Rosebank College: Efficiently processing 200k leads with Infobip


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How to process 200k leads quickly and efficiently

IIE Rosebank College communicates with about 200,000 prospective students every year. Therefore, it required the ability to process a high volume of leads at a low cost. Prior to 2016, the institution collected several leads from prospective students via lead cards that were manually completed with pen and paper, at school presentations.

These lead cards would then be manually captured into the CRM system, before the sales process could begin. The major drawback with this process was that the manual collection and capturing of leads was slow. As a result, lead cards would remain uncaptured for weeks and often presented quality issues – as human error was responsible for inaccurate data capturing.

Hence, the two major challenges were time and quality, both of which affected conversation and conversion rates.

In need of a solution to digitally transform this process, Floodgate and Infobip collaborated to assist IIE Rosebank College with getting leads into its CRM system faster and with a higher level of accuracy, while allowing the institution to consult with interested parties timeously.

Using technology was an obvious consideration, but the institution needed a technology that was accessible to its target audience. In 2016, smartphone penetration in South Africa was around 36%, and 94% of adult South Africans used a cellphone of some kind.

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Thus, the requirement was to deploy a technology that worked on both smartphones and feature phones. This led the institution to investigate the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) platform as an option. The college subsequently conducted a cost-benefit analysis to evaluate all the potential costs and revenues that it might generate from marginal improvements in the process.

In 2016, IIE Rosebank College engaged Floodgate based on industry recommendations. Floodgate initially digitized its manual lead capture to enable real-time delivery of leads into the CRM system by using USSD. At this stage, the institution was also using different communication channels, such as Messenger, Live Chat, and WhatsApp, in isolation. This made it difficult to manage chats and measure performance.

At the same time, mobile phone penetration grew in South Africa and users became more familiar with communication platforms such as WhatsApp. IIE Rosebank College’s needs as a client of Floodgate also changed as it now needed a solution that could support and enhance its customers’ user experience.

Initially, the college sought to enhance its contact center offering to allow its agents to log on remotely, from any device, amid the COVID-19 lockdown.


Conversations, Answers, and People for fast, omnichannel communication

The first phase of the project included the deployment of Infobip’s Conversations cloud-based contact center solution, with a requirement to integrate IIE Rosebank College’s existing WhatsApp platform. However, the project scope was extended over a three-month period to deploy Infobip’s full product suite.

The second phase saw the implementation of Infobip’s Answers chatbot solution to allow Floodgate to deploy a chatbot on the platform. The extended project also saw the implementation of additional channels, such as Infobip’s Messenger and Live Chat solutions.

Currently, IIE Rosebank College uses the Infobip Conversations module to manage WhatsApp, Messenger, and Live Chat conversations between its call center agents and prospective students. Infobip’s Answers module runs the Messenger and Live Chat chatbot. Floodgate has deployed a webhook in Conversations to run the college’s third-party chatbot for the WhatsApp channel.

Infobip’s People CDP module stores the contact information of all leads received. The college is currently preparing to leverage our customer engagement solution Moments for promotional messages and broadcasts to enhance the customer journey, and is also considering the Survey module as a future addition.

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Improved lead management, better agent performance

By implementing the Infobip omnichannel offering, all channels were combined into one platform. The queuing system has made it easier to manage chats and the institution now had better visibility of agent performance.

The omnichannel communication capability on the Infobip platform stood out from competitors, and the chatbot is helping the college to cope with high volumes in periods of concentrated demand during the enrollment period.

The Infobip solution consolidates WhatsApp, Messenger, and Live Webchat onto one platform, which has allowed IIE Rosebank College to better manage multiple points of entry in one portal.

At this stage, IIE Rosebank College has been on the Infobip platform for six months, and has been able to better manage high volumes of leads, which it has been able to convert effectively into sales.

In addition, the queuing system made it easier to see which prospective students still needed to be responded to and this has enabled the institutions to better manage expectations.

In the meantime, all prospects can get basic information by using the chatbot.

Although the system is clearly powerful, Floodgate is only now beginning to develop the reporting to measure performance accurately.

When WhatsApp for Business was introduced, Floodgate looked for a supplier capable of providing more than just the ‘business’ solution. Infobip was recommended and the package was superior to the system that IIE Rosebank College was using at the time.

James Read

National Sales Manager, Rosebank College

The scope of the Infobip platform has generated a remarkable improvement in IIE Rosebank College’s lead management and closure rate as well as an increase in the efficiency of the call center. This early success has prompted IIE Rosebank College to further investigate the Infobip offering and we will soon aim to launch a new lead follow-up campaign on the platform

Kevin Bassett

Founder, CEO, Floodgate Communications

Company Profile

Rosebank College

Rosebank College provides tertiary education to students in South Africa, including degrees, diplomas, and higher certificates. A private education institution – and part of the Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) – the college provides affordable, high-quality education services to 12,000 students across campuses in Braamfontein, Polokwane, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside, and Durban.