Happy Holidays from AnswerMTI

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Special Events
Happy Holidays from AnswerMTI

It’s that time of year to spread some cheer, so all of us at AnswerMTI are wishing you happy holidays! As we come down to the end of 2016, we thought we’d take a moment to wish all of you the best this holiday season. It’s been another great year and we couldn’t have done […]

Answering Services Work for Towing Services

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in Answering Services
Answering Services Work for Towing Services

Answering services help towing companies provide reliable service for every stranded driver or car in need of a lift. Whether it’s a summer road trip or traveling during the holidays, people are making long drives year-round. That means folks are breaking down or getting in auto accidents every single day. This is where towing services […]

We are Thankful at AnswerMTI

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Customer Service, Special Events
We are Thankful at AnswerMTI

It’s the time of year when we take a moment to think about all the things we have to be thankful for not just as individuals and families, but as companies as well. At AnswerMTI, we have lots to be thankful for. So, we thought we’d take this opportunity to talk about one of the […]

How to Make Money By Using an Answering Service

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Answering Services, Business
How to Make Money By Using an Answering Service

Businesses can increase revenue by partnering with a live support provider. Here’s how your company is able to actually make more money by using an answering service. Here’s something every business owner should know: It is not only possible, but in fact easy to increase revenue simply by hiring an answering service. You can even […]

How to Handle Angry Callers

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Customer Service
How to Handle Angry Callers

Everyone who works in customer service has had to deal with some pretty upset people. Knowing how to handle angry callers appropriately will help you diffuse the situation and keep your sanity. If you have a job that requires you to provide customer service, then you probably know how horrible it can be to deal […]

All the Office Hacks You Should Try (and some you shouldn’t)

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Business
All the Office Hacks You Should Try (and some you shouldn’t)

At this point there have been dozens of articles posted online about different office hacks. We’ve scoured them to determine all the office hacks you should try and identified a few that you’re probably better off skipping. If you’re looking for some nifty ways to organize your desk or improve office life, there is no […]

Do Answering Services Purposely Make Calls Take Longer?

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Answering Services
Do Answering Services Purposely Make Calls Take Longer?

Ever been curious if answering services stay on the line longer to inflate the duration of a call? It’s a fair thing to wonder. So how long should each call take to process for an answering service? Many people have called a business and reached their answering service. Sometimes it may feel like they keep […]

A Critical Component to Your Business Disaster Recovery Plan

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Business, Call Center
A Critical Component to Your Business Disaster Recovery Plan

Having a good business disaster recovery plan in place is incredibly important. But make sure it includes this crucial piece of the puzzle. You do have a business disaster recovery plan, right? You know, that thing that consists of policies, procedures, and equipment to keep your business from taking a lethal hit when disaster strikes. […]

What You Should Know About Answering Services and Hold Times

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Answering Services, Call Center
What You Should Know About Answering Services and Hold Times

Not all answering services handle holds the same. Here’s what you should know about answering services and hold time to make sure your callers are getting the best experience. In general, calls are put on hold all the time in call center environments. However, the first thing you should know is that not every answering […]

10 Quotes That Will Get You Motivated and Inspired

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Marketing
10 Quotes That Will Get You Motivated and Inspired

Everybody needs a little motivation or inspiration from time to time. Here are 10 quotes that will get the job done. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” – Muhammad […]

How to Choose the Right Answering Service

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Answering Services
How to Choose the Right Answering Service

There are a lot of live support providers out there. Here are some things to look for so you know how to choose the right answering service for your company. When you decide to look into partnering with an answering service you probably don’t just hire the first one you come across. It’s best to shop […]

What is the difference between a Call Center and a Contact Center?

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Call Center
What is the difference between a Call Center and a Contact Center?

Some people use these two titles as synonyms, but there is a difference between call center and contact centers. In the world of business process outsourcing, call centers and contact centers are a common way for companies to get a lot of things done in a cost effective manner. Rather than paying large sums to […]

5 Ways an Answering Service Can Save You Money

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Answering Services, Business
5 Ways an Answering Service Can Save You Money

Using an answering service is not only a great way to save money, but it can also help capture more sales leads and improve customer service. When people consider using an answering service, they think about how much it will cost them. That’s fair, because answering services aren’t free. Well, they are for a week […]

What is a Normal Answering Service Plan?

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Answering Services
What is a Normal Answering Service Plan?

