Virtual receptionists for marketing, media, design & advertising agencies

Want to optimise your agency’s own return on investment? Our phone answering services ensure the time, effort and money you spend on generating leads isn’t wasted through missed calls.


Scalable around-the-clock solutions to support your agency’s lead generation

UK receptionists

Our local virtual reception teams answer calls, take messages and warm transfer – all in line with your agency branding.

24/7 answering service

After-hours, weekends and public holidays … we answer every call, whether or not you’re at your desk.

Sales lead capture

Never miss a lead & land more clients! We capture, qualify and send you leads while you focus on running your agency.

Campaign numbers

Dedicated campaign phone numbers with professional call answering. Don’t let those leads go to waste!

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Already have an in-house receptionist? We can answer the calls you miss or just provide holiday or sick leave cover.

0800 numbers

Convey a national presence by promoting an 0800 number, or several local numbers, to your callers.

How our virtual reception service works


Your tools are our tools

Whether it’s a calendar, booking system or CRM, on our MyAssistant and MyDiary call answering plans we use the software you already use to book appointments or add new clients.

Maximise your agency’s own campaigns with trackable 24/7 agency call answering

We’ve been answering calls, capturing leads and assisting in scaling creative, design, social media, digital marketing and full-service advertising agencies, media organisations, video production houses and billboard/signage companies the United Kingdom-wide for 15 years.

We ensure you never miss an opportunity, while providing the best caller experience for prospective or existing clients.

Complementary business solutions

Phone numbers

Set up virtual inbound numbers for different locations or, if you require a national presence, an 0800 number.

Automated messaging

Have voicemails instantly emailed to you to ensure no important communications are ever missed.

What our customers love

We chose ReceptionHQ initially as they were able to source a telephone number that matched the district our office is based in.
Kabo Creative Limited
Every time I think of how much it would cost to hire a receptionist full time, I know exactly how far in front I am.
James Henry, Hyped Media

Trusted by more than 150 marketing, media & advertising industry clients

FAQs

Many callers hang up when their call goes to voicemail, so you can miss out on vital conversations or leads.  Ensuring your calls are answered by a live person, increases customer satisfaction, builds loyalty and improves your opportunity to create a rapport and obtain caller details.

Live call answering also allows you to screen calls, as you can advise your receptionist to transfer or take messages for only those call types you wish to receive.  Once answered, you can see each message as it’s taken and prioritise who you will call back first.

Live call answering increases revenue through better customer connections, reduces costs as you’re not paying for a full time receptionist and helps you to be more efficient with your time.

ReceptionHQ is a subsidiary of OfficeHQ, a global virtual reception company headquartered in Australia.

ReceptionHQ receptionists are on-shore and based in the UK, so important details such as language, accents and tone naturally complement your business. While the majority of calls during standard office hours are answered locally by these UK-based receptionists, our team in Australia answers after-hours calls to provide 24/7 coverage for businesses that need it and also assisting during periods of peak demand.

Yes, our receptionist can answer calls you’d usually miss.  You may be on another call or simply unable to answer because you’re busy at the time. Our receptionists will take a detailed message and send to you instantly by email or SMS. Many clients who subscribe to our service are surprised when they learn how many calls they’d been missing prior to having their calls answered by ReceptionHQ.

Yes. This is referred to as “call overflow”.

A lot of companies require their phone calls to be answered only when they are unable to take the call themselves. For example, if you step out of the office for an hour or your in-house receptionist goes to lunch, is on leave or is busy on another call and you have multiple calls coming in at the one time.

You can set your business phone number to divert (to the unique local phone number we allocate your business during the Free Trial setup process) only when the phone rings for more than a specified period (such as after 5 rings) or if your line is busy/engaged.

In such instances our receptionists will then answer the phone as if we were in your office. You’re always in control and can relax knowing you will never miss another important call again! 

Yes.  Our receptionists are available 24/7 and you can opt-in to receive after hours live call answering on any ReceptionHQ subscription.

Without after-hours call answering turned on, our receptionists will answer your calls between 8:00am and 6:00pm on weekdays.  Outside of these standard business hours, calls will then go to voicemail and your voicemail message recordings will be emailed to you.

If you need after-hours call answering, please let us know when you sign up or contact us.

Yes, you are able to use our service for an hour, a day, a week, whenever you need our assistance. Many clients use our live call answering for short-term needs, for example, when their own in-house receptionist is at lunch, sick or on annual leave.  Some clients use the service during their busy periods only, as call overflow or for campaigns.  Our live call answering service is like having a casual receptionist who is always available.  It’s reliable and risk-free, as you only pay for what you use.

If you prefer to use our service seasonally, you can take advantage of our pause package.

Yes, we are able to transfer calls to any staff member on any phone (landline or mobile).  With our innovative software, we can record availability preferences for each staff member and only transfer when requested.  Individual details can be updated at any time via our online client portal or mobile application.

We pride ourselves in offering ‘warm transfers’, that is, callers are always announced to you before the transfer takes place.  If you’re unavailable, or if you don’t answer the call, our receptionist will go back to your caller, let them know you’re unavailable, take a message then forward it to you.

We do not blind transfer calls (transfer unannounced) unless you request this.

ReceptionHQ offers a month-to-month agreement, which can be cancelled by giving us at least three days’ notice prior to your monthly renewal date.

Yes, messages can be sent to multiple email addresses and mobile numbers – it’s your choice.  We can also attempt to transfer calls to multiple people in sequential order.  How your calls are managed can be updated instantly via your ReceptionHQ online client portal or mobile application at any time.

Yes.  Each staff member and/or department can set their own availability status and decide whether to have their calls transferred or a message taken.  All settings can be updated individually and instantly via the ReceptionHQ client portal or mobile application.

Yes.  We are able to answer basic questions such as your location, directions to premises, fax number, website, pricing and other general questions. Depending on your plan, you can provide us with detailed call scripts or answers to FAQs to assist your callers.  Just let us know your needs and we’ll set up your account according to your preferred process.

Set up can take as little as a few minutes.  For a MessageExpress or MyReceptionist service, you can start using the service almost instantly. Simply set up an account yourself, using the free trial webform or have our customer service team do this for you.  Either way, it only takes a few minutes to get started.  Once your account is set up, you simply need to forward your phone line to us and we’ll start answering your calls.

If you’re interested in a MyAssistant or MyDiary plan, a short setup may be required, depending on complexity, to train our receptionists on your preferred software, business information or webforms.  Please contact us to find out more.

If you start with the virtual reception free trial, it gives you an opportunity to understand what call volume or duration you should select ongoing.  Once you’ve selected your plan, you can upgrade or downgrade at any time without penalty.  To help give you confidence you are on the correct plan, you will be provided with an online client portal and mobile application, which allows you to track your usage in real time. You’ll be able to see every incoming call by day and time, the messages received, where they were sent and whether any calls were transferred.

Yes.  We don’t have a minimum contract term and you may cancel your service at any time without penalty.  We simply ask for you to let us know three days prior to your billing renewal date.  If you want to keep your account available, but stop using it for a while, we also have a pause option.  Just speak to our friendly team for more information.


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Want to try our call answering services for free?

Put the United Kingdom’s leading virtual receptionist solution to the test! We’re ready to answer your phone FREE for 7 days.

Want to try our call answering services for free?

Put the United Kingdom’s leading virtual receptionist solution to the test! We’re ready to answer your phone FREE for 7 days.

What does the free trial include?

Our free trial is based on our MyReceptionist service, with UK-based receptionists able to take messages and transfer calls based on your availability settings.

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