The Importance of First Impressions in a Virtual World

First impressions are important, even more so via the phone. As a business owner, you will not be able to answer every call personally or at the time that it occurs. When directing calls to voicemail, take a few moments to consider the first impression that your callers will receive. First impressions are made quickly – within the first seven seconds – and take a lot of effort to fix if you start off on the wrong foot. Continue reading

6 Tips for Updating Your Phone System in the New Year

Has your company ever forgotten to change the main greeting on your business line so that weeks after a major holiday, callers still only hear a greeting with seasonal hours and special sales? Or, perhaps your business has grown, but the options on your phone tree still only reflect the original members of team, by name. It’s important to refresh your phone system on a regular basis – not only to avoid the embarrassing examples above, but also to stay on top of your caller’s needs. Continue reading

Why Employees Love Cloud Based Phone Systems

Your employees will love the addition of a cloud based phone system like Halloo. The many different tools this one investment brings are amazing. With an auto attendant, contact management system, voicemail, the ability to add local and toll-free numbers and more, it gives your team every advantage a more expensive call management service could. Continue reading

Halloo Hint: Uses of Auto Attendant

The role of the auto attendant is to route calls (according to a set of rules that you define) to the correct Hunt Group, and ultimately a single User Extension, where a team member should answer the phone. Only if that person is not available will voicemail pick up. The auto attendant itself has no ability to take a message, it’s the voice mailbox function that is triggered when the auto attendant fails to connect to a specific user. Continue reading

How to Vacation Proof Your Business

Let’s face it. Sometimes we all need a break. But for the solo entrepreneur or small family businesses, getting away can be tricky. You need to take a break but you don’t want to leave your customers in the lurch or miss out on sales at the same time. Luckily there are some ways you can vacation proof your business before you take your next break. Continue reading

The Importance of Audio Branding

Many businesses give a lot of thought to the visual components of their brand, but spend very little time considering their audio branding needs. Audio branding has numerous benefits that will only strengthen your visual efforts. Audio branding can help clarify your organization’s vision as well as encourage employees and customers make deeper connections with your brand. For example, imagine a MGM film without the lion’s roar or an Intel commercial without the short, electronic tune. Both of these audio components help make the brand memorable. Continue reading