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What Key VoIP Features Are You Missing Out On?

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Voice to email transcription, conference calls, call screening – VoIP systems do it all.

Many small businesses have either made the switch or are thinking about making the switch to Voice over Internet Protocol(VoIP) services. VoIP has the ability to provide many benefits and advantages to your business over landline phones. Today, we want to provide more insight into VoIP, including the features you may not be aware of.

Voicemail to Email Transcription

Did you know that one of the ways VoIP could simplify your workflow is by translating your voicemails to text? It does not matter if you have been away from your business for an extended period of time or if you generally receive a high volume of calls on a daily basis, you can use this feature to make sure you never miss a voicemail message.

When you use this feature, you will be able to open your inbox, click the message, and listen to the message that was left for you. You will also be able to manage your email inbox by removing, saving, or forwarding the voicemails you have received. You will no longer have to worry about frantically looking for paper and pencil to write down phone numbers and names from the voicemail message.

Conference Calling

While conference calling may not be a feature that is necessarily hidden, this feature can be used in more ways than many business owners know about. When conference calling is used, audio meetings can be held with dozens or hundreds of attendants through any device that is connected to an internet network.

Conference calling can be of great use for businesses that have created remote teams. Conference calls will allow teams to work collaboratively even when they are miles apart.

Call Recording

If you want to record incoming and outgoing calls for training purposes or for reference purposes, we encourage you to use the Call Recording feature that is available. Depending on the type of service you are able to use, the calls can be recorded individually or on a company-wide basis.

There are some call recording solutions that will offer storage space in the cloud so you will not have to store every phone call on your network. There will be times when you will want to save some conversations for a variety of reasons, and call recording is a great feature that will allow you to do this.

Call Screening

If you want to feel in control of the calls you answer, you can make use of the call screening feature. As we all know, Caller ID provides information about who is calling so that you can make the decision to answer, decline, or send the call to voicemail.

The call screening process can also ask callers to state their name and any other identifying information. The information the caller leaves will be relayed to you. We understand that you are not always able to answer every call that comes in, so the call screening feature will allow you to answer the calls you feel are a priority.

Do Not Disturb

This feature probably does not need an in-depth overview. The “Do Not Disturb” feature can be put to great use when you do not want to be interrupted for an extended period of time. If you are in the middle of another phone call or if you are in the middle of a face-to-face meeting, this feature will allow you to turn the ringer off the phone during this time.

Do you currently have VoIP services? Are there any features you have not used because you were not aware they were available? If you would like to learn more about VoIP features that can improve your business, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

Lesser-Known Benefits of VoIP Phone Systems (Part One)

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VOIP phone systems provide advantages such as transcription and call routing.

Even in the age of emails and social media, the telephone still plays a critical role in the way many companies conduct business. However, the latest technology has definitely begun to shape the way companies use the phone, as VoIP phone systems, and the unique features they provide, give new ways for businesses to take advantage of their phone systems. If you are considering making the switch to a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone system for your business, then it is likely that you have heard about the more popular benefits these systems provide such as portability and reduced costs, however, there are a variety of additional benefits of choosing a VoIP phone system as well. Here are a few of the lesser-known features a VoIP business phone system can provide.

Voicemail to Email Transcription

While staying on top of voicemails is critical in order to ensure that you are responding to clients/customers in a timely matter, listening to all of your voicemails each morning can be time-consuming. Fortunately, VoIP phone systems provide an alternative to listening to each of your messages. With voicemail to email transcription, your voicemail messages can be immediately transcribed into text and sent to your designated email, where you can read them at your leisure at a later time. With voicemail to email transcription, you can scan voicemails quickly for pertinent information, greatly reducing the amount of time you spend reviewing voicemails each day. This also makes it easy to access important information from voicemails such as names, phone numbers, and addresses without having to scramble to write everything down before the message cuts off.

Find Me/Follow Me Call Routing

For business owners who are constantly on the go, a great feature of VoIP is its find me/follow me call routing. If you do not spend the entire day chained to your desk, you may run the risk of missing an important phone call you have been waiting for. Fortunately, your VoIP phone system can help prevent this situation with find me/follow me call routing, which allows you to create a list of numbers where you can be found before a call gets sent to voicemail. For instance, you could program your phone system so that if your office phone does not get picked up after three rings, then the call would be routed to your cell phone for two rings, followed by your home phone. Only after all of the phones on your list have been tried would the call then be routed to your voicemail, increasing the chances that important calls get through to you.

Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb (or DND) is another great feature to help prevent important calls from going to voicemail while allowing you to maintain a certain level of professionalism. The fact is that you won’t always be able to answer your phone. Sometimes, it may even be critical that you silence your phone, such as when you are meeting with clients, so that you do not get interrupted. DND not only allows you to temporarily stop incoming calls to your phone when needed, but it also allows you to program your VoIP phone system to redirect calls when you have Do Not Disturb turned on, allowing another colleague to answer the call at the touch of a button. This can then prevent important calls from going to your voicemail.

For businesses that still use legacy telephony services, switching to a VoIP phone system could give them access to a variety of useful features that could help to boost their overall productivity. Contact us to learn more, and look out for our next post as we continue to look at some of the lesser-known benefits of VoIP phone systems.