The technology you use in the office should enhance your ability to do business. That’s what technology does! Yet, the same technology that helped you serve clients better just a short 5 or 10 years ago can just as easily hinder your staff’s ability to work as fast or effectively as you need them to, as your customers expect them to and, unfortunately, as some of your competitors already do today.
If you’re using an older business phone system, it could be slowing your company down in ways that aren’t always easy to see.
Phone systems like ShoreTel Connect ONSITE allow you to seamlessly integrate your communications systems with your business and customer applications. This integration shaves time off simple tasks like retrieving customer information, routing inbound callers to the right person, and placing full customer records on your employees’ screen as a new call connects. Features such as these can not only make your employees more productive, but also get the customer’s experience off to a great start.
Enriched Customer Service
When customers contact your business, what kind of experience are they getting? If you’re relying on older systems, they’re undoubtedly having a disconnected, frustrating experience.
With a basic phone system in place, it’s easy to assume that all is well as long as you have a dial tone. But today’s communications need to go beyond that. Are your customers often bounced from one representative to the next, hoping to find the right person to solve their problem? Do they end up repeating their issues to each new person who comes on the line, and face lengthy hold times while the new representative accesses their information all over again? This once state-of-the-art phone system is now inhibiting your ability to support customers in the manner to which they’ve become accustom, and that your competitors most likely provide.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. If you integrate your phone system with your CRM tool and communications tools, you can access professional contact center features that are natively integrated with your ShoreTel Connect ONSITE solution, delivering a better customer experience.
Enhanced Worker Productivity
As businesses like yours try to do more with fewer workers, it’s imperative to minimize disruptions and make the workflow more seamless.
With an older phone system, the work environment can be disruptive and confusing. Customers are easily routed to the wrong department, getting more frustrated as they repeat their information to multiple agents. Employees may have to switch between multiple screens or devices, or manually input or copy data to accomplish repetitive tasks. Seconds lost to those tasks add up to hours and days – even weeks – over the course of a full year.
A modern communications system like ShoreTel Connect ONSITE gives workers the ability to merge their phone into their applications. As a result, instead of navigating multiple windows, they can access the phone system features from within applications, like their CRM, using an intuitive interface.
If your business uses Skype for Business to manage video chats, instant messaging and desktop sharing, but it’s all separate from your phone system, a ShoreTel Connect ONSITE solution can merge those applications so that with the click of a button, you’re connected and using all the features of your phone system from within the Skype application.
When you leverage a business communications system that integrates with your applications, like ShoreTel Connect ONSITE, you provide a technology-enriched communications system that allows your workers to work better together and gives your customers a smooth, seamless experience.
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If you make money using the phone, then your phone system needs to be a business enabler, not an inhibiter. It needs to differentiate your business from your competition. Your prospects must be able to reach you in a timely manner. Your customers need to find you wherever you are, at the front desk, in a meeting or outside the office. In short, your phone system needs to work for you, not against you.
Your business communications system needs to ensure you have the best tools that will help you do a better job with your customer…today and tomorrow. Below are two ways an onsite phone system can improve the customer experience by improving flexibility and enhancing reachability.
Improving flexibility through work groups
When a customer or prospect calls your company and the phone rings endlessly without being picked up, or it goes to a general voicemail box, they may question how capable your business is. Since today’s customers have higher expectations than ever before, you want to give the impression to current and potential customers that you can serve them the way they want to be served, regardless of whether your employees are in the office or working remotely.
A ShoreTel Connect ONSITE phone system allows you to improve your business’s flexibility by routing calls using the power of work groups. Here’s how:
Work groups can be created to respond to what’s happening in your business. For example, you might have a new advertising campaign and you need more people ready to answer the phone. Perhaps there are changing weather conditions and you need to re-route how support is handled. Or you want to better enable how calls are routed to a call center team and establish a top-down or longest idle calling pattern so your best salesperson or available call center consultant gets the next call. You may even have a business that requires seasonal considerations like greetings or auto attendance during high call volumes.
Using work groups gives you speed and flexibility in how you organize your employees and respond to your customers, allowing you to deliver a consistent level of service no matter the dynamics taking place in your business.
Enhancing Reachability for Mobile Employees
Today’s business reality is such that if you aren’t reachable and you aren’t set up to respond to your customers, then your customers will go elsewhere.
Reachability is how easy it is for a customer or prospect to locate you or your team. It’s not just how long it takes to reach them, but how easily a customer can access them. Employees are no longer tied to an office or a desk phone. You need to make sure your staff has a mobile office with them.
A ShoreTel Connect ONSITE phone system can help your employees be more reachable by allowing your phone to find you or key staff members wherever they are.
ShoreTel Connect ONSITE gives you the ability to use external assignment rules that have phones ring wherever an employee is – whether that’s in a meeting, traveling or at a client site. It can even mean having several phones ring at the same time, say, your desk and cell phone ringing simultaneously.
