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Minimum Technology for Inbound Call Center Vendors

By Nathan Teahon, Vice President

Call Center VendorIt amazes me when I visit a call center for the first time and see how ill-equipped some call center management teams are when it comes to having the right technology to manage their teams.

While there are many standard features in Inbound ACDs and multichannel call management platforms, there are three technology features that are absolutely essential for call center vendors. Continue reading

Robocalls are Risky: Today’s Compliance Consulting Tip

By Angela Garfinkel, President

Compliance Consulting

Many associations and trade organizations use robocalls (automated calls without live agents) to blast messages to their potential attendees and members in advance of a trade show or conference. All it takes is a recorded message and a list of telephone numbers and you can literally blanket your target market with hundreds, thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of robocalls. And your message is delivered the same way every single time. If you’ve ever run an outbound telemarketing campaign with live agents, you know that consistency of staying on script (without sounding scripted) can be very difficult. And, in addition to being fast and consistent, other than emails, there is no cheaper way to get your message to your target market.

However, it is little known that robocalls are a risky tool to use to communicate en masse with your target market.

Here is a bit of good news: If your association or trade organization has tax-exempt non-profit status, then you may be ‘okay’ to continue to use robocalls. However, if you don’t meet the requirements for the tax-exempt non-profit status, please beware. Continue reading

Do You Need a 24×7 Contact Center Vendor?

By Patricia Qvern, Operations Manager

Contact Center VendorAs consumers, we want every call center that provides us service to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We want to be able to call and order a “thingamabob” at 1:00 AM, as well as, reach a live person to help when it’s 90 degrees and the air conditioner stops working. As consumers, we LOVE to have the convenience and reliability to pick up the phone and get what we want or need on our time schedule. The reality is, we don’t always get what we want and must compromise and call back during regular business hours and in some instances, it’s perfectly okay – just a little inconvenient.

But what about the times when you need immediate customer service? And how does a business determine if offering 24×7 inbound call center services is necessary? Continue reading

Outbound Call Center and Telemarketing TCPA Case Update

By Angela Garfinkel, President

TCPA Case Update

TCPA Case UpdateOn March 16, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit released it decision in the ACA Int’l vs. FCC case, about 17 months after oral argument. The decision provided some relief for companies that use the telephone to make outbound telemarketing contacts.

The court’s decision set aside the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) broad definition of an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) and its reassigned telephone numbers ruling in 2015 but failed to provide relief for handling revocation of consent. Continue reading

Why Outsourced Telemarketing With Owner-Operators Is Best

By Nathan Teahon, Vice President

Outsourced TelemarketingFor over 10 years I have been part of the Quality Contact Solutions team and frequently one of the longest conversations I have with people outside of our organization is how our business model works. People generally understand what contact center vendors are and what outsourced telemarketing is. If they know those things they also understand the role of brokers in the telemarketing services and call center industry work as well. It’s hard for people to understand that there is something else that isn’t necessarily in the middle of those two but does lie somewhere in between.

Managed Outsourced Telemarketing: What is it?

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