibility and convenience for all parties involved.
Optimize the Way Your Business Operates with Dialed Number Identification Service (DNIS)
Posted on June 12, 2014 by Paul Hammond
There are a variety of ways to track the progress of your business and create strong business opportunities. However, are you doing everything you can to ensure your business is successful?
Dialed Number Identification Service (DNIS) is a tool that allows your employees to capture useful data from your callers, while offering the opportunity to uniquely answer calls. DNIS offers your business the ability to track and categorize the calls you receive so you can uniquely answer each individual call. From the moment your employees see the number from which the customer is calling, the employee can immediately address their needs. This enables you to create a more personalized experience for callers, whether they’re customers, clients, or potential partners while also saving time.
There are a myriad of options when setting up your DNIS telephone numbers:
- You can set up toll-free numbers that are specific to individual products.
- Have dedicated lines that can be created for multilingual customers.
- For larger clients, you are able to set up “VIP numbers” which directs them quickly to their destination.
- You can now monitor the frequency and volume of calls a specific sector of your business receives.
So how can you get started?
DNIS numbers include local, toll-free, and international numbers and are able to be added to your current VirtualPBX system at any time. Interested in seeing exactly how DNIS can benefit your business? Call VirtualPBX at 888.825.0800 ext. 2 to learn more.
Why is Having a VoIP Phone
Posted on April 30, 2014 by Paul Hammond
One of the main reasons people buy a phone system today is to make phone calls — they need to communicate proactively with their customers, vendors, and other employees. With the traditional “overlay” hosted phone service that acted as an inbound call router, this can definitely handle your inbound phone calls and give you the freedom to answer those inbound calls on any device you like — home phone, business phone, land line, or cell phone.
However, what about making phone calls? You would need to use your landline or cell phone to make that call. This can be convenient, but also has the inconvenience of not showing your business phone number as the caller ID to the recipient of the call. But that’s the whole point! Don’t you want them to see your business number and not our personal contact number?
Any Plan Support VoIP Phones
With VoIP phone support, any usage-based or flat-rate plan from Virtual PBX can support the VoIP phones. So you’re not forced to have to pick a plan just to get to use the phones, like so many other VoIP vendors force you to do. On the contrary, you get to choose whichever plan best fits your business model, then you get to choose if you want to have a VoIP phone on your desk or just choose to receive calls on your landline or cell phone.
But if you do choose to have a VoIP phone, then you DON’T need a land line. Let’s think about that a minute. With all inbound and outbound calls going through Virtual PBX, and you have the ability to just pick up the phone and dial out, showing your Virtual PBX phone number. So you receive calls on your VoIP phone and you make calls on your VoIP phone. Why would you need a land line anymore? Given that land lines can cost anywhere from $40-60/month, depending on the long distance package associated with it, you could end up saving a lot of money just getting rid of your land lines. An office full of landlines? Gone.
Multiple Caller IDs
Another cool thing? Choose WHICH phone number you want to show for your caller ID. Nice, eh? You can change this under your Config tab when you log into the vConsole. Scroll to the bottom of that page, click “Manage” next to your VoIP phone and you can now choose which Virtual PBX phone number you wish to show when you place an outbound call. Do you have a couple of different phone numbers so you can act like a couple of different companies with the same employees? Call out with one phone number showing, then edit your outbound caller ID and make calls to the clients for your other company. Just like that you can experience the freedom of having multiple caller IDs.
VirtualPBX offers the following devices as part of the VoIP Office product line. Devices may be mixed and matched to optimize your Voip Office. All devices come pre-configured and are fully supported by the VirtualPBX support team. Click here to compare phones.
Which VirtualPBX Plan
is Better for Me?
Posted on April 30, 2014 by Paul Hammond
With VirtualPBX, you’re not forced into a payment plan that doesn’t match your business. Most companies will find our flat rate plans will provide the most savings, and give the peace of mind that comes from knowing how much your bill will be each month, regardless of usage. Other businesses, usually those that don’t use the phone a lot, will benefit more from our usage based plans – why pay for unlimited use when your needs are low?
This is what most companies market as “unlimited”. There is never any such thing as “unlimited” in the telecom industry. Let’s just get this straight right up front. Carriers charge each other on a price per minute basis when they hand calls off to one another, so at some point in time that cost makes it down to the consumer. However, VirtualPBX doesn’t really push the “unlimited” as much as they push flat-rate. It’s a flat rate under normal business usage. Here’s what the flat-rate plan comes with:
- Anywhere from $39.99/mo down to $19.99/mo per user, depending on how many extensions are needed
- Unlimited free minutes for typical business use
- No charge for long distance any where in the continental US or Canada
- 1,000 minutes of toll-free included in every plan
- Most companies with typical phone use
- Employees who work in offices or home offices with broadband internet
Usage-based plans basically means you pay for only the minutes you use. This can be extremely useful if you don’t have that many inbound calls or make many outbound calls. You don’t need to pay a higher flat rate per extension because your overall usage is low compared to the average office.
- Prices start at just $9.99 per month
- Pay only for minutes used
- Unlimited users
- Same system features as the flat-rate plans because it’s the same system
- Toll-free is built into the plan minutes
- Companies with low phone use
- Employees on cell phones or land lines
Still not sure which plan is best for you? Not a problem. To help make it a little easier, we’ve put together a little calculator where you input the number of users that need an extension and the rough amount of minutes that they use each month for inbound and outbound calls.
Please click to learn more about the plan calculator.
So, bottom line is that VirtualPBX has the right plan for you. And even better is no matter which plan you choose, you can use the hardware VoIP phones with them, allowing you to cut all ties with your land line and traditional carriers. This could save you a lot of money. And that’s why VirtualPBX is doing what they’re doing.