This guest post is by Ashley Verrill, courtesy of Software Advice.
A lot of factors play into the growth and success of any small business, but much of it comes down to how easy it is to do business with you. In today’s instant-gratification obsessed society, you should strive to remove every possible barrier – especially when it comes to contacting you.
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
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
Are you wondering how to distinguish between a queue and a hunt group? It might help to start with the basics behind how both work. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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!