Being busy isn’t a problem with overflow call answering

Are you struggling to avoid missed calls during peak times, even though you have an in-house receptionist or inbound call centre in place? Need coverage to assist during staff absences or at times when they’re serving customers face-to-face? Our dependable call overflow service is an affordable solution.


Ensure your phone is always answered, regardless of spikes in call volume or staffing issues

24/7 live call answering

We operate all day, every day, so we can seamlessly answer your overflow calls whenever your call demand increases.

Local receptionists

Your calls are answered by a real person, mostly with Australian or NZ accents, to ensure harmonious language and tone.

Custom call greetings

We answer your calls with your custom greeting to ensure your callers enjoy a seamless experience.

Instant emails or texts

Receive email or SMS messages after each call, containing caller details and their reason for calling.

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Your tools are our tools

We can input leads, book appointments, raise support tickets and more using your preferred software.

No lock-in contract

Month-to-month subscriptions and no cancellation fees mean flexibility to scale up (or down) as needs change.

How our call overflow service works

Our virtual receptionist services

Finding it difficult to adequately staff for fluctuations in call volumes? Has a spike caused by seasonal demand left you scrambling to avoid missed calls resulting in lost opportunities or waning customer satisfaction? Need a solution that doesn’t involve an additional wage plus recruitment and training costs?

Whatever your industry, complexity of calls or call volumes, if you need an overflow phone answering service, we have a solution to suit with no lock-in contracts.

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Compare our
live call
answering
services

Call answering and message taking for one individual or team.

from
$19*
per month
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Messages, support and call transfers for multiple staff or departments.

from
$20*
per month
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Tailored scripting and virtual assistance for unlimited staff or departments.

from
$49*
per month
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Appointment booking, using your preferred software, for unlimited staff or departments.

from
$49*
per month
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Caller greeting Personalised Fully customised Fully customised Fully customised
List staff or departments One person or team Unlimited contacts Unlimited contacts Unlimited contacts
Collect information from callers 3 details 5 details Up to 11 details Up to 11 details
Warm call transfers  
Advise business hours/location  
Answer common questions  
Scripted questions & responses    
Quote fees & take payments    
CRM input or submit online forms    
Appointment scheduling      
Diary management      
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MessageExpress

Call answering and message taking for one individual or team.

from $19
  • Professional receptionists
  • No lock-in contract
  • Personalised greeting
  • Instant email or SMS messages
  • One person or team listed as message recepient
  • Mobile app & portal
  • 24/7 service upgrade option
  • 0800 number upgrade option

MyReceptionist

Messages, support and call transfers for multiple staff or departments.

from $20
  • Professional receptionists
  • No lock-in contract
  • Instant email or SMS messages
  • Mobile app & portal
  • 24/7 service upgrade option
  • 0800 number upgrade option
  • Fully customised greeting
  • Warm call transfers
  • Multiple staff or departments listed as message or transfer contacts
  • Collect 5 pieces of info
  • Advise business hours/location

MyAssistant

Tailored scripting and virtual assistance for unlimited staff or departments.

from $49
  • Professional receptionists
  • No lock-in contract
  • Instant email or SMS messages
  • Mobile app & portal
  • 24/7 service upgrade option
  • 0800 number upgrade option
  • Fully customised greeting
  • Warm call transfers
  • Multiple staff or departments listed as message or transfer contacts
  • Advise business hours/location
  • Collect 11 pieces of info
  • Custom scripting or FAQs
  • CRM input or online form submissions
  • Quote fees & take payments

MyDiary

Appointment booking, using your preferred software, for unlimited staff or departments.

from $49
  • Professional receptionists
  • No lock-in contract
  • Instant email or SMS messages
  • Mobile app & portal
  • 24/7 service upgrade option
  • 0800 number upgrade option
  • Fully customised greeting
  • Warm call transfers
  • Multiple staff or departments listed as message or transfer contacts
  • Advise business hours/location
  • Collect 11 pieces of info
  • Custom scripting or FAQs
  • CRM input or online forms
  • Quote fees & take payments
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Diary management

A flexible back-up option to keep your calls answered

Increase your capacity to professionally handle inbound calls, while at the same time minimising costs. Sound too good to be true? It’s not!

An overflow answering service provides seamless support to your in-house reception team, so you don’t need to hire unnecessarily. ReceptionHQ’s local virtual receptionists are available 24/7 to answer calls whenever you need us to.

FAQs

Many callers hang up when their call goes to voicemail, so you can miss out on vital conversations or leads.  Ensuring your calls are answered by a live person, increases customer satisfaction, builds loyalty and improves your opportunity to create a rapport and obtain caller details. Live call answering also allows you to screen calls, as you can advise your receptionist to transfer or take messages for only those call types you wish to receive.  Once answered, you can see each message as it’s taken and prioritise who you will call back first. Live call answering increases revenue through better customer connections, reduces costs as you’re not paying for a full time receptionist and helps you to be more efficient with your time.

ReceptionHQ is a subsidiary of OfficeHQ, a global virtual reception company headquartered in Australia.

Our Australian, UK and US operations provide “follow the sun” 24/7 virtual receptionist coverage. Calls during standard office hours (and most calls after-hours) are answered by receptionists based in Australia (many of whom are Kiwis).

Yes, our receptionist can answer calls you’d usually miss.  You may be on another call or simply unable to answer because you’re busy at the time. Our receptionists will take a detailed message and send to you instantly by email or SMS. Many clients who subscribe to our service are surprised when they learn how many calls they’d been missing prior to having their calls answered by ReceptionHQ.

Yes. This is referred to as “call overflow”.

