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blended call center

A call center that allows agents to both make and receive calls as demand and strategy dictate. Combining automatic call distribution for incoming calls with predictive dialing for outbound calls, it makes more efficient use of an agent as each can handle the overflow of the other. In addition, the different types of calls add variety to the day and make the job less boring. See call center.

call center

A department within a company or a third-party organization that handles telephone sales and/or service. Inbound call centers, which take calls from the outside, use automatic call distributors (ACDs) to route calls to the appropriate agent.

Outbound call centers use "predictive dialers," which make calls from a list, but ensure that a person has answered before switching the call to the next available agent (see predictive dialer). See ACD, cyberagent, CSR, zip tone, Web callback, cherrypicking, virtual call center, blended call center, Web-enabled call center, live contact overload, call center in a box, agent turnover and call center overflow.

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