How Do I Know If I Need A Telephone Answering Service?

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You may be wondering if having a telephone answer service is really the right idea for you. Here are some reasons your business would benefit from having its very own team of virtual receptionists.

You may not be sure that we can help your business due to its size; however we do deal with both small and large companies. If you own a larger company we can have a list of all of your employees, and you can use us as your very own switchboard to put the calls through to each person or department when they are asked for or messages can be taken. You can be secure in the knowledge that your calls will not go unanswered!

If you are from a smaller business, you may struggle to always keep up with the volume of calls, especially if there is an influx during the day, or you are out and about, unable to answer your calls! Running a business, whatever the size, you may have the worry that not every client of yours is receiving the full customer care that they may need. Juggling many other tasks and also dedicating yourself being by your phone can prove to be extremely difficult. However Best Reception are always extremely pleasant and professional, leaving each caller safe in the knowledge their queries or problems are being efficiently dealt with.

You may also have realised, that no matter the size of your company, answering machines or call waiting message are just not an effective way in managing your phone calls. The biggest deterrent for any new business is either being greeted with an answering machine (many may not even bother to leave a message!) or being left on hold with a call waiting message. Having a telephone answering service eradicates this problem and is much better for business!

We are also here to offer outbound calls. For example, if you need a receptionist to call a client you have a meeting with or to call anyone for you on your behalf, a quick and easy way is to email or call your team of receptionists who can action this effectively for you.

So why not try out Best Reception today and set up a free trial so you can see the benefits of having a telephone answering service, no matter what your business type or size.

Call answering for IT support companies

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If you work in IT support, you will understand that getting on with your work at the same time as answering the phone is a stressful task – From booking appointments to dealing with newenquiries, and everything in between, wouldn’t it be much easier if you could get on with the task at hand and leave the phone answering to someone else?

By outsourcing your calls toBest Receptionyou will be able to focus more of your time and energy into your work, whilst your incoming calls are being dealt with in an always professional and friendly way by your own team of Virtual Receptionists. Your receptionists are not just limited to answering calls, they can also make calls, book appointments for you and even log support calls. And what’s best – you don’t even need to tell callers we exist! Our services are created to blend so seamlessly into the day to day running of your business that your callers will simply think you have hired an in-house receptionist.

Some of our clients request that we log support calls on their system, so that they can keep a track of all support issues and deal with them accordingly. Or if you would prefer we can simply email the message to you with all the relevant information needed so you can deal with the issue.

When it comes to booking your call outs, you can take advantage of our free diary system or we can use your existing system via remote access. Simply share your diary with us or provide us with the log on details and we will be able to arrange a call out with your client as soon as they call in, guaranteeing you their business as they will have an appointment booked in on their first port of call to your company.

So what are you waiting for? CallBest Receptiontoday for more information or to start a free, no obligation, trial so we can begin supporting you!

 

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!

Call Answering for Private Practices

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The cost of losing out on new business can affect your company dramatically during these economic times, and an outsourced reception is one of the most efficient ways to help prevent this. If a new enquiry were to call your company and go through to an automated voicemail, what are the chances they would wait around for a call back?
Whether you run a small private practice, or one that sees hundreds of patients, it is not always practical or even possible to answer all of your calls. Here at Best Reception we have various private practices who not only use us because of our online booking system, but also to ensure that potential new enquiries are not missed and existing clients are catered to in the professional and friendly manner they expect.
Our aim is to blend seamlessly into the day to day running of your practice, achieved by answering your calls in a way that suits you and your practice. With the right knowledge to hand, your receptionists can give over the phone advice including prices, appointment lengths and even details on what their treatment will consist of. If requested we are also more than happy to book your appointments for you when you can’t, either using our free online diary system or your own booking system via remote access.
All of our services are tailor made to meet your requirements – so whether you are an osteopath, podiatrist, dentist or anything in-between, we are sure we have a service and a call plan to suit you!

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.

My first day as a Virtual Receptionist

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I wasn’t sure what to expect as my first day at my new job as a Virtual Receptionist, I had worked in a very slightly similar environment before so a part of me imagined it would just be a matter of getting used to new clients, this was not the case, I have found that being a Virtual Receptionist is not as straight forward as being a front of house Receptionist and at times can be much more challenging..

I started my first day with a meeting with my new manager; we discussed the job role again then we spoke about what I would be doing over the following days and how he planned for me to progress over the next couple of days.

Firstly I was shown the system that is used for telephone answering, when I first saw it I thought it all looked very daunting as I had never seen anything like it before, there were lots of boxes, lists and writing everywhere, it all looked very complicated but I was assured I would get the hang of it, looking at how confident the other girls were on the system also made me feel more comfortable with giving it a go!

I did a few practice calls with Andy to try and get the hang of the system without the pressure of someone else on the other end of the line! This was good for practice and got me used to clicking the right buttons at the right time.

After a few practices I spent the rest of the afternoon shadowing one of the other Virtual Receptionists this involved using a system where I could listen in on her calls and hear how the clients and the receptionists interact with each other, I was also answering the calls but had the support of someone else being there and being able to hear what was being said so I felt more confident that less could go wrong.

