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Supporting Customer Service Departments in the Wake of the Coronavirus

Of course, even in normal circumstances, almost everyone has had a bad customer service experience. It’s bad enough when it happens then. But it’s especially bad for businesses already struggling, especially when people have more time on their hands to share bad reviews online. Fortunately, there are ways to ensure that customer service departments consistently provide excellent service to callers. Here are some common stumbling blocks, and their solutions.

Long wait times are arguably one of the biggest complaints from callers. Studies show that callers will hang up after a certain amount of time. What’s worse is that an already angry caller will either hang up and call back even angrier, or hang up and never call again. Without a way to retrieve missed calls, businesses will lose customers and potentially, new revenue…. Read more » 

3 Ways Call Routing Can Work For You While You Work From Home

800response has helped our customers meet these challenges using the call routing services that we have offered for years. From rerouting calls to remote agents to anticipating customer concerns, we’re helping businesses like yours adjust to the shifting landscape of COVID-19.

Here are three ways call routing can work for you while you and your employees work from home.

While there are various advanced routing tools to direct your incoming calls to different store locations, you can also route them to other locations in any manner you choose. You can have the call ring to the agents in a round-robin fashion, route all calls to ring to a single agent, or prompt callers with a message that allows them to select the right person for the call. So rather than changing your tracking numbers, you just have to decide how you want to reroute those calls…. Read more » 

How to Qualify Inbound Leads for Marketing & Sales Teams

If you work in marketing or sales, your number one goal is to attract as many inbound leads as possible. But a large quantity of leads does not necessarily mean they are all high quality. And when your sales reps reach out to non-viable leads, they waste valuable time.

You’d be surprised by how much time you can save by qualifying inbound leads before they are assigned. With the proper lead qualifying process in place, your marketing team will have an easier time passing along sales qualified leads. Here’s quick guide on how to qualify inbound leads for marketing and sales teams…. Read more » 

How Recording Calls Reduces Agent Attrition & Other Benefits

Business owners typically have 3 main goals. They want to ensure that employees have the tools needed to succeed, to provide an exceptional customer experience, and to maintain a positive brand image. Recording calls and using insights from customer interactions can achieve all of this.

Implementing a call recording solution has become standard practice for many businesses, yet its value often remains unknown. If you’re considering a call recording solution, or you’re already recording calls but haven’t explored all of its applications, here are just a few benefits of call recording. … Read more » 

Taking the Mystery Out of Call Routing Software

When someone calls your business, you want to ensure that the caller will reach the person who can provide the best service for that caller’s particular needs. The best way to accomplish this is to implement call routing software. Call routing guarantees that each incoming call reaches the right business location, the right department, and the right person.

Call routing options have evolved over the years, and while this is certainly a good thing, it can be confusing for companies looking into call routing for the first time. How do they know which routing system is best for them and for their customers?… Read more » 

Why Can’t We Be Friends? Benefits of Joining Traditional and Digital Advertising

Meanwhile, digital marketing advocates view traditional advertising as obsolete and no longer effective. To them, using offline advertising is a sign that a company is stuck in the past. Clearly these two strategies are too different, right?

Wrong.

The truth is that digital and traditional advertising can not only work together, but the combination is shown to yield great results. A digital-traditional marketing mix can benefit businesses in the following ways:… Read more » 

Growing Your Business in a Local Market

While the trend is often relegated to food, “buying local” has become a significant credo for all kinds of shoppers. People are rejecting national brands and choosing businesses that help form the backbone of their communities. This movement is born out of more than a desire to “throwback” to the good old days. Consumers genuinely believe in the benefits of going local, and that creates a significant opportunity for small businesses.

However, giant conglomerates still generate their fair share of revenue, so you’ll need to take a proactive approach if you want to establish yourself as a pillar of the community…. Read more » 

How to Explain to Your Clients Why They Need Call Tracking

Sound familiar?

The internet has certainly made it easier for companies to track leads and gather contact information from prospects. While there’s no debate over the importance of having an online presence for today’s businesses, lead tracking isn’t confined to the web. There’s a ton of lead-qualifying information that your clients can gather from a simple phone call.

Your clients may believe that no one uses the phone anymore. However, there are countless studies that show customers still prefer to use the telephone. Unlike filling out an online form that may take days to receive a response, a phone conversation provides immediate answers. Plus, not all websites have a chat option. … Read more » 

Three Hidden Benefits of Call Transcription

Speech to text transcription converts audio to text so that managers can quickly scan the calls instead of listening to the entire recording. Searchable call transcriptions make it even easier to monitor calls for quality. Managers can search all calls for specific words and phrases within a determined date range. This is far more accurate and efficient than manual call monitoring. … Read more »