May 17, 2013 9:53 am |
You may already be using an 0844 number for your business, but are you taking advantage of the benefits that this number can give?
By now you should be enjoying the increased number of enquiries and the nationwide image that an 0844 number provides. You should also be benefitting from a rebate from every minute of your calls BUT are you getting the best deal?
Our 0844 service lets our customers receive some of the best rebates throughout the UK, earning up to 4p per minute. No matter how many minutes you generate, this revenue stream will help to give your business an extra boost, something every business is looking for in this economic climate!
Whatsmore, you can rely 100% on our outpayments, so that you receive your call generated revenue always on time!
Not only will you receive the UK’s best rebate, your service will also be complemented by a free call management package, worth over £200. Your dedicated account manager will help you develop and tailor your call management system, so that every call you receive is handled professionally and efficiently.
Call us today on 0844 504 4000 to find out how you can port your number over to us and ensure you are receiving all of the benefits available from your 0844 number!
April 16, 2013 8:13 am |
Telecoms regulator Ofcom has confirmed that they plan to change the way some non-geographic numbers are charged, making it clearer for consumers to understand call charging rates.
As it stands, the current charging system can be unclear for consumers to know how much it would cost to call various non-geo number ranges, so these changes aim to ‘tackle consumer confusion’.
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March 14, 2013 10:20 am |
Small businesses have been choosing to use non-geographic numbers for years as it gives them a nationwide presence. But how, and why, does using a non-geographic number help you gain the trust of your customers?
So you’re a start-up business based in a small town and you believe your location is hindering your business’ growth, because potential customers don’t think your services can be stretched for use outside your immediate area.
The easiest and best way you can rectify this and have your services used, and trusted, nationwide is by using a non-geographic number, a number that isn’t location specific, throwing open the potential to serve customers nationwide. Customers will now think that your business is UK-wide so will be willing to call, and more importantly trust, you regardless of location widening the possibility for immediate growth in customer numbers and customer trust.
Not only can simply having a non-geo number as your main business number build trust, but the additional benefits it brings can aid your business growth as well. Once you’ve decided which number you want, you can then choose where you want to receive your calls to, so that you can guarantee every call made to you will be picked up.
You’ll also gain the benefits of a professional call management package, so every single call your business receives is dealt with in a professional manner. You have many elements to choose from, how you set up your number is up to you. You could simply just opt for a voicemail or you can add call forwarding, call whisper, a welcome message or an IVR.
Call management is the perfect way to ensure your customers receive the best service your business can give, in turn encouraging trust amongst you and your customers. It’s widely accepted that a business’ call volume increases when using a non-geo number, so your call management package will help you professionally serve every customer’s call, even at your busiest times of day.
March 4, 2013 5:27 pm |
Small businesses may be highlighted specifically in the next Budget, if the Federation of Small Businesses has its way.
In an effort to restore confidence to small businesses, and ensure the future becomes a little brighter, the FSB has spoken out today to say that there must be a Budget dedicated to the UK’s smaller firms.
The organisation has outlined recommendations for the Chancellor to look at in order to satisfy the needs of small businesses, in turn, creating new jobs and boosting confidence.
These recommendations include increasing National Insurance Contributions holiday to firms with less than four staff members to create over 40,000 new jobs, cancelling the planned fuel duty rise to initiate a review of fuel prices and motoring taxation, and extending the amount of money available through StartUp Loans for those struggling to finance the setup of their businesses.
The FSB are calling for more focus to be placed upon small businesses after the little growth of the UK’s economy in 2012.
John Walker, National Chairman of the FSB stated: ‘What we need is not more small-scale policies which tinker at the edges but measures that will have a tangible affect both immediately and in the long-term.’
The Budget will be announced on the 20th March 2013.
February 15, 2013 9:33 am |
Finalists nominated for the FSB Streamline UK Business Awards 2013 are to be announced today.
Entrants could apply for any of the four categories, Business Innovation of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Micro Business of the Year and Online Business of the Year up until 9th January, and the businesses who are lucky to be shortlisted will be revealed today.
Even entering the awards is a huge plus for any of the businesses involved, as they will gain ample opportunity for a PR push, along with cash prizes and a PR and Marketing workshop.
The winners of the awards will win cash prizes of up to £10,000 as well national publicity through the organisation that has staged the awards, the Federation of Small Businesses.
Once the finalists are announced, they will then have to wait another month, before the winners are announced on the 18th April at a Gala Event in London. The event will be held at Glaziers Hall in central London, and hosted by former Olympic medallist Roger Black MBE.
Here at 08Direct, we wish everyone involved the best of luck!!
April 12, 2012 8:19 am |
The big news in the UK telecoms industry this week is that Ofcom are working towards making mobiles calls to 0800 numbers free to call.
Currently all 0800 numbers are free to call from landlines, but callers are hit with significant rates if they try to call 0800 numbers from their mobile. The per minute cost depends on the mobie network, but charges can be as much as 21p meanng many mobile phone users are left feeling highly frustrated.
Although the latest news from Ofcom is welcome, it isn’t something that is going to be implemented immediately. According to the Daily Mail no final decision will be made until early next year. Before any new rules can be implemented there will need to be a process of formal consultation.
However, at 08Direct we already offer an answer to frustrated mobile callers. The price of calling an 03 number is inclusive within both landline and mobile bundles. So anyone who calls an 03 number using a contract mobile phone, will not see any additional charges providing they stay within their agreed tariff.
