Internet Service Providers Are, Well, Blah

I just published Customer Experience Index 2008 Snapshot: Internet Service Providers which examined the customer experiences of nine ISPs in Forrester’s Customer Experience Index (CxPi). Here’s some of what I found:

  • The industry is poor, and getting worse. As an industry, the ISPs wound up with a “poor” rating of 59% for its CxPi; and it dropped from a 62% rating in 2007.
  • AOL and AT&T are on the top of the list. With “okay” ratings of 71% and 70% respectively, AOL and AT&T ended with the highest CxPi scores. But these scores weren’t even good enough to crack the top 50 in the overall rankings.
  • Charter Communications owns the bottom. With a CxPi of 32%, Charter Communications was not only the lowest scoring ISP — it was the lowest scoring company in the entire CxPi. Comcast and Time Warner’s Road Runner also ended up with “very poor” ratings.

The bottom line: There’s a real opportunity for an ISP to differentiate itself

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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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