Want some sample professional voicemail greetings? Below are 22 pre-recorded business voicemail greeting examples to get you started. You’ll find voicemail examples for your business’s main phone number, your direct business line, your after-hours (or non-business hours) voicemail, some holiday-specific greetings, and your customer service line. Even better, all these voicemail greetings are free and you can download the voicemail’s mp3 file!
What is a good voicemail greeting?
A good voicemail greeting is concise and contains information most your callers most frequently want to know. This includes when they can expect to hear back from you and if there is any alternate way to reach you in an emergency. Depending on your target audience and industry, the tone of the voicemail can be fun or straight to the point.
What to include in a business voicemail greeting
- A professional voicemail greeting should have:
- A greeting
- Your name
- Your compan’s name
- A short reason for missing the call (e.g. the caller reached you outside of busines hours)
- A basic timeframe for when they can expect to hear back from you
- An alternate teammate they can reach if you’re on vacation
- An alternate way to reach you if you want to move conversations to texting
- A clear call to action such as text this number or leave a message
If you’re still needing specific ideas as a springboard for your voicemail greeting, check out the samples below.
Business voicemail greeting samples
If you have a main business phone number that’s shared with the customers or publicly listed, you’ll want to make sure it has a professional voicemail message to greet callers. Here are sample greetings that include the voicemail script you can use to help you craft your own.
Voicemail greeting sample
1.“Hi! Thanks for calling [company name/your name]. Please leave a brief message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Have a great day!”
2. “Hi! We’re glad you called [company name]. We’re happy to help but we are either on the line with another client or on the go! Please let us know your name, number, and reason for your call today. As soon as we become available, we will call you right back. Thanks!”
3. “You’ve reached [company name]. We can’t take your call right now, let us call you back! Please leave us your name, number, the reason for your call and the best time to call you back – we don’t want to miss you again. Talk to you soon.”
4. “Thanks for calling [your company]. We’re looking forward to speaking with you. Let us call you back as soon as we are available by leaving your name, contact information and the reason for your call. Have a great day.”
5. “Hi, you’ve reached [company name]. We can’t take your call right now but we will call you back as soon as we’re available. Please leave your name, number and reason for your call. We know your time is precious, so to skip the back and forth, kindly leave a few different times of day that work best with your schedule and we will do our best to reach you then! Have a great day.”
6. “Thanks for calling [company name]. You must be calling as you’ve heard about our new [new product, deal, offer here]. We are pretty excited about it, too. Leave us your name, number and the best time to call and we’ll follow up and answer any inquiries you may have. We’re looking forward to speaking with you and updating you on what’s new with [company name]. Have a great day!”
Professional voicemail greetings for your business cell phone number
It’s a good practice for each of your team members to have their own personal business phone numbers. There are many reasons why they shouldn’t use their personal cell phone number for business, so you’ll want to give them their own phone number through your VoIP provider or phone system.
Here are some examples of voicemail greetings for your direct business line that are both personal and professional. Enjoy!
7. “Hi, you’ve reached [your name] at [your company]. Sorry I missed your call. I’m especially busy today, but if you leave me your name, phone number, and a brief message, I’ll get back to you within the day. Chat soon!”
8. “Thanks for calling [your name] at [your company]. I didn’t mean to send you to voicemail but I am either on the line with another client or on the go. Leave your name, number, the reason for your call today and the best time to call you back. I’ll speak with you shortly! ”
9. “Hey, it’s [your name] at [your company] – thanks for giving me a call! I can’t wait to chat. Just leave your name, number and I’ll call you back as soon as I have the chance. Better yet, send me a text with the best time to reach you and the reason for your call. Looking forward to hearing from you.”
(Wondering how you can receive texts from your business callers? Check out the OpenPhone App today)
10. “Hey, this is [your name] at [X company]. Right now, I’m on vacation and won’t be back in the office until [month]! Please leave me your name, phone number, and the reason you are calling and I will get back to you then. If it’s urgent, you can email details at [company email] and one of our team members will reach out to you. Have a great day.”
Voicemail greetings for the customer service phone number
Customers will eventually need help from your business. If your customer service team is unavailable for calls, you can use the professional voicemail greetings for customer service below.
11. “Hello! You’ve reached [company name] support line. We’ll be happy to help with your inquiry. In the meantime, have you checked out our [website, help forum, etc.]? It may have the answer you’re looking for. If not, leave your name, number and reason for your call. We’ll reach out to you within the day. Thanks for calling [company name].”
12. “Hello, you’ve reached the Customer Support department at [company name]. We are unable to take your call at the moment. We know your time is valuable so instead of placing you on hold, let us call you back! Please leave your name, phone number, the reason for your call, and two different times that are convenient for you to receive a call back from us. Thank you!”
13. “Hello, you’ve reached the [Department name] at [your company]. We can’t take your call right now, but please leave your name, contact information, and the reason for reaching out. One of our team members will be in touch within the day. To ensure we don’t miss you again, you can also let us know the best time to call you back. Thanks and have a great day.”
