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Your Toll Free Number Could Be Trending

Toll free numbers are alive, well, and remain in high demand despite all forms of new technology introduced in the last decade. Businesses continue to take advantage of how toll free numbers can help their businesses enhance their use of marketing analytics and call center intelligence, as well as other innovative forms of customer engagement. If you own a business and a toll free number, your toll free number could be trending and you should be taking advantage of this to boost visibility and your bottom line.

About Toll Free Numbers

A toll free number is a phone number that starts with a toll free area code such as 800, 888, 877, 866, 855, 844, or 833. When a person dials a number that starts with one of these prefixes, they are not charged for the call. The business or person that owns the toll free phone number instead pays for the calls made to the number. Toll free phone numbers can be random digits or they can be words. When they are words, they are called vanity numbers. The most widely known example of a vanity phone number is 1-800-FLOWERS. Toll free numbers with the 800 prefix are considered premium toll free numbers and are typically a little more difficult to obtain than toll free numbers with other prefixes.

Benefits of toll free phone numbers for business use include:

  • Being available to customers and clients everywhere with an established national presence
  • Add the company name to the business phone number through use of a vanity toll free phone number
  • The ability to forward phone calls made to the toll free phone number to a landline or mobile number of the business owner’s choice

Global Call Forwarding offers toll free phone numbers with access to many great features. Some of the features include a full virtual phone system with call forwarding, VoIP, voicemail, SMS texts, and much more.

A toll free number helps a business to establish its reputation. It projects the image of a larger business with offices across the nation, even if the business owner is, in fact, working from a home office. In essence, a toll free number creates the kind of national presence that can indeed level the playing field when it comes to smaller companies competing with much larger companies.

Customers are also more likely to call a toll free phone number than any local area code phone number that they do not recognize. When customers call a toll free number they assume the company is established and trustworthy. Studies show that a customer feels better about buying from a company that has a toll free number on its website, business cards, and other forms of advertising. And, who knows, your toll free number could be trending in no time, further increasing the amount of traffic to your website and the profits to your business.

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Toll Free Vanity Numbers

Toll free numbers with easy to remember digits or toll free numbers that spell out the company name or the name of a company’s main product can increase the number of phone calls to the business. In the same way that an easy-to-remember website address can help to drive an increase in traffic, a vanity toll free phone number can help a business to be the first choice in a customer’s mind for a particular product or service. With a vanity toll free phone number like 1-800-FLOWERS, your toll free number could be trending in no time and the value of this is limitless.

Uses in Marketing

Vanity toll free phone numbers have proven to be a timeless marketing tool, which helps to increase brand recognition and awareness through the use of mnemonics. A great toll free phone number can help to strengthen a business’ brand and it makes the company’s marketing efforts much more memorable. Most importantly, vanity toll free phone numbers have been proven to drive an increased number of phone calls to the companies who use them in an efficient manner.

Vanity phone numbers are easily recalled in any situation. Whether someone is driving while listening to radio ads, walking rapidly by a poster or a billboard sign, or scrolling past a banner ad on a mobile device, the best vanity phone numbers help consumers to recognize a business’ brand. And, if you choose a vanity toll free number and market it well, in no time your toll free number could be trending and that translates into more profit for the company.

Empowering Your Business

Global Call Forwarding has been dedicated to empowering businesses of all sizes by giving them access to the best phone numbers available, and at a competitive price matched with an extended array of features to best compliment the business’ offerings. For answers to questions related to how vanity toll free phone numbers work, or to purchase them for your company, contact Global Call Forwarding today.

How to Get Ahead of the Competition in Developed Asian Markets

Developed Markets in Asia

Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan are major developed markets in Asia. Developed markets in Asia are soaring, and in 2017, analysts are more bullish on developed markets than emerging markets. China’s markets, including Hong Kong, maintain their steady growth, which is expected continue. Xi Jingping, who championed global trade at the Davos Conference in January 2017, is a positive factor in the economic growth. Projections are that Hong Kong’s economy will grow 1.8% in 2017 with GDP accelerating to 2.2% in 2018.

Experts project that Japan’s economy will grow in 2017, but there may be a mid-year market correction. That notwithstanding, Japan’s growth will continue through 2018.

Economists, reporting in FocusEconomics, project that Australia’s GDP growth will remain stable, aided by growth in the non-mining sector of the economy. Singapore’s economy rebounded in the fourth quarter of 2016 but may slow to 1.6% growth in 2017. Then it will increase to 1.8% growth in 2018.

Methods to Get Ahead of Competition

Considering the bullish predictions for developed markets in Asia, companies serving the Asian-Pacific sector need to be creative to stay ahead of the competition. The following paragraphs give insights on actions the will help you to get an edge over your competition.

Establish Virtual Offices in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan

Companies can establish virtual offices in target markets by subscribing to an international call forwarding service, like Global Call Forwarding, which provides local phone numbers and toll free numbers to its customers. The virtual office is a simulated presence. Incoming calls are forwarded seamlessly across borders to your headquarters, call centers, mobile phones, or computers using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Callers have no fees or roaming charges and are unaware of the destination locales. Callers think your office is local.

Global Call Forwarding provides the largest selection of local phone numbers and toll free numbers worldwide. Its international call forwarding service covers over 150 countries and thousands of cities around the world. Using a virtual office will enhance your company’s telecommunication to markets in the Asia-Pacific region and will stimulate the growth of your sales and services in that area.

