Archive for the ‘Testimonials’ Category
We certainly appreciate being mentioned in leading media outlets like BusinessWeek, US News, Discovery Educator Network & TechCrunch, but the posts we most enjoy are the ones from our users who demonstrate how Phonevite can be used in everyday life, to improve communications with our social networks. Here’s 2 recent examples of these:
Glenn Moses, an Assistant Principal and Teacher, through his own live example, describes how Phonevite is helping many teachers in their classroom.
Nathan Chase, a recent proud father, shows how Phonevite is perfect for announcing a new baby.
In addition, we receive many testimonials by email, including how Phonevite was instrumental in emergency evacuations, rescue missions and family updates during the horrible hurricanes last month. These stories definitely give us some additional adrenaline to keep going in these tough times for all.
It has been a little over a month since our beta launch and we are glad to hear how Phonevite is being used as a great tool for communicating with others. We have selected a few testimonials from our users (permission granted) that illustrate how Phonevite is being used by everyday people in their everyday lives.
NEW BABY ANNOUNCEMENT
“Just wanted to let you know that I like your service. I am having a baby on Friday and my wife and I will be using your service for notification.” Lee Moore, Celebration, FL
HEALTH / RECOVERY UPDATES
“This service is excellent. My mom was injured in a horse riding accident and was in the hospital over 4 hrs away. Phonevite was instrumental in communicating with our family back in Lufkin. There was nothing but praise from my family members who received updates via the phonevite service. Thanks again for providing this service.” Danny Butler, Lufkin, TX
“Thank you Phonevite! We can now make sure all our students, parents and staff are informed of school news in a timely manner. How can you offer this service for free?” Chiae Byun-Kitayama, Principal, Topeka Drive Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District
“This is amazing! I’m a youth director who is constantly calling to remind students and their parents about activities and trips. This program has made life so much easier. Instead of taking the time to make 60 different calls, I can now use this program to save me an hour of my time and ensure all my kids are still on track. Thank you guys for making something so useful.” Travis Hairston, Trinity Baptist Church, Lufkin, TX
“…Went very well, thanks. It saved me having to make [many] separate calls, and I’ve already heard back from [several] people, which is great. Thanks again, and I will definitely pass this on to the schedulers.” Nick Morgan, Regional Referee Administrator (for a national youth soccer organization), Los Angeles, CA
“Holy crap you guys rock. My boss wanted me to call over 200 established customers to just tell them that a discount on their christmas light installation was ending on the 31st… we were going to have to bring in other people to help, etc… But then I found you guys. It took less than 30 minutes to call everyone! You saved me tens-of-hours-of-work and saved the day.” Adam Brown, Austin, TX
First things first, thank you to all our visitors and all the users who are signing up. We hope you enjoy the experience. Also, please excuse the barebones appearance of this blog. We kind of just created one in a rush and, with so many users coming to our site and so many tasks to take care of, we are not able to put enough time making it look nice. However, we thought it was important to at least get it started and have this essential medium of communication with our users out there. So pls. bear with our appearance for now…
Well, now the juice; so many developments this week…
First, Matt Marshall, VentureBeat, featured us on Tuesday 7/24/07. That kind of triggered it all – Thanks Matt, you are the finest journalist in the Valley. Then, the blogosphere picked up and it hasn’t stopped since then. One of the cool postings we liked was the one by Philippe Lagane @ AccesoWeb2.0, who wishes that the service was also available in France (Philipe and France, hang in there… we are working hard to get there sooner rather than later). Then, yesterday, we were featured on Webware/CNET and Lifehacker, among others, and the thing just took off.
We’ve been getting great feedback (Thanks to all the fans!!!) and suggestions (Thanks to all the free advisors!!!). Among them, I wanted to address the prominent ones:
- Mozilla users – we are finding that the majority of our site visitors use Mozilla (a whoopping 61% vs. general population stat of 34%). While for now you have to use the Phone-based recorder, or use IE for the web recorder, we are working on a more universal solution other than ActiveX for the recorder/player (maybe flash? any suggestions?).
- Business/Premium users – got lot of inquiries from people who want to use Phonevite for business purposes. While we are currently focusing on the consumer market, we are weighing how to offer this service for small businesses and organizations to use. However, we will always be careful that our service does not get perceived as a telemarketing tool (We don’t like getting calls in the middle of our dinner either). One of the initial tools we have put in place is an automated Do-Not-Call registry, where anybody can opt-out from receiving any calls from a specific caller ID or from phonevite altogether (we’d rather lose potential users than our reputation).
- VoIP Fans - We are unabashedly VoIP based. While VoIP has been losing a lot of steam and getting a bad rep lately with the stock performance of Vonage and the flameout of Sunrocket, we are all-in believers of VoIP. Our origins are in VoIP and we plan to stay in this space for quite a while – we believe that Data and Voice will converge totally one day. Our company name, Ifonoclast, is a twist of the word Iconoclast, which means somebody who breaks tradition, and we are here to destroy the tradition of the regular phone and the internet, to allow people to call in ways never done before. Thanks for supporting our cause! (sorry for the initial long rambling, it has been a long week with lots of developments)