Texting for Work on the Rise Per RingCentral Survey
Nearly 80 Percent of Adults Text for Work;
More Than 60 Percent Want to Text With Their Business Numbers
San Mateo, Calif. – December 13, 2012 – Texting has become more integral to business communications based on a recent survey by RingCentral, Inc., a leading cloud business phone system provider.
RingCentral’s recent survey1 of 1,107 adults in North America shows that 873 of the respondents, 79 percent, use text messaging for business communications. Of these, 82 percent stated that they text more for business today than they did a year ago with 32 percent claiming they’ve closed a business deal via text.
However, texting hasn’t yet reached its full potential for business. Sixty-one percent of businesses wish they could send and receive texts with their business numbers2. While 78 percent of the survey respondents wished they could text a company’s toll-free number and receive a reply. These shortcomings are greatly due to the fact that the legacy business phone systems that many businesses still use cannot support texting.
Other findings for the 873 survey respondents who text for work include:
- 56 percent send 16 or more texts a day
- 31 percent said that half of their daily text messages are for business
- 91 percent send texts to colleagues
- 71 percent send texts to customers, suppliers or partners
- 79 percent stated that their bosses are supportive of texting for business
- 8 have accepted a job offer via text
- 3 percent have resigned from a job via text
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Texting for Business Phone Systems
As texting becomes more integral to business communications, RingCentral is enabling businesses and their employees to more efficiently and professionally text for work. The company recently announced Business SMS, the first texting capability integrated into a business phone system. With Business SMS, employees can use their business numbers for calls, faxes and now text messages. It enables them to send and receive texts with customers, colleagues and departments using their business number across devices including smartphones, tablets and PCs.
To see how Business SMS works, watch the video at youtu.be/wAPXTQfEyiM.
- RingCentral survey to 1,107 adults in North America conducted via social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter); Dec. 3 – 6, 2012
- RingCentral survey to 735 business customers; Dec. 3 - 7, 2012
RingCentral is a leading provider of cloud business phone systems designed for today's mobile and distributed workforce. By combining a hosted, multi-extension business phone system with advanced voice and fax functionality, RingCentral delivers ease of use, flexibility and mobility, which cannot be provided by complex and expensive on-premise legacy phone systems. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, RingCentral is privately held with backing from Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures, Cisco, Scale Ventures, and DAG Ventures. For more information on RingCentral products, call 1-877-268-2403 or by visit www.ringcentral.com.
For additional information,
Jennifer Dong 650-288-0485