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Phone Conference Call Services for Every Need and Budget

Author: Lee Simonson

If you are looking for a high quality phone conference call service that will help you save money and improve communications at the same time, we have several plans available:

Flat / Fixed Rate Conferencing offers you unlimited 24 hour access.  You can talk as along as you want, anytime you want, and you only pay one flat fee per month.  No long term contract and no set up fee.

Pay As You Go Conference Calling is just that -- you only pay for what you use, no more and no less.  We offer both toll free and non-toll free service and are proud to offer some of the lowest rates in the industry.  Reliable and available on demand -- no reservations necessary.

Toll Free Supersaver is perfect for larger users who have a good idea of how many conference minutes they use every month.  You get a discounted rate and the plan is structured like a typical cell phone where you buy a certain number of minutes every month.  Again, no long term contract and you can adjust it every month as your plans change.

Operator Managed Conference Calls provide the highest level of professionalism.  We can call out to your conference participants and place them into the conference for you.  We can also offer you professional Q&A services and other moderator functions to enable you to focus on your message.

Local Meet Me Conference Call Service is brand new!  This new service offers local number access in over 84 United States cities -- perfect for churches, local organizations and other firms that need a conference bridge for local callers.  Give us a call at 877-254-2424 and we'll tell you all about it.  The per-minute rates are also exceptionally low!

 

 

Keurig Leaking and Splashing While Using Reusable Coffee Filter?

Author: Lee Simonson

 

Here in our office we enjoy using the Keurig machine to make fresh coffee.  And we use the reusable coffee filter so we can put in our own blend of coffee.  However, the process was getting messy because the coffee was going anywhere but the cup -- it was splashing and leaking off to the side.  Getting our coffee fix was turning into a mini-nightmare.
 
How to fix the leaking Keurig:  The fix was simple and can accomplished in less than a few seconds.  When you lift the handle on the Keurig to put your coffee filter in, you'll notice a needle on the top (it's sharp, so be careful) that shoots the water from the canister to your coffee filter.  Surrounding that needle is a small rubber o-ring that you can move up and down.  To stop the leaking, just move the rubber ring DOWN as far you can, and then close the Keurig like you normally would.  When the ring is placed lower on the needle, it creates a much better seal against the coffee filter to prevent leaks and splashes.
 
That's it!  Yes, you have to do it every time you make coffee, but once you know what you're doing, it only takes a second of your time to make the rubber ring adjustment and you won't have to spend any time cleaning up the mess or standing there holding you coffee cup against the spout while you're making coffee.
 
We hope this little office tip helps.  Meanwhile, if you ever need a conference call service, keep us in mind.  In fact, you can give us a call at 877-254-2424, with your coffee in hand, to let us know how we can help.

Conference Calling Without Entering Passcodes or PIN Codes

Author: Lee Simonson

 

It's not always necessary to enter a passcode to get into a conference call.  In fact, our Direct Dial service allows you and your participants immediate access to the conference bridge without the need to enter passcodes.  Nothing can be more convenient and your conference guests don't have to remember the codes.  They just dial the number and you're in!
 
Direct Dial conferencing is billed at our everyday-low rates, plus a $30 per month fee to provide you with your own unique dial-in number.  So for example, you can get unlimited usage with our Direct Dial flat rate service for 10 lines for $19 per month.  If you want to include Drect Dial with that, the cost would be an additional $30 per month.  In summary, for $49 per month you can get a conference bridge service that will give you unlimited usage for 10 people with no passwords or passcodes required.
 
Want a toll free number for everyone?  No problem!  Our pay-as-you-go toll free rate is just 7.9 cents per minute, per person, and you can enjoy the same Direct Dial, no passcode required, service anytime 24/7.
 
Give us a call and let us help you design a program that best suits your conferencing needs.  Chances are, we can not only improve the quality of your service, but save you time and money as well.

Conference Service: Telephone Conference Call Service Rates and Plans

Author: Lee Simonson

 

Using a professional telephone conference call service is not only more convenient, but it is far less costly than attempting to install special conferencing hardware and software.
 
Conference service over the telephone, also known as audio teleconferencing, can be easily obtained with a variety of rates and plans, serving a wide range of business and non-profit needs and budgets.
 
When you outsource your conference service, you avoid any set-up, maintenace and overhead costs and, in addition, you are able to begin conferencing immedately.  95% of all conferencing is outsourced in the United States because the service is convenient and inexpensive.
 
There are several conference service plans to choose from.  Here is a quick review and rundown of the most popular conference services.  For more details you can click on the links below, or you can find the various services on the left hand sidebar or top of the page navigation links.
 
