"Please hang up and call your pharmacy. They will contact us on your behalf if necessary..." This single phrase was the response to 70 percent of the calls to a local medical office I setup this past week. The physician in the office told me her lines (and her staff) were to busy answering the phone and repeating that phrase to take care of patients in the office.
Routing for IT support calls can be hard to manage. Internal phone systems can direct calls to an extension when someone makes a selection. And it may be able to ring several phones at once so all of the support staff can take turns with calls. But after hours are a different issue. Routing calls to a single phone after hours may not be a good option. Rotating calls to the support staff cell phones is the solution.
Have you ever heard of receiving voicemail via email? Technology offers some amazing advantages to business owners today, and one of them is giving business owners the option to listen to voice messages through your computer. This allows you to archive, delete, or forward messages with a quick click of the mouse.
When calling a new business you typically expect to speak with someone after a few dial tones. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, largely depending on the type and size of the office, you are directed to the voicemail of the business in order to leave a message. The next thing you hear can have a profound effect on how you continue to perceive the business.
We just finished a Virtual Receptionist system for a real estate team of three women that are specialists in short sales. They needed one central phone number to advertise on their brochures, website, cards and property signs. The number had to give caller the options to reach each of them and rings their cell phone or get information about their business (office location, website, fax number etc.).