Engage in conference calls

An 8x8 Contact Center agent can bring another agent or an external party into an active call to create a conference call. Let's say during a call with a customer, agents may want to consult the case with another agent or supervisor for expert advise. They can add participants to the active call and merge calls to create a multi-party conference call.

8x8 Agent WorkspaceClosed The brand new interface for 8x8 Contact Center agents to receive and process customer interactions. allows you to set up multi-party conference calls. During a conference call, you can:

Add agents to a conference call

Lets say you are on a call with a customer and you wish to consult a fellow agent for advice. While on the call, you can simply check the status of another agent, if available, dial the agent. When the second agent answers, discuss the intent of the call and merge calls to create a conference call with the customer. As the agent initiating the call, you become the host of the conference call with abilities to place the call on hold, record, play recordings, transfer, and more.

Note: Prior to adding an agent to an active call, ensure the agent is available or working offline.

To add an agent to a conference call:

  1. Announce to the current caller that you are going to add them to a multi-party conference call.
  2. From the call controls panel, click to bring up the list of agents.
  3. Check the status of the agent and ensure they are either available or working offline.
  4. Click Add to call to dial out. The customer is now placed on hold.
  5. When the agent answers the call, share the intent to add them to the call.
  6. Click Add to call to merge the calls. Now the customer is resumed from the hold status.
  7. As the host of this conference call, you can exercise the following call controls as needed:

    • Mute yourself
    • Place the call on hold
    • Play recorded messages
    • Begin recording the call
    • Add more participants to the call
    • Transfer the call
    • Drop a participant from the call
  8. Continue the conference call and end the call using:

    • Leave: To leave the call and allow the other participants in the call to continue the discussion.
    • End for all: To end the call for all.
  9. Add transaction codes as needed and wrap up the call.

Add external parties to a conference call

In 8x8 Contact Center, agents can add an external party to a conference call. Let's say during a customer call, you wish to consult with an in-house expert who is not an agent and can be reached on an external phone number. Notify the current caller, dial the external number, and merge calls to create a conference call.

To add an external party to a conference call:

  1. Announce to the current caller that you are going to add them to a multi-party conference call.
  2. From the call controls panel, click to bring up the contact list.
  3. Using the dialpad , enter the phone number and click Add to call. You can also fetch a recently dialed number from history. The customer is now placed on hold.
  4. When the external contact answers the call, communicate the need to add them to a conference call.
  5. Click Add to call to merge the two calls. Now the customer is resumed from the hold status.
  6. As the host of this conference call, you can exercise the following call controls as needed:

    • Mute yourself
    • Place the call on hold
    • Play recorded messages
    • Begin recording the call
    • Add more participants to the call
    • Transfer the call
    • Drop a participant from the call

  7. Continue the conference call and end the call using:

    • Leave: To leave the call and allow the other participants in the call to continue the discussion.
    • End for all: To end the call for all.