Program Design and Account Services
Academic Network staff work closely with each client to develop an individualized program from its inception through to its termination, incorporating changes and updates as needed. Every program is assigned a dedicated account manager to provide oversight to the client’s program.
Academic Network keeps clients apprised of call trends or content changes as they occur, such as marked changes in call volume on a specific topic, enabling clients to respond quickly to market changes and opportunities. Academic Network offers seamless transitions between telecommunications service providers and related vendors. We have extensive experience in coordinating efforts of multiple outsourcing agencies for the smooth transfer of information and/or numbers between companies.
Scripting and Technical Writing
Academic Network develops scripts and provides technical assistance for our clients to create efficient and customer-friendly scripting. Scripting, programming, voice recording, and voice talent are all services of Academic Network.
Data Collection and Reporting
Database programs are designed to give clients feedback and data regarding their advertising and marketing programs and are individually developed in conjunction with the client. Reports are customized to meet individual client needs during the program set-up, and can be revised at any time as changing needs are identified. Standard reports for IVR include general call information: date, time, duration, number of calls, etc. Additional captured information can be included in the reports, such as monthly summaries, media source reports, menu summaries of IVR options, and transcription summaries.
Generally, call data is captured in Microsoft SQL Server databases. Reports are transferred via the method(s) of the client’s choice. Common modes of transfer include secure real-time web-based interfaces, e-mail, FTP, fax, U.S. mail, and overnight delivery. All customer data files are backed up on a real-time basis, and the entire system is backed up daily. Academic Network maintains remote files for disaster recovery.
Standard transcription turnaround time is 72 hours. Faster service is readily available for time-sensitive promotions. Our in-house medical experts provide oversight of all health-related transcription to ensure accurate documentation of health and medical topics.
Call Center Service Levels
Academic Network designs and maintains the service level acceptable to the client. Generally, our inbound live operator call center requires that 80 percent of the calls be answered in 20 seconds or less with an abandonment rate of 3 percent. On an individual project basis, we work with the client to determine the demand for inbound IVR and to establish service levels that assure ports are expanded or contracted as the project demands, depending on various factors such as financial resources, media events, and positioning of the number.
Academic Network has secured toll-free numbers and reduced long distance rates for its business. Our costs are substantially lower due to the combination of projects and resource sharing among clients. In the event that a client wishes to assign a toll-free number over to Academic Network, it will be assigned back to the client on completion of the project and terms of agreement.
Academic Network offers an excellent, cost-effective alternative for some businesses by offering cost sharing of our state-of-the-art IVR system. Our services can be developed for either short- or long-term projects ranging from one-time media events to large-scale national advertising campaigns. We work with each client to establish a program that is effective, efficient, economical, and reliable.
Depending on complexity, programs can typically be established in 45 to 60 days. Less complex IVR and live-operator programs have been initiated in 3 to 4 days to accommodate more urgent needs. All applications available through our IVR system are designed to operate on various Microsoft platforms, depending on the needs of our clients. Academic Network uses multiple programming languages in order to match the specific database requirements of our clients.