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How to get a memorable business phone number?

Your business phone number should make your business more accessible, NOT more forgettable. We want to give you an easy to follow guide to make sure your business communication is on point.
Olivia Maier

Olivia Maier

10 min read

What we have for you today:

We wanted to give you the rundown on what you can expect to learn from us today. We have a lot of great information in store for you, so we are excited to teach you everything that you need to know about business phone numbers.

We’re going to start today by going over the different types of business phone numbers, and you may be surprised to learn that you may not know a few of the major types! We will start by going over traditional phone numbers and virtual phone numbers, and how your business can benefit from each. From there, we will be discussing phone numbers that can make your business more accessible, such as toll free numbers, international phone numbers, local area codes, and more.

We then will explain how Yodel.io can help you get a memorable virtual phone number, by providing your business with a wide range of options to decide between!

If that sounds good to you, then we can’t wait to get into it! Let’s get started!

Types of phone numbers

In order to have the most memorable phone number possible, you first need to know what the options are. The first choice will be a more mechanical one, as you choose between having your phone number tied to a hardwired telephone wire or a virtual phone system. This decision will influence what other options are available, as traditional phone systems may not be able to support some of the accessible phone numbers that we will mention later on. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves! Instead, let’s get started as we dive into what the different mechanical options are for you business.

Traditional vs. Virtual Phone Numbers

A traditional phone number is one that is tied to an analog telephone system. These phone systems are tied down to one specific location, and connect to telephone services by sending voice signals over telephone lines. They are hardwired into your business, storefront, restaurant, or whatever service you provide.

A virtual phone number is simply a phone number that is attached to a virtual phone system. A virtual phone system takes advantage of cloud technology to help your business avoid pesky landline systems, and having an overwhelming amount of on-site hardware. With a virtual phone number, you are able to make and receive calls over the internet.

With a traditional phone number, you are limited in your area code selection. Your area code will represent exactly where you are physically located. With a virtual phone number, you simply have more options available to you. You can choose to stick with a local area code, or unlock a wide variety of options.

That’s right, if you ditch your landline you are able to access increased flexibility and mobility as you can access your business phone number from a variety of devices and locations. You can use smartphones, tablets, computers, and more to make and receive calls from your business phone number. You can also select from a wide variety of business phone number options. This might include international phone numbers, local numbers, toll-free numbers, and more. These are all different types of virtual phone numbers, and just like a traditional phone number, the best option for your business will depend on your unique needs.

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When does a virtual number make sense?

The best part about a virtual phone number is that you are no longer restricted by the phone number area code you and your business may be physically located in.

For example, say you are a small business with a single location in Canada. You’ve worked hard to build up your e-commerce side of the business, and even offer global shipping. If you have specific target markets for your now global business, it makes sense to offer a local number for those customers.

With a virtual phone number, you can still be based entirely in Canada, but provide a local area code for customers all over the globe. This can help encourage business in those markets, as they will have an easy way to contact your business without having to worry about international phone charges.

How about the other types of business numbers?

The first question, virtual vs. traditional, is a more mechanical choice. The second choice you have to make is a question of accessibility. There are a couple different types of phone numbers, each which can make you accessible to different types of customers. As mentioned before, a traditional phone system may not make all of these options available. If you are really hoping for an international area code, your first decision might have to be a virtual number.

Keeping your existing phone number: This may be a great choice if you have an easily recognizable phone number. However, you can always choose to add phone numbers to your business team. SO, if you love your existing phone number, don’t let that stop you from adding an even more memorable or beneficial number to your ranks.

A local area code: If you are hoping to become ingrained into your community, then having a local area code is a huge plus. This local code can be for where you are located physically, or in markets where you are hoping to gain more of a presence. For example, if you do business in New Hampshire, but want to seem like a local in the Boston area, don’t be afraid to add an additional phone number to your team with that Boston (617) starting digits.

An international area code: SImilar to how you can take advantage of a virtual local area code, you can do the same for an international number. Just like our example above, if you operate in one country such as Canada, but want to expand and create a local presence where you do e-commerce but aren’t physically located such as in the United States, you can create that local connection without having to create a whole new office space. Now, customers can call you without having to worry about international phone number charges, and will appreciate you feeling like a part of the local community.

