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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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Provide Top Customer Experiences with Faster Customer Care
sponsored by Zendesk
WHITE PAPER: Constellation Research has compiled extensive research and in-depth interviews of businesses that have implemented agile customer care strategies. Discover what analysts have revealed to work for real organizations.
Posted: 07 Dec 2016 | Published: 07 Dec 2016

Zendesk

State of Global Customer Service Report
sponsored by Microsoft
WHITE PAPER: Customer expectations have risen to all-time highs and show no sign of stopping. Access this white paper to learn about the current state of customer service and how to prepare your business to move forward alongside customer expectations.
Posted: 05 Dec 2016 | Published: 27 May 2016

Microsoft

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

Business Leaders: 5 Reasons Why It's Time to Ditch Your Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
sponsored by [24]7
WHITE PAPER: Can you save money without losing your customers? Interactive voice response (IVR) may be hurting the customer experience and sending your hard-earned customers to your competitors. Access this white paper for 5 significant reasons to dump your IVR and keep your customers.
Posted: 03 Nov 2016 | Published: 03 Nov 2016

[24]7

Business Leaders: Stop Making it Hard to Be Your Customer
sponsored by [24]7
WHITE PAPER: Instead of trying to increase customer loyalty, what if you could mitigate the causes of customer disloyalty? Customers shouldn't have to do any work in order to be your customers. Access this white paper to discover why efforts to increase customer loyalty are failing and what you can do to decrease customer effort.
Posted: 03 Nov 2016 | Published: 03 Nov 2016

[24]7

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 Path to 2020: Marketers Seize the Customer Experience
sponsored by Marketo
WHITE PAPER: Access this expert report to learn what is in store for customer experience over the next three years. Take away the top 5 insights gained from almost 500 CMOs and senior marketing executives and what you can do to future and what they are doing to pioneer the future.
Posted: 21 Oct 2016 | Published: 21 Oct 2016

Marketo

Analytics and the Customer Journey: 7 Best Practices for Delivering a Better Customer Experience
sponsored by SAS
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores how you can identify the critical factors that detract from a customer experience as well as decide how to rebuild positive experiences by mapping the customer journey. Uncover the 7 best practices for delivering a better customer experience and get helpful advice on data management, metrics, and more.
Posted: 09 Sep 2016 | Published: 09 Sep 2016

SAS

Maximizing Moments of Truth: Optimizing Customer Interactions
sponsored by SAS
WHITE PAPER: The following resource reveals the 5 types of customer data you should be collecting and analytics strategies that automate marketing campaigns, optimize customer engagement, and more.
Posted: 07 Sep 2016 | Published: 07 Sep 2016

SAS

Case Study: Home Healthcare Company Drives Its Business and Improves Patient Care
sponsored by Salesforce.com
RESOURCE: In this IDC report, discover how an in-home nursing home implemented a CRM tool to retain patients for repeat business, increase referral acceptance from 10% to 75%, achieve 460% ROI, and more.
Posted: 25 Aug 2016 | Published: 30 Apr 2015

Salesforce.com

The Key to Improving Customer Experience and Decreasing Disloyalty
sponsored by [24]7
WHITE PAPER: Providing customers with a "delightful" experience has become a focus for business differentiation. It's garnered a lot of attention, but is it actually worthwhile? Discover the key to improving customer loyalty and 8 questions that are essential to decreasing disloyalty through reducing customer effort.
Posted: 10 Aug 2016 | Published: 10 Aug 2016

[24]7

The Future of Retail Customer Experience
sponsored by [24]7
WHITE PAPER: 71% of in-store shoppers who use smartphones say the device is more important than the in-store experience. Uncover the future of retail shopping with 5 key predictions based on current trends and the changing perception of shopping experiences for you to consider.
Posted: 28 Jul 2016 | Published: 28 Jul 2016