Pay Per Use Conference Service:  This is also known as "pay as you go" conferencing, and provides you 24/7 access.  There is no need to make reservations.  Once you get your call-in number and passcodes, you can use it anytime.  Your credit card is charged only after you use the service.  There is no monthly minimum, so if you don't use it, there is no charge.  A perfect conference solution for occasional users.
 
Per Minute Conference Service:  90% of the conferencing in the United States is done on a per-minute basis.  Minutes are calculated by the number of callers times the number of minutes (i.e. 10 callers on the conference for 10 minutes = 100 minutes.)  You are charged after the call and are only billed for the time you use, no more or less.  You have your choice of a toll free dial number, or a regular long distance number (slightly cheaper.)  
 
Supersaver 800 Conference Service: (pre-paid bundled):  This discounted service, with a toll free dial in number, provides discounted rates and is modeled after your cell phone plan.  You pre-pay for a certain number of minutes each month.  This is a very popular service for businesses and organizations that have predictable usage and know how many conference minutes they generally use every month.  There is no long term contract, and this service goes month to month.  So, if you wanted to purchase a large number of discounted minutes one month, and not the next, that can be easily arranged.
 
Operator Conference Call Service:  Full service conference, including professional operators who call out to each of your parties and place them in the conference.  You can also have an operator on the conference itself to manage Question & Answer sessions or coordinate the muting and lecture modes.  This is the preferred choice for legal and deposition conference calls, or investor relation calls or high-profile or important calls where you are looking to provide top level service.  An ideal solution for landing that big contract.
 
Flat/FIxed Rate Conference Service (pre-paid unlimited use):  Fixed Rate conferencing is ideal for heavy users because you get unlimited usage.  You can conference anytime you want, for as long as you want.  Everyone dials a long distance access number (we have a New York City 212 access number and others in the Mid-West) to get into the conference call.
 
Video Conference Service:  As technology advances, costs for video conferencing have come down substantially.  In fact, the expensive conference rooms with large video screens and television cameras are a thing of the past.  The operative words are "desktop conferencing" where you and your participants use small webcams (cost about $25-50) and can view each other in high quality transmissions.  There are some free services like Yahoo and Skype that offer video conferencing for one-on-one exchanges.  However, for larger calls you'll need an outsourced video conference service.  This also gives you features that will share powerpoint presentations, slide shows, documents, and participants can also see your desktop, so they can follow again and see whatever is on your computer screen.
 

Surveys by Phone: Polling with Automated IVR Gets Faster Results at Less Cost

Author: Lee Simonson

 

Telephone surveys using IVR technology can automate polling campaigns and are becoming the gold standard for gathering data very quickly and inexpensively for companies and political groups interesting in learning the latest trends and developments.
 
Our sister company, Monarch Broadcast Messaging, offers an automated phone survey service, which enables you to get polling results without the need or expense of getting special equipment, software or phone lines for your project.  Monarch Broadcast provides a turn-key service and the infrastruture is already set up and ready to go on demand.  
 
As a Monarch client, you only need to provide the list of phone numbers you want polled, and then a list of questions with multiple choice answers.  As an example, your questions could be formatted as such:  "When it comes to choosing a retirement home, what are you looking for?  For sunny and nice press #1.  For cold and miserable, press #2.  For "I'm never going to retire" press #3.
 
Not only are automated phone surveys easily assembled and executed, but they are a fraction of the cost of using live agents to conduct personal interviews.  Telephone surveys with IVR can also generate more results in much less time.  Actually, there is no comparison on a cost basis since automated "push" or "reach out" technology is dramatically more efficient than utilizing humans to do the same thing.
 
Better yet, companies, non-profits and political organizations, don't have to purchase any expensive software or equipment, or set up expensive phone banks to implement an effective phone survey program.  Phone surveying can be done in the cloud and can be purchased as a service on an as-needed basis.  Set-up costs are very small and campaigns can be implemented within hours with results immediately available in real-time.
 
The most popular application for phone surveying is for compiling instant polling data for political organizations and candidates.  Campaign surveying can provide valuable data that can used immediately to formulate long or short term strategies.  For example, you can determine quickly what the hot button issues are in a campaign, and what the strengths and weaknesses are in the opponent and in your own campaign.  It's important that your campaign can turn on a dime when circumstances and issues change.  Automated phone surveying is the fastest, easiest and least expensive way to accurately judge your campaign's progress.
 
Monarch's professional staff can help you design and implement an effective survey and polling program that will enable you to act on the latest "pulse" from your customers or constituents.  
 
You can call Monarch Broadcast Messaging at 1-888-387-8636 to discuss all your automated surveying options.   
 

