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ALSO CALLED: CIC, eContact Centers, Customer Interaction Centers, Enterprise Contact Centers, Web-enabled Call Centers
DEFINITION: Directions: Click on each term to read our complete definition.We invite you to print out this page for your convenience. A contact center is a central point in an enterprise from which all customercontacts are managed. The contact center typically includes one or more onlinecall centers but may also include other types of customer contact as well,including e-mail newsletters, postal mail catalogs,  … 
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Contact Centers White Papers (View All Report Types)
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Maintaining Customer Experience Continuity: From Self-Service to Agent-Assisted, Hands-On Dialogues
sponsored by Aspect
WHITE PAPER: Your customers should feel rewarded for using self-service, not forced to recount their story to a live representative. Here's how to provide a consistent experience from self-service to agent assistance.
Posted: 01 Feb 2016 | Published: 01 Feb 2016

Aspect

Six Keys to Effective Chat Operations: Insights to Help Improve Your Business
sponsored by 24/7 Customer
WHITE PAPER: Today, customers expect highly capable chat, including the ability for it to seamlessly integrate other channels as needed. So getting it getting it right is critical to an effective omnichannel strategy. This paper summarizes common misperceptions about chat, and presents six key insights based on lessons learned.
Posted: 27 Jan 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2015


Building Your Brand Around Better Service
sponsored by Plantronics
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper you will explore the ways customer service centers can make small, incremental changes to deliver service quality that customers now demand. Discover how a shift to a customer-centric model can maintain these gains and help build your brand in the face of growing customer power, expectations, and scrutiny.
Posted: 13 Jan 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

Plantronics

Noise in the Customer Service Center
sponsored by Plantronics
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper learn why background noises are lowering productivity, increasing stress, and headaches. Discover how you can mitigate the effects of noise in your organization's contact center.
Posted: 12 Jan 2016 | Published: 12 Jan 2016

Plantronics

Nail Personalization with 6 Key Customer Service Capabilities
sponsored by Microsoft
WHITE PAPER: This data sheet describes ways to empower agents with a single, unified experience to provide amazing customer service with cross-channel context. Uncover strategies for earning customer loyalty and staying agile.
Posted: 31 Dec 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Microsoft

Improve Customer Experience with Better Self-Service
sponsored by Aspect
WHITE PAPER: In this Forrester report, you'll learn how to increase the breadth of your organization's self-service channels -- as well as the depth of these channels. Read on and uncover best practices for doing so.
Posted: 23 Dec 2015 | Published: 31 Mar 2015

Aspect

7 Key Trends Driving Effectiveness in the Contact Center
sponsored by Avaya
WHITE PAPER: With the right goals set in place, contact centers have the potential to be profit centers. Read on and you'll learn how to make the business case for transforming the contact center by understanding seven key trends.
Posted: 15 Dec 2015 | Published: 15 Dec 2015

Avaya

The Shift to Customer Centricity in the Contact Center
sponsored by Avaya
WHITE PAPER: In this infographic, you'll find statistics from one contact center research report that reveal new customer expectations. Learn how to address consumer needs by driving change in the contact center.
Posted: 11 Dec 2015 | Published: 11 Dec 2015

Avaya

How the Cloud can Drive up Customer Engagement and Let Staff work more Flexibly
sponsored by IP Solutions
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, you'll learn how the cloud can bring the contact center to your employees and let customers choose when, how and where they want to contact you. Find out how it also allows you to acquire new technologies and channels.
Posted: 30 Sep 2015 | Published: 30 Sep 2015

IP Solutions

Smarter Contact Centers Using In-Memory Data Grids
sponsored by Red Hat
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to explore the challenges faced by the CSP contact center staff in responding to subscribers' calls and how in-memory data grids can help streamline and speed up the process.
Posted: 21 May 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Red Hat

Case Study: How a Global HR Firm Met Its Contact Center Needs
sponsored by 8x8, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In this case study, discover how implementing virtual contact centers solved a global firm's contact center issues.
Posted: 20 Apr 2015 | Published: 30 Nov 2013

8x8, Inc.

Cloud-Based Contact Center Technology: 8 Critical Questions to Ask
sponsored by 8x8, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This guide explores 8 critical criteria for choosing a cloud-based contact center solution. Read on to learn vital questions to ask providers in order to avoid common pitfalls.
Posted: 16 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

8x8, Inc.