When shopping for a live support provider it can be very helpful to know what a normal answering service plan is so you can compare appropriately. With a multitude of different companies offering their answering services it can be difficult to know what normal should be when it comes to shopping for the right plan. […]

What You Should Do at Work Before Going on Vacation

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Business
What You Should Do at Work Before Going on Vacation

Vacations are great, but in order to maximize your enjoyment you must properly prepare to leave the office behind. Here’s what you should do at work before going on vacation. Of course everybody loves going on vacation, but it can actually prove to be a little more stressful than we’d like once you consider all […]

Does a Receptionist or an Answering Service Cost More?

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Answering Services
Does a Receptionist or an Answering Service Cost More?

When it comes to having your business phone answered, you’ve got plenty of options. There is lots to consider to make the right choice, so it’s always important to ask if a receptionist or an answering service costs more. Many businesses choose between having an in-house receptionist or a professional answering service handle their calls. […]

Are Answering Services by the Minute or by the Unit Better?

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Answering Services
Are Answering Services by the Minute or by the Unit Better?

Phone answering service plans are generally billed in one of two ways: Minutes or Units. Which method is more advantageous for your company to use? In the world of answering services, you’ll usually find that all providers offer plans that bill by the minute or by the unit. It’s important to know the difference between […]

How an Answering Service Helps Businesses During Bad Weather

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Answering Services, Business
How an Answering Service Helps Businesses During Bad Weather

Businesses face all different kinds of bad weather emergencies. Companies that use an answering service to help weather the storm have an easier time of making it through to the other side. No matter what time of year it is or where your business is located in the United States, there is always a risk […]

30 Reasons You Need an Answering Service for Your Business

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Answering Services, Business
30 Reasons You Need an Answering Service for Your Business

There are tons of reasons for your business to use an answering service. Here are 30 to get you started. People choose to use a business answering service for many different reasons. That’s because outsourcing phone support helps organizations across numerous industries in a variety of ways. The following is a list of 30 reasons […]

An Answering Service’s Job is Not Done When the Call is Finished

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Answering Services
An Answering Service’s Job is Not Done When the Call is Finished

You’d might think that all an answering service has to do to be successful is simply answer the phone and maybe take a message, right? Think again. An answering service’s job is to answer calls for your business. That sounds simple enough. Perhaps they take some messages for you. Not really a tall order there. […]

Answering Service for Callers Who Can’t Speak

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Answering Services, Medical
Answering Service for Callers Who Can’t Speak

In the healthcare world, medical professionals sometimes work with patients who are unable to talk. That is when it’s important to have an answering service for callers who can’t speak. We all know that a doctor answering service must be HIPAA compliant, but an often overlooked quality is the ability to handle calls from people […]

Why Your Business Still Needs a Toll Free Number

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Business, Marketing
Why Your Business Still Needs a Toll Free Number

Most people aren’t worried about long distance charges anymore, but there are still a few great reasons your business needs a toll free number. Back in the 1960’s, AT&T started offering Toll Free numbers as an alternative option to calling collect and dealing with an operator. Check out this terrible commercial if you want a […]

How Your Business Should Answer The Phone

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Business, Customer Service
How Your Business Should Answer The Phone

Every time the phone rings your business has the opportunity to make a positive impression on a caller. Knowing how your business should answer the phone will set your company up for success. When the phone rings, you should just answer it by saying “hello” right? That’s certainly a good start, but your business should […]

Should My Business Use an Auto Answer System?

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Answering Services, Business, Customer Service
Should My Business Use an Auto Answer System?

Is it best for your business to answer the phone with a live person or will an auto answer system work? Well, that depends on what your company is trying to accomplish. First, let’s make sure we are all on the same page here and explain what an auto answer system is. An auto answer […]

The Difference Between Answering Services and Call Center Services

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in Answering Services, Call Center
The Difference Between Answering Services and Call Center Services

Call centers and answering services both look the same as each are located in offices filled with computers, phones, and operators. So what is the difference between answering services and call center services? When it comes to the difference between an answering service and a call center, the physical look or location has nothing to do […]

Farewell to 2015!

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Special Events
Farewell to 2015!

2015 has been an exciting year for us! It even featured the start of our blog. We look forward to 2016, but we thought we would have a look back on some of the best posts from our inaugural blog year. This year has afforded us many opportunities. We have gotten to not only bring on some […]

What is the Difference Between an Answering Service and a Virtual Receptionist?

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Answering Services
What is the Difference Between an Answering Service and a Virtual Receptionist?

