Signius Communications Review

By
Adam Uzialko
,
business.com writer
| Updated
May 19, 2020
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Signius Communications is our pick as the best low-volume call center service because it offers an affordable pay-as-you-go plan and competitive rates for an inbound call center. Signius does not charge a setup fee, unlike most of the other call centers we evaluated. The company offers answering services, too.

Signius Communications

Signius Communications

The Best Call Center Services for 2020

The Verdict

Signius Communications is the call center service we recommend for small businesses with low call volumes. Signius offers an inexpensive pay-as-you-go plan with low rates. Plus, it does not charge a setup fee, unlike many other services we reviewed.

To see all of our call center service recommendations, visit our best picks page.

Pricing

Signius Communications' pricing varies depending on the complexity of your business, average call volume and the services you require from Signius. Among the service plans available are the

  • Starter package: This plan includes 50 minutes per month and costs $45 per month, plus $1 per additional minute.

  • Pro package: This plan comes with 125 minutes and costs $109 per month, plus 95 cents per additional minute.

  • Premier package: This plan includes 250 minutes and costs $213 per month, plus 92 cents per additional minute.

Plans can be upgraded or downgraded as needed. Setup fees only come into play when Signius agents are required to update client CRMs or work with e-commerce applications. Costs vary based on the amount of training required.

Call Center Features

Signius offers call center services that are effective but that are also suitable for low-volume companies. Many call centers are focused on servicing midsized and large businesses, but Signius has options available for small businesses. Signius's call center services include the following:

  • Customer service: Signius agents can act as your company's customer service department 24/7/365. Its representatives can handle product inquiries, complaints and feedback. Customer service calls are personalized to your business, and agents use a script that is created by you and Signius.

  • Help desk: Signius' help desk serves as an IT support center for basic troubleshooting of products and software. Signius offers up to Level 3 technical support, which means its agents can field calls and troubleshoot issues without contacting you. By comparison, many of the call centers we evaluated offered Level 1 technical support.

  • Email management: Besides assisting your business with its call volume, Signius can manage your company's inbox, too. It can respond to common inquiries and forward emails that need further attention or a more detailed response to individuals at your company.

  • Hotlines: Signius can assist your business with call hotlines, including employee call-off lines, complaint lines and a whistleblower hotline.

Signius Communications provides a client portal on its website. Here, you can learn more about all of the calls that are coming in, the type of calls, consistent inquiries and complaints, the average duration of each call, and minutes used per month. If your business operates from multiple locations, Signius' reports provide a breakdown of usage site by site as well. All messages and call recordings are stored in the client portal and are saved for up to one year. You can also download data in the client portal and export it to a spreadsheet.

Answering Service Features

Signius offers most of the key features we specifically looked for in an answering service. Agents are available around the clock, and its pricing plans accommodate varying levels of call volume and service requirements.

For all of our answering service recommendations, visit our best picks page.

Some of Signius's most important answering services include the following:

  • Live answering: Signius Communications' live operators answer calls 24/7/365. Its answering service can assist your business with calls during regular business hours, after-hours or overflow calls. Bilingual agents are available upon request, and the company specializes in medical answering services.

  • Message taking: Signius agents can record callers' names, contact information, reason for calling and then forward the message to you via phone, email or text message.

  • Order taking: Agents can assist callers with purchases, explaining products in depth. Order-taking services can ensure your business doesn't miss a sales opportunity, plus it allows for valuable upsell or cross-sell opportunities.

  • FAQs: Signius' agents can answer common questions relating to your products or services. For our hypothetical business, Signius said its agents could provide answers to up to 10 questions for each of our three business locations.

  • Virtual receptionist: A virtual receptionist is a live operator who answers calls to your business after hours, or if you or your staff are unavailable. Signius virtual receptionists are available 24/7/365 to take messages and forward calls so that your callers speak with a live person, not a recording or voicemail.

There is no setup fee for basic services like live answering and message taking. If you add order taking, for example, a setup fee might be required, which could affect the per-minute usage rate. All services with Signius are month-to-month, and no long-term contracts are required. Clients can cancel at any time without penalty.

Signius's agents are shared agents who work on multiple accounts; however, they are separated based on their particular specialty. For example, some agents specialize in e-commerce skills, while others specialize in customer service. For businesses (and their customers), this approach helps assure agents are providing the appropriate level of service with your customers.

Limitations

Signius Communications bills in 12-second increments, meaning that call time is rounded up to the nearest 12-second mark. For example, a call that lasts 1 minute and 3 seconds will be billed as 1 minute and 12 seconds, or 1.2 minutes.

Incremental billing is common in the call center and answering service industries; the industry standard is a 6-second increment, but a 12-second increment is common. For businesses with a low volume of calls, the impact would likely be less severe, but incremental billing is still an important item to ask about and keep in mind when comparing different services.

Customer Service

Signius Communications is an employee-owned company, and it shows in their customer service. The customer service representative we spoke with was very friendly and informative. When he was unable to explain something, such as more details about pricing, he was transparent about why.

After our call, the representative followed up with additional materials, although they were not as thorough as documents we received from other services we evaluated. Still, we came away from the conversation relatively well informed about Signius's onboarding process, services and business model.

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Signius Communications

Signius Communications

The Best Call Center Services for 2020

The Verdict

Signius Communications is the call center service we recommend for small businesses with low call volumes. Signius offers an inexpensive pay-as-you-go plan with low rates. Plus, it does not charge a setup fee, unlike many other services we reviewed.

Adam Uzialko
Adam Uzialko
Adam C. Uzialko, a New Jersey native, graduated from Rutgers University in 2014 with a degree in political science and journalism and media studies. He reviews healthcare information technology, call centers, document management software and employee monitoring software. In addition to his full-time position at Business News Daily and business.com, Adam freelances for several outlets. An indispensable ally of the feline race, Adam is owned by four lovely cats.