Awards and Promotions
Posted on July 31, 2018 by Rachel Anderson
It’s been a busy few weeks for awards here at VirtualPBX. First was the 2018 WebRTC Product of the Year Award for our free to use Web Phone, then the 2018 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award for our new 4G LTE Mobile Feature, and now we’re back again with more award news. This time, however, it’s not one particular feature that we’re celebrating, but our core VoIP service – Dash Business Phone Plans – which just received a Top Ten VoIP Solution Provider award.
Enterprise Networking Mag Names VirtualPBX 2018 Top Ten VoIP Solution Provider
In their Top Ten VoIP Providers article, Enterprise Networking Mag details the top features of Dash Business Phone Plans, including:
- Auto Attendant: greets your callers with a pre-recorded message, directing them to the individual, department, voicemail box, or informational message of their choosing. Perfect for businesses of all sizes, Auto Attendant is your virtual receptionist, saving time for your callers and employees, while also working overtime to route callers during off-hours and holidays to pre-selected alternate destinations.
- 4G LTE Mobile: this award-winning feature gives you and your employees the freedom of mobility by allowing you the full use of VoIP features on mobile phones without forwarding calls or installing apps. Additionally, as a first for VirtualPBX customers, 4G LTE Mobile also includes texting and shared data.
- Web Phone: the perfect communications insurance plan and/or preferred streamlined calling solution, this feature allows you to make calls on any device using a web browser. The Web Phone, powered by WebRTC technology, is included for free on all plans and uses plan minutes.
Award-Winning Features, Interface, and Service Backed by 24/7 Support
While Dash Business Phone Plans were only released two years ago, our commitment to our customers goes back to our founding over twenty years ago. That’s why we offer 24/7 support with all plan levels – whether you’re a one person shop or leading an enterprise with thousands of employees – we are standing by at all hours to lend a hand. But our support isn’t limited to the help you may need in the moment. We’re committed to grow with our customers by expanding the technology our plans our built on, tracking feedback, and making available for the public our VirtualPBX Product Roadmap.
Test Drive the Best for Free
The features above just scratch the surface. Take a look at the full list of Dash Features today and you just may find a way that we can help you streamline your business communications. We believe in our offering so strongly, that we offer a free trial on our Dash Business Phone Plans so that you can try before you buy. Included in the free trial are 14 days of service or 300 minutes – whichever comes first. So, what are you waiting for? Find out for yourself why VirtualPBX is ranked among the top ten VoIP providers today!
Posted on July 24, 2018 by Rachel Anderson
If it seems like we were just sharing another award win, you’d be right. This time, however, we’re celebrating the first award to be granted to our 4G LTE Mobile feature – another new feature added to our lineup in 2018.
Seamless Mobile – The Way it was Meant to Be
Employees are happier and more productive when given the tools that they want to use to communicate. That’s why device compatibility has always been a major point of focus for us here at VirtualPBX. And while historically users have been able to use mobile devices on their business phone plans by means of a softphone app or call forwarding, 4G LTE Mobile brings much more to the table and does so without a separate phone plan from a mobile provider.
4G LTE Mobile gives users the ability to talk, text, and share data across all employees on a system. No call forwarding, no apps – 4G LTE natively. Not only does this mean that all devices are on one invoice – it means that administration is all in one place too, letting companies more easily assign devices to new employees, manage call routing, and assemble call reports. It also brings all of the features available on VirtualPBX Phone Plans to the mobile device. This includes call recording, ACD Queues, extension to extension dialing, and more. Users simply sign up to receive a SIM card for an existing mobile device, or purchase a new mobile device from VirtualPBX with a SIM card included.
Award-Winning Features in the Works
Our teams are always hard at work adding new features and functionality. Keep an eye out for updates to the VirtualPBX Product Roadmap where we share upcoming and ongoing projects – who knows, the next entry may be an award winner soon, too! Otherwise, you can always keep up with VirtualPBX news here on our blog as well as on Twitter and Facebook.
Posted on July 11, 2018 by Rachel Anderson
The VirtualPBX Web Phone – our newest feature which was only introduced three months ago – is already the winner of a prestigious WebRTC award! TMC, a thought-leader and educational resource for the VoIP market has granted the VirtualPBX Web Phone a 2018 WebRTC Product of the Year Award.
In previous blogs, we’ve discussed the driving technology behind our VirtualPBX Web Phone – WebRTC (or Web Real Time Communications) – which makes it possible to deliver safer and less expensive technology using open source technology available in modern browsers. While this technology has been in development for a number of years, its adoption has recently been picking up steam fast. Transparency Market Research reports the worth of the WebRTC market to grow to $81.52 billion USD by 2025. WebRTC is just getting started and so are we.
