Posted on October 31, 2019 by Charlie Galaviz
As brick and mortar retailers close stores throughout the U.S., Spirit Halloween Stores continue onward and upward. Since 1983, Spirit has grown to more than 1,300 stores across the U.S. and Canada.
What’s the key to its staying power throughout the “retail apocalypse” that’s claimed major retailers like Sears and Toys-R-Us? Here are 5 lessons your business can learn from Spirit.
5 Lessons Your Business Can Learn From Spirit
- Lease Agreements
Sign short-term, flexible leases. There’s a sense of pride in having a year-round storefront location, but signing a long-term lease is not ideal for every business. In the case of Spirit, signing a 6-8 week lease is the sweet spot. Your brand can prepare for customer elasticity by carefully negotiating a lease duration that works for both you and the leasing company.
- Pop-Up Shopping
Consider opening a pop-up store to test the viability of a location. For some shops, a bad location may be impossible to rebound from. Moving one block over could be the difference in staying in business. Spirit continually tests new locations and doubles down on homerun locations. Smaller brands that may not be seasonal can ask a larger retailer if they can open a pop-up shop in their department store. It’s a win-win because it allows smaller brands to gain visibility and allows the retailer to earn a pop-up shop fee.
- Operations Scaling
Learn to scale your operations with consumer demand. Spirit has mastered the art of supply and demand economics. It is able to scale operations when the demand for Halloween costumes reaches a peak; then it scales down operations on Nov 1st when the demand decreases. You may want to focus on scaling in other ways like finding suppliers of products and services that allow you to avoid excess supply. In return, you can lower costs and run a more efficient operation.
- Business Challenges
Overcome business challenges by having a plan A, B, and C. Spirit does an incredible job of successfully dealing with roadblocks. When a prime location becomes signed to a permanent tenant, they search for a new location. In the event that they have no location, they create a tent location in an empty lot. Don’t let an obstacle determine your success or failure.
- Customer Experience
Make sure your customer experience is top-notch. Spirit has nailed down customer interaction by giving customers an unforgettable experience at their retail locations. Besides the product and services Spirit offers, they make it fun to enter their stores and interact with their staff. You can follow suit by hosting holiday parties or creating festive greetings for your business phone system.
Halloween and Beyond
Whether you have a national seasonal business like Spirit Stores or run a full-time operation, business never sleeps. A cloud-based phone system is the best way to keep your business flowing like a well-oiled machine and allows your business to scale up or down according to seasonal traffic. Customize your holiday greetings, set advanced call routing schedules, and easily add users as business grows. Best of all, our business phone plans are backed by 24/7 support – even on Halloween night.
Posted on September 27, 2019 by Charlie Galaviz
This cheatsheet is designed to offer a quick reference guide of Dash Business Phone System key functions and shortcuts. Whether you’re an Agent, User, or Administrator, these 5 basic functions are crucial for daily communications.
Quick Reference Guide
1. User Portal Log in via Dash Online
Agents can log in to the User Portal in one of two ways:
- Web User Portal – To log in to the User Portal, visit dash.virtualpbx.com. Once logged in, select “Mark as Ready” to log in to the queue.
- Feature Code – Log in quickly to the User Portal on your registered VoIP phone by dialing the shortcut *20 then pressing “send”.
2. Update Agent Status
In addition to logging in to the queue, Feature Codes allow agents to log out or update their availability in just a few taps:
Agent Login – Press *20 then press “send” on your registered VoIP phone.
Set Agent Ready – Press *21 then press “send” on your registered VoIP phone.
Set Agent Away – Press *22 then press “send” on your registered VoIP phone.
Agent Logout – Press *23 then press “send” on your registered VoIP phone.
3. Check Voicemail
Need to check your voicemail? Here are a few of the ways we make it easy for you to do so:
- User Portal – Once inside the Agent User Portal, select “Voicemail” in the top menu.
- Registered VoIP Phone – Once inside the Softphone App, dial *97 to listen to your voicemails.
- Web Phone – Once inside the Web Phone, select “Voicemail” on the left sidebar or dial *97.
For more ways to retrieve your voicemails, including sending them to your email’s inbox, visit our Dash Voicemail Guide.
4. IP Phone Call Transfer
The VirtualPBX Dash system has been designed to work flawlessly on a wide range of VoIP devices, allowing you to use the dialpad’s native functionality which includes call transfers.
- Press the native transfer button or icon on your VoIP device.
- Dial the extension, queue number, or outside number.
- Confirm your transfer.
5. Make a Call From Our Free Web Phone
Log in to the Web Phone using a Chrome or Firefox browser.
- Go to webphone.virtualpbx.net.
- Enter your email address.
- Enter the password from the first email.
- Click on Sign in.
- Click “Make a Call”
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Posted on August 30, 2019 by Charlie Galaviz
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Posted on June 28, 2019 by Charlie Galaviz
Have you explored how SIP Trunking can help your business? In most cases, SIP Trunks offer superior cost-savings and flexibility when running an on-site PBX.
In this infographic, we highlight the distinct benefits you can expect from award-winning VirtualPBX SIP Trunking service. Manage call loads without burdensome hardware maintenance or costly PRI phone lines. Ensure connection to your customers with “burstable” channels that instantly address call traffic surges during peak hours.
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Posted on May 31, 2019 by Charlie Galaviz
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