SIP.js Gains Support for In-Band DTMF (Beta) in Latest Version 0.10.0

Our engineering team just released a few important updates to SIP.js in version 0.10.0. The main highlights of this release: adding support for in-band DTMF and attaching media via Session Description Handler Observer.

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Topics: developer, Business Technology, sip.js, WebRTC

Be Memorable to Your Customers by Using a Vanity Phone Number

If you're lucky enough to have a vanity phone number for your business, you know how beneficial it is. In addition to being easy to remember for customers and sales leads, it is also a critical part of your business's brand and marketing strategy.

In this blog post, we'll present information on what these numbers are, what advantages they can bring to your business, and how you can go about getting one.

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Topics: Business Technology, phone number

Great Moments in Video Conferencing: Parent-Teacher Meetings

Ms. Van Etten, sixth grade teacher at Intermediate School 102, sits down for her seventh parent-teacher conference of the evening -- via video call. It's not a technical stretch: the calls are initiated via a link sent out to the parents along with their timeslot. There's nothing to download; she's just logged into a web interface awaiting Ms. Brown's call.

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Topics: Business Technology

A Web-Based Admin Portal Will Help You Successfully Administer Your Cloud Phone System

You may be in the process of searching for your business's very first phone system. Or perhaps you've decided to take advantage of the cloud and replace your on-premise phone system with a hosted one.

Whatever the reason, one of the must-have features you're looking for is an administrative portal that allows for easy set up and maintenance of your business's phone service.

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Topics: Office Management, Business Technology

Unique Ways to Use Cloud Phone System Features

If you're already using a cloud phone system, or are in the process of researching them, you certainly know about the long list of features, abilities, and integrations that they offer.

But besides utilizing auto attendants, conference bridges, and call queues, how else can you use a cloud phone system to meet your business needs?

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Topics: SMB Leadership, Business Technology

Offer Your Callers the Choice of Video... and Be Prepared to Answer Them

In the previous post, we outlined some of the best use cases for video-enabled customer service; applications that require a special level of trust and reassurance, like telehealth monitoring, financial services/tax prep, and tutoring.

We'd go a step further and note that even certain e-commerce scenarios -- those whose products or services are complex or costly -- are helped by look-me-in-the-eye customer service. This is something e-commerce merchants can test for themselves, using Google Analytics and correlating call-me or video-call-me button-click events with purchases and sales totals.

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Topics: Business Technology, SMB Leadership

Are You Still Doing Work That a Cloud Phone System Can Do for You?

Today's cloud phone systems do much more than just direct calls and light up buttons on a desk phone. Addressing rapidly changing business needs, their service platforms offer: voice and video calling, mobile communications, IM/chat, video conferencing, integrations with CRM and help desk software, screensharing, SMS...the list goes on and on.

Considering the fact that cloud phone systems provide all of these productivity-boosting features, ask yourself an important question: Are you doing work that your phone system can handle?

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Topics: SMB Leadership, Business Technology, Office Management

The Case for Video Customer Service: When Should Your Agents Show Their Faces?

In 2018 we will start to see more businesses adopt video calling as part of their omni-channel customer service. Should yours be one of them?

Given that a) most laptops are equipped with cameras nowadays, b) even desktop computers typically sport add-on webcams, and c) most callers have video-ready bandwidth, this is not a decision that calls for capital investment. At least not for OnSIP queued-calling customers, for whom inbound video call distribution is a mere drop-down choice, along with voice-only. The right question is, is yours a business that should encourage callers to communicate with video as well as voice?

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Topics: SMB Leadership, Business Technology

5 Reasons Why Customer Support Managers Should Use Call Queue Dashboards

Call queue dashboards provide managers and supervisors with detailed views of their inbound call queues. These dashboards display current and historical information on calling activity and call agent performance.

Call queue dashboards can be particularly valuable for managers of customer support and customer success teams. By reviewing the comprehensive data found there, managers will gain important insights into their customer support operations. They can then use that knowledge to make decisions that benefit callers, call agents, and the business as a whole.

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Topics: Business Technology, Office Management

Use OnSIP to Address Changing Business Communication Needs

"I don't think my business needs a phone system right now."

It's a surprising statement that sometimes comes up in conversations our sales reps have with tech companies and startups. They may use Slack and Google Hangouts for internal communication and collaboration along with personal smartphones for external calling.

But think about how your business will grow in the future. While you may not want the hassle that comes with managing an in-house phone system (and rightly so), you'll need a more professional way to connect with customers, clients, and vendors other than just giving out cell numbers.

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Topics: SMB Leadership, Business Technology