A Hunt Group is an automated service that helps with handling multiple inbound calls to your organization. When callers dial a phone number that is assigned to a Hunt Group, or are directed to the group from an Auto Attendant or User, the calls are automatically distributed to a group of agents who are prepared to answer calls.

Agents are user accounts that are assigned to a Hunt Group. Each Hunt Group can have any number of agents, and agents can be in any number of Hunt Groups simultaneously. Agents cannot change their own Hunt Group membership or Hunt Group settings. Agents can log in and out of a Hunt Group in My Services so they can regulate when they receive calls for a Hunt Group. 
Additionally, external phone numbers can also be assigned as hunt group members.

In order to participate as a Hunt Group agent, a user must:

  • Have voice services enabled and a phone configured.
  • Be assigned to the Hunt Group as a member.
  • Log in to the Hunt Group.

 In this article we will cover the following topics:

  1. Create the Hunt Group
  2. Manage the Hunt Group
  3. Add agents to the Hunt Group

Optional steps:

  1. Assign a phone number to the Hunt Group.
  2. Set up Email for Voicemail, enable call recording, specify how your HG will behave to both your callers and your agents.
  3. Set up Notifications for both Voicemail and Call recording.
  4. Set up Menu Options to provide alternate routing destinations for use in your HG.
  5. Set up Greetings for both Agents and callers.
     

Additionally you can manage your call recordings under Call recordings tab of your HG and get Hunt Group reports under Reports tab.

Note: You can create one Hunt Group for your account as part of your plan. You may create additional Hunt Groups for an additional charge.

 

  

Creating a Hunt Group

  1. Navigate to Services > Voice Services > Groups.
  2. Click the Create group button.
  3. Enter the Hunt Group settings:
    • Hunt Group Name: Choose an easily identifiable name for the group; for example, Sales or Customer Service.
    • Extension: Type  3-6 digit extension that is not assigned to a user or Hunt Group.
    • Email for voicemail: email address where voicemails directed to hunt group's built-in voicemail box will be sent
    • Ringing Order: Select the way calls will be distributed among agents.
      • Longest Idle: An incoming call goes to the agent who has not been on the phone for the longest period of time.
      • Round-Robin: Distributes the calls evenly by rotating the group member whose extension is tried first, then searching down the list in sequential order.
      • Ring-All: Sends the incoming call to all of the group members whose extensions are available for a call.
      • Sequential: Sends the call to the first free member of the list that is lowest on the list from top to bottom.

  4. Click the Create button
  5. Confirm charges for this operation on the next pop-up.



  

Managing the Hunt Group

You can manage additional parameters of the Hunt Group that you have created.

On the General Tab you can:

    1. Change the Name.
    2. Change the Extension.
    3. Assign, change, or remove a Phone Number.
    4. Change the Ringing Order for agents assigned to the group.
    5. Adjust the E-mail for Voicemail address for notifications.
    6. Enable/Disable voicemail-to-text Transcription.
    7. Enable/Disable Call Recording
      Note: This feature is only available if Call Recording is enabled on the account.

Under Callers and Agents, you can adjust:

 8. Max callers on hold: In case if this parameter exceeds the caller will hear a message, which you can choose. It can be custom, default or none.
 
 9. Agent wrap-up time: The number of seconds an agent is considered "unavailable" after hanging up the phone. Calls will not be directed to the agent during this time. This allows the agent to make notes and prepare for the next call.
 
 10. Hunt next agent after: The period of time after which the call will be directed to the next agent of the Hunt Group.
 
 
11. Unanswered idle time: The period of time an Agent will be temporarily removed from Hunt Group call routing if a call from the Hunt Group is not answered by the Agent.
 
 12. HG timeout: Specify rule the call should be routed if there are no HG members available to answer the phone call.

•  Check to enable Enable
•  Set the 13. Timeout
•  Choose an option in 14. Move a call to

14.  Move a call to can forward calls to the following options:

Phone Number
○ User
○ Auto Attendant
○ Hunt Group
○ A user's voicemail

  

 

Notifications tab:

The Notifications tab allows you to enable email and text notifications for voicemail and call recordings.