The calls are divided into three groups depending on how hard they are; green orange and red (Green being the easiest and red being the hardest)

For the rest of the week I was sitting with the girls one at a time to take and listen to calls, I think this was the best way I could have been trained to take the calls because I got to listen to how each of the girls spoke with the different clients and how the different clients spoke to us and how they expected we spoke to the clients.

On the Friday of that week I sat on my own and took the call by myself but I had the security that if I felt unsure on how to answer a call or what to say to the clients, that everyone else in the office would be able to help.

Now at the end of my second week here at best reception I am working independently on my desk but knowing if I ever need any help I have everyone around me

I am really looking forward to my time ahead at best reception as I progress and move forward!

Telephone cover for Snow Days

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If you are a business owner you will know that customer communication is crucial to the effective running of any business, whether it is taking the time to speak to an existing customer or securing the deal with those all-important new business enquiries. With the threat of snow fast approaching, could your business really afford to lose out on a day or so of business?

This is a question that many business owners will find themselves repeating over and over as the winter weather takes a turn for the worse and ensuring business continuity during the days when staff can’t get into work is vital for any business. Outsourcing your calls toBest Receptionmay be just the right answer for your business. With our flexible service, you can choose to divert all of your calls to us or just to answer your calls when you are not able to. Our virtual reception service can help to ensure you are prepared for any unanticipated circumstances that may arise, such as if your in house receptionist can not make it into work because of adverse weather.

This is something that is especially vital in the coming winter months with warnings of snow approaching. Within seconds you can divert your telephone calls to your team of receptionists; who will be ready to answer your calls, in your business name, with a greeting that suits you. 

Your receptionists are not just limited to answering calls; having your own team of receptionists means that we are able to plan your own tailor-made service, designed to suit you and your company’s individual needs, for ongoing or just one-off, emergency cover. Whether that means you want us to call your clients, re arrange or book appointments or simply answer your phones when you cannot,Best Receptioncan draw up a plan for you.

So don’t get stuck in the snow this year, give our friendly team of receptionists a call to see how our service can help to guarantee your business is supported when you need it most.

Call answering for short term loan providers

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Due to the current economic climate short time loan providers have become increasingly popular. As an industry, short term loan providers have experienced a sharp rise in demand, which is why our telephone answering service can help you cope with this demand.  Best Reception can provide you with a seamless answering service, which has helped many short term loan providers successfully manage their influx of new business. We achieve this by providing you with a tailor-made service to suit your every need and by supplying you with a team of polite and friendly receptionists.

Regardless to whether your call intake is high or low Best Reception aim to ensure every call is answered and dealt with efficiently. If you have a large call volume you would have employ multiple in-house receptionists to avoid calls going unanswered which would be extremely costly! On the other hand if you only receive a small amount of calls it is not very cost effective to employ an in-house receptionist. In both cases leaving a call to go unanswered is incredibly off-putting and is not the impression you should be giving to new and existing customers due to the rise in competition.

Callers wanting a short term loan are not very likely to leave an answer phone message and await a response. We understand the urgency of the calls and can obtain bespoke information from the caller before putting a call through to you or taken a message if you prefer.  This helps you to deal with the enquiry as quickly as possible leaving your callers happy and helping to improve your time management which when running a business is extremely important.

 

A virtual reception- helping you to juggle your multiple phone lines

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If your company has a high call volume or more than one phone line, outsourcing your calls to Best Reception may be the best way to save you time and money by helping to ensure that you never miss a call or business opportunity again

Whether your business is small or large, it can be a struggle to keep on top of the large number of calls coming in on a daily basis. With a virtual reception, you can divert your calls to your very own team of friendly receptionists who will have your calls answered within seconds, in a way that suits you.

If your company has various divisions or is spread across a range of locations, that’s no problem! You can divert your calls (as many lines as you would like) to one centralised phone line that we will answer in your company name in a greeting decided by you.

With our service you can make certain that your calls will be dealt with efficiently and professionally, allowing you to disentangle yourself from the continual phone calls and focus your attention on the day to day running of your business.

The role of a virtual receptionist- It’s trickier than it looks

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A lot of people may be under the impression that the role of a virtual receptionist is a straight forward and simple one, myself included before I took on the role. However having worked as a virtual receptionist for the past few weeks, I have since realised that the role is not as straight forward as it first seems, but is instead a rather challenging and interesting one.

The main assumption is that virtual receptionists simply receive calls and pass on messages. Although ensuring the phones are answered quickly and professionally is the top priority at Best Reception, there are also many other activities in which we must ensure are carried out in order for the calls to run to a high standard. These actions include the sending and receiving of emails between our clients, making bookings for our clients using various complex booking systems and changing the scripts to tailor the needs of our clients, amongst many other things. These services we provide all help to ensure a seamless virtual reception service. We work together as a close-knit team of professionals to guarantee that a swift and efficient service for our clients is provided at all times.

Having worked for Best Reception for a while now, I see there is so much more to the role of a virtual receptionist than meets the eye, the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure such a flawless telephone answering service is extraordinary.