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Speak 710 the Newest Member of the Jabra Speak Family

5/10/2017 - 0 Comments
 


Jabra continues to build upon the success of the Speak family with its newest offering, the Speak 710. The Speak 710 takes wireless collaboration to the next level with its Link feature, which doubles the coverage, without cords! Simply press this Link button on the primary unit and follow the quick, simple voice commands to pair two units together. Jabra states that a single unit is designed to support up to 6 people, and double that when linking two units together. In the testing we’ve done both in house and in demonstrations, we have found that the mic pick up and the speaker volume far exceeded the recommended guidelines by Jabra

The portable unit is perfect for offices and conference rooms.

The high quality, powerful sound makes the Speak 710 a true speaker for music. In fact, it has up to double the sound of the Jabra Speak 510, Jabra's market-leading speakerphone. Play music from the music library on your smartphone or tablet, or stream music from an on-line site.

“People are increasingly choosing light-weight and compact products that provide portability and ease of use. Research has shown that the majority of conference phones are actually used for personal use. The Jabra Speak 710 offers extended mobility and combines it with an immersive audio and true music experience. This makes the device the perfect partner and music companion for business leaders and C-level executives,” states Holger Reisinger, VP for Business Solutions at Jabra.







As with the other Speak products, the USB cord is attached to the speakerphone and wraps around the bottom of the device for clean, easy storage. The integrated folding stand is easy to open. Touch the top of the foldable stand - just once - and it will pop out of the back. We tried to dig the bottom of the stand out of the back with limited success, so when we were told about this remarkable design feature, we were amazed! A Link 370 dongle is included with the Speak 710, and is housed in the back of the speakerphone.

You can personalize your Speak 710 with MS Cortana, Siri or Google Now as well! With the one touch Smart Button, interacting with your digital assistant is a breeze. Add more smart functionalities through SDK for 3rd party integration. For example, push the smart button to dim conference room lights.


The call controls are embedded in the face of the unit. You can personalize your Jabra Speak 710 using the Jabra Direct software, which is a free download at jabra.com/direct

The Jabra Speak 710 lasts for up to 15 hours of talk time. It takes approximately 4 hours to charge using the USB cable. A nice feature: the USB cord carries the audio path while recharging the 710 at the same time.

A neoprene travel pouch is included, for maximum portability and protection of the device. The Speak 710 is available in both UC and Microsoft Skype for Business variants.

Contact us today if you'd like to learn more about the Speak 710, or other Speak family devices.

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Which Wireless Headsets Have Field-Replaceable Batteries?

5/2/2017 - 0 Comments
 
Wireless headsets are one of the most important tools on your desk at work. The ability to multitask is a requirement today, as phone calls and simultaneous computer data entry are a must for most jobs. When you consider the need for quick team collaboration or consultation, access to the local printer, or the capability to simply get up and stretch, everyone should have a wireless headset.

Wireless headsets connect to desk phones, PCs and smart phones/tablets. Many even offer numerous connection points, eliminating the need for multiple headsets. They come with a variety of wearing styles, and of course, a variety of price ranges. The most economic headset may not be the right headset for your needs, so it's important to think through the use of the headset, the environment where it will be used, and more.

One of the best features of a wireless headset we believe is the convenience of changing the battery. When we refer to a “field replaceable battery” we mean one that you, as the user, can change out yourself. It does not require the entire headset piece to be sent into the manufacturer for replacement. Why is this important? After about 2 years, the battery will degrade and you may notice a decrease in its talk time. You may also experience staticky calls, a microphone that won't "talk" anymore, or calls that drop for no reason. These are just some of the scenarios that could be battery-related, and are definitely worth checking into.

The cost of a replacement battery runs anywhere from $15-$35, depending upon the brand and model of your headset.

Here’s a quick reference to help guide you to the correct replacement battery for your wireless headset.