We don’t spend much time resting on our laurels here at VirtualPBX and our team of designers and engineers who have produced the VirtualPBX Web Phone haven’t rested when it comes to advances in this feature now decorated as a WebRTC Product of the Year. Today, the Web Phone delivers crystal clear calls through a customer’s web browser and offers features like Call History, a Company Directory, and in-call functions like transferring, holding, or adjusting audio settings. In the future, customers can expect a click to call browser extension, quick access to other VirtualPBX features, and a number of other added functionalities that we’re keeping under wraps for now.
If you’re already a Dash user, the VirtualPBX Web Phone is already available to you – no matter which business phone plan you are on. Simply login to your account, add the Web Phone to your user, and you’ll be able to sign into the VirtualPBX Web Phone using your Dash credentials. We’ve also created a step-by-step guide with visuals to help you get started.
Posted on June 1, 2018 by Charlie Galaviz
Have you ever logged into Twitter only to find the wackiest hashtag holiday trending? Screening for holidays like #NationalColoringBookDay is a frequent occurrence for those of us in charge of planning the company social media calendar. And unless you’re the social media manager from Crayola, coloring books may not resonate well with your audience. The good news is there are plenty of other social media holidays out there that can move the needle for your business page. That’s why we’ve created a free social media calendar just for businesses. That’s right, you won’t have to spend hours sifting through hashtags like #CleanOutYourRefrigeratorDay (sorry Whirlpool) to deliver content your business-minded followers will love. Without further ado, here are our hand-picked social media holidays just for businesses. Use the links below to skip ahead.
June 1: National Donut Day – #NationalDonutDay
June 4: Leave the Office Early Day – #LeaveTheOfficeEarlyDay
June 17: Father’s Day – #FathersDay
June 21: First Day of Summer – #FirstDayOfSummer
June 22: Take Your Dog to Work Day – #TakeYourDogToWorkDay
June 30: Social Media Day – #SMDay
July 4: 4th of July – #4thOfJuly
July 7: World Chocolate Day – #WorldChocolateDay
July 15: Give Something Away Day – #GiveSomethingAwayDay
July 17: World Emoji Day – #WorldEmojiDay
July 19: Get to Know Your Customers Day – #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay
July 27: Talk in an Elevator Day – #TalkInAnElevatorDay
July 30: International Day of Friendship – #DayOfFriendship
August 9: Book Lovers Day – #NationalBookLoversDay
August 13: International Lefthanders Day – #LefthandersDay
August 15: National Relaxation Day – #NationalRelaxationDay
August 16: National Tell a Joke Day – #NationalTellAJokeDay
August 19: World Humanitarian Day – #WorldHumanitarianDay
August 26: National Women’s Equality Day – #WomensEqualityDay
September 3: Labor Day – #LaborDay
September 5: International Day of Charity – #CharityDay
September 6: Read a Book Day – #ReadABookDay
September 12: National Day of Encouragement – #DayOfEncouragement
September 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day – #TalkLikeAPirateDay
September 21: International Day of Peace – #PeaceDay
September 22: First Day of Fall – #FirstDayOfFall
September 22: Car-Free Day – #CarFreeDay
September 30: International Podcast Day – #InternationalPodcastDay
October 1: International Coffee Day – #InternationalCoffeeDay
October 3: National Techies Day – #TechiesDay
October 4: Taco Day – #NationalTacoDay
October 13: National Train Your Brain Day – #TrainYourBrainDay
October 15: Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day – #CleanYourVirtualDesktopDay
October 16: Bosses Day – #BossesDay
October 29: Internet Day – #InternetDay
October 30: Checklist Day – #ChecklistDay
October 31: Halloween – #Halloween
November 3: National Sandwich Day – #NationalSandwichDay
November 11: Veterans Day – #VeteransDay
November 13: Kindness Day – #WorldKindnessDay
November 21: Entrepreneurs Day – #NationalEntrepreneursDay
November 22: Thanksgiving – #Thanksgiving
November 24: Small Business Saturday – #ShopSmall
November 26: Cyber Monday – #CyberMonday
December 4: National Cookie Day – #NationalCookieDay
December 5: International Ninja Day – #InternationalNinjaDay
December 14: National Salesperson Day – #SalespersonDay
December 18: Answer the Phone Like Buddy the Elf – #AnswerThePhoneLikeBuddyTheElfDay
December 21: Crossword Puzzle Day – #CrosswordPuzzleDay
December 26: Thank You Note Day – #ThankYouNoteDay
December 31: New Year’s Eve – #NYE
January 14: Clean Off Your Desk Day – #CleanOffYourDeskDay
January 17: Get To Know Your Customers Day – #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay
January 21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – #MLKDay
January 25: Opposite Day – #OppositeDay
January 28: Community Manager Appreciation Day – #CMAD
January 28: Data Privacy Day – #PrivacyAware
February 2: Groundhog Day – #GroundhogDay
February 9: National Pizza Day – #NationalPizzaDay
February 11: Inventors Day – #InventorsDay
February 14: Valentine’s Day – #ValentinesDay
February 17: Random Acts of Kindness Day – #RandomActsOfKindnessDay
February 18: Presidents Day – #PresidentsDay
