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Award Winning Call Center Services By Personalized Communications, Inc

Personalized Communications, Inc The Association of TeleServices International (ATSI) is a national trade association that was founded in 1942. They represent live answering services and honor those businesses with awards that provide outstanding telephone answering service.

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The exclusive Awards of Excellence are determined by the quality and level of service for all aspects of the call. The caller must be considered first during the entire call and the caller must be believe that they are either the most important person to the operator or that the caller’s problem is the most significant issue for the operator on the other end of the line. Businesses that use call center services understand that the way the operator manages every call from start to finish is extremely significant in building customer relationships and in the determination for the successful attainment of repeat business. Regardless of the circumstances a caller should always be provided high quality service by attentive and undistracted operators.

In order to evaluate a Telephone answering service or inbound call service, ATSI contracts with independent judges in order to assess services throughout the United States over a six month period. The metrics employed include: courtesy, response time, accuracy and overall customer service. Call center services receiving a score of 80% or more in all categories is awarded the Award of Excellence.

Personal Communications, Inc was awarded the 2009 Silver Plus Award of Excellence for their consistently reliable and high quality service by ATSI. It is a significant milestone that helps to assure businesses that Personal Communications, Inc provides excellent call center services.

In part, much of Personal Communications, Inc success has come from their complete and through training program. Employees are not only expected to meet a high standard of customer service prior to customer contact, but they are also required to maintain the high standard throughout their employment. The training program is continual, which includes customer service skills training as well as technology-related training for optimal equipment use.

For more information regarding Personal Communications, Inc. visit their website at http://www.per-com.com.

Personal Communications, Inc is a premier 24 hour a day 7 day a week call center services business. With over thirty years in the industry, they act as an Inbound call center with a full range of flexible Call center services that can be personalized to particular business needs. They are committed to impeccable customer service.

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Over 8.1 Million Broadband Customers (47%) Do Not Know Their Download Limit And Could Be At Risk Of Exceeding Their Fair Usage Policy

The unlimited broadband debacle is still rumbling on, despite Sky setting a precedent for other providers by launching the first completely unlimited service last year. New research from uSwitch.com shows that over 6.7 million broadband users could still be exceeding limits set on ‘unlimited’ packages. Despite calls for greater clarity and transparency, just three major broadband providers currently advertise the real limits on
their services:

•Over 8.1 million broadband customers (47%) do not know their download limit and could be at risk of exceeding their ‘fair usage policy’ – this is up from 7.5 million last year
•70% of major broadband providers are still prepared to disconnect people that exceed limits – even when these are advertised as ‘unlimited’
•Just 30% of major broadband providers are transparent and advertise the true limits of their packages
•6.7 million (39%) broadband users believe the are on a completely ‘unlimited’ package – with just one provider offering a this, many of these consumers could be in for a shock

Despite widespread criticism of the policy of imposing limits on ‘unlimited’ broadband packages, consumers are still being caught out. New research from uSwitch.com, the independent price comparison and switching service, reveals that almost half (47%) of broadband users don’t know the limit on their service. More worryingly, over a third (39%) believe that their broadband package is unlimited and could be opening themselves up to disconnection if they unknowingly exceed the provider’s limit.

It is over two years since uSwitch.com started campaigning against broadband download limit transparency. During this time, Sky set a precedent for other broadband providers by launching the first completely unlimited service. Other providers have failed to follow suit and offer their customers ‘true’ unlimited downloads. The majority of broadband providers are still using the term unlimited and still baffling broadband users by setting limits on their packages. Just three of the major providers, Sky, TalkTalk and AOL, actually publicise official limits.

The unadvertised limits attached to broadband packages can be restricted by providers through ‘limiting’, which is simply limiting the level of downloads and ‘traffic shaping’. Traffic shaping restricts the speed at which you can download certain types of media and restricts the activity that can be performed. This only demonstrates further confusion to the millions of broadband customers in the UK.

The research also shows absolutely no change in the percentage of consumers who are misled, misinformed or just mystified. However, with greater take up of broadband, these percentages are translating into increasing numbers of consumers. 8.1 million broadband customers (47%) do not know their download limit – up from 7.5 million last year – and 6.8 million broadband users (39%) could be exceeding limits set on ‘unlimited’ packages – up from 6.2 million last year.

