Answering Service Tips: How To Keep Your Cool During Stressful Calls

Apr 4, 2017 by

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It’s impossible to make everyone happy all the time, and owning a business practically places you in the hot seat. Those customer complaints are sure to come. It’s how you handle them that makes all the difference.

Answering calls from angry customers is just one stressful task small business owners have to handle. And it’s important to handle the situation just right: 55 percent of consumers would pay more for a better customer experience.

Our answering service receptionists have tons of experience managing difficult customers, which ultimately reduces churn. Here are some pro tips for making those stressful calls a bit easier to take.

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6 Ways Answering Your Own Phone Harms Your Business (And How An Answering Service Helps)

Mar 23, 2017 by

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You want to be as hands-on in your businesses as possible, but sometimes delegating certain tasks to other people is the best solution. Answering your own phones, for example, is one of those tasks that would be better handled by a receptionist or answering service.

If you’re answering your own calls yourself instead of delegating to a receptionist or an answering service, you could actively be harming your business in six very significant ways.

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3 Things I Learned About Customer Service by Being a Plumber First

Mar 13, 2017 by

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This week we’re sharing a post from one of our favorite social media friends, Steve DiGioia. Steve is a renowned customer service trainer, author and speaker, and shares a ton of great advice on his blog. One of our favorites is a post about the service lessons he learned by being a plumber first. It’s an interesting perspective that’s valuable – no matter your industry.

You can view the original post here. And don’t forget to follow Steve on social media to keep up with all of his work!

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Is Great Customer Service Really Better Than Kissing?

Feb 14, 2017 by

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We all know what it feels like to be on the receiving end of an exceptional customer service experience: your belly gets warm, your heart races a bit, you smile a bit easier and you just feel good.

I’m going to say it: great customer service makes a person feel loved.

When your customers feel cared for their loyalty skyrockets, you generate more business through word-of-mouth and you feel good for giving your customers the type of service they can’t find anywhere else. And now there’s scientific proof that great service feels just as good or better than kissing someone you love.

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3 Undeniable Reasons Your Business Needs a Live Receptionist Now

Jan 10, 2017 by

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You’ve taken your company from a tiny, one-person show operating out of your basement and turned it into a business that’s expanding quicker than you can utter the phrase, “I need help!”

Your revenue stream is steady, your product is selling like crazy and you have a strong customer base. This is amazing, fantastic, everything you ever wanted – except for one problem: you don’t have the time to deal with all those customer calls on top of your other responsibilities as a business owner.

No need to panic; this is why live receptionist services exist. The right answering service can make a bigger difference in yours – and your customers’ – day-to-day life than you might think. Let’s take a look at the three major reasons why you should work with a live receptionist service.

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Our Top 10 Most Popular Customer Service Posts in 2016

Dec 29, 2016 by

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Advice from some of our favorite customer service experts, managing some of the most difficult customer personalities and three companies that have gotten their service way wrong highlight some of the most popular customer service posts on our blog in 2016.

As we wrap up another amazing year, we like to check out how our blog performed: our analytics give us some deep insight into what our readers enjoyed (and could do without) and let us know what we need more of in 2017.  And we see very plainly that you love advice from some of the most beloved customer service and experience experts in the industry. You can anticipate more of that next year.

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5 Uncomplicated Ways to Make Your Customer Service Outshine Your Competitor’s in 2017

Dec 20, 2016 by

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The end of the year is headed toward us at full steam. Everyone has the same thing on their minds and it’s this: do I really have to get on a treadmill in January?

Seriously. Who else has a mortal fear of exercise?

There’s nothing quite like a year coming to a close that creates a sense of urgency. Whether it be personal bargaining (I solemnly vow to never down an entire bag of Cheetos after January 1st) or related to your business, creating annual goals is an exceptional way to kick off a new year.

If you’re a small business owner, you’re taking stock of what helped your business to grow in 2016 and what can be improved in the upcoming year.

One area you should assess is your customer service plan (yes – we think it deserves its own plan). You need ask yourself what your customers liked, what they didn’t and figure out how to incorporate those changes in a way that makes sense for your business.

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Work-Life Balance: Own a Business and Enjoy the Holidays for the First Time Ever

Dec 7, 2016 by

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Forget the yule tide! There’s no time to enjoy the holidays when you own a business. At least, that’s what business owners proclaim as the holidays bear down and time moves faster than ever.

Managing work-life balance during the last few months of the year is stressful. But it’s completely possible to run your own business successfully AND enjoy all the holiday gatherings your heart can stand.

Here are five ideas that will help you get the most out of the holidays while running a business. No booze required.

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Customer Service: The Value of Getting a Human on the Phone

Nov 30, 2016 by

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No one should have to prep their nerves to place a phone call to a business.

Yet, that’s what we find ourselves doing when placing a call to a business where we know we won’t get through to a human being. And if we do, it’s takes a big chunk of our precious time wading through auto-attendant hell.

In this post, you will read about:

  • The true value of getting a human on the phone;

  • Three myths about live support debunked;

  • How to connect with a human at some of the largest companies in the world.

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37 of the Best Ever Quotes on Gratitude

Nov 18, 2016 by

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We are celebrating a Month of Thankfulness over on Facebook through the month of November. And it’s not just because we’re all thisclose to sitting around a table with our friends and family, stuffing our faces with delicious food. Rather, gratitude is an important part of our value system at PATLive.

Check out our list of the best quotes on gratitude you can find. I guarantee they will have your heart melting like a pat of butter on a bowl of steaming mashed potatoes. Mmm…mashed potatoes.

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