Softphones for Contact Centers in 2017

It’s been more than 2 years since I wrote the Softphones for Contact Center ACD post, and looking back, not a lot has changed as far as the relevance of how softphones can be used and can help cut your startup costs, assuming you are using a free version. A little bit has changed on the softphone landscape in my experience, so let’s talk a bit about the three softphones I mentioned in the original post. Continue reading Softphones for Contact Centers in 2017

Useful Queue Control Features in the Dialplan Builder

Queues are the backbone of an inbound call center ACD. They are typically the primary destinations for your callers and customers, so you need to be sure that they are properly structured and implemented. Let’s have a look at a trio of dialplan components that can help you manage how and if callers get into your queues and what to do with them once that happens.

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Happy Halloween! Scary Contact Center ACD Situations!

Halloween is pretty awesome, in my opinion. While I don’t necessarily get in character with the amount of dedication that many people do, it’s still a fun little ‘holiday.’ I definitely like hitting the web to see what people come up with for costume ideas. Plus, discounted Halloween candy post-October 31st is nice treat. Let’s switch focus to the contact center ACD and some of the scary moments that can occur if you happen to be the administrator of a contact center. Continue reading Happy Halloween! Scary Contact Center ACD Situations!

Advanced IVRs in Your Contact Center ACD

IVRs are the backbone for a contact center ACD. They can be pleasantly simple and they can also be quite complicated. I touched on a few of the more complex operations in the second linked post. Now I’m going to write about a few more of the IVR components that the Q-Suite features in its dialplan builder. Continue reading Advanced IVRs in Your Contact Center ACD

Bigger Isn’t Always Better: Keeping ancient data around is a bad idea for your Contact Center

I don’t necessarily feel like writing a shiny opening paragraph for this post. I could try to relate this topic to No Man’s Sky, Pokemon GO, or the Rio Olympics, but I won’t. Let’s dive in to a few reasons why keeping old data is a bad idea. Continue reading Bigger Isn’t Always Better: Keeping ancient data around is a bad idea for your Contact Center

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Pushes the PS4 to the Limit: FastAGI Can Push Your Asterisk Contact Center There As Well

On May 10th, Naughty Dog released the 4th and likely final installment of the Uncharted series, with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The Uncharted series is definitely one of my favourite sets of games, so I was looking forward to the 10th for a long time. Reviews are glowing. Digital Foundry called it a “technical powerhouse” and “the best-looking console game we’ve ever tested.” That’s some high praise regarding how this title pushes the limits of the PS4’s capabilities. What can you do to push the limits of your Asterisk-based contact center without needing to upgrade your hardware? Let’s take a look at FastAGI. Continue reading Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Pushes the PS4 to the Limit: FastAGI Can Push Your Asterisk Contact Center There As Well

Quality Wines are the Opposites of Callers in Queue

Quality wines. That term can mean a different thing to different people. Some folks may consider a sub-$100 bottle of wine as not being a quality bottle. Some people may consider quality to be simply something they can drink easily without wanting to wretch at the flavour. One thing is almost an absolute though when it comes to wine: They get better with age. Callers who are waiting in your IVR queues, however, are the exact opposite.

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Four Simple Ways to Annoy Your Callers

Yesterday, the Indosoft blog posted an article on how to turn your call center ACD into a time machine. It listed ten things you can do to make sure time passes as easily as possible for your callers. When it was being written, I thought it was a comprehensive look at the biggest issues you can face when settting up your IVR.

Then I called my cell phone provider. Continue reading Four Simple Ways to Annoy Your Callers

10 Ways to Control Time in the Call Center ACD

Shocking fact: Your callers don’t enjoy waiting to speak to an agent.

Sometimes it’s not the actual amount of time waiting, though. It’s the perception of time.

Everyone’s experienced the perception of time issue. You’re sitting in a meeting, and you look at the clock. After what seems like hours, you see it’s only been a few minutes. You get home from work. You finally have a chance to that thing you wanted to do. You start doing it, then after 10 minutes you look at the clock and an hour has passed. Continue reading 10 Ways to Control Time in the Call Center ACD

Why is no one answering? A few reasons why outbound dialing can be frustrating

We tend to get this type of question more that we should. To an inexperienced user, this symptom seems like a system issue, where more often than not, it’s a simple misunderstanding of the system’s capability. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common reasons why people aren’t answering your outbound contact center calls.

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