Discover how we achieved fantastic results for the Australian Institute of Music with ongoing audience and time-of-day analysis.
The Australian Institute of Music offers a range of highly reputable courses in areas such as music performance, composition, music theatre, and creative technology.
While the Australian Institute of Music was attracting a volume of leads through their website, they didn't have the internal resourcing to be able to contact each of these prospects. So, our Melbourne-based call centre was tasked with calling each lead who enquired through the website and re-engage leads who had enquired previously but failed to book an audition.
Our goal? To increase applications and enrolments, and qualify the highest-intent leads.
Between August 2022 and March 2023, our campaign found that:
Weekends were hands-down the best time to contact leads, with an average 2% higher contact rate than on weekdays.
Since the last report, an increased connection rate suggested prospects were in more of a conscious research phase and therefore picking up the phone more quickly.
Through time-of-day analysis, we found that the best time of day (by far) to call leads was between 8am and 9am, with over 30% answering at this time.
Our approach ensured we maintained an engaging, informative approach throughout the Australian Institute of Music's customer conversion journey.
Naturally, not every outbound call would be answered, so we developed a systematic plan for reaching out to leads. After the first missed call, we sent an email. If the second call was missed, we followed up with an SMS. Our three-pronged approach offered multiple touchpoints for leads, which increased the likelihood of eventual, meaningful engagement.
To streamline the application process, we custom-built 'Application Sent' and 'Application Complete' stages. After expressing interest in a course, the lead would receive an application link via email. If a lead completed the application, they would automatically be updated to 'Application Complete', effectively removing them from our calling list.
Through this strategic approach, our call centre not only generated qualified leads for the Australian Institute of Music, but also facilitated a seamless application process for potential students.
Each lead we called was meticulously classified into one of the following stages:
… and more. (Get in touch to learn about our model!)
"Student Garden complemented our in-house recruitment team by contacting prospects in the hours that we couldn't. By integrating our systems, the transition between our teams was seamless, with some great results!"
We integrated our calling system with the client’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, which not only allowed us to track when leads were completing their applications but also improved our reporting capabilities.
This optimisation in the campaign marked our first truly two-way client integration. By being able to influence the status of leads in our system through theirs, we were able to promptly remove leads that unsubscribed from marketing. It also saved us time by instantly alerting us when a lead completed their application, eliminating the need for double-handling or any miscommunication.
The campaign was further enhanced by our omnichannel approach that leveraged calling, email, and SMS to engage with leads effectively. The Australian Institute of Music's commitment to providing us with new information — such as upcoming events and new course Key Selling Points (KSPs) — was instrumental in helping us up-sell courses. The campaign's success was a testament to the benefits of collaborative working relationships and the power of strategic optimisations.
— Max Schuler | Head of Call Centre
— Chamalee Karunanayake | Account Director
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