Twenty-fours a day. Seven days a week. Three hundred and sixty five days a year.

This is how companies serve their customers. Time and place had been the primary obstacles of customer service support before. Nowadays and with the help of advance technology, these barriers have been eliminated. Anytime and anywhere, any customer can make phone calls for inquiries and orders.

However, this venture entails large amount of money and time. Creating a 24/7 customer service support center that is in-house can be both a big hole in a pocket and time-consuming. In this case, the best solution is outsourcing. Contracting a third-party to provide answering services will not only save cash but will also upgrade productivity and customer satisfaction. On the other hand, with the many inbound call centers offering such service, it is crucial to be keen in choosing the right one for your company.

Your firm must first identify its specific needs before searching for a contact center. The following questions must be answered first:

1. What are the answering services provided by the inbound contact center?
2. Will these services be needed by the firm?
3. Is it a good investment if the company employs a 24/7 customer service support?

One of the effective methods of answering service is the live answering service. Around the clock, live answering services provide a human-to-human interaction, instead of an automated or virtual one. It responds on a real-time and with a personal touch. To partner the right service provider, make it sure that the following factors are present:

1. Highly-trained professional staff with exemplary conduct
2. 24/7 availability to cover all prospects
3. Technology which is either good-performing or advanced
4. Screening of phone calls
5. Effective workforce
6. Services such appointment setting, order taking, overflow call management
7. Quick updates to your company through email, phone call, fax or live support chat

After you have a clear knowledge of what answering service is, how it operates as well as identifying the needs of the company, the next step is to consider three essential requisites. First is to think about the cost. Charges of answering services are different from each inbound call center. It is important to learn how the cost will be computed. Is it per call or a fixed payment per month? Aside from the initial fees, let it be known if there are other expenses involved. The bottom line is that your firm should partner with an effective service provider while incurring a modest expenditure.

Second on the list are the accomplishments of the contact center. It is to be noted that in choosing an answering service provider, do not depend solely on the number of years such call center lives in the business. There might be starters which excel and there are those that exist for a long time but aren’t performing well. In this case, your business entity should examine the milestones that a contact center has achieved. Try to seek the it’s previous clients and listen to their comments and reviews. Know the reputation of the company not only from external people but also from those that have worked or are working for the call center.

The last spot is flexibility. Some service providers offer only automated answering service. Others provide both live and automated answering service. It would be more beneficial for your business organization to have as many services that can be accessed by more customers.

Regardless of size, all businesses need an answering service. This is an improvement in the firm's ability to provide a wide range of customer service support. This is a strong statement of the company's commitment in providing customer satisfaction.

Author's Bio: 

Belinda Summers works as a professional consultant. She helps businesses increase their revenue by lead generation and appointment setting services through Telemarketing. To know more about this visit: