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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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3 Keys to a 5-Star Mobile User Experience
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
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 Company

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

Gumala Aboriginal Corporation Establishes a Platform for Growth with CRM Solution
sponsored by NEC
CASE STUDY: Find out how an industry-leading automated and integrated CRM solution has helped one organization reduce manual data entry and has optimized their contact center.
Posted: 20 Nov 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

NEC

Tailored Solutions to Fit Any Size Business: NEC Contact Center Solutions
sponsored by NEC
WHITE PAPER: Find out how you can ensure an exceptional customer experience when you deploy a cloud-based contact center solution.
Posted: 19 Nov 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

NEC

An Exceptional Customer Experience Platform in the Cloud
sponsored by NEC
WHITE PAPER: Find out which industry-leading vendor has the cloud-enabled customer experience solution needed to achieve countless benefits, including improved customer satisfaction.
Posted: 18 Nov 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

NEC

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

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

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
WHITE PAPER: Learn how the cloud is helping organizations revamp their contact centers.
Posted: 21 Oct 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

[24]7

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

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

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

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

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

Deepening Customer Experience: Analyzing, Optimizing and Integrating CEM
sponsored by KANA
EGUIDE: "It's difficult to have a single view of the customer because of all the forms of communication," says Donna Fluss of DMG Consulting. As customer experience management (CEM) spans multiple departments and tools, optimizing CEM can be a complex and daunting task. Fortunately, this expert e-guide serves as a roadmap to CEM transformation.
Posted: 01 Jul 2014 | Published: 01 Jul 2014

KANA

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
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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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