Call Queuing

Customize the call queuing experience for your customers with personalized messages and waiting music, or give them the option to request a call back.

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A better call queuing experience

With Aircall’s call queuing feature, you can keep a caller on hold until one of your agents is available to respond. Make their call in queue experience as pleasant as possible, or let them avoid it altogether with call back functionality.

Personalize the call queuing experience

Enhance your callers’ experience with custom holding music or personalized messaging while they wait in the queue.

Customize queue timing

Choose how long you’d like to keep a call in queue before directing them to your voicemail.

Give them a call back

Callers in your queue will have the option to request a call back, avoiding frustration and lowering your call abandonment rate.

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Thousands of companies rely on Aircall's call queuing functionality to manage inbound calls and delight customers.

“We needed a voice platform that could keep up with our business needs. Aircall offered the features we needed—like callback requests and IVR—and provided the best onboarding experience I've ever received.”

Craig Shayowitz, Operations Manager at CommonBond

Learn how to reduce your call abandonment rate on our blog

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Frequently asked questions

  • What is a call queue system?


    For companies with a high volume of inbound calls, a call queue system is absolutely necessary. During busy hours, customers are unlikely to call back in order to speak with an agent. With call queuing software you can keep a caller on hold until one of your agents is available to respond.

  • How does call queue software work and what are the benefits?


    Let’s not kid ourselves, there isn't a single customer that enjoys entering a call center queue. However, there are cases in which customers will wait. Smart call queue software attempts to make the whole experience more pleasant through several approaches.


    One way to make call center queuing feel more tolerable is to tell inbound callers exactly what to expect. Letting your customers know how many people are ahead of them in the queue enables them to roughly estimate how much time they have to be patient. This allows them to get on with other tasks in the meantime, while keeping their place in line, or to abandon the call altogether and try again later. Simple call queuing software is usually capable of this. A call queue system that can quote the exact number of minutes remaining before a customer’s call will be attended to is even better.


    Another way of alleviating boredom in a call center queue is to add music. However, tinny elevator music on loop is difficult for anyone to endure, so make sure playlists are crisp, varied, calming, and catered to mainstream tastes. Aircall offers 12 royalty free sounds from our integrated media library, or you can upload your own tune.


    A third technique to motivate customers to stay on the line is to occasionally play pre-recorded on-hold messages. As is the case with on-hold music, make sure these messages are varied, genuine and clearly spoken. Aircall offers a broad range of pre-recorded text-to-speech (TTS) options in 16 different languages and 15 different voice styles. You can also upload your own custom spoken messages.


    Finally, advanced call queuing software offers a call back or voicemail option to inbound callers entering a call center queue. This gives the customer a feeling of control, allows busy customers to be attended to even when they don’t have time to wait, and relieves the waiting burden on other callers in the queue as well as the department handling the calls. A win-win for everyone.

  • How can my customers skip a call center queue?


    With modern call queue software, encouraging inbound callers to skip a call center queue is easily done. Simply offer your customers the option to receive a call back at a later time when your team is less busy, or encourage them to leave a voicemail so that responding agents are already up to date with the motive of their call and have answers ready. With Aircall, you can also customize the exact call queuing time before an inbound caller is directed automatically to a personalized voicemail.


    Allowing inbound callers to skip call queuing is an effective way at reducing call abandonment rate and boosts overall customer satisfaction. It also results in less stressed agents


    An advanced call back solution goes the extra mile and allows the customer to be the one deciding when to receive the returning call, based on their personal schedule.


    Aircall offers automatic call back as one of the many features of our Professional Plan. Once you have set up Aircall’s automatic call back feature, an inbound caller simply has to press the star key to request a call back, and can then hang up and continue their day. Their telephone number is automatically logged and no other information from the customer is needed. Upon pressing the star key, a notification is instantly created in the inbox of your Aircall interface, and the requested department receives an alert. As soon as an agent is available they can click the notification to immediately return the call, and once the customer has been attended to, the software logs it as completed and removes the alert, avoiding duplicate call backs.

  • What is an acceptable hold time in a call center?


    Inbound callers are an impatient bunch. In this busy world, do you blame them? Research reveals that two out of three customers will hang up the phone if a human hasn’t responded within two minutes. Some studies even say one minute is enough for 60% of callers to abandon a call center queue. Make your inbound callers hold for customer service for just five minutes and you’ll likely lose 89% of them.


    It’s abundantly clear that minimizing hold time is crucial for keeping customers satisfied with your support line. Thankfully there are multiple strategies to achieve reduced customer queue times.

  • What is the acceptable abandon rate in a call center?


    Conventional wisdom dictates that an inbound call abandonment rate of between 4-8% is acceptable. A 10% abandon rate is considered high and a 0% rate is basically unachievable. Apart from setting up an advanced call queue system, there are other tactics for reducing call abandonment rate as well.


    One way of directing customers as quickly as possible to the right answers, without necessarily needing a human agent involved, is an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) menu. In advanced IVR systems particular voice commands trigger actions such as a pre-recorded voice response, a call back scheduling option, or the correct routing of the call in the case that your business operates with several distinct departments using the phones. It can also trigger a generated computerized TTS response, handy for when answers are numerical and generic (e.g. in queries about flight times or account balances).


    Aircall’s cloud-based VoIP phone system offers all of these valuable features and more from an innovative single interface. The software provides an advanced and customizable call queuing system, as well as tailored IVR menus with advanced call routing, personalized voicemail, and an automatic call back option. Start your 7-day free Aircall trial or book a demo to learn about Aircall’s many cutting edge call center features to help your business build better conversations.

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