[24]7

Reaching New Heights In Omnichannel Customer Service
sponsored by BoldChat - LogMeIn
EGUIDE: Today's customer service professionals need to be able to reach out on whatever platform the customer feels the most comfortable with. In this expert e-guide, discover some tips on how to manage successful omnichannel customer service, as well as strategies for employing data monitoring to handle potential problems directly.
Posted: 14 Dec 2016 | Published: 14 Dec 2016

BoldChat - LogMeIn

Report: Transforming Your Business to Meet Customer Expectations, React to New Challenges
sponsored by SAP
WHITE PAPER: Advanced technology plays an important role in the transition to digital consumer engagement. Learn which tools can enhance your omnichannel potential, along with monitoring and analysis of consumer interactions.
Posted: 14 Oct 2016 | Published: 30 Sep 2016

SAP

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

Customer Experience Analytics: Delivering More Personalized Customer Service
sponsored by zendesk (bime by)
EGUIDE: In this e-guide, explore several customer experience initiatives to help you discern which tactics have the staying power it takes to make a positive impact on your company's ability to integrate analytics into its CRM systems. Find out how to derive actionable insights that can help you create a more personalized customer experience.
Posted: 01 Sep 2016 | Published: 31 Aug 2016

zendesk (bime by)

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

Location-Based Services Transforming Real-Time Sales and Marketing
sponsored by SearchCRM
EBOOK: Mobile location-based services offer a treasure trove of customer data, but companies must walk a fine line between sound marketing and personal privacy.
Posted: 18 Aug 2016 | Published: 16 Aug 2016

SearchCRM

Service Cloud Brings Intuitive UI to Customer Service and Support
sponsored by Salesforce.com
EGUIDE: Call center agents need to be able to access customer account information, but historically they have struggled to do so. In this guide, explore how Service Cloud can help you streamline your agents' access to critical customer information, and how the platform's UI and Lightning development architecture play large roles in that.
Posted: 21 Jul 2016 | Published: 19 Jul 2016

Salesforce.com

Improving Customer Service with Knowledge Management Systems
sponsored by Salesforce.com
EGUIDE: Customer service is a battleground on which many companies fight to gain competitive edge. Access an exclusive Q&A with Larry Robinson, Senior VP of Product Management for the Service Cloud, and learn how to create solid customer experience and agent productivity using a knowledge management system.
Posted: 20 Jul 2016 | Published: 19 Jul 2016

Salesforce.com

Improving Omnichannel Customer Service with Salesforce IoT Cloud
sponsored by Salesforce.com
EGUIDE: Read our interview with Larry Robinson, senior VP of product management for the Service Cloud at Salesforce, in which he discusses the importance of creating a solid customer experience and agent productivity. He also talks about how Salesforce expects to deliver that with Salesforce IoT Cloud.
Posted: 20 Jul 2016 | Published: 19 Jul 2016

Salesforce.com

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

ENT and Allergy Associates Prescribes Improved Focus on Customer Service
sponsored by Avaya TSG
CASE STUDY: Two years ago, ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP (ENTA) created a Patient Rapid Response Center to quickly answer and respond to patient inquiries. Find out how they were able to significantly decrease wait time, and maintain service levels, for both voice and multimedia calls.
Posted: 15 Jul 2016 | Published: 14 Jul 2016

Avaya TSG

Case Study: Streamlining Customer Service in Dental Care
sponsored by Avaya TSG
WHITE PAPER: This case study examines the strategies one chain of dental practices adopted to streamline its patient service processes, including automated call redirection, reduced call center staff and phone lines, and more.
Posted: 14 Jul 2016 | Published: 14 Jul 2016

Avaya TSG

Healthcare Case Study: Improving Customer Experience and Cost-Efficiency
sponsored by Avaya TSG
WHITE PAPER: In this case study, learn about a global pharmaceutical company improved its customer service and the productivity of its contact center while also achieving significant cost savings in communications.
Posted: 14 Jul 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

Avaya TSG
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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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