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How Many Ways Can You Communicate Remotely with a VOIP Phone System? – Part 2

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With the features of VOIP phones, no communications task is impossible.

Welcome back for part two of our discussion on the different ways you can communicate remotely with a VoIP System in your office.

Customer Chat

VOIP platforms can even connect you with customers through the correct implementation. Provide live chat customer support through your VOIP phone platform because the VOIP platform is a feature-complete for all necessary business communications. Your VOIP platform can be plugged into mobile apps, website widgets, and your own company software to help customers connect when they need assistance through API’s.

Presence Video Chat

The VOIP system goes above and beyond voice communication by also hosting a comprehensive platform for video calls as well. Known as “presence”, your team can appear in a meeting in any combination of ways. Video chat, or video conferencing, is essential for bringing teams together when they cannot share an office in-person. Video chat is responsible for creating a sense of shared workflow while teams are remote.  Whether it’s one person tele-attending an office meeting or an entire team all video-chatting to each other, VOIP can provide.

One on One

One-on-One presence calls allow two people to share a video conversation as if there were sitting across a desk from each other.  This is the most popular way to conduct a face-to-face meeting without sharing the same room. Many people connecting through video chat for the first time will start with one-on-one calls. Or you can even cut it down to one person on video and the other talking video-free or just text chatting.

Video Conference and Team Meetings

The far opposite is video conferencing in which everyone is somewhere distant, projecting their presence into a virtual conference room. This can be used for formal meetings with business partners as well as casual collaboration sessions between team members. Video chats are essential for remote team collaboration and can help to simulate a shared office environment.

Async Office Phones

Lastly, VOIP has covered a few extra bases where there was a communication need but no old-fashioned PBX standard. Mainly, how voice translates to text in an asynchronous fashion. Voicemail and recorded calls are the most difficult to handle forms of business communication. This is because the data must be listened to before it can be properly recorded, acted upon, or stored as useful data. Fortunately, VOIP is the bridge that can quickly transform audio recordings into useable digital transcripts.

Voicemail to Email

Checking your voicemail is a thing of the past, unless you want to. VOIP features can transcribe voicemail into emails so checking your voicemail is as quick and simple as skimming a few short paragraphs. You and your team will never have to waste time listening to voicemails again.

Recorded Calls and Call Transcripts

You can also record calls voluntarily as they are happening, providing a way to keep records, dictate notes, and protect employees in tricky situations. These recordings, like the voicemail, can then be converted into transcripts for textual records as well.

What all can VOIP do for your business? There are so many things you can achieve with cloud-based business communications and VOIP platforms are built to cover them all. With a comprehensive communication platform that goes beyond the classic business phone system, we hope to cover every base you have. And if there’s a form of communication that’s been missed, you can bet the highly compatible integration will take care of it.

The possibilities are endless when bringing VOIP communications to your business. Contact us today to find out more about the many capabilities of VOIP platforms and how to build your VOIP structure for the best possible performance within your current workflow and business plan. You can even expand your capabilities by exploring mobile workforce, remote commuting, and extremely flexible network scaling. We look forward to hearing from your team.

How Many Ways Can You Communicate Remotely with a VOIP Phone System? – Part 1

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VOIP phone systems can expand your communications capacity.

One of the biggest questions a business should ask when investing in a VOIP phone system is just how many features are included. It’s true that of the many virtual business phone systems available, there is a wide variance of feature availability. Some VOIP platforms function solely as “soft-phones” or software phone systems. Which is great, but limited. Here at SystemsNet, we proudly implement a VOIP phone system which is a lot more than just soft-phones.

VOIP for business is implemented as a fully capable corporate phone platform with features that cover enough ground that you can save on additional software if you know what you’re about to get in the package. A VOIP platform package includes options for text, video, and asynchronous communication in addition to all the bells & whistles and management platform tools for traditional business phones. We’re diving deeper to show you just how many ways your business can communicate with a VOIP system.

Full Office Phone Functionality

Starting at the start, you have a full range of business phone features which are, quite frankly, way too many to list. Call hunting, hold music, virtual switchboarding… the list goes on. So instead, we’ll focus on the different ways VOIP is designed to be put to use by businesses in various configurations. Let’s examine a few of the most common ways that businesses use VOIP to the greatest possible benefit.

