5 Bad Examples of On-Hold Business Telephone Messages

What does your business telephone on-hold messaging say about your brand? We really hope you don’t fall into any of our five bad examples of on-hold business telephone messages below. If so, you’ll need to pay a visit to SnapRecordings.com so we can help you brand the voice of your company to success.

Selecting on-hold messaging that represents your company’s brand consistently across every customer interaction is of the utmost importance in acquiring and retaining customers. With the same idea of welcoming your online customers with an attractive and easy-to-use Website, businesses also need to do the same with their telephone greetings. If a customer of yours has to wait on-hold for a few minutes or more, you want to make sure they are getting the most out of their wait time by listening to helpful marketing message pertaining to discounts, promos and updates about your product or service. You also want to make sure you have a pleasant selection of on-hold music that your customer can enjoy while they wait to speak with you.

Below are five bad examples of on-hold business telephone messages you should avoid at all costs. If you fall into any of the categories below, you’re probably losing customers.

Using a Local Radio as On-Hold Music
There are so many things that can go wrong if you’re using this horrible example of on-hold telephone messages. Not only is tapping into the local radio station as your on-hold music for your business illegal (unless you’re paying royalties), but you have no control over what your customers are being exposed to. Let’s say for example, the local radio station airs a commercial for a competitor of yours. This commercial may highlight an incredible discount and/or new products and services that your potential customer who is currently waiting on-hold to speak with you, may find of immediate value. What happens next? The potential customer drops your call and dials your competitor’s phone number to give them some new business. You lose.

A Lyrical Disaster
Whether due to the lyrical content or tone, inappropriate on-hold music can really hurt your business. This is why it is extremely important to select specific on-hold music that is made especially for your audience. Take a look at the disastrous real-life examples of inappropriate on-hold music.

  • A hospital casualty unit found to be playing the “FuneralMarch” by Chopin.
  • A clothing firm specializing in larger sizes for women playing Queen’s “Fat-Bottomed Girls.”
  • One company advised its callers that their call would be answered shortly and then were played the chorus of “Rocket Man” by Elton John, “I think it’s going to be a long, long time…”

That is what pop-culture would refer to as a #FAIL.

The Robotic Recording on Loop
If this doesn’t remind you of the analog 80s, then I don’t know what to tell you. It’s 2013 and absolutely no business should have this type of on-hold messaging. I’m talking about the robotic voice that greets you with, “We’re sorry, someone will be with you shortly. Please hold.” To top it all off, this general and non-informational on-hold greeting loops every 30 seconds which will surely result in a very unhappy customer who’s driven to madness and thus hangs-up the phone.

Music that Does Not Represent Your Brand
Let’s say you’re searching for ways to help you relieve stress. Your online searches lead you to a meditation center that hosts a variety of meditative classes. While dialing the number to this business for further information, you’re placed on hold while listening to what sounds like Metallica. Does that make sense? No, it does not. Be sure to select an appropriate genre of music that your customers can listen to while you place them on-hold. Although you may have your personal musical favorites that you’d like to add as your on-hold music, that doesn’t matter here. What matters is that you pair your on-hold music with a style of music that will keep those customers waiting for you on the line while getting a feel for your brand.

Dead Silence
Nothing can be more discouraging than the sound of dead silence while being placed on-hold. Like falling into a deep and dark abyss, a potential customer can get lost in the dark. At one point, they may even question if you’re still on the line with them. No response or sound = hang-up.

While you may or may not fall into one of the above examples, Snap Recordings can help you out and turn those on-hold potential customers into returning customers. Visit us at SnapRecordings.com to get started on your business telephone greetings and messages.

Have a listen below to some GREAT on-hold business telephone messages.

5 Bad Examples of On-Hold Business Telephone Messages

Snap Recordings Valentine’s Day Special Offer

Give your loved one (or yourself) the gift of success with professional telephone greetings and more from Snap Recordings! We’re offering a special Valentine’s Day promo that’s a sure gift for the win this Valentines’ Day. You can purchase any professional voice recording for your business at 15% off! As an added value, we’ll throw in a message on-hold pack featuring two different greetings accompanied by music.

Just order any voice recording and enter promo code “SNAPLOVE” at checkout. This offer is valid for one purchase per account and will expire on Feb. 21, 2013. Click here to get started with your professional telephone voice recordings and on-hold music!

