Business owners make mistakes. A lot. Some of the most costly mistakes end up being those corners cut in customer service. The most popular way people communicate with a business is by phone. If those phones are slow to connect, have terrible quality or if they drop calls… your customers will not be happy. VOIP business phone service is a step in the right direction, but even still, business owners make mistakes when choosing the right service for their business. Here are the top 3 most costly mistakes business owners make with their VOIP business phone service.
Number 1 : Your VOIP Business Phone Service Doesn’t Do That…
All VOIP business phone services are not created equally! Just because you signed up for a VOIP phone system, doesn’t mean you will get all of the great features that your company needs to run efficiently. There is an endless list of features that your VOIP business phone service is capable of having. Some of our favorite Mango Voice VOIP business phone service features include:
- iOS and Android App for your Mobile Phone
- Simple User Interface
- Drag and Drop
- Increased Up Time
- Cloud-Based Phone System
- Multiple Locations
- API Integration
- On-site Training
- CRM Integration
- No Maintenance Fees
- Find Me / Follow Me Call Forwarding
- Unlimited Minutes For Business
- Reports & Analytics
- Visual Dial Plan Editor
- Auto Attendant
- Voicemail to Email
- Call Parking
- Conference Rooms
- Call Queues
- Fax to Email
- Call Recording
- Schedule Based Call Routing
- Music On Hold
- Advertisement Tracking
- Local Presence
- Intercom Paging
- Ring Groups
- ….. And more in development!
Are you seeing this list? It’s huge! We can’t ever pick just one or two favorite features. Each one makes the business run so much smoother. Now, let’s visit another VOIP business phone service company and see what features they have…. Hm… Oh, nope. They don’t have that one, or the next one, or even the one after that! This is why going with the wrong VOIP business phone service without all the great features is one of the biggest mistakes a business owner can make.
I can already hear the critics… “But what does it matter if they don’t have fax to email? I have a fax machine!” To this, I simply say, “Oh dear.” Life in the technology age is really so much better. Relying on outdated technology is another big, huge, mistake. But this kind of thinking is what brings us to the second biggest, most costly mistakes a business owner can make.
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- Take away for Number 1: Research features! Make sure you know what features you want and need in a VOIP business phone service.
Number 2 : The other guys say you have to do WHAT to set up your new phone system?
Setting up your new cloud-based phone system with the wrong company can be pretty complicated. Ya, they come with instructions, but so does all that fun furniture at the Ikea stores. It’s just not right now similar the instructions for building a sofa can compare to getting your new VOIP business phone system up and running with the wrong phone provider. VOIP business phones service is not the same at each company you work with. As we demonstrated with the long list of features that Mango Voice offers its’ customers, the setup process can be much different with other companies, too.
Mango Voice realized that getting your VOIP business phone service set up doesn’t have to be complicated. We don’t include a 50-page instruction manual with your phones. Although I’m sure if you wanted one from the phone manufacturer, we could find one for you. We only send a simple sheet with 4 steps on it to get your phones set up and an easy to understand diagram to show you what to plug in.
Getting started with Mango Voice has four simple steps:
- Contact Your Onboarding Specialist.You’ll have a dedicated specialist that has extensive knowledge of the system ask you a few quick questions to ensure we get the right phone sent to your business. Your VOIP business phone service is then programmed before it is shipped out to your location. In some cases, we can overnight phones and have you fully set up within a day.
- Connect Your Phones.When you get the phones, you’ll need to attach the cord to the handset and plugin the device to a power sourcTheTeh next step is to plug the ethernet (internet) cable into the phone. Really, it’s that easy.
- Training.Our long list of features is very impressive, but it takes a little familiarity for them to become second nature with a new VoIP business phone service. We offer training over the phone, in person or via video conference. We also provide training videos. We can also take care of transferring your existing phone numbers over into our system so you don’t have to re-print all of your marketing materials. We’ll take care of you!
- Pick up your phone, it’s ringing!After a few simple steps, your cloud-based phone system is ready to use. Don’t be surprised if your phone starts ringing right away! Getting up and running is a simple and easy process with Mango Voice. See… it’s simple.
- Take away for Number 2: Phone set up really can be simple! Make sure your VOIP business phone system is easy to set up.
Number 3 : Are you spending all day on the phone… with technical support?
One thing that business owners do not have time for… long technical support calls. You’ve done it before, called into a technical support line. Waited. Pressed 1 for English. Pressed 0 for an operator. Pressed 1 to confirm that you wanted to speak with an operator. Pressed 1 to confirm that you wanted to speak with the operator in English. The operator comes on the line and asks how they can help only to pass you on to another department that has another wait. Waiting. Waiting.
The thing about all this waiting is that it wouldn’t be too frustrating if it was worth the wait, right? But then when you finally get someone on the line, they seem to question everything you are asking… like they were just hired… and then they have to put you on another hold because they have to go ask if they still service the phone you are calling from…. sound familiar?
Ok, look. We get it. Technical support can be complicated, especially in complex situations. This is another advantage to using Mango Voice and their VOIP Business phone services. We have support personnel readily available for your company. We do have resources online and videos, but when you call Mango Voice, you’re going to get a knowledgeable support person that knows your company and can easily answer your questions. We recognize you don’t have time to sit on frustrating support calls, so we do our best to be as easy to work with and as easy to understand as possible.
It’s time for a change.
Have you ever heard the saying, “Innovate or die”? It’s especially true for businesses and technology. But don’t take our word for it. In Business Insider’s article they outline why it is critical for business owners to innovate and embrace the changing technologies:
We should be most concerned about companies that are currently successful that do not have innovation ingrained in the fabric of their businesses. They are the ones that need to avoid the FDH (fat, dumb, and happy) syndrome, try new things and not rest on their laurels. They have to risk failure to continue to achieve great success. They should know that survival today requires more than treading water, and that many of the companies that were once great are now gone or on their way out largely because they stopped innovating. In fact, according to Forbes, the average lifespan of a successful S&P 500 Company was 67 years in the 1920’s. Today it is 15 years. More companies need to innovate to improve these declining numbers.
We understand that technology is hard to keep up with. We’re focused on it all day, every day, so understanding comes a little easier to those of us in this industry. That feeling of discomfort with change may be uncomfortable for a moment, but when your revenues start increasing and your customers cheer in excitement because they are reaching you more often, and faster, then business owners realize what a great step it is to invest in updated phone service technology.
We really can help!
Lack of understanding doesn’t need to hold you back. We can simplify this complex topic which really isn’t as complex as most people think. Let’s take, well, Mango Voice as an example. When you work with Mango Voice, we have the best team around. You’ll work with a call specialist that will assess the needs of your business, take down all the details and find the right customized system for your company or small business. After that assessment, your boss’s jaw will drop when you tell them just how affordable this enterprise-grade phone solution is. We package up your phones in a box, you receive them, plug them in and start answering calls. It’s that easy.
Mistakes happen. Some of the best lessons come from making the occasional mistake. But if we can help save you from making the mistake of choosing the wrong VOIP business phone service, then let us help! We love working with businesses in a variety of industries. We’ve helped dentists, lawyers, technology companies, schools and even government agencies all upgrade to the best VOIP business phone service around. We’d love to work with you.
Call Mango Voice: 888-541-1397