All businesses need to be able to handle calls from customers in an understanding and professional manner. However, this is particularly true of funeral businesses. If you run an organisation that provides funeral services, you already know that your customers need to be treated with respect and sensitivity. Each customer has recently lost a loved one and is likely to be distraught and emotionally vulnerable. As a result, we believe… Read More »

When it comes to handling telephone calls from customers and clients, you have two main options. You can hire personnel to respond to calls in-house, or you can out-source the task to a professional call-handling service. There are a number of important differences between these two approaches and we earnestly believe that the second one is better for most small businesses and start-ups. However, you don’t need to take our… Read More »

The title of this blog is deliberately misleading – and we hope that doesn’t make you angry! If it does, have you become an ‘angry person’? It’s easy for those working as part of a telephone answering service team to categorise callers in this way. Even on a subconscious level, a person’s anger can be perceived as an integral part of who they are. However, this isn’t really the case…. Read More »

Our experience over many years, dealing with tens of thousands of calls, shows that there is nothing more calming to an upset customer than genuine compassion. Simple heartfelt phrases such as ‘I’m really sorry that happened to you, let’s see how we can solve your problems’ said with genuine emotion can easily be the best way to recover a difficult call, while also helping to calm the person on the… Read More »

Your business might not experience the phone ringing off the hook 24/7, or even 9 to 5, but you probably face a rush at certain peak times of the day or on certain days of the week. During such periods it’s all hands on deck, and at these times your receptionists or staff answering calls face the impossible decision – do they neglect calls or deliver poor customer service to… Read More »

Providing top quality customer service is essential for all businesses. Doing so includes making sure you have effective call answering so that customers can get in touch whenever they may need to. Often companies debate whether to outsource their call centre or keep it as an in-house operation. Yet outsourcing can really benefit customers and lead to a more positive company reputation. Here are three reasons why. 1. Professional staff… Read More »

Having a good telephone answering service can offer a lot of benefits to your firm, including increased sales, fewer distractions and the freeing up of time to work on different areas of the business. However, since there are so many providers of this service out there, it may be difficult trying to choose the best company to suit your needs. As such, our experts have put together a short list… Read More »

Receiving a call from a customer could present you with any number of scenarios. They could be strong and steadfast who is able to conduct their business quickly. They could be recently bereaved and be struggling to maintain their composure over the phone, or they could be obviously weepy over the phone. Whatever the situation you find yourself faced with you need to treat the individual on the other end… Read More »

We all have them. Clients who make a situation particularly stressful, whether it’s because of a complaint, late delivery on a service, or because they’re a tad high maintenance. In any industry, you need to be able to handle any client with ease, no matter how much they ask of you. Whenever you start feeling stressed or emotional while talking to a client or working on what they need, take… Read More »

If you’ve ever worked in a call centre setting, you’ll have seen your colleagues around you answering the phone with a professional tilt to their voice. They’re confident, they know their information and what they need to do to keep a customer or client talking. It all starts with how you begin your phone call. It doesn’t matter if you’re making inbound calls or outbound calls, the process is still… Read More »