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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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Streamline Authentication with Voice Biometrics to Improve Contact Center Customer Experiences
sponsored by NICE Systems, Inc
WHITE PAPER: Discover how voice biometrics (VB) streamlines your entire customer authentication system, improves contact center efficiency, enhances security for sensitive customer data, and creates better overall customer experiences.
Posted: 04 Aug 2017 | Published: 04 Aug 2017

NICE Systems, Inc

Call Center Vendor Technology: Comparison Report
sponsored by Genesys
RESEARCH CONTENT: Contact center vendors are expanding to deliver omnichannel technology and enhance cloud delivery capabilities. In this vendor comparison report, learn how to evaluate different vendors' technology offerings, and their ability to deliver in relevant regions worldwide.
Posted: 15 Jun 2017 | Published: 17 May 2016

Genesys

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

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

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

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

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

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
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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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