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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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Foster Loyalty Through Effortless Customer Journeys
sponsored by Genesys
WEBCAST: The latest method of driving customer loyalty is developing and maintaining an omnichannel presence—but how do you achieve this success? This webcast discusses how to improve customer loyalty through the creation of an omnichannel presence and communications, and how to track a customer's journey to identify trends in channel usage.
Posted: 28 Jun 2016 | Premiered: Jun 8, 2016

Genesys

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

Deliver Upon Customers' Ever-Growing Expectations
sponsored by Genesys
VIDEO: Using one man's adventures in online automotive shopping as an example, you'll explore ways to build exceptional customer relationships across all phases of their omnichannel journey.
Posted: 13 Jun 2016 | Premiered: 13 Jun 2016

Genesys

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

Contact Centres Must Go Digital
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: View this outline of communications channel customer use, and identify major gaps in contact center technology and operations. You'll also learn ways to align operations with customer expectations, to garner their satisfaction and long-term loyalty.
Posted: 10 Jun 2016 | Published: 03 Apr 2015

Genesys

A Multi-Company Contact Centre Business Value Analysis for Enterprises
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: The "interaction silo" contact center approach is fragmented, expensive and difficult to maintain. Explore ways to integrate engagement opportunities and give customers a consistent, seamless, low-effort, and personalized experience.
Posted: 08 Jun 2016 | Published: 29 Feb 2016

Genesys

Top 10 Strategies For Modernising Call Centre Optimisation
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: There are typical business and operational challenges found in the majority of contact center operations. Explore ways to deliver on service level agreements, stay within the operating budgets, improve the analysis of process efficiency, identify the root causes of issues, and much more.
Posted: 07 Jun 2016 | Published: 07 Jun 2016

Genesys

How one Organization Overcame Fault Communications
sponsored by IR
WHITE PAPER: By discovering insight to both causes and symptoms of poor voice quality, one leader in contact center solutions was able to efficiently restore theirs. Learn how to also achieve call visibility with intelligent alerting for incident management in unified communications.
Posted: 13 May 2016 | Published: 13 May 2016

IR

What Happens When a Contact Center's Communication Systems Fail 72 Hours Before Black Friday?
sponsored by IR
CASE STUDY: 72 hours before Black Friday, one organization's critical communication systems began to fail and business continuity systems crashed. Access this case study to find out what happened; why the outages occurred in the first place; and how to prevent a similar catastrophe within your organization.
Posted: 11 May 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

IR

Helping Your Transition from Nortel MPS to Avaya Experience Portal
sponsored by SPS Commerce, Inc.
RESOURCE: This short resource helps you frame your choices when it comes migrating your contact center technology.
Posted: 10 May 2016 | Published: 10 May 2016


Solving Today's Top Customer Service Demands Across Channels
sponsored by Dimension Data
VIDEO: Dynamic changes are making customer service more complex than ever before. In this video, explore how an integrated, omni-channel contact center can solve today's top customer service demands and technology challenges.
Posted: 03 May 2016 | Premiered: 08 Dec 2015

Dimension Data

Customer Experience in the Digital Age
sponsored by Dimension Data
VIDEO: In program "Raising the Bar," newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky explores the importance of customer service as a brand differentiator, and how an integrated, omni-channel approach to customer interactions yields the most benefit. Gain ideas on how you can keep up with customer demands across all channels.
Posted: 03 May 2016 | Premiered: 07 Dec 2015

Dimension Data

Reliance Securities Empowers Customers with an Omnichannel Contact Center
sponsored by Dimension Data
VIDEO: Explore how a large financial brokerage firm leveraged integrated, omnichannel contact center tools to help them become more agile, responsive, and make better use of their agents' skills. Discover how this transition let them use the same number of agents to engage with more customers – without compromising customer satisfaction.
Posted: 03 May 2016 | Premiered: 15 Dec 2015

Dimension Data

Global Contact Center Benchmarking Report 2016
sponsored by Dimension Data
WHITE PAPER: Explore this global benchmarking report to uncover trends and statistics for contact centers in 2016, as well as tips on delivering a better customer experience.
Posted: 29 Apr 2016 | Published: 29 Apr 2016

Dimension Data

Case Study Video: Red Funnel
sponsored by Mitel Networks Limited
WEBCAST: In this brief video, learn how Red Funnel adapted to customer desires to communicate with them across social, SMS, and more. Discover the technology they leveraged to get the job done, and the benefits they experienced as a result, including: increased staff productivity, a 16% decrease in customer complaints, and more.
Posted: 13 Apr 2016 | Premiered: Apr 7, 2016

Mitel Networks Limited

Guide to Selecting a Phone System Call Center
sponsored by Mitel Networks Limited
WHITE PAPER: This step-by-step guide can help you select a phone system for your call center. Follow 6 steps to enable enhanced customer satisfaction, improved agent retention, and increased agent productivity.
Posted: 12 Apr 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

Mitel Networks Limited

The Drivers Behind Contact Center Technology Upgrades
sponsored by Mitel Networks Limited
EGUIDE: This expert guide discusses how the cloud and Simple Internet Protocol (SIP) are driving contact center technology upgrades and transformations. In addition, learn why siloed and legacy systems stall good customer service, and where CRM apps should fit into an overall contact center strategy.
Posted: 07 Apr 2016 | Published: 05 Apr 2016

Mitel Networks Limited

Contact Center Refresh Better Handles High Call Volume
sponsored by Mitel Networks Limited
CASE STUDY: This case study outlines how a transport logistics company updated their contact center to handle up to 40,000 calls per hour and streamline customer service.
Posted: 07 Apr 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Mitel Networks Limited

5 Contact Center Trends You Need to Know
sponsored by Mitel Networks Limited
WHITE PAPER: This white paper reveals contact center trends to help you stay competitive in your industry and enable quality customer experiences. Uncover the top 5 ways the contact center is changing.
Posted: 06 Apr 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

Mitel Networks Limited

10 Tech Tools to Improve The Customer Experience
sponsored by Mitel Networks Limited
WHITE PAPER: This white paper examines tech tools your contact center can use in order to boost productivity, ensure resiliency, and improve efficiency. Uncover 10 features to add to your contact center strategies.
Posted: 25 Mar 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

Mitel Networks Limited

The Key is Accessibility: Five Ways to Improve Customer Service
sponsored by Mitel Networks Limited
WHITE PAPER: Read this white paper to boost your customer service levels by leveraging the mobility of your agents, as well as your customers. Access this paper to discover 5 ways to improve your customer service availability.
Posted: 14 Mar 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Mitel Networks Limited

5 Ways to Improve Business Continuity
sponsored by Mitel Networks Limited
WHITE PAPER: This guide provides 5 ways you can improve business continuity by relocating or distributing your workforce. Learn about improving availability with mobile devices, creating a disaster recovery site, and more.
Posted: 11 Mar 2016 | Published: 30 Dec 2014

Mitel Networks Limited

How to Integrate Disjointed Contact Center Systems
sponsored by Mitel Networks Limited
VIDEO: Take a closer look at how you can deploy and configure an integrated contact center platform. Learn how the functions of a modern contact center work together, including: CRM, multi-channel, scripting, and more.
Posted: 07 Mar 2016 | Premiered: 07 Mar 2016

Mitel Networks Limited

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
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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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