Posted on May 5, 2016 by Dan Quick
Whenever you start a new endeavor, it’s important to set the expectations high and move forward at a strong pace in order to establish yourself quickly. This reminds me of how my grandfather who was an early Airborne Infantryman in the US Army always used to talk about “hitting the ground running.” Whenever he and his fellow soldiers were to land in a new area, they never knew exactly what to expect they’d encounter so the one thing that was certain was that moving quickly right after they touched down was going to be an important part of having a safe and successful mission. The same philosophy exists for business, too, especially whenever you’re dealing with a totally new product or entering into a new market.
Dash’s New Horizons
While our new business phone system isn’t in a new market or industry, it is making waves as a VoIP platform like what nobody has seen before. Dash’s clean and intuitive user interface does take it into uncharted territory for the telecom industry and, because that is like landing into a new theatre of operations, we need to keep pressing forward.
Fortunately, where we’re going next is a result of the wonderful response to what Dash brings to the table. By designing a hosted business phone system for employees all across the flowchart, and not just for the IT pros and engineers, we’ve tapped into something that the market has been starving for. In response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback Dash has gotten, including being named the 2016 TMC and Internet Telephony Product of the Year, we’re introducing Dash Unlimited, the all new way to get unlimited access to the first business phone system that is made for everyone.
Since introducing Dash Unlimited, companies no longer need to worry about going over a pooled amount of minutes. Unlike like when a child gets a phone for the first time and then the whole family plan is at risk of losing their proportional share of data use, Dash Unlimited lets each one of your team members use their business phone the way you need them to for success. Your business phone is the single most important line of communication between you and your customers, and the last thing you want is for it to be compromised by constantly bumping up against restrictive minute thresholds or having to throttle your use to avoid costly overages.
Introducing Dash Unlimited Features
Sometimes when we realize we are getting more of a good thing, our reaction is to question where we’re losing out to keep things balanced. Well even the most cynical of us will find that Dash Unlimited comes with all of the same award-winning business phone features and functionality of the most powerful and modern business phone system on the market. Furthermore, for even the most skeptical, we are offering a 30-day money back guarantee, too. That’s right, we’re offering the same in-house support, the same powerful suite of options, unlimited customization, and unparalleled commitment to service that Dash has always come with, only now you get a limitless amount of minutes plus the confidence of our guarantee to do business the way you need to.
We were busy for a long time in building the Dash platform to be what it is, and by remaining just as committed to it even since we’ve launched it, we’re able to continue bringing more enhancements to Dash users like unlimited minutes. With all of the power of an enterprise telephone system, the cleanest and simplest interface in the game, and now with unlimited minutes, Dash Unlimited lets you hit the ground running with your business, too.
Sign up for a free demo of Dash Unlimited today and see what the fuss is all about.
Posted on April 7, 2016 by Dan Quick
Even though some of the erratic weather patterns we have would suggest otherwise, it is actually springtime. That means a lot of things, but most notably that it’s time to think about some of that eponymous cleaning frenzy that we all know so well. If you’re anything like the millions of businesses still struggling to justify the headaches and expenses of a traditional, on-site PBX phone system, you have a few extra things to tidy up. Take a look at these spring cleaning tips for your business communications and learn what a clean, streamlined business phone system like Dash can do for you.
Posted on March 31, 2016 by Rachel Anderson
In a recent case study, MDGI President Scott Mullins commented, “the tech you’re using shouldn’t be a comment on a call.” Continuing, “with others the tech gets in the way and there are a lot of excuses, with VirtualPBX it just works.”
While we certainly enjoy the compliment, one of the reasons VirtualPBX works as easily as it does is the fact that with VirtualPBX, customers don’t need to restructure their day around their phone system. Their phone system keeps up with them at the office, the home office, on the road, and virtually anywhere they have internet access by employing VoIP phones and devices that go beyond a traditional desk phone.
Posted on March 28, 2016 by Dan Quick
Buying the business isn’t anything new. Everything from sales to promotions to discounting that one, pivotal client who always seems to have a referral funnel that is packed to the brim all contribute to a shrinking of margins at the expense of increased velocity. This in itself isn’t a bad thing and, in many cases, it can be quite a shot in the arm for a sales team. There are, of course, downsides to investing too heavily short term into ventures whose outcomes aren’t always certain. This is a calculated risk that is right for some companies in certain situations, but less commonly viewed through this lens are matters of human resources and internal operations.
Silicon Valley Comp Plans
By now you’ve probably heard of the aggressive hiring tactics of some of the world’s fastest growing companies. With increasing valuations and venture-backing that is placed on the expectation of exponential growth, the pressure to recruit talent is just as high as it is to gain market share. But it’s not all the overnight unicorn that needs talent, even established powerhouses like Apple and Tesla have been making waves with their recruitment wars. The most recent development in the life and times of the technocrati elite isn’t about what it takes to get talent to join a company, but rather what it take to keep them there.
