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ALSO CALLED: CIS, Customer Relations
DEFINITION: In customer relationship management (CRM), customer service chat (CSC) is an Internet service that allows the user to communicate in real time with a customer service agent by using an instant messaging (IM) application that's built into the company's Web site. CSC is often part of a "blended media" approach to contact center management, where customer service agents use multimedia routing technology  … 
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9 Steps To Launch A Unique Partner Portal Experience
sponsored by Webinfinity
RESOURCE: According to Gartner, 40% of all types of partner portal initiatives fail to gain adequate adoption by all those using them. Don't let your business fail to achieve a ROI or be forced to scrap a poorly-developed portal altogether. Read this information overview to learn the 9 steps to a successful partner portal experience.
Posted: 16 Feb 2017 | Published: 01 Nov 2012

Webinfinity

Report: Understanding The New Customer Landscape in Retail
sponsored by Salesforce.com
RESEARCH CONTENT: With seemingly unlimited access and knowledge, consumers control the terms of retailer engagement. Retailers need to effectively extend their brand experience to reach customers wherever they may be. This report explores the trends, attitudes and technologies shaping the customer landscape, and a 6-part roadmap to help you achieve CEM success.
Posted: 16 Feb 2017 | Published: 16 Feb 2017

Salesforce.com

Proactively Manage Aftersales; Better Service Customers
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
WHITE PAPER: Today's hyper-connected customers expect relevant, personalized services anywhere at any time, even in their cars. Access this white paper to learn how to deliver on these customer expectations and capitalize on them.
Posted: 06 Feb 2017 | Published: 31 Aug 2016

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

How Mobility is a Key Link in Your Product Profit Chain
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
WHITE PAPER: Mobility has become a critical channel in how businesses interact with customers. For example, in banking, mobility is detrimental for selling products and services along their product profit chain. Learn how you can transform operations and enhance customer relationships with mobile solutions using the banking industry as a use case.
Posted: 03 Feb 2017 | Published: 03 Feb 2017

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

Transform Your Business For The New Customer Standard: How To Create A Digital Enterprise
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
WHITE PAPER: With new technology, it has never been easier to disrupt your competition, but it's also never been easier to be disrupted. Thriving with customers requires a new model for IT, one that's transformed for continuous value creation. Discover what you need to know about digital enterprises to better meet your customers' goals.
Posted: 03 Feb 2017 | Published: 01 Jul 2016

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

6 Ways Your EMR Is Coming Up Short and How CRM Can Help
sponsored by Microsoft
RESOURCE: Electronic medical records (EMRs) are great for documentation, but in a value-based care model, that's not enough. Access this infographic to learn 6 ways that customer relationship management (CRM) software is able to engage patients where EMRs don't deliver.
Posted: 27 Jan 2017 | Published: 30 Dec 2016

Microsoft

The 8 Types of Questions Your Customers Ask Online
sponsored by [24]7
WHITE PAPER: Consumers want a one-stop shop for their customer service, but most companies fail to deliver this experience and live agents are expensive. That's where virtual agents come in. Access this white paper to learn which 8 types of questions virtual agents can handle and how to optimize your contact center to handle them.
Posted: 19 Jan 2017 | Published: 19 Jan 2017

[24]7

Why is Customer Service So Bad at Handoffs?
sponsored by [24]7
WHITE PAPER: 64% of consumers start their customer service journeys online. Where are the rest going? Access this white paper to learn about automated phone's role in customer experience and how your company can connect Web, IVR, mobile, and social media touch points.
Posted: 17 Jan 2017 | Published: 30 Dec 2016

[24]7

The Robot Apocalypse: Chatbots Make Agents Extinct
sponsored by [24]7
WHITE PAPER: 76% of customers prefer digital self-service above other customer service channels, but relying too heavily on artificial intelligence, like chatbots, creates a lot of problems. Access this white paper to discover where the balance lies between live, empathetic humans, and fast, low-cost, automated robots.
Posted: 16 Jan 2017 | Published: 30 Dec 2016

[24]7

Humanize the Customer Experience
sponsored by [24]7
WHITE PAPER: 49% of customers have switched brands due to bad customer experiences and feeling very disconnected from the companies they try to interact with. Access this white paper to discover 4 ways to humanize your digital customer experience.
Posted: 16 Jan 2017 | Published: 30 Dec 2016

[24]7

5 Capabilities to Look For in a Customer Experience Platform
sponsored by Genesys
EBOOK: In this e-book, learn 5 key features that you need in your next customer experience platform. Discover the benefits of a single platform for distribution and optimization, SLA adherence across all engagement channels, flexibility for cloud, on-premises or hybrid environments, and more.
Posted: 13 Jan 2017 | Published: 13 Jan 2017

Genesys

Is Online Video Chat the Path to a Personalized Customer Experience?
sponsored by BoldChat - LogMeIn
EGUIDE: In this expert e-guide, customer experience pro Scott Sachs, President of SJS Solutions LLC, examines the maturation of online video chat as an effective tool in contact centers. Discover tips for architecting personalized customer journeys, and learn how to address some of the challenges of video-based customer service.
Posted: 16 Dec 2016 | Published: 14 Dec 2016

