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DEFINITION: Customer service and support (CSS) is the part of a company's customer relationship management (CRM) department that interacts with a customer for their immediate benefit, including components such as the contact center, the help desk, and the call management system.According to Lithium Technologies (a CSS product vendor), corporate costs for CSS interactions are expected to reach $100 billion in 2004.  … 
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Customer Service Reports
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Customer Self-Service: Free Your Customers from Phone Queue Purgatory
sponsored by Freshdesk Inc.
EGUIDE: Access this expert guide to learn why customer self-service can be a low-cost way to emancipate frustrated customers from phone queue purgatory.
Posted: 31 Aug 2015 | Published: 31 Aug 2015

Freshdesk Inc.

Scaling Customer Support, Operations and Social Engagement
sponsored by Freshdesk Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This case study investigates how one company went from manually categorizing and answering dozens of customer emails per day to not only automating the process, but also making sure the right people were able to address high-priority customer queries.
Posted: 31 Aug 2015 | Published: 25 Aug 2015

Freshdesk Inc.

The Communications Revolution
sponsored by Microsoft
VIDEO: This video introduces CRM expert Paul Greenberg, who reveals the extent to which communications technology has empowered customers. Tune in now for insights on how your business can leverage CRM to succeed in the business world.
Posted: 26 Aug 2015 | Premiered: 18 May 2015

Microsoft

Mobility Applications: Improve Your Customer Experience and Contact Center
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: This helpful resource reveals why now is the perfect time for contact centers to embrace the mobile channel. Read on to uncover specific strategies for organizations ready to improve contact centers' operational efficiency, customer engagement, and brand loyalty through mobile apps.
Posted: 26 Aug 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Genesys

Improving Customer Service with Twitter
sponsored by Freshdesk Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Twitter can provide business value but this is challenging to achieve if you don't know where to start. This white paper details how Twitter can be utilized in tandem with a helpdesk service to maximize efficiency in your customer interactions and promote your business.
Posted: 26 Aug 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2011

Freshdesk Inc.

Helpdesk with Gmail Integration Scales with You
sponsored by Freshdesk Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This case study investigates how one company successfully adopted a helpdesk that integrated with the third-party providers they already utilized. Read on to learn more about how this company doubled their resolved support ticket rate to 100% after switching to an integrated helpdesk.
Posted: 26 Aug 2015 | Published: 26 Aug 2015

Freshdesk Inc.

An Intuitive Helpdesk for You and Your Customers
sponsored by Freshdesk Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In this case study, you will see how one company tested and then integrated a helpdesk when their email ticketing system became too unwieldy. Read on to learn more how you could streamline your customer engagement processes with the right helpdesk.
Posted: 25 Aug 2015 | Published: 25 Aug 2015

Freshdesk Inc.

Trends 2015: The Future Of Customer Service
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: This report summarizes the top 10 customer services trends that you need to pay attention to in order to build strong customer relationships in 2015.
Posted: 24 Aug 2015 | Published: 16 Dec 2014

Genesys

Intelligent Self-Service and Personalization: Rethink the Customer Experience
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: In this guide, you'll learn how to equip your contact center with an integrated approach to self-assisted and proactive services that deliver on customer needs as well as revenue generation. Access now for helpful considerations on how to master this balancing act.
Posted: 24 Aug 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Genesys

5 Steps to Building a Customer Experience-Driven Contact Center
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: This white paper illustrates how organizations are overcoming modern customer experience hurdles to earn customers' satisfaction and long-term loyalty. Read on to uncover 5 important steps to building a customer experience-driven contact center.
Posted: 24 Aug 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Genesys

Tip Sheet: Building the Business Case for an Omnichannel Contact Center
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: Download this tip sheet to learn eleven metrics for building your business case for omnichannel customer service.
Posted: 24 Aug 2015 | Published: 24 Aug 2015

Genesys

CRM Is Changing, But Its Value is Greater Than Ever
sponsored by Microsoft
VIDEO: This webcast investigates how CRM has changed, what is important as customer and employee demands continue to transform, and what your organization will have to put in place in order to improve ROI from your CRM strategy.
Posted: 24 Aug 2015 | Premiered: 13 Aug 2015

Microsoft

Defy the Top 10 Remote Collaboration Challenges with UC
sponsored by Polycom, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper outlines the top ten challenges enterprises face when incorporating remote collaboration, and provides proven solutions and benefits of video as facilitated by IT, human resources, marketing teams, and executives. Read on here to access this guide.
Posted: 21 Aug 2015 | Published: 21 Aug 2015

Polycom, Inc.

