What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is all the rage. But, what does it mean? According to Judith Hurwitz, Robin Bloor, Marcia Kaufman, and Fern Halper, authors of Cloud Computing for Dummies, cloud computing is the “next stage in the Internet’s evolution, providing the means through which everything – from computing power to computer infrastructure, applications, business processes to personal collaboration – can be delivered to you as a service wherever and whenever you need.” Continue reading

Halloo Hint: Direct Inward Dial

Direct Inward Dial, or DID, allows you to add extra toll free or local numbers to your account. These additional numbers can then be attached to specific user extensions. Callers who have this direct number can bypass the auto attendant, allowing them to directly reach the person assigned to that extension. Additional DID lines can be added to your Halloo account for $4.95 per month, and can be either local or toll-free numbers. Continue reading

Meet the Grand Prize Winner of the Halloo Contest!

Meet the Grand Prize Winner of our Halloo contest! We asked the question, “How do you use Halloo in your business?” Jim Czekner, Founder of Meta Section, LLC, submitted this entry:

“Meta Section is our second company using Halloo.  The first company was sold to a technology services vendor a few years ago.  Keeping everything virtual with companies like Halloo, Amazon Web Services, and other cloud services affords us great flexibility and portability. Continue reading

Data Is Important, Even If It’s Not “Big”

Your company doesn’t need unlimited resources to find useable information in data. You can develop deeper customer relationships, improve brand loyalty, and enhance customer experiences with the data that you have at your fingertips. Your company will just need to dedicate some time, energy, and curiosity into the process. Continue reading

Use My Halloo with your Mobile Device

You can manage your Halloo account using your mobile phone’s web browser. It’s all located at halloo.mobi. Through halloo.mobi, you will have access to your:

  • Voice messages — Listen to your messages without having to dial in to your account. Return calls and delete old messages with point and click simplicity!
  • Forwarding number — Update your current find-me, follow-me setting so that you don’t miss any important calls.
  • Contacts — Access and search your Halloo contacts database. Managing your contacts on Halloo allows you to store hundreds, even thousands of contacts easily and conveniently. Continue reading

3 Tips when Considering a Vanity Number

A vanity number is a combination of alphanumeric characters and numbers, such as 1-800-FLOWERS. This customized combo takes the place of a traditional phone number and is often utilized to make your business’ phone number instantly recognizable and memorable. While a vanity number could be locally based, 555-CARS for instance, it is often built on the toll-free platform where there are seven customizable digits, instead of just four. Continue reading

Contest: Tell Us Why You Love Halloo!

Are you a Halloo customer? We want to hear from you! Explain how you use My Halloo in your business and you could win an iPad mini! The Halloo judges will review each entry and pick the best as the grand prize winner. Two lucky runner-ups will receive $25 Target gift cards. We reserve the right to use your picture and entry on the Halloo website and via our social media platforms. Contest begins 7/1/2013. Winners will be announced 7/15/2013. Email your entry to marketing[at]halloo[dot]com.

Look Before You Leap: 3 Steps for Startup Success

Look Before You Leap

Look Before You Leap: 3 Steps for Startup Success

In recent years, the “lean startup” methodology has become such gospel in entrepreneurial circles that rigorous planning is almost seen as passé.

Business plans? Unnecessary. Strategy? Old fashioned. Just start doing! Pivot quickly, and use agile development to rapidly test your ideas. Ready…Fire…Aim!

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WebRTC Enables You to Take Calls Directly in My Halloo

Thanks to advances in web browser technology, the long time dream of incorporating two-way real-time audio and video directly into a web page is finally here. Previously, proprietary plugins and applications such as Adobe Flash and Skype were needed if you wanted to talk to someone on your computer.
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