BoldChat - LogMeIn

Research Report: How To Deliver the Omni-Channel Support Customers Want
sponsored by BoldChat - LogMeIn
WHITE PAPER: Customers expect contact centers to provide a greater ease of use and faster response time than ever. This may seem daunting given the need for omni-channel support, but it doesn't have to be. Access this comprehensive research report to learn how to reduce customer effort across your omni-channel approach.
Posted: 23 Nov 2016 | Published: 31 Aug 2016

BoldChat - LogMeIn

Limitations of Customer Self-Service for Contact Centers
sponsored by ServiceNow
EGUIDE: Today's customers are more empowered and informed than ever, and they expect self-service to be available. In this e-guide, Scott Sachs of SJS Solutions discusses some of the challenges you will need to address, including more complicated inquiries and reduced opportunities to enhance customer engagement.
Posted: 20 Sep 2016 | Published: 02 Sep 2016

ServiceNow

Where is Healthcare Customer Experience Heading?
sponsored by [24]7
WHITE PAPER: What will the future of healthcare customer experience management (CEM) look like given today's trends toward digitization? Examine 5 key predictions for the future of CEM in healthcare, based on current trends and changing perceptions of consumer experiences.
Posted: 01 Jun 2016 | Published: 01 Jun 2016

[24]7

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

Service Cloud: New Capabilities Aiming to Unify Fragmented CEM
sponsored by Salesforce.com
EGUIDE: Did you know that 61% of consumers must interact with a company on multiple channels to resolve a customer service issue? And did you also know that Salesforce has brought new capabilities to Service Cloud, aiming to help unify fragmented customer journeys? View this guide to learn about them, it's pricing and availability.
Posted: 20 Jul 2016 | Published: 19 Jul 2016

Salesforce.com

A Guide to Patient Interaction
sponsored by Avaya TSG
WHITE PAPER: Discover how to enhance the patient experience by automating routine processes and expanding patient interaction outside the hospital. Access now and learn the benefits of proactive outreach, both pretreatment and post-discharge, including fewer preventable readmissions, reduced costs, and more.
Posted: 06 Jul 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

Avaya TSG

Customer Experience Is the Battleground
sponsored by Avaya CenturyLink
RESOURCE: 81% of customers now expect organizations to deliver multiple lines of communication through an omnichannel presence. Read on to discover what other standards customers are setting and how to meet their expectations when it comes to delivering the best possible customer experience.
Posted: 29 Jun 2016 | Published: 29 Jun 2016

Avaya CenturyLink

Customer Engagement: From Interactions to Relationships
sponsored by Avaya
WHITE PAPER: Improving customer experiences has replaced operational efficiency gains as the top objective in customer care executives' agendas. This Aberdeen report details how "best-in-class" firms are achieving greater customer retention and annual growth as a result. Discover more in the report now.
Posted: 20 Jun 2016 | Published: 31 Mar 2015

Avaya

Reaching New Heights in Omnichannel Customer Service
sponsored by Zendesk
EGUIDE: This e-guide offers expert advice for creating a successful omnichannel customer experience by utilizing a unified user interface (UI), service clouds, self-service tools, and more. You'll also learn how to implement a unified contact record for customer interactions so that you can create a consistent, satisfying experience for your customers.
Posted: 02 Mar 2016 | Published: 26 Feb 2016

Zendesk

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

The American Cancer Society's Multichannel Engagement Strategy Success Story
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
EGUIDE: In this e-guide, you will discover how the American Cancer Society's leadership is implementing a sophisticated multichannel engagement strategy to reach all those passionate about their cause. Download now to uncover how this strategy could be useful in helping your organization create meaningful multichannel engagement with your customers.
Posted: 23 Feb 2016 | Published: 17 Feb 2016

Oracle Corporation

Six Signs Your Customer Service Strategy Is Broken
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
EGUIDE: In the "age of the customer" business leaders and decision makers are focusing more than ever on designing customer experiences to attract, engage, and retain finicky consumers. This white paper aims to help CIO's achieve this goal by training them to recognize 6 ineffective customer service strategies.
Posted: 23 Feb 2016 | Published: 16 Feb 2016

Oracle Corporation

Driving multichannel engagement with the voice of the customer
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
EGUIDE: In this e-guide you will learn how the right infrastructure can allow your marketers to harness your existing data to create seamless, integrated experiences for your customers on any channel.
Posted: 23 Feb 2016 | Published: 16 Feb 2016

Oracle Corporation
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CUSTOMER INTERACTION SERVICES DEFINITION (continued): … In customer relationship management (CRM), customer service chat (CSC) is an Internet service that allows the user to communicate in real time with a customer service agent by using an instant messaging (IM) application that's built into the company's Web site. CSC is often part of a "blended media" approach to contact center management, where customer service agents use multimedia routing technology to interact with customers by telephone, fax, e-mail, and chat. In retail e-commerce, chat is promoted as being a cost-effective way to add personalization and social interaction to the online shopping experience as well as being a way to provide immediate responses to customer questions.

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