Local Office and Virtual-Local Office Phones

When you need phones on desks, no matter where those desks are, A VOIP platform is prepared. Extensions, departments, teams, and call routing are all standard aspects of a business PBX phone system, and so VOIP platforms have you covered. Specialized VOIP handsets or headsets connected to desktop workstations are both options, depending on how your team is trained and prefer to work.

Not only can your VOIP system support any desk anywhere, you can also share the same virtual-internal phone network and arrange for local numbers to appeal to local customers.

Call Centers

Run a call center? Manage a call center inside an otherwise standard office phone system? VOIP can do that. Call hunting, switchboarding, smooth transfers, and automated phone assistants are well within the SystemsNet feature set. VOIP can produce as many numbers and extensions that your call-center needs. In fact, VOIP platforms allow you to unify call centers across multiple locations using the same virtual phone network.

Hotel Management

Hotel management poses an entirely different use of business phones, requiring special protocols for room phones. You also need a separate solution for staff phones and the ability to ring specific areas of the hotel like the kitchen or laundry. VOIP has accounted for hotel phone needs and the features are ready. There are several VOIP platforms or packages designed specifically for your hotel needs, both to provide for guests and staff communication.

Remote Work and Telework

Telecommuting and remote work has recently skyrocketed. If your business needs a phone solution that works for the whole team while keeping you connected as if you were in the same office, VOIP is ideal for this solution. A business VOIP network can keep your entire workforce connected even when everyone is working from home.

Text Live Chat

Of course, VOIP is a cloud communication platform, not just a phone system. That includes text with a comprehensive live chat platform able to connect to both with internal accounts and with customers. VOIP platforms specialize in providing for a company’s universal communication needs. In order to allow your team to communicate flexibly through voice, video, and text, live chat is a must.

Internal Chat

Internal live chat is essential for modern business productivity. Teams collaborate and connect through live chat whether they are across the office or across the country. Live chat rooms remove the barrier or distance and make it possible even for a busy call center of employees to hold private conversations. Live chat is also incredibly convenient when voice is not an option, when headsets are acting up, or when calling just isn’t ideal.

Join us next time for part two where we’ll talk about some more ways to communicate remotely with a VoIP phone system. Contact us today to find out more about switching to VoIP system from SystemsNet!

 

VOIP Opens Doors for Professional Parents

VOIP enables working parents to telecommute while staying home with their kids.

In our society, it’s generally agreed that a fulfilling life is one where you can rock at your career and be a parent at the same time, but sometimes the two do not overlap well. Being a dedicated professional and being a good parent shouldn’t be mutually exclusive, especially since to be a good parent, you usually need to have a good job. The business world, in its own way, has waffled between seeing parents as steady reliable workers or as non-team-players. But the real problem is not that parents are more or less dedicated (everyone has their unique work style), it’s that parents can’t be in two places at once. Until now.

VOIP Parents Can Be in Two Places at Once

Traditionally, professional parents have had to make tough decisions. They have to choose when to come back to work after a new baby is born. They have to choose which spouse takes sick time off work when a child is ill. And for single parents, these choices are even more difficult. But often the problems associated with being a parent aren’t about not being dedicated, they’re about not being able to come into the office. This is exactly why VOIP along with sister-software on the cloud are opening doors for professional parents to finally do the impossible: To stay home with the kids and show up for work at the same time.

VOIP Telecommuting When a Child is Sick

When a child is too sick to go to school, a parent must stay home to take care of them. Especially if they can’t find a babysitter or don’t have a retired grandparent available for the task. The child must be comforted, fed nourishing food, and monitored for ‘go to the hospital’ symptoms. But other than that? The child is home napping in bed or watching cartoons in a semi-awake state and the parent is left… cleaning the house? Balancing their checkbook? Weeding the garden?

Trust us, we know that most parents with a napping child home sick would rather be tearing through their work to-do list. With VOIP, a parent can now set up their home office to take the calls they would usually take and collaborate on their ongoing projects with little to no interruption. They can answer the phone for their regular clients and even participate in staff meetings, all while also responsibly home with their sick child.

