“LIRM” More About Net Promoter vs. Satisfaction

Well, it looks like my post on Net Promoter ignited some passionate debate — take a look at the comments posted on this blog if you’re interested. As this battle continues on, I want to make sure that people keep their eye on the toughest part of implementing any relationship tracking system — whether it’s based on Net Promoter, satisfaction, or some other measure. 

My suggestion: “LIRM.

“LIRM” (from my report Building Your Voice Of The Customer Program) represents the elements firms need to put in place to make any voice of the customer program effective. The acronym stands for:

  • Listen. All components of a VoC program need clear mechanisms for capturing everything from customers’ perspective on specific interactions to their satisfaction with the company.
  • Interpret. Customer feedback needs to be examined by asking questions like “Is the issue we’ve uncovered isolated or systemic?” And “Where in our organization can we best deal with this situation?”
  • React. For each component of a VoC program, firms need explicit processes for making changes throughout the organization – based on what is learned from customer insights.
  • Monitor. As with any well-run corporate program, each component of a VoC program needs automatic feedback loops that track work plans and results.

The bottom line: When it coms to this Net Promoter debate, listen and LIRM.

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I am a customer experience transformist, helping large organizations improve business results by changing how they deal with customers. As part of this focus, I examine strategy, culture, interaction design, customer service, branding and leadership practices. I am also a fanatical student of business, so this blog provides an outlet for sharing insights from my ongoing educational journey. Simply put, I am passionate about spotting emerging best practices and helping companies master them. And, as many people know, I love to speak about these topics in almost any forum. My “title” is Managing Partner of the Temkin Group, a customer experience research and consulting firm that helps organizations become more customer-centric. Our goal is simple: accelerate the path to delighting customers. I am also the co-founder and Emeritus Chair of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to the success of CX professionals.

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