Contact Center Price Quote Comparisons

By Catherine Hensley
Updated: July 05, 2011

Maintaining cost-effectiveness while also managing the volume of calls a company both receives and dials can be quite challenging. As businesses expand their reach around the world, many are turning to contact (or call) centers to handle their communication interactions with customers. If your business is considering adding on the services of a call center to its telecommunications management, this article will help you identify different ways to request price quotes from vendors.

The main function of a contact (or call) center is to manage customer and technical support via the available telecommunications options. Call centers provide assistance to companies through either inbound or outbound support. Inbound call centers handle mainly calls coming in to a company from consumers with questions about a product or service or those needing technical support. Centers managing outbound calls focus primarily on marketing initiatives such as sales or survey invitations. The outsourcing of such tasks to a call center can greatly relieve the demands of expanding telecommunications needs on a company’s employees.

When a business owner has decided that the volume and workload of a company’s calls merits the addition of a call center support operation, it is important to keep those specific needs in mind when requesting price quotes for services. There are a number of Internet-based options available for gathering price quotes for contact centers.

If a specific service provider or vendor is being sought, many provide online quote request forms, in which you can enter your contact information and some brief description of what you’re looking for. The vendor will then contact you directly with a quote. Additionally, other similar websites will gather quotes from multiple vendors in your area who match the criteria you are searching for. They may contact you for additional information, or they will simply have representatives from those vendors contact you.

Another popular way for requesting price quotes is to fill out an online form containing questions designed to assess your call center needs. Your answers to questions regarding topics such as budget concerns and telecommunications system requirements will help those working for the price-quoting website to select a group of vendors targeted to your specific company’s needs.

Whichever online option you choose, make sure you’ve got your company’s specific contact center needs in mind. It’ll save you time and ensure that you choose the best-priced vendor capable of providing all of the contact center services you need.
 

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