Many small businesses have at least some retail focus–selling things to other people is one of the most accessible forms of small business out there–and so need to keep a retail staff scheduled and ready to make those sales. iSchedules looks to make keeping staffing straight a lot easier for those who hold iPhones out there.
We cover a lot of different navigation apps around here, and while it’s important to know where you’re going, getting the most out of those trips is a different matter. CamCard looks to provide a little extra help for those who make a lot of contacts and want to keep them in line.
Sometimes you just need an easy way to record quick thoughts. Not everyone can keep a notebook on hand, and an iPhone 5 can do the job so much better anyway. AudioNote wants to be just that platform, and it won’t do a half bad job of doing just that.
Naturally, getting around from place to place is an important part of many small businesses. But sometimes, getting back to the car from the place you were trying to reach is an even tougher part. That’s where AugmentedWorks wants to step in with their Augmented Car Finder app for iOS.
The other day, I needed to shop for health insurance. I hate shopping in general so health insurance was a double whammy of misery. It’s interesting, though, that when I do need to call around, the best phone systems for customer support become pretty clear.
What I wanted to mention today, however, is the greeting I received. The way you answer your phone can make a huge difference in your customer support. So, here it is. The representatives at Blue Shield Blue Cross, or Independence Blue Cross, say:
“I help people like you everyday.”
Yup, I was immediately at ease, impressed with their phone support on demand, and more than interested to hear more about their product. That one little greeting told me I was in the right place. No matter what the person said after those words, I was prepared to answer their questions – I was in the right place.
When you consider what the best way to answer the phone is, consider what you do for a living. Think about how you’ll put your customers at ease right away:
- How can I help you?
- What seems to be the trouble?
- If you’re angry hang up now.
- We’re frustrated by your frustration.
You can be funny, interesting or very unique – but be honest. Even a how can I help you works well if it’s delivered in a happy voice. For more attention, get outside of the box with something funny like the examples above.
The best phone systems for customer support help you by providing clear sound so it’s eaier for the caller to understand you. They allow seamless features, too, so your caller never has to guess what you’re doing when you answer the phone.
There’s one other pointer for you to think about: What you say vs. what callers hear. This is important when you’re doing customer service since, well, not everyone hears very well.
Make sure you appropriately pause before you deliver your message:
“Good Morning … Life’s a beach at IT solutions … this is Bob … how may I serve you?”
Those ellipsis represent where you should take a slow, long pause so the reader can hear what you’re saying. If that doesn’t make sense right away, practice a few times. You’ll know you’ve got the hang of it when your caller doesn’t have to ask your name ten times but automatically remembers it.
Public transit systems are not only a boon to the environment, they’re also a boon for the savvy small business. But getting all those schedules straight isn’t always easy to do. Smart Ride from Codemass looks to make it a lot easier for Apple users, especially those with the new iPhone 5.
There are plenty of great things about mobile workers, but keeping everyone on the same page can be a tall order. FirstClass Mobile wants to try and fix that, and will do a fairly sound job of doing so for the iPhone 5. It’s not without problem, but it’s a reasonably good attempt.
Sometimes you just want to know where you’re going, where you are, and how to get from one point to another. While there are a huge number of navigation apps out there, Gokivo for iOS will distinguish itself from its competition in a lot of surprising ways.
While we frequently cover navigation applications here, sometimes you need a way to get access to the data you need when you’ve reached your destination. That’s where iRdesktop looks to come in, though maybe not as well as some might like it to.