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December 19th, 2014

Vanity Toll Free Numbers, Toll Free Trends, Toll Free Numbers, 2015, Free TrialThe countdown to the end of the year begins. In less than two weeks, 2015 will be here. Are you still scrambling to make year-end numbers or to try and firm up 2015 business? Good news! Cross them both off your “naughty and nice” list with a free toll free vanity number.

 

Give your business the holiday gift of more calls starting now and in 2015

 

Custom Toll Free is offering a final free trial offer for 2014. Sign up, and you’ll get your toll free number free until February 2015. Toll free numbers are proven assets to any business marketing strategy. They can also be a crucial asset to your 2015 business and marketing plans. So why not add an asset without an expense to end your 2014?

 

Acquire a new vanity number now, save, and start the new year off right. Those who reserve their vanity number from today, December 19th through December 31st will be able to try out their toll free number for FREE until February 2015! Start the new year ahead of the game with a free vanity toll free number.

 

Businesses can only gain from this offer, so don’t wait. Sign up today and take advantage of this final vanity number free trial offer for 2014.

 

Find your perfect toll free number (for free) now!

 

Happy Holidays, and ensure a Happy New Year from Custom Toll Free!

 

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December 18th, 2014

Toll Free Number, Toll Free Benefits, Business Planning 2015, Toll Free TrendsThe time of year has arrived when we make our annual declarations on how we plan to improve our lives for the new year. You might plan to lose weight, exercise more, and cut down on sweets, but what have you planned for your small business?

Have you taken the time to devise ways to attract new customers and get your loyal patrons to visit your store more often? Well, you can have your cake and eat it too when you ring in the new year with a toll free number.

Toll Free Benefits

You might think, "Hey, I can't afford another marketing gimmick." Toll free numbers are not gimmicks. In fact, one of the several toll free benefits is maximizing your advertising return on investment. The numbers immediately increase customer response rates, which augments your revenue.

Your Small Business: Where Everyone Knows Your Toll Free Number

Most small businesses create customer recognition through catchy business names. Use the same principle for a toll free number and watch your sales shoot through the roof. Memorable toll free numbers stick in the minds of your regular customers, who then pass on the easy-to-remember small business numbers to friends and family members. Catchy small business numbers also help your small business develop the level of credibility that builds trust.

Make Your Brand Stand Out

One of the primary goals of any small business should be to establish a strong brand. As another toll free benefit, brand boosting helps you gain prestige within your community. Customers look at you as a small business operator who has his or her act together. Establishing a strong brand helps your small business reach more potential customers.

Organize Your Small Business

Running a small business can drain the energy from the most devoted operator. The phone often acts as the center of small business chaos and by acquiring toll free numbers, you take control of the communication breakdowns. As perhaps the greatest of the toll free benefits, designating toll free numbers for different tasks helps you improve customer engagement. For example, you dedicate a line or two for customer complaints and attach toll free number to a couple of phone lines for special promotions.

Whether you’ve spent the last month or quarter planning for 2015, it’s not too late to add toll free numbers to your small business marketing plan for the new year. Grow your small business revenue and reduce your marketing costs…and ring in the new year with a toll free number.

 

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December 16th, 2014

Small Business, Entrepreneur, Toll Free Numbers, Toll Free Benefits, Vanity Toll Free NumbersEntrepreneurs lead whirlwind lives, from juggling creative ideas to help the business stand out to multitasking and performing the daily balancing act like a magician. The non-stop buzz of running a small business often forces us to take our professional lives for granted. However, every once in a while it’s important to stop and remember what we are thankful for, especially during the holiday season. Here are some things that entrepreneurs are thankful for this year.

Your Team

Without your highly skilled and dedicated team members, your entrepreneurial dream would fall flat on its face. Take a moment to appreciate the hard working people who care as much about your entrepreneurial dream as you do. Be thankful for the team member who drives your content marketing program and the team member who organizes your hectic daily schedule.

