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ALSO CALLED: CIC, eContact Centers, Customer Interaction Centers, Enterprise Contact Centers, Web-enabled Call Centers
DEFINITION: A cost center is part of an organization that does not produce direct profit and adds to thecost of running a company. Examples of cost centers include research and development departments,marketing departments, help desks and customer service/contact centers.Although not always demonstrably profitable, a cost center typically adds to revenue indirectlyor fulfills some other corporate mandate. Money  … 
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5 Tips to Immediately Improve Customer Service KPIs
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: Download this tip sheet and see 5 things you can do now to improve efficiency, reduce response times and increase sales conversions for your contact center.
Posted: 04 Nov 2014 | Published: 04 Nov 2014

Genesys

How Workforce Optimization Improves Contact Center Performance
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: A Gartner report affirms the tangible changes in the contact center environment and stresses the inevitable overlap between the previously independent contact center infrastructure (CCI) market and the contact center workforce optimization (WFO) market.
Posted: 30 Oct 2014 | Published: 30 Oct 2014

Genesys

How to Improve Call Center Service and Keep Costs Down
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: A modern Workforce Management (WFM) solution enables organizations to better manage the customer journey across touchpoints, resulting in better customer experiences along the way.Download this tip sheet to learn how a WFM solution can support your cross-channel customer experiences while meeting SLAs and managing operating costs.
Posted: 29 Oct 2014 | Published: 29 Oct 2014

Genesys

The Migration Towards SIP for Contact Centers
sponsored by Twilio
WEBCAST: Find out why you should connect your contact center to the cloud.
Posted: 27 Oct 2014 | Premiered: Oct 27, 2014


How to Design, Implement, and Optimize End-to-End Customer Journeys
sponsored by Genesys
ANALYST REPORT: Customer Experience and eBusiness executives must shift their approach from optimizing individual touchpoints to identifying high-value cross-touchpoint tasks -- and then designing touchpoints that support those tasks, rather than acting in isolation. Read this Forrester report to learn the 3 rules of implementing cross-touchpoint experiences.
Posted: 27 Oct 2014 | Published: 27 Oct 2014

Genesys

The Hidden Secret to Great Customer Experience
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: This white paper shows you how to turn these touchpoints, which too often negatively impact CX, into your competitive advantage. Learn the secrets of managing the entire customer journey and you'll be able to increase efficiency and boost your customer scores.
Posted: 27 Oct 2014 | Published: 27 Oct 2014

Genesys

3 Benefits of Focusing on Customer Experience
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: This white paper discusses: Benefits of focusing on customer experience and customer journey, how you can overcome roadblocks to delivering great CX, and keys to success.
Posted: 27 Oct 2014 | Published: 27 Oct 2014

Genesys

Building the Next Generation Contact Center
sponsored by Twilio
WEBCAST: Access this on-demand webcast to discover what a cloud infrastructure can provide for your contact center strategy. Tune in to find out what features accompany a cloud solution, and how it can help boost agent productivity by reducing calls and providing contact context.
Posted: 27 Oct 2014 | Premiered: Oct 27, 2014


Reshaping the Contact Center for a New Era of Customer Interactions
sponsored by Twilio
WEBCAST: This on-demand webcast with Forrester Research Principle Analyst Art Schoeller dives into the world of cloud-driven contact centers, and what they can do for your business. View now to find out what Forrester's research shows for companies that have already implemented this strategy, and if the cloud will work for your CRM center.
Posted: 24 Oct 2014 | Premiered: Oct 24, 2014


Turn your Contact Center from Cost Center to Revenue Generator
sponsored by IBM
WEBCAST: Uncover best practices for delivering a seamless customer experience across multiple touch-points.
Posted: 21 Oct 2014 | Premiered: Oct 21, 2014

IBM

The Conversational Cloud – Beyond the Hosted Contact Center
sponsored by [24]7 Customer Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Learn how the cloud is helping organizations revamp their contact centers.
Posted: 21 Oct 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

[24]7 Customer Inc.

