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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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VoIP: Real Deployment Stories from the Field
sponsored by 8x8, Inc.
WEBCAST: This webcast features VoIP pioneer Bryan Martin, 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. Watch now to learn more.
Posted: 23 Nov 2015 | Premiered: May 22, 2015

8x8, Inc.

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

The Best Cloud Architecture for Your Contact Center
sponsored by Interactive Intelligence, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This resource will help your organization to better understand the options available to you as you enhance or replace your existing contact center capabilities. Read on to explore the pros and cons of each type of cloud architecture; their impact on customer engagement; and more.
Posted: 25 Aug 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Interactive Intelligence, Inc.

Infographic: The Best Cloud Architecture for your Contact Center
sponsored by Interactive Intelligence, Inc.
RESOURCE: Which cloud architecture best fits your contact center's unique needs? This helpful resource will tell you the three questions you should ask about each of the four options—private, public, distributed, or hybrid—in order to make the right decision.
Posted: 25 Aug 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Interactive Intelligence, Inc.

5 Steps to Building a Customer Experience-Driven Contact Center
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: This white paper illustrates how organizations are overcoming modern customer experience hurdles to earn customers' satisfaction and long-term loyalty. Read on to uncover 5 important steps to building a customer experience-driven contact center.
Posted: 24 Aug 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014


Evaluate the Contact Center Cloud like a Pro
sponsored by Interactive Intelligence, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper discusses the benefits of putting your contact center in the cloud and helps you evaluate the best way of doing so.
Posted: 28 Jul 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Interactive Intelligence, Inc.

A Customer Engagement Strategy for Today's Multi-Channel Marketplace
sponsored by Interactive Intelligence, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This resource explains why putting your customers at the heart of your contact center operations is essential in today's multi-channel marketplace. Read on to learn 5 values by which contact centers can begin to deliver next-generation engagement and drive tangible value for the business as a whole.
Posted: 24 Jul 2015 | Published: 24 Jul 2015

Interactive Intelligence, Inc.

Transform Your Call Center Into a Customer Engagement Center
sponsored by
WHITE PAPER: Today's customers expect fast, accurate answers across their channel of choice. To keep up with these expectations, traditional call centers must transform into "customer engagement centers." Download this free datasheet to learn more.
Posted: 16 Jul 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Service Cloud: Philips Success Story
sponsored by
VIDEO: See how Philips connects sales and operations employees globally, as well as connecting more than 7,000 call-center employees with Service Cloud.
Posted: 16 Jul 2015 | Premiered: 16 Jul 2015

How Salesforce Delivers Exceptional Customer Service
sponsored by
EBOOK: This e-book gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how Salesforce developed and implemented Service Cloud to service the company's own customer base. Read on to learn how to deliver world-class customer service as your business scales.
Posted: 07 Jul 2015 | Published: 07 Jul 2015

20 Customer Service Best Practices
sponsored by
EBOOK: In this e-book, compiles feedback from customers, product experts, and thought leaders into a list of 20 best practices for customer service.
Posted: 07 Jul 2015 | Published: 07 Jul 2015

5 Ways to Make Service Frictionless for Today's Customers
sponsored by
EBOOK: This e-book will cover 5 ways to make service frictionless for your customers, including delivering consistent customer engagement on every channel; empowering customers with self-service and mobile options; and 3 more.
Posted: 07 Jul 2015 | Published: 07 Jul 2015

Deliver a Customer Experience That's Personalized, Smarter, and Faster
sponsored by
EBOOK: In this e-book, you'll learn about one product that can enable your customer service team to deliver a customer experience that's smarter, more personalized, and faster than ever before.
Posted: 07 Jul 2015 | Published: 07 Jul 2015

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: 27 May 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014


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.

Cloud Unified Communications Need Contact Center Capabilities
sponsored by ThinkingPhones
WHITE PAPER: Read this white paper now to discover how a contact center can obtain the unified communications services it needs.
Posted: 17 Mar 2015 | Published: 01 Jan 2015


4 Secrets for Delivering the Effortless Service Your Customers Crave
sponsored by
WHITE PAPER: More than anything, today's customers want service to be effortless on their part. This e-book shares 4 secrets to implementing this level of service in your organization, based on interviews with over 125,000 customers and 5,000 customer service reps in more than 100 companies.
Posted: 02 Sep 2014 | Published: 02 Sep 2014

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


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
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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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