Control Gives You Power

Ask a group of entrepreneurs the number one reason they chose to venture out on their own, and the common answer would be control. After all, entrepreneurs are the masters of their domain, which means they control the work-life balance that is only a fleeting dream for most professionals. Be thankful that you control your own destiny. But remember, with great power comes great responsibility…

Say Goodbye to the Corporate World

Remember when you had to deal with the frustrating corporate world or working someone you couldn’t stand? Well, those days are long gone, as you operate a streamlined small business that performs more efficiently than the corporate behemoths. Give thanks for how well your small business adapts to rapid changes and the need to shift focus from one project to another project.

Small Business Flexibility

Do you need a day to get away from the office, but you still want to contribute to your small business? Technology allows you to scour small business financial records, develop marketing ideas, and create presentations all from the comfort of your home office. In fact, you can take a vacation to the South Pacific and still have access to your small business.

Speaking of Technology…

What would you do without social media? How would you survive without your high tech smartphone or tablet? Where would your small business be without access to email? Technology allows you to complete more projects in less time. While technology can often times be a curse, it is also a blessing and has undeniably made our lives easier. Maybe it’s time you gave technology a high five.

Toll Free Numbers give Your Small Business an Edge

The day you acquired toll free numbers was the day you dramatically changed your entrepreneurial life. Toll free numbers have given you a tool to enhance customer service by establishing dedicated vanity numbers to answer customer queries and handle complaints. Because of toll free numbers, you have strengthened your brand by establishing credibility among loyal patrons of your small business. Toll free numbers deserve a moment of your time for thanks.

 

 

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December 12th, 2014

Vanity and Branding, Toll Free Number, Small Business, Business Planning, Vanity Toll FreeWe live in a competitive digital age today. It’s all about how quickly we can achieve data. Therefore, most small business owners know that acquiring a toll free number is a smart business planning tactic.

However, the effort goes beyond merely acquiring a toll free number. It’s also about choosing a number that possesses staying power. In other words, it’s important to future-proof your toll free number. You cannot afford to list a toll free number that no longer has relevancy. You need to create a toll free small business number for the ages.

Start with the Name

Creating a memorable toll free number is only part of winning the battle. The catchy name must also remain relevant years down the road. For example, 1-800-FLORIST should last you throughout the life of your small business. On the other hand, 1-800-ROSESRRED may not be a compelling toll free number in a few years. You never know, but maybe people turn to yellow or silver roses for inspiration.

Tie the Number to Your Brand

Small businesses must establish brand recognition to thrive in a crowded small business field, as well as to take on the big boys that have more financial firepower and marketing tools. Create at least one of your toll free numbers around your small business-branding message. Do you excel in providing friendly customer service? Are you known for offering high quality products? Does your small business issue warranties to give your customers peace of mind? Whatever it is that forms your brand, use the message in one of your toll free numbers. Future-proof your toll free number by tying it with your branding message.

Avoid Trendy Products

Some small business owners acquire toll free numbers that promote their most popular products. While this might seem like a good idea, your most popular product for a toll free number not only promotes the product, but it also promotes your small business by connecting the product with your business. However, stay away from using trendy products or fads for a toll free number. Trendy products do not have the staying power to future-proof your toll free numbers.

Stick with One Primary Number

Nothing makes your toll free number campaign ineffective more than constantly changing your vanity numbers. Constant toll free number changes confuse regular customers who grow accustomed to dialing the same number and giving the number to friends and family members. Stick with one easily recognized primary number to avoid losing relevance in your community.

The future is yours to see. Long time brand recognition and loyalty is one sure way to ensure small business survival. Future proof your business with a strong and lasting toll free number.

 

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Vanity and Branding |
December 11th, 2014

Toll Free Number, Social Media Marketing, Small Business, Online Marketing, Toll Free BenefitsSmall business communication today involves overseeing various mediums and channels. You have a small business website that forms the cornerstone of your online marketing program, at least several social media platforms to promote special offers, deals, and sales and connect with customers, and maybe even a toll free number dedicated to handling customer service inquiries.

While you’ve managed to stay on top of each communication channel, there’s just one problem with your new small business communication paradigm: You have failed to create a direct connection between a toll free number and social media.

