Ding dong merrily on high.. The many benefits of an outsourced reception over the Christmas period

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 Hoorah, it’s officially December – Time to get the Christmas decorations down from the loft and stick that much loved Christmas compilation album on repeat! The excitement is growing day by day, but it’s not Christmas Day that’s in the back of everyone’s mind in the office – that place is reserved for the office Christmas party!

Once you’ve chosen from the set menu and picked out your favourite glad rags, you’re good to go and enjoy the annual festivities! But if you’re a business owner, there is one other important thing that is worth considering… Who is going to man your office and ensure your business remains uninterrupted during those early-closes and days off?

Outsourcing your reception to Best Reception is a great way to seamlessly keep your business ticking over during the festive period. By diverting your calls over to your very own team of virtual receptionists here at Best Reception, your callers will still be speaking to a live, friendly person who can either give the impression that they’re part of your company or can advise callers of your whereabouts. Your receptionists can even advise callers of turnaround time, (i.e. let them know how long it will be until you are available to respond) and so manage customer’s expectations. And we know it’s not just the Christmas party that requires cover over this busy time of year (it can often be the day after, too!) – we will be there for you if you need to pop out to a Christmas lunch or even squeeze in some last minute shopping. What’s best, you can divert any of your phones, including mobiles, to your Best Reception number.

We offer services for all types of business (see just a few of those here) and offer both short-term as well as ongoing call plans. So why not contact us today to see what we can do for you this Christmas?

 

 

Choosing your telephone number

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Your telephone number is imperative to your business, as it is one of the main points of contact for your clients to get in touch with you. There are many different types of numbers to choose from, but most numbers can prove difficult to obtain. Here at Best Reception we can supply your service with a number that best suits you, your business and your clients.

0845 is one type of number that we can offer. These numbers appeal to a nationwide audience as they are non-geographical and also very well known numbers that are often used by trustworthy/ established companies. Using this type of number will not cost your clients a penny, encouraging them to call in and so can potentially lead to more business and an increase in revenue. 

If you require a London number, these are exceptionally hard to source. 0207 and 0208 numbers are very popular but can cost around £100 as Ofcom have stopped supplying them. We suggest having an 0203 number if you require a London number – these are up and coming London numbers that cover the whole city. 

Another option is an 033 number, which are the new 0800 numbers. They are of great benefit to your clients as the cost to these numbers are the same as calling a landline, and are often included in inclusive minutes on mobile phone contracts, unlike potentially costly 0800 numbers. 

There are many benefits to choosing your own telephone number, and the number can be yours within minutes! If you would like to know more, simply call 01992 531000.

Jetting off this summer? Keep your phone lines covered with our short term telephone answering cover!

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After an extremely long Winter, followed by an extremely wet Spring – Summer is finally here! If you’re planning a trip away this year to get to spend time outside of the office and relax, do you really want the annoyance of your phone ringing and disturbing your peace?

If you were to divert your calls straight to your voicemail there is no guaranteeing people will wait around to hear back from the message they left – and can you really afford to lose out on new business? By diverting your incoming calls to Best Reception for a short period of time, you can ensure that your calls are catered to in a professional and friendly manner. From one day to months, we will happily to provide you with the same, high quality, full range of services that we would provide to long term clients.

Our calls plans are tailor made to suit you and your business, and could be the perfect solution for you- short time or otherwise. You will be assigned your very own team of Best Receptionists, who strive to ensure professional call handling at all times, giving you complete peace of mind whilst you’re away. Whether you are going for a long weekend in the country, a midweek business trip or a fortnight with the family in the sun, we all need a break from time to time. Best Reception’s telephone answering service ensures your business is in safe hands.

The extent of what we can do for you depends completely on what you are looking for from us. We will always take a detailed message from every call that comes in and send this over to you in an email (unless it is a cold call of course, this we will screen free of charge!), which can be sent to you as and when they come in or as a bundle at the end of the day, or even at the end of the week. Whilst we wouldn’t want to disrupt your holiday, we can put urgent calls through to your mobile or send you a text message if requested to do so, to ensure that no urgent matters go unresolved. If your company incorporates a diary system, we can manage this for you whilst you are away – making and rescheduling appointments and sending you an email to advise you of any changes. You can take advantage of our free online diary system, or we can use your existing system via remote access – the choice is yours!

So if you want your time away to be worry free, give Best Reception a call today to see what we can do for you!

Your Answering Service Could Change Your Business

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Is everyday a rush and stress of trying to get tasks done whilst answering the phone and dealing with new enquiries? Does the phone ringing constantly stop you from the task inhand, stumbling you from your work and wasting your precious time? Would it all be easier if you did not have the worry of the phone disrupting your assignment, or the more stressful worry that missing a call could mean missing out on a major new client? Best Reception can help you today, saving you from losing new enquiries and saving your time, a team of personal virtual receptionists would help create your stress free environment.

