Work Experience at Best Reception

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I have just completed a week’s work experience at Best Reception, and I can honestly say that I have loved every minute!  The team have been so supportive and helpful and really helped me make the most of my experience.  The Best Reception office is a fun environment to work in and I really appreciate all the time that my “colleagues” have given me.

During my time at Best Reception, I have completed lots of little jobs, from filing, to shredding, to writing this blog article; and hopefully have left my own small imprint on Best Reception!  I was amazed at the variety of calls the receptionists take – from straight-forward message taking, to booking appointments for health practitioners, to taking orders for complex equipment over the phone.  Each call was handled so professionally, the receptionists sounded so knowledgeable about their clients, and took such pride in providing a good service for each and every caller.

 

I would highly recommend Best Reception not just as a work experience placement, but also for any new clients – every single employee works so hard, the professionalism and dedication that goes into everything is inspiring.  If I ever work in an office even half as good as the Best Reception office I would never leave! This has been the best placement I could have asked for, I am so grateful for this experience and have met some fantastic, dedicated people.

KW

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?

 

 

More great feedback!

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Today a client of ours emailed in to let us know – ‘My customer was very complimentary about the way the phone was answered and commented on the happy disposition of the girl who took the call. Thank you!’

Top 10 reasons to outsource your reception

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Maintains a constant professional appearance

Having your calls answered by a professional and friendly receptionist really gives a great first impression to new enquiries; as well as providing existing clients with a sense of confidence that their calls are being dealt with efficiently. Your receptionists will always convey an exceptionally high standard of customer service, and will strive their hardest to reinforce your company’s professional image at all times.

Saves money

Outsourcing your reception is an excellent cost cutting measure. For all businesses, outsourcing your reception requirements will always be more cost effective than hiring in house staff – especially if your call volume requires more than one member of staff to manage your calls. Having an outsourced reception can save you money on other aspects of running a business too, such as paying out for line rental, holiday and sick pay and even things such as office furniture and stationery.

Free sales screening

Unlike many other outsourced reception companies, we will always try to screen your unsolicited callers to avoid them getting through to you and wasting your valuable time. Sales callers can often try every trick in the book to get through to the person they want to speak to, however here at Best Reception we are wise to their tactics, and will always do our best to ensure that they do not get through and disturb your day. And what’s more – you won’t be charged for a single one!

Simple diverts

We know that every company is not the same, and neither is the level of cover needed. As a result of this, we have quite a few divert options to choose from. You can choose to divert all of your calls, divert calls when you can’t answer, divert your calls when the phone is engaged, or manually turn your divert on and off for when situations arise in which you need your phone lines covered. Setting up or changing your divert is as simple as tapping a few numbers in to your keypad and so can be completed in a matter of moments when you need us most!

Your very own team of receptionists

All new clients are given their very own team of virtual receptionists; you will have the same team of five girls answering your calls from the day you start your trial, throughout your entire time with Best Reception. This enables you, as well as your clients, to build familiarity with the person answering the calls and maintains a constant point of contact for all your regular clients.

Ensure calls are dealt with professionally

Outsourcing your reception to Best Reception may cut costs, but we certainly do not cut quality! You will be assigned your very own team of virtual receptionists who are trained to a high quality of customer service, ensuring all calls are dealt with an efficient and professional way. If you’re still not sure, see what our clients have to say.

Tailor made service

At Best Reception, we do not believe in a ‘one size fits all’ call plan and so all plans are tailor made to suit your business’ wants and needs. We can do as much, or as little, as you require from us – from simply answering your phone and passing on a message, to taking payments and even calling your clients on your behalf. We’re also more than happy to take on your admin tasks such as mailshots and filing.

Diary management and bookings

Your virtual receptionists are not just limited to making and taking calls, we can also manage your diary for you. Whether it is booking, cancelling or rescheduling appointments, or simply checking your movements to answer your calls appropriately. You can take advantage of our free online diary system, or we can easily access yours via remote access, the choice is yours and completely flexible.