Jabra
Engage 65 MonoReplacement Battery
Engage 65 ConvertibleReplacement Battery
Engage 65 StereoReplacement Battery
Engage 75 MonoReplacement Battery
Engage 75 ConvertibleReplacement Battery
Engage 75 StereoReplacement Battery
Pro 9450 DuoReplacement Battery
Pro 9460Replacement Battery
Plantronics
CS510Replacement Battery
CS520Replacement Battery
CS540Replacement Battery
Savi 410/Savi 410-MReplacement Battery
Savi 420/Savi 420-MReplacement Battery
Savi 440/Savi 440-MReplacement BatteryReplacement Battery with On/Off Switch
Savi 445/Savi 445-MReplacement BatteryReplacement Battery with On/Off Switch
Savi 710-MReplacement Battery
Savi 740/Savi 740-MReplacement BatteryReplacement Battery with On/Off Switch
Savi 745/Savi 745-MReplacement BatteryReplacement Battery with On/Off Switch
Savi 8210/Savi 8210-M OfficeReplacement Battery
Savi 8220/Savi 8220-M OfficeReplacement Battery
Savi 8240/Savi 8240-M OfficeReplacement Battery
Savi 8245/8245-M OfficeReplacement Battery
Savi 8210 UC/8210 UC USB-CReplacement Battery
Savi 8210-M UC/8210-M UC USB-CReplacement Battery
Savi 8220 UC/8220 UC USB-CReplacement Battery
Savi 8220-M UC/8220-M UC USB-CReplacement Battery
Savi 8240 UC/8240 UC USB-CReplacement Battery
Savi 8240-M UC/8240-M UC USB-CReplacement Battery
Savi 8245 UC/8245 UC USB-CReplacement Battery
Savi 8245-M UC/8245-M UC USB-CReplacement Battery
Sennheiser
D10 PhoneReplacement Battery
D10 USB/D10 USB MLReplacement Battery
SD Office MLReplacement Battery
SD Pro 1 MLReplacement Battery
SD Pro 2 MLReplacement Battery
SDW 5013Replacement Battery
SDW 5014Replacement Battery
SDW 5015Replacement Battery
SDW 5016Replacement Battery
SDW 5033Replacement Battery
SDW 5034Replacement Battery
SDW 5035Replacement Battery
SDW 5036Replacement Battery
SDW 5063Replacement Battery
SDW 5064Replacement Battery
SDW 5065Replacement Battery
SDW 5066Replacement Battery


If you are using a headset that has been discontinued, we have not included them on this list. Please contact us if you have an older model headset, and we can determine if a battery is available. Call us at 1-866-998-9991.

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Options for Side by Side Training with Headsets

4/18/2017 - 0 Comments
 
Contact center staff members are at the front lines of engagement with your customers. Their success translates into happy customers, which is is why it's imperative to provide valuable, hands-on training from the start. If the new staff members will work on the phone, side by side training is especially a must; however, how the training is delivered depends upon several factors. Here's what you need before your new staff members arrive!

Training new staff, ongoing staff training, and supervisor drop-ins are all situations that are common in contact centers. Training cables (also known as supervisory cords, Y cords, or splitters) connect to Quick Disconnect (QD) headsets only. So if you are planning to roll out USB all-in-one headsets for your environment, make sure to order separate QD training set-ups. Currently, there is no side by side training set-up for all-in-one USB headsets.

Desk Phone Training

To begin, here's a traditional training set-up: a desk phone, 2 QD headsets connected to one direct connect lower cable by way of a Y cord. The Y cord shown has an inline mute switch, so that the second person can be either muted for listening to the conversation, or live, depending upon the situation. Depending upon the brand, Y cords can also have one side that's always muted.


Softphone Training

Training setups for the computer can be done a couple of ways. One is similar to the above mentioned desk phone setup. For example, in this image, there are two quick disconnect headsets, one Y-cord, and one QD to USB connection cable to the laptop (in this case, a Link 260). Another option is the Jabra Link 265.

Link 265

This Y-cord is the only one of its kind. The Link 265 from Jabra is a Y-cord that ends in USB. Connect two QD headsets to the Link 265 and connect via USB. It's that simple ... and cuts out one cord from the set-up above.





















Amplifier Training

The Jabra Link 860 amplifier has a guest port for supervisors to connect into. Using the Link 850/860 QD Supervisory Cord with in-line mute, supervisors can immediately drop into a call and have the same functions as the primary headset.















Wireless Headsets

The conferencing feature of wireless headsets allows connection of up to 4 (the primary headset + 3 additional) wireless headsets to a single base.

With the primary headset in use, simply drop the second headset into the base. Once the secondary headset has been paired to the base, a tone will sound in the primary headset, and that headset must hit "Answer" to accept the secondary headset. To unpair, or disconnect the secondary headsets, simply dock them back into their own bases.

Read our complete blog post on how to accomplish training with wireless headsets, here: How to: Side by Side Training with Wireless Headsets.

We are always happy to walk you through this over the phone as well – give us a call anytime at 1.866.998.9991.