Away from bundles, the cost from landlines is the same as a local call to an 01 or 02 number. For these reasons, some of the biggest charities in the UK are already working with 03 numbers as either helplines or as a way of attracting donations. The recent Sport Releif appeal, and Children in Need have both used 03 numbers as a wat of fund raising.
Like all our number packages, if you choose an 03 number from 08Direct you will benefit from our additional services with our FREE Call Management Package worth £199.
April 4, 2012 10:19 am |
The Government have announced plans to push through leglislation that will allow them to track any phone call, or text message sent in the UK. If the new liglistation is passed, the UK secirity services will effectively have the legal right to listen to our phone calls in real time.
The reasons behind the plans are to help prevent crime and terroism by tracking communications and gathering intelligence. They will be able to track who we are in contact with, how often we contact them, and how long our communcations last.
The previous Labour government tried and failed to introduce similar leglislation, and now David Cameron and his cabinet have come back for another attempt.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, a home office minister outlined the reasons behind the new law: “It is vital that police and security services are able to obtain communications data in certain circumstances to investigate serious crime and terrorism and to protect the public. We need to take action to maintain the continued availability of communications data as technology changes”.
What remains unclear to us at 08Direct is that by tracking our mobile phone activity, will this effectively give the government data on where we travel? Technology has existed for some time which enables us to be tracked via our mobile phone signal.
How do you feel about the UK security services being able to listen into your telephone calls without having any warrant, or had to seek permission through the courts?
March 29, 2012 9:48 am |
At 08Direct we specialise in providing a wide range of businesses with complete inbound call solutions. By choosing to work with us you don’t need to worry about credit checks or setup fees, and all new customers will receive our FREE Call Management Package worth £199.
We offer a full range of 08 numbers, including 0844, 0800 and 0845. Whether you want to divert these numbers to a landline or a mobile, we have the systems in place to ensure all your needs are met.
What number is best for your company?
Choose a free 0844 number and give your business a professional look
By introducing an 0844 number you will instantly give your company a national presence. Your customers benefit from the fact they are charged a fixed rate of 5p per minute, regardless of where they are calling from (providing they are calling from a UK landline).
An 0844 number is ideal for small and new businesses as it gives you a big company image as you can advertise a national number, for a your local business.
Your free 0844 number can be connected instantly, and as we don’t do minimum contracts you free to decide how you want your account to progress.
By introducing an 0844 number you can introduce a new revenue stream
In addition to all the advantages above, by connecting an 0844 number with 08Direct you can start earning extra number from your inbound calls.
Once you have started to receive lots of calls every month, you can earn a rebate from us. This works by us splitting the 5p for every minute between the suscriber and provider, meaning your company earns money from your customers calling you.
Get a free phone 0800 number and help increase sales
By providing your customers with a free to call 0800 number you make your company far more accessible. Research has shown that you can increase business enquiries by up to 175% by providing a free contact service.
At 08Direct we have just changed our 0800 number packages, to make our rates the best in the UK. You can get connected for just £4.99 a month, for this you can receive up to 550 inclusive inbound minutes.
Just like 0844, to connect your 0800 number we don’t require any credit checks, minimum contract, and don’t need to pay any setup fees.
Plus, all new customers will benefit from our FREE Call Management Package which includes a Call Whisper, Fax-to-Email, Welcome Message and Voicemail.
For more details on our packages, and to content your number please Visit Our Numbers Page.
March 24, 2012 10:00 am |
At 08Direct we are experts in providing complete inbound telephony solutions. We don’t do contracts, there are no setup fees and you can be connected within minutes of confirming your number.
We deal with a wide range of business sectors, regardless of their size, but we specialise in giving small businesses that extra professional edge by giving them a nationally recognisable phone number, and giving them the chance to earn extra revenue from recieving calls.
If you select one of our free 0844 numbers, not only will your receive all our free extra features, but you can start earning a rebate on your calls depending on the amount of inbound call minutes you are receiving from customers.
A better option for your company could be a free phone 0800 number. An 0800 is completely free for your customers to call, and has proven to increase sales by up to 175%. Plus, as 08 Direct now provides the best rates in the UK for 0800 numbers you’re in the best hands! Our packages start from just £4.99 a month, this also includes no setup fees, no contracts and can be connected within hours.
Along with your new non geographical number, only with 08Direct can you benefit from our FREE Call Management Package worth £200. This features all the added extras you need to form a complete telephony solution.Included is Voicemail, Call Whisper, Fax to Email, Welcome Message and Auto Attendant.
In addition you will benefit from an experienced personal account manager who is always on hand to answer any questions. They will monitor your account to make sure you are getting the most out of your call package with us.
March 23, 2012 9:56 am |
Are you a small business owner who is feeling underwhelmed by George Osborne’s Budget?
The announced reduction is corporation tax is welcome, but this does not affect businesses who’s profits don’t exceed £300,000 per year. Although businesses who fall in this bracket currently pay a reduced rate of 20%, this is a significant hit on profits and some help would have been welcome.
By far the biggest hit on small businesses was the news that Mr Osborne has announced that from next month, business rates will rise by 5.6%. This is the tax that companies have to pay against their property.
From August 2012, there will also be yet another rise in fuel duty. The additional three pence rise adds to the already sky high petrol and diesel prices. This increase is guaranteed to hit small businesses hard as well as adding to the financial pressure on working families.However, with 08Direct
your small business can generate revenue for free by setting yourself up with a free 0844 number
. With an 0844 number you can earn a rebate if you generate enough inbound minutes from your customers.
With 08Direct there are no setup fees, no contracts, no credit checks and you can be setup instantly. Plus, your small business will benefit from our Free Call Management Package worth £200.