Welcome to the first of thebestof's regular marketing blogs, packed with top tips to marketing success!
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Who's manning your phone?
Right, so what's the first topic? Strangely, I'm going to assume that your marketing is already working for you. You've got a well-designed ad running in local paper, an engaging facebook page, a Google AdWords campaign and a feature on thebestof Shrewsbury website of course.... My question is, what happens when people call your number? People who know me through Shrewsbury networking events know where I'm going.
Have a think about it. If no one's around, does your phone trip through to a standard BT or Orange greeting? Or, like some businesses, has voicemail not even been enabled?
Either way it leaves a pretty poor first impression. Not bothering to record a personal greeting or have voicemail in the first place is enough to make many people call one of your competitors.
We can't be expected to answer our phones 24/7, no. But there are a growing number of call answering services that will answer on your behalf during normal-ish hours. Call answering is going to be a huge business in 2012. Very handy if you're at meetings or have popped out for a doughnut. You divert your phone to a real live person who takes a message then emails you the details. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Call answering must be expensive
"But what's wrong with my phone's built-in voicemail?" you cry.
Around 80% of people don't leave messages, that's what's wrong.
Turn it back to you - do you always leave a message?
Call answering services vary in price and often tie you into a set package. I opted for a Pay As You Go service.
Click here for further information on No Missed Calls, who I use and recommend.
£1 a message - well worth the price.
Next week I'll get back to Marketing. But there's no point spending money on marketing if the follow-up processes to handle enquiries aren't in place.
Until next time.
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