Short term cover

By diverting your incoming calls to Best Reception for a short period of time, you can ensure that your calls are answered in a professional and friendly manner when you are unable to answer them yourself. From one day’s cover to months at a time, we will happily to provide you with the same, high quality, full range of services that we would provide to long term clients.

Last minute/ urgent situations

Urgent situations cannot be avoided, but they can be protected and covered. An outsourced reception is an excellent way to ensure your business runs smoothly when things don’t go as planned. For example; if you are called away on urgent business, we could get your line up and running and begin answering by the next working day (depending on the service you require).

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.

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.

Ensuring a professional and friendly receptionist on every call

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The first impression of your business is always an important one, and what better first impression than being greeted by a friendly and professional receptionist? At Best Reception we aim to make sure every phone call is a pleasurable and friendly experience for each and every caller, ensuring the best possible impression is conveyed at all times.

To maintain our friendly and professional appearance we always aim to answer all calls as quickly as possible, meaning as soon as the phone rings our receptionists will try their utmost to pick it up straight away. This ensures the caller is not agitated from waiting for the phone to be picked up and gives an overall professional appearance.

Another way we make sure we are always friendly and cheery sounding on the phone is by answering the phone with a smile. This makes sure the caller is at ease and happy to speak to the receptionist. Whilst on the phone, and when sending you messages, we will always use correct and professional language – never using words such as ‘yeh’ ‘uhuh’ and ‘cheers’, this gives the caller the impression that your business is proficient. Ensuring all receptionists are positive during every call also maintains our friendly persona, and enables us to build rapport with the caller. For example, it may not give the caller the best impression if the receptionist was to say she did not know the answer to a question, whereas our
receptionists would always try to answer their question to the best of their ability. If really unsure, we would reassure the caller that we are going to find that out for them and send the question to yourself, making the client feel much more at ease.

Every receptionist will always double check all details with the caller, such as their contact number and spellings of names and companies. This shows that the company is a thorough organisation and also helps prevent any unnecessary mistakes. We also use the phonetic alphabet when checking spellings back to callers. Again, this aims to give off a more impressive professional appearance, as saying ‘E for Echo’ sounds much better than something unprofessional like ‘E for Egg’.

By keeping up with your movements through an online diary system or by your correspondence, we will give the caller a rough idea of when they can expect to be called back; such as in the next hour, this afternoon or even the next day. This ensures that the caller will not be irritated if they are expecting a call back sooner than they receive one.

At Best Reception we never leave a caller on hold for too long, such as when patching the call through to you, but will go back to them to explain that we are going to try another line or that we are just going to put them through to the person they need to speak to. This stops the caller getting frustrated at being on hold without knowing what it going on.

So why not take advantage of our friendly and personal reception service today and start a free trial, to see just for yourself how pleasant we are!

 

Maintaining a professional appearance

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Running your own business requires a lot of things, but above all it requires a great deal of pride and professionalism in your work. As your company grows and expands around you and your work begins to pick up, you may find the high level of rapport and professionalism you were once able to maintain with your clients beginning to slip away. There is however an easy, and affordable, solution to this problem.
By outsourcing your calls to Best Reception you can ensure that your calls are always dealt with in a professional and friendly manner, by your very own team of virtual receptionists. This will help to free up your time, so that you will be able to focus directly on the running your business. Having the same five members of your own team answering your calls helps to ensure that your callers (especially those who call in regularly) are catered to in a familiar and welcoming manner, but always with a high standard of professionalism at all times.
An outsourced reception can benefit your company’s appearance in many ways, for example:

We will strive to answer your calls quickly and always in a friendly and professional manner.
We will make the company seem bigger than it is
We will screen out all of the sales calls that are unnecessary (free of
charge)
You will have the same people answering your calls
We can offer a free online diary service and update callers accurate information on your movements and when they are likely to have calls
returned

So if you feel your company could benefit from an outsourced reception, ring Best Reception today for a 2 week, no obligation, 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!

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!