How to Use Cases to Send a Follow-up Outbound Email
Depending on the type of service you provide, a single reply may not always be sufficient to fulfill the customer request. For example, the initial reply may simply inform the customer that the request has been received and advise the customer of the estimated processing time, while the actual request fulfillment will be communicated via one or more follow-up emails.
To support requests that require multiple communications, each email is associated with a case and a thread. For more information, see Understanding Email Cases and Threads.
Note: If you wish to follow up on a reply that you sent recently, it may be easier to select it from the Recent tab.
Step 1: Find the case associated with the request
When you have all the information required to compose a follow-up email for a particular customer request, you will first have to find the case associated with this request. Either the case number or the customer name can be used to find the case.
To view cases, select My Cases from the menu beside the Active Communications List.
Step 2: Search for the case
If the desired case is not shown in the Context Information Area, select Contacts from the main menu beside the Active Communications List. Then click Cases to display all cases.
Alternatively, you can search for cases by typing:
- The word "Case"
- Case number
- The customer’s name
- A fragment of the subject
- First name
- Last name
If you know the case number, enter it in the search field. Because case numbers are unique, only one case will be displayed in the list below.
Step 3: Browse, sort, and select the case
For each case, its number, the creation date, and the original email subject line will be displayed. Depending on their length, subjects may be shown truncated in the list view. Hover over truncated subjects to see the full content. Cases matching search criteria will be listed.
Depending on your permissions, you will be able to see either the cases that you have previously worked on, or all cases for the services that you are qualified to handle.
You can sort listed cases by case number, creation date, and alphabetically by subject.
When you select a case in the list, all incoming, transferred, and outgoing email messages related to this case will be listed in the History tab in chronological order. Any notes that you or other agents provided with respect to this case will also be listed with the Notes icon . When you select any particular message, its content will be displayed in the message body area.
Note: As mentioned, case structure reflects business processes of your organization and services that you handle. You will receive specific instructions about handling cases and composing follow-up messages from your system administrator. As a general recommendation, remember that it is usually important to study the entire case history, including all the notes and dispositions that were entered previously for this case, before sending any new emails related to it.
Step 4: Email the customer
To send a follow-up email, double-click the customer email that this follow-up message will directly relate to or click the Reply button.
This email will appear in your Active Communications List. The Context Information Area will display the familiar email processing views and controls. For more information, see Overview of the Email Working Area.
From this moment, composing your follow-up email will be no different from composing the first reply. For more information, see How to Compose a Reply.
If you do not see the Open button for the email you wish to follow up on, this means that another agent is working on this email already.