How Much Training is Too Much in Outbound Telemarketing?

By Ryan Apodac, Operations Manager/Trainer

Outbound telemarketing Congratulations! You oversee a team of outbound telemarketing appointment setters in a call center. The bad news is that for the past 3 months, booked appointments have steadily declined. As a result, you schedule a training session, then another training session, and finally when things aren’t improving, yet another training session. Things still aren’t improving, and you now begin to see your attrition increase, your employees are losing focus, and sales are dropping. What’s the problem? You trained them, didn’t you? The problem is that your issue may not require training at all. You may be contributing to the problem by over-training your outbound telemarketing appointment setters.

How do you know when you are over-training your outbound telemarketing appointment setters? Call center agents will start to exhibit some of the above signs when you have given them too much training. Over-training is an expensive mistake that too many in our industry make. Continue reading

Augment Your Sales Pipeline: Outbound Lead Generation

By Megan Hottman, Brand Evangelist

Outbound lead generation One of the services we specialize in is outbound lead generation. We provide thousands of qualified leads to our clients on a daily basis. One of the activities that drives the demand for our services is pipeline management. In most organizations, sales pipeline management is an activity owned by the Sales VP or Director. We partner with those individuals to assist them with keeping their sales pipeline as full as possible – ensuring they are in a position to achieve their sales goals every month. Continue reading

How to Calculate Call Center Outsourcing Cost: Outbound

By Angela Garfinkel, President

Call centers price their services in a myriad of ways, but the two primary cost structures are “per hour” and “per minute”. Outbound call programs are typically priced per hour. Inbound call handling programs are priced hourly if the team of call center agents are dedicated to the client, or per minute if the call center agents are shared with other clients. In this article, I’ll share how to calculate call center outsourcing cost for outbound calls.

Outbound call center outsourcing cost

There are typically 4 different components that you will see on a call center invoice.

  • Telemarketing hours
  • Training hours
  • Setup fee
  • Monthly management fee

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Telemarketing Firm in Nebraska: Owner Operator Spotlight

By Heather Dubas, Senior Operations Manager

Telemarketing firm in NebraskaThe foundation of our call center operation is our owner-operated call centers. With 17+ owner-operator call centers throughout the U.S. and Canada; Quality Contact Solutions has the capacity and depth to conduct all types of outbound and inbound call center programs. Owner-operators are passionate about doing great work and hands-on, ensuring success on each client program.

With an outstanding list of clients, we’ve been fortunate to attract and work with the best owner-operators in the call center industry. One of our favorite owner-operators is a telemarketing firm in Nebraska. Worldwide Access Solutions, Inc. (WASI). Continue reading

Why You’re not just doing B2B Appointment Setting

By  A.J. Windle, Director of Operations

B2B Appointment SettingHave you ever changed a tire? Seems pretty easy when you say it, but have you ever thought about how much work goes into something so simple? First you have to brave the weather and if you live where I do that could be a lot of work in itself. Then you have to make sure you have the right tools to do the job. You’ll need a jack for the car, potentially gloves and a spare tire. You have to jack up the car, take off the lug nuts, pull the tire off, put the new tire on, tighten the lug nuts, release the jack and put everything back. What seemed simple is much more complex.

B2B appointment setting is very similar. It seems easy at first glance. However, if misjudge the task as easy, then you will most certainly be disappointed. At Quality Contact Solutions we are experts at B2B appointment setting and here are a few items you’ll need to keep in mind to make sure your B2B appointment setting program doesn’t go flat. Continue reading