Posts Tagged ‘VoIP’


Nextiva Customer Success Story: HagBros Precision

Nextiva customer Hagbros Precision is a manufacturing solutions provider that designs and produces competitively priced molds at their Round Rock, Texas headquarters just north of Austin. Developed by a group of inventors, entrepreneurs, and metal workers, Hagbros focuses on precision tooling, mold making, and customer focused manufacturing solutions.

We met with Roya Foroughi, Project Manager at Hagbros, to learn more about how their team uses their Nextiva phone system on a day-to-day basis. “One of the things that’s really important is being able to talk to our customers on a regular basis, because one of the things we do is custom-order parts and machinery,” said Roya. “Having a good quality phone system that works around the clock is really important.”

Prior to Nextiva, Roya had to provide customers with multiple phone numbers to reach employees at their two different office locations. With Nextiva’s advanced call forwarding options, she’s now able to transfer phone calls to other team members, creating a much smoother customer experience. “If we have the connection between our two buildings, it makes things seamless,” explained Roya.

Another obstacle that the Hagbros team was able to overcome by switching to Nextiva was the necessity of clear call quality. Roya says, “When our engineers are on the phone with customers talking about parts they’re trying to order, it’s really important that they have clear conversations so they can hear the precise measurements.”

Meet Roya and the Hagbros team:

 


Customer Success Story: ABBOTT Engineering

We always enjoy meeting with Nextiva customers and recently had the pleasure of meeting the team at ABBOTT Engineering in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California. ABBOTT Engineering is a full service HVAC and plumbing design firm that serves the greater San Diego area with building energy optimization, plumbing, humidification, engineering reports, and more.

Louis Abbott, President and CEO, told us about how his growing team of mechanical engineers uses Nextiva’s cloud phone service to keep in touch with contractors and clients. His business received multiple benefits from switching to a VoIP system, including:

  • Affordability– Previously, the team at ABBOTT had a single cordless phone that they passed throughout their 10-person office. Now, each employee is able to have their own desk phone at a price that the company can easily afford.
  • Scalability – Louis has enjoyed how easy it is to add new phone lines as his team continues to grow.  “All we have to do is just plug it in, and it works,” Louis says. “It caters towards growth.”
  • Advanced Features – Louis’s team enjoys utilizing Nextiva’s phone functions, especially voicemail-to-email and call forwarding so they can receive messages when out of the office (and on surf breaks!)
  • Accessible Customer Support – The ABBOTT team is able to reach out to the Nextiva support team whenever they have a question or issue so they can spend their day focusing on what they excel at: mechanical engineering.
  • Enhanced Company Image – The professional features and organized forwarding that Nextiva has put into place for the ABBOTT Engineering team has allowed their 10-person team to project the image of a larger company.

Meet Louis and hear his story:


Nextiva Launches Zendesk-Integrated App

Nextiva and Zendesk have created the best customer experience. Ever.

Your two favorite business tools have joined forces for an enhanced customer experience! Integrate your Nextiva cloud phone system with your Zendesk console to increase team efficiency, functionality, and productivity. The best part? The app is FREE to all Nextiva users who rely on Zendesk for their customer service needs. 

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Key Features:

  • Make and receive calls through the Zendesk console
  • Identify the customer as soon as an inbound call is received
  • Automatically generate tickets for new customers
  • Instantly look up information for existing customers
  • Reduce wait time associated with looking up record history

For more information about the Nextiva App for Zendesk and how to install the app on your Zendesk console, click here.


Nextiva Customer Success Story: Nella Law Group

Cloud-based phone systems can benefit all types of office environments by bringing companies reduced costs and enhanced features. Nextiva serves over 100,000 businesses across the country, including thousands of law firms. We understand how critical it is, in particular for lawyers, to be able to handle clients’ calls properly every time.

Our latest Customer Success Story spotlight features Nella Law Group, a boutique law firm in Los Angeles that helps small and mid-sized businesses with their legal needs. We met with Rahsaana Allen, founding and managing attorney of Nella Law Group, to find out more about her team’s experience with Nextiva’s phone service.

“Prior to Nextiva, I had the standard Verizon basic business plan. It was very expensive and it didn’t offer a lot of flexibility,” Rahsaana explained. “I did a lot of research into what voiceover IP company I wanted to go with…Nextiva stood out from the pack.” Her team and clients are now able to experience:

  • Accelerate client response time – It’s impossible to be in the office 24/7, but features such as Voicemail-to-Email allow Rahsaana to receive messages any time, from any place.
  • Reduce monthly expenses – “I’m able to offer my clients a much more competitive legal rate,” explained Rahsaana. One of the greatest benefits of VoIP service is a bundled flat monthly fee.
  • Eliminate answering service – Multiple Call Recording options allow the Nella Law Firm team to ensure that clients are able to reach the right line every single time, whether they’re dialing an extension or main number.
  • Increase billing accuracy – Rahsaana can easily access phone records from the customer dashboard to review phone recordings and read call history reports to ensure an accurate client bill.
  • Boost productivity – Rahsaana’s team can now instantly swaps calls from one device to another with no hang-ups or hold time, allowing them to remain mobile throughout the day.
  • Improve client relations – The Nextiva dashboard lets the Nella Law Firm team access reports that show call trends that can affect staffing and other business decisions.

