Connected communications can help you dramatically improve your business.
To support healthy, continued growth, every business needs to operate effectively. From IT to human resources, telecoms to finance, every function needs to work efficiently in order to maximise profitability and to free up funds for investment back into the business.
Connected communications play a major part in modern business operations. However it’s easy to assume your existing phone system is operating effectively if there isn’t an obvious issue with performance.
But there are several problems with the traditional telecoms system that businesses often overlook:
Business growth is not impossible with an on-site system, but it is slow and will eventually reach an upper limit:
These delays may be short, but any disruption comes at a cost. Similarly:
On-site, ISDN-based systems have obvious failings, but these can be avoided with introducing connected communications thorough a hosted telephony solution. When it comes to telecoms, there are three major hurdles that a hosted phone system can help SMEs overcome:
Plan for growth
Whether you’re purchasing your first telecoms system or replacing an existing on-site PBX, your business needs to choose a connections communications solution that will be able to support your business for long as possible, in order to see maximum return on your investment. Many businesses initially look for similar replacements for their existing on-site solution, often using ISDN lines to provide connectivity, as it is technology that is familiar and has met their needs in the past.
However, by ignoring alternative services these businesses could be unknowingly restricting their business performance.
Technological advancements and improvements in connectivity speeds have meant that connected communications have become a much more viable option for businesses of all sizes.
Choosing a hosted solution over a traditional system has many advantages, particularly for growing SMEs, as much of the necessary configuration and provisioning can be done more easily:
Ultimately, a hosted phone system ensures that SMEs have access to all the capacity they need, when they need it, while remaining cost-effective. So if the business grows, the telecoms system will not hold them back.
Even in the age of the internet, calling in on the telephone still accounts for 73% of interactions in the UK.
As previously mentioned, there is a need to extract maximum value from any business investment. After all, the less money spent, the greater the potential profit margins.
Purchasing an on-premise PBX is a big capital investment, bringing with it the problems of owning and maintaining physical assets and not forgetting depreciation.
Subscribing to a hosted solution allows for a move to operational expenditure:
With telecoms expenditure clarified in advance, business owners are able to budget more effectively and avoid any large upfront costs, freeing up cash for investment in other areas of the business.
Improve customer satisfaction
An always-on world demands that your business is always available. Unanswered phone calls are no longer an option, particularly when customers have instant access to your competitors online if they perceive they have received unsatisfactory service.
A hosted telecoms solution offers businesses a number of tools to improve availability and raise customer satisfaction by ensuring calls are always answered:
In the event of a localised disaster, hosted VoIP can also ensure business continuity. If your office is rendered inaccessible for whatever reason, so too is the on-site PBX. Your entire phone system is effectively out of action until you can get back on site, or wait for your service provider to activate call forwarding, which can be expensive and can take hours to put in place. Because hosted telecoms use always-on, always-accessible cloud infrastructure, local outages will have no effect to service. Even if your office is completely inaccessible, all incoming calls can be quickly diverted to smartphone apps or replacement VoIP handsets using the online portal configuration – your clients won’t even be able to tell the difference.
“69% of people who call a business will hang up instead of leaving a message. That means they call someone else, probably your competitor.”
Use statistics to improve performance
To verify that performance really is improving, your business will need to be able to define and measure relevant metrics. A good hosted phone system will provide suitable call reporting to provide you with a number of valuable insights. These can be used to assess the performance of marketing campaigns, customer service delivery and provide the data needed to make informed strategic resourcing and budgetary decisions.
But far from being a tool reserved for historical analysis, hosted reporting tools also allow businesses like yours to gain a real-time view of activities. This data allows for immediate reallocation of resources, or can be output to a wallboard display to help call centre operatives stay on the ball.
By keeping all of the business connected and communicating, you are guaranteed to deliver an improved service to your customers.