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800 Voicemail Helps Internet Radio Stations and Podcasters

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800 voicemail has come a long way in recent years and it's all thanks to the Internet. Voicemail messages are now digitally recorded and saved in a format that makes them easy to access. This is great for Internet radio stations and podcasters because you can more easily organize and use callers' requests.

You can play these messages on the air, making your show much more entertaining for listeners. The best content is your actual listeners' voices. It encourages participation, turning your show into a community, which is what all podcasters and Internet radio hosts want.

A relatively new feature called visual voicemail makes it even easier. As the name suggests, visual voicemail allows you to see your messages. Some services even transcribe them into text for you, which allows you to skim them for usable content. This is an especially handy feature if you've got to take a high volume of calls and sort through them. Visual voicemail is a standard feature offered by many services.

Tips on Using 800 Voicemail

Aside from using your voicemail messages in real-time on the show, you can use them to prepare for the next episode. Turn your listeners' questions or comments into talking points for the next one. You can use listener voicemail messages to create all of the content for your show.

If you're going to play voicemail message over the air, make sure the quality is the best possible. While voicemail services offer very high quality, much of it depends on the device the caller is using to leave the message. Still, you have some control over it. Voicemail services come with tools like noise reduction and equalization that can really help make improvements.

Sometimes it's good to edit, but make sure you don't cut anything out. Don't take what your listeners say out of context. Things to edit might be nervous stammering or spaces in the message. Whatever edits you make, make sure you don't alter the meaning of what was said or you'll have another call from them - an angry one.

When choosing a voicemail service, make sure that you're giving your listeners a toll free number to call. You'll get a much higher call volume this way because you're taking the cost of the call.

Easy and Affordable

You can get a voicemail package loaded with features for a reasonable price. At minimal cost, you can turn your radio show or podcast into something much more interactive, and this will get you more listeners. It's a great way to cheaply and easily turn your show into something more.
Author Tim Paulino
Also known as the "virtual phone guy", Tim is a well-respected marketing and communications expert with over 14 years experience, helping thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners. His writing and research focuses primarily on cloud-based virtual phone services that utilize toll free numbers with the latest voice and fax technology.
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