The importance of outstanding customer service within a telephone answering service

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 Providing a service that is so integral to the successful running of our client’s businesses, we fully understand the importance of exceptional customer service. Your Best Reception team will do our utmost to ensure that, no matter what the situation, every call is ended on a positive note and that the caller is far beyond satisfied with the level of customer service they have received.
All of our receptionists are trained to the highest standards from the very beginning of their career with us, and will always portray their happy and friendly personalities on every call – as you would with your own customers. They are trained to understand that the customer’s concerns are always valid (even when they may not be in the right!) and so ensure that each call is answered and dealt with, with enthusiasm and confidence to make sure the caller is at ease throughout.
We understand that as your answering service, we are representing your company and that anything we say reflects your company’s reputation and will do our utmost to resolve any issues that your callers may face to assist them in ending each call with a positive impression – regardless of their concern when they initially called.
As an answering service our clientele greatly varies – meaning that we are often met by queries regarding complex or technical information that we can not always immediately answer. In such situations, if the answers are not readily available to us (i.e. from the information that you have provided), we will take a message and reassure the caller that their query will be dealt with promptly – in urgent situations we will often give the client a quick call to obtain a quick answer to pass on to the customer while on the live call.
Going that extra mile has resulted in repeated positive feedback from our clients’ clients and we do our utmost to ensure that your customers perception of your company is positive, customer focused help to ensure that they keep coming back..

Telephone Answering for Photographers

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You may find that the phone always seems to ring at an inappropriate time, for example whilst on a shoot, just about to take the perfect image, the phone rings, disrupting your ‘focus’ and causing a welcome interruption. Or you may wish to turn your phone off, so as to avoid any distractions; how frustrating to turn your phone back on to find a missed call from a valuable client, or from a new enquiry who chooses not to leave a voicemail or has already rung another photographer by the time they have heard back from you. Why not use Best Reception’s valuable service to avoid these terrible scenarios!

With a virtual reception service from Best Reception, one of the options you can choose is to have all your calls diverted to us, meaning we will always be the first point of contact for your clients. Your own team of virtual receptionist will warmly and professionally aid your callers in whatever way needed (perhaps transfer calls to you when you are available or take messages when you’re not – why not use our free online diary notifications to keep us posted of your availability?).

You can also choose to divert your calls to us as and when you wish. So when you are available to take the call you can have them go straight to you, however when you need your calls to be taken care of, for example on a photo shoot, you can divert the calls to us, meaning they will go straight to your friendly receptionist. This way you can always stay on top of all your calls but when necessary you will have the stress-free relief knowing no calls are being missed.

Our receptionists can put the calls through to your mobile or a landline for you, so you can see that we are calling and can choose whether or not to answer, knowing the client is in safe hands and a message will be taken for you.  Alternatively, you can answer and fine out who it is, and instruct us to either put the call through to you or we take on a message, perhaps advising the caller under the impression we could not reach you on your line – and enabling you to manage  your time more effectively.

Of course you can also provide your receptionist with any needed information, such as prices and packages, frequently asked questions, directions to your studio and, in fact any information that you might provide your own receptionist with, so when assist your callers as much as possible.

Best Reception can help your business grow and create a stress free alternative for you.  For indpependent photographers, studios, wedding and events specialists through to photographers who specialise in the corporate sector, we can help you and your callers and would be delighted to assist. Call us on (freephone) 0800 0430084 today to start a free trial to experience all of our benefits without cost or obligation!

Starting Up A New Business

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Starting up a new business can be daunting, trying to make sure everything goes smoothly as we,, as building up a client base can be stressful. Adding to that stress can be the telephone ringing, especially when tied up in another task or on another call. The effect on your business that missing a call may have could be catastrophic, as the caller may be a big new enquiry who does not wish to leave a voicemail, so simply hangs up and calls the next company on the list. However if they called up and went through to a receptionist, who was efficient and friendly, and put them through to the relevant person or gave them the relevant details and handled their enquiry, they would feel satisfied from the call and would happily use your services again in the future.

You may alternatively be starting a business whilst still at a current job, needing a company specifically tailored to your day to day needs. Best Reception can flex to answering the phone how you want, and when you want as you can divert the calls whenever you wish. This can save you much needed stress of missing calls whilst otherwise occupied, meaning your new business can start off professionally and successfully.

Just as your new company will evolve and may have changes as your business progresses, our service can change as much as you need, including the call plans for when your call volume changes, to always make sure you are getting the best deal. You may also begin to employ new people for your company, with specific call handling for each individual (e.g messages emailed, send via text, calls put though etc), so having out reception service that can easily add new contacts and change the way we answer your calls from day to day would be highly beneficial.

