“Answering phone calls can consume significant amount of time and reduce employee productivity. If you are struggling to balance customer service and productivity in your operations, an answering service is a great solution. With such a service, you get the benefits of responding to the demands of your customers while maintaining staff productivity.
These services are developed to receive incoming calls from customers, clients, guests or patients. When people call and reach the answering service, they have the benefit of talking to a live attendant instead of a machine. When callers speak to an answering service attendant, they will be given the choice to leave a message or have the call transferred to the intended party or person. Businesses usually use these services, but busy individuals or professionals can also use one.
Businesses can choose from different types of answering services. Some only feature call answering functions for after-hours calls. This service is used by doctors and lawyers to name a few. During non-emergency situations, clients and patients can call the answering service and leave a message for the doctor/medical staff or the lawyer. The answering service will then relay messages to the assistant or office manager during regular business hours. For emergency situations, an answering service can be instructed to divert calls to the physician or the lawyer for immediate attention. Other answering service firms serve as contact centers and receive inbound calls on behalf of a company. Each time a customer places a call to the company’s number, the call will be directed to the answering service. It not only takes and relays messages, it is also used to handle sales calls or customer inquiries.
By using such a service, businesses have the benefit of having phone professionals always on stand-by to answer incoming telephone calls. Answering service companies use state-of-the-art technology for providing updated information about the business and the service/product they offer each time callers have questions or concerns. Answering services also offer resources such as call monitoring, recording and tracking to make the service easier and synchronized to the business’ standards. All calls made and received on behalf of the client are stored for evaluation purposes. Each call can be tracked every time it begins and ends to make sure that calls are handled properly. Most service providers have procedures in place to make sure that a customer’s concern has been handled properly and resolved by the agent.
Answering services can help companies look more professional in the eyes of their competitors and customers. Since most of these services offer round the clock support, companies would not miss out on opportunities after normal business hours. A good answering service can collect important data and take messages for the intended party. During an extremely busy day, every call will be answered and handled promptly and efficiently by a live and trained telephone answering representative.
Answering services function in different ways. Prior to making the hiring decision, it is important to research your options. Find out everything you can about the answering service provider and take into consideration how they operate, how many employees they have and how long have they been in business. You need a competent and reliable answering service to ensure that your company will be represented in the most professional way and will help you maintain a good image for your business.”
Author Resource:- Matthew Harman