Percentage of inbound social media contacts outsourced to a third-party provider

This measure calculates the percentage of inbound social media contacts (i.e. queries initiated by the customer via social media platforms—like Facebook, Twitter, etc.—related to sales, information, technical support, customer service, or complaints) outsourced to a third-party provider. It is part of a set of Supplemental Information measures that help companies evaluate additional variables not covered elsewhere for the "manage customer service requests/inquiries" process.

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Measure Category:
Supplemental Information
Measure ID:
Total Sample Size:
41 All Companies
Key Performance

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Units for this measure are percent.

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(Inbound contacts received through social media (including discussion forums, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) from all outsourced providers / 100 percent sum of inbound contacts outsourced to a third-party for live agent calls, IVR speech, IVR DTMF, fax, postal mail, web transactions, online chats, and other receipts) * 100.0

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Supplemental Information

Supplemental information is data that APQC determines is relevant to decision support for a specific process, but does not fit into the other measure categories such as cost effectiveness, cycle time, or staff productivity.

Measure Scope

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Cross Industry (7.3.0)

  • - Receive customer problems, requests, and inquiries (10394) - Receiving requests for information from customers over multiple channels. Receive various requests and inquiries from customers regarding products/services. Accept these inquiries through channels such as email, telephone, online forms, text messages, social media, and in person. Supply dedicated equipment, systems, and personnel.
  • - Analyze problems, requests, and inquiries (13482) - Analyzing various requests and inquiries from customers regarding products/services. Provide answers and offerings to satisfy the customer's needs.
  • - Resolve customer problems, requests, and inquiries (10395) - Routing customer inquiries in order to service them with the most apposite response. Direct customer inquires to the best suited personnel or system. Have a system or procedure capable of efficiently channeling these requests.
  • - Respond to customer problems, requests, and inquiries (10396) - Responding to customer requests by email, conversation, interactive voice response, mail, etc. with the most appropriate reply. Instill a robust process to locate the right information for a solution to a customer's problem.
  • - Identify and capture upsell/cross-sell opportunities (16928) - Utilizing customer inquiries as opportunities to either provide a comparable service to the one in question, offer additional complimentary service, or suggest a service that is better than what was initially offered.
  • - Deliver opportunity to sales team (16937) - Providing possible sales leads to the sales team in an effort to garner more business opportunities.