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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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The ROI of Omnichannel Customer Experience
sponsored by Genesys
WEBCAST: In this upcoming webcast, join guest speakers from Forrester as they discuss the economic impact of delivering an omnichannel customer experience. Register now to learn key market trends, steps to set up your omnichannel strategy, and more.
Posted: 12 Feb 2016 | Premiered: Feb 12, 2016

Genesys

5 Critical Requirements For a Future Ready Contact Center
sponsored by Genesys
EBOOK: Is your contact center future-ready? In this e-book you will learn how to deliver an effortless customer experience across multiple channels.
Posted: 11 Feb 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Genesys

10 Steps to a More Social Contact Center
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
EGUIDE: This expert e-guide reveals the actions you can take to manage social media contact more efficiently. Inside, Donna Fluss, founder of DMG Consulting, explains the benefits and limitations of workforce management systems for social media. Bonus: Discover the 10 steps to create a successful call center social media strategy.
Posted: 03 Feb 2016 | Published: 29 Jan 2016

Oracle Corporation

Case Study: Real-time Call Center Monitoring
sponsored by Impetus Technologies, Inc.
CASE STUDY: Discover how a leading telecommunications company improved contact center performance with problem resolution metrics to increase customer satisfaction and customer retention rates.
Posted: 01 Feb 2016 | Published: 28 Feb 2015

Impetus Technologies, Inc.

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


6 Keys to Effective Chat Operations: Insights to Help Improve Your Business
sponsored by 24/7 Customer
RESOURCE: Many organizations struggle to use chat correctly. They treat it as a siloed channel with no clear strategy for how it could interact with other channels to benefit customers and the enterprise. In this resource, learn 6 key insights to help you get the most out of chat services in your business.
Posted: 26 Jan 2016 | Published: 26 Jan 2016


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

VoIP: Real Deployment Stories from the Field
sponsored by 8x8, Inc.
WEBCAST: This webcast features a seasoned VoIP veteran with real-world experience from thousands of successful deployments, detailing how VoIP-based technology has changed, where it is going, and where it might take companies like yours tomorrow.
Posted: 21 Dec 2015 | Premiered: May 22, 2015

8x8, Inc.

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

Why Innovation Matters: Discussing 8x8's Patents and Technologies
sponsored by 8x8, Inc.
VIDEO: Watch this informative webcast to hear executives from 8x8 reflect on their culture of innovation and discuss why it matters to customers and to the cloud communications industry. You'll find out how their patents and technologies have changed the business communications market.
Posted: 23 Nov 2015 | Premiered: 22 Jan 2015

8x8, Inc.

Which Contact Center as a Service Provider is Best for Your Organization's Needs?
sponsored by 8x8, Inc.
ANALYST REPORT: This analyst report provides an inside look into this season's CCaaS market, evaluating 9 leading providers in the industry. View now to compare the strengths, weaknesses, and capabilities of these CCaaS solutions to uncover which would be the best fit for your organization's specific use case.
Posted: 23 Nov 2015 | Published: 15 Oct 2015

8x8, Inc.

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 Keys to a 5-Star Mobile User Experience
sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
RESOURCE: Access this brief resource to find fast facts about the mobile user experience, and find out why the user experience should be at the top of every enterprise's list. View now to discover how your mobile experience may be handicapping your business and damaging your brand presence.
Posted: 15 Dec 2014 | Published: 15 Dec 2014

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

3 Critical Funnel Points to Maximize Lead Conversions
sponsored by Harte Hanks
RESOURCE: Access this brief resource to discover the 3 critical funnel points your contact center can focus on to maximize your ROI. Find out opportunities to improve data quality and lead qualification, and how to fix them.
Posted: 04 Dec 2014 | Published: 04 Dec 2014

Harte Hanks

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
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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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