March 2017

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Amazon has entered into another segment. This time into the cloud call center space. So guess we are gonna have some sleepless nights :) When I heard the news, I immediately set out to understand the offering and created a test account. The following is a list of first impressions:   Create Instance: This was pretty straight forward to anyone who has worked with AWS instances before. I chose...

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When we were figuring out the pricing for our cloud call center product, Cloudagent, it was pretty easy. All call center solutions price per agent with charges for outbound calls too. And we went with the same approach. The approach has worked out pretty well for us so far. This is the best approach, especially for enterprise customers because a good call center product helps...

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So you’ve decided to adopt VOIP. Congratulations! By now, you’ve reviewed all the features you need. And you’ve got that one decision left to make: How many agents does your VOIP package need? And here you run into your first roadblock: Per agent pricing is prohibitive. Unfortunately,  this pricing system is the norm—most packages charge similarly. And this is where trouble begins: Costs start adding up....

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Your small business is already an excellent call center. Here’s why: most or all of your staff deal directly with the customer. And so do you. Take Suarez for instance. He runs a Home Carpet Cleaning service with almost 4o staff members. But he often makes himself personally available to his customers.   And, small business staff don’t just interact more personally with the customer; they also...

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If you’re small business owner, chances are that cloud CRM advertisements are now stalking you online. Yes. CRM is the latest application based technology to become accessible to small businesses. And yes— it is tempting. We all want to streamline our processes, manage better customer relations, tap into loyalty and drive more conversions. But is CRM alone going to deliver these results? Here’s what small business...

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I’m hooked. The new local delivery outfit in my neighborhood is fabulous. And this is main reason why: they’re just really, really easy to call. It’s faster to call them than to fire up an app. And it’s always a pleasant experience. They’re warm and friendly; they recognize me instantly, greet me by name and never waste my time. They remember my last order, last complaint...

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It’s dismaying. Most small businesses consider VOIP the cheaper option rather than the better one.   No doubt, VOIP IS the cheaper option. It’s taken the costs and hassles of PBX setup and maintenance right off many entrepreneurs’ shoulders. And that’s great, because businesses have enough and more to manage. The point people miss is: once you move to the cloud, there are umpteen more tools available...

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