The Customer Experience: the Journey from Good to Great
sponsored by Interactive Intelligence, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In this paper we pose and respond to a series of questions to guide you through the journey of providing a better customer experience.
Posted: 17 Aug 2015 | Published: 17 Aug 2015

Interactive Intelligence, Inc.

The Gap Between what Customers Want & What Businesses are Doing
sponsored by Interactive Intelligence, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: There is a gap between what customers want and what businesses are doing. Continue on to access this infographic and learn about several common misconceptions and how businesses can learn to more accurately address customer concerns.
Posted: 17 Aug 2015 | Published: 17 Aug 2015

Interactive Intelligence, Inc.

Improve Customer Experience Through the Contact Center
sponsored by Calabrio, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper you will learn why the best way to improve the customer experience is through service. Access this resource now to discover why 63% of consumers say customer experience is the most important factor in their choice of brand.
Posted: 13 Aug 2015 | Published: 13 Aug 2015

Calabrio, Inc.

Improve Customer Loyalty Through the Contact Center
sponsored by Calabrio, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper outlines how the contact center can play a valuable role to play in customer retention. Read now to discover how your contact center can provide a wealth of information in the quest to drive customer loyalty.
Posted: 13 Aug 2015 | Published: 13 Aug 2015

Calabrio, Inc.

Microsoft Dynamics Case Study: Pandora Meets the Needs of the Customer
sponsored by Microsoft
WEBCAST: This webcast discusses Pandora's utilization of Microsoft's CRM as a means by which they can get a full, 360 degree view of what's happening with their customers. Click here to learn how the benefits of this CRM can enhance your organization.
Posted: 12 Aug 2015 | Premiered: Aug 12, 2015

Microsoft

Collaborative Economy: It's Real and It's Disrupting Enterprises
sponsored by SAP America, Inc.
VIDEO: In this short video you will hear CEM experts Bill Briggs, Troy Fulton, Dinesh Sharma, and Bonnie D. Graham discuss whether they believe the new type of the collaborative economy is disruptive to the business environment. Watch now to discover what this means for your business model, and how you can effectively adapt to this changing landscape.
Posted: 12 Aug 2015 | Premiered: 14 Jul 2015

SAP America, Inc.

Improve First Contact Resolution (FCR)
sponsored by Calabrio, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Research indicates that almost 50% of inbound call center calls result in a resolution of the issue. This resource discusses the ramifications of poor first contact resolution (FCR), and delivers approaches for improving customer and employee satisfaction, reduce operating costs, and more.
Posted: 11 Aug 2015 | Published: 11 Aug 2015

Calabrio, Inc.

Case Study: New CRM Saves Time and Improves Efficiency
sponsored by Microsoft
WHITE PAPER: In this case study, Tyroo Media describes how it overhauled its slow and complex CRM solution to obtain a more comprehensive and scalable one.
Posted: 11 Aug 2015 | Published: 22 Feb 2015

Microsoft

CRM that's Customizable to Your Business's Needs
sponsored by Microsoft
TRIAL SOFTWARE: This resource introduces a form of CRM software that is easily customizable and adapted to today's business environment.
Posted: 11 Aug 2015 | Premiered: 11 Aug 2015

Microsoft

Tegen Taps Business Synergies Between SolarWinds N-Able and Connectwise to Grow Services Business
sponsored by Solarwinds N-able
CASE STUDY: This white paper shows how one UK Managed Service Provider was able to quickly address customer issues and dramatically improve SLAs. Read on to learn more.
Posted: 11 Aug 2015 | Published: 11 Aug 2015

Solarwinds N-able

2015 Gartner Report: Critical Capabilities for Contact Center Infrastructure
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: This must-read report presents an easy-to-follow strategy for choosing the right contact center platform to deliver sustainable and competitive customer experiences.
Posted: 11 Aug 2015 | Published: 18 May 2015

Genesys

Dynamic Scheduling: Workforce Management for the Next Gen Contact Center
sponsored by Calabrio, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This whitepaper outlines the new strategy of dynamic scheduling and details why many organizations consider it a top method for modern contact centers. Read now to discover the 5 key workflow processes central to dynamic scheduling.
Posted: 11 Aug 2015 | Published: 11 Aug 2015

Calabrio, Inc.
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CUSTOMER SERVICE DEFINITION (continued): … Customer service and support (CSS) is the part of a company's customer relationship management (CRM) department that interacts with a customer for their immediate benefit, including components such as the contact center, the help desk, and the call management system.According to Lithium Technologies (a CSS product vendor), corporate costs for CSS interactions are expected to reach $100 billion in 2004. To increase customer satisfaction, while minimizing the costs involved, many companies are turning to customer-based service applications such as Web self-service and online communities for customer-to-customer support.

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