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Customizing TCN

Before covering customization, the next several paragraphs will revisit general function and shipping defaults of the module and then progress into modification.

Recap

Use of the interface requires that you have established an account with TCN Broadcasting and that you have entered your TCN login credentials in the TCN Setup screen in Collect!.

Collect! ships with 3 default reports for outputting to csv format the accounts you have selected to be in the call campaign. It also includes 3 default imports maps to incorporate the call results into your system after each campaign has completed. Your collectors who take live calls and notate their accounts is only one aspect of campaign call result. The campaign call results download contains all the unattended results such as No Answer, Busy, Operator Intercept, Answering Machine Detected etc. Having these call results on your files is necessary if you are needing to provide audit trail of account worked frequency in your Notes and/or Contacts Tabs on your debtor accounts.

Both the reports that generate the call list to upload and the import maps to bring in the call results to your system can be modified to suit individual company needs. However, if you make modifications on the Collect! side that add, remove or change the order of the csv file columns, you will also need to modify the templates on the TCN website to match your new versions. Failing to do this will cause your call lists to be rejected as not being formatted correctly to be read by TCN and your call results not being imported properly into Collect!.

This topic will cover basic template customizing. You may wish to obtain TCN tech support to assist you with creating or customizing the templates on their so that the corresponding processes on the TCN side map correctly with the changes or new formats you have chosen to use.

tip.gif To position you for efficient communications with TCN Technicians, please be advised that there is a reverse terminology that exists depending on which side of the interface is being considered. If you are wanting to speak of your call report that you send them, then to them, that is an import. If you are wanting to speak to them about a download of call results, then that is a report to them and an import to you.

When you process campaign results into Collect! with an import map, you are writing the dialer attempt history that did NOT result in a live contact into your system. You have the choice of having these results updated to debtor accounts Notes only, a completed Phone Contact event only, or BOTH if you run the process twice by selecting each option. on each file that was in

On the Collect! side of the interface, there are two processing functions in the menu path "Tools\ Batch Processing\ Process TCN Campaign":

Schedule Calls
This process uses a Collect! report from " Print\Reports and Letters\ to create a call list to send to TCN. There are 3 stock reports shipped with Collect!. Each one has a matching Import Template at the TCN website.

There are default reports which have preconfigured templates already defined for you on the TCN site. The TCN templates match the report output so that TCN is able to correctly interpret the data being sent by the import template that you choose to read in your call list. Collect! reports that you may use to extract call campaign lists from your system to send to TCN are:

TCN Schedule Calls Home#/ZIP
Sends File Number, Name, Home Phone number and ZIP.

TCN Home#/POE#Cell#/Other#/ZIP
Sends File Number, Name, 4 Phone numbers and ZIP.

TCN Schedule Calls All Data/ZIP
Sends File Number, Name, 4 Phone numbers, Owing, Charged Date, Last Worked Date and ZIP.

Download Report
This process uses a Collect! import, from "File\ Import/Export\ Import File\" to incorporate call results obtained from TCN back into Collect! Example, if the campaign had Tel Res/No Answer as a result for a specific debtor, that information goes back to the account it pertains to. Each import map in Collect! has a matching Report Templates at the TCN website.

TCN Import maps shipped with Collect!:

TCN Download Report - Contact
This import map brings in the results for each call and creates a Phone Contact with a description that identifies what the result was in the campaign. It also stores the "short" result code in the cell extension field which is visible on the main debtor screen.

TCN Download Report - Notes
This import map brings in the results for each call and writes results to the Debtor Notes. It does not create a completed Phone contact but does store the "short" result code in the cell extension field which is visible on the main debtor screen.

TCN Call Report with Call ID
This import map brings in the results for each call and creates a Phone Contact. It also stores the WAV file of the recorded call for this account to the Attachment field in the completed Phone Contact.

To use these import maps, it is very important that you select the correct corresponding Report Template from the TCN website, either "Record" (Last attempted call) or "Call" (every attempted call).

If you do not want to create a completed Phone Contact for every attempted call, you can choose the "TCN Download Report - Notes" as your import map to use in processing call results.

Alternatively, you may want to have both the noteline audit trail as well as the completed Phone Contact. In this case, you'd process the download file with both import maps to store the data both ways.

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Customizing

You can modify all of the Collect! report/import templates AND the TCN templates imports/reports, as long as you make sure that there is parity between both sides of the process.

For example, consider when your clients send you a new business csv data file. If they inserted a column in the middle of the spreadsheet, then your import map wouldn't work anymore because everything would be out of alignment. The simple rule of editing or creating whole new routines for campaigns is this: make sure your output matches their input for number of columns and content, and that their output for your import also has the same one-to-one field mapping.

Alternatively, you may wish to have Technical Services on both sides provide you with pricing for custom services to set up new templates for you.

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TCN Report Template

Here is an example of a TCN Report Template.

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TCN Report Template

This template is used by TCN to generate a csv results report.


Sample TCN csv with Campaign Results

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TCN Import Template

At the TCN website, you can store your own templates and Collect! will retrieve them when it populates the pick lists in the TCN batch processes.

Here is an example of a TCN Import Template.

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TCN Import Template

This template is used by TCN when Collect! sends a call campaign. TCN imports the data in the order specified in the template.

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Verifying A Call Campaign

Please ensure that you are sending only the accounts that you intend to be dialed when generating your call campaign lists. Running the report directly from your Print Menu and examining the output prior to uploading to TCN will ensure you are sending lists which contain what you intended.

tip.gif You can add conditions to filter results to include or exclude specific criteria to fine-tune your call campaigns for best results. See the Help page called How To Use Where and If Condition for details on these higher order Report Writer functions.

Example: You can exclude statuses such as DIS or BAN which may still be Mode Active in your database; impose list date ranges to control call list size to optimize new(er) account campaigns from shelf inventory campaigns; create a min-max balance threshold to be dialed, etc.

If you are handy with report writer logic, you can make custom modifications to the default call campaign reports that you receive with your system OR contact Technical Services to inquire about pricing for the changes you'd like to have made.

tip.gif Keep your data clean.

If your collectors become aware of bad or invalid phone numbers, they are best to be removed from phone fields so as to not waste dialer time or risk complaint of a number continuing to be called after it was advised that the number wasn't correct for the debtor on the file. As well, discourage your staff from using all 9's, 0's, 1's, 2's etc. or any other garbage data in the phone fields. Your campaign result metrics available through TCN will not have valuable stats if your call lists are inflated with uncallable accounts - it will minimize your campaign's effectiveness, mask your true contact percentages and erroneously inflate your inventory penetration rates if your lists contain account uncallable but extracted due to garbage data in the phone fields.

If you wish to retain audit trail information of phone numbers tried and removed, you have two ways:

  1. Use the Access Rights preference switch turned On for " Log to Notes" for each phone field, OR

  2. Use the Phone Tab to maintain historical records by using the Active Yes/No pick list for disabled phones as well as removal from the front, main debtor screen.

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TCN Scrub By ZIP

Scrub by ZIP is a service that TCN provides for establishing Do Not Call areas. You must activate this with your TCN provider and they will ensure that your TCN templates are updated to process ZIP codes.

tip.gif Currently, Scrub By ZIP only works with United States Zip Codes. Canadian sites can check with their TCN representatives to determine if a similar service exists for Canadian Postal Codes.

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See Also

- TCN Topics

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