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Why Right Now is the Perfect Time to Use a Virtual Receptionist - MAP Communications - ContactCenterWorld.com Blog

Why Right Now is the Perfect Time to Use a Virtual Receptionist

Great customer service, professionalism, and productivity never goes out of style. During times of uncertainty, though, these things become even more important than usual. With the spread of COVID-19 upending virtually every facet of modern life, your customers and staff will be eager to maintain any kind of normalcy possible. Unfortunately, though, social distancing measures can make it challenging for businesses to offer the same high quality service they’re used to providing.

Thankfully, business owners have a number of resources on their side. Online meeting software has helped bridge the communication gap between employees. Retailers are turning to online orders and delivery for customers eager for their products. Even restaurants have developed new strategies to help overcome the barriers COVID-19 has put into place. Businesses have had to get creative in the hopes of riding out this wave of uncertainty. 

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No matter your plans for the long haul, it is imperative that you remain available to your customers and productive with your day. Here are several big reasons why right now is the ideal time to use a virtual receptionist:

Professionalism Amidst Chaos

With so much uncertainty and patchwork business practices abound, now is the time to portray a steady, professional voice for your customers. This is one of the areas where remote receptionists thrive. No matter what may be happening behind the scenes for your company, a virtual secretary handling phone calls reassures people that your organization can still be relied upon.

Trust is so important these days. When people call your business and are greeted by a calm, helpful, professional receptionist they know they can rely on you. Alternatively, you could go on answering phone calls without a virtual receptionist and let customers think whatever they want when their call is answered by an unprepared, frantic individual who just got pulled away from their work while dogs are barking and children are screaming in the background.

24-Hour Availability

Traditional nine-to-five business hours were already disappearing before COVID-19 began to spread, but now, they’re practically non-existent. We’re increasingly reliant upon services and companies based all around the world, so tying availability to certain hours is quickly becoming passé. A team of virtual receptionists can work around the clock to ensure your callers are never left frustrated by an automated menu or voicemail. 

This kind of 24-hour support can be incredibly comforting during times of uncertainty. Customers will inevitably dial your company for insight into service availability, product offerings, and payment questions. A virtual receptionist can be there with the answers they demand, night or day. In a world where so much up in the air, that reliability counts for a lot. Be sure that people will remember which businesses prioritized their customers during this time.

Appointment Scheduling and Calendar Management

With so many business forced to close or alter the way they interact with customers, people are unsure of what to expect from your company. Are you open? Have your hours changed? Can I still book an appointment? Will it be a virtual encounter or will we be meeting? The fastest way for people to get answers to these questions is to dial the business directly.

If you’re still offering appointments for any type of service, a virtual receptionist can help schedule them and manage your calendar so that all you have to do is focus on taking care of your clients when it’s their turn. Working from customized call scripts designed with your policies and procedures in mind and integrating with your calendar, these remote secretaries provide the most up-to-date info to callers and get them scheduled to utilize the important services you provide.

Coverage for the Short-Staffed

Maybe you already have a stellar customer service department in place or a phenomenal receptionist on your team. Given just how contagious COVID-19 appears to be, chances are good you may have some employees call in sick. A virtual receptionist can ensure your team doesn’t miss a beat, even when you’re short-staffed. No matter your industry or company size, virtual receptionists fill in the gaps seamlessly.

In many cases, your callers will have no idea they’re speaking with a third-party receptionist. Because virtual receptionists are trained to emulate your brand’s voice and policies, callers simply assume they’re chatting with your employee – and in a sense, they are. Virtual receptionists step up to become part of your team when you could use a boost. This is especially helpful when you’re experiencing unpredictable call volume, like so many businesses currently are.

Save Cash – and Time

Working from home can be a challenge, especially if you’re thrown into the arrangement unexpectedly. It can be hard to match your previous rates of productivity when everyone is still adjusting to working remotely. A virtual receptionist can help keep your employees on task by eliminating many of the interruptions that so frequently break their concentration.

That time savings adds up fast. What’s more, virtual receptionists are incredibly affordable to hire. They work at a fraction of the hourly rate of a full-time, in-house receptionist, and their services can be turned on and off as needed. This flexibility makes working with a virtual receptionist a true no brainer.

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No matter how COVID-19 continues to impact the world, MAP Communications will continue to offer affordable, flexible virtual receptionists and live answering services for our clients. In moments of crisis, there are opportunities to reinvent and restructure, to inspire and delight. Doing so is easier with a virtual receptionist at the ready. 

