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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Omni-Channel Customer Service Demands the Intelligent Contact Center
sponsored by KANA
WHITE PAPER: In order to respond to changing customer expectations, contact centers must evolve to an omni-channel, context-aware platform. In this white paper, get an in-depth look at the demands placed on the modern contact center, and the strategies and tools you can leverage to optimize customer interactions
Posted: 26 Jun 2014 | Published: 26 Jun 2014

KANA

Best Practices for Knowledge Management
sponsored by KANA
WHITE PAPER: Implementing a knowledge management program in the contact center can improve the efficiency and quality of your services, optimize customer experience, reduce agent training costs, and increase job satisfaction. In this white paper, explore best practices for successful knowledge management implementation in the contact center.
Posted: 24 Jun 2014 | Published: 24 Jun 2014

KANA

Performance Improvement In The Contact Centre
sponsored by Cisco
WHITE PAPER: Find out how you can improve customer satisfaction, become more competitive and reduce the cost of acquiring and retaining loyal customers by investing more money in contact center technologies.
Posted: 17 Jun 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Cisco

How-To Guide: Top Ways to Optimize Your Contact Center Investment
sponsored by Cisco
WHITE PAPER: Find out what you need to know to ensure your contact center runs to the best of its ability.
Posted: 16 Jun 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Cisco

How Cloud-Based Contact Centers Improve Customer Experience
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: In a recent survey, 60% of respondents said executives want to differentiate their organization based on customer experience management (CEM). In this technology adoption profile, explore current CEM trends -- including goals, strategies, and challenges -- as well as how to improve customer experience with the right contact center technologies
Posted: 04 Jun 2014 | Published: 31 Mar 2013

Genesys

Multichannel Contact Centers: Metrics and Realities
sponsored by Five9
EGUIDE: This expert e-guide discusses the new multichannel realities of the contact center and explores how technologies have started to reflect these changes, as well as tips for benchmarking these new metrics. While there is no agreed-upon industry standard for call center metrics, you can review 11 of the most important ones inside.
Posted: 03 Jun 2014 | Published: 03 Jun 2014

Five9

Deploying a Contact Center in the Cloud - A Guide to Best Practices
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: To effectively engage with customers across a newly-broadened spectrum of channels, savvy organizations are looking to cloud-based contact centers. In this white paper, discover 10 best practices for deploying and managing cloud-based contact centers that will help you keep costs down, customers happy, and processes efficient.
Posted: 03 Jun 2014 | Published: 31 Jul 2012

Genesys

New Analytics Approach Needed for Contact Center Success
sponsored by Five9
EGUIDE: This exclusive e-guide features advice from experts on how to take your contact center from good to great with the right metrics for success. You'll also learn how to make better use of the large amounts of social data that are entering CRM systems with the right analytics approach.
Posted: 21 May 2014 | Published: 21 May 2014

Five9

Make the most of customer interactions in the contact center
sponsored by Calabrio, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, discover how to optimize your contact center processes with the help of new interaction channels such as social media, and make the most of interaction data to learn more about your customers and your company.
Posted: 07 Apr 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Calabrio, Inc.
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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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