Online Marketing Means Getting Your Toll Free Number on Social Media

Social media by itself is no longer an effective option by itself for small business owners. You must have a cogent social media strategy to attract new customers. In fact, social media represents the primary way consumers under the age of forty learn about small businesses. Your small business website acts a conduit that sends the under forty age demographic to your social media pages. So, if you have prominently displayed your toll free number on your website's home page, why isn't your vanity number on any of your social media pages?

Up Against “The Wall”

Online marketing via social media took its first steps long ago, when Facebook introduced “The Wall” feature. Small business communication has taken off since the Wall's inception, as small business owners leverage the small business communication platform for promoting new products and services, as well as running contests that attract new customers. Your small business Facebook Wall is the best social media place to advertise your new toll free number and make sure it is prominently listed in your “about us” or “contact” section of your Facebook page. Just makes sure to explain the purpose of the number, whether it is for handling customer inquiries or store contests.

Instant Brand Recognition from Tweeting

Twitter provides your small business communication plan with a way to connect with your customers instantly. You can send out tweets praising the employee of the month or announcing the weekly product special. Savvy small business owners use the online marketing tool to interact with potential customers who want to learn more about their products and services. You connect a toll free number and social media “tweeting” an update and include a call-to-action with your toll free number.

Linking Your Small Business Counterparts

A social media strategy without LinkedIn is like a resume without career achievements. Online marketing for small businesses should always include a profile on the professional networking social media site LinkedIn. You connect with potential suppliers, affiliates who want to promote your products and services online, and even network with other small business owners. Dedicate a toll free number for business-to-business small business communication and watch your sales explode.

Strategically integrating a toll free number into your online marketing program can help drive results. Learn more about our small business communication tools and contact us online or at 1-800-CUSTOMIZE.

 

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Toll Free Benefits |
December 5th, 2014

Small Business, Small Business Planning 2015, Toll Free Benefits, Toll Free Numbers, Vanity Toll Free Numbers, Content Marketing, Business GrowthNow that 2014 is drawing to a close, it’s time to look back and reflect on the 2014 goals we reviewed at the beginning of the year. We all saw Google’s algorithms change several months ago, and while that shifted SEO and content marketing strategies a bit, the 2014 small business trends remained true throughout the year.

Data Explosion. We’ve seen a huge push for data this year. Small business performance has shifted to focus on metrics, data, and how to properly analyze data to ensure business growth opportunities. Many small businesses have embraced and executed the act of running reports, and basing goals, objectives, and measuring performance from them.

Did your small business form goals based on performance metrics? Did your small business meet them?

Content Marketing. At the beginning of the year, we mentioned that content management and marketing was about quality over quantity. Content should be fresh, unique, be informative, and make a point; avoid the fluff. The change in Google’s algorithms late in the year caused a shift in many small business content marketing strategies. Many small businesses halted their progress to see how the change in algorithms would alter SEO.

Now that 2014 is drawing to a close, look at your own blog and site metrics…did you meet your content goals? Did traffic to your site increase? What worked and what didn’t?

Toll Free Vanity Number. We’ve talked a lot about how a toll free vanity number is proven to be a huge asset for small businesses…regardless of size and industry. Tying in a toll free vanity number to any business brand and content marketing strategy is still incredibly beneficial.

Did your business acquire a toll free vanity number this year? If so, how did it work for you?

Many small businesses are busy this time of year analyzing and reviewing their performance and progress over 2014, reaching for those last few digits during the holiday season push, and even gearing up and planning for 2015. If your small business hasn’t done any planning for 2015, now is the time. Even if your small business did not meet all of your 2014 goals, there’s still time to reach them…and there’s no reason why they can’t roll into 2015, with even more force and dominance.

 

 

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Toll Free Benefits |
December 3rd, 2014

Toll Free Numbers, Vanity Toll Free, Reverse Look Up, Toll Free Look Up, Toll Free BenefitsToll free numbers offer several benefits that give your small business a leg up on the competition. Toll free vanity numbers provide you with instant credibility and enhanced brand recognition. You also receive one of the highest returns on your marketing dollars. Did you know that toll free numbers include a benefit called reverse look up? You have six ways to use a toll free lookup that enhance the effectiveness of your small business toll free numbers.