The Digital Britain report revealed that 2Mb/s broadband should be accessible to all by 2012 and it is predicted that the amount of broadband users are expected to soar. With video applications and services such as the BBC’s iPlayer, ITV and 4OD catch-up becoming more popular with consumers the unlimited issue is only set to continue. Nearly one in four (23%) people with internet access claim that someone in the household watches TV Online, up from 17% in 2008. A total 65% of UK households have a broadband package, an increase of 7% year from 2008. With the increase in the number of people using online services and the demand for downloads increasing there is a real need for greater transparency regarding download limits.

Unfortunately, broadband users are still completely unaware as to how much their activity adds up to in terms of their overall usage. Even activities such as uploading files can contribute to their ‘acceptable usage’ and could cause users to breach the threshold set by their supplier. This means that broadband customers are in danger of having their services limited, suspended or even terminated by their provider.

The issue is compounded by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). It currently allows providers to describe services as ‘unlimited’ even if there is a fair usage cap, as long as it is detailed in the small print. If consumers are not vigilant enough they could get a nasty surprise if they inadvertently break the rules and max out their so-called ‘unlimited’ service.

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Global Electronic Technology, Inc. & eProcessing Network, LLC. To Provide Payments Through Mobile Phones And Laptops To Merchants

Global Electronic Technology, Inc. (GET), a leader in payment processing solutions, today announced a strategic alliance with eProcessing Network, LLC. (ePN) a cutting edge payment gateway and software development company. This alliance will offer GET merchants a suite of wireless payment solutions on mobile phones/PDAs, laptops, and the ever-so-popular ePNPlugIn for QuickBooks™ to accept payments within QuickBooks™.

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“Our continuous focus on innovations for emerging markets often enables GET to partner with companies such as eProcessing Network to access ways to integrate our transaction processing with new systems,” said Steven H. Bryson, Chief Executive Officer of Global Electronic Technology, Inc. (GET). “GET offers a broad range of synergistic merchant products and management solutions for online merchants such as BillPay, Recurring Bill, SMS Bill, and our new turn-key internet store front GETshop.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with a top-notch company, like Global Electronic Technology, Inc. (GET),” says Steve Sotis, President of eProcessing Network.  “Combining ePN’s secure and reliable PCI-compliant payment gateway solutions, which includes PABP-compliant ePNMobile, ePNJPOS, and ePNPlugIn for QuickBooks, with GET’s end-to-end processing for their sales channels opens up a wide variety of merchant opportunities.”

About eProcessing Network, LLC. (ePN)

eProcessing Network, LLC is a software development company specializing in secure, real-time transaction processing services and support. The eProcessing Network Payment Gateway processes merchant transactions using each merchant’s credit card, ACH/check and/or shipping account.  Headquartered in Houston, Texas, eProcessing Network is certified to process a comprehensive suite of electronic payment transactions through many processing platforms, including First Data, Global Payments, Paymentech, TSYS, Elavon and CrossCheck. Its integrated solutions are also certified through MagTek, AT&T, FedEx and the U.S. Postal System. eProcessing Network is a registered Visa USA Third Party Service Provider and is compliant with the PCI Data Security Standard.

About Global Electronic Technology, Inc. (GET)

Global Electronic Technology, Inc. (GET) is a leading technology provider of end-to-end payment processing solutions, including virtual terminal, payment gateway, GETShop, on-line ACH, and loyalty and gift card programs. Founded in 2000 by Steven H. Bryson and currently privately owned, GET has grown to epitomize the word “global”, by offering state-of–the-art payment processing product and services to diversified industries, extending from retail to internet-based transactions in the worldwide payment industry.

For more information, please contact Mia Hyun V.P. Marketing at Global Electronic Technology, Inc. +1(888) 775-1500 or visit us at www.gettrx.com.

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The Implementation Of A Multimedia Contact Centre Solution From NEC Philips Unified Solutions Helped Virgin Games Deliver 5 Minute Customer Response Time

Virgin Games, Virgin’s on-line gaming and casino offering announces an average email response time of less than five minutes to customers, following the implementation of a multimedia contact centre solution f r o m NEC Philips Unified Solutions.