VOIP Telecommuting With a New Baby

In fact, even parents of newborns can take advantage of the ability to smoothly telecommute with a VOIP platform. Parents who have just brought home a new infant will go through that hallmark hectic sleep-deprived time when their brains are nothing but adrenalin and oxytocin. But once the baby starts sleeping through the night, often there are several hours a day where nursing mothers and bonding fathers have time to kill. They finally have enough sleep, the baby naps for up to 16 hours a day, and they’re left twiddling their thumbs.

When it’s not yet safe to head to the office but the house is quiet, this is where VOIP closes the gap. Parents who might be out of the office for another several months can come back and start picking up the slack from their understaffed team. They can get re-acquainted with projects making their later come-back easier and they can start re-engaging with clients, taking service calls, and managing projects in a way that is beneficial to both the company and the professional parents. The company gets their team back together early with one telecommuting member, the parent gets to refresh their mind from baby-time, and the team gets a few adorable pictures and video chats of a smiling baby to warm hearts and boost morale.

VOIP is the Key to Work-Life Balance for Professional Parents

Companies are always looking for new ways to improve employee work-life balance while getting more productivity from the team, not less. And VOIP is the key. VOIP unifies your phone and communication systems so that no matter where employees are located, they can jump in as if they were sitting right in the office. And while employers might be thinking “This will be great for business trips and unifying multiple offices,” VOIP is also the solution for parents. So they can clock in hours even when they’re home taking care of a child.

Finally, being a good parent doesn’t have to occasionally clash with being a dedicated professional. Because parents can finally be in two places at once, without even switching their phone number. Contact us today to discover how setting up VOIP for your business can keep your professional parents engaged and happily clocking hours even when family obligation takes them out of the office.

Are VoIP Services Included In Your Customer Support Strategy? (Part 2)

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Having the right tools is key to delivering the best possible service to customers.

In our previous blog, we talked about VoIP services and other features that can be included in a business’s customer support strategy that can be used to provide high-quality services. There are various other features and components that a business can use in call centers and other customer service areas to provide an overall better experience for customers and clients.

Customer Self-Service

Today, many customers appreciate the opportunity to resolve some of their smaller issues on their own without having to call into a help desk. This is why it is becoming important for businesses and organizations to find customer support software that includes self-service options. A self-service option will give your customers the ability to find answers to some of the common problems they are having with a product or service.

Your customers will be able to obtain control over their problems by searching through the self-service option. When customers are having problems that other customers have been able to resolve, the community feature of a self-service customer portal can be very useful. Customers will be able to share their experience with the problem and share details about how they resolved the problem.

A self-service option will be convenient for the customers because they will be able to attempt to resolve the problem at their own speed and at their own pace.

Mobility

We are all aware of how important mobility has become. Customers love being able to use systems and software that do not require them to be sitting in front of a desktop computer in order to access it. Being able to resolve problems while being active and mobile can be a difference-maker for customers. Many of your customers will use your products and your services while they are out of their homes or out of the office, and they will often use the products and services on a mobile device.

If customers are using their devices to access your products and services, the chances are high that they will likely use the mobile device to reach out to you when they need assistance. This is why we recommend using customer support software that will allow customers to contact you through their mobile devices. If customers are accessing what you offer through a mobile device, they should be able to be assisted by your customer support team or access the self-service portal through that same device.

You will need customer support software that will provide you with the ability to notice which customers may need more assistance than others. Unfortunately, many customers do not receive the help they need and they will not contact the customer support team again because they did not receive the help they needed the first time.

Customers will become upset or distressed due to the lack of support. This is why it is a good idea to use various measurements in your customer support software so you can identify the customers who will need your agents to put in additional time and effort to assist those customers.

Customer support software that reports in real-time will allow you to stay in the loop on everything that is going on within your system. It will be easier for you to understand how impactful the features and components are. You will also be able to identify any weak points. Your customer support software will become a cornerstone of your business or organization. It is important that you look for features that will allow you to provide a high level of customer support for your customers.

There are many things you will need to look for when it comes to customer support software, but we hope the features we have shared with you today can give you a better idea of what you should look for while you are on your way to revamping your customer support system.

What features in customer support software do you think your business can use to provide a better customer experience? Contact us today for more information on VoIP service and help desk services.