How Many Phone Calls Are You Missing? See How Your Industry Stacks Up

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How Many Phone Calls Are You Missing? See How Your Industry Stacks Up

You’ve no doubt been flooded with articles about the potential 2023 recession. Leading analysts and economists have been predicting a downturn for months now, but it sure is taking its sweet time. The buildup feels long and drawn out, like a will-they-won’t-they romance from a TV sitcom. We’re all watching in suspense as our economy flirts with disaster the way Jim flirted with Pam in season two of The Office

If you’re a marketer, you’ve probably already felt the impact of the impending recession. When times are tough, marketing budgets are often the first thing to go. Though, despite budget cuts, your performance expectations probably haven’t changed. You need to find a way to spend smarter and drive results with less budget. 

One key area where you can drive productivity gains is by tracking marketing-driven phone calls. For many industries, calls are the most important conversions your marketing programs can drive. According to our research, 68% of consumers prefer to call when making high-stakes purchasing decisions. However, do you know if the contact center or business locations are answering all of the valuable phone leads your marketing programs generate? 

Before you shrug me off and say, “of course,” you may want to look at the data. In this post, we’ll calculate just how many phone calls your team could be missing. We’ll also share some strategies for increasing call answer rates and improving missed call follow-ups to recoup lost revenue opportunities.

Unanswered Call Rates by Industry

We analyzed thousands of phone calls to calculate these unanswered call rates. We also determined how many calls, on average, are leads and how many result conversions. 

As you can see in the examples below, most industries miss nearly a quarter of their inbound phone calls. These calls are often leads and have the potential for conversion, which translates to significant lost revenue, increased marketing acquisition costs, and reduced ROAS. Find your industry below to see how you stack up!

Auto Dealerships

Auto dealerships miss 21% of inbound calls. On average, 37% of their calls are leads and 33% of those leads will convert.

Auto Service Centers

Auto service centers miss 20% of inbound calls. On average, 39% of their calls are leads and 51% of those leads will convert.

Banks & Lenders

Banks & lenders miss 49% of inbound calls. On average, 51% of their calls are leads and 20% of those leads will convert.

Cruise Lines

Cruise lines miss 37% of inbound calls. On average, 17% of their calls are leads and 36% of those leads will convert.

Dental

Dental organizations miss 27% of inbound calls. On average, 37% of their calls are leads and 26% of those leads will convert.

Home Services

Home services companies miss 27% of inbound calls. On average, 47% of their calls are leads and 29% of those leads will convert.

Hospitals

Hospitals miss 24% of inbound calls. On average, 50% of their calls are leads and 42% of those leads will convert.

Insurance

Insurance companies miss 39% of inbound calls. On average, 30% of their calls are leads and 22% of those leads will convert.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy practices miss 28% of inbound calls. On average, 26% of their calls are leads and 39% of those leads will convert.

Senior Care

Senior care organizations miss 20% of inbound calls. On average, 29% of their calls are leads and 30% of those leads will convert.

Senior Living

Senior living organizations miss 37% of inbound calls. On average, 17% of their calls are leads and 38% of those leads will convert.

Telecommunications

Telecommunications companies miss 45% of inbound calls. On average, 35% of their calls are leads and 26% of those leads will convert.

The Marketing Cost of Missed Calls

These missed calls come with a hefty price tag. When you drive valuable phone leads from your paid media campaigns and they go unanswered, that directly translates to wasted ad spend. When you have a limited budget, the stakes are high to ensure every dollar is working at its full potential. 

If we just look at what you might be losing on paid search, the numbers are pretty staggering. The example below is based on an Invoca Automotive customer that gets 1.2 million calls per month, with about 70% of those calls attributable to paid search. The average Google CPC in automotive is $2.46. And on average, 23% of calls to automotive businesses don’t get answered.

That equates to $53,000 a month down the tubes just on Google Ads. Any and all attributable advertising from social media to direct mail and other customer acquisition costs that precede a phone call will make this number significantly higher in reality. 

Get a Complete View of Your Missed Calls with Invoca

To reduce missed calls, leading brands use Invoca. Our solution gives teams a centralized view of how their locations are performing, and how many phone calls they’re missing. You can then use this data to diagnose issues and determine the best next steps to increase call answer rates. Below is a sample report showing call handling by location:

Invoca’s Lost Sales Recovery also prioritizes your missed sales calls using digital intent data. For example, it can flag high-intent callers who called from an online shopping cart or an ad for a limited-time promotion. It can also sort callers based on the IVR keypresses they entered (for instance, press “1” to speak to sales or “2” for service.) This helps you determine who you need to follow up with first, and if the follow-up should be done by a sales or service agent.

See how it works in the video below:

Make Optimizations to Reduce Missed Calls

Tracking your missed calls is the first step — Invoca’s real-time reports can give you granular data about which locations are underperforming, which IVRs are driving abandonment, and which times of day unanswered calls are occurring. Once you have that data in hand, you can start making optimizations to increase answer rates. Below are some common pivots Invoca customers make to increase answer rates:

  • Increasing staffing during peak call times
  • Adjusting ad scheduling to run only during business hours
  • Simplifying IVRs with high abandonment rates
  • Improving call routing to reduce unnecessary transfers
  • Fixing technical issues causing dropped calls
  • Improving alignment between sales and marketing
  • Creating incentives and gamification to lower missed call rates 

These changes will ensure that you’re not wasting media spend driving unanswered calls. As a result, you’ll get more bang for your marketing buck and make the most of your limited budget during these challenging times. 

Additional Reading

Want to learn more about how Invoca can help you improve the phone call experience? Check out these resources:

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