The company went live with the new solution, which utilises the latest IP and contact centre technology f r o m NEC Philips, in November 2008 with the launch of its in-house Customer Support Team, beginning the process of replacing its previously outsourced customer support functions to ensure full ownership of and a better more streamlined customer experience.

With the new, dynamic all-in-one solution f r o m NEC Philips, which combines call, chat and email customer contact facilities to enable communication through a variety of preferred channels and improved customer experience, Virgin Games has seen a 200-300% improvement in service delivery.

In addition to a dramatic improvement in response times, Virgin Games has announced a drop in average abandonment rates to below 1%.

Operations Director Christina Thakor-Rankin explains, “Most companies consider 2-5% abandonment acceptable, however Virgin Games has proved that with a dynamic and cost-effective solution like the one offered by NEC Philips, a better level of customer experience has been made possible. Of course, at launch our volumes went through the roof and whilst we aim for First Contact Resolution wherever possible, the fact that some customer interactions require some investigation means that unfortunately it is not always possible to give an instant response. However, aside f r o m this and exceptional events, we treat all customer contacts irrespective of channel as ‘on demand’ and aim to respond accordingly, with an average combined response time of under five minutes. The challenge now is to maintain this level and ensure that our customer service delivery continues to improve in spite of a rise in traffic through the site – we remain quietly optimistic that we can sustain this esteemed level of service. “

The Virgin Games combined multi-media contact centre is a first within the Virgin Group, breaking away f r o m traditional telephony based applications and embracing new and evolving customer contact applications. Thakor-Rankin says, “We regularly compare ourselves against the industry standard and we’re really pleased to be able to say that our response rates are some of the very best out there, especially in the case of e-mails where we operate to a standard service level of minutes rather than hours.”

Commenting on the selection of NEC Philips, Thakor-Rankin says, “We must have looked at the best part of a dozen systems before we came across the NEC Philips solution. We were instantly impressed by the proposition, and NEC Philips has continued to demonstrate a thorough understanding of our business needs and a quality and dynamic solution that has revolutionised the way that we operate and pushed Virgin Games up the leader board.”

Thakor-Rankin continues, “Critical to the instant success of the new solution is that it is an all-in-one application. In the last five and a half months we have received 25,000 hits across all media, be it call, chat or email. Nevertheless, the system we are now running is so dynamic that our 24/7 contact centre, offering support for three distinctive products (poker, casino and bingo) including all query types and escalations, is staffed by 11 people against a perception that the minimum required is around 14. This is another metric by which we can demonstrate that we are running a more cost-effective service than our competitors, which in turn will enable us to offer a better service to our customers.”

The customer experience is critical both to an online business model such as Virgin Games and the Virgin brand, and relies on a cohesive and intelligent customer management processes. The intelligent solution f r o m NEC Philips is a critical element of the customer relationship management strategy at Virgin Games, and the company continues to work closely with NEC Philips to maximise the potential of the new system and to identify any further areas for improvement.

Thakor-Rankin concludes, “We are using the application f r o m NEC Philips to measure first time resolution as well as other key performance indicators, to better understand the customer experience and to continue to deliver improvements across all communication channels. We are delighted with the system and the service f r o m NEC Philips and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them.”

Virgin Games launched in June 2004 and has quickly established itself as one of the leading gaming websites in the UK. Virgin Games comprises four distinct offerings:

– Virgin Casino, part of the Wagerworks network, brings consumers classic casino offerings like blackjack and roulette, as well as great feature slots like Monopoly, Cluedo, Dungeons and Dragons Fortress of Fortunes(TM) and the highly popular MegaJackpots progressive games, with a seeding value of Pounds Sterling 1,500,000

– Virgin Poker, part of the Boss Media network, offers a huge array of games and content for beginners through to experienced pros Texas Hold emSeven card Stud Poker and more – as well as the most generous loyalty scheme in the industry

– Virgin Bingo, part of the Virtue Fusion network, offers cash prizes worth thousands of pounds in the progressive jackpots, as well as Virgin prize bingo and a range of unique Virgin Games bingo games.

