Google Gadgets: Voice

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Google Voice

Today, we’re going to look at a core part of our lives: the phone and how Google can make it better with Google Voice. Google Voice creates an additional phone number that you can add to any phone, or use to replace existing numbers. This means that if you move, change carriers, lose your phone, or anything else, then your Google phone number stays the same. In addition, your Google Voice number can answer multiple phone numbers, so you won’t have to run across the house to receive a call when your cell is in your pocket.

Google Voice gets a lot better than that. Google Voice can be programmed to ring only during certain times.  It can also be programmed not to accept calls from certain people (so you’re not getting calls from scary Larry from work at 10:30 p.m.). Your voicemails get transcribed and sent to you via email so that you can  easily read them if you’re in a place where you can’t answer. Additionally, this provides a way to keep track of important information (like where you’re supposed to meet your next client or blind date). You can set up personalized voicemail greetings for groups or individuals. US calls and txt are free, international calls can be made for pennies per minute. Other features include call screening, text via email, conference calling and more.

Sometimes it is nice to have Google Voice set up as a separate number. Use the number as part of your branding and it becomes a hot phone for leads. Companies can also use it as their “on call” number to be shared among those with on call responsibility so the appropriate person can always be reached through one number.

You can always check out the Google home page (what, there’s something other than just google.com?) to see what they’re working on and find other cool Google gadgets. Be sure to check the mRELEVANCE blog often for more ways to increase your Search Engine Optimization, Internet Marketing, and Google-Fu. And if you need more than that, contact our team and we can help you get the most out of Google, Facebook, and everything else the web has to offer.