Cheshire based Portfolio Europe has been servicing the motor industry throughout the UK with online search engines and directories for a considerable time, as part of the international information media group; Manheim. Their tracking tool Marketing Advantage enables users to allocate and monitor the effectiveness of 0800 and 0844 numbers for each advert.
Portfolio had been using another provider for numbers but support was a vital component of their customer service. They needed a solution that recognised the daily impact of data accuracy and would eliminate costs associated with support. "Like any business, we need to deliver what we promise", explained Product Manager, Sam Redfern-Perry. "And the level of service that we can provide to our customers relies on the support we get from TTNC."
Initially they just sold numbers but TTNC worked with Portfolio to enable greater measurability of data, recommending enhancements, reducing support time; developing bespoke applications on TTNC's Novero Platform™, which has become the backbone of their service. Portfolio can now market a broad spectrum of products; number provision, Call Whisper, Call Recording, Voicemail, Missed Call Alert - making a positive impact on their bottom line.
The revolutionary European media telecoms company Blyk, provides free SIM cards to 100,000 16-24 year olds in the UK alone, providing a youth multi-media channel to pan-european audiences.
With offices in Finland, Belgium, Netherlands and Latvia, Blyk's support encompasses a network that spans different time-zones, and they needed an international Hunt Group service to maximise efficiency of resource.
Utilising TTNC's Time Based Forwarding, they found the optimum solution for the operation of their customer services office in Helsinki and for the 24/7 support centre in Riga. With Blyk's ever expanding European customer base, TTNC's international IVR and Time Based Forwarding enable them to offer a comprehensive 24/7 service and support operation over several territories and time zones - a solution that is of fundamental importance to Blyk's customer strategy.
Achieving the Difference's communication strategy is based upon customer convenience and live access to the right contacts.
It was common for customers to call and ask for one of the other partners, one of whom is based in Spain. Accessibility became a serious issue when some staff might work from home or at remote offices. Good customer experience is critical, and with TTNC's Virtual Receptionist the incidence of "calling to talk to someone else who isn't present" has stopped completely. In a nutshell, it gives callers better access to the company's resource.
Additionally, they can bring delivery partners into the business: outsource the booking of training courses for example, and also bring designers into the network of contacts for the customer's benefit. Partner, Clive Lewis said "We were impressed that TTNC could offer Spain as a country destination for our Virtual Receptionist - the Hunt Group facility is international. It has greatly benefitted our business, and on occasions client's have commented positively about the service - ultimately it gives greater convenience for our customers."
The owner set up his business with one of TTNC's memorable numbers. On the first day Global received 11 jobs and now gets around 1500 calls a week. This simple and powerful marketing solution has been a major factor in the growth of the business.
Their working environment is fast and mobile, and deals can be won or lost on the speed of response, so TTNC's support staff hold the line for Global and reflect this response time, maximising Global's earning capacity.
Elaine's Taxis has grown three times in size since they bought one of TTNC's memorable numbers. When your trade is on the road, you need to rely on optimum service levels to maintain that business flow.
Critically, TTNC's memorable number has a key support factor - the location of Elaine's Taxis has poor mobile coverage, with two mobile networks that do not cover the same geographic territory, so locals are obliged to use two mobile phones. TTNC's solution is the Hunt Group option which switches between mobiles depending on Elaine's location. It is a vital communication tool because it prevents Elaine's from losing trade due to poor mobile networks and saves her the cost of constantly manning the office.
Leading travel agency, Elegant Travels, wanted to find a marketing solution that would also address a communications support problem domestically and internationally.
The solution was to register five TTNC memorable numbers to operate within the UK, forwarding nationally to London, and from there TTNC can forward internationally to Elegant Travel's Sri Lanka call centre. This offers promotions capability and support in one package.
Pricing can also be critical, and TTNC's Freephone service provides UK Deed Poll Service a cost competitive solution, which is why they migrated from BT to TTNC.
Gallinet provides specialist employee and lone worker safety monitoring and outsourced control room services to multi-thousand employee corporations, small to medium businesses and individuals.
Life is a lot easier for them now that they use TTNC's VoIP service. At the very least it saves them equipment costs, because before this they managed 40 locations across the UK and Ireland, with hardware and software deployments. Now, Gallinet's management is hosted in one location and this has saved money and time.
"We're very happy with TTNC, we put 80,000 calls through their VoIP system - and the proportion of queries we might have on that traffic is barely measurable", Marcus Kerr, MD.
Four years ago, Richard Saupe came to TTNC for a Geographic telephone number to expand his own business geographically, but quickly saw the business potential of TTNC's reseller package.
Four years later, Appliance Repairman now operates almost 60 numbers and Richard Saupe has grown the business from £20k p.a. to £220k p.a. in that short time through the effective use of Geographic numbers. TTNC's infrastructure has enabled him to set up a training company to teach other appliance repairmen to do the same - Yellow Pages marketing with TTNC Geographic numbers.
The UK's leading building trade association developed a pioneering website, with 12,000 members nationally.
Innovation has been an important ingredient of their success, and always striving to add value for their members, FMB collaborated with TTNC to develop a new marketing programme.
By offering every member a free 0844 number for their landline in the members' directory, consumers gain the benefit of using members' individual free phone number, and members receive the added value of hearing the Call Whisper message "from Federation of Master Builders" every time there is a connection. So FMB customers know where the call originates which helps reinforce the value of FMB membership, and consumers save money. During a 3 month trial period, most members received at least one call since the introduction of the numbers, and a few had received 30 plus calls.
Leading lifestyle publisher, Local Secrets came online with a bang having migrated from a series of best seller books and guides that caught the imagination of the Cambridge public.
Progressive in its outlook, Local Secrets had experimented with 0870 numbers before but decided to change strategy and provider. Administering more than 100 numbers and a range of websites posed a management problem, so Neal Robbins researched the market and invested in TTNC's Geographic numbers for LC's paid listings membership, combined with TTNC's Call Whisper service.
Reservations and calls are of real value, the cost is minor in comparison to the benefits, and the statistics give greater impact to advertising. TTNC products provide advertisers with the reassurance that their listing works, confirm the source of the call ("this call has been generated by Local secrets") - and the hard data statistics of TTNC's Novero Platform™ backs up the pitch, and generates advertising renewals.