Agent guide offers extensive insight into each and every option agents can set up and use to help them resolve customer inquiries faster and more efficiently. Here you will find information on how agents can use Conversations on the web iteration as well as in the mobile app.
Enable notifications in the browser
To be able to receive notifications in the Infobip web interface, you need to grant permissions for Google Chrome (applicable for Windows OS).
When prompted by Google Chrome, click on the Allow button to allow notifications. Alternatively, click on the View site information icon before the URL field and toggle ON the notifications.
After doing so, you can check if they are visible by navigating to the Windows Start Menu and typing in Notifications & actions. The toggle next to Google Chrome should be turned On.
Even if the notifications are allowed for the web, you should also enable the following Pop-ups and redirects to receive web and system notifications all the time even if you are not on the Conversations page.
For Google Chrome, click the three dots at the top right → click Settings → Privacy and security → Site settings → Pop-ups and redirects.
For other browsers, check out the following:
You can also check if the notifications are visible in the Infobip web interface if you click on the secure connection icon located just before the URL itself.
If you have the Conversations tab or window active, then the notifications will not appear to reduce spamming you. If the tab or the window is hidden, the notifications will show up.
e.g., if you have the Infobip Homepage window open, the notifications will be visible.
Focus assist (visible in the right corner of the screenshot) needs to be turned off because it will most certainly impact notifications.
Check the Automatic rules for the Focus assist option. If they are turned on, this can still cause notifications not to be shown.
e.g., if you are using multiple Windows screens, the ''When I'm duplicating my display'' rule should be turned off to prevent the Focus assist from turning on.
Agent guide on web
Dive into various options available to agents that they can use on the web iteration of the Conversations solution.
To broadcast your availability, you need to set yourself to one of the applicable statuses. To set your status, navigate to the account settings in the bottom left corner > and below your name, you can set your status using the drop-down arrow.
There are 4 main statuses that you can choose from:
- Available - Indicates you are signed in and available to take on new conversations
- Away - You are away from a computer and cannot receive new but can receive transferred conversations.
- Busy - You cannot receive new but can receive transferred conversations.
- Offline - You are not signed in, and unable to receive any conversations.
Supervisors can set custom statuses based on their contact center setup and needs so you may see other statuses than the 4 main ones mentioned above.
It is crucial that you're in the status you set yourself to. Your activity is monitored within the system. So, if you set yourself as Available but the system notices there is no activity in your browser (or the browser is closed), the system will automatically log you out to prevent further conversations assigned to you and inaccurate time tracking on Agent’s Utilization. Note that if you're inactive for 1 minute, the system will automatically set your status to Offline.
Also, make sure to end your shift by setting your status to Offline and log out. Otherwise, you will remain in your current status while being logged off.
Make a call
Sometimes agents need to call the customer first. Conversations offers the option of making a call to your customer's phone number.
To do that click + inside the MY WORK panel to start a new conversation and specify the following:
- In From field select one of the available Voice numbers. For the number to be shown in the list it needs to be configured for Conversations. Read more on how to configure numbers.
- In To field you need to specify to whom you will make a call. You can do that by searching and selecting some of the contacts from the People data platform or by typing in a new number and adding it.
Use the START CONVERSATION button to create a new conversation thread.
The system validates if there is an ongoing conversation and if there is, offers the following scenarios:
- Pre-existing conversations are assigned to the logged-in agent or unassigned.
- The agent is prompted to view the conversation and continue the communication with the end user if relevant to the current topic. They can initiate a follow-up call if needed.
- Pre-existing conversations assigned to another agent.
- The agent is notified that they cannot initiate a new call, nor start a conversation with this end user because another agent is already communicating with them. The next course of action needs to be agreed upon between involved parties: conversation can be transferred; another agent can make that call or the ongoing conversation can be closed.
- No existing conversations
- A new conversation will be created.
Call from the agent towards the customer will be initiated and a call pop-up window is shown.
After the customer has answered the phone, a new pop-up with call controls will be displayed.