Phone Conference Services: Getting the Highest Quality at the Lowest Rates

Author: Lee Simonson

 

High quality phone conferencing services are readily available and easy to obtain.  In fact, you can get a conference accout set up in minutes at no cost.  You can review each of the various conferencing plans and options at the top or side of this webpage.
 
Here are some of things you should know or consider while you are narrowing down your phone conference bridge options:
 
1)  In 90% of the situations, it's MUCH less expensive to outsource your conferencing services versus owning and maintaining your own in-house conference bridge and hardware.
 
2)  There are variety of flavors -- you have a number of plan options that can best meet your budget and needs.  It doesn't hurt to discuss the pros and cons of each with a professional.  That's why we're here.
 
3)  Free conference services exist, but in the end, you get what you pay for.  Long distance carriers have been known to block calls entering free conference bridges.
 
4)  Audio phone conferencing is here to stay.  Why?  Because as cool as video conferencing is, the majority of people are self-consious about what they look like on camera.  Some people even hate looking at themselves.  Verbal conversation will never be replaced when it comes to business and organizational interaction and that's why the phone will be around for a long time.  More people text now than talk on the phone, however, it's not a convenient way to conduct business dialogs.
 
5)  For video and web conferencing, the old video conference room is out and the smaller less expensive webcams are in.  Now you can do everything from your desktop, or even smartphone.
 
6)  It's true.  Phone conferencing slashs travel and meetings expenses dramatically.
 
The reason phone conference call services are booming is because it is the least expensive way to conduct business from a variety of locations.  Face to face meetings are always good, but unfortuntaely, they eat up time which businesspeople and non-profit professionals can't afford.  If you can get 5 people on an audio conference call by just picking up the phone, you can accomplish more in 10 minutes than you can killing a morning or afternoon trying to get everyone in the same room at the same time.  And with the advent of smartphones and cell technology and coverage, people can now conference and conduct business from anywhere.  You'll see hand-held video conferencing technology becoming more widely used in the future.
 
Your best bet:  Look at the different conference services that are offered, get some good advice, and move forward with your plans.  There are no long term commitments so you can always switch to another plan easily and quickly.  Getting a high quality and reliable conferencing service could be the best move you've ever made.

Cost of Conference Calls: How Rates and Plans Differ

Author: Lee Simonson

The cost of conference call services can vary dramatically depending on the kind of service you use.  There are a number of different services available ranging from the top-of-the-line operator managed calls to flat and fixed rate conferencing.  That's why it is important to determine what plan works best for you.  If you look at the top of this webpage, you'll see several different conference services and each of those pages will display the rates for that service.

However, the information just below can give you a starting point when it comes to choosing a phone conference call service:

IF you do a lot of conferencing and it is not important for you to have a toll-free dial in number then your best conferencing bet is to use Flat and Fixed Rate Conferencing.  This will give you unlimited conference calls for one low flat monthly rate -- as low as $15 a month.  You can talk as much as you want, anytime you want.

IF having a toll-free access number to your conference is important because you will be using it for prospects or customers or external associates, then you are best advised to use the Toll Free Pay As You Go Service.  The cost of this is 7.9 cents per min./per person and you are only billed for what you use, when you use it.  It provides the convenience of a toll free number 

IF you are an occasional user and a toll-free access number is not important to you, then you should get the Non-Toll Free Pay As You Go conference option.  Everyone on your call will dial a non-toll free number (just a regular long distance number) to get into the conference.  This is very popular since most everyone has free long distance on their cell phone, or residential phone.  (And most work places have free long distance bundled with their local service as well.)  So, there is no reason to pay more for a toll free numbers if a regular non-toll free number can work as well.

IF are in a large city and most of your conferencing is done with people in the same city, or another large city, you should consider a conference call plan that enables you to dial a local number.  For example, your people in New York City could dial a New York City conference number, and your people in Los Angeles could dial an LA number, and everyone would end up in the same conference.  This is a very convenient and cost effective way to connect with people -- much less expensive than using a toll free numbers. It's called Local Access Conference Calling.

IF you have a conference call coming up that is critically important and/or you are using it for a legal deposition or law firm, you may want to get an Operator Managed service that provides the highest of quality and convenience.  You and your colleagues don't have to call in -- in fact, we call you.  Our trained professionals will call each person on your list and place them into the conference call at the appointed time.  Our operators can also introduce each person as they are placed in the conference. Again, this is for high-level and high profile conference calls where you need the best service available in the conference world.

That is a quick review and summary of conference services and why the conference rates and prices may vary widely.  The key is to find the best service that meets your particular needs.  We are always available online or on the phone to help you with your options to insure that you are getting the right service at the right price.  Give us a call at 877-254-2424 and let's get you set up for your first conference call today.

