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If you want a solution to manage your incoming calls, and have your customer(s) wait on the line while an agent picks up the call, you need to create a Calling Queue entry, this will permit you to have many calls in hold, queued calls in First In, First Out order until agents become available.
Queues consist of:
- Incoming calls being placed in the queue
- Members that answer the queue (extensions or users that login as agents)
- A strategy for how to handle the queue and divide calls between members
- Music played while waiting in the queue
- Announcements for members and callers
Agents are the people (or person) that answer call(s) that have been placed into a specific Queue. An agent logs in indicating that s/he is now ready to take calls. Transfers an inbound call to a queue, which is then in turn transfered to an available agent.
The members in the queue can be static or dynamic. The Static Members are those that are always connected to the queue, in the other hand the Dynamic members are those that need to log in to the queue in order to take calls.
Log in or log out to the queue as Dynamic Member
If you want get access to your Call queue ,dial *11, at the prompt, dial queue ID and password if you set. E.G If i want log to the "call queue 1" I dial *11 >> Option 1 >> Password (optional).
If you want logout from the call queue, dial *12, at the prompt, dial queue ID. E.G If i want logout to the "call queue 1" I dial *12 >> Option 1.
In go to your Customer Portal >> DID Numbers >> Calling Queues
And then go to "Create New Call Queue"
Now your are going to start a new configuration:
- Queue Number: Here we select the number of our Queue, E.G I have my company and i want select the Queue 1 to my sales department, my Queue 2 to my support department, in this way you are sure that your agents received the calls properly.
- Queue Name: Here you enter the name of you Call Queue 1, E.G "Sales Team".
- Queue Language: This sets the language system announcement. In this case "English" .
- Queue Password: This is an optional setting, you can preset a password to access to this queue and be sure that only the people involved to this queue enter it.
- Caller ID Prefix: This setting is optional. You can optionally prefix the Caller ID.
- Join Announcement: If you have a recording for your calling queues you can set it here, this recording is playing when the members get in the queue. E.G In my company i have a queue in my sales department, until my customers wait, they hear a recording of all my products and discounts.
- Priority / Weight: Weight of queues, they compared to another queues, if you have an agent logged in more than 1 queues, higher weights get first shot as available agent.
- Agent Announcement: Optionally, you can set one of your recordings to be played to the agent. Agent will be connected to the caller immediately after the announcement.
- Report Hold time to agent: If you wish to report the caller's hold time to the members, set this to yes.
- Member Delay: If you wish to have a delay before the agent is connected to the caller, set this to the number of seconds to delay.
- Maximum Wait Time: The maximum time that a caller can wait in queue before sent to the "Failover" Destination.
- Join when empty:
-Yes: Callers can join a queue with no members or only unavailable members. -Strict: Callers cannot join a queue with no members or only unavailable members. -No: Callers cannot join a queue with no members.
- Leave when empty:
-Yes: Callers are sent to the failover when there are no members. -Strict: Callers are sent to failover if there are members but non of theme is available. -No: Callers will remain in the queue even if there are no members.
- Ring Strategy
Calls are distributed among the members handling a queue with one of several strategies, defined in queues.conf
-Ringall:: ring all available channels until one answers. -Leastrecent:: ring interface which was least recently called by this queue -Fewestcalls:: ring the one with fewest completed calls from this queue -Random:: ring random interface -Round Robin Memory:: round robin with memory, remember where we left off last ring pass
- Ring in-use: This setting let you avoid that the call goes to an agent which device is currently in use.
Note: Currently only a device with the SIP protocol is able to report his status as 'in use'.
- Agent Ring Timeout: Number of seconds in which the call will remain in ringing state, before being considered as timeout.
- Retry Timer: How long the system will wait before trying with all the members again.
- Wrap-up Time: After a successfully call, this setting let you set the amount of minute the system will wait before sending the call to a free agent.
Announcements and Fail Over
Periodic Voice Announcements
Voice Announcement: This is an optional setting, you can choose which recording will be played to the callers of this queue.
Frequency of announcement: Select the periodic interval to play the recording to the callers.
Periodic Hold Position, Estimated Hold-time announcements and Thank you for your patience announcement.
Announce Position frequency: This setting let you know how often to make any periodic announcement. Optional setting.
Announce Round Seconds: Here you can choose if you want to announce the number of seconds or round to minute. If you want to announce seconds, select the amount to round.
If Announce position is enabled, do you also want to report estimated hold-time?: Either yes, no or only once. Hold time will be announced as the estimated time, or less than 2 minutes when appropriate.
Thank you for your patience: This is an optional setting. Your callers will hear "Thank you for your patience", after announcing the Queue Position and Estimated Hold time left.
Fail Over Destinations
Here you can choose the destination for the follow failover options:
- Timeout: If the call reach the maximum wait time.
- FULL: If the queue reaches the maximum number of callers.
- JOINEMPTY: A call was sended to the queue but the queue had no members (Only works when Join when empty is set to No)
- LEAVEEMPTY: The last agent was removed form the queue before all calls were handled (Only works when Leave when empty is set to Yes).
- JOINUNAVAIL: Same as JOINEMPTY, except that there were still queue members, but all were with status unavailable (SIP Phone logged out for example)
- LEAVEUNAVAIL: Same as LEAVEEMPTY,except that there were still queue members, but all were with status unavailable (SIP Phone logged out for example)
We are finished now click on the Save Queue.
Static Members are the predefined and permanently assigned members responsible for answering incoming calls to a queue. You can add as many members as you wish to any given queue.
The advantage of the static members is that your members do not have to login or logout from the queue using the *11 and *12 commands. The only thing your members have to do is register or unregister their accounts from the VoIP.ms servers.
One of disadvantages of the static members is that your members are unable to log out of the queue, they are permanently assigned instead. Other disadvantage is that your members need to use their account or sub account to be in the queue, this could mean that they wouldn't be able to change devices and log into the queue, they would have to use their assigned device.
Add an Static Member
First you need to access the Calling Queue page that is under the DID Numbers menu in your Customer Portal.
From there, you need only to click on the link Edit Static Members, that bring you to the next screen:
To add a new static member, you need only to fill the follow information:
Description: Here you can assign a description to easily identify each member of the queue.
Account: Here you select the account or subaccount that is going to be assigned as a member for this queue.
Priority: This value can be equal or greater than zero. Available members with lower priority will get the calls first. You can have more than one member with the same priority.
How to use your Queue
Once you have created a Queue, you can assign it to many DID numbers as you want without needing to create it again. You need to go to your Customer Portal >> DID Numbers >> Manage DID(s). And from there you can route the DID numbers to go directly to the Queue, using an IVR, through a time condition or even as a failover option for your DID number.