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2 March 2011 | Published by Ovum

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Telecoms, tourism and public sector offer great potential for social media CRM outsourcers

The telecoms, travel and tourism and public sector industries offer huge potential for CRM outsourcers keen to take advantage of the demand for social media services, according to Ovum.

In a new report* the independent technology analyst unveils research that shows that 57 per cent of telecoms companies and 54 per cent of travel and tourism companies use social media CRM, offering much promise for outsourcers.

Peter Ryan, Ovum analyst and author of the report, said: “There is certainly demand for social media CRM services that outsourcers can take advantage of, particularly in the travel and tourism and telecoms sectors. However other sectors also offer great potential for CRM outsourcers to grow their revenues.

“According to our survey, the third biggest user of social media CRM is the public sector, with 45 per cent. Coupled with the expected increase in outsourcing in the public sector in regions such as the UK due to huge spending cuts, this could be a strong growth area for outsourcers.”

According to the report, the main social media functions providing a growth opportunity for CRM outsourcers are in the monitoring of social media forums, customer service and business development.

Ryan continued: “Many enterprises that are looking for social media CRM applications do not have a clear idea of what they actually need and are more concerned with being thought of as a market leader. This provides an excellent opportunity for CRM outsourcers to help their clients define what is needed for their business.

“As well as the opportunity to grow revenues by winning new clients through social media CRM, outsourcers can also re-enforce their relationships with existing clients, by offering them a new service.”

Ryan believes the greatest challenge that CRM outsourcers need to overcome to make a success of offering social media services is the development of a profitable business model. He added: “There is currently much confusion among vendors about how to charge for these services, with many choosing a per time-unit or per transaction model. However, as the market matures, pricing models will need to evolve to ensure the highest possible margins are achieved.”

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*Profiting from Social Media in CRM Outsourcing

To arrange an interview or for further details regarding this release please contact Kelly Livesey in the Ovum press office on +44 0161 238 4081, or email klivesey@datamonitor.com

ABOUT OVUM

Ovum provides clients with independent and objective analysis that enables them to make better business and technology decisions. Our research draws upon over 400,000 interviews a year with business and technology, telecoms and sourcing decision-makers, giving Ovum and our clients unparalleled insight not only into business requirements but also the technology that organisations must support. Ovum is part of the Datamonitor group.

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About Ovum

Ovum provides clients with independent and objective analysis that enables them to make better business and technology decisions. Our research draws upon over 400,000 interviews a year with business and technology, telecoms and sourcing decision-makers, giving Ovum and our clients unparalleled insight not only into business requirements but also the technology that organisations must support.

About Datamonitor

Datamonitor is a leading provider of online database and analysis services for key industry sectors. We help our clients, 5000 of the world's leading companies, to address complex strategic issues. Through our proprietary databases and wealth of expertise, we provide clients with unbiased expert analysis and in-depth forecasts for seven industry sectors: Automotive, Consumer Packaged Goods, Energy, Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare, Technology, Transport and Logistics.