Tag: Toll-free telephone number
Posted on February 3, 2012 by Paul Hammond
Since their development in the late 1960’s as an alternative to collect calling, toll free numbers have become increasingly popular. Not long after their release, companies began to notice people preferred to do business with firms that had true 800 numbers.
Over time, the original toll free numbers, those beginning with the digits “800” started becoming rare as more companies realized their importance in establishing a strong businesses presence. Additional toll free numbers starting with the prefixes 888, 877, 866, and 855 have been made available, but the original true 800 numbers have become hard to get, and if you actually find one, they can be quite expensive. Now, however, Virtual PBX has acquired a large block of these hard-to-get true 800 numbers, and we’re making them available at a very low cost.
Marketing Advantages of Having an 800 Number
- Studies indicate companies receive more business advertising with an 800 number over any other phone number, no matter the type of business or the target market. An ad with a toll free 800 number almost always out performs the exact same ad without a toll free number. It is almost expected that a business will have a toll free number and businesses without one are potentially missing out on tons of sales opportunities.
- An 800 prefix number is going to be a solid foundation for all your advertising. That “8-0-0″ gives your company an instant lift in trust, a more professional appearance, and virtually eliminates customer misdials. It’s rare in the business world that you find something that costs so little and provides so much in return.
- The IDM institute of direct marketing discloses that having a toll free phone number for your customers to call can increase your response rate by 180%, another good reason to seriously think about using a 1- 800 number.
- All the advertising in the world won’t make your phones ring if your audience can’t remember your phone number. 800 numbers are much more memorable and should be a critical part of your marketing effort.
- Many people still wonder whether numbers other than true 8-0-0 numbers are toll free.A 2011 consumer research study found that 97% of consumers recognize the 800 exchange as toll-free, but few connected with the newer toll-free exchanges like 888, 877 and 866.
Credibility and Enhanced Corporate Image
- A 1-800 number can improve your company’s image. It can help you establish a large, trustworthy presence with your client and prospects. Using toll free numbers will tell your customers that you are stable, professional, and serious. Even if you work out of your home, consumers often assume a toll-free 800 number is associated with a large company.
- Moreover, toll free numbers expand your territorial reach encouraging people to call you from across the country or the world. Get an 800 number and put you company on a par with large corporations.
Here at Virtual PBX we recognize the benefits of allowing clients to call you for free, and have made it easy and affordable for anyone to get their own toll free number. And we now have more true 800 numbers available than ever before. We’re offering these numbers to clients at a reduced price for a limited time. Contact us today to get yours.
Posted on June 30, 2011 by Paul Hammond
Knowing the trends in your caller traffic is important in making informed, timely business decisions. With Virtual PBX’s 16 real-time web-based reports you can analyze your call traffic in numerous ways. All reports can be exported as a CSV into your preferred spreadsheet or as XML into your customer relationship management (CRM) database. You can also run multiple report results simultaneously. So what are the various reports and how can you use them to best benefit your company?
The first report available to you is the Extension Incoming Call Report. This report will help you to gauge your extension owner’s productivity by showing how many calls they took for a certain time period. This report also shows you the call duration, if the call connected, went to voicemail, or was abandoned. With this report you can also better plan your staffing requirements throughout each day more effectively.
The next report, the Extension Call Summary Report, gives a basic overview of how many calls were taken by each extension. It will show the total amount of calls per extension and break down the amount of calls connected, going to voicemail, voicemail abandoned and abandoned.
You can also keep track of how your ACD Queues and the agents in those queues are performing with the Queue Call Summary Report. For each ACD queue, this report will show you the overall number of calls offered to the queue, number of calls actually answered, number of calls that ended up going to voicemail, as well as the number of calls that were abandoned – in other words, the caller hung up before they were successfully answer by an agent.
If you want to make sure you have the right amount of queue coverage during certain times of the day, the Call arrival Pattern Report is perfect for you. This report will clearly show you peaks and valleys in call traffic. You can select the report start and end dates, time increments (15 min, 30 min, or 1 hour), select which ACD queues, as well as which Virtual PBX phone numbers. You can even export this report to a bar chart for easier reading.
Just using the above four reports could vastly improve the success of your business. Imagine what you could accomplish with all 16 real-time reports in your hands! Be sure to read our next blog post to find out more about how the Virtual PBX reports can streamline your business.