Both an answering service and a virtual receptionist are ways to have your calls answered offsite, but what’s the difference between the two? When businesses are looking to outsource their call handling they often consider answering services or a virtual receptionist. Knowing the difference between them will help you choose which one is best for […]

Turn Callers into Customers with an Answering Service

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Answering Services
Turn Callers into Customers with an Answering Service

Every call is a chance for your business to earn another customer. Significantly increase your odds of closing the deal with an answering service. Your business gets calls all the time from people who are looking for information. Each time is an opportunity to transform them from callers with a question into clients with money […]

How to Prepare for Small Business Saturday

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Business
How to Prepare for Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday takes place the day after Black Friday. Are you prepared to capitalize when the spotlight is on local businesses? Here is how you can prepare to take advantage of Small Business Saturday. Black Friday is the day you wake up early and navigate of maze of rabid shoppers who are trying to […]

Protect Your Company with an Answering Service

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Answering Services, Business
Protect Your Company with an Answering Service

An answering service can act as a life preserver for your business. There are a few ways you can protect your company with an answering service. When most people think of an answering service, they don’t necessarily think of it as a way to safeguard a business. Sure, answering services are a great way to improve customer […]

How To Give A Phone Interview

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Business
How To Give A Phone Interview

The phone interview is a key element in the hiring process. Follow these tips on how to give a phone interview if you want to hire the best person for the job. You can’t build a strong team of employees without hiring good people. And to do that, you need to be able to identify those […]

Customer Service Horror Stories

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Customer Service
Customer Service Horror Stories

If you thought those ghost tales around the campfire were scary as a child, you better sleep with the light on after hearing these customer service horror stories. Customer service is a pretty huge deal for us. We are charged with facilitating a superior customer experience for people who call our customers. And we pride […]

What Does a Virtual Receptionist Do?

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Answering Services, Business, Customer Service
What Does a Virtual Receptionist Do?

You’ve probably heard of a virtual receptionist, but what do they do? How do they work? And most importantly, how can a virtual receptionist benefit your business?   A virtual receptionist is a person who answers incoming calls for your business, takes messages, transfers callers to the right people, and professionally brands your phones by […]

7 Tips for a Successful Video Conference Meeting

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Business
7 Tips for a Successful Video Conference Meeting

Whether you have just scheduled your first video conference meeting or you’ve attended dozens of them, you’ll find these seven tips helpful for enhancing the experience for everyone. Video conference meetings are a great way to bring people together from across the country and create the feel for all being in the same room. It’s […]

How to Prevent Missed Sales Opportunities

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Answering Services, Business
How to Prevent Missed Sales Opportunities

Missed sales opportunities can be detrimental to any business. Here is a surefire way you can drastically cut down on missing those valuable calls. 99% of people who call your business are either a potential sales opportunity or someone giving you the chance to provide excellent customer service. Sometimes both. What’s the first step in […]

5 Ingredients for an Awesome Customer Service Recipe

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Business, Customer Service
5 Ingredients for an Awesome Customer Service Recipe

Wanting to provide awesome customer service is a good thing. But it’s only a start. To truly deliver an amazing customer experience you must have the right ingredients and know how to blend them all together.   What makes any recipe truly amazing is the ingredients. And the quality of ingredients matters a whole lot too. If […]

Does Your Answering Service Use Progressive Training?

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Answering Services
Does Your Answering Service Use Progressive Training?

Answering services that use progressive training are dedicated to perfecting the live support they provide for you and enhancing the customer experience for your callers. Progressive training is a type of training that is set up in a sequence that requires an increase in performance proficiency to move onto the next level. So what does […]

Does Your Answering Service Monitor Themselves?

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Answering Services, Customer Service
Does Your Answering Service Monitor Themselves?

Call centers that monitor their agents are able to provide better answering services for their customers. How closely does your service provider keep tabs on incoming calls? Answering services that monitor inbound calls are always looking for ways to improve. Call centers that don’t dedicate staff and time to quality assurance monitoring don’t have your […]

5 Social Media Tips for Small Business Owners

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Business, Marketing
5 Social Media Tips for Small Business Owners

Social media is the great equalizer in the business world. Harness its power with these five tips, and your small business will find some big success. Small business owners have a lot going on. Just thinking about social media can even be too much for them sometimes. But with just a little bit of time […]

How To Go Beyond The Sale

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Business, Customer Service
How To Go Beyond The Sale

Closing a new client is one thing. But going beyond the sale to create a customer for life is where the true profit is. Congratulations! Your salesperson just closed the deal and your company has brought on a new customer. Everyone at the company is excited to get the increased revenue that client will bring […]

Why Settle for an Average Answering Service?

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Answering Services
Why Settle for an Average Answering Service?