If you’d like to know more about how MAP virtual receptionist services are an ideal solution during this unprecedented time, give us a call today. Or fill out this brief form to receive additional information. Either way, we look forward to hearing from you!

Source: https://www.mapcommunications.com/blog/why-right-now-perfect-time-use-virtual-receptionist/

Publish Date: April 9, 2020


2022 Buyers Guide Dialer Solutions

 
1.) 
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Call Center Studio

Call Center Studio
Call Center Studio is the world’s first call center built on Google and is one of the most secure and stable systems with some of the industry’s best reporting. It is one of the most full-featured enterprise grade systems (with the most calling features, one of the best call distribution, outbound dialing features and integrations—including IVR, AI Speech Recognition, blended inbound/outbound calling and includes Google’s new Dialogflow and Speech API. Call Center Studio is the absolute easiest to use (with a 10 minute setup), and is the price performance leader with lower equipment cost and less setup time.


2.) 
Acqueon Technologies Inc.

Acqueon's AI-driven conversational engagement software enables sales, marketing and service organizations to engage in emotionally connected dialogs with customers via their channel of choice for significantly improved results. The Acqueon suite adds multichannel campaign management, contact center analytics, desktop, and CRM connectors for your contact center software of choice, including Amazon Connect, Cisco, Nice inContact, and Twilio. Acqueon conversational engagement software leverages the Acqueon IQ platform to aggregate data from the various applications, assemble rich customer contexts, and drive next-best-action using powerful statistical and predictive models.

3.) 
Avyukta Intellicall Consulting Pvt. Ltd.

Dialer CRM VoIP CTI Cloud Solutions
We are a single roofed solution for Dialer / Hosted Dialer / VoIP / CRM and CTI Solutions . With 300+ call center clients in above 9 countries and recent features such as :

Dynamic custom agent crm popup

avatar module

10+ Custom Reports

Cloud Telephony with/out "Host your Trunks" option

and End to End CRM on the cards we are supposed to grow exponentially within the next 6 Months

4.) 
Cloud IT Services GmbH

Dialfire
Dialfire offers you a complete call center solution that is simple and intuitive to use and adapts to your needs. It's completely cloud-based, saving you the hassle of setting up a phone system and installing software. In addition to predictive dialing and call blending of inbound calls, you can create personalized campaigns through an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. Features include automated workflows and full control over the agent screen.

You can see the full list of features here:

5.) 
ComSys S.A.

CList for Outbound Campaigns Management
CList by Comsys is an application that helps contact centers enhance the performance of their outbound campaigns. It accomplishes that by enabling the planning and execution of sophisticated communication strategies. Additionally, the AI-powered module of CList extends the possibilities of outbound campaigns delivering unprecedented results.
Comsys is a provider of οmnichannel customer engagement solutions that assist companies around the world in delivering unique customer experiences. For the last 15 years, Comsys designs and implements complex projects for clients from the outsourcing, financial services, telecommunications, and retail sectors. Comsys enjoys strategic partnerships with t...
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6.) 
Consilium Software

Consilium UniCampaign™
Reaching the right person with the right information on the right channel at the right time is a tall order. That’s the power the new Consilium UniCampaign™ has been adding to Cisco outbound contact centers, easily tripling or quadrupling results, from improving digital customer acquisition to managing post-sale customer relationship. Delivering proactive outbound engagement in a game-changer product, Consilium UniCampaign™ is an omnichannel List and Campaign Management (LCM) solution which complements the strength and robustness of Cisco's Outbound Dialer with the implementation of multichannel (voice, email, and SMS) outbound contact strategies. The new 7th release of UniCampaign™ is des...
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7.) 
contactSPACE

contactSPACE
Dialer software that makes customer contact pain free, so your team aren’t worried about complex technology and can focus on what they do best. Dramatically increase agent productivity using a variety of dialers, combined with AI, leveraging data-driven contact strategies to ensure the right agent is contacting your customers at the right time.

Take control, and ensure your team are on-message by designing the perfect agent interface with a drag-n-drop visual WYSWYG editor.

Rotate CLIDs, and auto-wrap certain calls to ensure maximum agent productivity and performance.

8.) 
CTCOMM

Genesys PureConnect
Genesys PureEngage
Tegsoft

9.) 
Cloud IT Services GmbH

Dialfire
Companies of all sizes rely on the cloud-based call center platform Dialfire and its powerful predictive dialer. Dialfire is ready to use within minutes and easily personalizable. From small ad-hoc to large multi-step campaigns, Dialfire offers high scalability. Adapt customer masks and automate workflows per mouse click. Integrated scripting and APIs ensure a smooth connection with external systems.