When the call ends, a wrap-up window is shown where the agent can enter specific call details and other relevant information pertaining to the agenda of the call.
Calls can be placed to phone numbers or they might originate from an application. It can be either audio or video.
When a call is received, a new conversation is created, or the call is included to an existing conversation.
You can receive only one call at a time. To receive the call, you must be logged in the Conversations web interface, have an Active status and be in the queue that the call (conversation) is routed to. Agent is considered as unavailable while in wrap-up time. Read more on wrap-up under the Wrap-up Window section.
When call is routed to you, you will hear a ringing sound and an incoming call pop-up window with the caller's name will be shown in the Agent panel. This will happen if the search based on the phone number in People is successful. Otherwise, only the phone number will be shown to you.
The pop-up window will also enable you to answer or decline the call.
Create and send call link
Agents can use the Call link feature as a fast and simple way to engage your customers in an audio or video call.
They can create and send branded customized web links that your customers can access and use to initiate audio or video calls towards the Conversations contact center.
Links can be created for existing conversations as well as new ones. If calls are to be scheduled, time-frame input from agents are required.
Create call link for guest conversations
Agents can create call links unrelated to existing conversations. To do that agents need to click on the 3-dots menu in the Conversations window and choose the Generate call link option.
If the link type has been configured as time-frame, then agents will be prompted to enter the user's identity as well as the link validity period in a pop-up window.
User's identity will be shown as caller to the agent on the incoming call. If their phone number is used as identity, the call will be matched to user's data in the People module which is when name and last name derived from People will be displayed.
In cases with the one-time link or expiry link, a pop-up window will prompt the agent to enter only the user's identity.
In both cases if you click on the Generate button, a link for the call will be created.
The link can be copied to clipboard and shared with the customer over any available channel.
Create call link from existing conversation
If an agent is already engaged with the customer in an existing conversation via one of the available channels and they want to create and share the call link, agents can use the Generate call link icon in the message box.
If the link has been configured as time-frame, then the agent will be prompted to enter the link validity period in a pop-up window.
Clicking on Generate will create the link.
And if the link type has been configured as one-time or expiry, the link will be generated automatically upon clicking the Generate button.
Agents can send the link immediately or copy it and send it as part of the next message intended for their customer.
After the customer has received the link, they will be able to access the web page in line with steps explained in the Call link configuration and setup.
When they make a call using this link, agent will receive the call in the Conversations panel.
Often agents need to reach out to the customer first instead of the customer contacting them.
They can start a new conversation inside the MY WORK panel by clicking the + button to create a new chat.
After you click the + button, you need to specify the following:
- From which channel and sender message will be sent
- To whom the message will be sent (name of the customer who must exist in People or contact address like MSISDN)
- Channel and contact address in case the recipient has more than contact one associated with their profile
- Message content
Once done, use the Start a conversation button to either create a new conversation or continue the thread within an already ongoing conversation.
The system automatically validates if there are any ongoing conversations between the sender and the recipient. If there is, then the system doesn’t allow the agent to create a new conversation and thus prevents multiple parallel conversations and enforces correct threading of messages.
These are the scenarios you can encounter:
- No existing conversations – Agent can create a new conversation.
- Pre-existing conversations assigned to the logged in agent or unassigned – Agent is prompted to view the conversation and continue the communication with the customer if it is relevant to the ongoing topic.
- Pre-existing conversations assigned to another agent – Agent is notified that a new message cannot be sent, nor a conversation started with this customer as another agent is already exchanging messages with the same customer. The user can contact the other agent and agree on the next course of action: conversation transfer, another agent sends the new message toward the customer or a new message is sent only after an ongoing conversation is finished depending on the topic and the content to be exchanged.
If the manual conversation assignment is enabled, you cannot take a conversation that is already assigned to another agent. For instance, if one agent assigns a conversation to themselves, and the other agent does the same thing a few milliseconds later than the first agent, this solution prevents the second agent to assign the conversation to themselves if the first agent already assigned the same conversation to themselves.
