What is a hunt group and how should businesses use them?

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A business phone system that comes with advanced call routing features such as hunt groups can be an important asset for your staff and customers. Being able to route calls easily and quickly can improve efficiency of your staff and help your customers get hold of you more easily.

What is a hunt group?

A hunt group is a business phone system feature that allow businesses to route calls to a single member or a group of members. Effectively, a hunt group is a group of users that an incoming call will be routed to.

Hunt groups are a vital feature for businesses because you can route calls based on your preferences. For instance, you can have all your hunt group users to ring simultaneously or one at a time.

With a VoIP telephone system, businesses can create multiple hunt groups for various reasons. For instance, you can create a hunt group for a support team or a hunt group for sales. You can also make sure you never miss a call by settings up fail-safe routing to divert to an external number or voicemail is all phones are offline.

How a hunt group works.
A hunt group distributes calls to members of the hunt group.

How does a phone hunt group work?

Hunt groups can work in multiple ways based on your preference. For instance, here are the five types a hunt group can distribute calls:

Simultaneous

With this option, when an incoming call reaches the hunt group all the members devices will ring at the same time. If a user is already on a call, their devices will not ring.

Regular (linear)

With the regular hunt group option, an incoming call will be routed to the hunt group members in the order they have been added. If this member is unavailable or they do not answer, the call will be routed to the next available member in the list.

Circular

With this option, the first call goes to the first member in the list, the second calls go to the second member in the list and so on until it reaches the end of the list. This then circles back to the first user.

Uniform

Incoming calls are sent to the user that has been available for the longest period.

Weighted

The incoming call rings Members in a pseudo-random fashion according to their relative weight. The weight of each user is set as a percentage in the business portal. The more weight, the more likely the call is going to be sent to that member.

How should I set-up a hunt group?

First, before you begin you need to a fully feature business phone system that supports call routing features such as hunt groups.

Next, you or your administrator need to assign a phone number to the hunt group. Upon assigning this phone number, this phone number can be given to customers to call once the set-up is complete.

Next, you want to decide what call routing option you prefer (described above) and assign members to the hunt group. You are now ready to give the number out to your customer, additionally you may want to set-up additional routing options as described below:

Additional features to consider:

  • Pre-message (usually a company welcome and hold message).
  • Voicemail to email.
  • Fail-safe call routing (divert if all members unavailable).
  • Call forwarding to voicemail (for example if out of hours).

Setting up a VoIP hunt group with Globe2

To add a hunt group, first navigate to the site you wish to add the hunt group to in the business portal. To create and configure a Hunt Group, please follow the below. Remember if you are a Globe2 customer, we can set this up for you free of charge.

  1. Navigate to: Sites (select Site) > Features > Hunt Groups
  2. Click ‘Add’
  3. On the Add a New Hunt Group page under Profile Details enter:-
    Hunt Group ID – a unique ID with a minimum of 6 characters
    Hunt Group Name – a Name for the Hunt Group
    Caller ID First Name/Last Name – This is what will display on the Hunt Group members phones for incoming calls
    Feature Package – Select Hunt Group Plus – please refer to the next section.
    Directory Number – The phone number to be associated with the Hunt Group. This must be one of the valid phone numbers which has already been reserved to the Site.
    Extension – If required give the Hunt Group an extension of the required length. The extension cannot already be in use within the Site.          
  4. Then select the hunt group / call distribution type as preferred and finally click save.
Configuring a hunt group via the business portal
Adding a hunt group in the Globe2 business portal.

How can hunt groups help my business?

Using a hunt group with a VoIP phone system can be a massive benefit to your business. A hunt group allows you to handle many calls effectively meaning your customers and staff are kept happy.

Successfully configuring a hunt group will allow you to make sure a call never goes unanswered and can often make your company appear bigger than it is.

Furthermore, our VoIP phone system includes free set-up including free number porting and the set-up of hunt groups. Meaning, you can sit back and relax while we do all the hard work. Also included free with our VoIP phone system is VoIP mobile app meaning your team can make and receive calls on the go.

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