Inbound rules process and route inbound calls to the right destination, i.e. a particular phone number, user, department, team, etc. Create your inbound call rules and queues using this settings page.
If no phone number or rule is selected, then inbound calls will likely get an error message recording or will immediately hang up. If calls are routing to the wrong person (or group of people), you’ll need to adjust your inbound call routing rules.
Note: It is recommended for each user to have their own dedicated phone number and corresponding routing rule to have definitive control over how calls are routed to each phone number and user. You can also set up more general rules to route to the assigned department user and to another department after if the first user did not pick up.
Start by clicking “Settings” in the top navigation bar and click the “Phone Settings” dropdown to find the “Inbound Call Routing” settings page.
Inbound Call Routing: https://secure.setshape.com/inbound-call-routing
Name the call route to something easy to remember (ie: The user’s full name if it is routing to a single person)
Check the “Assign new, unassigned records to the user that makes contact if you’d like new callers that are created as leads to automatically assign to the individual that picks up the line first.
Select the Shape phone number that will be assigned to this rule (each user should have their own phone number, you cannot create 2 separate rules for the same phone number, but you can select multiple numbers for the single call routing rule)
If you want to control the lead source of the new lead as it enters into the system, assign a lead source. This is most commonly set to “Inbound Call.”
If you want to create new lead sources, you can do so here: https://secure.setshape.com/marketing-sources Be sure to select where you want the new records to populate in the marketing source (ie: Leads, Prospects, etc.).
Add Call Flow Rules by pressing the white button on the right and choose “Call Direct Number” if you’d like to forward calls to an outside phone (ie: cell phone, desk phone, call center, etc.) and select 25 seconds for a full ring cycle.
Select a voicemail to play whenever a call is missed. You can use the pre-made voicemail in Shape or a custom one uploaded by you!
Below you will find a brief explanation of the call routing options. You can have multiple call flow rules in each route as well as re-routing to a new rule if there is no answer.
An example of this would be to have a rule to “Call User” and if there is no answer on the webphone then Shape will move to the next rule of “Call Direct Line” and call the user’s direct number to avoid missing the call if the user is not at their desk. There are many options available and more details are provided further in the guide for best practices with call routing in Shape!
Note: If you have multiple rules for an inbound route. These rules will play out sequentially with the top rule being first, and the bottom rule applying last.
When calls come into the system you have the ability to have them round robin call a team of users or a specific department.
Adjust the round robin team recipients (that can be managed via Settings > Manage Teams) or department recipients (that can be managed via Settings > Manage Departments and assigned via Settings > Manage Users).
Choose the amount of time that each user in the round robin will be called for, and will include a number of user attempts. The number of user attempts will define the amount of time that the round robin call will be active (ie: if the duration is selected at 9 seconds and the number of user attempts is 3, the call flow rule in total will equal 27 seconds). After the number of user attempts, the round robin will end and either go to the next rule in the call flow workflow or go to the “No Answer” rules defined by the settings configured.
If your goal is to create a rule to route to several users for a faster speed to contact or for a call center environment, you’ll want to set up your inbound call rules different so that multiple users can be called at once. You can use “Teams, Departments, or All Available Users” to route to several users at the same time. All users in that group will be called. The call will discontinue when a users answers the call.
Absolutely! If you are set to record calls automatically, then any calls that come through your Shape number will be recorded regardless of the device used to facilitate the call.
Yes! This is done from within the Inbound call route and is set by a checkmark for “Enable IVR rules”
Once enabled you can set an extension for your users. It is important to note that Shape support 0-9 and # * for IVR rules.
Round Robin will call your users sequentially for 10 seconds before moving to the next user. So if you have 10 users set to Round Robin, Shape will call user 1, then 2, then 3 and if 3 takes the lead then the next call to come through will go to user 4, then 5, then 6, all the way to 10. Once at user 10, the Round Robin will reset back to user 1.
Yes! Shape will create a new record with the information available, in this case it will just be the phone number. If this number already exists in your system then a new record will not be created and instead the record that has the phone number will be updated.
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