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December 31st, 2014

While December 31st is known nationwide as New Year’s Eve, for small business owners and entrepreneurs it is also known as “No Interruptions Day”. While many would see it as unfortunate to be working in between Christmas and New Years, small business owners see it as the last opportunity to get work done before the year closes…without interruptions.

So, if you are like most entrepreneurs and find yourself working today, here are some things you can do to take advantage of the last working day of the year.

Close Out Year End Expenses. Still need to record that pile of receipts? What better day to tackle that pile than today? For those entrepreneurs or small business owners who don’t yet have a bookkeeper or accountant, you find yourself spending a great deal of time recording and keeping watch of all business income and expenses. Make this a high priority, as today is the last day you will have a chance to accomplish this tedious yet highly important task.

Clean Out Your Email Inbox. Another task that continuously haunts small business owners and entrepreneurs is their email inboxes. While the day is relatively quiet, today is a good day to clean out that email inbox full of junk, old messages, or even to organize. Start the new year off fresh with a clean and organized email inbox.

Business Planning 2015. Because you’ve been swamped with the usual day-to-day business tasks and responsibilities, maybe you haven’t devoted much time to business planning for 2015. Regardless of whether or not you’ve been fortunate enough to spend a lot or a little time on business planning for the new year, today is a good day to lock yourself in your office, turn off your email and phone, and really spend some time focusing on your 2015 business plan or implementing action items for each goal.

Build Traffic and Trust with a Toll Free Number. If you are unsure of where to go in 2015, why not start the new year off with a toll free number? Today is the last day to acquire a new vanity number…absolutely FREE until February 2015. Even if you are still unsure of your business direction in 2015, a toll free number is a tried and true way to build traffic and trust, boost your brand and business reputation, and generate more customers and sales.



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Toll Free Benefits |
December 30th, 2014

Toll Free Benefits, Toll Free Numbers, Vanity Numbers, Toll Free TrialTime is money. Most small business owners understand this. And nothing makes small business owners more nervous than when the checkbook devours the entire operation. Many small business owners begin to approach panic mode because they feel broke all of the time. Money that comes in goes out just as fast.

Turn all of that around for 2015 by taking advantage of the toll free number trial. There’s still time…

Why Toll Free Numbers Never Make You Feel Broke

One of the benefits of acquiring toll free numbers is that you can use them for different business purposes. You can create vanity numbers for handling one-time special promotions. Toll free numbers can help build the level of trust and traffic you need to attract new customers. You can even devote toll free numbers for specific sales transactions, offers, and promotions.

What Toll Free Numbers Do for Your Small Business

What is the one thing your small business needs before potential customers trust you enough to make purchases? Credibility. Catchy vanity numbers give your small business a reputation for being a serious player in your niche. The numbers simply roll off the tongues of customers who effusively promote your small business to friends and family members. Above all, toll free numbers take little of your marketing budget, but the numbers provide one of the greatest returns on your marketing dollars.

Grow Your Small Business

One way to get out of the red and back in the black is by acquiring memorable vanity numbers. And the only way to do that is to grow your small business. Start growing your business for free today by taking advantage of our no obligation toll free number free trial. Get your hands on a toll free number before December 31st and pay nothing until February 2015. By then you should understand how our enhanced services can boost your sales and help you attract customers for life.



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December 26th, 2014

Toll Free Numbers, Toll Free Benefits, Vanity Toll Free, Vanity Numbers, Toll Free TrialDid you know that 52% of Americans make 50 or more toll free calls per year? How many calls did your business receive this year? With a toll free number, your business can expect to see an immediate increase in call volume, happy customers, and sales.

Here is how a toll free number can build traffic and trust for your small business.

TRAFFIC. One tried and true way to build brand recognition for your small business is by tying in a memorable and creative toll free number. Think of a word or phrase that would best describe your business, products and/or services. Then, use that word or phrase and incorporate it into a vanity number.

Now, when potential and even existing customers think of your business, they will immediately be able to recall your number, making it even easier for them to refer your business to others. Word-of-mouth is the most common and effective form of advertising that instantly builds traffic…and it’s free.

TRUST. In addition to building traffic, a toll free number also builds trust. Businesses that present toll free numbers tell their existing and potential customers and audience that they are serious about their business. Toll free numbers are a great way for businesses to establish trust and a great reputation with customers. It is proven that most customers are more apt to work with or call upon the services of a business with a toll free number.

TOLL FREE TRIAL. Toll free numbers are an easy and cost effective approach to instantly boosting your small business brand, establishing a strong and lasting reputation and relationship with customers, and even see an immediate return on investment.

Still not convinced? Why not test out a toll free number for free? See the powers and benefits of a toll free number and how you can make them work for your business. Sign up for a toll free number absolutely free today with no obligation until February 2015.

But don’t wait…Our final 2014 offer lasts until December 31st, so take advantage of the free trial by reserving your toll free number. Start building more traffic and trust with a toll free trial today.



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December 23rd, 2014

Toll Free Numbers, New Years, 2015 Business Planning, Toll Free, Holiday Promo 2014With just days left in 2014, many small business owners reflect on the past year and more important, devise the game plan for 2015. One of the strategies of your 2015 small business game plan should be reserving a toll free number. And today you can…absolutely free!

The Financial Challenges of Running a Small Business

How would you like to grow your small business revenue, without having to bust the bank? After all, every business owner should achieve that goal. Running a small business requires you to adjust your bill payment cycles to avoid having debt pound you all at once. Savvy small business owners spread out debt obligations to ensure a positive cash flow throughout the month. What if we told you that your small business can increase its cash flow by reserving toll free vanity numbers?

Let Us Show You the Money

Reserving a toll free number increases your revenue, without you having to dig deep into your small business pockets. With a toll free number, you can increase your small business brand recognition and build the level of trust that prompts curious shoppers to turn into lifelong patrons of your business. Other benefits that help you increase revenue include easy to remember way to contact you, and easy to share word-of-mouth advertising. Enjoy the benefits of toll free numbers for your business.

Toll Free Number Free Trial

Ring out the old year and welcome the New Year by taking advantage of a free trial that lasts until February of 2015. After using catchy toll free numbers to handle customer complaints or provide product information to potential customers, you should quickly understand how the proven assets enhance your small business communication. Our final 2014 offer lasts until December 31, so take advantage of the free trial by reserving your toll free number today.



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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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News and Announcements, Vanity and Branding |
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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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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