Snap Recordings Valentine’s Day Special Offer

BlackBerry 10 Discounted Professional Phone Greetings – Special Offer

Blackberry 10 Discounted Professional Phone Greetings Special OfferThe tech industry has been nothing but excitement today as the BlackBerry 10 announcement in New York has been creating quite the buzz! The highly anticipated BlackBerry 10 (by RIM) will first appear in the UK and Canada, with sales beginning tomorrow before making its way to the U.S. in March. To celebrate the arrival of the BlackBerry 10, Snap Recordings would like to offer BlackBerry users a special discount of 10% off professional smartphone greetings for all BlackBerry business users. Users will be able to create their own custom greeting and select the best voice talent to represent their business. Snap Recordings boasts an expansive voiceover library encompassing several languages and accents. Additionally, users can also select from a wide variety of on-hold music selections that reflect their brand. These professional phone greeting will be delivered straight to their BlackBerry!

Just order any voice recording and enter promo code “BLACKBERRY10” at checkout. This offer is valid for only one purchase and will expire on Feb. 28, 2013. Click here to get started with your professional business smartphone greetings for your BlackBerry!

BlackBerry 10 Discounted Professional Phone Greetings – Special Offer

Online Business Directories: A Helpful Marketing Strategy for Small Businesses On a Budget

They say print is dead. As more and more print publications close the book on their inked pages, the Internet continues to gain more power as the number one source of information at your fingertips. Magazines have gone digital and so has the archaic, five-pound phonebook—or what most consumers recognize as the “Yellow Pages.” Now, all the information you seek is just a click away on the Internet. There are numerous business directories online where your small business should be listed. If you begin listing your business on these online directories, the amount of traffic to your Website will definitely increase.

For example, let’s say you’re a wellness chiropractor based in Los Angeles and you don’t have the additional spend to invest in paid online and/or social media ads; however, you want your business to show up organically via leading search engines when a potential client searches keywords relative to your industry. Sticking with our aforementioned example, if someone were to search “wellness chiropractor Los Angeles,” you would want your office to show up, right? Lucky for you, there’s a cost-effective way (mostly FREE) to make this happen. All you need is time and this handy blog post created by Snap Recordings.

It would be nice if we could just snap our fingers and all of the busy work would be completed. In order to reap the benefits of listing your company in online business directories, you need make time to put in the hours. It doesn’t have to be done all at once, you can schedule an hour a day as an on-going process or maybe set aside weekend time.

At Snap Recordings we understand how difficult it can be to market your start-up and that’s why we’ve created a list of online business directories in which you should add your business. But before you start tackling this task, set up a document that answers all of the following questions below. You will need this information when adding your business to these online directories, not to mention you want your brand to stay consistent with its messaging across all Internet placements.

      • About – create a brief bio about your company.
      • Founded – what year was your company founded?
      • Mailing Address
      • Phone number
      • Toll free number
      • Fax
      • Email
      • Website URL
      • Blog URl
      • Social Media Profiles (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
      • Hours of Operation
      • Payment Options
      • Languages Spoken
      • Brands/Products Carried
      • Category/Industry Vertical (i.e. tech, marketing, health, etc.)
      • Keyword/Tags
      • Media – Some directories allow you to add various attachments to boost your credibly.
        — Logo
        — Storefront photos
        — Product photos
        — YouTube video URLs
        —  Additional screenshots of credibility (magazine placements, testimonials, etc.)

Once you have all of the above items ready to go at your disposal, you can begin adding your company to our list of online business directories below.

1. Google
2. Bing
3. Yahoo!
4. Yelp
5. Merchant Circle
6. CitySearch
7. LinkedIn
8. Angie’s List
9. YellowPages.com
10.  Mapquest
11. Crunchbase (great for tech)
12. Whitepages
13. Supermedia
14. Yellowbook
15. Biznik
16. Local.com
17. ThinkLocal
18. CitySlick
19. USYellowPages
20. SuperPages
21. Outside.in
22. Dex
23. BizJournals.com
24. TeleAtlas
25. JustClickLocal
26. Discover our Town
27. Metrobot
28. EZ Local
29. twibs
30. LocalEze
31. Kudzu
32. CityVoter
33. Manta
34. Zipweb
35. MatchPoint
36. UsCity.net
37. Local Site Submit
38. InfoUSA
39. Axciom
40. Infignos
41. Yellow Assistance
42. Get Fave
42. My Huckleberry
43. GenieKnows
44. MojoPages
45. Brownbook
46. Magic Yellow
47. CitySquares
48. TeleAtlas
49. Navteq GPS
50. Judy’s Book
51. Foursquare
52. Facebook (company page)

This all takes time, but in the end it’s worth all the organic search mentions and strengthening your business’ online presence. Please let us know in a comment below if we missed any business directories.

