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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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How to Measure Marketing Success with Call-Tracking Software
sponsored by Twilio
EGUIDE: Foundations Recovery Network, a US-based rehab network, needed to know if they were getting their money's worth advertising on Google – more imperative due to the high online competition in the substance abuse recovery field. Learn how they leveraged new call-tracking software to understand if their marketing strategy was worth it.
Posted: 23 May 2017 | Published: 16 May 2017

Twilio

eBook: Omnichannel Is No Longer Optional: Connecting the Contact Center Customer Experience
sponsored by Genesys
EBOOK: The 2017 Aberdeen Report on Contact Center and Customer Experience Trends states that companies with an omnichannel program see 25% greater annual revenue growth and 55% greater decrease in customer complaints – so omnichannel is no longer optional. Learn how your small to midsize business (SMB) can meet new customer expectations.
Posted: 09 May 2017 | Published: 09 May 2017

Genesys

eBook: How to Keep Pace with the Modern Customer with Your Contact Center
sponsored by Genesys
EBOOK: Your customer's expectations are higher than ever – which also means that it's important to know what is holding your contact center back. Learn how to stay ahead of the curve with a contact center capable of delivering a fast, seamless customer experience.
Posted: 09 May 2017 | Published: 09 May 2017

Genesys

eBook: Engage With Customers in an Ultra-Connected Era
sponsored by Genesys
EBOOK: In this whitepaper, you'll learn how effective, all-in-one communications platforms can make all the difference for your business – cutting your unnecessary expenses and improving customer satisfaction.
Posted: 05 May 2017 | Published: 05 May 2017

Genesys

Connecting Agents and New Leads
sponsored by Twilio
WHITE PAPER: A real estate agent's odds of successfully contacting an online lead are 100 times higher with quick follow up after the first interaction. Learn how Trulia is able to convert 60% of online leads into clients, and how to achieve this goal in your organization.
Posted: 05 May 2017 | Published: 05 May 2017

Twilio

Choosing between the Cloud and on-premises solutions for the contact centre
sponsored by Mitel Networks Limited
WHITE PAPER: The traditional definition of customer service has changed. Communication channels have evolved, and 74% of consumers today use three or more channels when seeking customer care. To adapt, many businesses are enhancing their options. Learn 7 points to consider before moving to a cloud-based contact centre, challenges to look out for, and more.
Posted: 07 Apr 2017 | Published: 07 Apr 2017

Mitel Networks Limited

The Truth Behind 6 Call Recording Myths
sponsored by West Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Although seen as a necessity by any regulated business or contact center that takes itself seriously, call recording still remains one of the most undervalued and underutilized features. But why is this? Discover the truth behind 6 common call recording myths. Plus, uncover what features to look for in a call recording system.
Posted: 24 Mar 2017 | Published: 24 Mar 2017

West Corporation

10 Golden Rules Of Outbound Contact Center Campaigns
sponsored by West Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Making effective contact with your customers and prospects is critical to business success. But outbound contact center campaigns are fundamentally different than inbound campaigns. Learn 10 key rules to help ensure your outbound operations achieve success.
Posted: 24 Mar 2017 | Published: 24 Mar 2017

West Corporation

Gartner Report: Gartner Magic Quadrant for Contact Center as a Service, North America
sponsored by Genesys
ANALYST REPORT: The contact center-as-a-service (CCaaS) market in North America is growing rapidly. Access this Gartner report to learn more about the CCaaS market, strengths and cautions areas for several leading providers, and much more.
Posted: 23 Mar 2017 | Published: 24 Oct 2016

Genesys

Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a Multichannel Cloud Contact Center Technology
sponsored by Genesys
ANALYST REPORT: The Ovum Decision Matrix report reviews seven cloud contact center solutions with particular emphasis on the ability of providers to handle multichannel customer interactions and connect data through analytics. It compares vendors based on the strength of their platform, the views of their customers, and the impact that each has in the marketplace.
Posted: 23 Mar 2017 | Published: 04 Aug 2015

Genesys

10 Rules For An Efficient Contact Center
sponsored by West Corporation
WHITE PAPER: There are new rules emerging for your contact center. Cloud-based technology is shifting how things are done, but you must now streamline your skills and strategies for success. Learn 10 rules that will help you run a more efficient contact center in the wake of the shifting landscape.
Posted: 23 Mar 2017 | Published: 23 Mar 2017

West Corporation

Why Your Contact Center Needs Closer Integration With Marketing
sponsored by West Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Customer experience and engagement are the newest concerns of the modern marketer, having traditionally been the area of the contact center. But while marketing is embracing a customer-centric, multichannel universe, the contact center is lagging behind. Learn why your contact center needs closer integration with marketing, and how to achieve it.
Posted: 23 Mar 2017 | Published: 23 Mar 2017

West Corporation

ICMI MarketPulse Reveals How to Increase Customer Engagement Through Proper Use of Data
sponsored by OpenText
RESEARCH CONTENT: Unstructured data can cause a lot of problems for organizations today. It pollutes systems and reports, which in turn can lead to high customer effort and low engagement – 2 things that are very bad for business. In this ICMI MarketPulse report, gain insights into how you can increase customer engagement through using your data correctly.
Posted: 03 Mar 2017 | Published: 03 Mar 2017

OpenText

How To Help Your Contact Center and Keep Customers Happy
sponsored by Genesys
PRODUCT OVERVIEW: The ability to manage interactions across channels as a single, coherent conversation is key to keeping your customers engaged and happy. In this product overview, learn about how Conversation Manager from Genesys, a customer experience management platform, can help your contact center.
Posted: 24 Feb 2017 | Published: 24 Feb 2017

Genesys

Strategic Planning Tools for Contact Centers
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores how to leverage contact center strategic planning tools to predict performance more accurately and provide comprehensive what-if analysis capabilities. Discover how to get key answers to tough operational questions so that you can react to change faster and with more agility.
Posted: 22 Feb 2017 | Published: 22 Feb 2017

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

Magic Quadrant for Contact Center Infrastructure, Worldwide
sponsored by Genesys
ANALYST REPORT: Contact center infrastructure vendors continue to integrate their multichannel capabilities in order to develop "omnichannel" solutions, while enhancing their cloud delivery capabilities. In this Gartner Research Report, learn how to evaluate vendors' technology and ability to deliver in relevant regions.
Posted: 20 Apr 2017 | Published: 19 May 2016

Genesys

The Recent Shift in the Contact Center Market
sponsored by Genesys
EGUIDE: The unified communications and collaboration industry has been going through major changes in the last few years with the advent of UC consolidation. In this e-guide, learn about how contact center software provider Genesys went through a shift in 2016 after planning to boost its cloud-based services by acquiring new UC capabilities.
Posted: 17 Apr 2017 | Published: 11 Apr 2017

Genesys

Explore the Changing Contact Center Landscape
sponsored by LogMeIn Rescue
EGUIDE: New technology is shifting contact centers in a different direction – one that appeals more to current customer expectations. In this expert guide, discover new opportunities available for contact centers. Explore why infrastructure has become a major concern, new multichannel technology, and how one call center made social media work.
Posted: 09 Mar 2017 | Published: 06 Mar 2017

LogMeIn Rescue

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

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

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
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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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