Best Conference Call Service: Phone Conference Checklist

Author: Lee Simonson

If you are looking for the best conference call service, your best bet is to use a checklist of the requirements and criteria you want to use to narrow down your search.

 
Of course, we proudly think we're the best conference service out there, and if you are reading this, then Google, Bing and Yahoo might think we're worthy of your consideration as well, since that's probably how you found us.
 
Here is a quick checklist of the Top 9 questions you might want to ask when looking for a phone conference call service:
 
1)  Does a live person answer the phone when you call them?
2)  Does it offer live on-demand customer service?
3)  Does it offer customer testimonials on its website?
4)  Does the conference service provide for both toll free and non-toll free options?
5)  Does it provide for pay-as-you-go plans, as well as fixed and flat rate services?
6)  Does it provide for live operator managed conferences for important meetings?
7)  Does it offer free recording capabilities?
8)  Does it offer high security with 7-digit passcodes?
9)  Does it offer you a video conference service?
 
There are other questions you need ask, but those are the Top 9.  There are free conference services, and if the calls aren't important to you, that would be your best option since you can't beat the price.  However, if you are in business or a non-profit organization, you'll want a more reliable service that allows all the callers to get through without being blocked.  (Some of the carriers block calls into the free services.)
 
We answer YES to all of the above questions, and we're ready to serve you and set you up with the best and most affordable plan that meets your particular needs.  Give us a call today at 877-254-2424 or browse the website to see our offerings.  We think you'll be very pleased. 
 

Conference Call Service Providers Reviews

Author: Lee Simonson

The best phone conferencing companies and services are easy to find, though there is no third-party or impartial judge who is going to give you a list of the best phone conferencing services.  And, if you allow us brag a little, we are proud to say that we stand with the best because of high quality technology, responsive customer service and very competitive rates.

 
The best conferencing services should all meet this criteria:
 
1)  They are established and have been in business many years.  (We've had the same phone number for 35 years.)
 
2)  They have a solid client base and their customers refer other customers.  (See our testimonials on our homepage.)
 
3)  They have live people who answer the phone and respond to you quickly.  (No automated phone trees here.  Live humans actually pick up the phone and say hello.  And we're Americans!)
 
4)  They have the latest technology and have the capacity to handle the traffic in a reliable and dependable way.  They also offer a number of different services to meet budgets and needs.   (Our technology is the best in the business and we offer everything from flat rate conferencing, pay as you go per minute conferencing, local access and operator assisted conferencing, and more.)
 
5)  They have competitive and fair rates.  (We have some of the best conferencing rates in the business.  In fact, we constantly hear from companies who tell us we've been able to cut their traditional conferencing expenses in half.)
 
Yes, choosing a "best conferencing company" may be totally subjective, and each conference service will tell you they're the best.  But if you hold your standards high, you'll be able to sort through the cloud of promotional noise and get hooked up with a conference company that can serve your particular needs very well.  Check out our conferencing services at the top of the page, or give us a call at 877-254-2424 and we'll be happy to prove ourselves.
 
We look forward to hearing from you!

The Best Phone Conferencing Companies and Services

Author: Lee Simonson

The best phone conferencing companies and services are easy to find, though there is no third-party or impartial judge who is going to give you a list of the best phone conferencing services.  And, if you allow us brag a little, we are proud to say that we stand with the best because of high quality technology, responsive customer service and very competitive rates.

The best conferencing services should all meet this criteria:

1)  They are established and have been in business many years.  (We've had the same phone number for 35 years.)

2)  They have a solid client base and their customers refer other customers.  (See our testimonials on our homepage.)

3)  They have live people who answer the phone and response to you quickly.  (No automated phone trees here.  Live humans actually pick up the phone and say hello.  And we're Americans!)

4)  They have the latest technology and have the capacity to handle the traffic in a reliable and dependable way.  They also offer a number of different services to meet budgets and needs.   (Our technology is the best in the business and we offer everything from flat rate conferencing, pay as you go per minute conferencing, local access, toll free and operator assisted conferencing, and more.  See the links on the top of the page.)

5)  They have competitive and fair rates.  (We have some of the conferencing best rates in the business.  In fact, we constantly hear from companies who tell us we've been able to cut their traditional conferencing expenses in half.)

 

Yes, choosing a "best conferencing company" may be totally subjective, and each conference service will tell you they're the best.  But if you hold your standards high, you'll be able to sort through the cloud of promotional noise and get hooked up with a conference company that can serve your particular needs very well.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!