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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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Supporting a Multichannel Contact Center
sponsored by SearchCRM
EGUIDE: Consult this expert e-guide to uncover how you can provide customer support across multiple communication channels. Assisting customers efficiently is imperative to the reputation of your business. This e-guide covers best practices for managing multiple channels, so you can prepare for communication from every angle.
Posted: 13 Feb 2013 | Published: 13 Feb 2013

SearchCRM

Customer Engagement - Transformation Services
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: Read this white paper to explore best practices for addressing 45 key contact center performance areas that, if enhanced, can help you increase revenue, increase customer satisfaction, optimize operating efficiency while lowering costs, and reduce errors and noncompliance rates.
Posted: 27 Dec 2012 | Published: 30 Nov 2012

Hewlett-Packard Company

Customer Experience Exchange E-Zine: Issue 3
sponsored by SearchCRM
EZINE: In this third edition of the Customer Experience Exchange e-zine, Chris Maxcer delves into world of incorporating team-building activities into contact center agents' schedules, Vangie Beal discusses Dell's six-year investment in social media and Anna Fiorentino writes about why customer loyalty has dipped nearly 10%.
Posted: 20 Mar 2012 | Published: 20 Mar 2012

SearchCRM

SIP contact centers: Key benefits and potential challenges
sponsored by SearchSecurity.com
EGUIDE: Learn how Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), unified communications (UC) and contact centers fit hand in hand in this e-guide from SearchUnifiedCommunications.com.
Posted: 24 Feb 2012 | Published: 24 Feb 2012

SearchSecurity.com

Delivering a Superior Customer Experience
sponsored by Avaya
WHITE PAPER: Research shows that 90% of customer service decision-makers believe delivering quality service is paramount to success. But with tight budgets, businesses today need cost-effective ways of achieving higher service levels. Read on to learn how collaboration in your contact center can keep costs low while increasing service levels.
Posted: 06 Nov 2012 | Published: 30 Apr 2012

Avaya

How Mobile Devices are Driving Innovations in Contact Centers
sponsored by Avaya
WHITE PAPER: Failing to adopt a customer service strategy for mobile devices could put your business at a serious disadvantage. Gartner research suggests that 80% of companies will suffer revenue loss from the lack of customer support on mobile devices by 2013. Read this paper to learn how to utilize the opportunities mobility offers customer service.
Posted: 29 Oct 2012 | Published: 29 Oct 2012

Avaya

Getting Sales Dialed In: Improving Process Efficiencies and Increasing Sales Using RingCentral
sponsored by RingCentral
PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: This presentation transcript explores how cloud-based telephony can help increase call efficiency, improve manageability, and ensure that a sales opportunity is never missed.
Posted: 29 Oct 2012 | Published: 29 Oct 2012

RingCentral

Customer Care in a Social World: Are We There Yet?
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This paper explores and explains why the contact center is a key strategic focal point for customer engagement via social channels.
Posted: 21 Sep 2012 | Published: 01 Mar 2012

Oracle Corporation

A contact center manager's guide to integrating self-service
sponsored by KANA
EBOOK: Leveraging self-service technologies in your contact center can significantly reduce costs, but successful implementation is tricky. Gain expert advice on how to ensure your self-service contact center initiative is a success. Read on to learn self-service contact center best practices, how to obtain executive support, and more.
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 | Published: 01 Aug 2012

KANA

Mobile Devices: Changing the Way You'll Service Your Customers
sponsored by Interactive Intelligence, Inc.
PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: Discover how you can take advantage of the mobile revolution to deliver an improved and expanded service experience for your mobile device wielding users.
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 | Published: 15 Aug 2012

Interactive Intelligence, Inc.

ShoreTel Small Business Edition: Simple Communications That Grow With Your Business
sponsored by ScanSource & ShoreTel
WHITE PAPER: Uncover the details of a unified communications (UC) system that provides powerful, feature-rich, scalable, productivity-boosting UC to small businesses at an affordable price point.
Posted: 07 Aug 2012 | Published: 31 Jul 2012

ScanSource & ShoreTel

Business Case for Integrated Unified Communications and Contact Center Solution
sponsored by ShoreTel - OLD
WHITE PAPER: In this whitepaper, discover how using unified communications (UC) in your contact center can help you increase effective communications between employees and clients, which will improve your customer satisfaction, retention, and loyalty rates.
Posted: 08 Jun 2012 | Published: 30 Jun 2010

ShoreTel - OLD

Benefits of Cloud-Based Communications
sponsored by Interactive Intelligence, Inc.
PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: This presentation transcript explores the options of moving your contact center applications and Unified Communications strategies to the cloud. Uncover the benefits and opportunities of cloud-based solutions and potential pain points, and get help deciding if the cloud is a good option for your organization.
Posted: 10 May 2012 | Published: 24 Apr 2012

Interactive Intelligence, Inc.

