The Future is Here – CES 2016 & Routers for Business

Futuristic Routers For BusinessDo 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.

Netgear Nighthawk

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.

Gym Memberships & Network Health Check

Business Network HealthThe gym sure was busy this morning, wasn’t it? Much more so than a typical, rainy, cold San Francisco morning, but that’s to be expected seeing as how this is prime time for the newly resolved throngs to pour into gyms and produce sections more than ever before. At least for a little while, that is.

Healthy Living 365 Days a Year

Not to be cynical or anything, but the world’s worst kept secret is that New Year’s resolutions are often made with nothing more than good intentions. Just as any business knows, setting goals based-on what we’d like to have happen alone is not as powerful as a meaningful, measurable, and realistically thought out SMART Goal. So how does a gym-goer make the most out of their weight or fitness goals for the New Year? Just like a business owner does for her sales team, she starts with a plan.

Consult the Experts

There are some folks out there who recognize that, presuming they’ve let their health slide and find themselves far too off track with no idea how to get back in shape, they may need to consult an expert. After all, if our best thinking is what got us into a certain predicament, how do we expect to be able to use the same thinking to get out of it? The same thing goes for our business communications systems. When there is a stumbling block in our path that we routinely topple over, obviously we aren’t fully equipped to avoid it. Better than simply dodging it, depending on the challenge that you’re facing, the right experts may even be able to eliminate the hurdle and level out our path entirely. This is especially helpful for entrepreneurs looking to boost their productivity across their network because, more often than not, people encountering lagging performance might not realize how to diagnose the issue. Variables like latency, upload/download speed, ISP bandwidth limitations, router quality, and optimization all contribute to overall network health, that makes choosing the right expert for advice crucial for ideal network health.

Don’t Talk About It, Be About it!

There’s no shortage of motivation right now to enact positive changes, there are plenty of experts who have the know-how to help get us to where we need to go, so the only thing left to do is begin. Following-through and achieving all of your New Year’s business resolutions and goals will be a cinch if you can rely on getting the highest possible output from your business tools. Seeing how most modern business tools rely heavily on an optimum network connection, beginning this year with a Network Health Check from VirtualPBX is the right way to go. The network experts at VirtualPBX will spend a week of around-the-clock data collection on your network’s performance and deliver a detailed analysis of what they find. Because knowledge without the context on how to use it is not enough, however, you will also receive a thorough list of performance-boosting recommendations that in many cases can be implemented in the same day.

The longer you wait to get started on your resolutions, the less likely they are to become realities, so what are you waiting for? Schedule your Network Health Check consultation today to begin the process and you’ll be one step closer to hitting all of your business goals for the year. Plus, because they have been doing this for years, VirtualPBX network experts know they need to re-rack their weights, too!

VirtualPBX & The Business Briefing: Working From Home

Working From Home With VoIPThis past week marks a new benchmark or VirtualPBX as we took to the radio waves for the first time! We were invited to speak with KTTH & KXL’s Brian Bushlach on the Business Briefing about the growing trend of working from home and the overall shift to more flexible working conditions for business.

The Authority on the Private Sector

By partnering for this brief program with KTTH & KXL, we’ve teamed up with the Pacific Northwest’s premier voice of the private sector. With over a decade of experience in financial broadcast, Brian Bushlach brings compelling business news to local and international audiences alike. Business Briefing is all about business; from mom and pops to major retailers. Brian went in-depth this week with VirtualPBX to share some of the possibilities and opportunities available to business with advanced communications through a hosted telecom platform.

An Authority on Distributed Workforces

While we wouldn’t be brash enough to say we know it all, we have been pioneering the tools of distributed workforces and remote workers for nearly 20 years now. Because we’re constantly working to improve the technology that forward-thinking employers rely on for their agile workforces, we also have a keen understanding of the direction that this trend is moving. More importantly, however, just like the Business Briefing is committed to delivering the news that business needs to stay sharp, we’re committed to delivering individual solutions for each company, not just one-size fits all products.

Sit Back and Enjoy

Take a moment to listen to what Brian and we had to discuss in the embedded link below. There’s a bunch of great business information on there, but, call us biased, the real good stuff (read- work from home) starts at about 19:50. If you’re ready to investigate the benefits that you can offer to your employees with an advanced telecommunications solution, schedule your personal tour today and we’d be happy to walk you through your options.