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Telecom Expense Management Industry Association (TEMIA) Reports 20% Growth and It Begins International Expansion

The Telecom Expense Management Industry Association (TEMIA) (http://www.temia.org), the authoritative voice for the Telecom Expense Management (TEM) industry, today announced that five new companies have joined the association. More new member signings are expected with recent program expansion and a reduction of membership fees that demonstrates the financial strength of TEMIA.

In today’s cost conscious environment, enterprises are actively seeking help from TEM providers. “A TEM provider’s membership in TEMIA should be a strong consideration for any organization evaluating TEM solutions. TEMIA membership indicates thought leadership, an investment in the future of effective TEM solutions, and a long term commitment to the TEM market,” said Al Subbloie president and CEO of Tangoe (http://www.tangoe.com) one of the original founders of TEMIA.

The TEM market is growing as more organizations learn about the opportunity to improve supply chain management for telecom expenses and reduce expenses through optimizing inefficient processes. “TEMIA is ideally positioned to drive adoption of key performance benchmarks and metrics across the industry. We are eager to contribute to that effort in a meaningful way,” said David C. Snow, Vice President, Customer and Field Operations for Cerylion (http://www.cerylion.com).

While many of TEMIA members are competitors, they recognize the value that an association can bring. TEMIA is well positioned to help enterprises and TEM providers by developing industry standards for electronic bonding, electronic billing, and augmenting overall service quality. “TEMIA is the foremost organization leading the efforts of creating awareness for Telecom Expense Management at enterprises. It provides a platform to discuss telecom billing issues and standards. It also provides a framework for members to improve the overall TEM industry,” said Pankaj Gupta (PJ) President and CEO of Amtel. (http://www.amtelnet.com).

TEMIA occupies a niche that does not compete with other analysts or firms that offer educational programs. “We believe that our joining TEMIA is essential to our business future for two reasons: to cooperate with and learn from respected competitors and to work more closely to insure that the TEM industry develops real industry metrics to better service all clients,” said Joseph B. Chopek, President, Avalon Global Solutions Inc. (http://www.avalonglobalsolutions.com)

“The number of providers that offer some form of a TEM or TLM solution keeps growing; end-users need industry standards to assess and evaluate the viability of these solutions. I am encouraged by TEMIA’s accomplishments over the past twelve months towards its mission of developing and promoting industry standards. TEMIA is now well positioned to guide this growing industry for years to come,” said Troy McCracken CEO of Spectrum, Inc. (http://www.3spectrum.com)

The association is also expanding overseas with the recent addition a member with headquarters in France and new signings expected from other firms based in Europe, Latin America, Canada, India, and Asia. “We joined to learn from other companies, share our practices, and help promote TEM standards in Europe,” stated Shahram Sharif, Vice President of Global Strategy and Business Development, for Anatole (http://www.anatole.fr).

“TEMIA is shaping the future of the industry, and we are pleased these organizations have decided to join us in that effort,” said David C. Perdue, TEMIA membership chairman and CEO of Asentinel (http://www.asentinel.com).. “As the authoritative voice for the TEM industry, TEMIA offers companies significant resources and advocacy, while educating potential customers about the value of TEM.”

 

TEMIA, the Telecom Expense Management Industry Association, was founded in late 2006 by the country’s largest Telecom Expense Management (TEM) service providers that cumulatively manage $31 billion of telecom and data spend. TEMIA’s mission is to raise awareness and knowledge of the benefits of TEM solutions, to improve the quality and value of TEM solutions through the development and promotion of industry standards, and to cultivate shared industry knowledge among TEM providers, business partners, telecom service providers, and enterprise clients. For more information about TEMIA, please visit, http://www.temia.org/ or contact info@temia.org.

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Digital Stalking Turns Off UK Business – Reports BT Business

BT Business released the results of new research that show that companies are in danger of driving away business and wasting time on unproductive communications because they are failing to understand customers’ different digital personality types when they are dealing through email or other communications channels.

Nearly a third (30%) of the workers surveyed* feel harassed by the sheer number of messages people send them while many also admit that they themselves are never sure of the best way to contact people, implying that companies are missing out on the opportunity to unify their communications technology, and on the personal and business benefits that can bring.

