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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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What Applications Supporting CRM, CX Should Do
sponsored by Zendesk
WHITE PAPER: Your tools should support the digital engagement your customers demand. Assess analyst predictions for customer service and support tools in 2017 – which ones are actually working?
Posted: 23 Apr 2017 | Published: 07 Nov 2016

Zendesk

Customer Service Lessons from Disney
sponsored by Zendesk
WEBCAST: 20+ year customer service expert Dennis Snow reveals, focusing on relationships -- not tasks -- yields higher customer retention. Learn more tips from Snow on how to exceed customer expectations.
Posted: 23 Apr 2017 | Premiered: Apr 21, 2017

Zendesk

The Fundamentals of Digital Transformation
sponsored by Avaya
WHITE PAPER: This eBook offers insights on how you can take advantage of innovations that make your enterprise communications digital-ready.
Posted: 20 Apr 2017 | Published: 31 Mar 2017

Avaya

Customer Experience Leader DirecTV Modernizes to Maintain Their Lead
sponsored by Capriza
CASE STUDY: In this concise case study, learn how DirecTV decided on a mobile app that streamlined processes by enabling real time box activation.
Posted: 20 Apr 2017 | Published: 30 Dec 2016

Capriza

Redefine Your Business Communications for Digital Transformation
sponsored by Avaya
WHITE PAPER: Explore the current trends shaping modern businesses like customer-centric experiences, heightened collaboration, and cloud computing and find out why it's time for organizations to start thinking about adapting their communications for the age of digital transformation.
Posted: 20 Apr 2017 | Published: 31 Dec 2016

Avaya

From Cost Center to Profit Center: The Potential ROI of Zendesk
sponsored by Zendesk
WEBCAST: In this 30 minute webinar, Forrester Senior Analyst, Ian Jacobs, discusses The Total Economic Impact of Zendesk, a study conducted by Forrester Consulting that examines the costs and benefits of Zendesk to reveal its ROI over a three year period.
Posted: 19 Apr 2017 | Premiered: Jan 31, 2017

Zendesk

Modern Relationships: Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning and Meaningful Customer Relationships
sponsored by Zendesk
VIDEO: Join Jason Maynard, Director of Data and Analytics, and Dave Dyson, Senior Customer Service Evangelist to learn how machine learning can help improve your customer relationships, and how predictive analytics can further improve support and raise customer satisfaction.
Posted: 19 Apr 2017 | Premiered: 30 Dec 2016

Zendesk

The Multichannel Customer Care Report
sponsored by Zendesk
RESEARCH CONTENT: Today's customer wants the personalized experience of human communication but expects the speed and ease of automated services – thereby creating a paradoxical conundrum for businesses. Uncover the key findings of this 2017 customer care report to learn about multichannel strategies for meeting rising expectations.
Posted: 19 Apr 2017 | Published: 19 Apr 2017

Zendesk

2017 Customer Service Trends: Operations Become Smarter And More Strategic
sponsored by Zendesk
WHITE PAPER: This analyst report summarizes the top 10 customer service trends for 2017 that contact center leaders must pay attention to in order to deliver customer service excellence.
Posted: 19 Apr 2017 | Published: 27 Jan 2017

Zendesk

Customer Communications Management: Analysts Decide its Digital Benefits
sponsored by OpenText
WHITE PAPER: In this Forrester report, learn why enterprise architects – professionals who seek to align business and IT -- are using CCM to update their technologies to deliver unified and consistent content across multiple communication channels.
Posted: 13 Apr 2017 | Published: 15 Jun 2016

OpenText

How to Build Engaging, Personalized, and Unforgettable Customer Experiences with Effective Content
sponsored by OpenText
WHITE PAPER: The consumer of today is smarter and savvier than ever before, empowered with information on a company's products, services, competitors and pricing at their fingertips. Are you falling behind?
Posted: 12 Apr 2017 | Published: 12 Apr 2017

OpenText

Using Chatbots, Live Chat, and Messaging To Interact With Customers
sponsored by [24]7
RESEARCH CONTENT: Gone are the days of just email and phone for connecting with customers. Research reveals that chat — including online chat tools and messaging apps — is now the most popular way for consumers to interact with retailers. In this research report, discover how customer service has changed with the adoption of chat channels.
Posted: 12 Apr 2017 | Published: 12 Apr 2017

[24]7

Choosing between the Cloud and on-premises solutions for the contact centre
sponsored by Mitel Networks Limited
WHITE PAPER: The traditional definition of customer service has changed. Communication channels have evolved, and 74% of consumers today use three or more channels when seeking customer care. To adapt, many businesses are enhancing their options. Learn 7 points to consider before moving to a cloud-based contact centre, challenges to look out for, and more.
Posted: 07 Apr 2017 | Published: 07 Apr 2017

