Leading ICT Company in Practice with Bicom Systems

icon-bicom-systemseing the best requires working with the best. ICT is not readily available in every corner of the world. And where it is, it is more often than not missing the specifications your company needs to be a leading competitor in the industry. For Centracom, this was their primary headache. Founded in South Africa in 2008, their goal was to be the chief providers of ICT through replacing obsolete technology by the more advanced VoIP.

In order for Centracom to achieve objective, they needed to find a vendor of unified communications solutions that was reliable, efficient, and highly responsive due to the nature of the industry they operated in and their location.

Through a simple Google search, Centracom’s IT Manager found Bicom Systems with perfect ease. What made Bicom the optimal choice was the competitive advantage it possessed by having representatives worldwide, being transparent enough to grant Centracom a trail period with it’s products, and being able to customize the offering to their customer’s needs.

Centracom was so pleased with this service, that they have decided to continue the partnership with Bicom Systems, and even grow it further.

Read the Centracom Case Study here:

https://www.bicomsystems.com/uploads/case-studies/centracom/centracom.pdf

New Book and VoIP Pricing Model

Our newest ebook is almost ready for release, but we simply cannot keep the cat in the bag any longer! Coming this summer, our new book will be our most comprehensive and candid resource for VoIP Resellers yet.

Get your reading glasses ready and keep an eye on your inbox because How to Sell VoIP will be released next month!

Because we are so excited, we wanted to give a little preview of the type of information you will find in the book:

Our research on just how much is an appropriate amount to charger per month for residential and business lines was very interesting, so of course we want to share our findings with all of you.

Residential, business, and PBX pricing model:

  • Residential Phone Line: $25 plus tax (Vonage Model) Unlimited Local
    and Long Distance including Canada and the Caribbean. Promotion could
    include a Panasonic Wireless Phone plus IAD Device.
  • Business Phone Line: $30.00 Plus Taxes, Unlimited Local and Long
    Distance including Canada and the Caribbean.
  • Hosted PBX: This includes all PBX Features, plus router, switch, basic
    phone and unlimited local / long distance calling including Canada and
    the Caribbean.

Cost per Seat:

  • 1-5 Seats: $29.95 plus tax*
  • 6-15 Seats: $26.95 plus tax*
  • 16-25 Seats: $24.95 plus tax*
  • 26-50 Seats: $22.95 plus tax*
  • 51-100 Seats: $19.95 plus tax*
  • Above 100: can range from $14.95 to $16.95 plus tax*

*If they have their own phones, reduce the price by $2.00 per seat per month.

Add-on Services:

  • gloCOM Desktop version: $3.00
  • gloCOM Mobile version: $2.00

For more information like this, keep an eye out for How to Sell VoIP or check out our other ebooks at www.bicomsystems.com/resources.

4 Threats to VoIP Security

With the rapid evolution and growth of VoIP, it is no surprise that we face some security threats today. But it is important to take them seriously and protect your VoIP system.

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Some of the most common risks today are:

1. Denial of Service (DoS) – Attacks on a network or device that overwhelm the server and cause loss of service. The attacker may be attempting to gain remote control of the system.

2. Eavesdropping – Hackers may be able to listen in on your VoIP calls to steal confidential or personal information.

3. Spamming – We have all dealt with spam before and VoIP is no exception. Spam over IP Telephony (SPIT) sends spam messages to your VoIP phone.

4. Theft of Service – Attackers can gain access to your VoIP solution and use it free of cost. This uses up your resources and may slow down the system for paying users.

The first step is recognizing and understanding the risks. The next step is to prevention. Download our free VoIP Security whitepaper to learn more about how to protect your VoIP system: www.bicomsystems.com/voip_security

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7 Features of CRM Integration That Your Sales & Marketing Teams Need

crm integrationCRM software is great for business. VoIP solutions are great for business. Integrated together, they create a powerhouse that will support both your sales and marketing teams.

Lead management is a core part of any business and getting it right can make or break your success. A standard, efficient workflow to apply to all contacts and individualized nurturing for each lead are of equal importance to get through the sales cycle.

The balance can be reached with CRM integration through the following features:

1. Call & email logs

Integrated CRM software tracks all calls and emails to contacts. Forget flipping through your calendar or racking your brain to remember your last call with a specific lead or customer – an integrated CRM will give you that information and more in seconds.

