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How to Make Sales During a Pandemic

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As the world collectively prays for a speedy recovery from COVID, business must go on. Maintaining quarterly performance and hitting quotas is more difficult than ever, but there is also a great opportunity for all of us to solve new challenges.

We won’t bother you with stats and figures showing how the pandemic is wreaking havoc across our economic landscape (there’s enough of that on the internet already). Instead, here we’re focusing on how you can soldier on and maintain, or even grow, your sales in this strange new situation we find ourselves in. And it all begins with a basic three step plan: ‘Go online’, ‘put people first’ and ‘be flexible’.

Go Online

Brick and mortar establishments will always have a place in our markets, but all organizations must develop an online channel to fall back to. While the pandemic continues to stifle traditional business, ecommerce, on the other hand, is experiencing a massive boom. Walmart and Amazon have both reported a staggering 40% to 97% increase in their onlines sales just this first quarter.

If you don’t have a digital market in place, now is the time to give it a serious thought. If you feel you have no experience or knowledge to make the switch to the internet, don’t worry. For small businesses, creating an ecommerce platform has never been easier with numerous third party services specializing in creating one for them. What you need to worry about is how soon you are willing to pull the trigger.

Put People First

Our quarantine lifestyle has made face-to-face interactions problematic, but you still need to find ways to show your customers that you care. A good rule of thumb is to always have more online calls than what’s required. Meetings should rarely be ‘presentations’. Avoid PowerPoints slides in favor of good old fashioned conversations where you try to understand the client; who they are, where they come from, etc. When a client senses empathy, they are more likely to do business with you.

Sales is a pursuit to satisfy customers. Simply delivering isn’t enough. You need to go above and beyond to nurture a strong connection with your clients. While marketing can fulfil this need, your sales, project management, business development and other teams must all collectively touch bases with your clients during the bidding process.

Be Flexible

The pandemic is a que for everyone to start thinking out of the box. Put aside tried and tested business models and ask yourself; how can I tailor my business to all types of needs? Car companies are altering their assembly lines to build ventilators and airlines are using their fleet for cargo delivery. Maintaining revenue is all about providing a service in any way, shape or form.

You don’t need to simply come up with new products and services. Instead, accommodate your clients as best you can. Change your pricing model, provide installment options or agree to something outside your SOP’s. The goal is to get the ball rolling with a potential client. One example is that here at IdeasUnlimited, we offer turn-key solutions based on a holistic approach. Now, we have changed our packages to be smaller and scalable in the long run. This allows clients, who are now more risk-averse than ever, to be more comfortable in working with us since we give them the option to initiate without a huge investment.

While there are plenty of reasons to lament a global health crisis, we ultimately see great hope. IdeasUnlimited believes in the power of human ingenuity and we have always bet on people’s ability to find creative solutions for even the most complex problems. We are proud of our remote workforce who have skillfully navigated us through the pandemic and each one of them are ready to extend their assistance to you. If you’d like to know more, then be sure to read about how we helped a California based eshop reach global success. Whether it’s creating your own online store, assisting with customer service or providing operational support, we are always here to help! Contact us at sales@ideasunlimitedonline.com and give your business the boost it deserves.

Why do you need honest customer service?

Why Should You Have Honest Customer Service?

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Why do most companies keep customers in the dark until the issue can be resolved?

They don’t want to have to tell the customer that there is anything wrong and to acknowledge their mistake. Often, the problem might not even be any mistake but an accident caused by uncontrollable events, but customer service representatives are hesitant to disclose the real issue behind the scenes for fear of being held liable for it later on.

Backed by our 9+ years of experience in operating a customer care center, we are here to tell you that honest customer service is the only way to go for operating a sustainable business.

Why Customers Dislike Being Left Out of the Loop

Customer dislike being kept in the dark for these two major reasons:

  1. 1. It makes the customers feel frustrated that they do not have the full picture of what is going on and it makes them feel that you as a company do not care about your clients.
  2. 2. Customers cannot manage their expectations because they literally have no idea what to expect.

Why You Should Tell Customers the Truth, Even When It’s Bad

It is a natural impulse to hide bad news for as long as possible but we’re here to tell you that being honest with your customers would be a better business decision. Here is why:

  1. 1. Being honest will generate trust between your company and your customer. Doing otherwise will not create long term value for your business. If you are straightforward and clear in your dealings as a company, it is only natural that honest and trustworthy people will in turn be attracted to your business. Like follows like.
  2. 2. Customers are intelligent. They understand that problems do arise. They can handle bad news and do not even mind if it is handled correctly. They’re more interested in what you’re doing to fix the issue. They just want some reassurance that something is being done to rectify the situation in an expected timeframe.
  3. 3. If clients are happy with the customer service they are receiving, they’ll return more and more. A successful business depends more on return customers than new ones.