Voicemail greetings for calls received after business hours
You don’t want to answer calls 24/7 (unless you’re serving clients globally and there’s an expectation of 24/7 support). If you’re unavailable during specific hours of the day, use the voicemail examples below for after-hours business calls.
14. “Thanks for giving us a call! We promise it’s never a bad time for [company name], but you’ve reached us after-hours. Please leave us your name, number and the best time to reach you and we’ll give you a call when we are open.”
15. “Hi, Thanks for giving us a call! Sorry, but we are closed right now. Please leave us your name, number and the best time to reach you and we’ll get back to you within the day. Thank you.”
Check out our guide to realtor voicemail scripts for more examples.
This is our OpenPhone after-hours greeting. Simple, concise, and friendly.
17. “Hi, you’ve reached [company name]. Sorry, you just missed us! We’re open from ([hour] to [hour] [time zone]) Monday through Friday [optional: hour to hour on the weekends]. In the meantime, you can also visit our website [website URL] to reach out via live chat, text, or email [email address]. If you’d like to leave us a message, tell us your name, number, and reason for your call after the beep. We will give you a call back later on today.”
Voicemail greetings for holidays
Your customers might need you on the holidays. If you’re a business owner, you know this already. 🙂 Consumer-facing businesses often earn half of their annual revenue in Q4 so continued service is a must too. Manage customer expectations and let them know how to get assistance.
Having a dedicated emergency contact will help make sure anything important that comes up is taken care of. Another option is directing callers to a separate answering service.
Check out these holiday voicemail greeting examples for inspiration.
18. “Happy Holidays from [company name]. Our hours are a little bit different this holiday season. [List hours]. We hope it’s not an emergency, but if so, we’ve got you covered. Contact us at [company email/other support lines] and we’ll get back to you ASAP. For all other inquiries, we’ll contact you when we are back from the holiday – we might be a few pounds heavier but eager to speak with you! Happy Holidays.”
19. “Thanks for calling [Company name/your name]. We hope you’re enjoying the holiday season. We aren’t available at the moment due to our holiday hours. Leave your name, number and the reason for your call and we’ll get back to you ASAP! Thanks for calling.”
20. “Hi, you’ve reached [your name] at [X company]. We are sorry but our office is closed until [date]. Please leave us your name and phone number and our team will get back to you as soon as possible. Enjoy [holiday] and thanks for calling [company name]!
21. “Hey there! Thanks for calling [company]. We are unable to answer the phone right now but will get back to you right after the holidays. We hope it’s not an emergency, but if so, we’ve got you covered. Contact us at [company email/other support lines] and we’ll get back to you ASAP. Please be sure to leave your name, phone number, and a brief message to let us know the reason for your call. Thank you and have a great day.”
As a bonus, here is an example of our own holiday voicemail greeting here at OpenPhone:
22. “Happy holidays. Thanks for calling OpenPhone. Our hours are a little different during the holiday season. Please listen carefully to the following changes. Customer Support is available December 23, 27, and 30th as well as January 2nd, 3rd from 11 AM – 5 PM EST. On December 24th, 31st, and the holiday weekends from the 21st to the 5th we are open from 12 PM – 3 PM EST. We are closed on December 25th, 26th as well as January 1st. In the case of an emergency, please leave a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. You can also reach out via email to email@example.com. Thanks for using OpenPhone and enjoy your holiday season!”
*Note: Some of your users don’t celebrate all the same holidays you do. Remember to keep these voicemail greetings neutral 🌟
Why your business needs professional voicemail greetings
While missed calls aren’t ideal, you can let your caller know you’re still there for them by having a great voicemail greeting. The best business voicemail greetings let your customers (and potential customers) know why you’re not available and how they can best get in contact with your business. They are also short and to the point. You usually want to keep your greeting between 6 and 24 seconds long so callers don’t hang up halfway through.
Looking for guidance on how to record the perfect voicemail? Learn how to record professional business voicemail greetings.
Record your greeting on the OpenPhone app
OpenPhone is a modern business phone service app for startups, small businesses, and individuals. OpenPhone separates your professional and personal communications and enables you to personalize your number to reflect your own brand. Use your business number directly from your existing cell phone!
With OpenPhone you can record your own voicemail greetings directly in the app, upload your own voice clips or simply type your voicemail script.
With the text-to-speech functionality, you can copy one of the 22 voicemail samples above and paste it into the OpenPhone voicemail interface to get your professional voicemail greeting instantly. Who thought a voicemail system could be so fun?
Want to learn more about what else is possible with OpenPhone?
- How to set up auto-replies
- Create snippets (or text message templates)
- How to record phone calls
- Use Voicemail to text
There are a few guidelines to keep in mind when creating your professional voicemail greeting. A good business voicemail greeting should be professional, yet personal. Let the callers know what they can expect from you and your company. Also, keep the greeting brief — but detailed enough callers have all the info they need.
Include in your greeting your company’s name, ask for their name and number, and set expectations on when a caller can anticipate hearing back from you in your voicemail greeting. Depending on your business, you may also want to state your business hours and for them to specify the best callback time.
Customized business phone greetings can set your company apart in an ocean of monotony. A unique voicemail greeting can help you attract new customers and give them a sense of when they can expect to hear back from you.
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