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Call Center Buyer’s Guide
A call center can be so much more to your enterprise than a costly necessity. By carefully selecting an on-premise contact center solution, your company can

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Customers are the lifeblood of any business, and receiving quality customer service is a major factor in their purchasing decisions. There are six key elements that can help distinguish your organization’s product or service from your competitors. By applying these key elements, you can unlock the lifetime value of your customers and build an outstanding referral platform for future growth.

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call centres  interest (call follow me, call flip, unified inbox)   Cost Two main pricing models are available: on-premise and hosted. Watch out for following: Unexpected internal hardware costs Unexpected implementation/installation costs Staffing costs For SMB buyers, low cost is the # 1 factor in choosing the right product. Vendor Vendor participation is essential during system implementation and also for the support process. Be sure to check vendor implementation and support policies as well as customer Read More

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call centres  4 of what they call the Space-Time Insight Situational Intelligence Suite. For the company, this is not just a fancy name, but their very own definition of what they offer: the ability to analyze and act on scenarios or situations, not just mere isolated data. Some organizations are looking to close existing gaps within the information management cycle to give information workers, decision makers, and field workers complete views of their information and tools to act upon certain conditions. What is Read More

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Traditional CRM systems have evolved to be used by the entire company (sales, marketing, customer service, accounting, and management), but in doing so they have lost their focus on the primary user--sales. As such, salespeople get stuck with a CRM system that does not increase sales activity, but instead, bogs them down and decreases activity, which subsequently decreases sales. Download this report to learn the criteria that should dominate the decision as to which CRM should be used. This report is for sales people, sales managers, VPs, IT, customer service and general management (CEO, CTO, CFO). It should be required reading for anyone that is part of the CRM selection team.

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call centres  ways to improve their call center, estore and catalog sales channels. Direct 500 is designed for organizations with multiple selling channels. Businesses often implement multiple software solutions to meet these many different business requirements. For Example, sales order entry and inventory management, a hosted eCommerce site that is not connected to their ERP software, spreadsheets to track marketing campaigns and many manual processes to overcome the shortcomings of a non-integrated solution. Direct Read More