Why Valuing Honest Customer Service is a Good Business Idea

Having a strong customer service center which becomes known for its honesty and integrity can be a huge asset that can catapult your popularity. Customers are more willing to try out a new company if they hear that they are willing to go above and beyond for their customers. They are likelier to reward a company who they hear are honest. It makes the customer realize there are actual human beings behind the screen who care about you as another human being and want to solve your issue.

Another advantage of this is the goodwill this develops between the customers and your employees. Your employees will be content in a place they know upholds good moral values and will be proud to be working there.

Honest customer service

How Can You Become a Company with Honest Customer Service?

How can you uphold these values without altruistically running your business into the ground?

What you need to do when defining your expertise/ services is to be as detailed as possible in favor of exactly defining what it is you are offering. This shows that you value time and clarity of thought. It will also make it easier for customers to be able to find you from amongst the hundreds of other companies.

If the customer has been inconvenienced, you should be transparent and ask them how to make it up to them. You can give options like giving refunds, gift cards or coupons and let them decide.

One major deterrent to opting for a dishonest approach to handling customers is that anything you do will always remain online for everyone to see. Be they reviews or internal communications with your employees, you should know anything done on the internet remains on the internet. An ethical company would have nothing to fear from a disgruntled employee or irritated customer.

Things to Avoid:

Using vague language which is extremely generic will give the impression that you are brushing off your customers by using popular jargon without putting much thought into what you are saying.

People will have pre-established notions of your company if they have already been exposed to negative reviews pertaining to your reputation as untrustworthy or fraudulent. They could have heard it from other people or read it online, it doesn’t matter. It shows a history of behavior and customers are less likely to give such a company a chance.

Lying has another negative drawback. It can always circle back, and the actual truth can be revealed. Even if you think you got away with it in the initial situation, if a customer later realizes they have been lied to, there is a chance that they get angry enough to take their business elsewhere.

At the end of the day, there will be no business if there are no customers, so it is simply good business sense to make their satisfaction your priority. So, what are you waiting for? Get expert customer service center support today in order to avoid these pitfalls and build a sustainable brand.

IU Named Top Healthcare Call Center Company by Clutch

Clutch Names IdeasUnlimited a Top HR Firm in the Healthcare Industry

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For the past eight years, we have combined skilled human resource, management, and monitoring with cutting-edge technology to provide custom solutions to our clients. Our team has completed over 4000 projects involving a spectrum of services including call center, multilingual, virtual assistant, ecommerce, and backend support. By providing our clients with 24/7/365 support, overheads due to investments in HR, marketing, customer service, and finance departments are no longer necessary. Our dedicated and skilled remote workforce offers great value to our clients. As a result of our success, IdeasUnlimited has been awarded with this recognition by Clutch.

Clutch.co’s latest directory features IdeasUnlimited as a leading service provider for the healthcare industry! We are happy to receive this award as it reaffirms our tailored approach to supporting our clients’ efforts to grow their businesses and increase productivity.

Washington, DC-based ratings and reviews platform Clutch awards leading B2B service providers annually. The team determines winners according to rankings, which are assigned after assessing a business’s market presence, project history, and quality of services. Their analysts collect verified client reviews to evaluate a company’s success.

IdeasUnlimited Awarded Top Healthcare Company, 2019

Here’s what some of our clients said about our services to Clutch:

“We’re long-time clients and are delighted with their innovative approach.”— CEO, advertising & marketing agency

“They are fast, responsible, hard-working, and honest.” — Employee, beauty business

Based on industry leadership, IdeasUnlimited has been listed on The Manifest’s page of top ten HR outsourcing services agencies!  A sister site, the platform expands on Clutch’s content to offer business news and how-to guides.

Our team is thrilled to receive this award. We are thankful to our clients for providing their feedback to Clutch, contributing to this recognition.

For the most effective solution to suit your business’ unique support requirements, talk to our team.

Lost in Translation—Overcome It with Multilingual Support

Lost in Translation—Overcome It with Multilingual Support

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In today’s world, where physical borders have become blurred and your business’ customers may hail from any of the world’s 195 countries, focusing on one “world” language like English to cater to your customers can be a costly mistake. In the face of stiff competition, your business will lose non-English-speaking customers if your customer service does not cater to them. The days of differentiating yourself by solely providing a 24 hour call center are long past. You will only acquire and retain customers if you speak to them in their language by having a multilingual contact center.

