Being busy isn’t a problem with overflow call answering
Are you struggling to avoid missed calls during peak times, even though you have an in-house receptionist or inbound call centre in place? Need coverage to assist during staff absences or at times when they’re serving customers face-to-face? Our dependable call overflow service is an affordable solution.
Tell us about your business, your preferred greeting and how you’d like us to interact with your callers. Then simply confirm who should receive messages or, depending on your plan, call transfers when they’re available.
Customer calls you
Divert your phone to the unique number we provide so we know when an incoming call is for your business. You can choose to divert all calls to us or only those calls you can’t answer in-house. For example, you may only want us to take calls which go unanswered after a certain number of rings, calls not answered within a certain time limit or calls arriving when your line is busy.
We answer for you
Our friendly and professional UK-based receptionists will answer your business calls with your preferred greeting. Depending on your plan, we can take messages, transfer selected calls, answer FAQs, submit leads into your CRM, take orders, process payments, schedule your appointments and more.
We deliver your messages
After each call you’ll immediately receive a message by email, SMS or both (as chosen by you) including details such as the caller’s name, phone number and, of course, the reason for their call.
Our virtual receptionist services
Finding it difficult to adequately staff for fluctuations in call volumes? Has a spike caused by seasonal demand left you scrambling to avoid missed calls resulting in lost opportunities or waning customer satisfaction? Need a solution that doesn’t involve an additional wage plus recruitment and training costs?
Whatever your industry, complexity of calls or call volumes, if you need an overflow phone answering service, we have a solution to suit with no lock-in contracts.
Compare our live call answering services
Call answering and message taking for one individual or team.
A flexible back-up option to keep your calls answered
Increase your capacity to professionally handle inbound calls, while at the same time minimising costs. Sound too good to be true? It’s not!
An overflow answering service provides seamless support to your in-house reception team, so you don’t need to hire unnecessarily. ReceptionHQ’s United Kingdom-based virtual receptionists are available 24/7 to answer calls whenever you need us to.
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.
Where is ReceptionHQ based?
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.
Can you prevent me from missing calls?
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.
Are you able to answer just some of our calls?
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!
Do you offer a 24/7 live call answering service?
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.
Can I sign-up for short-term call answering, eg. a day, week or month?
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.
Are you able to book appointments for us?
Yes, we have a dedicated team of highly experienced receptionists who can book appointments for you. The MyDiary service is ideal for professionals who depend on appointments being made and managed while they are focused on their clients. Our receptionists can schedule and reschedule appointments, manage cancellations and even take payments in your preferred software. We support a large number of third-party appointment booking tools and CRMs. Please contact us for more information.
Can email or text messages be sent to multiple recipients?
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.
Can we list multiple staff members with individual message preferences?
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.
Can your receptionists answer questions from callers?
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.
Can I cancel my service at any time with no fees?
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.
Can I upgrade or downgrade my subscription anytime?
Yes, you have the flexibility to upgrade or downgrade at any time to a more suitable subscription that meets your requirements and budget. For example, you can change the number of calls being answered by ReceptionHQ or you can change the type of package you have subscribed to. There’s no cost to change plans. We want you to feel comfortable you are on the right plan for your usage.
Is the live call answering free trial really free?
The live call answering free trial is based on the MyReceptionist service and is completely free. We don’t require a credit card and it can be cancelled at any time. When you sign up for a free trial, you’ll be allocated a local phone number to divert your calls to as well as gain instant access to a client portal and mobile application to manage your service. At the end of the trial, you can simply add a credit card to continue, or stop using the service if you’d rather not continue with the service. There is no obligation at all.
Do I receive a local telephone number with my subscription?
Yes, we allocate an exclusive phone number to each client so our receptionists know which business the incoming call is for. If you have an existing phone number, simply forward your calls to the number we provide. Through your telephone provider you have the option to forward all calls, or have calls only come to us when you’re busy or there’s no answer. We’ll answer as many or as few calls as you need.
Let us manage your calls so you can manage your business
You can easily manage the receptionist’s greeting, call transfer availability and message preferences in real-time, plus add additional staff of departments as contacts for transfers or messages, using our online client portal or mobile app (iPhone and Android).
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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