Before the conversation is assigned, a background check is performed to determine whether the conversation has already been assigned to someone else. If it has, the assignment is rejected and the agent receives an error message informing them that another agent has already been assigned to the conversation.
Global search looks for keywords across conversations, messages, and customers. The results are listed in those three groups.
When you search conversations, results include channel icon, conversation name, customer name, and their last activity. To browse conversations from these results, click on one of them.
When you search customers, results include the customer icon, customer name, available channels, and their last activity. To find more details on a particular customer, click on them and a side panel will open. Hover over it and click the icon to find this customer in People.
Conversations support more than one channel so the agent can choose which channel to use to reply to the customer. If the customer has more than one channel or more numbers per channel associated, the agent will have all the numbers available within the drop-down menu.
By default, the last channel used within the conversation will be preselected. To send your message, type the message content and click SEND MESSAGE. To write an internal note, click Internal in the bottom right corner.
Agents can see the following info for sent messages:
- Delivered status for agent messages are now available for all channels
- Seen status is available for Chat Apps and Live Chat
- Rules made by customer apply here as well (hide when I read)
Send rich media
Customers can send rich media (depending on channel-specific policies) and it will be rendered in a way that agents can read it. Supported rich media: images, files, video, audio, location.
Messaging window supports different message formats depending on the channel capabilities:
|sending media files||NO||YES||YES||YES|
Supported media file formats and maximum size (note that these are related to WhatsApp. Other channels have different specifications):
|Media type||Size||File format|
|image||5 MB||JPG, JPEG, PNG|
|audio||16 MB||AAC, M4A, AMR, MP3, OGG, OPUS|
|video||16 MB||MP4, 3GPP|
|document||100 MB||PDF, DOC(X), PPT(X), XLS(X)|
Supported message length depends on the channel and the values are listed below:
|SMS||160||More than 160 characters is possible
but the message will be charged as two (or more)
separate messages (depending on how many times 160 characters are used).
Depending on which browser and operating system agents are using, they may or may not be able to listen to audio messages sent by customers.
Below is a list of supported audio (and video) formats available per OS and browser:
To share a location, click the Location icon and then type in the name of the location. Click the SHARE LOCATION button to send.
While having a conversation with a customer, agents can agree to send information through a different communication channel due to several reasons: the customer doesn’t have internet access, content you wish to send requires rich media support, customer prefers communication over a specific channel, etc.
You can change the communication channel by click on the channel drop-down menu above the reply message box. Any new messages from the same customer as well as contact addresses will be automatically added to the same conversation until the conversation is marked as closed.
When you select Voice as the channel, the START A CALL button will be shown in the reply message box.
Use conversation templates
Agent can select a template with quick action in the message content box by typing “/” which results in a pop-up opening to select a template:
Another way to access templates is by selecting the template icon at the bottom of the messages content box:
The templates pop-up opens so you can search for a specific template:
After the template has been selected, agents can change the whole text for user-defined templates or map variables only for WhatsApp pre-registered templates.
Mapping of variables is done by selecting the highlighted area of the text and entering a value:
And the very last - the agent just needs to click the SEND MESSAGE button to reach out to the customer.
This feature is released as Early Access.
By choosing the appropriate macro in open conversations, where all steps are completed automatically and the data is pre-populated, you can simplify your work and enable automation of the necessary steps for the same use cases.
You can select the template/macro and based on it, the following fields are auto-populated:
- Sender (Brand)
- Form fields
- Queue / Assignee
In My Work, you can list all available macros by clicking the icon and applying the wanted macro for the currently opened conversation.
Once the Choose macro window opens, you can search for a specific macro and filter them by tags.
If you hover over a macro in the list, the Preview button appears, and by clicking it, you can see the macro details. Once you find the wanted macro, you can select it by clicking the APPLY MACRO button or clicking the macro directly without previewing it.
Once you apply the macro, an event is shown in the conversation indicating that you applied it and the steps are automatically completed according to the macro setup.
