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10 Real-Life Examples of Fantastic Customer Service

Answering services and call centers often talk about how they provide excellent customer service, but it doesn’t mean anything unless they can back it up. To show you how A Better Answer does things in the real world, here are 10 examples of fantastic customer service from our Call Handling Heroes®:

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Questions to Ask When Shopping for an Answering Service in Dallas

Geography is an important factor to think about when outsourcing services for your business. For example, if your business is in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex or surrounding area and you’re considering hiring an answering service, the company’s location may help determine if they’re the best fit. High touch is still highly valued, after all.

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3 Tips for Gracefully Handling Emergency Calls

In the world of customer service and call centers, every single phone call is different. The person answering the phone must be prepared for a variety of personalities, challenges and temperaments when the call begins. An emergency call can be especially challenging if the call agent is not prepared. For medical practices and hospitals with regular emergency calls, having a medical answering service gracefully handling the situation is especially important. 

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Your Voice: 4 Factors to Think About During Your Next Call

They say that 10 percent of conflict is due to a difference in opinion; the other 90 percent is due to the wrong tone of voice. When it comes to your customers, this is definitely something to keep in mind, as your voice can determine the outcome of any call. Just as you can give a caller a high level of comfort, you can give a caller a high level of anxiety — all with just your voice.

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The Difference Between a Call Center and Answering Service

Sometimes, people and companies use the terms "answering service" and "call center" interchangeably. In reality, they are very different. In order to help you decide which service is right for you, allow us to expand upon the differences between an answering service and a call center.

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When Hiring a Cheap Answering Service, You Get What You Pay For

There are many reasons a company would hire an answering service. One of those reasons is efficiency. You want to be able to focus on your primary business and trust someone else to handle the customer service or after-hours calls. You also want to build a business and save money. If you’re thinking of hiring a cheap answering service, however, it may end up costing more than you think. Here are a few reasons why you often get what you pay for when it comes to hiring a cheap answering service:

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Bilingual Answering Services: Why They Matter

Did you know that the United States is the second largest Spanish-speaking country in the world? According to a recent report from Spanish nonprofit, Instituto Cervantes, the US has more than 41 million Spanish speakers and another 11.6 million people who are bilingual among people ages 5 and older. Furthermore, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Spanish speakers is projected to rise 132.8 million by the year 2050.

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5 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You about Customer Service

As a manager or business owner, taking some time to look at what your competitors are doing can teach you how to win more customers. To begin with, an increasing number of organizations focus on customer service more than ever before. Why? According to several case studies, offering customers excellent service is the only way a company can thrive, regardless of its industry sector.

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Handling Customer Service Issues Through Social Media

Thanks to modern technology, we have unprecedented access to everyone and everything. This can either help or harm your business, especially when it involves social networking. If you try to avoid social media—or worse, don't run your social media platforms correctly—it could harm your business as consumers flock to your more social media-savvy competitors.

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How to Meet Customer Needs During a Natural Disaster

Floods, tornadoes and hurricanes, oh my! Natural disasters are a big problem for businesses that communicate regularly with customers—especially if you’re in a disaster-prone area like Tornado Alley or near the coast. Sometimes it seems like a new natural disaster season is always around the corner. So what happens to your business when there’s a natural disaster? If you’re not prepared, you could lose your communication abilities, leading to lost revenue and customers.

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