Video over SIP: Ten Years Later

Ten years ago today, our telegenic CEO & Co-Founder, Mike Oeth, blogged about OnSIP's support for video calling. Then as now, any OnSIP customer with a video-capable VoIP phone could make video calls as easily as voice-only ones. Since then, this has become more accessible through better bandwidth and codecs, but most importantly, the increase in video-capable endpoints.

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Topics: SMB Leadership, Business Technology, Office Management

Cloud VoIP Features for the Mobile Small Business

Perhaps you have a mobile sales team who gathers for a morning meeting and then scatters to meet with clients for the rest of the day. Or maybe your startup has a few employees who handle multiple responsibilities and are always on the move!

Whatever the reason, yours is a mobile small business. You need technology that can meet the needs of your agile and hard-working staff.

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Topics: Business Technology, Office Management

Great Moments in Video Conferencing: Real Estate Meetings & Tours

Paula Ravin, real estate agent, starts her Tuesday workday by clicking on a link she's populated into every 8:30 am Tuesday slot on her Google calendar: it's the weekly update she attends virtually with four colleagues at Winston-Kemmerman Realty. She can see them all, with their company-logoed coffee mugs, reporting from the office on Broad Street or from their home offices.

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Topics: SMB Leadership, Business Technology, Office Management

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: Business Technology, Office Management

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

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

Why You Should Be Using Softphones Instead of Desk Phones at Your Business

Remote working has been on the rise in recent years: a Gallup survey conducted in 2017 reported that "43 percent of employed Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely," a four percentage point increase since 2012.

What tools are available to support this new way of working? After all, a physical desk phone that sits in the office won't help an employee who is offsite for the day.

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Topics: SMB Leadership, Business Technology, Office Management

Give Your Colleagues Control Over How They Communicate at Work

Cloud VoIP allows you to adapt your business communications to fit your unique needs. You can upload custom on hold recordings for callers who are waiting in call queues, integrate your phone system with leading CRM platforms and helpdesk software, and even send work calls directly to your smartphone, among many other options.

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Topics: SMB Leadership, Office Management, cloud phone system

Why Can’t I Port My Business Phone Number to a New Provider?

When switching to a new business phone service, you will have to decide whether or not to keep your existing phone number(s). If so, you will need to take action to transfer your phone number(s) from one provider to the other. In most cases, this process, called ‘porting’, occurs without any issues. However, there are certain cases where it’s not possible to keep your business phone number. In this blog, we will outline why this might happen, and offer some workarounds and alternatives.

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Topics: Business Technology, Office Management

Cloud Phone Service Office Moving Guide: 8 Considerations

One of the many benefits of having a cloud phone service is flexibility. Without the need to host your phone system IT on-site, companies can relocate and keep the phone lines active with minimal planning. The cloud has you covered, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare for the transition. Here are a few important details to keep in mind when it comes to moving your business phones.

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Topics: Business Technology, Office Management