Your personal Smith number is much more than another telephone number to remember — it’s a powerful tool for connecting with potential customers, building a professional brand, and saving you time. It is included with every Smith package and is available as a local or toll-free number. If you are not sure how to best use your number, here are five of our favorite suggestions:
1. Use your number in the obvious places
If you want people to call you, you’ll need to give them your phone number. List your new number in the places people will see it. This includes Yelp, the Yellow Pages, postcards and other advertisements — even on your vehicle. These are excellent sources of cold calls that could convert into new customers.
Another great place to use your number is on business registrations and legal documents. Smith’s expert answering service is the perfect solution for these highly visible locations because you don’t have to worry about the potential junk calls you may receive from making your number public. If you do receive an urgent call, we’ll text you immediately, so that you can follow up with them at your convenience.
2. Use your number online
Even if your business is primarily an offline business, there is no harm in posting your Smith number online. While contacting through social media and email has become the standard nowadays, many consumers have indicated that they prefer to have a phone number. Additionally, many online business listing sites, including Google and Yelp, require a phone number.
Even if you simply include your number on your website, doing so could have a significant impact. Studies have shown that consumers find websites with phone numbers to be more trustworthy. With our service, you’ll be completely accessible while remaining unreachable to scammers. For more ways to prevent spam communications read this news report.
3. Use your number to network and advertise
Networking is indeed an art, and to do it well you need to identify potential beneficial connections while avoiding those that only want your time or money. Your Smith number makes that process significantly easier. By placing your number on your business card, you can conveniently miss the phone calls from those trying to sell you something, while quickly following up on the warm leads.
It also works great with advertising campaigns. Use your Smith number as your call to action, and effortlessly track its success by counting the number of text messages you receive.
4. Use your number in professional communications
The simplest way to use your Smith number is to add it your email signature. When used this way, your contacts will be notified of your number with every message you send. It’s a great way of showing current clients just how easy to reach you are.
Another great way to use your new number is as part of your vacation responder. If you will be out of the office and not accessible to email, list your Smith number as a way of contacting you sooner. We will then transcribe your voicemails, and notify you of any urgent calls. Best of all, we will keep you from worrying about your email while you are gone.
5. Integrate it with call forwarding
When you connect your Smith phone number with call forwarding, you can answer calls when it is convenient for you, and let us handle the rest. With call forwarding turned on, you can respond to the call, or screen it first with caller ID. If you are too busy to take the call, let it ring - we’ll pick it up and take the message for you.
You can turn this feature on and off as needed. For more information on setting this up with your cell phone, read our post on conditional call forwarding.