It’s no longer necessary to pay an in-house receptionist, because virtual receptionists allow for more flexibility at a far lower price. But how do you choose the right live answering service? Today, we set Smith.ai head-to-head with Moneypenny.
Discussion: Both Smith.ai and Moneypenny offer free setup. Although Moneypenny offers a money-back guarantee for the introductory period, they do not offer a free trial, and the "risk-free" term is half as long. Smith.ai allows you to try our service for up to a month (or 10 calls) before making a commitment. Moreover, you can start and stop service at any time, whereas Moneypenny requires a minimum of a three-month contract, plus a month's notice if you choose not to renew. Why be stuck with fees for another month if you've already decided the service isn't paying off?
Smith.ai and Moneypenny offer monthly plans depending on your call volume.
Moneypenny does not advertise most of their pricing online. Inquire to learn more about higher-tier and customizable plans.
Discussion: Smith.ai offers a lower entry price for the cheapest plan. At Moneypenny, it takes $75 just to get off the ground, and then you're paying for each call on top of that. At 10 calls per month, your cost would be $97.50 compared to $60 at Smith.ai.
Inquire with Moneypenny to learn more about their overage fees for their other plans; further overage costs are not available online.
Discussion: Smith.ai and Moneypenny both charge per call. However, Moneypenny requires you to contact them for the monthly fees or overage costs based on your estimated call volume. With Smith.ai, we feel strongly about transparent pricing and list everything on our website.
Smith.ai and Moneypenny both offer the following features:
Smith.ai offers the following additional features:
Moneypenny offers the following additional features:
Discussion: Both companies offer similar features when it comes to live call answering. However, Smith.ai offers more customization for lead capture and qualification. Also, Smith.ai rotates it's calls among many receptionists rather than assigning four dedicated receptionists to your business as Moneypenny does. Smith.ai builds out all call handling instructions for each business so that anyone on our team can handle your calls professionally and thoroughly. Having our full team available and not just a few receptionists means we're never short-handed for your calls, and can quickly grow as your business starts receiving more calls.
Moreover, Smith.ai offers outbound calls where our receptionists reach out to your potential and existing clients to share or gather information. We can call with appointment reminders, service availability or rate changes, work status updates, and much more. If you're debating between the $150 plan at Smith.ai and the $140 plan at Moneypenny (both include 30 calls), for just $10 more per month (the cost of one lunch), you can get access to this outbound calling feature and many other features that only Smith.ai offers.
With an entry-level plan that's over 50% more expensive than Smith.ai's basic plan, Moneypenny isn't the most affordable option for businesses looking to get an extra hand. And while their per-call prices are lower than Smith.ai's, it comes at a steep cost: they offer hardly any features. A virtual receptionist is only the equivalent of an in-house receptionist if they can take on all the receptionist duties during office hours. At Smith.ai, we'll make your outbound calls, appointment reminders, relay messages to existing clients and business partners, complete new client intake forms that pass directly into your CRM, schedule appointments directly on your preferred calendaring software, and much more. We can even answer basic questions about your business, freeing you and your team for more critical tasks. Sure, the per-call pricing is higher with Smith.ai, but that's because with us, the virtual receptionists can handle a much wider range of duties on each call.
Smith.ai virtual receptionists are a great fit for any small- to medium-size business or independent professional, but don't just take our word for it. Here's what one of our long-time clients had to say:
“I started using Smith when my paralegal/receptionist suffered a disabling injury. They are very, very helpful folks who do their job well. They have a really good method for handling legal clients without me having to provide training and are great at getting me good basic information before I return a phone call. They are also very polite, and my clients compliment how warm they are to them. At this time, I won't have to replace my paralegal/receptionist, and I have better phone coverage than before.”
- Devon Slovensky, Virginia Nonprofit Law Center, P.C.
Smith.ai virtual receptionists are trained to learn your business and build a relationship with your customers. Discuss your options with us by calling (650) 727-6484 Monday through Friday between 6 AM and 6 PM PST. You can also reach us by email at email@example.com. Signing up for our 30-day/10-call free trial is a great way to get started.