Meet Rahsaana and hear her story here:

Time is money for a business, especially for law firms. We understand that efficiency and productivity are a key to maximizing the time small business owners have to serve their customers. Give us a call at 800.799.0600 to chat with us about what phone system and features could best benefit your business!


Nextiva Customer Success Story: Austin Cake Ball

Part of our goal at Nextiva is to ensure your phone system is optimized so that you can focus on providing great service to your clients and customers this holiday season.

We’re always eager to hear feedback about our system and service, which is why we love to meet face-to-face with customers to hear their candid opinions about Nextiva. Our Customer Success Story series has taken us across the country to speak with small business owners in a variety of industries, and we are excited to introduce you to our first restaurant spotlight: Austin Cake Ball.

Texas-based Austin Cake Ball resides within Copper Restaurant & Dessert Lounge just north of the city in The Domain shopping center. Diners can satisfy their sweet tooth with a full menu of bite-sized cake balls, in addition to the full dining and cocktail menu that the restaurant has available.  The holiday season means that Austin Cake Ball expands their menu from classic options such as chocolate, red velvet, salted caramel, and Oreo to include festive flavors like pumpkin spice and white chocolate peppermint. In addition to shoppers dropping in from the nearby shops, the restaurant receives a steady stream of dining reservations and cake ball to-go orders – especially in the fall and winter months.

Austin Cake Ball Office Manager, Christi Greene, explained why their business decided to switch to Nextiva, “Before we used Nextiva it was extremely frustrating; we would unfortunately hear stories of people not being able to connect to us and our business.” And those were only the stories that Christi’s team heard – how many other potential customers had they lost because phone calls weren’t coming through?

Anticipating high volumes of bakeshop custom orders and restaurant reservations over the holidays, Christi looked to other business phone solutions so that their phone communications wouldn’t be hindered. “When folks reach out to us via telephone, it’s essential that we’re there to answer the call and that they don’t get a busy signal,” Christi says. Nextiva was able to give her team this peace of mind.

“With our Nextiva service, I know that our guests and clients are able to reach us, make their reservation or place an order and receive great information,” explained Christi. “Our phone system is our lifeline to the outside world.”

Meet Christi and hear her story here:


3 Tech Tools That Make Your Small Business Seem Much Larger

11-13 shadowBusinesses no longer are forced to lease office space and hire multiple employees to start and grow. Thanks to the many technology tools that are available today, even a one-person startup operating out of a home office can interact with clients and customers. Best of all, these tools are often affordable, utilizing the devices an entrepreneur already has.

By choosing the right selection of tools, a professional can grow slowly, giving customers the impression the business is located in a large multi-story business suite. Here are three great technologies that can turn your small enterprise into a complex business, complete with customer service representatives and administrative assistants.

VoIP Call Forwarding

As a small business owner, your cell phone is your lifeline. Today’s cloud-enabled VoIP phone systems offer a wide variety of features to facilitate communication as you grow. Using an online interface or a desk phone, a business can forward calls as needed throughout the day.

As a business adds employees, additional users can be added, with calls being routed to employees whether they’re at home, in the office, or traveling from one meeting to the next. These systems can also be set to ring multiple phones at once, so a professional can have a desk phone, cell phone, and home phone ring simultaneously to ensure no call is ever missed.

Cloud Services

Cloud service providers have served as the great equalizer in the business world, giving SMBs access to technologies traditionally only available to larger businesses. Companies pay a monthly fee for access to software, file and application hosting, and web hosting from any device. Cloud services providers employ some of the best IT professionals to provide the highest level of security and reliability.

In addition to providing storage and software functionality, the cloud has also made it possible for businesses to rethink the traditional approach to getting work completed. Instead of committing to a full-time employee with salary and benefits, a business owner can contract with an online virtual assistant to help manage tasks, as well as graphic designers, application developers, marketing professionals, and other workers. This work can be done on a paid-per-job basis, with workers potentially living on the other side of the world.

Billing and Payment Solutions

Invoicing is an essential part of any growing business. During the process of building and growing a startup, an entrepreneur doesn’t have the time to dedicate to sending invoices, collecting payments, and tracking funds. Automated solutions give business owners the opportunity to automate the process, saving time and preventing costly errors.