The World at Your Fingertips – International Numbers

Global Economy At Your FingertipsTechnology has been shrinking the world for ages. From the first marginally sea-worthy ships that intrepid explorers used to begin crossing into the great unknown to the immediacy of services like FaceTime and WhatsApp, people have been successfully narrowing the gap between all corners of the globe. And who can blame them? What initially was motivated by a sense of discovery, many original trans-oceanic explorers wouldn’t have been able to embark on their journeys if they weren’t backed by benefactors who anticipated great returns from unknown treasures of far-off places. In that sense, the global economy in which we live today hasn’t really changed much at all.

BRIC Breaker

They aren’t exactly the “Great Unknown” anymore, but the emerging economies of BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) and their ilk are the billion dollar puzzle that companies across all industries are racing to solve. While these enormous markets are certainly in the crosshairs for many, they remain largely untapped. Furthermore, these economies are growing quickly without the help of foreign investment. This increase in expendable income boosts the potential for staggering growth for companies that can gain a foothold in these relatively early stages. However, as we’ve discussed before, for many small and medium businesses or simply those operating on comparatively restrictive budgets to those of their competitors, expansion can be one of the most costly maneuvers possible for a growing business.

International Offices Need International Numbers

What if I told you that your business didn’t need to actually set one foot on the soil of your target growth markets to build a customer base there? It’s true. Leveraging an existing hosted telecom solution is the best way to launch an international presence quickly and effectively. VirtualPBX has a massive bank of international business telephone numbers available in over 40 counties, any one of which can be the differentiator between you and your competition. Saving money with a cloud-based telephone solution is already the best bet for many modern businesses, especially for those looking to expand internationally. Just as a relatively outdated on-site PBX system isn’t realistic for most businesses today, neither is launching massive global expansions with an armada of employees and infrastructure. By adopting a virtual telephone network, however, adding international numbers to your service broadens your footprint, increases your exposure, and accelerates your growth all without bringing on costly exposure associated with traditional expansion.

Just like with new local or toll free numbers, adding international numbers is quick and easy with VirtualPBX. You can start by taking a guided tour through the unified communications options that will help your company the most right now. The global economy is growing 24 hours a day, how long will you wait to grow with it? More importantly, how many of your competitors will have read this first? Identify where you want to go and begin making plans to plant your flag there, today!

Concierge Service Hits the Big Leagues

Big LeaguesBy now you’ve probably heard about the VirtualPBX Concierge Service, but if you haven’t yet, here’s another reason why you two should get acquainted. As a refresher, Concierge Service from VirtualPBX is the fully committed telecommunications expert who is your complete system monitoring and strategy specialist. In addition to being a trusted advisor and capable tactician who consistently will help you get the most out of your business by getting more out of your communications network, we’ve peppered in a few added bonuses to beginning a Concierge relationship that boost the value even more.

Make an Entrance

In Major League Baseball, players often labor over the specifics about the music that is played as they approach the batter’s box. This selection of music is not haphazardly stumbled upon. Being an exceptionally superstitious lot, baseball players have been known to tinker away at the artist, tracks, and portions thereof to finally dial-in on a combination of sounds that seems to bring good fortune at the plate. It’s difficult to believe that music is solely responsible for the outcome of an at-bat for a player. It’s also undeniable, however, that the right music or messaging can really set the tone for a situation, thereby not exactly dictating the outcome, but certainly having an impact at the onset. We want your business to get the best walkup possible, which is why we’re boosting our already packed Concierge Service offerings with exclusive access to now also include a free standard recording by our in-house professional greeting experts.

Movie Trailer Voiceover Guy

You know his voice, you can hear it in your head right now, “In a world, where zombies and dinosaurs are a constant threat…” Something about those voiceovers just always gets people’s attention, and try as we might, we’ll never be able to recreate it just right. That’s because he, and voice actors like the ones we employ for our recorded greetings have committed themselves to making the right sound for the most impact. Now, as part of the already unbeatable advantage Concierge Service provides, we’re including a free standard message from this talented group of professionals to use on your phone greeting at no extra charge. The Babe called his shot, for the rest of us there are awesome walkup songs.

To get started working with a Concierge agent of your own, or just for more information on the program, visit our Concierge Service Center.

So what are you waiting for? Your business is on deck and it’s almost time to step up to bat. This is the Big Leagues now, don’t you want to make a good impression?