How does a Virtual Receptionist Transfer Calls to My Business? | Smiledog


A common question people ask about virtual receptionists is a very simple one: can my offsite virtual receptionist transfer live calls to me? Smiledog promotes its services as completely seamless, where callers cannot tell they’ve reached a virtual — rather than an in-house — receptionist. So, just as an in-house receptionist can transfer live calls, so too can offsite virtual receptionists. In fact, this is the default “first choice” option for answering calls.

The Smiledog Way

Smiledog has an established set of “best practices” that govern the way that our virtual receptionists handle calls. We’ve found it to be an efficient way of handling calls, while maintaining professionalism and prioritizing customer satisfaction.

When answering an inbound call, the receptionist will first “announce” the call to you. When setting up service, Smiledog gets a list of established phone lines to which you want calls routed. We’ll attempt to connect to those lines, asking first if you’re available to take the call. After we get the go-ahead, the call is transferred. Even though the call was received in our call center, it is immediately connected to you, wherever you may be.

Some clients worry about dropped calls in the midst of transferring, but rest easy! Smiledog stays on top of industry advancements. We use the best available technology that allows receptionists to simply place callers on hold for a brief moment while connecting with you.

And what if you are unavailable to answer when Smiledog tries to make contact? Smiledog receptionists take a message — callers are not simply sent to voicemail.

Screen Calls Easily And Discreetly

Smiledog services allows busy professionals to screen calls, taking important calls as needed, and taking messages for less urgent matters. Even when you don’t have time for a call, your clients leave messages with a friendly receptionist, instead of impersonal voicemail.

Contact Smiledog today to discuss your business needs, and discover how we can help you realize your goals!


Will my Virtual Receptionist Take Messages for me?

One of the chief primary duties of a receptionist, virtual or in-house, is to take messages from callers and getting them to you as soon as possible. Smiledog’s system is set up in a way that messages are handled quickly and efficiently, ensuring that virtual reception is every bit as effective for businesses as in-house reception.

Update Smiledog As Often — Or As Little — As You Need

Smiledog’s unique services allow businesses to call in each day to inform on-duty receptionists of your availability. You can be as detailed as you wish, from simply saying you’ll be in meetings all day to identifying the meetings and their times specifically. If you’re busy and forget to let Smiledog know your status, we attempt to announce the call on your various extensions before taking a message from the caller.

Smiledog Takes Detailed Messages

Virtual receptionists take detailed messages, which are entered into the system immediately and sent via email. Some clients like to receive their messages via text, which is another option for clients who find themselves “on the go” for much of the day. Your preferences are always our priority — we find many businesses prefer messages via email so as to provide a permanent record of call activity.

We Aim To Make Your Customers Happy

During the sign-up process for Smiledog, we try to learn about your business, its culture, and what we can do to provide a seamless experience to your callers. If there are particular questions you want asked in the course of taking message, you can specify the details you want recorded from callers. If you decide changes are needed, you can make them at any time by calling us and discussing your needs.

Smiledog’s goal as a virtual reception provider is to provide you with top-notch reception services that give callers the feeling they are reaching your office directly. Customers dealing with a friendly and efficient virtual receptionist will have a positive impression of your business’s customer service.

Call Smiledog today to discuss your business goals, and learn how we can help boost your business and increase your bottom line through the use of virtual receptionists!


Do I change my phone number with a Virtual Receptionist? | Smiledog

When considering switching to virtual receptionist services, clients often ask us if they have to change their phone number. This is a big concern for business owners, who invest a lot of money into websites, business cards, ads, and other marketing materials. Updating their phone number in so many places can be a hassle — not to mention expensive.

The good news is that today’s phone answering technology allows you to enjoy all the perks of virtual reception without having to change your current phone number. Most Smiledog clients use our services in one of three ways. Let’s explore three scenarios for potential Smiledog clients!

Full-Time Reception Services

When you sign up for full-time reception services with Smiledog, you will take your current phone number and forward it to the number provided to you at sign-up. That’s it! Smiledog takes care of everything else, meaning using our services is easy and hassle-free. When you forward your current line, you get full-service reception without having to change your phone number.

Part-Time Reception and Back-Up Services

If you have an in-house receptionist you like, but who occasionally gets overloaded with calls, you can use our services on a part-time basis. This also works if you are usually available to answer calls yourself, but want back-up service when you’re busy with clients or out of the office. Whatever your part-time and back-up needs, Smiledog has a level of service that is right for you.

For example, you may want to set up services such that Smiledog is routed the call after 3 rings without answer. This frees up your existing receptionist to assist with other office duties or handle high call volume without leaving your callers hanging.

Establish Your New Business With Smiledog

If you are just getting started with your business, you can hire Smiledog either full-time or part-time, and use your assigned Smiledog line as your business phone. You can publish this number on all marketing materials, including business cards, websites, ads, and more. The business line remains yours, even if you don’t stay with Smiledog. You can port the number to another provider as you wish.

