If you’re on this blog post, you probably recently downloaded Sideline to get a 2nd number on your phone. Welcome, we’re glad you’re here! With Sideline, you get more than just a 2nd number, you get a communication tool that can help you save time, better serve customers, and grow your business. Here are a few easy things you can do to get the most out of your new Sideline number.
1. Share your 2nd number
No more stressing over giving your personal phone number to business contacts. Now that you have a 2nd phone number just for business-related calls, share it. Let customers, clients, or contacts know how to reach you. To make sharing your new number easy, Sideline can auto-populate a text with your number from the top of your Settings that can be easily sent to anyone.
2. Record your voicemail greeting
You don’t get a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression. So start off strong with a good voicemail greeting. A professional voicemail greeting lets your customers know they’ve come to the right place and reinforces your business credibility. With Sideline, you can record up to 3 different voicemail greetings, to let customers know your location, business hours, or any other important information they may need to know.
3. Set ring & text tones
Sideline’s custom caller ID lets you see when your 2nd number is ringing. Ring and text tones let you hear it. This helps you know whether your personal number or Sideline number is ringing before you even pick up the phone. Set custom ringtones to easily differentiate between your two numbers. When you hear the Sideline tone, you’ll know it’s a business call and can answer accordingly. When you hear your phone’s regular tone, you know it’s a personal call that probably won’t affect your bottom line.
4. Start a conversation
Make a call, send a text, and use your 2nd number to your heart’s content. Since Sideline uses your phone’s carrier network, you will have reliable service anywhere your phone gets reception. No dropped calls or delayed texts from your customers.
5. Set up Auto-Reply
If you are like most professionals and small business owners, you probably aren’t glued to your phone every moment of every day. But every unanswered call, delayed response, or missed connection can cost you. Especially if potential customers are calling multiple businesses just choose whoever is easiest to get in touch with. When you set up Auto-Reply, you’ll respond to any missed calls or texts when you’re too busy to answer. Customers will get an immediate response and help you close 3x more deals than you would have without Auto-Reply.
6. Set up Team Number
Do you have multiple people on your team who field customer communications? If so, you’ll want to set up Team Number. It’s a shared phone number and inbox that team members can access on their own cellphones. Inbound calls or texts ring for everyone and outbound calls or texts come from the same number.
If you want to learn more about Sideline’s features and how they can be used to make your life easier and grow your business, you might like some of the blog posts listed below.
- 5 reasons every professional needs a 2nd number
- SMS for your customers: 10 tips to make business texting work for you
- How to make your business responsive with Auto-Reply
- One number, multiple phones: How Sideline is changing the way teams work together