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Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring an Answering Service

Hiring an answering service assists growing businesses meet their customers’ needs. Call center agents can handle increasing demand for inquiries. Outsourcing customer service lets you focus on running your company. Call centers help businesses achieve higher client satisfaction levels and a positive reputation.

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6 Customer Service Tips for a Startup Business

The challenges facing small businesses are similar to any other — the difference is, they have to address them with smaller teams and fewer resources. They need to be creative in solving any emerging issues without compromising quality customer service. One of the main reasons some small businesses never reach their full potential is because they neglect customer service; whether you are a team of one or working with a small group, you should be using your time and resources wisely.  

Here are six customer service tips for startup businesses to help them reach their goals.

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The Benefits of Answering Services for Property Managers

As the housing market grows, it has also become very competitive. Current trends show more people are opting to rent instead of purchase. Interest rates, budgets, energy costs, and bidding wars make buying a home less appealing. Due to the rising demand for apartments, property managers may feel stretched thin. With so many changes, managing a facility means you have to constantly adapt — but thankfully, answering services can ease many of these burdens. 
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Congratulations Michelle on 10 Years at A Better Answer!

We are so happy to congratulate Michelle into the “ABA Decennial Club”! Michelle adds her tenure to a substantial list of other wonderful ABA Decennials and we hope to have her with us for many many more.

5 Tasks a Virtual Assistant Can Take Over for Retail Owners

As a business owner, the phrase "wearing many hats" is something that most likely applies to you — especially if you own a smaller retail business. Not only do you have to run your store but you also have to take care of orders, customer care, online presence, marketing — you name it. The list is never-ending.

Celebrating Debbie Weiler's 40th Anniversary with ABA!

Debbie first began as a telephone secretary and has grown with the company over these many years. Always a smart and dedicated woman, she has successfully raised up many employees and also married, had children and is now Debs, grandmother to 3 lovely grandboys. Debbie lived through one big hurricane in Houston tearing up the building we had just moved from and went on to move again our offices into our own ABA Building. We have upgraded and switched out equipment so many times it would be difficult to count. Throughout all these moves, equipment changes, improvements as well as employee movement, Debbie had stood steadfast and kept the Houston office humming right along. So many ABA customers know her well. Debbie and her Houston office have won the ATSI Award of Excellence for over 20 years to add to the long list of her many achievements.

Customer Service Trends and Predictions for 2022

If you researched customer service trends for each previous year, you would see that the growth was pretty linear and with no surprises. In a nutshell, customers desire a better overall experience, AI is finding its door in and steadily improving and instant messaging is the dominant form of communication.

How To Scale Your Customer Service Support Without Sacrificing Service

It's inevitable that things will go haywire at some point during the customer support process. Once your company starts growing, this once-perfect customer support system will experience some major growing pains. And if you don’t do anything about it, your business will be in danger of falling into the overcrowded swamp of unsatisfactory customer service.

Vicki Ferreira Celebrates 40 Years With ABA!

Big congratulations to Vicki for 40 years with A Better Answer. Vicki started with us when she was only 17 and now 46 years later (with time off in between to have children) we’re celebrating a lifetime of service. Vicki has had a spectacular history with ABA. Vic started as a TSR answering lots of customers calls on one of those vintage switchboards. She was such a star it wasn’t long before she grew with the company until she was the manager. From that position Vic began selling new accounts which was her first love. Her enthusiasm and dedication are remarkable and have carried her through some really challenging years. The Dallas office has moved several times, upgraded and changed equipment many times and always, Vicki grew and handled with great ability. Of course, all our customers think they are going to have a Vicki answering their phones because of her upbeat personality. All our TSRs are wonderful but there is only one Vicki.

How an Outstanding Customer Service Experience Can Help Grow Your Business

In today's saturated market, running a small company is everything but simple. And while your instinct will lead you to strive for more innovative and original ideas with a clear competitive edge, don't discard the value of good old-fashioned customer service, which can be even more critical to growing your brand.