A lot of companies require their phone calls to be answered only when they are unable to take the call themselves. For example, if you step out of the office for an hour or your in-house receptionist goes to lunch, is on leave or is busy on another call and you have multiple calls coming in at the one time.

You can set your business phone number to divert (to the unique local phone number we allocate your business during the Free Trial setup process) only when the phone rings for more than a specified period (such as after 5 rings) or if your line is busy/engaged.

In such instances our receptionists will then answer the phone as if we were in your office. You’re always in control and can relax knowing you will never miss another important call again! 

Yes.  Our receptionists are available 24/7 and you can opt-in to receive after hours live call answering on any ReceptionHQ subscription.

Without after-hours call answering turned on, our receptionists will answer your calls between 8:00am and 6:00pm on weekdays.  Outside of these standard business hours, calls will then go to voicemail and your voicemail message recordings will be emailed to you.

If you need after-hours call answering, please let us know when you sign up or contact us.

Yes, you are able to use our service for an hour, a day, a week, whenever you need our assistance. Many clients use our live call answering for short-term needs, for example, when their own in-house receptionist is at lunch, sick or on annual leave.  Some clients use the service during their busy periods only, as call overflow or for campaigns.  Our live call answering service is like having a casual receptionist who is always available.  It’s reliable and risk-free, as you only pay for what you use.

If you prefer to use our service seasonally, you can take advantage of our pause package.

ReceptionHQ offers a month-to-month agreement, which can be cancelled by giving us at least three days’ notice prior to your monthly renewal date.

Set up can take as little as a few minutes.  For a MessageExpress or MyReceptionist service, you can start using the service almost instantly. Simply set up an account yourself, using the free trial webform or have our customer service team do this for you.  Either way, it only takes a few minutes to get started.  Once your account is set up, you simply need to forward your phone line to us and we’ll start answering your calls.

If you’re interested in a MyAssistant or MyDiary plan, a short setup may be required, depending on complexity, to train our receptionists on your preferred software, business information or webforms.  Please contact us to find out more.

If you start with the virtual reception free trial, it gives you an opportunity to understand what call volume or duration you should select ongoing.  Once you’ve selected your plan, you can upgrade or downgrade at any time without penalty.  To help give you confidence you are on the correct plan, you will be provided with an online client portal and mobile application, which allows you to track your usage in real time. You’ll be able to see every incoming call by day and time, the messages received, where they were sent and whether any calls were transferred.

Yes.  We don’t have a minimum contract term and you may cancel your service at any time without penalty.  We simply ask for you to let us know three days prior to your billing renewal date.  If you want to keep your account available, but stop using it for a while, we also have a pause option.  Just speak to our friendly team for more information.

Yes, you have the flexibility to upgrade or downgrade at any time to a more suitable subscription that meets your requirements and budget.  For example, you can change the number of calls being answered by ReceptionHQ or you can change the type of package you have subscribed to.  There’s no cost to change plans.  We want you to feel comfortable you are on the right plan for your usage.

Our services are paid for in advance, with the preferred method of payment being direct debit via credit card (AMEX, Mastercard and Visa).  All invoices are sent to your nominated email address, as well as made available to be viewed or printed from your online client portal.  For large clients, we also offer EFT payment methods on request.

The live call answering free trial is based on the MyReceptionist service and is completely free.  We don’t require a credit card and it can be cancelled at any time.  When you sign up for a free trial, you’ll be allocated a local phone number to divert your calls to as well as gain instant access to a client portal and mobile application to manage your service.  At the end of the trial, you can simply add a credit card to continue, or stop using the service if you’d rather not continue with the service.  There is no obligation at all.

Yes, we allocate an exclusive phone number to each client so our receptionists know which business the incoming call is for.  If you have an existing phone number, simply forward your calls to the number we provide.  Through your telephone provider you have the option to forward all calls, or have calls only come to us when you’re busy or there’s no answer.  We’ll answer as many or as few calls as you need.

No.  If you have a toll-free 0800 number, you can request to port it across to ReceptionHQ to save costs.  If you already have a local number, simply forward calls from your existing phone number to the unique number we provide.  We can work with any existing scenario, just ask.

Yes, in addition to your free local number, you can add one or more additional business numbers, to give the impression you have localised coverage.  We have phone numbers available in regions across New Zealand. 

Alternatively, if you’d like to give the appearance your business operates nationally, you can add a national toll-free 0800 number to your service at any time.  Depending on availablity, most phone numbers can be set up for you instantly.  Please contact us for more details.


We make managing your virtual reception service simple

You can easily manage the receptionist’s greeting, call transfer availability and message preferences in real-time, plus add additional staff of departments as contacts for transfers or messages, using our online client portal or mobile app (iPhone and Android).

Overflow answering service add-ons

+ Voicemail to email

Have voicemails instantly emailed to you, on numbers not live answered, to ensure no important communications are ever missed.

+ Phone numbers

Add a national 0800 number or multiple additional local numbers to the free local number you receive with your live call answering package.

What our customers love

Clients appreciate the quick call responsiveness they’re receiving, which can be difficult to manage [in-house] due to the peaks and troughs in call volume.
Scott McSwan, WorkLegal
It’s been an extremely cost-effective way of ensuring all of our customers’ calls are answered and queries passed on efficiently.
Callex Communications Specialists
We’ve found the service to be absolutely seamless with all calls being answered on a very timely basis with instant messaging and real-time reporting.
Carole-Anne Priest, Imalia
The worse thing for a customer is to call a business and there is no answer or the phone calls goes to voicemail. Most of the time this is a lead loss.
Shaz Maharaullee, The Furniture People
It’s such a bonus to be free of staffing headaches, such as when they call in sick … there is always someone available to answer calls.
Tom Anusic, HR National

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