The following options are present for Voicemail notifications:

  • Email - enables email notification to the email address entered on General tab.
  • Include voicemail transcription - Voicemail transcription will document the spoken words from a voicemail and provide them within the notification email. Note: this option is only present if voicemail transcription has been enabled on the general tab.
  • Include voicemail file - includes an audio file with the voicemail to the email attachment.
  • Delete voicemails on server - The voicemail will be automatically deleted from the server after the notification email is sent.
  • SMS - send a text notification to a cell phone number.
  • Mark voicemail as read after notification sent - automatically marks the voicemail as read once the notification is sent out.

Notifications for new call recordings can only be sent to email.

 
 

Menu Tab

Menu options provide a means to create alternate routing destinations for use in your Hunt Groups. These alternate destinations may be accessed at any time while interacting with the Hunt Group, such as while on hold before an agent answers the phone call.

Click on the Set option associated with the button and choose the destination.

Note: It is IMPORTANT that you mention these routing options in your initial recorded greeting, repeating message and/or music on hold, as your customers will not be aware the options exist otherwise.

  
 

Greetings Tab

Greetings provide a method to relay information to your caller.  You can set up multiple types of greetings that will play at different times during a phone call into your Hunt Group.

The Call flow example explains when each of the greeting types will be played, during the lifecycle of an inbound phone call. Each location where a greeting can play in a call is denoted with an icon for quick reference.

Types of greetings for the callers:

Types of greetings for the Hunt Group members:

For additional information on greeting audio file formatting, see How do I create a *.WAV or *.OGG file for my greeting?

  

 

Agents Tab

In order to add agents to Hunt Group:

  1. Click on Add new agent
  2. Click the check mark next to the Users you would like to add.
  3. Click the Add button.
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You can also add external phone numbers to Hunt Group:

  1. Click Add phone numbe.
  2. Enter the 10 digit phone number.
  3. Click Add.

Note: If you add a cell phone number or any number that has an answering service, you must remember to properly adjust the Timeout setting under Callers and Agents on the General tab.  Having the Hunt Group timeout longer than the answering service ring time will result in calls being picked up by the answering service before the next agent can receive the call!
  

Once Agents are added to the list, any administrator of the account can manually log agents in and out of the hunt group.

  • Click on Log in to make an agent available for calls in the HG.
  • Click on Log out to make the agent temporarily unavailable for calls to this Hunt Group.
    Note: the agents can also log in or log out to/from hunt groups using My Services or directly from their phones.

      

 

Call recordings tab

The Call Recordings tab allows you to manage your recorded phone calls. You can search the call recordings by the number or agent as well as specify the search period.

call recording

   
  

Hunt Group Reports:

Reporting allows you to monitor various statistics for Hunt Groups and Agents.

To view the reports:

  1. Navigate to Services > Voice Services > Groups
  2. Click a Hunt Group Name
  3. Click on Reports.

Choose the date and the agent you wish to view the report for.

You will see different reports depending on your selection.

If you have selected a date range and all agents, you will see:

Hunt Group Report:
  • total number of calls
  • number of immediately connected calls
  • connected after hold
  • abandoned calls
  • calls failed due to max callers in queue
  • average and max total call duration
  • average and max hold time
  • average and max talk time

Call Statistics Report:

  • number of immediately connected calls
  • connected after hold
  • abandoned calls
  • calls failed due to max callers in queue

On hold time Report:

  • maximum on hold time
  • average on hold time
  • calls with hold time within the primary and secondary SLA if it's setup

Talk time Report:

  • maximum talk time
  • average talk time

Call length time Report:

  • maximum total call time
  • average total call time

If you have selected a date range and one agent, you will see:

General Report:

  • total calls
  • rolled calls
  • maximum time logged in
  • maximum talk time
  • average talk time

Calls Report:

  • total calls
  • rolled calls
  • calls per hour

Talk time Report:

  • maximum talk time
  • average talk time

Max time logged in Report:

  • maximum time logged in

If you have selected today and all agents, you will see:

Active calls Report:

  • active calls
  • calls on hold
  • agents logged in
  • agents on active calls

Average call information Report:

  • average call duration
  • maximum call duration
  • average time on hold
  • maximum time on hold
  • average talk time
  • maximum talk time

Agent logs Report:

  • agent name
  • last logged in time
  • last logged out time

If you have selected today and one agent, you will see:

Active calls Report per agent:

  • agent name
  • last logged in time
  • last logged out time