Multilingual Support—The Solution

Companies that wish to expand globally and build a loyal customer base overseas must cater to these customers in their native languages by having a multilingual contact center. Multilingual support eliminates communication barriers and errors in translation—open and accurate communication with your customers is only possible in their native languages. You can retain more customers by making them feel like they are dealing with a local company, or a company that values them as a customer, since only 8% of repeat purchasers account for 40% of an average store’s revenue. Having specialized multilingual support in a non-global language—like Finnish customer support for your Finnish customers—can make them feel valued in a way that even the best English customer support cannot achieve. Your multilingual contact center should cater to all the major languages spoken by your customers.

Benefits of Multilingual Support

Multilingual support creates the optimal customer interaction experience at every stage of the sale and after-sales process.

  • Greater customer loyalty and positive word of mouth
  • Less chances of miscommunication due to language barriers
  • Greater customer lifetime value with repeat purchases
  • Easier integration into overseas markets with better brand credibility
  • Exponential global growth into new markets
  • Greater likelihood of converting a query into a sale and a complaint into a resolution
  • Successful diversification of risk and smoothening of demand cycles for the business
  • Greater competitiveness locally and in the international market

Why Should You Work with a Multilingual Support Services Provider?

  • Working with a specialist requires less investment of time and effort and a lower cost than building an in-house team. Taki Skouras, the CEO of international wireless retailer Cellairis, advises working with a support services provider for multilingual support if you don’t have the budget for full-time in-house translators.
  • Reliance on experts to establish and manage your multilingual contact center will protect businesses from the pitfalls of expanding globally. They will help you understand the local market and ensure that you comply with local regulations.

A well-informed decision when choosing a provider for your multilingual contact center will guarantee that the positive effect on your business is immediate. The multilingual support services provider should have these characteristics:

 It must have agents with native proficiency in more than one language other than English.

 It should not have large overhead costs that pay for the VIP culture of upper management.

 It must be experienced in providing multilingual support to global companies.

 It should be flexible and scalable to a 24 hour call center as the business grows and calls for round-the-clock customer support.

 It should have agents specialized in providing support in European languages such as French, German and Finnish customer service.

 Call center agents must be experienced with VoIPs, inbound and outbound calling, and resolving customer queries in a timely fashion.

 It should have “live” staff that can understand the nuances of customer behavior and respond accordingly.

 It should be fast, friendly, and reliable, with proven results.

Multilingual Support at IdeasUnlimited

IdeasUnlimited has more than 8 years of experience in providing multilingual support to clients all over the world. Not only does it check all the requirements above, it customizes a multilingual contact center according to the business’ requirements. Contact us today for a customized multilingual support solution.

Tips for Ensuring Your Virtual Assistants Do Not Slack Off

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Originally posted as an answer on Quora for If you have multiple virtual assistants across multiple businesses, how can you be sure that they are not slacking off?

Answer by Shakira, Operations Manager – Project and Growth, IdeasUnlimited

shakira@osbprovider.com

Hiring a virtual assistant to provide administrative support, marketing support, technical support, or any other kind of support services required by your business requires a strong trust-based relationship, more so than hiring an in-house worker. Hiring multiple virtual assistants across multiple businesses compounds the need for a mechanism for building and maintaining this trust in the remote workforce.

The strategies and tools for ensuring they are not slacking off depend on the type of virtual assistant you have hired:

  1. Dedicated

Is the virtual assistant supposed to set aside designated hours for your project or business? Go for this type of virtual assistant if you need assistance with a high volume of meticulous work in certain hours of the day or if a project is time sensitive.

  1. Flexible

Do you want the virtual assistant to complete the set tasks by a certain deadline but work any hours that suit him/her? Most design and web development projects lend towards this type of virtual assistant as do multilingual transcription services and translation of audio files. For such a virtual assistant, your criterion for judging performance and, hence, whether he/she is slacking off will be the quality of work delivered.

  1. Shared

Does the virtual assistant work for you in set hours shared with other projects? Shared hours would be perfect for you if you need virtual PA services or other support services to cover certain hours.