So what are you waiting for, call Best Reception today to arrange a free trial and find out more.

Best Reception to cover your overflow

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Here at Best Reception, many of our clients use our service when they cannot answer their calls themselves. Whether they are on the other line, simply miss the call, or have too many calls coming in at once, Best Reception provides them with an overflow telephone answering service to help ensure that calls do not go unanswered. This means that any potential new clients will not be greeted with a busy tone or an answering machine, and any existing clients will always be welcomed with a familiar voice.

Your bespoke service is achieved by us providing you with a tailor-made script that suits your companies every need. As a result; not only do you have the reassurance that your calls are answered; they are answered by a receptionist that is familiar with all aspects of your company. Your callers would never know that we are not based in house!

For companies that experience a high call volume, this can be extremely beneficial as it is more cost effective than hiring a team of in house receptionists to manage a high call volume. What’s more, outsourcing can also put your mind to rest if a receptionist is off work due to illness or any other unforeseen circumstances. We therefore we eradicate the usual staffing woes and are available to answer your calls from 8.00am -700pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am-5.30pm Saturdays. Our service is equally as beneficial for smaller businesses, as we can answer your calls when ever you are otherwise occupied with the day to day managing of your business. We can inform your callers if you are out with clients, in meetings or just generally unavailable and manage their expectations accordingly. What’s more, when only receiving a small call intake it is not cost efficient to employ an in-house receptionist so by outsourcing your reception to us you can cut costs without compromising on quality.

How an outsourced reception can save you money

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If you run your own business you will be aware that it is not always convenient to answer all of your own calls, and as your business grows and develops hiring a receptionist may be something you will have to consider. And although hiring an in house receptionist to deal with your calls is extremely beneficial to the running of your business, there are other, more cost effective, options available to you. By using Best Reception’s call answering services you can help to ensure that you never miss out on vital business calls, for a fraction of the cost of hiring an in-house receptionist!
There are obvious reasons why outsourcing your reception would be a cost effective alternative to hiring an in-house receptionist; for example, the amount paid on a yearly salary, holiday entitlements and other in-house staff benefits. These are all unnecessary expenditures you can avoid with an outsourced reception.
With an in-house receptionist, it is almost inevitable that some calls will go unanswered during peak times, which may lead to you missing out on essential new business. But by outsourcing your calls to your very own team of virtual receptionists, you can provide your office with vital back-up at busy times. Outsourcing your reception also ensures that during periods of low call volumes you are not paying out for unnecessary staff.
Here at Best Reception we also offer a free sales screening service, which means your time is not wasted dealing with pesky sales calls. If you are currently struggling to keep on top of the everyday tasks within your business, you will know that there is nothing more irritating than pointless sales calls wasting your time and therefore your money.
So why not make the most of your business and start saving money today- Give Best Reception a call to arrange your own free trial so you can see just how helpful we can be!

Using an Outsourced Reception to take orders

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Running your own business can require a lot of time and hard work, and finding the time to answer all of your incoming calls may be a struggle. You may think that missing the odd call will not affect your business, but in the current economic struggle can you really afford to miss out on new business enquiries?

Fast and efficient call answering is especially important if your company incorporates order taking –A vast majority of people still prefer to place orders over the telephone but if you don’t have sufficient support in your office then you could be at risk of losing orders and potential customers. By outsourcing your calls to Best Reception, your very own team of Virtual Receptionists can answer your calls in your company’s name, in a greeting that suits you.

Our order taking service helps to ensure that your customer’s calls are answered professionally, and dealt with in a way that suits your business. Your receptionists, however, are not just limited to answering your calls- They can advise your callers on your products, track and process orders for your business when you can’t and, most importantly, maintain a constant point of contact for your clients.

So if you’re looking for a cost efficient and professional order taking service (plus much more!) then call Best Reception now on 01992 531000 to arrange your 2 week free trial.

Day in the life of a Virtual Receptionist

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We start the day by having a morning meeting, this way we are all up to date with any changes since the previous day. This meeting includes anything you may have updated us with whilst we are talking to you on the phone or which you may send through on email, so nothing gets missed.

We then do a line test, an sms test and an email test to make sure everything is still going through. We also then check through all our diaries which you share with us so we know all your movements for the day and can advise your callers accordingly. The use of our online diary system means if you do not get a chance to let us know when you will be available for the day, we can check your diary and consequently change the call handling. During the day we will check your diaries every hour, so if anything changes in your day, we are aware and can make your callers aware also.

