Posted on August 31, 2016 by Dan Quick
As much as we’d try to be the go-to answer for every technological need that any business has, we can’t even be the answer to all of our own needs! That being the case, just like our customers, we need to look to third-party developers to see what helps. For the occasional standouts, we’ve created this series of blog posts to help you share in the benefits we’ve enjoyed from our favorite Tech Tools.
For this edition of Tech Tools, we’re looking at a new bit of software that is useful for people pursuing higher education. RefME is the single tool I wish I had in college. By integrating into all aspects of your research-paper-footprint, RefME makes source citations in the arduous and meticulous APA or MLA formats easy.
Bibliographies Are a Breeze
RefME takes the exhaustive, detailed, and often confusing world of literary citations and simplifies it with a few elegant solutions. First they have a Chrome extension that basically does all the work for you for digital sources, but more interesting is how they work with citing physical books. Because students today can’t be expected to bother with typing the book information themselves (gasp, the very notion indeed!), RefME has a slick camera integration that covers that. Simply by using the app to scan a book’s barcode and choosing the format you want the reference to be in, RefME searches the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) to produce the necessary citation.
With three degrees and two of them in journalism, I can think of a few, choice, two-word phrases to describe my reaction to this. Seeing as how this is a family company, however, I’m going to go with these, “Time Saver.”
Build Your Toolbox
This isn’t the first Tech Tool that we’ve introduced you to, and it won’t be the last. To make sure you don’t miss any of the killer tips and tricks we’ve found to help smooth your day through technology, make sure to follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook to always stay in the know.
Posted on August 29, 2016 by Dan Quick
Every year the amount of pencil and book bag related advertisements that dominate the airwaves can only mean one thing – back to school season has begun. Sure, continuing with the seasonal saga of new classes, new schools, and new lessons is terrific, but what about the men and women who are well past the excitement of the first day of school?
Back to Work Makeover Sweepstakes
This year the attention is back onto us hard-working folks who’ve already sharpened our last number two pencils and suffered through enough terrible cafeteria food. The Back to Work Makeover Sweepstakes is the one shot you have at reclaiming the same late summer excitement. One lucky winner will receive up to $250 in VirtualPBX credit for the total renovation of their business phone network. Applicable to Dash Plans, new VoIP Phones, or even just towards your existing account, $250 goes a long way when you’re not paying the outrageous fees for a traditional telephone system. But because we know we don’t have everything that you’ll need to spruce up your office, we’ll also throw in a $100 Amazon Gift Card for any of the fun incidentals you need to make your office sparkle.
No Time to Lose
Just like starting the first grade, the Back to Work Makeover Sweepstakes only happens once, so you better act fast! Sign up now for your chance to win and receive your entry into the best reason to get back to work yet. Plus, after you enter, you can share your entry with all of your colleagues and earn additional entries. You know this is going to get circulated around your coworkers, so don’t let Johnson from accounting get all of the referral entries! He’d probably just waste the Amazon money on office supplies. Pfft, Johnson, right?
The drawing is help on Friday, September 16, 2016, so you don’t have any time to waste. Sign up now and make sure to follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook for updates on this fantastic sweepstakes!
Posted on August 24, 2016 by Dan Quick
Now things finally are beginning to feel balanced between the three main pillars of our hosted business telephone services, VirtualPBX Office, Dash, and the newly minted Dash Unlimited. That newfound balance is a result of the recent awarding of the 2016 TMC Communications Solutions Product of the Year award, making it the last of these three options to win such an honor. With this recent product of the year award win for Dash Unlimited, the industry experts at TMC, Internet Telephony, and beyond have anointed VirtualPBX’s VoIP services as the ultimate telecommunications triple threat.
Working Together to Win
Every award we’ve ever won has been received with the utmost humility and gratitude, because we know we didn’t earn it by ourselves. We lean on our customers, vendors, peers, and internally on each other to make sure that every step of the way is accompanied by constant course correction. To guide us, we use one of our founding principles based on constantly acting in the best interest of our customers above all else. We’ve learned from the use patterns, pain points, and needs of our industry through this process and that is how we came to create the super-sized version of Dash, Dash Unlimited. By keeping all of the incredible features that made Office Plans the bedrock for enterprise grade performance and including the interface that made Dash the instant sensation in VoIP UX design, we beefed up Dash Unlimited with unlimited minutes for anyone using the service.
