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4 Questions to Ask When Hiring an Answering Service

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Here are some key questions to ask before hiring an answering service

Staying connected with customers is vital for any business’s success. As businesses strive to enhance customer service and maintain a professional image, many turn to answering services to handle incoming calls.

However, before entrusting this critical aspect of your business to a third party, you must ask the right questions to ensure you find the perfect fit. Let’s go over some key questions to ask before hiring an answering service, focusing on finding one that aligns with your specific needs.

What Industries Do You Have Experience In?

It’s important to look at the call center’s area of expertise. Do they have industry experience and serve other clients in your industry? If so, this is a good thing.

Having experience in your industry means they have an in-depth understanding of how to service your account, know how to meet your customer’s needs, and communicate effectively with them. They understand what matters to your business, why people call, and even the jargon they’ll use. Never choose an answering service that lacks experience in your industry. You’ll pay for their learning curve, and your callers will suffer.

What Solutions Does Your Answering Service Provide?

Knowing your requirements and the services you need from an answering service should be discussed initially. Some call centers can only act as receptionists who answer phones and schedule appointments. Other companies offer more broad solutions, like taking on office manager duties, answering top-level sales calls, and notating messages into CRM software. When talking to potential answering service companies, find out their services. 

Do You Provide Reporting and Analytics?

Inquire about the answering service’s reporting and analytics to evaluate its effectiveness and gain insights into customer interactions. A robust reporting system should detail call volumes, response times, and customer satisfaction. This information can be invaluable for making informed decisions and continuously improving your customer service strategy.

How Much Does the Answering Service Cost?

When hiring anyone, it’s crucial to figure out if their service fits within your budget. Avoid opting for a one-size-fits-all package, as every company has different needs. A small business requires services different from those of a corporate office. Consider what the service will cost you now and in the future. In addition to having a plan to fit your expected usage and needs, make sure they have additional plans that can grow as your business grows and adjust to meet changing expectations.

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If you are ready to install a call center service for your business, TeleRep is here to help. If you still have more questions, our trained professionals are ready to answer them. We know how important customer feedback is to you and your business, so let them know that you care with an answering service. To learn how TeleRep can help you today, visit us online or give us a call at 1-800-638-2000. To keep up with our work and to see what we have been up to, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

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