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If you're relying on someone else to take your messages, you need the information to be correct 100% of the time. Otherwise, you could wind up wasting time playing Sherlock Holmes, or worse, you could wind up getting stuck on the phone with your Nanny instead of calling back Nancy, the woman…

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If you are running a small business, chances are that you are often overwhelmed and simply can’t get to every phone call. When you’re not in a position to hire a salaried receptionist, you really only have two options: let calls go to voicemail, or outsource to a live operator receptionist service…

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Businesses use answering services for different reasons. Some may use them for basic message taking, while others may use them to field overflow calls when they're expecting a large volume. However you decide to use an answering service, the main goal is to capture and retain customers to ultimately help grow your…

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Christmas is right around the corner and SAS is getting in the holiday spirit. We put a live receptionist spin on a holiday classic, and turned turtle doves and partridges into peace of mind and more business. What are you waiting for? Check out SAS's 12 Days of Christmas!

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Here at Specialty Answering Service, phones are our livelihood. We believe having a live receptionist answering your calls does more than elevate a business - it becomes inseparable from great customer service. This idea carries over to film and television where iconic phones become part of the story. Whether it's Batman's Batphone…

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Over the last decade, technology has evolved at an alarming rate. From face recognition in our smart phones to cars that drive themselves, it's amazing how much technology is a part of our everyday lives. While I think we can all agree that robots are awesome, businesses should not be so quick…

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Way back in the day, before automatic call distribution technologies evolved, calls used to be manually routed by operators working massive switchboards – so gigantor and with so many lines that many switchboard supervisors had to wear roller skates to get around faster! Sadly, the days of roller skating supervisors are long…

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When you make the decision to start using a call center, either 24/7 or just as overflow support, the goal, of course, is that your callers will never experience hold times, or at least significantly less hold times than they experience when your front desk is overwhelmed. The problem is that most…

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The first major snowfall has hit the northeast, and you know what that means. Mother Nature has made the incredible leap from summer to winter, barely skimming fall on her way. For regions of the country that are already frosty and expecting more of the same as the season rolls on, local…

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The holiday season is here, which means businesses near and far are prepping for the inevitable rise in customer communication. If you’re using an answering service to help with phone orders, or you're hiring seasonal order takers in-house, we’ve created a spreadsheet to help you evaluate each transaction.  The form includes what questions…

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