Introducing Avaya Collaborative Cloud
sponsored by Avaya
WEBCAST: This brief webcast explores Avaya’s Collaborative Cloud strategy, which wishes to showcase how the cloud can improve your communications and collaboration, changing the way your enterprise works.
Posted: 30 Apr 2012 | Premiered: Apr 30, 2012

Avaya

FCR Done Right!
sponsored by Enkata Technologies
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to learn how to build an operational FCR program without sacrificing your budget.
Posted: 26 Apr 2012 | Published: 26 Apr 2012

Enkata Technologies

Social channels changing contact center certification
sponsored by Salesforce.com
EGUIDE: In this expert tip, find out which certification programs are getting overhauled, including those focused on individual call center managers and agents, such as the program from ICMI, and the costs associated with these certifications.
Posted: 20 Mar 2012 | Published: 20 Mar 2012

Salesforce.com

8 contact center best practices
sponsored by Salesforce.com
EGUIDE: Read this expert e-guide to see what Donna Fluss and Michael Krigsman have to say about how companies can ensure contact centers utilize new social media, video and mobile support to their best advantage.
Posted: 20 Mar 2012 | Published: 20 Mar 2012

Salesforce.com

A more social contact center
sponsored by Salesforce.com
EGUIDE: In this expert e-guide, you will discover ways that contact centers are using social media channels to manage customer contact volume and the 10 steps to creating a call center social media strategy.
Posted: 20 Mar 2012 | Published: 20 Mar 2012

Salesforce.com

The power of Call Centers and Customer Loyalty
sponsored by Infor CRM
EGUIDE: Read this e-guide from our award-winning editorial team to learn strategies for how to utilize innovative technologies to improve your customer experiences, retain customers and gain loyalty.
Posted: 06 Feb 2012 | Published: 06 Feb 2012

Infor CRM

Making WFM Work: Best Practices and ROI Model
sponsored by Calabrio, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: There has been tremendous innovation in contact center workforce management (WFM) over the past three years, with new vendors and offerings entering the scene. Find out how the new generation of WFM solutions are easier to use, improve agent satisfaction, enhance customer experience and cut costs.
Posted: 31 Jan 2012 | Published: 24 Jan 2012

Calabrio, Inc.

Pros and cons of WFM in the call center
sponsored by Infor WFM Workbrain
EGUIDE: The market for workforce management (WFM) software in the contact center saw double-digit growth last year, but the technology still needs work, according to experts. In this e-guide you’ll explore the pros and cons of WFM.
Posted: 09 Jan 2012 | Published: 05 Jan 2012

Infor WFM Workbrain

Business Edition 6000 Business Data Sheet
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
VIDEOCAST: Cisco Unified Communications Manager Business Edition 6000 delivers the superior performance, system redundancy, and broad application integration you need. Ideally suited to businesses with 100 to 1000 employees, it's an ideal choice when migrating from analog, digital, or hybrid-PBX phone systems.
Posted: 28 Oct 2011 | Premiered: Oct 28, 2011

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Upgrading to Cisco Unified Communications Manager Business Edition 6000
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Learn how the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Business Edition enables your employees to collaborate in the office or on the road from desk phones, PCs or Macs, mobile phones, business tablets, or any combination.
Posted: 28 Oct 2011 | Published: 28 Oct 2011

Cisco Systems, Inc.

How a New Breed of Small Businesses Is Using Communications to Thrive in the New Economy
sponsored by Avaya
WHITE PAPER: Discover one unified communication solution that can help you find the time to accomplish everything you need to do: innovate, grow, gain competitive advantage, and make your customers happier.
Posted: 13 Sep 2011 | Published: 01 Sep 2011

Avaya

Business Edition 6000 Business Data Sheet
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
VIDEOCAST: Cisco Unified Communications Manager Business Edition 6000 delivers the superior performance, system redundancy, and broad application integration you need. Ideally suited to businesses with 100 to 1000 employees, it's an ideal choice when migrating from analog, digital, or hybrid-PBX phone systems.
Posted: 08 Sep 2011 | Premiered: Sep 7, 2011

Cisco Systems, 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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