Also, if you’re looking to give your business instant credibility when a potential customer calls, check out our professional voice recordings packages (they start as low as $50). Don’t lose customers while you place them on hold, visit us at www.SnapRecordings.com to make the most of that hold time.

Online Business Directories: A Helpful Marketing Strategy for Small Businesses On a Budget

Snap Recordings Voice-over Talent Spotlight: Milton Lawrence

Voice Over Talent Milton Lawrence Snap RecordingsWe’re very happy to share our first “Snap Recordings Voice-over Talent Spotlight” with one of our busiest vocal talents, Milton Lawrence. For over 25 years, Milton has been lending his remarkable voice to a large variety of media from television and radio, to animation and narration — Milton has been a powerful staple in the voice-over industry.

Born in Los Angles, Calif. and raised for some time in Houston, Texas — Milton was inspired at an early age by watching the Carol Burnett Show and the Johnny
Carson Show. He would imitate all the characters on T.V. for hours on end. Milton got his start with voice talent in broadcasting for one of the largest media companies in the country. He has since done stunning work for TARGET, National Geographic
Channel, Discovery Channel, The Cartoon Network and more.

In his spare time, Milton enjoys taking his son and Golden
Retrievers on scenic hikes and to the beach. He also enjoys playing tennis.

So how does Milton keep his voice so fresh and appealing? His secret is, “lots of green tea, mint and ginger.” You can listen to a sample of Milton’s voiceovers below!

To learn more about Snap Recordings, visit us at www.SnapRecordings.com. To become a voice-over talent with Snap Recordings, please fill out our online form by clicking here.

Snap Recordings Voice-over Talent Spotlight: Milton Lawrence

How To Market Your Small Business On A Budget

How To Market Your Small Business On A Budget

So you have an incredible business idea, you get the courage to implement your idea and thus start-up your first small business — but how do you market your product or service without breaking the budget? It’s not always an easy task to figure affordable ways to advertise your new business, but with the broad spectrum of the Internet, you now can market your small business with little to no cost.

At Snap Recordings, we understand what it takes to get your small business off the ground and flying into the heads of prospective clients. We’re all in this together and we want your small business to succeed. Below are five ways to market your small business on a budget.

Become a Voice In Your Industry
What better way to build your online presence and start executing a content marketing strategy in your industry than by having a company blog and connecting via social media. People are constantly searching the Internet for content and helpful tips to help them succeed in their industry. Whether your small business is a broad industry vertical such as Website design, or as niche as vegan bakery treats — become an expert in your field and start updating and creating blog posts about things relevant to your industry. Additionally, through building social media profiles on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more — you can connect with those similar to you and form a solid network of cross-promoting. Not to mention, the information you create and share can give you an enormous amount of credibility in your field.

List Your Company in Online Business Directories
This is an extremely helpful and usually FREE marketing tool that every small business needs to put to action. Oddly enough, listing your company in various online business directories is a common blunder that most new businesses seem to overlook. When someone searches your industry, or better yet, hears about your brand and decide to search you on the Internet, you want to make sure you’re listed properly and plentifully.

A few business directories you want to make sure you’re placed on are as followed: Google Places, Yahoo! Local, Bing Local, Yelp, Angie’s List, City Search, Merchant Circle and many more. Be sure to create accurate entries with direct links to your Website, phone number, social media profiles and blog (if applicable). If the site already has your business listed, don’t just move-on to the next. Make sure you’re represented the way your small business should be. You should claim your business by adding more details to the existing entry and making sure you company profile/about section is consistent with other online placements. This all takes time, but in the end it’s worth all the organic search mentions and strengthening your business’ online presence.

Cultivate Twitters with Clout
There’s no better way to receive an endorsement that comes from a source outside of your company, than from a trusted blogger or Twitter account who has a lot of clout. It brings your brand greater value and reach than anything you can send through more traditional channels. Their stamp of credibility and large following can help your small business go viral in the ever-growing and strong Twittersphere. Although you can’t control what the online social world says about your brand, you can influence their decisions by getting on these powerful brand ambassadors’ good side. You want their social clout to work in your benefit so start finding, following and interacting with them. Don’t underestimate, you never know what high-profile Twitter account may take a liking to your product/service and/or content. This is the kind of publicity that no paid advertising strategy can compare.

