When you are setting up Ooma Office, you need to consider what will happen when calls come in to your main company phone number. The default Ooma Office configuration will direct calls to the Virtual Receptionist, which will play an automated greeting and handle calls based on the option the caller selects. Our robust Virtual Receptionist can be fully customized to suit your company’s needs. You also have the option to set up Ooma Office to direct incoming calls to a single person, or to a group of people who share the responsibility of answering the phone.
Have you ever called a company and been greeted by an automated announcement that asks you to select from a menu of options? With Ooma Office, your company can set up a Virtual Receptionist just like the ones that are frequently used by large businesses.
The Virtual Receptionist is fully customizable. It automatically answers incoming calls and routes them to the appropriate extension, giving your business a professional feel. The automated greeting that callers will hear can be recorded by you or your staff, or automatically generated with the Ooma text-to-speech feature. The Virtual Receptionist also supports:
- Different greetings and menu option during business hours and after hours,
- Up to ten custom menu options for one-touch connections, and
- Dial by name or extension number
You can learn more about getting started with the Virtual Receptionist in our overview article.
If your company prefers a personal feel with every call being answered by a person, you can route your company main number to a specific individual (the receptionist). This receptionist’s phone will ring each time the company phone number receives an incoming call, whereupon the receptionist can transfer the caller to the appropriate extension. If the receptionist does not answer, calls can be routed to one of the following alternate destinations:
- Voicemail: Calls can be transferred to receptionist’s voicemail box or to another voicemail box on the account
- Virtual Receptionist: Calls can be answered by the Virtual Receptionist, which will automatically play a greeting that you specify
- Another user: Calls can be forwarded to another user’s extension (the “backup” for the receptionist)
You can learn more about configuring your Ooma Office account with a dedicated receptionist in our setup article.
If you want to ensure that incoming calls to your main company number are answered, you can route the calls to several people by using a ring group. You can select which users are part of this group and whether the call will ring the users simultaneously or sequentially. The simultaneous ring option is perfect if you have no preference for who answers the call, while the sequential ring option will always ring the first user in the group first. If the first user does not answer, the call will then ring on the next member, and on down the line.
If no one in the ring group is available to take the call, then the following alternative options can be set up:
- Voicemail: Calls can be transferred to any voicemail box on your account
- Virtual Receptionist: Calls can be answered by the Virtual Receptionist
- Another user: Calls can be forwarded to another user who is backing up the receptionist group
You can learn more about configuring a receptionist group in our ring group article.