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Taking phone calls at work

The Business Risks of Taking Phone Calls at Work

If you were asked to make a list of the risks which affect businesses, it’s probably safe to say that phone calls wouldn’t be anywhere on it. How could taking phone calls at work possibly be a bad thing? Surely the biggest risk is not taking phone calls when you’re working? After all, isn’t it […]

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Business Referral Program

Referral Program – Growing Your Business Through Happy Customers

Do you remember when the most frightening customer service ‘fact’ was that an unhappy customer will tell 15 people about their bad experience? Here’s a new one: a single tweet can wipe £1bn off a business’s stock market value. That’s what happened to Snap when international reality star Kylie Jenner said she no longer bothered […]

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Customer Service Help Desk

Why a Customer Service Help Desk Will Act as a Business Lifeline

David Chapman, Customer Service Director of Answer4u, considers what businesses and politicians can learn from each other when it comes to customer service… Anyone who still thinks general elections are entirely about politics should take another look. As with any situation in which people are given a choice, in a general election most of us […]

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Customer Service Mistakes a Business Should Never Make

Customer Service – Five Mistakes a Business Should Never Make

Looking at those themes, here are five key ways that businesses can get their customer service wrong – along with tips on how to avoid the pitfalls. For small or fledgeling companies, a knock to a growing reputation through a failure of customer service can have a big impact, as clients move to the competition […]

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Five Ways to Deliver Great Customer Service

Five Ways to Deliver Great Customer Service

The boom in mobile communications and internet technology has really opened up the ways we can all communicate with each other in our daily lives. According to the 2018 communications market report from Ofcom, nine in ten people in the UK had access to the internet in the home in 2018 and mobile devices accounted […]

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There’s More to Growing a Business Than an Increase in Turnover

There’s More to Growing a Business Than an Increase in Turnover

As your business grows, your turnover should increase, but so too will the elements needed to produce that increase, for example, the right staffing, premises, production equipment and investment funding. As a result, business growth means an increase in responsibility for a business owner, with more to keep an eye on and more input needed […]

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Customer Service Outsourcing

Making a Call on Customer Service Outsourcing

Answering the phones may seem like a simple part of running a business – we all do it all the time, so how difficult can it be? Actually, as an integral part of offering excellent customer service, how you answer customer service calls is crucial to get right if you want to succeed as you […]

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Crisis Management Plan

Crisis Management – Plan for a Crisis to Avert a Disaster

The word ‘crisis’ may automatically bring with it a certain sense of dread, but with the right amount of planning for the unexpected, companies can face down crisis situations (even if only through a role play) and come out the other side unscathed. After all, a crisis by its definition is a situation where you […]

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Artificial Intelligence and Automation: The Future of Customer Service?

Artificial Intelligence and Automation: The Future of Customer Service?

In the ever onward march of modern technology, we humans have sometimes felt uncomfortable about the increasing automation of telecommunications – from machines calling us with recorded messages to switchboard operators replaced by numbered menus to choose from. However, we seem to be turning a corner, with many people now happy to communicate with devices […]

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What is a telephone answering service?

What is a Telephone Answering Service?

Answer4u Explains What a Telephone Answering Service Is and What It Isn’t A Telephone Answering Service is an outsourced business provider of specialist operatives who answer calls on your company’s behalf. Whenever someone calls your business telephone number, they can take messages and undertake specific key business processes in real time. This saves your business […]

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How To Manage Your Company Reputation

How To Manage Your Company Reputation

Do you know what kind of reputation your business actually has? Good? Bad? Non-existent? Despite the reputation of your business being one of the most important aspects of how successful you are, most business owners don’t pay nearly enough attention to its cultivation. For example, Bright Local discovered in their Local Consumer Review that 85% […]

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What Makes An Ideal Agent At Answer4u?

What Makes an Ideal Agent at Answer4u?

When you choose Answer4u to represent your company, we know that you’re placing a great amount of trust in us. Your customer satisfaction and retention depends on our company showing competence and quality, and that’s why our recruitment requirements are a top priority when we hire. It’s not just the usual politeness and organisation we […]

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