No More Guessing About Who Called…

Running a small business is like trying to balance numerous spinning plates on the top of a steel rod. Just when you prevent one plate from falling, another begins to teeter on the edge of disaster. The hustle and bustle of running a small business means you miss myriad phone calls throughout the day. You eliminate guessing who called your small business by using the reverse look up tool.

Secure the Right Toll Free Number

The reverse look up tool can help you discover if a toll free number that you want is available. If the toll free number is not available, then the toll free look up tool provides you with the entities that own the toll free numbers that you want. By learning the status of the toll free numbers that pique your interest, you can quickly find the best toll free number that creates a buzz among your customers.

Keep an Eye on the Competition

Savvy small business owners acquire toll free numbers for more than taking orders and handling customer queries. They use the look up tool to stay abreast of the competition. Toll free look up tools not only provide you with toll free status information, the tools also give you an idea on how the competition is using the numbers for running their small businesses.

Look Up Some Great Ideas

Let's say you spent considerable time wringing your hands about acquiring the best toll free numbers for your small business. Well, the hand wringing does not mean you found the best toll free numbers. The reverse look up tool can provide you with toll free number ideas that do a much better job of building brand recognition and customer trust.

Patience is a Virtue…

The reverse look up tool allows you to select a toll free number because you like one that is available imminently. Sometimes, it is best to wait for the perfect toll free number to become available, instead of settling on just any toll free number that doesn’t really tie in well with your brand. The reverse look up tool provides you with the date the number becomes available, as well as whom currently manages the number.

Work with Toll Free Experts

The best way to maximize the effectiveness of a reverse look up is by working with toll free number experts. Customtollfree.com offers several enhanced services that include the powerful reverse look up tool. Instead of going it alone, contact us online or call our catchy toll free number at 1-800-CUSTOMIZE to learn more how the toll free look up tool can help your small business.

 

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December 1st, 2014

Small Business, Cyber Monday, Online Marketing, Toll Free NumbersNow that you have survived Black Friday, you can take a bow, count the cash in the drawer, and unwind from the stress of the celebrated unofficial start to the holiday shopping season. Well, that used to be the case until 2005, when another shopping day emerged that celebrates the convenience and money saving benefits of shopping online. Cyber Monday gives consumers the chance to look online for similar deals on gifts they weren’t able to get their hands on in stores on Black Friday.

Known as Cyber Monday, the online version of Black Friday comes without all of the pushing and shoving that sometimes mars the busiest shopping day of the year. Instead, Cyber Monday shoppers take advantage of perusing small business website pages in search for discounts and specials on popular products.

Getting Your Small Business Website Up to Speed

Small business websites provide online visitors with the information they need to make purchasing decisions. From insightful blog posts to detailed product descriptions, your small business website can make the difference between converting visitors into loyal customers and chasing visitors away to competitor websites.

Although you need to content market your small business on Cyber market, you also need to make sure your small business website can handle the onslaught of visitors in search of product and service deals.

Social Media Plays an Integral Role on Cyber Monday

The promoters of Cyber Monday initially wanted to highlight the importance of small business websites. Nearly ten years removed from the inception of Cyber Monday, small business owners now must also incorporate compelling social media marketing strategies into the biggest online sales day of the year.

Your small business Facebook page should be ready to promote some of the most popular products that you offer, as well as the specials that you plan to run for customers that shop online. Savvy small business owners should send out tweets alerting both loyal and potential customers to specials that run for short periods throughout the day today. Make sure to use analytic tools to learn how you need to adapt your social media strategy to match customer shopping behavior.

Why Toll Free Numbers Matter on Cyber Monday

You might think that toll free numbers don't play a significant role on Cyber Monday, since the day stresses online, instead of in person shopping. However, many of your customers want to speak with someone live to help them answer questions and solve problems. They also want to call your small business to verify that you still have the most popular products in stock. The best way to communicate with customers that want to speak with you is to acquire a few toll free numbers to handle the phone call deluge. Moreover, catchy toll free numbers help your small business build brand recognition by establishing credibility.

Cyber Monday does not take the same physical and mental toll on business owners as the physical and mental stress caused by working on Black Friday. Yet, Cyber Monday does require your small business to operate a highly functional website and implement proven social media marketing strategies.

