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What is IVR ?

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IVR is an abbreviation for Interactive Voice Response. It is an automated phone system technology with call routing capabilities. It also facilitates customers interacting with a computer before getting in touch with a call center agent, so that the customers needs can be identified before they are connected to the agent best equipped to handle their concerns.

IVRs handle inbound phone calls by gathering information on calls and their inquiry before automatically transferring them to the right department. IVR systems are known to save time and money by reducing hold times and handle times, and also by requiring a smaller workforce.

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How does IVR work in a call center?

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When a customer makes a call to a call center that uses IVR, they are presented with a prerecorded voice menu. They navigate this menu manually, using the keypad, or verbally. They are then routed to an agent whose department handles the customer’s query type.

With this smart routing system, customer calls are divided aptly across departments and agents best suited to address their call. This saves time and increases first call resolution as agents are only routed calls that align with their skill level and expertise.

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What are features of the IVR system?

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Collects information about callers

IVRs collect information about callers and their needs before routing them to an agent. This ensures the call can be routed to the right department and to the agent best qualified to answer this call.

Automates customer support

IVR systems can allow customers to solve their problems/concerns by obtaining information through IVR. In some cases, callers don’t have to speak with an agent at all. This will also reduce costs significantly as the call center may require a smaller workforce with IVR than they would have without it.

Easily handles large call volumes

Call centers can easily handle a large volume of calls when using IVR. This also reduces the amount of time callers need to wait in a call queue before being connected to a call center agent.

Prioritizes calls based on value

IVR systems have the ability of prioritizing calls based on a caller’s value. When high value customers call, IVR routes them to the best and most qualified agents to meet their requirements. Additionally, high value customers/callers will always be placed at the front of the waiting queue if all the agents are busy.

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Advantages of Using IVR in your Call Centre

The following are a few benefits of employing IVR in your call center:

Facilitates Self-service Customer Service

IVR often allows customers to self serve as its system can provide basic information to callers as soon as they make the call. This means that customers can be tended to even at times outside of regular business hours, or at times no agents are available.

Increases Professionalism

Using IVR systems, organizations can greet customers in a professional manner, improving the brand image of the company and making it seem like a larger corporation than it is.

Increases Agent and Call Center Efficiency

By routing calls to the agents who are best equipped to respond to them, IVR reduces handle time and the likelihood of calls being transferred. This increases agent productivity and call center efficiency as a whole.

Increases First Contact/Call Resolution (FCR)

FCR is one of the most important performance indicators of a call center as it measures the number of customer support calls that were successfully resolved without the need for returning a call or transferring it to another agent. With IVR, agents are only dealt calls that they are best equipped to respond to, increasing FCR significantly.

Increases Customer Satisfaction

Call centers are usually set up with the main goal of improving customer satisfaction. With IVR, call centers have a higher FCR, which will also improve CX and customer satisfaction as customers’ concerns will be addressed quicker and more effectively.

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What is the IVR System used for in a call center?

These are a few additional use cases for IVR systems:

For extended Business Hours and Self-service

IVR systems enable self-service and can help customers answer common questions they may have through information from pre-recordings, without the need of an agent. Hence, this keeps the call center partly serviceable even outside regular working hours.

For Password Resets

IVR systems can be used for call caller authentication and password resets. It can also be used for almost any change a caller wants to make to their account.

For surveys

Using IVR systems, call centers can create automated IVR surveys that help organizations collect caller data and feedback through quick and easy questionnaires. This is a cost effective method of collecting feedback as it is automated and may not require the need for agents.

This feature enables multiple agents and/or supervisors to be on call with a customer. Additionally, call transferring allows agents to transfer calls to other agents or supervisors in case the first agent cannot address the caller’s concern.

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FAQs on Interactive Voice Response

What is Inbound IVR and Outbound IVR?

Answer: Inbound IVR means that the IVR system is handling incoming calls. Outbound IVR means that the system is dialing out calls. Inbound IVR is often used for business phone systems, 24/7 self-service, and call routing. Outbound IVR is generally used for reminder calls or telephone surveys.

What does an organization require in order to set-up an IVR system in their call center?

Answer: IVR systems only require a computer connected to a phone line through a telephony board/card, and a dedicated IVR software. IVR systems are cost-effective and don’t require expensive infrastructure to be set up.

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