During the day we do a lot more than answer your phones in a professional and friendly manner, we also can do PR work for you. This may include arranging spreadsheets; formatting cv’s or anything else you may need doing. Yes, we really can reduce your business stress by answering your phones and helping with pr work.

We always are looking out for ways to improve your calls, so we will once a week choose a company to thoroughly check. We will go through all of your script to make sure there is nothing outdated and that we have all the needed information to make sure your calls are answered to the best of our ability.

Yes we are more than just a telephone answering service, we are Best Reception

Why we offer a free trial

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At Best Reception we are so confident that we can benefit businesses of all shapes and sizes that we now offer every new customer a free, two week, no obligation trial! This gives us a chance to demonstrate the many ways in which our tailor-made services can be of assistance to each and every business, and also gives the chance for new clients to see the benefits first-hand.

Our free trial is offered to all new customers with no obligation, and once the free trial begins many customers are surprised to see that we are so much more than just an ‘answering service’ as our virtual receptionist can cover a whole range of requirements, for example;

?        Booking appointments (& rescheduling/cancelling them)

?        Providing company information to callers

?        Taking payments

?        Order processing

?        Helpline services

?        Switchboard services

?        And a huge range more in order to provide a fully 3 dimensional service           to businesses of all types, whatever the requirement.

We’re also very proud of the fact that, after their trial has ended, most new customers comment on how their clients have no idea we are an external company!

A free trial not only enables your own team of virtual receptionists to get to know your company, it also allows us to see an accurate guide of your call volume. We can then use this to calculate and suggest the most appropriate call plan for your business, based on the actual amount of calls you receive, to ensure that you are getting the best possible value for your money. What’s more, if your call volume changes in the future (as your business grows perhaps), our flexible service allows you to change the call plan you are on.

Offering a free trial to all new clients has proven to be an immensely successful means of demonstrating how our business can benefit our new clients, and the vast majority of the people who use the trial go on to use us as their outsourced reception service on a permanent basis.

So why not set up a free trial with Best Reception today and find out how our service can benefit you?  It’s completely free and without obligation, so what have you got to lose?

 

Does your business need an overflow service?

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Running a business can require a lot of your own time and hard work, and so hiring a receptionist to manage all of your calls and admin work seems like the perfect solution. But what happens when your receptionist is on the other line or away from their desk at the time that vital phone call comes in?

With Best Reception, you can divert all the calls your front of house receptionist is unable to answer to your very own personal team of virtual receptionists with our overflow service. By using our overflow service, you can help to ensure that your clients are never left waiting on hold or passed on to an unreliable voicemail service. Having your calls diverted to Best Receptioncan help to ensure that you do not miss out on those all-important new enquiry phone calls, and also keep your existing customers happy by ensuring that their call is always answered by in a friendly and professional way. Your virtual receptionists will blend so seamlessly into the flow of your telephone answering, you needn’t even tell your clients we exist!

Outsourcing your reception also means that you are well prepared for unanticipated circumstances, such as if your in house receptionist can not make it into work. This is something that is especially vital in the coming winter months with warnings of snow approaching. Within seconds you can divert some or all of your telephone calls to your team of virtual receptionists; who will be ready to answer your calls, in your business name, with a greeting that suits you.

So don’t fret about missing out on important calls when your call volume soars out of your control, divert your calls to your own personal team of virtual receptionists fromBest Reception!

It’s Not Always Convenient To Answer Your Phones

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Hearing your phone ring at an inconvenient time is never a good thing. You are always wondering when you hear the phone ring off, who was that? Was it a new enquiry? Have I missed a new business opportunity?

At Best Reception we can answer your calls for you to ensure that you do not miss out on a new business venture. By using our free online diary system or by giving us access to your current system, you can let us know your movements. This illuminates the worry of missing calls and also enables us to give out accurate information to your callers regarding your whereabouts. This keeps them happy as we can give them an idea of when they are likely to receive a call back and we can take bespoke message whilst you are otherwise engaged.

Having meetings interrupted, or losing your train of thought due to a ringing phone can be extremely off putting, making it hard to get back on track straight away. Having your calls answered by a team of polite friendly receptionists helps put a stop to the everyday interruptions, helping you improve your time management within more important aspects of your business.  If we take messages for you and something is urgent we can send it to you as an SMS as well so you will
know there is something that needs you attention at your earliest convenience. In addition to this we can also patch any call through to any location or number.

By having Best Reception answer your calls all of your callers will be able to speak to someone instead of getting an answer machine where they may decline to leave a message. By talking to someone it gives more of a personal touch and they will get things done quickly and efficiently.