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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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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

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 - CSG & DT
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 - CSG & DT

Transforming Workforce Technology is the Key to Improving Customer Experience
sponsored by Dell EMC - Workstation
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 - Workstation

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 Rules For An Efficient Contact Center
sponsored by West Corporation
WHITE PAPER: There are new rules emerging for your contact center. Cloud-based technology is shifting how things are done, but you must now streamline your skills and strategies for success. Learn 10 rules that will help you run a more efficient contact center in the wake of the shifting landscape.
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

Lead with Customer Experience, and Efficiency Will Follow
sponsored by OpenText
WHITE PAPER: With advancements in technology and evolving customer needs, customer service is no longer an exercise in addressing existing issues. In this study, learn how to set the right objectives for customer service executives to determine their areas of focus.
Posted: 22 Mar 2017 | Published: 22 Mar 2017

OpenText

Why You Should be Delivering a Continuous Connected Digital Experience
sponsored by OpenText
WHITE PAPER: Learn how investing in a continuous digital experience can increase revenue, retention, and loyalty while improving departmental coordination.
Posted: 21 Mar 2017 | Published: 21 Mar 2017

OpenText

Achieve A Single View Of The Retail Customer For Deeper Insight
sponsored by Hortonworks
WHITE PAPER: Consumer behavior changes constantly, threatening retailers' business objectives. But there are new opportunities for retailers willing to capture and analyze this behavior to gain insights and maintain their edge. Discover how to push your company to adapt to the evolving customer. Plus, learn about the role big data plays in this new landscape.
Posted: 21 Mar 2017 | Published: 21 Mar 2017

Hortonworks

10 Hidden Costs of Quoting with Spreadsheets
sponsored by TechData - Connectwise
WHITE PAPER: Many companies shy away from investing in a professional quote and proposal automation platform because they think it's too expensive, or that spreadsheets are just as good. Unfortunately, spreadsheets weren't designed with quoting in mind. Learn about the 10 hidden costs of quoting with spreadsheets, so you won't get caught off guard.
Posted: 21 Mar 2017 | Published: 21 Mar 2017

TechData - Connectwise

Converting The Customer Experience Into Revenue
sponsored by West Corporation
RESEARCH CONTENT: Good customer service means good business. In this research report, learn about the customer experience considerations at each stage of the buying cycle, from the moment consumers first become aware of your organization or a need for your products to generating loyalty to create repeat business.
Posted: 21 Mar 2017 | Published: 21 Mar 2017

West Corporation

Critical Innovations Driving Future Customer Experiences
sponsored by Avaya
WHITE PAPER: Customers are the lifeblood of any company, and it's the experiences that customers have with your company that's most important. With a changing digital world, you need to have an understanding of how to move forward with changing consumer needs. Learn the critical elements driving superior customer experiences that you should consider.
Posted: 15 Mar 2017 | Published: 01 Sep 2016

Avaya

Analysts Tackle Digital Transformation, CX Struggles
sponsored by Dell EMC and Intel®
EGUIDE: Learn about key issues impeding multinational organizations' efforts to achieve successful digital transformation strategies. Discover what The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and analysts at Forrester have to say about overcoming barriers.
Posted: 09 Mar 2017 | Published: 06 Mar 2017

Dell EMC and Intel®

Gartner: Rethinking CRM Customer Service Fundamentals
sponsored by ServiceNow
ANALYST REPORT: To survive in the changing business landscape, your entire enterprise now needs to be involved in customer service, not just one department. This Gartner report takes an in-depth look at the 3 guiding principles of renewing your CRM and customer service strategy for the next generation of customers.
Posted: 19 Apr 2017 | Published: 08 Mar 2016

ServiceNow

The Essential Checklist for Modernizing Customer Service (ebook)
sponsored by ServiceNow
EBOOK: One survey revealed that companies with the best customer service are 127% more likely to enable inter-departmental collaboration than the average company. Access this e-book to see what else this survey revealed and how you can modernize your organization's customer service.
Posted: 18 Apr 2017 | Published: 30 Sep 2016

ServiceNow

IDC Market Spotlight - Maturity Model
sponsored by ServiceNow
WHITE PAPER: Any organization can make a good product. One way modern organizations are using to differentiate themselves is excellent, differentiated customer service. Read this white paper for information on new demands that technologies such as IoT are placing in customer service, and how you can utilize them to create proactive service in your organization.
Posted: 17 Apr 2017 | Published: 31 Jan 2017

ServiceNow

A Quick Guide to Modernizing Customer Service
sponsored by ServiceNow
WHITE PAPER: 80 percent of businesses believe they deliver a superior customer experience. However, only 8 percent of their customers agree. Download this white paper to explore how to redefine the fundamentals of customer service by bringing together people, workflows, and systems to proactively resolve issues and optimize the service experience.
Posted: 13 Apr 2017 | Published: 13 Apr 2017

ServiceNow

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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