When an agent uses a Macro that sets the conversation status to Solved, the agent can edit it as needed and solve the conversation.
Use notes to notify your team about important matters regarding a conversation with a customer. You can store any supporting documentation, screenshots, and other file types in the notes, which can help you or your colleagues get the full scope of the conversation and see what has been done to resolve a customer's issue.
Internal Notes support the following file formats, and the maximum file size is 25 MB: .csv, .doc, .docx, .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .mp4, .pdf, .png, .ppt, .pptx, .rar, .txt, .xls, .xlsx, .zip, .ods, .odp, .odt, .odm, .xml, .bmp, .wav, .mp3, .mpeg, .webp, .webm, .avi, .gzip, .gz, .ogg, .moov, .mov, .json, .heic, .heif, .ico
Check customer data and history + context
A conversation is built on a combination of participants (customer and agents) and messages exchanged between participants. A customer participating in a conversation can be known or unknown. Customer is known if their contact number is connected to the People profile. In case of a known customer, the Agent can see on the right-side panel default customer attributes:
- Customer name - Associated with that destination number/ID in People module
- Gender - If associated with person in the People module
- City - If associated with person in the People module
- Country - If associated with person in the People module
More customer details can be found using the View and Edit link in People. The Agent can update customer attributes in the People module (e.g., change name, add destination, add tags, and more).
Regardless of the customer details configuration setup by a Supervisor, the Agent can update customer attributes in People (e.g.,change name, add destination, add tags).
Within customer details, the entire conversation history is listed as well. Conversation history shows all open and closed conversations that were associated with a unique customer. It can happen that a wrong conversation is linked with a customer so there’s the Unlink option which enables agents to fix this.
A vice versa situation is possible as well. For example, a conversation is by default linked with an unknown customer by mistake but then the Agent realizes that there’s an ongoing conversation with a known customer who already exists within People. In that case, the agent can link the conversation with the existing customer and customer details will appear.
The Search option helps the agent with a specific segment or a sentence within the conversation. Search results are not case sensitive. Additionally, the list of potential search results is immediately displayed as you are typing.
To open the conversation you're looking for, hover over the message and click Jump to message.
Agents can merge two conversations with the same customer, in case both conversations address the same topic and are identified as the same customer.
If an agent decides to merge the conversations, this is what happens:
- Messages from both channels are visible, grouped under same conversation and timestamped.
- Conversation queue, summary, topic, and priority from the current conversation are kept.
- A tag that was in one of the older conversations will be transferred to a new conversation (it will be added on top of the existing tags).
- Any new messages from the customer contact addresses used will be automatically added to the same conversation until the conversation is closed.
If surveys were triggered from both conversations, only the most recent one will be retained.
Agent guide on mobile
Available on both Android and iOS platforms.
Once you have logged in to the app on your mobile phone, a list of all conversations assigned to you will be loaded. Each conversation opened will appear in a chat window, which is also used for sending replies. Besides responding to messages, you can change conversation status and their availability.
It is not yet possible to initiate conversations or apply templates. If you need to perform any action that is not currently available in the mobile app, log in to the web interface.
Use your agent credentials to log in to the app. Once your credentials have been authorized, a list of all conversations assigned to you will load.
Tap on the agent avatar to access the Agent profile and set your status.
Each open conversation will show up in a chat window, which you can also use to send responses. You can attach files up to 10MB or share your location (depending on channel capabilities), and use the camera as the attachment source. Also depending on channel capabilities, you can record and send a voice message to your customer.
By switching to the "note" input mode, you can add internal notes to the dialogue (and you can also add attachments to your note). Only your contact center colleagues have access to this note.
Besides responding to messages, you can change the conversation status in this view. Tap the status icon in the upper right corner and choose a new status.
The internal conversations are available in the app as they exist on the web. This feature makes it easier for agents to seek expertise and help in another queue without leaving My work. Any agent can create an internal conversation, no matter what role they have.
