How To Find A Good Answering Service

May 4 08:04 2011 Nick DAlleva Print This Article

When looking for an answering service, there is a lot to consider. Be sure not to leave out anything important.

When running a successful business,Guest Posting there are a number of decisions you must make every single week. From how much stationary paper to reorder to where you are going to have the yearly conference, the number of decisions can seem as complex as they are diverse. One particular decision that may not be the most important you'll need to make still remains very important. This decision, of course, is what answering service to use. Luckily, finding a good answering service isn't as hard as it may sound. You may have seen advertisements in magazines or on the internet, but how do you know if the service you're considering is a winner?

The first thing you ought to consider is what kind of customer support does the company offer. There should be a number you can call any time of the day or night to get help. Unfortunately, many answering service companies just offer support by email. This should immediately raise some red flags because if a telephone answering service is unwilling to even provide you with a telephone number to contact them by, then how can you really trust them to do a good job? Likewise, you should beware answering services that are set up to sell you service like a physical product like a book or piece of furniture. By the very nature of this type of service, companies ought to take time with their customers to set up something that is professional, effective, and tailored to their needs.

Although it is far from the sole way to tell if an answering service is good, you should find out when the company was started and where. Even though there are poor quality answering services that have been around for many years, oftentimes it is helpful to get some background on the people you could potentially be doing business with. Sometimes this information comes in handy when it comes to past performance. Companies that have a history of happy and satisfied customers are a good indication that they will remain so for years to come. Like I said before, though, this is far from the only or even the most important factor to consider.

Similarly, you should find out if your calls would be outsourced to a foreign country where they don't speak English as a primary language. Despite the fact that these answering services can be very inexpensive, you usually get what you pay for. Few things are less annoying for your customers than struggling to speak to an answering service operator they can't understand and have no idea if they can understand or even if they got the message. If you are going to try and save money on an answering service in this way, you are better off not even having it. At least with voicemail you can be sure that your customers understand what you are saying in the message.

Lastly, an answering service should feel comfortable taking the time to answer your questions or concerns. These days, many companies we deal with treat you like a number instead of a person with specific needs and requirements. Although you might not think so, there are a good number of quality services that are more than willing to answer your questions and explain their features and how the service works. A good answering service will let you know about special deals they are running or other services they provide which may be of use to you and your company. Because this type of service is supposed to be personal and based on conversation with a real person, it only makes sense the sales and support process is as attentive.

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Nick DAlleva
Nick DAlleva

Specialty Answering Service is an IT answering service provider for the computer and networking industry. In the Silicon Valley, we offer these services through our Sacramento answering service as well as around the country.

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