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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 Reports
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Let's Chat: 4 Limitations of Automated Agents in the Contact Center
sponsored by Genesys
EGUIDE: In this e-guide, experts reveal four chatbot challenges. Learn how to overcome each one, so you can focus on driving innovation in the contact center.
Posted: 17 Jan 2017 | Published: 11 Jan 2017

Genesys

Gartner Report: Critical Capabilities for Contact Center Infrastructure
sponsored by Genesys
RESEARCH CONTENT: Contact Center Infrastructure (CCI) evaluation is a technically complex process that's further complicated by the different requirements for omnichannel, high availability, and integration as part of a Customer Engagement Center (CEC). Access this report to learn about 9 critical capabilities for evaluating CCI, 3 CCI use cases, and more.
Posted: 13 Jan 2017 | Published: 19 May 2016

Genesys

Develop a Multichannel Strategy that Supports Customer Experience Management
sponsored by BoldChat - LogMeIn
EGUIDE: Providing a top class customer experience is the key to customer retention, yet, according to a Forrester survey, only 10% of companies plan to invest in multichannel support. This e-guide explains why a strong multichannel presence is a necessity and walks you through the steps to developing your own strategy.
Posted: 22 Dec 2016 | Published: 20 Dec 2016

BoldChat - LogMeIn

Video, Live Chat Usher in Multichannel Customer Service Challenges
sponsored by BoldChat - LogMeIn
EGUIDE: Customers are demanding real-time customer service and contact centers are being forced to respond. Explore the pros and cons of 4 main communication channels, how to use customer data to your advantage, and how you can achieve multichannel customer service success.
Posted: 20 Dec 2016 | Published: 14 Dec 2016

BoldChat - LogMeIn

Digital Transformation for Midsize Contact Centers
sponsored by Genesys
EBOOK: As a result of digital technologies and e-commerce transformation, an omnichannel customer engagement strategy is necessary for growing contact centers. This e-book examines problems surrounding omnichannel customer engagement and technology traps that midsize contact centers often fall into.
Posted: 09 Dec 2016 | Published: 09 Dec 2016

Genesys

Is Providing 24-Hour Global Support Right for You?
sponsored by Zendesk
WHITE PAPER: Learn now about key questions to ask as you determine your global customer support strategy. Access this resource and you'll also discover best practices for providing global support such as dashboards, collaboration tools, the cloud, and more.
Posted: 30 Nov 2016 | Published: 30 Nov 2016

Zendesk

RBC Implements Virtual Agents to Improve Online Customer Experiences
sponsored by [24]7
CASE STUDY: RBC, a large financial services institution, wanted to improve customer relations while reducing the number of calls coming into its contact centers. Access this case study to learn how they implemented virtual agents across their banking, direct investing, and insurance websites to enhance the customer experience and improve their bottom line.
Posted: 24 Oct 2016 | Published: 24 Oct 2016

[24]7

Frameworks for Assessing WebRTC ROI
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, Dean Bubley, founder of Disruptive Analysis, discusses several use cases for calculating the ROI for the open-framework WebRTC in contact centers. As WebRTC becomes a larger norm, learn how to calculate its ROI for your organization and make the most of your investment.
Posted: 03 Oct 2016 | Published: 30 Sep 2016

Oracle Corporation

Evolving Enterprise & Contact Centers with WebRTC
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Web-based real-time communications (WebRTC) is finally reaching maturity. Read about its evolution, current use case landscape, and how it is shaping the future of unified communications.
Posted: 29 Sep 2016 | Published: 30 Oct 2015

Oracle Corporation

Five Tips for Mastering Digital Customer Service
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: As contact center engagement reaches critical mass, customers now expect the same level of service from digital and voice interactions. Discover ways to provide a seamless experience as your audience navigates across multiple channels.
Posted: 10 Jun 2016 | Published: 10 Jun 2016

Genesys

Analyst Report: Contact Centers Must Go Digital
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: Preferences for customer service channels are layered, and changing across all ages and demographics. Forrester Research analysts take a look at multi-channel customer use, and identify major gaps in contact center technology and operations.
Posted: 10 Jun 2016 | Published: 03 Apr 2015

Genesys

Six Keys to Effective Chat Operations: Insights to Help Improve Your Business
sponsored by [24]7
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

[24]7

Manage Your Contact Center For More Meaningful KPI's
sponsored by Genesys
EGUIDE: In this expert e-guide you'll find some helpful hints as to how you can identify the proper metrics needed to produce meaningful contact center KPI's. In addition, read 7 dos and don'ts of call center management to help you nourish your agent's best CRM practices.
Posted: 06 Oct 2016 | Published: 06 Oct 2016

Genesys

Benchmark Your Omnichannel Customer Service Readiness
sponsored by Genesys
WEBCAST: Omnichannel customer service is the new norm in our mobile-first world. This webcast will help you determine where your omnichannel presence stands, where to go, and figure out how much value this adds to your business.
Posted: 22 Aug 2016 | Premiered: Sep 14, 2016

Genesys

SMBs Transform Contact Center, Customer Experience with Collaborative UC
sponsored by Avaya TSG
DATA SHEET: Empower your organization with the feature-rich functionality and scalability of cloud. Discover how to mobilize your workforce, thereby producing a seamless customer and patient experience, by leveraging a unified communications platform that unites telephony, messaging, conferencing, ACD, video and UC.
Posted: 06 Jul 2016 | Published: 06 Jul 2016

Avaya TSG

Cloud Contact Center Total Cost of Ownership
sponsored by Avaya TSG
WHITE PAPER: See the differences of cloud verses on premise contact center TCO. Access now to discover the quantitative, qualitative, impact of moving towards the cloud.
Posted: 28 Jun 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Avaya TSG

As Multichannel Intensifies, Call Centers Get a Wake Up Call
sponsored by Zendesk
EGUIDE: The multi-channel mandate is forcing contact centers to make dramatic changes. From tools to knowledge, get expert advice to ensure your agents are fully prepared for any customer request, with tools such as customer listening posts, so that they can provide satisfying customer service.
Posted: 02 Mar 2016 | Published: 26 Feb 2016

Zendesk

How Does Social Customer Service Affect Contact Centers?
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
EGUIDE: In this e-guide, our CRM experts discuss how social media is transforming the way contact centers work. Learn strategies and best practices for implementing a social media customer service plan in your contact center.
Posted: 22 Feb 2016 | Published: 11 Feb 2016

Oracle Corporation

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

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

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
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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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