Having Best Reception as your telephone answering service could also improve the appearance of your business for your callers. Whereas a missed call may look unprofessional, having a friendly receptionist always answer the phone quickly and pleasantly would put the caller at ease and help them to see how high-quality your business is. The receptionist would then assist the caller in whatever way you wish, whether that be answering questions they may have, booking appointments, taking orders or even acting as your very own switchboard. You can also provide us with a list of your VIP callers, so the receptionist would be able to act familiar with the client, which would mean your clients would not even realise you are outsourcing your reception but think that we are sitting in your office with you.

You may be wasting half of your business day on the phone, dealing with new enquiries is always beneficial, but when the phone rings at an inappropriate time, stopping the task you are doing or the meeting you are in can be highly troublesome. You may also receive a volume of sales calls a day, these irritating calls that waste your time could be screened out for free with our no charge sales screening service! So why not make the most of your business day and call Best Reception today for a free trial?

 

A fully fledged switchboard for your business.

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Here at Best Reception, using us as a switchboard service has proven to be particularly useful for all sorts of companies whether you are a large or small business. We offer a friendly yet professional service. We have the ability to put a call through to multiple locations, departments and even mobile phones, without the use of an automated service. Speaking to an automated switchboard is not as satisfying as speaking to a real person and can leave callers frustrated. You needn’t worry about callers being put off by a voicemail or busy tone. If any person asked for is unavailable we can take bespoke messages and email them across so important calls are not missed.

What’s more, if you experience a high volume of calls, you will never have to worry about not having a staff capacity that can cope with this. Your calls will not only be answered, but will be done at a fraction of the cost compared to employing in house staff.

Another advantage we find of using an answering service is that we can also screen any unwanted sales call. This helps as you can spend more time on the important aspects of your company and clients. We also have a VIP list which is beneficial for your important and regular clients. This allows us to act familiar with them when they call. Overall Best Reception aim improve the running of your day to day business and a lot of our client find using our service does just that!

Why not call 08000430084 for a two free trial!

Some of our best feedback yet!

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“Bless you for you wonderful cheery voice and help…. Much appreciated… think I would have gone mad without all you lovely girls… thanks for being there!!” – Beauty Clinic in Surrey

How Best Reception Can Help Your Large Business

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Having an in-house receptionist can be useful for putting calls through to the relevant departments and correct people, however you may find that the cost of an extra person working at the company is taking its toll. Would it be much more ideal if there was someone who could act as your switchboard service, but without the high price salary? If only there was a low cost, simple and easy way to have this service, without your callers even knowing that you do not have a front of house receptionist. There is! At Best Reception we can assist your clients in finding the correct person to speak to and putting them through, always in a friendly and professional way. This seamless process will leave your callers thinking they have spoken to a Receptionist at your front desk and ensure that they have had a helpful and pleasant experience when calling your company.

Alternatively, you may be experiencing a loss of calls when your main front desk receptionist is on the other line, having a lunch break, having a toilet break or off ill. The impact losing out on just a few calls can have on your business may be huge- especially if it’s an important client or a new enquiry calling, who may not be happy with going to voicemail and could even take their business elsewhere. Using Best Reception as an overflow service for when your in-house receptionist is unavailable will help to save you from ever missing an important call from a client again!

So why not experience the benefits of the Best Telephone answering service now – cut costs and increase business!

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.

Setting up a line with Best Reception couldn’t be simpler!

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You may be currently experiencing the stress of running a business and juggling calls and new enquiries whilst trying to get a million other things done. The thought of having a professional, friendly and helpful receptionist service answering your phones may sound like such a great idea, but having to set up the line and going through the long process of explaining what your company does, sorting out paperwork and the hassle of setting up a script may seem almost not worth it. However, Best Reception provides an easy and quick set up of your script, with no set up fee and a trouble-free service, you have nothing to lose!

We simply obtain a few company details to create a script that your very own team of professional receptionists can use whilst on a call for you. We do all the setting up; we set up your script and provide you with your own line (which will include your very own local Herford number). We also set up any extras for you such as texting, a diary service or even an out of hour’s voicemail if required. All you need to do is tell us what it is you require from our service, such as message taking or a switchboard service, and we will set up all the rest.

Yes setting up a line with Best Reception really is that simple, just a few details about your company and what it is that you require, and you will have an ideal team of receptionists working to provide you with the best service as soon as we set up your line and script. Minimal effort from you and no set up fee, resulting in a stress free business? What are you waiting for, call Best Reception now!

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!