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Quality Monitoring Guidelines for Telemarketing Services

4/13/2017 - 0 Comments
 
By Marcia Jenkins, Senior Operations Manager, Quality Contact Solutions

If you have ever been a sales agent in a seat making or taking calls for a telemarketing services company or an outsourced telemarketing company, you have a good idea of what the primary Do’s and Don’ts for Quality Monitoring are. Sales agents know first hand what helps or possibly hinders their improvement. A good frontline telemarketing sales agent wants nothing more than to succeed, so they thrive on that feedback to get better. Here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts for quality monitoring as compiled by the telemarketing sales agents themselves.

Do's

• Provide positive feedback. Find something great about their call whenever possible.
• Carve out time to listen to their call and other calls that display the technique you want them to improve on.
• Keep it simple. Find one or two things for them to focus on for improvement. Once the improvements are mastered, then go on to additional areas for improvement.
• Plan on role playing with them. This “Do” is essential in not only making sure they know what you want, but can actually display it on future calls. Ensure that they can “walk the talk."
• Follow up. Ensure the agent is implementing the new feedback and if not, have steps in place to redirect. When they are improving, provide Kudo’s! Find them doing the newly mastered technique or attempting and working through it.
• Remind them about why it’s vital to implement. For example, “It is a client expectation and it will help them build their sales revenue and commission.”

Don'ts

• Only send written feedback. Your frontline telemarketing sales agents need to be able to understand what you want from them and ask questions and listen to the call(s).
• Offer so many little things that need improved upon. Give them a couple of areas to work on and let them overcome those before adding more.
• Be negative. No one responds well to negativity. Keep it positive and upbeat! Try the sandwich technique, starting with a positive, something to work on, then a positive to wrap up the feedback!
• Rush. They know your time is valuable and what better way to show them they are a valuable member of the team then to spend some of your day “Getting on the same page?”

Telemarketing Services team members need to know that we are there to assist them and help them improve. We are all a team on the same page with the same goals.

Whether you are a Telemarketing Service provider or work with an Outsourced Telemarketing company, make sure your team members in the call monitoring role know these Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll find that both morale and productivity will be improved.

Marcia Jenkins is the Senior Operations Manager for Quality Contact Solutions. Prior to joining Quality Contact Solutions, Marcia was a sought-after 10-year call center veteran with the ability to manage and sell. Marcia is responsible for the day to day operations for the At Home Division. QCS At Home is a work-from-home telemarketing and call center solution focused on business to business outbound telemarketing, test-bed projects and special programs which are typically not well-suited for the traditional brick and mortar call center operation. Marcia can be reached at Marcia.jenkins@qualitycontactsolutions.com.

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MDA100 QD and MDA220 USB Bring Unity to Communications Solutions

4/5/2017 - 0 Comments
 
With the introduction of the MDA200, Plantronics asserted itself as a leader in Unified Communications for hardware solutions. The device, and its sister, the MDA100 QD, are complementary audio switchers that function with a variety of headsets to ensure smooth communication, whether it's on your desk phone, soft phone, and even smartphone! Plantronics has replaced the MDA200 with the new MDA220 USB, which features improved echo cancellation and enhanced headset compatibility.


Simple, intuitive, seamless


Our testing of the MDA220 USB found that the device is pretty much the best thing since sliced bread! This device enables corded USB headsets and UC-enabled Bluetooth headsets (those with USB dongles) to be used with a desk phone and gives the user the option of switching between the desk phone and computer. When using a Bluetooth headset with the MDA220 USB, it allows for triple connection to your smartphone, desk phone and computer. It’s ideal for Unified Communications environments where desk phones are still present. And, what we really love about the MDA220 USB is that is now gives us the ability to use an active noise cancelling headset with our desk phone.

As office designs are quickly converting to open floor plans, we have received many inquiries from customers who are looking for a desk phone compatible headset that will provide active noise cancellation in the speakers. While Plantronics and Jabra both offer ANC headsets, they are strictly USB connection and unless you have an MDA220 USB, you won’t be able to use them with your desk phone.

We did thorough testing with several headsets, and did not need to stay within the Plantronics brand. As a disclaimer, Plantronics only guarantees the use of the MDA220 USB with a specific list of headsets that is continually updated.



The MDA100 QD is used with corded Quick Disconnect headsets and enables the user to toggle back and forth from USB to desk phone. There is a Mute button at the top of the MDA100 QD. When the mute is activated, the button is depressed and the area surrounding the button is red. Release the button and the mute is turned off.

Plantronics recommends this product for customer service centers who are transitioning from desk phones to softphones and unified communications (UC), and require users to manage audio from two sources with a single headset.

The MDA220 USB and MDA100 QD audio switching devices utilize the headsets you already have in place and connect them to audio endpoints for the best use of your resources. Interested in learning more about the MDA family? Contact us!

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