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Text Messaging for Contact Centers and Call Centers: The New Frontier

By Dean Garfinkel, President

If you haven’t heard about it already, you will soon.

Texting Tool for Call CentersIt’s the next big thing in the world of contact centers and when it comes to customer service today, it’s really the only thing standing between ‘good’ and ‘great’.

It’s called conversational text messaging built for the contact center; and fortunately for you, we’ve already outlined everything you need to know.

“Text messaging for contact centers and call centers makes it possible:
you can meet business objectives [increased volume],
while also catering to customer needs [of immediacy].” Continue reading

PACE recognizes Dean Garfinkel at National Convention and Expo 2018

Dean Garfinkel recognized as Treasurer of the PACE Board of Directors

Dean Garfinkel, PACE National Board of Directors member, Treasurer and Executive Committee member, and other board members were recognized for their service during the PACE National Convention and Expo (ACX’18). The 2018 PACE National Board of Directors includes chair Lori Fentem (Synergy Solutions), Vice Chair Ken Sponsler (CompliancePoint), Secretary Mark Boehmer (Ameritas Group), Andy Balthaser (Alorica), James Danz (Wyndham Resorts), Sam Falletta (Incept Corp.), Stephen Ferber (Golden Gate BPO), Joe Galvin (Comcast), Christa Heibel (CH Consulting Group), Mandy Horton (Careington International Corporation), Bob Kobek (CustomerCount), Karl Koster (Noble Systems), Harvey Livingston (AT&T), Rob Marshall (VoiceTeam), John Nelson (Bank of America), Michael Thompson (TPG TeleManagement) and Michele Shuster, General Counsel, (Mac Murray & Shuster, LLP).

Dean has been on the PACE National Board for 15 years, serving for 4 years as Treasurer. Dean is a frequently-sought after thought leader on all telecom and compliance issues relevant to the call center and telemarketing industry. To reach Dean, email him at [email protected].

Use Local Caller ID Numbers in Fundraising Telemarketing

By Kelsey Olsen, Director of Enhanced Telecom Services

Local Caller ID with the word charity and people standing on it donating moneyCharities have used the power of the telephone as an effective channel to raise funds for many years. The phone is a powerful tool that gives charities a way to reach many potential donors. These calls can be made to previous donors or to those who have not previously supported the charity.

There are standard components to establishing a successful fundraising telemarketing campaign; including the

  • calling lists
  • scripting
  • rebuttals
  • training
  • data collection
  • and donation funds capture.

One simple yet important, and often overlooked step can be securing a Local Caller ID phone numbers to use for the Caller ID display on the outgoing phone call. Continue reading

Top 6 Best Practices When Texting in Business

By Rich Hamilton, Director of Marketing & Product Development

Landline Texting for business with hands holding a smart phone with chat bubblesFirst, here is a little background. Businesses are increasingly using texting to communicate with current customer and prospects. One of the primary ways that businesses send and receive text messages is by enabling their landline to send and receive text messages. In short it’s called landline texting for business. Yes, you can text to landline!

With the surge of increased usage in using landline texting for business purposes, it is important to know how to most effectively use texting for a business. Here are my top 6 best practices and a few other tips when utilizing texting for business. Continue reading

Outbound Marketing Firm Recognized for Leadership and Innovation

Dean GarfinkelApril 7, 2017 (Aurora, NE) The Quality Voice & Data team were the recipients of two awards during the Professional Association for Customer Engagement (PACE) convention and expo in Tampa, FL April 2-5, 2017. Dean Garfinkel was presented with the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his leadership as the PACE National Board of Directors Treasurer for the past three years. In presenting the award, PACE Chairman, Stuart Discount noted that Dean was instrumental in leading the organization through tremendous change.

Kelsey-PACE-Convention-2017Kelsey Olsen, Director of Enhanced Telecom Services for Quality Voice & Data, accepted the Technovation Award from PACE for the TextDesk solution. The Technovation Award recognizes innovation in the contact center ecosystem. TextDesk is a web application that allows a group of call center frontline agent users (SMS’rs) to concurrently handle multiple text conversations. In addition, concurrently a full suite of HTML APIs allows for easy to enable dialer script commands that can use variable data to send text messages with one click of the mouse. Reporting can be run, downloaded or called by an API allowing for real-time loading into center dashboards and client reports.

