18 ways to Improve Outbound Dialling


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Our panel share their tips on improving outbound dialling in the contact centre.

1.    Use penetration reports for a clear view of dialler performance

Penetration reports are essential to dialler administration, as this will give a clear view of the dialler performance on the contact list, as well as the dialler infrastructure.

With thanks to Jenine

2.    Make sure your dialler manager is looking for trends

Be intelligent with the way you use your data.

Make sure your dialler manager is looking for trends in penetration/sales, and sort your data in the most optimal way.

This can make significant percentage gains.

With thanks to Nerys

3.    Moving from call to call is like cornering in Formula 1

Transition time is a key measure. The analogy I use is that moving from call to call is like cornering in Formula 1 – too slow and you won’t succeed, too fast and you lose traction (focus) for accelerating into the next straight (next call).

With thanks to Lee

4.    Use a “shout out” board to motivate your agents

shout-out-boardWhenever we get a customer response that praises an agent’s performance, we post the “shout out” on the board in the lunch room.

Agents are constantly trying to get their name posted, and we’ve found it to be a very popular motivational tactic.

With thanks to another one of Call Centre Helper’s readers

5.    Review your reports to check Best Time to Talk

Review your reports to check Best Time to Talk (BTT), and improve utilisation and dialling accordingly.

With thanks to Teejey

6.    Get everyone a hot sausage roll to perk them up a bit

When you know you’ve got a tough day ahead, get everyone a hot sausage roll to perk them up a bit.

I also tend to find that lucky dip incentives work well.

With thanks to Andrew

7.    Use call recordings from best performers to inspire struggling consultants

play-buttonUse the call recordings from your best performers to inspire and pull up any struggling consultants.

With thanks to Nerys

8.    Let agents assess their calls with Quality Assurance

Let agents assess their calls with Quality Assurance to get them to acknowledge their development areas.

With thanks to Matthew

9.    Don’t clutter the agent desktop with too much information

Try not to clutter the agent desktop solution with too much unnecessary information.

This can lead to longer hold times or dead air, which means less time is spent getting through the lists.

With thanks to Russell

10.     Get your agents to design how the KPI report looks

kpiGet your agents to design the KPI report.

The more input they have in the design, the more likely you are to achieve buy-in when using them.

With thanks to Emma

11.     Set up Call Blending for the CLI number left when dialling

Set up Call Blending for the Calling Line Identity (CLI) number left when dialling.

This should increase your contact rate, as outbound calls returned by customers via this channel go to your best-skilled advisors. This can improve KPI figures.

With thanks to Dave

12.     Gather information about your competition via your agents

Who knows your business better than your people?

As they are speaking to the customers anyway, they can get information on the competition at the same time and it’s cheaper than using an external company.

With thanks to Mark

13.     Use time off the phones as an incentive for over-performers

holding-house-between-handsUse time off the phone or go home early as an ultimate incentive for over-performers.

But always agree in advance when they can take this, so that it suits the needs of the business.

With thanks to Jo

14.     List penetration is key to the continuous running of campaigns

List penetration is key to the continuous running of campaigns, and an agent utilisation dashboard is important when monitoring agent productivity.

In addition, RPC rate/Conversion reports are key for analysing the performance of campaigns and planning future ones. And a real-time abandoned rate dashboard is probably the most important one for any dialler manager.

With thanks to Russell

15.     Blending can work well if all involved understand its different forms

Blending can work well. But only if all involved understand the different forms of blending – especially senior management.

In addition, you should make sure that outbound performance on high-value campaigns is not impacted by low-value inbound call handling. You also need to ensure that the thresholds are set right.

With thanks to Dave

16.     Pitch Team 1 against Team 2 in a sales competition

tug-of-warTeam-based incentives tend to work well. For example, pitching Team 1 against Team 2 in a sales competition can generate good results.

This is because it allows people to work as a team towards the target and generally improves overall productivity.

With thanks to Russell

17.     The best first sentence always includes a question – doesn’t it?

The best first sentence always includes a question – doesn’t it?

This is because the customer feels compelled to answer and you therefore successfully start a conversation!

With thanks to another one of Call Centre Helper’s readers

18.     Introduce “Fruity Fridays” to keep your agents motivated

fruit-bowlsIntroduce “Fruity Fridays” to keep your agents motivated with surplus amounts of fruit on a Friday.

With thanks to Emma

What do you do to improve outbound dialling in your contact centre?

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Published On: 16th Apr 2014 - Last modified: 22nd Mar 2017
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