Speech-to-Text Analytics Reveals New Insights Into Consumer Behavior
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This white paper describes how Telerx, a global contact center outsourcing provider, embrace the methods that modern consumers are utilizing to share their opinions and turned raw data into valuable insight for their clients.
Posted: 20 Feb 2015 | Published: 31 Jan 2013

IBM

3 Funnel Points for Successful Lead Management
sponsored by Harte Hanks
WHITE PAPER: Access this whitepaper to discover the 3 main funnel points for a successful sales strategy. Read on to find out how to calculate your campaign for success, and how to measure your call center metrics appropriately.
Posted: 01 Dec 2014 | Published: 01 Dec 2014

Harte Hanks

Best Practices for Improving Back Office Workforce Efficiency
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: 70% of customers report that they have ended a relationship due to poor customer service, a statistic that demands companies be at the top of their capabilities. View this in-depth whitepaper to discover an extensive 7 step guide to streamlining workforce efficiency, ultimately keeping customers happy.
Posted: 13 Aug 2014 | Published: 13 Aug 2014

Genesys

Transforming Customer Experience in the New Digital World
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: This white paper will show you how taking a holistic approach to digital channels in the contact center and beyond and integrating them into your customer experience strategy allows you to transform the end-to-end customer journey and deliver consistent, seamless and personalized experiences across all channels, touchpoints and interactions.
Posted: 01 Jul 2014 | Published: 01 Jul 2014

Genesys

How to Meet and Exceed Customer Demands
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: Customers expect a great end-to-end experience. Wherever work is accomplished in the enterprise, it's all part of the Customer Service Value Chain. Is your enterprise meeting this expectation? What about in the future?
Posted: 30 Jun 2014 | Published: 26 Jun 2014

Genesys

The Knowledge Base of the Future: Five Cutting-Edge Ideas You Can Implement Now
sponsored by KANA
WHITE PAPER: Building a reliable, extensive knowledge base is essential for delivering relevant, efficient customer experiences. It helps employees access information faster and enables customers to serve themselves. View this white paper to uncover five cutting-edge ideas to help you build a next-gen knowledge base.
Posted: 26 Jun 2014 | Published: 26 Jun 2014

KANA

Omni-Channel Customer Service Demands the Intelligent Contact Center
sponsored by KANA
WHITE PAPER: In order to respond to changing customer expectations, contact centers must evolve to an omni-channel, context-aware platform. In this white paper, get an in-depth look at the demands placed on the modern contact center, and the strategies and tools you can leverage to optimize customer interactions
Posted: 26 Jun 2014 | Published: 26 Jun 2014

KANA

Best Practices for Knowledge Management
sponsored by KANA
WHITE PAPER: Implementing a knowledge management program in the contact center can improve the efficiency and quality of your services, optimize customer experience, reduce agent training costs, and increase job satisfaction. In this white paper, explore best practices for successful knowledge management implementation in the contact center.
Posted: 24 Jun 2014 | Published: 24 Jun 2014

KANA

Performance Improvement In The Contact Centre
sponsored by Cisco
WHITE PAPER: Find out how you can improve customer satisfaction, become more competitive and reduce the cost of acquiring and retaining loyal customers by investing more money in contact center technologies.
Posted: 17 Jun 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Cisco

How-To Guide: Top Ways to Optimize Your Contact Center Investment
sponsored by Cisco
WHITE PAPER: Find out what you need to know to ensure your contact center runs to the best of its ability.
Posted: 16 Jun 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Cisco

How Cloud-Based Contact Centers Improve Customer Experience
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: In a recent survey, 60% of respondents said executives want to differentiate their organization based on customer experience management (CEM). In this technology adoption profile, explore current CEM trends -- including goals, strategies, and challenges -- as well as how to improve customer experience with the right contact center technologies
Posted: 04 Jun 2014 | Published: 31 Mar 2013

Genesys

Deploying a Contact Center in the Cloud - A Guide to Best Practices
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: To effectively engage with customers across a newly-broadened spectrum of channels, savvy organizations are looking to cloud-based contact centers. In this white paper, discover 10 best practices for deploying and managing cloud-based contact centers that will help you keep costs down, customers happy, and processes efficient.
Posted: 03 Jun 2014 | Published: 31 Jul 2012

Genesys

Make the most of customer interactions in the contact center
sponsored by Calabrio, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, discover how to optimize your contact center processes with the help of new interaction channels such as social media, and make the most of interaction data to learn more about your customers and your company.
Posted: 07 Apr 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Calabrio, Inc.
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CONTACT CENTERS DEFINITION (continued): …  Web site inquiries andchats, and the collection of information from customers during in-store purchasing.A contact center is generally part of an enterprise's overall customer relationshipmanagement (CRM). automated speech recognition (ASR) - a technology that allows users of informationsystems to speak entries rather than punching numbers on a keypad. ASR isused primarily to provide information and to forward telephone calls. AutomaticCall Distributor (ACD) - a telephone facility that manages incoming callsand handles them based on the number called and an associated database ofhandling … 

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