“Today’s leading edge contact centers are seeking ways to engage with their customers utilizing TEXT. Consumer behavior has changed over time. There was a time when the phone was the easiest way to get something done. Then the next generation of consumer behavior was to send an email and call if it’s urgent. Recently we see more consumers using email and then texting when it’s urgent. Millennials prefer a text back instead of a call back”, stated Dean Garfinkel.

About Quality Voice & Data
Quality Voice & Data offers technology solutions to the customer engagement industry. Each solution is specifically designed to ensure legal compliance and increased return on investment in the contact center. Services include LocalCallerid.com and Caller Name Display management, SMS Text messaging and advanced IVR solutions.

Company Contact:
Kelsey Olsen
Quality Voice & Data, Inc.
(516) 656-5122
[email protected]

Local Presence

Using targeted area codes to create a local presence can give your company the competitive edge.  Our service is designed to ensure proper caller ID delivery with name display for contact centers.

Take control of what appears on your outbound caller ID. Customize your campaign by
using local numbers within your target market. Numbers are available for every U.S. area
code, giving you the power to boost answer rates and increase ROI. Control both the name
and number that display for your outbound campaigns.

  • Answer rates have increased up to 40% when using localized names and numbers. This
    means better list penetration, higher contacts-per-hour, and more sales!
  • Rotate caller ID numbers to minimize impressions of the same number within your
    target market.
  • Provisioning of numbers in 15 minutes or less.
  • Fully complies with the Truth in Caller ID Act.

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The Compliance Phone: Prevent TCPA Class Action Lawsuits

By Dean Garfinkel, President of Quality Voice and Data

Complinace PhoneIf you place telemarketing calls to wireless phone numbers (and VoIP numbers), be aware that you must place the calls using a non-Automated Telephone Dialing System (non-ATDS) or device. The Federal Communications Commission’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) declaratory ruling issued in July 2015 provided clear guidance on what is an Automated Telephone Dialing System (ATDS) and what is not. Most telemarketing dialers, most office phone systems and most click to dial solutions embedded in a CRM are currently defined as an ATDS because even if the system doesn’t dial phone numbers automatically, these systems are viewed by the FCC as having the theoretical capacity for automated dialing. Continue reading

QVD Launches Standalone Non-ATDS Telephone

Standalone Non-ATDS Telephone Ensures Compliance with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)

AURORA, NE – (September 13, 2016) – Quality Voice & Data, Inc. (QVD) has launched a standalone non-ATDS “Compliance Phone”.  The Compliance PhoneTM was designed to ensure compliance with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) rules for placing calls to wireless phone numbers.  Specifically, sellers do not need prior express written consent (PEWC) to call their customers, former customers, or even prospects when using this phone device.  The Compliance Phone is being introduced to the mass market during the Professional Association for Customer Engagement TCPA Summit, September 18-20, 2016 at the W hotel in Washington DC. Continue reading

Dean Garfinkel Receives PACE Fulcrum Award for Leadership

PACE 2016

Aurora, Nebraska, USA – April 28, 2016 – The Professional Association for Customer Engagement (PACE) awarded Dean Garfinkel, President of Quality Voice & Data (QVD), with the prestigious Fulcrum Award during its annual convention in Orlando, Florida earlier this month. The Fulcrum is the highest individual award that PACE gives for contributions to the industry, the Association, and commitment to Community Service.

PACE is a non-profit trade organization dedicated exclusively to the advancement of companies that use a multi-channel approach to engaging their customers, including contact centers, email, chat, social media, web and text. Their global membership allows members to view and connect with what is happening worldwide regarding customer engagement strategies. PACE holds an Annual Summit as well as National Convention & Expo to provide tools and networking opportunities for professionals in the Customer Engagement industry. Continue reading

Tool to avoid being placed on the FCC telemarketing blacklist

Do you conduct outbound telemarketing?  Do you want to protect your organization against consumer complaints and potential government fines or penalties?   If yes, pay attention to this.

On October 21, 2015 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the implementation of a telemarketing blacklist.

The FCC started releasing data on all informal complaints it receives about unwanted robocalls and telemarketing calls. Upon releasing the data, the FCC has stated it “does not verify all of the facts alleged in these complaints”. Regardless, the FCC has elected to publish all the callers’ telephone numbers (Caller ID Numbers) with the full intent of creating a non-fact checked Telemarketers black list. Continue reading