If you’re going to do something, do it right. So why would you settle for an average answering service that isn’t going to go above and beyond to really enhance your customer service experience? In general, the call center industry bases client service levels on a set of benchmarks. But for some reason, back when […]

Don’t Greet Your Callers With Phone Drones

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Answering Services, Customer Service
Don’t Greet Your Callers With Phone Drones

When people call your business, do you have phone drones answering? If the answer is yes, you should consider a professional, friendly answering service, because phone drones can have a negative impact on your company. What is a phone drone? No, it’s not actually a drone that flies around answering phones like some mellow version […]

What Your Answering Service Invoice Should Look Like

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Answering Services, Customer Service
What Your Answering Service Invoice Should Look Like

Each month your answering service invoice arrives and hopefully it all makes sense before you pay it. Here are some things that the invoice from your answering service should include. First, your answering service should be sending you timely invoices each month. They should arrive roughly the same time month in and month out with […]

Only One Shot at a First Impression

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Business, Customer Service
Only One Shot at a First Impression

All it takes is a couple of seconds for a first impression to be made. Think about it, we do it all the time on a personal level, and it is no different when people first encounter a business. Your company only gets one chance to make a good first impression and swing the tide […]

Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Special Events
Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

We would like to embrace this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Fourth of July this weekend. There are so many reasons to celebrate our freedom. Living in the United States is a real privilege, so this is the perfect time to take a few moments to reflect on some of the reasons we […]

Why Speed of Answer Matters

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Answering Services, Customer Service
Why Speed of Answer Matters

How important is it to a business owner that their phones are answered quickly? If they like happy customers, speed of answer is absolutely critical. Think about some of the times you have called a business. How long do you let the phone ring before hanging up? Maybe 6 or 7 times? After that, you […]

Your Answering Service Must Keep Pace With Your Business

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Answering Services, Business
Your Answering Service Must Keep Pace With Your Business

Your business is in a long distance race. If your support team can’t maintain a good pace with you, failure is a certainty. An answering service must be able to keep up with your company as it develops, grows, evolves, and strives to win the race. Think of your telephone answering service as one of your […]

Can You Hear Your Answering Service Smile?

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Answering Services, Customer Service
Can You Hear Your Answering Service Smile?

A call center agent’s attitude dictates how well their conversation goes with a caller. If they have a smile on their face then they are far more likely to facilitate a positive experience. But an agent with any hint of grumpiness can leave a bad taste in the mouth of anyone. Wait, what? Hear a […]

Are You Giving Business Away to Your Competitors?

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Answering Services, Business
Are You Giving Business Away to Your Competitors?

What’s the fastest way to flush sales opportunities down the drain? A bad first impression. If your phones aren’t answered in a friendly and professional manner, you may as well just hand those leads right to your competitors. Having a strong first impression on the phone is a crucial first step to earning a new […]

Increase Conversion Rates with an Answering Service

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Answering Services
Increase Conversion Rates with an Answering Service

You’ve already got the leads, but you can do more with them. A business answering service can help you increase conversion rates and make more sales. If one is committed, there is almost no piece of information that can’t be found online. Most businesses have at least some degree of web presence for interested parties […]

The Importance of a HIPAA Compliant Medical Telephone Answering Service

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Answering Services, Medical
The Importance of a HIPAA Compliant Medical Telephone Answering Service

If you are in the healthcare industry and you use a call center to take care of your calls at any time and they are not a HIPAA compliant medical telephone answering service then you could be in big trouble. A legitimate doctor answering service has to be completely HIPAA compliant. There are no ifs, […]

Don’t Leave Customer Service Out of Your Marketing Plan

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Customer Service
Don’t Leave Customer Service Out of Your Marketing Plan

Customer service is such a vital area for businesses that Marketing should always be conscious of and focused on that element in everything they do. As recently as a couple decades ago, a company could really screw up a customer experience, but on a grander scale, nobody would really hear about it. That’s not how […]

The Difference Between a 3 Call and a 1 Call Answering Service Environment

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Answering Services
The Difference Between a 3 Call and a 1 Call Answering Service Environment

If you use an answering service or are thinking of using one, it’s important to know the difference between a 3 call and a 1 call environment. One of them is much better for your business. Is your telephone answering service a “3-call” or “1-call” environment? In a 3-call center, operators handle up to three […]

How a Spanish Answering Service Works

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Answering Services, Bilingual
How a Spanish Answering Service Works

A Spanish answering service is becoming a big piece of the puzzle for companies who want to provide bilingual support for their callers. Within the next couple years, the Hispanic population will make up 20% of people in the United States. That’s a lot of potential customers. Savvy businesses are now making moves to ensure […]

Brand Your Business Phones with an Answering Service

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Answering Services
Brand Your Business Phones with an Answering Service

Any company will tell you how important branding is. So why is it that the branding of the phone experience falls through the cracks so frequently? An experienced answering service is the perfect way to resolve that issue and professionally brand business phones. Put yourself in the shoes of your caller for a minute. These […]