Mitel Networks Limited

Workforce Transformation Maturity Assessment for Your Organization
sponsored by Dell EMC and Microsoft
RESOURCE: Access a free workforce technology assessment tool, powered by Forrester Research, to find out how your company stacks up against others.
Posted: 05 Apr 2017 | Published: 31 Dec 2016

Dell EMC and Microsoft

Transforming Workforce Technology is the Key to Improving Customer Experience
sponsored by Dell EMC and Microsoft
RESEARCH CONTENT: This Forrester Research report explains how employee experience, customer experience, and revenue growth are inextricably linked. Discover ways to leverage employee-facing technologies to improve customer experiences.
Posted: 05 Apr 2017 | Published: 30 Sep 2016

Dell EMC and Microsoft

Investing in the Data Center to Meet Modern Customer Demands
sponsored by Red Hat
VIDEOCAST: Data center modernization is one way to boost digital transformation and innovation efforts. Learn about the problems with the current IT landscapes and how to go about solving them with in-memory data management.
Posted: 28 Mar 2017 | Premiered: Mar 14, 2017

Red Hat

Creating Personalized Experiences with Real-Time Insights for CEM
sponsored by OpenText
EGUIDE: Creating an engaging and unified multichannel customer experience is a top priority, but many companies find themselves scrambling to adapt. In this expert e-guide, discover how to generate key customer insights in real-time and learn about 4 ways to create personalized experiences.
Posted: 28 Mar 2017 | Published: 21 Mar 2017

OpenText

Project Nightingale: An API-Led Revolution in Retail IT
sponsored by MuleSoft
EBOOK: This e-book presents a hypothetical retail business and follows their journey to meet customer expectations and deliver business agility. Discover how to take a new approach to integration with API-led connectivity and microservices architectures to tackle digital transformation challenges and deliver modern, personalized customer experiences.
Posted: 28 Mar 2017 | Published: 28 Mar 2017

MuleSoft

Predict Customer Behavior With the Power of Big Data
sponsored by [24]7
WHITE PAPER: How do you delve down into data to discern customer behavior patterns and discover what content will provide focused and personalized experiences? Explore how to leverage big data and predictive analytics to turn customer data into critical opportunities in order to enhance decision-making and architect a truly unique, positive customer journey.
Posted: 28 Mar 2017 | Published: 28 Mar 2017

[24]7

ebook: Five Tech Trends Redefining the Customer Experience
sponsored by Genesys
EBOOK: We asked analysts and industry leaders what customer engagement trends they thought were key for 2017 and beyond. From cutting-edge technologies such as IoT and bots to a new spin on old ideas, hot topics boil down to five key trends that will define the customer experience going forward.
Posted: 23 Mar 2017 | Published: 23 Mar 2017

Genesys

Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a Multichannel Cloud Contact Center Technology
sponsored by Genesys
ANALYST REPORT: The Ovum Decision Matrix report reviews seven cloud contact center solutions with particular emphasis on the ability of providers to handle multichannel customer interactions and connect data through analytics. It compares vendors based on the strength of their platform, the views of their customers, and the impact that each has in the marketplace.
Posted: 23 Mar 2017 | Published: 04 Aug 2015

Genesys

10 New Rules of the Inbound Contact Center
sponsored by West Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This guide defines a variety of "new rules" for contact centers that take into account the evolving demands of cloud, web, and mobile-enabled customers. Learn how to keep up with the rise of the multichannel, customer-centric model of business and uncover 10 rules for modern contact centers.
Posted: 23 Mar 2017 | Published: 23 Mar 2017

West Corporation

Why Your Contact Center Needs Closer Integration With Marketing
sponsored by West Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Customer experience and engagement are the newest concerns of the modern marketer, having traditionally been the area of the contact center. But while marketing is embracing a customer-centric, multichannel universe, the contact center is lagging behind. Learn why your contact center needs closer integration with marketing, and how to achieve it.
Posted: 23 Mar 2017 | Published: 23 Mar 2017

West Corporation

CX Executive's Agenda 2017: A Data-Driven Approach to Satisfying Customers
sponsored by OpenText
WHITE PAPER: In January 2017, analysts surveyed 124 organizations of various sizes and industries. Learn how to use a data-driven approach to alleviate the challenges impacting your ability to satisfy customers.
Posted: 22 Mar 2017 | Published: 28 Feb 2017

OpenText

5 Ways Every Sales Rep Can Accelerate Success with Analytics
sponsored by Salesforce.com
WHITE PAPER: This Salesforce research report explores what to look for in an analytics tool and how to put real-time, critical insights in hands of not only executives but their employees as well. Discover how to unlock the information within your customer data to ensure better decision-making, identify best practices, and align your CRM and BI.
Posted: 27 Mar 2017 | Published: 31 Dec 2016

Salesforce.com
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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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