Look to the Future

Many businesses dwell on the past. Yes, it is important to review history to identify missed opportunities and mistakes. However, it is prudent to look to the future to identify market shifts, new scenarios and competition trends.

Understand Your Competitors

Try to get a complete understanding of the actions, strategies and tactics of your competitors who cause many of your problems. With a full understanding of the competition, you will improve the way that you service your customers, and your business will prosper.

Prepare for Upstart Rivals

Upstarts frequently operate using new business models. They approach the marketplace differently. They may have new solutions to problems, and they may use new technologies to support their operations. Remember, there are many bankrupt newspapers that ignored the power and distribution of social media.

Refine Your Methods

When your staffs repeat their behaviors, your competition can begin to anticipate your actions. Be less predictable by changing your operational methods. You may find that different approaches can accelerate growth opportunities.

Customer Feedback

Customers usually tell you they want better, faster, cheaper. They will not tell you what your competitors are doing. Nor will they tell you when they are evaluating new solutions to problems that you may have created. In short, do not ask customers for advice but provide what they want, i.e., better, faster and cheaper.

However, outsiders, who are familiar with your business, can provide valuable advice on market desires. Listening to outsiders can help you become a stronger competitor.

Exercise Care When Cost Cutting

Do not allow cost cutting-steps to degrade your products and services. When that happens, your competition will take advantage and possibly steal business from you.

Learn from Product Testing

Planning and forecasting are necessary, but they may not predict the market impact of product or service changes. Rely on testing, either in-house or in the marketplace, to get insight into the market acceptance of changes. Testing allows you to make changes as needed prior to full market release.

Target Your Competitors

Identify the locked-in traits of your competitors. If those traits are weaknesses, attack them.

Reacting to Fierce Competition

Compete on experience instead of price

Customers are often willing to pay more for excellence in products and services. Strive to provide unrivaled products and customer service by doing the following:

  • Make it easy to do business with you.
  • Humanize your brand through effective marketing and communications.
  • Provide customer support even when sales are not pending.

Find your niche

Find new opportunity in market segments that your competitors do not service well. Conduct market research to find underdeveloped or under-served market areas. Identify customer needs in those areas and take steps to satisfy those needs.

Track your competitors’ moves

Follow industry developments, regulatory changes, market trends and competitors’ new product announcements. Buy your competitors’ products to learn their strengths and weaknesses. Try to visualize how competitors will respond to your business strategies.

Invest in talent

To do this, it is important to consider competitive salaries, benefits and perks, company culture, and opportunities for career growth. Engage prospective employees by searching social media like LinkedIn or Facebook. Advertise openings on your websites. When you make an offer, be willing to negotiate.

What is Call Forwarding?

What is Call Forwarding?

Good communication is a major key to the success of any growing business. Successful businesses understand the importance of being accessible over the phone in order to coordinate operations and close sales. A call forwarding service is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve business communications.

Call forwarding allows you to forward all of your incoming calls to a ‘destination’ phone number anywhere in the world. Users can purchase a virtual phone number of their choice – choose from an inventory of local and toll free numbers across the world. Once activated, incoming calls to your new virtual phone number will be automatically redirected to a ‘destination’ number of your choice. Popular destinations include landlines, mobile phones and calls center. This service can make your business accessible 24/7.

How does Call Forwarding work?

For example, suppose you purchase a US 800 phone number and choose to forward calls to your cell phone in the United States. Once this number is advertised, prospective customers will call your US 800 number. Incoming calls to your US 800 number will connect to GCF’s network and our call forwarding system will automatically forward the calls to your cell phone. This service allows businesses to operate from remote locations.

Grow your business in a new country

International call forwarding is a great way to establish your presence in a new country. We offer local and toll free phone numbers in more than 150 countries. If you are a business looking to expand into a foreign country, simply buy a virtual phone number in that country and start advertising. Local and toll free numbers encourage people to call your business. When somebody in that country calls you, the phone call will be automatically routed to your predetermined destination.

 

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Call forwarding is cheaper than setting up a brick-and-mortar store. If you are testing out a new region, it is prudent to utilize a virtual office. A virtual phone number is a cost-effective alternative to paying a lease and employing additional staff. In addition, you can cancel your call forwarding service in minutes. It is much more complicated to close a physical office.

Call Forwarding with local and toll free numbers

A call forwarding service reduces the high costs associated with international calls. Prospective customers can reach your business without being charged for the call. Rather, the toll free subscriber incurs the cost. By providing a free phone number to business contacts, you will see more incoming calls to your business. Phone forwarding gives you more opportunities to close sales and increase revenue.

Research shows that customers are more likely to do business with a local firm. Call forwarding can make your business appear local when you can be situated thousands of miles away. A virtual phone number enables you to advertise a phone number with a local area code that is easy for customers to dial. Customers will see a local area code and assume your business is close by, increasing the likelihood of them calling you.

Many successful businesses also use call forwarding with toll free numbers to project a professional and corporate appearance. Contacts see 1-800 numbers and automatically associate the phone numbers with established businesses. Our network helps you enhance your corporate appearance by processing incoming calls to your toll free number and redirecting the phone calls to a destination of your choice. Call forwarding with toll free numbers can give your business a great reputation.

Call forwarding is one of the most cost-effective ways to grow your business. Rather than establishing a physical office in a foreign region, you can buy a virtual phone number and have calls forwarded to your headquarters. The bottom line is that your business has greater potential with a call forwarding service.