18 Types of Call Center Services To Skyrocket Your Business in 2023

 Last Updated: Feb 15, 2022  |    MIN READ



Customer service has become highly important as more people transact online these days.

The need to have access to support representatives and different types of customer service has become important in not only troubleshooting different issues that your customers face while dealing with your business, but it is also highly essential in growing the relationship between you and your customers. 

The global market call center industry based on Reportlinker''s latest information is to reach a market value of over $496 billion by 2027.

It is still one of the leading means to speak to your business that is commonly known amongst your current and potential customers. 

But what does a call center representative do and how can they enhance your relationship with your business? It is important to look into the different kinds of call center services that perfectly fit the nature of the business that your company has. 

In this article, we discuss what are the types of call center solutions that can enhance your relationship with your customers and the advantages of having an effective team behind your customer support.

What is an Inbound Call Center?

Inbound Call Center

Inbound call center solutions are one of the categories of call center that is focused on receiving incoming calls from customers.

These calls come from customers with issues or concerns that need immediate help.

Over 76% of consumers today prefer to speak with a live agent as it is the most real-time and preferred method of contacting a company about their issues.

The most common usages or solutions among inbound call center providers are:

  1. Customer Service Hotline - a direct line where your customers can easily reach you whenever they would like to transact with your business.

    This doesn't just mean troubleshooting, but it can also cover ordering or reservations for a certain product or service that your business provides.

  2. Help Desk - According to finances online, acquiring help desk software can save up to 670 working hours per week and reduce the number of phone calls by 10%.

    This only means that your helpdesk software and customer service team can now easily provide faster resolutions and cover more self-serving solutions and resources that your customers can access anytime.

  3. Technical Support refers to an inbound call center help that provides customers who require help with a technical product or service.

    This type of customer service could be a hardware device or software that needs the expertise of highly skilled & trained individuals who understand the ins and outs of these products and services.

  4. Inbound Sales cater to prospecting for potential customers who are looking into similar information that your products or services can provide.

    Inbound sales calls can be complex and therefore a highly-skilled customer representative who is well-versed in a company's product and services is preferred as they introduce your business to potential customers.

    These calls are sales opportunities you wouldn't want to miss.

  5. Order Processing commonly is used for e-commerce businesses where your customers call your direct line to transact with your business.

    These could be from purchasing goods or booking appointments for the services that you offer.

    Agents who handle Order Processing and inbound calls like these should be detail-oriented as you would want to fulfill the wrong orders and lead your customers to dissatisfaction.

  6. Dispatch Services often needed when a customer's concern needs to be connected with a specialist within your business.

    Connecting them with the right person who will address urgent concerns will also help with increasing productivity as tasks and more issues can be resolved because of the fast response of the people with the right knowledge on the subject.

What is an Outbound Call Center?

Outbound Call Center

There are different types of call center services, the main difference between an inbound and outbound call center solution is that outbound calls primarily focus on sales and marketing.

This type of customer service showcases your services and products to potential customers who are likely looking for similar businesses to yours.

There are also different outbound call center solutions you can use for your business.

  1. Telemarketing through Cold Calling is an outbound call made to potential customers who are probably not expecting to be contacted.

    This is their first interaction with your business, thus it is important to have an expert in making sure that these calls are worth taking their time.

    They likely rely on an outbound call script to start transactions with your potential customers.

  2. Lead Generation through Warm Calling is a kind of outbound call that involves a previous interaction with a lead, meaning that you may have met your potential client through another event or service.

    This type of outbound call is better received and usually has better conversion rates.

  3. Market Research is an outbound call that involves getting to know more about your potential customers and looking into what kinds of pain points or challenges that they may have and how your business can help them resolve these issues.

    This type of call center is commonly used when businesses conduct focus group discussions to know more about their customers and their decision-making factors.

  4. Customer Follow-Ups are commonly used for businesses with recurring billing systems and payment reminders.

    These calls can also be informational as businesses can also look into the data frequency of how their customers pay or transact with your products and services.

    This is also highly essential, as it supports the daily operations of a business.

  5. Customer Retention involves outbound calls that offer special perks and additional services for customers who have already been transacting with your business.

    This can help enhance your customer's loyalty towards your brand and allow them to continue patronizing your products and services.


Non-voice Support Solutions That Work

Non-Voice Call Center

Call center solutions do not stop with actual phone calls, but they can also outbound call center solutions that enhance the customer experience and support through a different medium.

It can also be helpful as your customers would likely prefer certain types of communications.

Non-voice is a type of call center that includes communications done via email, chat, and SMS, which can also create a direct and more instant way to ensure that your customers are given support promptly.

  1. E-Mail Support refers to providing outbound or inbound type of call center support via email.

    This is an ideal medium as it also documents the transaction between your business and the customers and creates a more formal backlog and documentation should the need for it arises.

  2. Chat Support is an inbound call center support medium that can instantly provide support to your customers who are probably just browsing through your products and services and have immediate questions.

    This is the fastest way to provide support to your customers.

  3. SMS Support is commonly used for telemarketing or to promote your services directly to a database of mobile subscribers.

    These SMS blasts can be targeted specifically to the ideal target audience of your business to ensure higher conversion rates afterward.


Automated Processes

Automated Call Center

Besides these inbound and outbound services, there is also this type of call center that your business should look into, automating some customer support services to help and help as many customers as possible.

These services help you enhance the experience and let your customers know that your business is always ready to provide the right support and help that they need.

While 76% of customers prefer to speak with a live agent, automated services can help your business to provide support to more customers more efficiently as it gate keeps and queue up all customer inquiries so that your business can easily attend to each one of them.

  1. Voicemail services, especially for inbound call center services, allow your customers to leave their inquiries and questions on the line so that you can attend to them at a later time.

    This is very convenient for customers the do not have time to wait and hold the call for a long time.

  2. Email management is one of the varieties of call center that is automated, where your business can send out automated emails or direct certain inquiries to the right personnel or experts that can help your customers further.
  3. Interactive Voice Response (IVR) are automated replies and distribution of information over the phone.

    This is usually prompted by the customer when they are looking for something specific.

    Commonly used in financial institutions like banks to ensure that calls are filtered through and those with more immediate requests are prioritized without leaving those with more generic questions hanging.

  4. Appointment Management is an automated service that helps your customers easily book appointments with your services or products.

    This also helps your inbound and outbound agents to plan their schedules and attend to customers more effectively.


Maximize Customer Service with Outsourcing

A notable factor when it comes to customer care and support is call center solutions. The basic role of a call center solutions provider is to handle large volumes of calls and emails that your business receives daily.

These different varieties of call center or customer-facing roles often deals directly and converse with your customers.

It is important to start a conversation with a call center service provider that provides not only you with these but has in-depth knowledge and empathy on how to handle your customers.

Since no two businesses are the same, they should also be able to provide you with a list of call center services to make sure that you have the right solution to enhance your relationship with your customers.

Your service provider should also be able to cultivate a good relationship between you and your customers.

The different types of customer service can be tailor-fit to suit the needs of your business and even the needs of your customers.

Always remember that a healthy customer relationship always leads to an increase in brand recognition.

This becomes helpful as loyal and repeat customers increase their lifetime value and lower your cost of acquisition.

Call center services plays a big role for the enhancement of customer relationships, in which leads to profitability and growth for your business.

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