March 8: Day of Unplugging – #NationalDayOfUnplugging
March 8: International Women’s Day – #InternationalWomensDay
March 10: National Pack Your Lunch Day – #NationalPackYourLunchDay
March 10: Daylight Savings – #DaylightSavings
March 14: Pi Day – #PiDay
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day – #StPatricksDay
March 20: First Day of Spring – #FirstDayofSpring
March 31: World Backup Day – #WorldBackupday
April 1: April Fools Day – #AprilFools
April 11: Pet Day: – #NationalPetDay
April 16: National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day – #PJDay
April 17: National Tax Day – #TaxDay
April 18: National High-Five Day – #NH5D
April 22: Earth Day – #EarthDay
April 24: National Administrative Professionals Day – #AdministrativeProfessionalsDay
April 25: National Telephone Day – #NationalTelephoneDay
April 25: National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day – #tyktwd
May 1: May Day – #MayDay
May 1: International Workers Day – #IntWorkersDay
May 2: World Password Day – #WorldPasswordDay
May 4: Star Wars Day – #MayThe4thBeWithYou
May 5: Cinco de Mayo – #CincoDeMayo
May 9: National Receptionist Day – #NationalReceptionistDay
May 12: Mother’s Day – #MothersDay
May 17: National Bike to Work Day – #BTWD
May 21: National Memo Day – #NationalMemoDay
May 27: Memorial Day – #MemorialDay
May 29: Paperclip Day – #PaperclipDay
Downloadable Social Media Calendar 2018-2019
Thanks for checking out our free social media holiday calendar for businesses! You may download the calendar below or add it to your Google Calendar by clicking the + icon in the bottom right corner. Did we miss any social media holidays? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter!
Bonus Tip: How to Track Hashtag ROI
When it comes to measuring successful hashtag campaigns, you may be cutting yourself short by only tracking online conversions. Don’t forget that many conversions occur offline when a lead picks up a phone and dials sales. The best way to gauge ROI for your social media marketing efforts is by utilizing Direct Inward Dial Numbers to track sales that result from your hashtag campaigns. To get started, you simply add a DID number to your marketing campaign and assign it to an internal department or a specific extension from your company. That way you’ll always be able to prove how stellar of a social media presence your organization has.
Posted on April 3, 2018 by Dan Quick
There’s an old saying that goes, “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.” Well, we aren’t really big fans of shaming anyone for anything, frankly. What we do enjoy, however, is a good-natured April Fool’s Day gag, and unsurprisingly, we’ve got another one to come clean on. You may have already made it to the end of the puzzle to learn the real deal behind our latest developments in VoIP and mobile telephone hardware, in which case this is probably old news or you. For anyone else who hasn’t been apprised of the situation, our latest technology development of the all-new Left-Handed Phones we promoted over the weekend were another prank for April Fool’s Day. And because a VirtualPBX April Fool’s Day is something we paradoxically take quite seriously, we may have actually gotten a few people really excited.
The Anatomy of a VirtualPBX April Fool’s Day
To pull off a series of elaborate VirtualPBX April Fool’s Day pranks takes almost as much planning and preparation as it does to launch a traditional marketing initiative, as well. And at the risk of broadcasting to my superiors the truth behind this annual spike of effort, sometimes we apply even more time and energy into the VirtualPBX April Fool’s Day promos than anything else. The fact of the matter is that there’s a lot of brainstorming and creativity behind the likes of our Zombie Apocalypse or Unbelievable New VoIP Products jokes, and this Left-Handed Phones concept was no exception. Of course, we don’t ever try too hard to cover our tracks, though. Because this year we had the bottom of our Left-Handed Phones page covered with equally silly legalese. That and even though we’ve been around for as long as there has ever been a commercial VoIP market, our customer testimonials don’t actually date back to the Renaissance Period. Alas.
It’s Not All Fun & Games
Even though we had a blast with this and got some great feedback over email and across social media on Facebook and Twitter, we would be remiss if we didn’t highlight some of the other, very real, news we’ve had just this year. Based on the responses we’ve gotten from plenty of you already, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about our brand new Mobile for Business Featurefor Dash Service Plans. This is our first foray into the mobile market and it comes with a power-packed nationwide 4G LTE network at your disposal. Plus, we have had a few other releases about integrations and new platform compatabilites for our standard (and still quite mobile itself!) Dash Service Plans. The point is, even though we love to have fun with our own special brand of VirtualPBX April Fool’s Day celebrations, there’s plenty that we can do for your company that’s no joke. Still not sure? Try to test the waters with a free, no obligation custom quote on VoIP hardware and service. We’ll even let you use whichever hand you want when it arrives. Happy April Fool’s Day!