Meet Jeri Graesser! Jeri is a supervisor in our at-home, virtual call center. Jeri and her team are responsible for selling millions of dollars in medical billing and coding resources, including both books and software. What makes Jeri a successful contact solutions supervisor? There are three primary attributes that Jeri embodies on a daily basis.
For 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.
When utilizing outsourced call centers, there are many variables to consider when entrusting someone with your telemarketing campaign. One of those is choosing the appropriate compensation model. Below are the most common compensation models utilized by outsourced call centers.
Hourly Outsourced Call Center Compensation
Hourly pricing is the most frequently used pricing structure for the majority of outsourced call centers. The range of prices in this model, like all models, will vary depending on a number of factors. The level of call complexity, type of agent needed for success, size of the campaign, are just some of the factors that are typically considered when determining an hourly rate. Continue reading →
Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School of Business interviewed call center and telemarketing industry expert, Angela Garfinkel, for the drive-time segment on SiriusXM 111 titled, “Work of Tomorrow”
Christian Terwiesch, Professor at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania hosts the segment each week which looks at how new technology is causing disruptions in existing industries, changing the meaning of work along the way.
In the episode featuring Angela Garfinkel, Christian and Angela discussed how call centers are evolving and how live agents are critical to business success in 2018. The episode aired on 1/15/2018 at 5 pm ET and is being repeated throughout the week.
Author note: This article is focused on Prior Express Written Consent (PEWC) and what is required by the TCPA for placing compliant outbound telemarketing calls to wireless or VoIP phone numbers.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Declaratory Ruling in July 2015 which wreaked havoc on the outbound telemarketing industry. With the Ruling, the FCC determined that system that has the capacity to store or dial numbers automatically is considered an Automated Telephone Dialing System (ATDS). Long-story short, outbound marketers must clearly understand if they have Prior Express Consent (PEC) or Prior Express Written Consent (PEWC) with the leads in their marketing list prior to placing outbound phone calls. Continue reading →