Another year and another Super Bowl has passed us by. With all the hoopla that comes from the two weeks between the Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl itself, talking about quarterbacks-this and defences-that, it’s not really surprising that the guys responsible for holding the footballs in place for their kickers get next to no attention. Even though this role is highly overlooked, it can be amazingly crucial to the outcome of a game. Good or even great holds that result in points for the team are par for the course. However, a botched hold can ultimately end a team’s season and perhaps even their chance to take home the Vince Lombardi trophy. We’ve seen these before with Tony Romo in real-life and with Ray Finkle in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective for a hilariously fictional take on the situation. The bottom line here is that holding is very important and let’s have a look at how this can be done in a proper manner.
Having a tool that can do 100% of the most common cases and 90% of all cases is really great. However, there’s always going to be that 10% of cases that give you trouble.
When you’re using a product that sets clear limits on functionality to the most common cases, that’s fine. But, if you’re using a full-featured call centre suite, that last 10% definitely needs to be in. In the Indosoft Visual Dialplan Builder, it’s simple to construct a dialplan to meet most needs. Continue reading The Command That Makes the Visual Dialplan Builder a 100% Solution
You say failure is not an option. So let’s get prepared. Whether you’re deploying your call center in the Cloud or installing your ACD system locally, it’s important to make sure the whole system matches your needs. Testing is crucial. You don’t want to find out that a single Asterisk server was insufficient after logging in 300 agents. We can provide advice and rough guidelines. The sheer number of options available for the platform itself, as well as the number of use cases that Q-Suite allows, mean that it can be impossible to be sure that a specific configuration will be problem free without trying it. Continue reading It’s Less Stress to Test
The history of the World Wide Web is the story of server-side versus client-side software. When things started to get going, the Web was largely a set of static files that were served up from the server. The browser displayed those files in as presentable manner as possible, but didn’t do any extra processing on its own that wasn’t part of the rendering process. Dynamic content was animated GIF files and the <blink> tag. Continue reading Sharing the Load
You can have the most wonderful dialplan builder in the world. If you don’t know how many people are taking each branch, though, you don’t know your system well enough. You can guess that X number of people are choosing an option because that’s how many people hit your queue. Are you sure that you’re not losing people while they’re listening to your audio prompt? How many callers might go missing without being noticed? Continue reading Tracking Your Dialplan the Easy Way
When you’re trying something new, like testing a web service or getting data from your dialplan, it’s important to be able to ensure the data you expect is where it’s supposed to be and in the form you expect.
Your call center is constantly having to deal with new challenges. Your client decides things now have to be done this way or that. Regulations change and now you need to record your data differently. Or not record it at all. A new business opportunity springs out of nowhere, and you have to respond quickly to capitalize. When you’re handling change every day, it’s important to have a flexible call center system. Our Q-Suite software is such a system.
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
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
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