Are you looking for new and interesting ways to make your business stand out this year? A vanity phone number might be exactly what you’re looking for. What is a vanity phone number? It’s a custom phone number that is meaningful to your brand.
For example, if you own a flower shop, you might secure 1-800-FLOWERS, which translates to 1-800-356-9377. This number spells out any word less than ten letters somewhere within it. Ultimately, a vanity number ensures customers can easily store it in their long-term memory, along with giving your brand a sense of authority.
Here are a few of the other benefits:
Using a word that corresponds to your business and what it does is a very effective marketing move. It immediately gives the impression that your company is an expert in its field. It also looks very professional when used in any advertising. Vanity numbers give you a competitive edge and keeps your brand in the forefront of people’s minds.
Vanity numbers take something that is used frequently and turns it into something memorable. How many numbers do you have memorized today? Probably not many. Two? Three? Memorizing phone numbers is something many people no longer have to do because of smartphones and how they store a plethora of information.
How to Set Up a Vanity Phone Number
Today, securing a vanity phone number is pretty straightforward. You can easily set one up through a variety of services. Here are just a few of the providers available to work with:
- RingCentral. Once you’ve secured a regular phone number for a monthly fee, RingCentral charges just a one-time fee of $30 – plus $4.99 per month – to get a vanity phone number.
- Grasshopper. If the vanity phone number you want is available, you can quickly grab it up when you sign up with Grasshopper. You can then have an existing phone number forwarded to it.
- UniTel Voice. This provider allows you to search its vanity phone number directory to find out if the number you wish is taken or not. You can then secure it with a one-time fee, along with a long list of other features (e.g. texting and call recording).
When considering a provider for your vanity phone number, keep in mind that each provider will not only have different terms and prices, but also different features. Be sure the provider you choose offers a phone number that allows you to do all that you want to do with it for your business.
Payment industry guru Taylor Cole is a passionate payments expert who understands the complex world of high risk credit card processing companies. He also writes non-fiction, on subjects ranging from personal finance to stocks to cryptopay. He enjoys eating pie with ice-cream on his backyard porch, as should all right-thinking people.