When you click the Create conversation button in the Conversations list view, a menu shows with the following options:
- Create conversation
- Create internal conversation
Click the Create internal conversation button to display a new internal conversation form which shows the following:
- Topic - appears as the topic (headline) of the created conversation
- Queue - the conversation will be assigned to this queue
- Queue picker
- Conversation ID (optional) - if used, the new conversation is linked to it as a follow-up conversation
- Message - the actual message content
- Create internal conversation button
- Cancel button
Once you have created an internal conversation, you can assign it to another agent or queue.
Make and receive calls
If calls are configured for your account, you can receive and initiate phone calls. If this doesn't happen, check with your Supervisor to configure calls.
To start receiving calls, make sure to set yourself as Available (mobile).
An incoming call is announced by the system's ringing tone and notification, and you can either accept or decline it. Based on current availability, in-call controls allow you to mute the microphone, turn on the speaker or camera, hold or transfer the call and display the dial pad.
To make a new call, create a new conversation and choose the Calls channel and enter the phone number as the destination.
Also, in chat channels, you can generate and send a call link.
After the end user has received the link, they can access the web page in line with the steps explained in the Call Link configuration and setup. When the end user makes a call using this link, you will receive the call on your mobile device.
Check out our Calls documentation to find out more.
Call on hold
This feature is in an Early Access phase, considering we do not have related analytics for it. These will be added in the near future.
The Hold option is available on the mobile app as well. This feature enables the agent to put a customer on hold if they need to investigate something or gather the necessary information. When the customer is put on hold, they are greeted with an audio cue or a pre-recorded announcement that is played until the agent comes back to the call.
Every queue can have its custom music and announcement message. As mentioned previously, Supervisors can configure music on hold and the announcement per queue.
The agent remains in the On hold status until they resume the call. This change is reflected in the agent panel, which also includes a new "Call on hold" event so that supervisors can, if necessary, monitor how long calls are on hold, determine whether the issues are resolved and take appropriate action to offer the best customer service.
Agents can fill in the call summary in the wrap-up field. This way they can summarize the call without any delay during the dedicated wrap-up time, which they can extend if needed by pressing the +10 SECONDS button in the wrap-up window.
To manage your chats with the customers in the mobile app, tap the Manage Conversation icon, upon which you will see a variety of options as seen in the image below.
On the Setup screen you can do the following:
- Select a different sender and/or channel - From
- Select a different recipient (only if another one of the selected channels is available) – To
- Assign the conversation to a different Queue
- Change the Priority of the conversation
- Transfer the conversation to a different agent - Assignee
Learn more about managing conversations.
On the Conversation details screen you can:
- Add or update the conversation Topic, Tags or Summary
- Select a Form and fill in its fields
Learn more about managing conversations.
On the Customer screen, you can see and edit customer details. Learn more about managing customer data and how to configure the Customer Context Card.
Start a conversation
In the conversations list, tap on the “new conversation” icon.
In the dialog, populate the From (sender), and To (destination) fields for the first message.
Craft and send your first message or start a voice call.
If mandatory by channel rules, you can use WhatsApp templates and Messenger tags to start a conversation.
Agents and Managers/Supervisors can now use the new sidebar in the mobile app to switch between additional views:
- All work
- All chatbots
Search in All Work
Use the magnifier icon to search for certain keywords and find conversations or messages in All Work that match your query.
We would appreciate it if you could send your feedback whenever you have gathered some experience with the app (be it negative or positive, send it our way).
Send feedback directly from the app:
- Go to Agent profile and tap on Send Feedback
- Click on the Send Feedback link and enter your feedback on the form
Important to note:
- You cannot be logged in on the web interface and the mobile app at the same time.
- We advise you to allow automatic app updates as they contain important bug fixes or feature improvements.
If auto assignment is enabled in your contact center, you will still receive work while in Available status. Remember to set yourself Away or Offline during pauses or out of working hours. Locking the phone screen or putting the app in the background does not change your status. However, logging out of the app sets you Offline.