Connect First Call Center Software


 

Connect First is a Web-based contact center solution designed for companies of all sizes. It delivers multi-channel contact management, automated call distribution (ACD), interactive voice response (IVR), computer telephony integration (CTI), call center scripting and reporting within a suite.

The ACD technology allows the calls to be queued and automatically routed to the most appropriate resources to efficiently handle customer queries. IVR functionality allows users to design and automate the process of routing calls based on voice commands or inputs from customers.

Connect First can be integrated with third-party customer relationship management (CRM) software. With every call, the software pulls information from the customer database, where the presence of a third party CRM helps improve data availability to agents, allowing them to assist customers more efficiently.

 

Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Linux, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, Unix, IBM OS/400, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 10

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Shelley from BSG Clearing Solutions/VoiceLog
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2017

June 2017

We love the ease of use and the customer support that Connect First provides. Uptime has been 100%!

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The ability to utilize an at-home agent base with all of the bells and whistles provided by an on premise ACD. Ease of use for the agents and admins has been wonderful. Uptime and customer service have been perfect. We get a high quality product that provides value to our services.

Pros

Both the agent UI and the admin UI are intuitive and user friendly. We consistently train new agents and the overall ease of use makes this software a breeze to train on. Agent and queue set-up are easy and the ability to clone makes the process go quickly. The admin dashboards are easy to customize and make real-time management of agent activity easy to stay on top of. Overall making supervisory and management more efficient.
We couldn¿t ask for a better agent and admin experience.

Cons

The new reporting capabilities are fantastic and can be seriously customized. However, new report set-ups are more complicated and less intuitive than their previous reporting capabilities which were more user friendly but had limited customization capabilities.

Source: Capterra
 

Jose from Capital valley tech

June 2017

June 2017

very pleasant experience with the dialer and reporting

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ease of use of dialer, you can configure a lot, pretty much everything. that helps make most automatic.

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the reporting part is kind of confusing and unreliable at times, is not so intuitive and some reports are just too hard to figure out

Source: Capterra
 

Katie from ZocaLoans
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Overall gets the job done

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It allows us to manage a large amount of call volume to our call center. It also allows for us to pull recorded calls for audit and quality control purposes.

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The customer service has been great in helping us set up queues and other issues. We like the different recording options. There are many ways to search for recorded calls to help eliminate calls we don't need.

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Setting up the queues can be challenging and not all calls are recorded and stored. When pulling calls, the site is not that easy to navigate.

Source: Capterra
 

Michael from CTI, LLC
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Very dynamic software that allows us to provide excellent service to our accounts.

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Immense amount of data that has allowed us to find areas of concern within our operation where we could improve our efficiency. Also, allows us to provide data to our customers as requested.

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Excellent reporting capabilities. More data available than I could ever imagine needing for our use as well as our customers' needs. Very reliable.

Cons

User-generated report set up could be a bit more intuitive, but the excellent customer support from ConnectFirst has helped get me over any challenges I might face.

Source: Capterra
 

Noah from Suited Connector
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2017

June 2017

I've had a pretty good experience with connect first

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Has a lot of good call center features. The IVR set up is good. I like the SOAP/HTTP options to send GET or POST calls with call center parameters. The survey set up is nice and can add custom HTML functionality. Connect First customer support it very good.

Cons

It's based in flash so the interface feels slow and old. The software randomly logs a user out and they have to log back in. Searching for records can be slow.

Source: Capterra
 

Greg from Route2Cloud, LLC

June 2017

June 2017

There is nothing better than working with a forward thinking company that provides great service!

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Working with a forward thinking company like Connect First as an integrator allowed us to build our business utilizing their underlying technologies. The software allows us to manage multiple customers within the call center and lead management space.

Pros

Connect First has been a solid partner for us, providing our customers with an innovative diverse product suite. With our customers demanding more real time data, their open API offerings rise to the challenge to meet these demands.

The new admin and agent UI are intuitive and allow for the customization of campaigns and security features allowing management to provide views and alerts of real time campaigns and data to the appropriate managers.

List management is intuitive and allows for a good workforce management flow.

The IVR and Scripting drag and drop solutions allows our customers to easily make real time changes to their solutions without generating additional customer service requests.

Web service integrations are easy to setup and manage allowing us to pass the requested data to multiple endpoints.

Easy configurations to manage all aspects of campaign, audio , email tfn , did and scheduled tasks.

Tons of canned reporting, with the ability to customize and schedule ad hoc reporting to manage any business case.

Cons

CRM integration could be made more intuitive. Integration with some pre integrated a third party marketing apps would bring some additional value. Would like to see add ons for some AI and channel integration.

Source: Capterra
 

Gee Jay from SixEleven Global Services
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

June 2017

June 2017

I have never had a solution that is so flexible and easy that actually works 100% all the time!

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I like the access it allows the admin users to configure everything and how CF made it so easy for somebody even if they are not that technically inclined.