High Stakes For Staying
It costs big bucks to get the best talent through the door in the first place, so big that many companies simply can’t afford to match the offers of the largest company in the running. What happens then, when it’s time to consider losing that talent well in advance of these huge investments panning out? The Yahoo empire is coming to a rather bleak crossroads right now but, based on the robust nature of the contract for their CEO, Marissa Mayer, what could be Yahoo’s downfall would be Mayer’s windfall. A severance package made of unobtainium aside, Twitter is making moves to stop brain-drain before it starts. In a highly unconventional move, the social media giant has actually been reported to pay out anywhere from $50,000-$200,000 to entice workers to stay for the next 6-12 months! These measures are being met with mixed reviews from pundits but what is sure is that between increasingly common layoffs and dwindling supply of investment capital to go around, tech companies are in need of some big changes.
Paying for Service vs. Service That Pays
We’ve spoken about the, “ready, fire, aim!” brand of spending strategies that appear to be rampant in Silicon Valley before. Without assuming that these HR investments won’t be successful for the above companies, it is safe to say that some companies have taken different approaches to growth that may prove to be preemptive side-steps to problems like this. Reducing operating costs isn’t just about slashing and burning or eliminating any of the benefits that employees value, it’s about choosing how to spend only what you have to on the services that give you the most bang for your buck. Simple, but not easy.
For starters, never assume that your team is aware of all of the options out there for some of traditionally predictable business expenses. Telephone service, for example, is one that many companies just assume they need to have, so they go to what they know; The telephone companies. While that logic is completely understandable, ending a search there won’t pass muster anymore. With a hosted VoIP telephone service you get the same enterprise-grade features that even the most robust on-premises systems provide but for a fraction of the price. In fact, advanced unified communications options aren’t really even comparable to traditional phone systems anymore because they accomplish so much more that their predecessors could only dream of. Everything from intelligent call routing to universal device compatibility separates systems like Dash from the expensive and cumbersome alternatives.
Succeeding in business is never going to be easy, especially not in the crowded, talented, and competitive Silicon Valley market. Choosing the right service partners shouldn’t add to that challenge, but rather it should position your company for greater success. After comparing the pros and cons of a hosted telephone system versus an on-site option, the biggest hurdle remaining is just picking the right Dash Plan for your business. Plus, when you build your business on a solid, healthy foundation you’ll attract more top talent than if you’re a sinking ship, so save all of those retention bonuses for something sweet. Like a new foosball table, obviously.
Posted on January 7, 2016 by Dan Quick
Do you remember images of concept cars from the Atomic Age? The vision of the future back then was filled with spaceship styling and Jetson’s amenities. What’s truly incredible about expositions where science is heading or could take us is that often times the result is something so fantastic it’s difficult to even wrap our heads around. The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show is much like the futuristic auto shows of the 50’s and 60’s, but it’s safe to say the style of things to come has changed significantly.
Astro Couldn’t Chase These Cars
Long gone are the days of bubble cabs and exaggerated fins, today it’s all about low profile speed. What remains a big part of CES 2016 is that, like most trade shows, it highlights the biggest, brawniest, and most intelligent advancements in virtually every area of our lives and businesses. Unfortunately, many of the products that are displayed at this and other expos are still unattainable for many people due to cost, availability, or production challenges. But not all of them.
No, that’s not the password to get into some awesome after-hours nightclub, it’s the name of one of the most advanced family of routers in the world and it just introduced it’s newest addition at CES 2016. Being heralded as the one router that could eliminate lag from your browsing and streaming experience, the new Netgear Nighthawk X4S 6200 is one of the gems of CES 2016 so far. If that weren’t enough, the new 6200 retains the aggressive, evocative styling of the Nighthawk family is known for. While these new models are also subject to the hit-and-miss availability that plagues most shiny new “it” products, the good thing is that we’ve included Nighhawk routers in our recommended routers for business listings and came prepared to handle the boost in popularity they now enjoy. I’d love to be cliché and say that we’ve been into the Nighthawk router since way before it was cool, but it has always been cool.
If you’re ready to rocket your company’s network into a whole new level of speed, you can begin right now. Start by making sure you have the right routers for business, review your bandwidth performance, and to totally optimize your cloud-based business tools a complete Network Health Check is the best investment to make in ensuring that you’re getting everything you can out of your connection. Still have questions? Schedule a completely personalized and always free guided tour through the world of network optimization and take the first step towards slapping some fins and a bubble cab onto your own business.