 

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Toll Free Benefits |
November 28th, 2014

Small Business Saturday, Toll Free Numbers, Vanity Toll Free, Toll Free BenefitsSince 2010, the day that promotes small businesses falls on the Saturday that immediately follows Thanksgiving. This day was established in order to help jumpstart the economy and help small business owners get back in the black on the Friday after Thanksgiving and continue with the momentum on the very next day: Small Business Saturday. You can celebrate small business Saturday in a number of ways, including acquiring toll free numbers that help customers identify your small business.

Become a Hero on Small Business Saturday

It’s no secret small business owners seemingly have to act like heroes in order to successfully run a business. In fact, one of the primary messages presented by American Express on Small Business Saturday revolves around the hero status assumed by most small business owners. Capitalize on Small Business Saturday by donating some of the sales generated that day to one of your favorite causes. Sponsor a local youth sports team to show how much you care about your community. Long hours and myriad sacrifices make you the small business hero of your neighborhood.

Saturate Social Media

Make Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or whichever social media platform that works for your small business an integral part of your Small Business Saturday marketing strategy. Send out tweets and other concise messages and posts about what customers can expect from your small business. Leverage your small business Facebook wall with reminders about Small Business Saturday and create a page that highlights the promotions that you plan to run. Saturate social media to capitalize on Small Business Saturday.

Acquire Toll Free Numbers

With each passing year, a growing number of consumers become aware of Small Business Saturday. Take advantage of the exposure by dedicating toll free numbers that help commemorate the special day. The numbers can associate with special promotions that offer your loyal customers steep discounts. You can acquire toll free numbers that promote a contest that rewards customers. The options are endless when it comes to acquiring toll free numbers to capitalize on Small Business Saturday

Toll free numbers provide several benefits for your small business that include enhanced customer recognition. Memorable toll free numbers roll off the tongues of your regular customers, as well as create credibility for your small business brand. Make acquiring toll free numbers a vital marketing strategy on Small Business Saturday.

 

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November 25th, 2014

Small Business, Vanity Numbers, Toll Free Numbers, Toll Free Benefits, Black FridaySmall business owners wait for Black Friday with numbers ringing in their heads. From running store specials to introducing new products on their websites to churning email marketing messages, small business owners ride the gravy train on Black Friday.

However, many small business owners have a difficult time making the transition from a turkey coma to starting the day early on Black Friday. To reap the financial rewards of the busiest shopping day of the year, you need to learn how to make your small business shine on Black Friday.

Toll Free Numbers Boost Your Brand

Outstanding customer service and superior products go a long way in boosting your small business brand. Yet, the best way to boost your brand among customers is by acquiring toll free numbers. Catchy vanity numbers stick in the minds of both your potential and lifelong customers. In fact, memorable toll free numbers spread like wildfire from regular customers to their friends and family members.

Toll free numbers enhance your small business credibility, which is the most important step for you to take in building trust with potential customers. Just acquiring toll free numbers is not enough to boost your small business brand. You also need to know how to use the numbers.

Shine on You Crazy Toll Free Number

It’s the time of year for small businesses to shine. What better way to get your small business to stand out from the crowd of businesses eager to grab the attention of shoppers and customers than a toll free number? While this time of year means mailboxes stuffed with ads and email inboxes full of ads and coupons, one way you can get your business to stand out is by using and acquiring a toll free number.

It’s Not too Late to Use Toll Free Numbers for Black Friday

You may already have toll free numbers for your small business, but the number of lines is not enough to handle the onslaught of phone calls on Black Friday. One of the benefits of toll free numbers is that you can acquire a few numbers for short periods, such as the spike in business on Black Friday, Cyber Monday or the day after Christmas. Acquire toll free numbers for running special promotions or marketing specific products or services. Your small business motto should be, "You can never have enough toll free numbers."

Customtollfree.com can help you to make your small business shine on Black Friday. We offer unique enhanced services that position your brand as a leader in your small business niche. We also can help you monitor the success of your toll free numbers by using tools such as dynamic phone tracking. To find out more, contact us online or call our brand building toll free number at 1-800-CUSTOMIZE.

 

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