World-class phone systems using unified communications allow you to implement tools making you and your team more accessible through Microsoft Outlook integration, and desktop sharing and mobility features like find me/follow me. These basic communication and collaboration tools are a must in today’s business environment and critical for future business success.
Such capabilities enable your staff to be reachable no matter where employees are located or what type of technology may come next. That’s a differentiator your customers will appreciate.
Creating a Better Customer Experience
You pride yourself on how you serve your customers. If your current phone system isn’t helping you be flexible and reachable, then it might be inhibiting your business – not enabling it.
It’s time to consider how your business communications can help you even better serve your customers…now and in the future.
If you’d like to evaluate how your phone system can be a business enabler by implementing ShoreTel Connect ONSITE, email us at email@example.com or give us a call at (408) 374-8727.
Business competition in today’s economy is fierce. Your customers expect the highest level of care, and you and your staff need to be reachable, professional and customer-focused at all times – no matter where you’re working.
If that’s your business model, is your phone system supporting you and your employees like you need to support your customers?
Use this checklist to evaluate if your business communications gives your customers the experience they expect from their chosen providers. Any items checked off may signal that you could be getting more out of your phone system.
Reachability and Professionalism
1. Customers can access your sales staff anytime and anywhere, with mobile capabilities that direct incoming office calls to be received on your sales staff’s mobile phones.
2. Outbound calls look professional, coming from the main company number, even when your employees are using their smartphones or other mobile devices.
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4. Employee productivity is increased by merging call records with customer records to improve sales trending projections and staffing optimization.
5. Employees can bring their own device and integrate it with your phone network.
6. Teamwork is made easy with voice and video calling, instant messaging and desktop sharing.
7. Employees feel secure that voice and data are safe, even in public hot spots.
8. Ongoing administration, such as adding a new employee, is easy vs. labor intensive.
9. Local support is available to train your staff to use features that improve the customer experience.
10. You have the option of outsourcing your phone system management to an experienced
How did you do? Depending on your responses, here are some things to think about:
You want your employees to function effectively while improving company productivity and increasing customer satisfaction. Your phone system should help you do all that – and boost your competitive advantage. Find out how a ShoreTel Connect ONSITE business communications system can get you there.
If you’d like to discuss your phone system’s capabilities and see what’s possible for your business, give us a call at 408-374-8727.
With so many phone system options to pick from, it’s difficult to know which one will fully support your business. But you do know one thing: your current phone system no longer meets your company’s changing needs. So you do what any smart business person does – you conduct a thorough assessment of your options. You quickly learn that what you need is a unified communications system that will integrate with your current business applications at a reasonable cost. Most importantly, you want to control how you use, manage and pay for the phone system over the long term while building for the future and enabling an easy migration to the cloud as your business evolves.
If this scenario applies to you, it’s time to consider a unified communications system that gives you total control in three critical ways:
1. Control Over Custody
Is ownership your preference? If you have a certain comfort level when the assets you buy are sitting under your roof, an onsite phone system will give you complete custody of the equipment. Simply put, you own it. This type of investment creates a future benefit for your business by reducing long-term system costs while increasing the book value of your company. The financial decision of leasing, renting or buying is up to you. A ShoreTel Connect ONSITE system gives you investment protection while laying the foundation for a later migration to the cloud. You decide how you spend money on care, maintenance and growth, helping control costs in a way that makes sense for your business. That’s brilliantly simple.
2. Control Over Care
If you like the idea of being able to control how and when you complete a phone system upgrade, and who administers changes to your phone system, then a ShoreTel Connect ONSITE phone system may be right for your business. An onsite solution gives you physical control of your phone system. You have the ability to determine when you want to make system changes and upgrades. It also gives you the ability to have a non-technical person manage moves, adds and changes as you need them. The system’s flexibility gives the administrator access from anywhere, meaning it’s a single image administration, no matter how many sites or locations you have.
3. Control Over Administration
The ease of administration with a ShoreTel Connect ONSITE phone system means it will work with the business applications you already own and enable future growth. Applications you have purchased, developed or customized, like Microsoft Outlook, Skype for Business, Salesforce and other CRM solutions, easily integrate with a ShoreTel Connect ONSITE system. This gives you a unified communications strategy for the short and long term. The best part? You get to keep what you’ve already built and connect it with a phone system that adds additional business communications and collaboration capabilities, giving you more control without affecting your users’ productivity or your customers’ experience.
Determining What’s Right for Your Business
Many companies want to move to the cloud. Just as many companies want to maintain control of the assets they own. As you consider your phone system options, think about how an onsite phone system will give you the control you require in your business today, integrate to applications you’ve already customized and manage how you pay for the system. ShoreTel Connect ONSITE might be the best solution for your business giving you control today and a unified communications phone system for tomorrow.
How well is your current phone system really meeting your needs? Let’s find out. Call us today at 408-374-8727 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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