Last Updated: March 20, 2019
Smith.ai maintains a commitment to easy, predictable billing through per-call, not per-minute, pricing. To meet this goal, we require that all calls fall within the scope of Reasonable Use for an answering service, as defined below. Calls that do not fall within this scope may incur additional fees to cover time and effort.
We define Reasonable Use, for answering inbound and placing outbound calls, as follows: All necessary and required information, but no more, is gathered on behalf of the business during the call.
We understand each business is unique. In general, Reasonable Use means all contact information pertinent to the call and the nature of the call (what the call is about). Smith.ai offers Simple Lead Qualification and Simple Intake as courtesy services, where additional information is collected from the client during the call, through constrained, closed-ended questions (e.g., not, “Tell me your life story” but instead, "What is your first name?") that take no longer than an average of 60 additional seconds (about 2-3 questions) in total.
Outside Reasonable Use, Smith.ai offers additional services for an additional fee: Extended Intake, Appointment Booking, Custom Calendaring, Payment Collection, Complex Call Routing, CRM Integration, and Slack Notifications.
Extended Intake is defined as questioning (verbal or data entry), post-qualification, that prepares the qualified client for action or service from the business. Examples of this include family information for wills and trusts, network setup for IT, or project scope for marketing. Working with external ticketing systems (e.g., filing a ticket in Zendesk) constitutes Extended Intake.
Smith.ai distinguishes these calls from typical calls as the lead is already qualified, and at this point our team is doing virtual-assistant work on behalf of the business. As we mentioned before, each business is unique. Therefore, we reserve the right to redefine what constitutes Extended Intake at any time, which is often influenced by total call time.
Appointment Booking includes scheduling appointments (including rescheduling and any requested follow-up calls, which incur standard call charges), and requires the use of availability-slot software such as Calendly.com (or any publicly accessible booking link such as those provided by most major CRMs and calendaring software programs). Appointment Booking is included for the number of transfer numbers being paid per month, per plan. For example, if there are two transfer numbers on the plan, then Appointment Booking will be provided for those two people. Appointment Booking for additional transfer numbers is available at an additional cost (see our Pricing page for details). Appointment Booking that involves following complex rules, such as checking one person’s availability before checking another, is considered Custom Calendaring and will incur an additional fee. We will make our best effort to simplify your calendaring requirements (for the sake of your callers) and only escalate to Custom Calendaring when the requirements are complex.
Appointment Booking is limited to the following criteria:
Information beyond the scope of the above four items is considered Intake and is subject to the requirements for Standard and Extended Intake.
Payment Collection is defined as follows: Smith.ai will act on a business’ behalf to accept payment instrument information from a caller during the course of a call to input into a third-party interface provided by the business. Examples of interfaces include online payment pages, invoice pages, and appointment-booking pages where pre-payment or pre-authorization is required. For the security of the caller, Smith.ai, and the business, Smith.ai does not and will not store caller payment information on its own systems, nor will we document payment information in call summaries.
Payment Collection is limited to the following criteria:
Information beyond the scope of the above two items is considered Intake and is subject to the requirements for Standard and Extended Intake.
Complex Call Routing occurs anytime we set unique call-handling rules for a number, time of day, or extension. We can route calls based on specific schedules, availability, and holiday hours. We can also ring your team sequentially or “blast” everyone at once.
Smith.ai can integrate with most major CRMs, case management, practice management, and marketing/sales management software programs. Call details including contact information and notes can be added to your records in real time. In many cases, receptionists can also search through and update existing records to prevent duplication. CRM Integration includes the initial setup of the integration and its ongoing maintenance.
When you enable Slack or SMS Transfer Notifications, you and your staff will receive a Slack or SMS message when a caller qualifies for a live transfer. You can decide to accept or reject the call.
It is important to note that the use of a single additional service may require the use of other add-on services. For example, Payment Collection can also constitute the need for Custom Intake or Appointment Booking services, such as in cases where payments are processed only after a booking or intake form is completed.
Some calls are beyond the scope of Smith.ai’s services and therefore beyond the scope of our Reasonable Use policy. These include product specialization (e.g., technical support requiring training) and telemarketing, and are not available from Smith.ai.
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