Not Done Yet
Just like we said when we accepted the 2016 TMC Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award for Dash Unlimited , we’re not even remotely finished moving forward. It’s important to recognize this achievement and acknowledge all of the wonderful and talented people we have working together to help make it a reality, but the window for that is slim, nonetheless. That’s because without continuing to press forward and innovate new solutions to meet the needs of our customers, we wouldn’t have built this telecommunications triple threat into what it is. Plus, who is to say they won’t have a few more threats to join them, too, someday?
To stay up to date on this award and any new products or announcements, make sure to follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook, because you never know when the next big thing might come rolling along!
Posted on August 18, 2016 by Charlie Galaviz
Globetrotting entrepreneurs working from palm tree lined beaches is the essence of what makes working remotely so appealing to aspiring digital nomads. The truth is working from anywhere is only as fabulous as your connection to your clients and team. In a time where many social communication apps battle to become relevant for business communication, there always seems to be something missing. Staying connected is the lifeblood of business, so it’s important to understand which apps are merely fat, and which apps are lean, mean and drive the bottom line of business.
The Not-So-Daily Grind
As a Community Specialist at VirtualPBX, my job requires constant connectivity to our online communities of hardworking small business owners. I split my time 60/40 between the office grind and the digital nomad lifestyle. One of the most challenging aspects of being an office-nomad hybrid is that I don’t solely rely on my ability to navigate the world of connectivity without an office.
When I replace my cozy office chair for a wooden stool at a Bulgarian cafe I have no need for the dozen communication apps on my phone. What I need is a tool that allows me to carry my desk with me wherever I am in the world. There is only one such communication tool that delivers features that are versatile enough for the on-the-go professional.
Softphone is the Only Phone
My VirtualPBX Softphone App is the only tool capable of carrying an entire load of my office with me wherever I go. With features such as Follow Me Calling, Caller ID, and Business Call Reports, I can stay connected to my team and stay on top of new opportunities to grow our community.
Not only is it a workhorse, but it is also incredibly affordable. When I recently traveled through Eastern Europe I didn’t have to purchase pay-as-you-go calling plans for each country nor did I have to overpay my mobile carrier back home for an international calling plan. It is seamless and it keeps operational expenses down.
When I need an app that I can count on I use my Softphone App because it is my most reliable business travel companion around. It’s not where I work, but where I can get the job done. In a world where results matter, my Softphone App always allows me to get the job done.
Posted on August 17, 2016 by Dan Quick
We get a lot of useful information from our customers about how, when, and where they use their VirtualPBX phone systems. Listening to stories about how mobility and reliability are indispensable for our business partners has what led us to develop product like Dash or features like Follow Me Calling in the first place. Furthermore, once we learned how people were using Dash after we launched it, it was clear that we should begin offering an unlimited minutes option, which we did with Dash Unlimited. The point is that wherever there’s a need for our customers, we want to fill it with a solution. And in a world where every bit of information is available to us in seemingly real time, what we did next seemed like a no-brainer.
Stay Up to Date With Your Activity
Starting today, all VirtualPBX Dash and Dash Unlimited customers will begin waking up to a real time update on their previous day’s account activity. Updated each morning at 7:00 AM PST, all of the previous day’s minutes used will be available for anyone on the account to view. Of course, no VirtualPBX feature roll-out would be complete without the ability to customize them to your exact specifications. That being the case, administrators on the account have the option of selecting which employees have access to the daily updates.
Never Slowing Down
If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you know that we like to keep tinkering with our products and building new ones almost nonstop. This latest update is, of course, just another result of that tried and true approach to improvement. To keep you up to date on all of the latest information and product releases in real time, follow us on Twitter or Facebook or sign-up for our Product Newsletter here.