Nielsen – Maximum Predictive Dialer Productivity under US Compliance

Industry: Market Research
Nielsen chose Sytel's predictive dialer knowing it would maximize productivity whilst maintaining compliance with US legislation.

About Nielsen

Nielsen is a global leader in audience measurement, data and analytics, shaping the future of media. Measuring behavior across all channels and platforms to discover what audiences love, they empower their clients with trusted intelligence that fuels action.

Nielsen has offices worldwide.

Two Nielsen sites with in excess of 500 agents located in Tampa and Texas were the subject sites for this case study. At these sites the main activities are; contacting respondents to remind them to send back their diaries in which they have logged their TV viewing details and also contacting potential new respondents and recruiting them to become TV viewing diarists.

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The requirements

As an organisation with a tremendous reputation to protect Nielsen must ensure that any changes it makes to its processes have no unintended side-effects to its information gathering. This implies that whilst always looking for additional competitive advantage it must be careful to protect its existing product and reputation.

Nielsen had been using a dialer that was approaching end of support and were therefore very keen to upgrade to a system that would replace this whilst still integrating with their Dimensions CATI software. Added to this was the need to ensure that 24/7 support was available along with a failover solution that would automatically take effect in the event of a system failure. Moving to a new dialer also raised expectations for performance improvements.

Nielsen chose Sytel’s AI predictive dialer – the world’s most efficient predictive dialer, knowing this would maximize productivity whilst maintaining compliance with US legislation.


Sytel’s Softdial Contact Center™ (SCC) is able to integrate with the existing Nielsen structure; PSTN connections, PBX, SIP and ISDN. The Sytel implementation is modular with the components capable of being monitored individually. Compared to Nielsen’s previous system, which utilized a mixture of hardware and communication protocols, the new Sytel installation used SIP with standard codecs and consequently the call quality was greatly improved.

Additionally, the communication between Nielsen and Sytel’s implementation teams meant that any changes and issues were dealt with in a fluid way.

The results

This improved call quality was immediately noticed by the Nielsen contact center agents and call recordings were much easier for supervisors to listen to and therefore provide more effective feedback and appropriate training for agents. The ratio of connected calls to completed interviews also increased.

Nielsen found the Sytel system delivered:

  • Projects completed in less time
  • Up to 30% reduction in agent wait times
  • Excellent Answer Machine Detection with false positives as low as 2%
  • Compliance; meeting Nielsen’s stringent limit of abandon rate being less than 1.5%

Nielsen’s Technical and Project Management teams expressed positive reviews. The modular approach immediately lends itself to easier maintenance with the ability to scale quickly. Sytel’s custom reporting tool provided information required by Nielsen’s Analytics Team.

Steve Houghton, Director at Nielsen, commented

“The introduction of the Sytel dialer in two of our sites has opened our eyes to the efficiencies that can be achieved. However, not only is there quantifiable evidence of improvements but the general atmosphere has lifted because agents are no longer struggling with poor quality calls with respondents which can be mentally wearing”.

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