Battle of the Voip: Skype v Cloudcall

SKYPE: Strengths

  • No signing up fee.
  • Quick and easy sign-up. Free sign up.
  • From Microsoft, a tech company you can trust.
  • Purchasing a Skype number is very cheap, especially compared to traditional London virtual number providers.
  • You can and send text messages.
  • Skype can forward to your mobile so that you are always reachable.

Cloud call: Strengths

  • Integrates with Bullhorn, so you can make calls straight from the browser.
  • Has the option to record all calls. Great for assessing new starters calls (and your own).
  • Has the option to drop pre-recorded voicemails saving you time while doing Business Development and Candidate calls.
  • Is a fully focused
  • It can be set to auto-forward for times of day and week.
  • Great reporting features. The dashboard is amazing.
  • It can call pop so that you reduce dialling time.
  • A Bullhorn partner.

SKYPE: Weaknesses

  • Its quality depends on the broadband speed and Wifi signal.
  • You feel slightly cheap using it after testing Cloudcall.
  • Does not integrate with Bullhorn.

Cloud call: Weaknesses

  • A rather large set-up fee.
  • Expensive for what you get.
  • Extra cost to integrate with Bullhorn.
  • Skype unlimited with a central London number cost the same as two months of cloud call.
  • Hefty set-up fee. I a, very much against set up fees.
  • Too many features for a solo-recruiter like me.

After reviewing both packages in the end, I choose Skype. Why did I come to such a decision? Skype offered all that I needed for the moment. Cloud call really is an excellent service. It has bells. It has whistles.

However, I, at this juncture do not need bells and whistles. Skype suited my needs and was well within my budget. If you are going to use VoIP my suggestion, start with Skype as a test and move onto services like Cloudcall should you find VoIP an excellent service for your agency?

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How to use Amazon’s Alexa for Recruitment and Business


What is Amazon’s Alexa/echo Alexa/echo is Amazon’s answer to Siri and Cortana but packaged in a beautiful format (especially in the dot form)? It is voice-operated and will respond to a wide range of commands.

My first interactions covered the realm of music. It allows the communication with apps (called skills) and can be hooked up to Amazon prime, Wikipedia, Audible and other services.

My first few minutes was set up and then engaging with the musical part of Alexas skills-set. Asking Alexa to play instrumental jazz or 50 Cent In Da Club and Alexa will deliver.

It is quite a revelation to say ” Alexa, play kings of Leon”, and the blue rings flash and she confirms that she will shuffle songs by Kings of Leon and Use Somebody starts to play. Most of my first day with Alexa was spent engaging and playing music and ask basic questions. Only after a while, I realised just how good Alexa is and how this is a window into the future.

Hiring Alexa for business On the second day of owning Alexa on Boxing Day, I start over a couple of mince pies researching and looking into how I can use this in my day-to-day business.

This was something that I had wanted for a very, very long time. As someone who struggles with dyslexia speech software is something I am used too and having a computer that responds to my commands. So should you hire Alexa for your business? Yes. But what tasks should be on Alexa’s Job description? So far for a recruitment business, I would say she can cover the following:

  • Managing Calendars
  • Adding items to your to-do list
  • Adding items to your shopping list
  • Ordering pizza
  • Getting an uber
  • Checking to spell
  • Setting timers
  • Setting alarms
  • Playing music
  • Reading audiobooks
  • Reading your calendar
  • Hooking up with IFTTT to do more stuff than I can dream about
  • Read your unread emails

As you can see this is a long list already that offers up a wide range of options for someone who is thinking about using Alexa for the development of their business. Over the coming weeks, I am going to update you in more in-depth articles about how I have used Alexa for my business.  


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