Overcoming the Summer Slowdown
Summer is nearly here! While some of us relate the long, warm days of the season with family picnics, backyard barbecues and carefree vacations at the beach, many small business owners identify the months of June, July and August as that stressful time of year when sales come to a screeching halt. Is the summer slowdown inevitable?  Or are there ways to keep business flowing 12 months a year? Inevitably, some clients and prospects are going to be on vacation and unavailable. But business still happens in the summer - and, in fact, the warm-weather months can provide substantial sales opportunities for businesses that use the time wisely by continuing to drive

Real Estate Professionals John Sabia and Matt Farrell Boost Productivity With RingCentral
For real estate professionals, having a unified communications solution isn't just helpful - it's an absolute necessity. Staying in constant touch with customers, prospects and colleagues; sending and receiving documents; and keeping ahead of the competition with strategic marketing and messaging are all in a day's work. This level of multitasking definitely requires a robust, yet simplified solution that effectively manages both phone and fax communications. RingCentral's virtual PBX has enabled thousands of real estate professionals to streamline their communications, and there are other features of RingCentral that can improve real estate pros' ability to market themselves. Customized greetings, Click-to-Call website buttons and call logs for ad tracking are just a few

Last week, we talked about Music on Hold. This week, we'll show you how to enhance your Music on Hold with Messages on Hold. Messages on Hold interrupt your music on hold to play a message to your customers. Use Messages on Hold to encourage customers to stay on the line, or to create custom messages to make announcements or advertise new products or services. And unlike traditional advertising channels, such as TV or radio, messages on hold cost nothing. To update your messages on hold: Click the My Settings tab in the main menu. The Account Summary page displays. Under the Call Settings panel, click Music on Hold. Refer to the My Rules section; select the Music on Hold you would like to play. Select a time interval from the Interrupt music every drop-down menu.

Have you noticed that on a regular basis you’re not completing your 'to do' list? Do you frequently ponder how the hours in your day just slip away? If you're like many business owners, you've probably read numerous articles on productivity and time management. The standard advice is to allot a certain number of hours each day to work without distraction. It's undeniably good advice, but it can be incredibly hard to follow when you also need to check email, take calls and keep up-to-date on Facebook. It's been written many times that the average office worker is distracted every three minutes by a phone call, instant message or email. This is compounded by the fact that it takes more than


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