The Business Value of Integrating the Contact Center Within Your Omni-Channel Strategy
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Learn how you can benefit from integrating your contact center within your omni-channel strategy.
Posted: 20 Oct 2014 | Published: 31 Mar 2014

IBM

Business Process Automation: Contact Center Management Case Study
sponsored by Automic
CASE STUDY: Check out this paper that highlights the business automation platform BT Global Services, an IP-based telephony network in Europe, deployed to help complete their reporting and alerting, scheduling, development and operations tasks.
Posted: 25 Sep 2014 | Published: 25 Sep 2014

Automic

6 Ways Your Workforce Management Can Improve Your Contact Center
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: Download this whitepaper to learn six key capabilities that can empower your agents by providing insight into their work schedules while streamlining interactions between managers and supervisors.
Posted: 17 Sep 2014 | Published: 31 Oct 2008

Genesys

How to Reduce Escalations and Call Handle Time in Your Contact Center
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Learn about the contact center platform capable of reducing escalations and call handle time.
Posted: 16 Sep 2014 | Published: 30 Apr 2013

IBM

3 Strategies to Improve the Customer Experience
sponsored by Genesys
EBOOK: Learn about the 3 approaches which can be combined to achieve the level of service your customers demand.
Posted: 12 Sep 2014 | Published: 12 Sep 2014

Genesys

Best Practices for Delivering a Personalized Customer Experience
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: This paper will discuss the changing nature of the customer experience; outline the need for and benefits of a multi-channel contact center; highlight the key drivers and challenges companies must consider as they embark on this approach; identify what to look for in a vendor partner; and offer best practices for success.
Posted: 11 Sep 2014 | Published: 11 Sep 2014

Genesys

Five Ways to Make Service Easy for Today's Customers
sponsored by Salesforce
WHITE PAPER: Customers now expect your company to solve their issues quickly and give them the capability to find solutions easily on their own. This informative resource gives 5 ways to make service easy for today's customers.
Posted: 28 Aug 2014 | Published: 28 Aug 2014

Salesforce

Five Advantages of Mobile for Customer Service
sponsored by Salesforce
WHITE PAPER: Customers expect a seamless experience, regardless of where reps are located – making mobile more essential than ever. This whitepaper considers 5 reasons why mobile should be part of your service strategy.
Posted: 28 Aug 2014 | Published: 28 Aug 2014

Salesforce

The Makings of a Modern Contact Center
sponsored by SearchCRM
EBOOK: Choosing between a hosted or on-premises model -- or a blend of the two -- is the first step to modernizing customer relationship management systems today. Inside, explore the key differences between a hosted and an on-premises contact center.
Posted: 23 Jul 2014 | Published: 23 Jul 2014

SearchCRM

How the Cloud Can Minimize Contact Center Downtime
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: Companies today need to have a business continuity plan that covers more than minor application downtime -- they need to be ready for the very real possibility of natural or man-made disasters. How prepared is your contact center for disaster? Find out in this white paper.
Posted: 23 Jul 2014 | Published: 23 Jul 2014

Genesys

Improving Customer Experience, Business Processes
sponsored by Genesys
ANALYST REPORT: Based on Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis of the workload management market, Genesys won the 2013 Global Frost and Sullivan award for Technology Innovation in Workload Management.
Posted: 01 Jul 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Genesys

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

Leverage Data to Enhance Customer Experiences
sponsored by Invenio Marketing
EGUIDE: This e-guide highlights how Disney, Cincinnati Bell, and other organizations can benefit from digital data and analytics to help improve customer experiences. Don't let valuable data slip through your fingers -- read now to learn how to take advantage of available customer information that results in maximum benefits for you and your customers.
Posted: 18 Jul 2014 | Published: 18 Jul 2014

Invenio Marketing

Analyst Predictions 2014: Customer Support and the Engaged Enterprise
sponsored by Genesys
ANALYST REPORT: As customer experience is being elevated to a top-executive commitment, the customer engagement center/contact centre is uniquely positioned to be at the epicenter of the customer experience revolution. Get this research note on Gartner predictions for 2014 and beyond.
Posted: 02 Jul 2014 | Published: 15 Nov 2013

Genesys
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CONTACT CENTERS DEFINITION (continued): …  spent on research and development, for example, mayyield innovations that will be profitable in the future. Investments in public relations andcustomer service may result in more customers and increased customer loyalty.Because the cost center has a negative impact on profit (at least on the surface) it is a likelytarget for rollbacks and layoffs when budgets are cut. Operational decisions in a contact center,for example, are typically driven by cost considerations. Financial investments in new equipment,technology and staff are often difficult to justify to management because indirect profitability … 

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