Toll-free numbers: A toll-free number is another way to make your business more accessible. Your callers won’t have to worry about any fees or bills being collected, as the business eliminates this for their callers. These numbers are typically seen starting with codes such as 1-800.

While toll-free numbers can be accessed by both traditional and virtual phone number providers, international area codes and having multiple local area codes are typically only available when you utilize a virtual phone number provider. Even keeping your existing phone number can be hard if you switch between traditional phone number providers, but number porting is made possible for virtual phone number providers.

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What’s our verdict?

While traditional phone numbers have been around for a while, that doesn’t mean they should be here to stay. Virtual phone numbers are an easy way to expand your accessibility, flexibility, mobility, and more. They are also attached to virtual phone systems, which are able to help you reduce your phone costs while providing crystal clear voice communication.

In case you aren’t super familiar with virtual phones in general, we wanted to pause and give you a quick little overview. A Virtual Phone System is an internet-based system that no longer requires old fashioned telephone wires to be operated. Instead, these systems use the latest technology to transmit your voice over the internet. Not only can you access next generation features, and crystal clear voice communications, but you can also unlock the following benefits:

  • Improved scalability
  • Increased flexibility
  • Productivity improvements
  • Improved international capabilities
  • Optimized integrations

No matter what type or style of business you are running, it just makes sense to make the switch to a virtual phone system.

When you make the switch to a virtual phone system, you automatically will be taking advantage of a virtual phone number. When you make the switch, you can access a wide range of next generation features designed to help you have more effective communication, and more control over your phone system. With new features always available, fantastic integration possibilities, and updated technology, a virtual phone system just makes sense.

Whether you like the benefits of a virtual phone system, or of a virtual phone number, either way you can access both by making the switch to a virtual phone.

We really think that a virtual phone number is the way to go. You can access all of the same benefits as a traditional phone, unlock some new ones for your team, and eliminate annoyances such as being unable to support remote working. That’s why we recommend if you are making the switch, to switch to a virtual phone number provider.

What you can get with Yodel.io

We wanted to explain what Yodel.io can provide your business as a virtual phone number provider!

Yodel is a cloud-based phone system that gives your business access to everything your team could need. This is a great way to not only access a new virtual phone number for your business, but a bunch of other great features as well.

With options for number porting, local, international, and toll-free numbers, you are able to find the perfect virtual phone number for your business.

Yodel offers hundreds of area codes and countries to choose from, which includes countries such as:

  • The United States
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • France
  • The Netherlands

And so many more! Yodel offers two pricing options, Premium and Premium Plus, which both allow for additional phone numbers. That means that you don’t have to worry about activating multiple accounts just to take advantage of multiple virtual phone numbers.

Yodel can give you more than just a memorable virtual phone number. With Yodel, you can also see a ton of other great benefits through accessing our robust list of features. Just to name a few, your team could start taking advantage of benefits such as:

Yodel is a robust business phone system that comes complete with advanced features. The best part? You don’t need to be a technology expert to take advantage of them. They are able to provide a wide range of resources to get started. Yodel’s system is accessible from mobile devices, tablets, desktop computers, laptops, and even hardware SIP phones. You will never have to worry about inadequate support, as the resources that are there to help you get started are available throughout your time with Yodel.

As a complete business phone system, you can access voice based intelligent IVR, business SMS texting, and a plethora of integrations. These integrations range from helping your team keep track of everything within Slack, connect to your favorite CRM tool, and more. Whatever business tool your team is using, it is very likely that there is a way to connect it with Yodel.

You can get started with a 14 day free trial, during which you can access your virtual phone number as well as a suite of other robust features. You can even schedule a demo call to get a hands on demonstration on how to take advantage of your virtual number and Yodel trial period.

In the end…

A virtual phone number provider is a great way to enhance your phone communication accessibility, and you can get started with a great option today. Now that you know the benefits of a virtual phone number, we are sure you will be itching to get started testing out a virtual phone number.

That is why we wanted to mention Yodel’s free 14 day trial one more time for you. Signing up comes with no commitment, and you can see the benefits of testing out a virtual phone system before locking yourself into one provider. Our team is always available to help out, with helpful demo calls, webinars, and resources for you to take a look at.

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