At the same time, workers appear to be increasingly managing working relationships through social and business networks. One in 10 people surveyed have customers and clients as friends on personal social networking sites such as Facebook. This trend is particularly true for younger people, with almost one in six (15 per cent) of the 18 to 24s surveyed saying they use or would use these tools to manage customer relationships, compared to just two per cent of 45s or over. Similarly, six times as many 18 to 24 year olds use or would use microblogs such as Twitter to manage customer relationships compared to 45s or over.

These are some of the key findings of the BT Business research which sought to understand how people are using modern communications tools to build business relationships. The research involved input from one of the UK’s leading psychologists Gladeana McMahon.

Gladeana explained: “It’s important that people recognise the difference between communicating virtually and face-to-face. We often read others’ body language to gauge what they are really saying, adapting our response to get a better result. In the virtual world we don’t have the same clues to help us modify our behaviour so we must try to identify ‘digital personality types’ in other ways to ensure business success. Similar to people thinking before they speak, people need to think before they click to avoid inappropriate communications.”

“It’s great to see businesses taking up new technology to build profitable relationships but many are missing out on the opportunity to get rid of the clutter and unify their communications,” said Bill Murphy, managing director at BT Business.

Unified communications can empower employees to intelligently tune their communications to the preferences and behaviour patterns of different personalities by creating a sense of presence in a virtual world. With three quarters of the UK’s small businesses now operating some form of flexible working, to maximise the benefits it’s important for businesses to look at how they can help staff to be more productive, while at the same time saving money by eliminating wasteful messaging.”

*All figures are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 3473 workers in organisations with less than 500 employees and employed for at least 3 months. Fieldwork was undertaken between 2nd and 8th December 2008. The survey was carried out online. The figures have not been weighted.

About BT
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.

BT Business understands the challenges that small and medium sized businesses face in the current climate, and supports cost control, improved productivity and winning business through core product collections including business broadband, internet domains, web hosting, data and voice networks, IT solutions and mobile services.

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Windsor Telecom Plc, UK provider of 0845 phone numbers and inbound call solutions, has published a free guide to relocation for UK businesses of all sizes

Windsor Telecom Plc, the UK’s 2nd largest provider of 0845 numbers phone numbers and inbound call solutions has published a free guide to relocation aimed at UK businesses of all sizes.

The two handy guides, for the corporate and SME markets, provide valuable information on how to make the right move, an essential ten step plan to successful moving, and a comprehensive directory of useful contacts.

The new relocation guide provides a valuable insight into the challenge of relocating a business today. It addresses key questions such as; ‘Do I really have to relocate?’ and ‘Who needs to know I have moved?’ Therefore providing businesses with the knowledge they crave prior to planning the often make or break move.

Practical money saving tips appear on every page, such as the option to set up non-geographic 0845 numbers prior to relocation, which has for many Windsor Telecom customers’, saved a fortune, as it reduces the need for future updating and reprinting of corporate stationary and literature. The ability to redirect all incoming calls the minute immediately a move is made ensures the business continues through the disruption, and makes sure both existing and potential future clients can still get through; ensuring new business is not lost. Furthermore 0845 numbers are numbers for life, so once the simple switch has been made it is one less thing to have to worry about if a company ever has to move again.

The Windsor Telecom relocation guides are free to download from their website www.windsor-telecom.co.uk

Having moved offices recently themselves, Windsor Telecom knows only too well the homework that needs to be done and the stress of upheaval. And as anyone who has moved home will know, it is one of the most stressful life experiences anyone can go through.

Chief Executive of Windsor Telecom, Neil Sherring says: “We’ve drawn on our first hand experience and lessons learnt to make this business guide to relocation as practical and useful as possible. We hope it will take away some of the research that companies will need to do when moving offices.”

Windsor Telecom is the UK’s leading provider of memorable phone numbers and inbound call solutions Windsor Telecoms provide bespoke call plans and services which give customers incredible flexibility and control over their inbound calls, without any technical knowledge. Solutions will enhance productivity and sharpen competitiveness.

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