Run a Contest/Giveaway
Everyone loves free stuff and what better way to inform potential customers about your company than with a giveaway. Not only will this please the winner(s), but if done correctly and done well, a contest can greatly boost your social media mentions. When creating a promotional giveaway for existing and potential  fans/customers of your small business, you want to get the most reach as possible to promote your campaign. Create a blog post or Website landing page that gives all the details of your contest: how to enter, eligibility, deadline, rules, etc., and be sure to use keywords that will boost your search. Promote your contest via various social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, etc. — whatever profiles you have set up, use them to promote your contest.

Create a Facebook ad to run during the duration of your promotion. Be sure to target it towards those that would benefit from what your small business is giving away, and also make sure your ad directly links to a custom Facebook tab or an outside URL that provides all contest details. To grasp an even larger audience, partner with a similar company or two. You can each run your individual giveaways and trade to include each others’ products/services in your respective giveaways. This is a great way to add more value and cross-promotion to your initial contest.

Interact on Blogs and Forums
Aside from posting your own blog content, try guest blogging on other high-traffic blogs that would benefit your small business. Provide them with a blog post of pertinent information that will be of value to their readers while slightly tying in your brand. The trackback and online credit to your small business alone can work wonders for your Website traffic. Additionally, start reading other like-minded blogs and create discussion through leaving comments with your small business’ name, URL and/or a trackback to a blog post of yours their readers may find helpful. Just be sure to not make your comment look like SPAM, otherwise your comment will not be approved. You can also search the Internet for popular forums and online communities that are relative to your brand. Don’t be shy! Join in on all applicable discussions and be sure to provide your small businesses’ information in your custom signature.

Snap Recordings wants your input! Do you have other ideas and strategies that have helped your small business grow? Please share them in a comment below. You can also visit us at SnapRecordings.com to take advantage of a valuable offer and discount we’re currently running. Let Snap Recordings help you brand your company’s voice with the credibility it deserves.

How To Market Your Small Business On A Budget

Snap Recordings Featured in GetVoip Blog

Snap Recordings Featured in GetVoip Blog

Snap Recordings Let Your Customers Know You Mean Business

SnapRecordings.com is a self-service, one-stop website for businesses looking to make that first and lasting impression. In the past, I can say that I’ve called into businesses, and a a clearly jaded (presumably by default) employee’s apathetic recording comes on. Not every workplace is so fortunate to have dazzling voice talent, able to enunciate crisply, and deliver options clearly. The scenario becomes even more uncomfortable when these individuals (who are obviously not native speakers) make a valiant effort to speak “s-pan-yole” and follow with directives indicating you should “mar-key dos”. Some voice recordings are well beyond phonetic nightmares, but I’d rather not discuss it further. Really, I can go on about for hours, but I’d rather let you know about this service, which makes sure your customers are warmly greeted when they call in. RingCentral are proud to work with and highly recommend Snap – here’s exactly why:

The professional recording team at Snap features more than 80 different voice talents, both male and female, along with 500 background tracks for on-hold music, etc. The site is adorned with samples, for the actors, the music and more. All of Snap’s voice talent is broken down by gender and accent, including American (US), Australian, British, Canadian, French (Canadian) and Bilingual. I was especially impressed by the last category, being the same actress/actor seamlessly flexed their ability to deliver concise speech in multiple languages – not a common skill. I quickly realized that I’d spent a solid ten minutes listening to the samples, thoroughly convinced that Marv’s grizzly voice would be a great weapon to sell mattresses with [for some inexplicable reason]. Once I got over conjuring up theoretical applications for each of the actors, Snap Recording’s grand design became even more apparent: quite literally, they have something for everyone, and every business/industry.

Even if you’re not the most creative, listening to the industry examples they have on their site can really steer you in the right direction, plus they have a wealth of phone script examples. There’s plenty of options whether you’re making announcements/voice prompts for your Auto-Attendant, IVR or PBX System. There’s a bunch of packages and options, not to mention a music library that covers all bases. Once your script is written and submitted over to them, the selected actor deliver’s it, and they mix and master it – a very necessary step in creating a pristine audio file. Snap also provides proofreading services, so you can be certain your recording is perfect before it’s actually made. Be forewarned that your are “responsible for any errors in the script or lack of pronunciation notes”, which translates to unnecessary mistakes that will justifiably incur a fee.

To read the entire article of Snap Recordings’ feature in GetVoip blog, click here!

Snap Recordings Featured in GetVoip Blog