Slow and steady wins the race. It’s not about the slow, it’s about the steady, really. Preview dialing can be slow. Predictive dialing can be a bit unpredictable at times. With progressive dialing, your agents are always doing something. Progressive is the default method most call center software uses to route calls to agents. A lead pops up on the screen at the same time it begins dialing. Because it is dialing on behalf of a specific agent, that agent does hear call progress. If the call is connected, the agent is there the moment the caller picks up. Continue reading Progressively Profitable Call Center – Outbound Dialing Part 4
If your goal is to keep your call center as busy as possible, and you have plenty of leads, lines and agents, then predictive dialing may be right for you. Many people confuse predictive dialing with power dialing, but they are different. Power dialing is usually the straightforward dialing of X number of calls for every agent currently waiting for a call. It’s an unsophisticated approach that’s easy to implement, so it is widely available.
Continue reading The Power of Prediction – Outbound Dialing Part 3: Predictive Dialing
In the past we have covered the Q-Suite’s Visual Dialplan Builder with its ease of use and capabilities to handle any, from basic to very complex, requirements of an IVR. However, before the Q-Suite had the dialplan builder, we had the auto-attendant features, which allowed for a menu structure to provide the caller options to select and be sent within the system. One can argue the dialplan builder can do everything the auto-attendants can and I would not disagree. However, the auto-attendant configuration screens have been kept in the product due to their ease of use that allows anyone to have a multi-level menu system up and going within minutes. Continue reading Feature Highlight: Auto-Attendants
I have a scenario approaching quickly with regards to this topic. My previous two vehicles were leased. My third was financed, with the end date of the loan coming up, which means no more direct vehicle payments. This end goal was very appealing to me, hence the purchasing of the most recent vehicle as opposed to leasing it. Maintenance costs are going to crop up, but those are unavoidable. I did truly like the convenience of having a leased car, mostly because if anything at all went awry in the lifetime of the lease, the dealer covered almost any and all expenses. This is not the case with owning of course. This leads me to the actual topic here: Should I lease my contact center or should I buy it?
Continue reading Buy or Rent? Finance or Lease? The Contact Center Edition
Do you know who your clients are? Do your agents? In some outbound dialing campaigns, it’s critical for your agents to know to whom they are speaking before they’ve said “Hello.” The leads are distinct enough that the agent needs to familiarize herself with the particulars of this particular contact before clicking “Dial”. In some cases, this may mean a few minutes of study. Continue reading Better Know Your Leads — Outbound Dialing Part 2: Preview Dialing
Are your outbound agents spending most of their time talking to clients, or each other? If you’re not using the right mode of dialing for your campaign, it could be the former. When you have an outbound dialing campaign, the agent talk rate is going to be a big factor in its effectiveness. The more time agents spend talking to clients, the better. You need to have a good understanding of the options available, and when each may be most effective. Continue reading Outbound Dialing Part 1: Profit from the Four Ps of Outbound Dialing
Before it became synonymous with ‘Google it’, searching was how we all went about our business on our web browsers when a particular item needed some clarification or a certain question needed some answering. With regards to the Q-Suite, searching can be custom tailored to meet specific needs, as far as how data is entered in order to query the database with efficiency. Search templates hold these structures so let us take a bit of a look as to how and why you may want to use them.
Continue reading The Art of the Search
Within the Q-Suite we have our dialplan builder with extensive options to route and manipulate calls. The dialplan builder meets the needs of most situations but from time to time you need to get low level and go right into the asterisk dialplan. If it is only a couple of statements the dialplan builder has the Execute command, but when it’s more involved that’s where the Q-Suite’s Asterisk Scripts option comes in. Continue reading Feature Highlight: Asterisk Scripts
Are you losing customers to a bad dialplan? Trouble navigating an IVR is one of the most common customer service complaints people have. Why irritate your clients with a bad menu system? The truth is, it’s not always easy to build an IVR that is simple enough for most clients, yet sophisticated enough to route calls to the right party. Your call center’s ACD system may depend on it, however. Continue reading Sometimes Good People Have Bad IVRs
In the Q-Suite, we use PBX Routing Rules as the proper name for Time of Day scheduling. This feature is the backbone of the CTI Campaign Schedules, but is still quite useful for people who may not want to venture into the Contact Center portion of the product and are perfectly fine with sticking to the PBX aspect. Let’s have a look at a simple example showing how to use this feature.
Continue reading Feature Highlight: PBX Routing Rules