10.) 
Megacall

Megadialer
With Megadialer you will get a customized call center software. With the creation of personalized questions, surveys and sales script you will have the information you need from your customers quickly and efficiently. Improve the performance of your agents with a 100% online contact center, real-time analytics and predictive dialer to optimize the time between one call and another.

All rates include:
Instant Call Reports
On-Demand Recording
Call Supervisor
Call Layout after Completion
Your Own Caller ID
Call Monitor
Automatic Re-Calls
Automatic sending of Mails
Incoming Call Management
Real-time Activity Panels
Call Lists for Agents
Different Levels of Administration

11.) 
Noetica

SmartBound™
Advanced outbound solution including predictive dialing, featuring patented technologies such as Live Person Detection (LPD™) and SNoDrop™ using Artificial Intelligence to deliver compliant & effective predictive dialing with 0% abandoned call rates. The solution includes its own CRM system as well as visual campaign creation and management as well as automated data import and export capabilities. The package comes with highly visual and open call scripting technology and an SDK (Software Development Kit) is also available for embedding the dialer into your own user front end.

12.) 
Nuxiba Technologies

CenterWare
Discover Nuxiba's all-in-one dialer solutions. Either predictive or automatic, our software adapts to your business needs with a powerful and easy-to-use system. We offer TCPA compliance options, so you never have to worry about issues with the law and PCI Data Security so you can protect your cardholder's data information during every call.

Stop worrying about technicalities and focus on the most valuable aspect: giving the best service and customer experience with our intuitive features. All of our features and modules are fully adaptable to any business needs.

Obtain the benefits of using software fully tailored to your business, start saving money, and boosting your productivity.

13.) 
PhoneBurner

PhoneBurner
Reach more contacts, in less time with PhoneBurner. Powering thousands of client and millions of calls, our cloud-based software eliminate repetitive tasks so agents have up to 4x more live conversations. Unlike other dialers, PhoneBurner delivers 100% delay-free connections with no awkward pause. Conversations start off with promise, not hangups.

- Call 60-80 contacts per hour, per agent
- Instantly leave voicemails
- Send 1-touch emails
- Automate workflows and call logging
- Record and transfer calls
- Access reporting and analytics
- Intelligently distribute leads
- Dial from local Caller IDs
- Get free white-glove onboarding

Scales to any size team with no contracts, no setup fees, and no per minute charges. Start a free trial without a credit card.

14.) 
PrimoDialler

Predictive Dialler
A predictive dialler is an outbound call system that automatically dials from a list of telephone numbers. Also known as Power or Auto dialers it will automatically help agents make more calls, generate higher rates of connections, increase conversions, manage voicemail, no-answers and disconnected numbers.

We’ve made it easy to get started, we offer packages to best suit your needs and don't tie you into long term contracts. Don't take our word for it take out a no-commitment free trial!

15.) 
Teckinfo Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

InterDialog UCCS
The InterDialog Dialer is an independent & intelligent auto dialer software that controls the outbound calls using various algorithms. This call center dialer works as Predictive Dialer Software, Progressive Dialer Software, Preview Dialer Software or Power Dialer Software based on the requirement of the process. It allows the system to create groups/caller lists and then dials out to multiple calling groups/lists at the same time, thus helping target a wider market segment in a shorter period of time.

The predictive dialer software and automatic dialer algorithms used by the InterDialog Dialer are designed to improve efficiency by lowering the wait time, the number of dropped calls and t...
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16.) 
Tru29 Outsource Solutions Inc.

Custom Outsourced Solutions
Tru29 Solutions tailor fits a dialer solution that will truly suit your needs.

17.) 
voiptime

Voiptime Contact Center
Our contact center solution allows processing the high volume of client requests from different channels (voice, webchat, email, web callbacks), running massive outbound dialing campaigns, and makes all call center operations visible for management. Voiptime Cloud Contact Center is a professional calling solution for outbound and inbound calls. It’s a plug-and-play software that immediately increases the productivity of your call center department. With the help of our solution you are able to:
- Automate lead prospecting and have 4x more live conversations daily;
- Increase the agent occupancy up to 80-90% with the help of the fastest Predictive dialer;
- Smooth out the peaks of calls by...
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