Newer solutions also offer the opportunity of setting up a portal through which clients and vendors can view and pay invoices, as well as view the status of pending payments. These tools cut down on the number of phone calls for information and give a business an even more professional, big business appearance.

Technology has opened up many possibilities for businesses, including giving small businesses the ability to appear much larger. By setting up the right infrastructure from the beginning, an SMB can give itself a competitive edge in its field.


Changes Coming to Nextiva Invoices

As a service provider in the regulated VoIP industry, Nextiva is required to collect federal, state and local government taxes, surcharges and fees. These taxes and fees are location and usage based and will now be itemized on Nextiva invoices.

Monthly invoices, beginning this month, will include the following sections:

  • Subscription Plan Fee – Product price per user and usage charges, where applicable
  • Package Add Ons – Phones, devices and plan upgrades
  • Shipping – Initial order shipping of phones and devices
  • Taxes and Fees – Itemization of federal, state, city and other local taxes, regulatory surcharges and service delivery fees
  • Phone Numbers on Account – A list of all phone and fax numbers on the account
  • Billing Information – Account billing address and payment information

Standard Definitions:

RRF = Regulatory Recovery Fee: The RRF is assessed as a percentage of interstate and international charges. The RRF is intended to recover increased VoIP provider operating cost due to local, state, and federal regulatory compliance. RRF is separate from government taxes and fees. 

E911 = Enhanced 911 is a service that associates a caller’s physical address with their phone number. In case of emergency calls, the caller’s phone line generates an automatic number identification (ANI) signal to the network. The E911 system then routes the number to the appropriate emergency center. This service is supported by a dedicated network that has been built to address E911 call needs from a reliability, capacity and technology standpoint. All VoIP providers, as well as local and state emergency facilities, are responsible for collecting and funding different aspects of the infrastructure that supports this critical service.

USF = Universal Service Fund: Universal service is the principle that all Americans should have access to communications services. The USF assessment is a charge collected by telecommunications carriers for federal and state funds that support the provision of affordable communications services to rural, isolated, and high-cost regions of the country; low-income residential consumers; schools, libraries, and rural health care.

Invoice Modifications


NextOS Enhancements – What to Expect in Your Business Communications

NextOS EnhancementsNextiva is excited to announce the upcoming enhancements to the NextOS system. In the coming months, we will introduce several new features for Nextiva Office products as well as Call Center. We know these enhancements will help make your business even more efficient and productive. Here are the highlights

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We are improving the experience for your customers from the minute they call into your business.

  • The Auto Attendant now has the option for Holiday Hours on the menu.
  • Upon completion of announcements played on the Auto Attendant, it will automatically take callers back to the main menu.
  • You can store media files in a repository for all of your announcements and easily access different messages when you need to make changes.
  • If you use our Meet-Me Conferencing, you will notice that you can now see who is talking during the conference taking all the guess work out of collaboration.
  • Receptionist Consoles will now display calendar information for all users in real-time.
  • Everyone using the dashboard will see their colleagues’ presence/availability status and IM them on the spot.
  • New options will be available for Executive/Admin roles, allowing for multiple configurations, where all key features are supported in a single view, including Call Screening, Simultaneous Ring, Monitoring, Bridging and Call Push/Pull.

Call Center

We are also enhancing Nextiva Call Center to improve agent efficiency and customer experience.

  • Agent skill-based routing will send calls to only agents/groups of agents assigned to a certain business skill, i.e. advanced technical service, claims processing or administrator skillss.
  • Agents and Supervisors will see visual cues when agents are not operating within desired limits, SLAs or KPIs, so adjustments can quickly be made or training issues addressed.
  • Queue status will now be visible to support better staffing, call routing and training decisions.

Stay tuned for more information in the near future! 


Nextiva Customer Success Story: Five Star Tours

The leading tour bus company in San Diego, Five Star Tours and Charter Bus Company is a family-operated business that specializes in international group transportation and tour services along the Californian and Mexican coasts.

We recently met with Alfonso Hernandez, General Manager of Five Star Tours, to chat with him about how his company uses their phone system to conduct their business operations.

Located in a bustling train station, the Five Star Tours team used to have a phone system that was connected to the station’s PA. This proved to be a headache throughout their day-to-day activities, as the system consistently dropped calls, didn’t support caller ID, and wouldn’t accurately transfer calls. On top of that, they would receive conductor messages over their phone calls. It was time for a change.

We were happy to hear Alfonso report that Nextiva’s phone service gave them a 100% turnaround. They can now hear their clients clearly, and they have programmed their call forwarding functions and hunt groups to give the team more freedom of mobility.

Best of all, Nextiva gave Five Star Tours a competitive advantage. That’s the goal of Nextiva’s products and services – to make your day easier and give you a leg up on your competition. We’re glad that we were able to make that happen for Alfonso and his team.

Hear his full story here:




 
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