Tips for ensuring your virtual assistants do not slack off

  • Communicate Objectives, Expectations, and Deadlines Clearly: A good virtual assistant needs clear communication of goals, responsibilities, and timelines to deliver results. Once you communicate all three at the beginning of the project, both of you will know how the work is supposed to be carried out. This ensures the virtual assistants do not slack off since they are aware of what results they need to deliver by a particular date.
  • Use a Time Tracker and Productivity Management Software:This creates a transparent process wherein you can see activity levels, app and URL usage, attendance, etc. It will also motivate the virtual assistant to give their 100% to the task since screenshots and the reports generated ensure productivity levels stay high.
  • Set Up a Project Management Mechanism:Take some time out of your schedule or hire a project manager to keep an eye on the project’s progress. This will keep you in the loop, ensure that objectives are being met, and proactively identify any problem areas that can be corrected before they derail the project. This will be the most important tool for managing flexible virtual assistants.
  • Hire Proficient Virtual Assistants from a Professional Support Services ProviderSince you would be hiring from a firm that professionally recruits and places virtual assistants, you’ll be assured of a wider range of highly qualified and reliable candidates who can assist you in a wide range of tasks and businesses. In addition, to build client loyalty, the firm will handle project management as well as the administrative aspect such as payroll processing, and will also monitor the remote team for you. You can simply focus on growing your business by assigning tasks to them. The firm will even take care of initial and ongoing training of the virtual assistants for you. This also reduces the risk of hiring a stranger to assist you in your business since the support services provider will be responsible for finding and retaining virtual assistants, freeing you from that hassle.
  • Give Incentives to Improve Productivity:Like any other workers, virtual assistants will also perform better when offered the correct incentives. Setting up a reward or bonus scheme for performance par excellence will encourage the virtual assistants to complete their tasks on time and to the best of their abilities. This will be most apt for a dedicated virtual assistant since you need to keep their motivation levels high for regular stretches of time and they provide the greatest range of support services.

Use these simple tips to ensure your virtual assistants do not slack off and you get quality work on time. Please comment down below if you have any questions or suggestions.

5 Easy Tips for Creating a Better Brand Image as a Receptionist

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A good receptionist service constitutes performing a number of administrative support tasks. Administrative support services are the backbone of a successful business; hence, they require a combination of skills for efficient delivery, namely technical, interpersonal, and communication skills. A receptionist typically handles all telecommunication, receives and guides office visitors, manages itineraries and prepares for meeting and training schedules.

All administrative support workers who are responsible for customer support are brand ambassadors since professional receptionist service provides the first contact point in most interactions. Therefore, a receptionist holds greater responsibility of conveying the company image correctly and professionally. Use these 5 easy to implement yet very powerful training tips for a receptionist to define the company image in a better manner:

Positive Language and Tone

Your enthusiasm and warm tone can help you bring in meaningful connections for your office. It is important that you avoid a negative tone and phrases. Avoid phrases that are cold and demanding. Instead, use friendlier, warmer phrases to deliver the same message.

Phrases to Avoid Phrases to Use
You need to… I’ll be happy to find a solution for you
…can’t be done Gladly! / My pleasure!
I don’t know! Happy to take your message
No problem! May I put you on hold?
Hold, Please! Will have the call returned
… not available I’ll be happy to follow-up with you
Just a sec. One moment please
Who is this? May I ask who is calling?
What? Will you please repeat that?

Usage of correct tone and phrases goes a long way in establishing a positive image of your company and products/services in the minds of your potential connections. Your welcoming language will show that you are concerned and demonstrate your sincerity and ability to help.

Gatekeeping Skills as a Brand Ambassador

Receptionist service training constitutes discerning between clients, potential clients, and mere inquiries. A trained receptionist shields the people in-charge from interruptions to help them focus on their tasks. This is when a receptionist performs the role of a gatekeeper. Like for b2b sales, receptionists take the calls and set appointments. They are rarely involved in final decision-making but they are the ones who decide who gets through to make a pitch and who does not.

Here, a receptionist gets a chance to act as a gatekeeper as well as a brand ambassador. While screening for unwanted calls, keep your questions simple and your tone friendly. Invest your time to identify a potential, new business opportunity and deal accordingly. This showcases the professionalism of your company with which it handles clients and customers.

Connect to the Relevant Person

As you have trained yourself to assess caller/visitor agenda, make sure you refer them to the appropriate department or person without delay. This saves time for all the parties. It also shows that your company is resourceful and organized along with creating an image of specialized and cooperative staff.

A Quick Recap and Follow-Up Message Before the Call Ends

Setting up clear expectations and definite timeframes create a professional environment for carrying out business activities. A receptionist can make callers comfortable by helping them get things done. For quality customer experiences, the receptionist service should include a quick recap of the information gathered and a follow-up time for the caller. This makes things easier and clearer for the one who has approached your company, resulting in higher chances of positive reviews.

Share Informational Material About Your Products and Services

In addition to showing your dedication by reiterating the information received from potential clients and providing them a follow-up schedule, a little marketing could also help create a better brand image.

You can take permission from upper management and then share relevant authorized material with your clients through any channel they may prefer such as emails, fax, post, text messages, etc.

This can provide supplementary information to the clients about your company and its goods and services. Additionally, it can show them how things are carried out in your organization and what range of solutions are offered to clients. This might also lead to further opportunities with the client and a recommendation for potential collaborations.