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I love the software. It will be perfect if they have technical support on weekends that is available even if its for technical queries only. When testing / configuring something we usually do it on weekends when the call center is OFF and somebody with CF expertise will be a big help.

Source: Capterra
 

Elisa from EF Coleman & Associates

June 2017

June 2017

robust cloud routing and reporting tools

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Reporting and export tools are easy to use. The technical support team is top notch . The account team is very responsive.

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Process to customize a report or export with added selects is more involved that I would like. Request system email updates and notifications are duplicated.

Source: Capterra
 

Mark from Simpro Solutions
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2017

June 2017

I have worked with multiple systems in the past. This is by far the worst.

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Time to find a new ACD supplier.

Cons

- Weak, confusing and what seems like inaccurate reporting.
- Significant down time, with no real diagnosis by Connect First.
- Customer Service and Account Management with no sense of urgency and limited product knowledge.
- AHT is not accurate, with Hold apparently mixed into talk time? Sad as we use this to plan staffing needs.
- Seems to have been designed by engineers that had little understanding of the call center world.

Source: Capterra
 

Eric from JetSpring
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Easy to learn, reliable and great customer support.

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It enables us to run our business reliable and confidently. Basically, it allows me as the CEO to sleep well at night.

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I have used a few different cloud call center vendors over the years and there is no question Connect First is the most reliable and has the best customer support. I have heard horror stories about downtime from some of the publicly traded vendors that my colleagues have used.

Cons

The lack of a true omni-channel messaging solution, but I hear that is being released very soon. Right now, we have to use two different platforms for live chat and voice. I am looking forward to being able to use one platform for all of our communication channels.

Source: Capterra
 

Felipe from Newbridge Telecom Solutions
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Professional. Exceeded expectations.

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Streamlined operations and integration. Great data visibility. Overall just a perfect fit.

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Very feature rich Enterprise package. Extensive APIs. Intuitive. Easy to use. State of the art. Top in the industry.

Source: Capterra
 

Katherine from a2b fulfillment
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Overall great system

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The customer service is great, the system always is working with little downtime. It is easy to get clients set up.

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The new adhock reporting is cumbersome, not super easy to use. Using the IVR studio in Chrome, sometimes does not allow you to unconnect two items.

Source: Capterra
 

Keith from New Vitality
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

June 2017

June 2017

We have been using Connect First for years and it's great!

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The design and layout make the platform very easy to use. It also has a wide array of reporting tools at your disposal.

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The platform can be buggy at times and crash or have trouble loading. In addition while there is a lot of reporting, there is still more that could be created,

Source: Capterra
 

nicohle from a2b
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Very user friendly

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user friendly. Very easy to teach agents how to use. it is really a self explained system and we really enjoy working in it

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the reporting system is very complex. there are a lot of reports to choose but nt exactly the ones we normally needs.

Source: Capterra
 

Bryan from CS LLC
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

June 2017

June 2017

One less thing to worry about!

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Ease of use, responsiveness, and reliability. Customer service is always ready to help when it comes to any issue or question.

Source: Capterra
 

Michael from United Way Escambia/2-1-1 Northwest Florida
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Connect First made the ease of transitioning to VOIP technology painless and efficient!

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Cost effective operations of our 2-1-1 Call Center.

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Connect First is user friendly! Even for those professionals who may not be the most technically advanced, the common sense operational format makes this a tool that is both effective and sensible!

Cons

The internal chat format is a bit cumbersome but still easy to implement among users - it just takes a little getting used to.

Source: Capterra
 

Jodi from Carnival Cruise Lines

June 2017

June 2017

Works so well for reaching out to our guest in times of need.

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Getting the same message out to our guest, we can record the information and everyone gets the same message instead of several different voices.

Source: Capterra
 

Sam from Aspen Media

June 2017

June 2017

CF runs very smoothly, and reporting provides a breakdown of KPI's what are easily accessible.

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The reporting tools are very useful. They proivde a great breakdown of many different key performance indicators.

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Timing out of management tab after just a few moments of not being used. Requires a log in and log out to get back to usage.

Source: Capterra
 

Samantha from JM Field Marketing
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Great support and reporting

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The reporting available and customer support has been superb! The backup received is extremely detailed making it easy to break down campaigns and costs.

Source: Capterra
 

Jamie from Fortegra
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Happy with Connect First

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I have been very happy with Connect First, we have been working in it for just a little over a year now. There are a few things we could use, like productivity reports for agents as well as utilization/occupancy reports. We have spent a lot of time with our Account Manager trying to come up with a report and have had no luck. To me, these are standard call center reports that should be accessible in the reporting studio. I would like to commend the support staff, both technical and the Account Manager (Brice Hogan) as they certainly understand the call center business and work with a great sense of urgency!

Pros

Very easy to use, from a management/reporting perspective. I also enjoy working the such a high caliber of people AND I like the value that I am receiving with this product.

Cons

That I did not know the soft phone was separate and had to be purchased separately. I also understand this is going to change with the new release. I would also like to be included in future release details so we better understand what is in the works.

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Source: Capterra
 
 
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