Call Smiledog today to learn about our services, and how we can help streamline your operations and grow your business!


Do Virtual Receptionists Always Answer Incoming Calls Live?

Smiledog makes a commitment to answer each incoming call live. Other virtual receptionist services rely on voicemail during call overload, while Smiledog is always fully-staffed to handle all incoming calls. After all, companies don’t need to pay a premium for voicemail — they can install that themselves. When a company pays for virtual reception, Smiledog promises to provide those services.

What Is The Difference Between Virtual Reception & Call Centers?

If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between virtual reception and a call center, it’s pretty simple. Virtual receptionists answer calls live, just as one would in your office. Call centers take incoming calls and put them on hold as they enter the system. Smiledog strives to make the callers’ experience as seamless as possible, efficiently answering and directing calls live.

Does Smiledog Use The “Hold” Button?

Smiledog does occasionally put callers on hold, as call volumes unexpectedly rise. However, they return to the caller as soon as possible, directing the call in person instead of simply putting the call into voicemail. This situation is certainly not the norm for Smiledog — if calls become so heavy that people are regularly put on hold, we know it’s time to staff up our virtual receptionists.

The other instance during which callers might be placed on hold is when our virtual receptionists are seeking the answer to a question for a caller. There is also a brief hold period when our receptionists ensure availability to take the call.

All The Benefits Of In-House Reception, None Of The Drawbacks

Smiledog’s goal is to give your callers the impression they are calling your office, not being directed through virtual reception. After all, one of the great benefits of virtual reception is having the appearance of in-house reception without the drawbacks. We want the first impression each caller has of your company to be friendly efficiency, leaving happy current and potential customers.

Call Smiledog today to learn more about how we can help you generate new business and grow your revenues through virtual receptionist services!


Can a Virtual Receptionist Transfer Calls to Any Number in the World for Me?

If your business requires calls to be transferred worldwide, you might be wondering if Smiledog has the technical ability to provide you virtual receptionist services. The simple answer: yes! In the past, business owners with multinational needs may have resisted virtual receptionist services, but they need not do so. Thanks to Smiledog’s specialized internal call system and the power of the Internet, we’re able to route calls to any cell, office, or home phone you provide.

Don’t Be Tied Down To The Office

Business owners are incredibly mobile these days, often having several lines at which they can be reached. Providing these numbers to your clients can be confusing for everyone — better they call the main line and let Smiledog’s receptionists route the call as you’ve directed.

We Learn Your Goals And Adapt To Them

When you sign on with Smiledog, we take the time to interview you to find out exactly how you envision calls being handled. We want to fully understand your business needs, and respond to your customers in a way that makes you feel confident. We use our experience and expertise to help you customize your service. We add as many lines as needed to be sure that we can transfer live calls to any number you want. We can set up staff profiles so everyone who needs calls transferred to them can have them as needed.

Go Ahead: Take That Vacation!

Want to go on vacation, but don’t want to miss out on potential future business? No problem! You can travel to Europe for a relaxing getaway, without seeing your business go to a competitor. All you need to do is update your account with your availability, and we’ll keep you 100% connected.

We are able to fully customize services to your business, creating a comprehensive reception solution that can help grow your business by increasing efficiency. Call our office today to discuss your business goals and needs, and learn how Smiledog can help accelerate your growth.


How Do Virtual Receptionists Know If I’m Available To Take A Call?

It is easy to communicate your availability for the day to your virtual receptionist. If you choose to update Smiledog each morning with your status and general availability for the day, the receptionists can field the calls using that information. However, this is not essential, and in fact, some clients choose not to do this at all. It really comes down to what works best for your business.

How Is A Call Handled?

When your virtual receptionist answers a call that needs transferring, she will call the person in question to announce the call. This announcement is to ensure that the person is not currently busy and unable to take a call. Virtual receptionist can tell you who is calling and the nature of the call before connecting, helping you to determine the urgency of the call.

If busy, you might ask the virtual receptionist to take a message, which can be relayed instantly via email once the call is disconnected. This allows for you to have some flexibility in receiving calls, allowing for you to request a message if you are unavailable for interruption.

Have Multiple Lines? No Problem!

For those with multiple lines, such as an office, home, and cell phone, we can announce calls to all of your lines, or just one specified line, depending on your personal preference. We make it easy for you to be as mobile as you want, while feeling confident you are receiving every important call.

Our Flexibility Sets Us Apart

The Smiledog system is incredibly flexible, allowing complete customization for each business. Calls received are treated with care, and are never simply transferred without first finding out if there is a person to take the call, and that the person is available to talk. Messages are taken live, not transferred to voicemail, giving customers the “full service” feeling. With so many calls we make today simply routed to the black hole of voicemail, this type of customer service stands above the rest.

Whether you choose to update Smiledog daily on your office status, or simply every once in a while, you can be assured that every call will be handled according to your established preferences. Give Smiledog a call today to learn more about our services, and how they can help your business experience greater growth!