2. Click-to-call

Now more an expectation than a perk, click-to-call with CRM integration makes it easy to call leads or customers as you are reviewing their account. Cut the time it takes to get through a list of sales calls by doing everything from one screen.

3. Call pop-ups

If click-to-call simplifies your outbound calling process, call pop-ups greatly enhance inbound calling. CRM integration puts the caller’s name and detailed information on your screen before you even lift the phone receiver. No more pressure to remember details or asking the caller to wait while you change gears and catch up.

4. Marketing campaigns

Your CRM is no longer just for the sales department. Marketing teams will find an integrated CRM invaluable for creating, sending, and tracking marketing campaigns. Responsive marketing that targets audiences based on past behavior and interests shown is more effective than passive, mass marketing.

5. Marketing automation

All the buzz in 2017, marketing automation is quickly becoming standard practice. An integrated CRM makes it possible to automate marketing campaigns on multiple levels without forgoing a dynamic, responsive approach. In fact, the data collected by your CRM will make marketing efforts even more responsive to lead behavior.

6. Data organization

Arguably its primary function, it goes without saying that your CRM organizes contact data. But an integrated CRM will go even further in placing pertinent information exactly where your company needs it.

7. Lead Tracking

An integrated CRM goes beyond contact information and call logs, you can now track website visits, social media behaviors, downloads, and much more. Both the sales and marketing teams can get better results when they have more information at their fingertips.

PBXware and gloCOM integrate with Salesforce, Zoho, Sugar, Zendesk, and Microsoft Dynamics. We can integrate with other CRMs through custom solutions. Learn more about gloCOM or contact us today.

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Is VoIP driving business away from you?

voipOver the years I have noticed that more and more of our new customers are no longer VoIP Entrepreneurs wanting to join the telephony provider venture. Seems like the more VoIP becomes the present and defines the future of communications, the more industries it touches.

These days, any business that provides IT industry related services is somehow related to, or forced to be related to, the communications infrastructure of their customers. Even better if the customer has some knowledge or is at least aware of the unified communications experience.  

Industries like Internet service provides, cable services, and/or fiber providers have already joined, are planning to join, or at least know the future is to integrate in order to gain and retain customers. To mention a few of the most common that will ring my desk, I should start with hosted service providers. Either hardware, software, or a mix of the two, is something that, sooner or later, VoIP has to become an integrated part of. Either a multi-tenant platform like ours in order to centralize all hosted PBXs, or separate Call Center/Custom environments, this is something that, along with other value-added features, a hosted service provider will get asked for pretty often.  

Other industries, less related to network services or hosted services like IT Managed Services, will encounter themselves one way or another supporting an IP Phone, a local PBX, or a PBX hosted by someone else. They will notice the additional revenue and increased customer retention will come as soon as they can also take care of the telephony needs. 

Many of my customers will often express how VoIP service may be just one service out of many, and maybe not the one that bring the most revenue in from customers. But VoIP is an essential piece of the relationship since it is the part that allows their customers to unify their communications, in addition to the suite of services it provides.

This article is a ‘heads up’ to all those out there that think VoIP services ‘could be’. Soon VoIP will be a ‘major’ part of any one proposal because it will become part of the request. The end-user likes to feel a level of unification that provides them the security that a single provider can serve, understand, and support all their technology components.

VoIP is so flexible that anyone that has a customer base and provides any type of service, even non-technology, could find a way to integrate it into their suite of services with a huge value and even bigger retaining element. Make it drive business towards you, not away from you. At this very moment deals are been turned down because the competitor shows a unified set of services with telephony, or impressed the customer with an additional service made possible by VoIP. 

Just because everyone related is getting involved does not mean that it is easy. We still hear horror stories. Even that the voice quality is not working out, loss of RTP, but less. More and more it’s ‘how do I?’ Whether CRM integration or producing better reporting and so control of daily lives.

If you would like to explore your options, whether you are related to technology services or not, Bicom Systems would be happy to assist with whatever ideas you may have. We have not seen it all yet, but with the many we have worked with already, I’m sure you are at the right place for finding a solution. Our IPPBX PBXware comes in a Single Tenant Business Edition, Multi-Tenant Edition, and Call Center Edition, and the mix of all of them is as customizable and flexible as it comes.