Phone Satisfaction Snapshot: USAA And The Hartford Top The List

We asked nearly 5,000 US consumers about their satisfaction with experiences across nine different industries: banks, credit card providers, health plans, insurance firms, Internet service providers, investment firms, retailers, TV service providers, and wireless carriers. Our analysis looked at phone, store/branch, and Web interactions. I’ll take a look at each channel over the next three days.

Satisfaction With Phone Interactions

I’ll start with some highlights of consumer feedback on phone interactions:

  • Investment firms (84%) and insurers (83%) had the highest satisfaction rates
  • TV service providers (66%), health plans (67%), and Internet service providers (67%) had the lowest satisfaction rates
  • USAA, The Hartford, and Charles Schwab led the pack with satisfaction rates of 90% or more
  • Charter Communications, Medicaid, and Sprint fell to the bottom with satisfaction rates of 60% or less
  • More than one-third of the firms had satisfaction rates less than 70%

The bottom line: What’s it like on the other end of your 1-800 number?

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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 (, a non-profit organization dedicated to the success of CX professionals.

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