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'm an experience (XM) management catalyst; helping organizations improve results by engaging the hearts and minds of their employees, customers, and partners. I enjoy researching and speaking about leading-edge XM topics. I lead the Qualtrics XM Institute, which is the world's best job. We're igniting a global community of XM Professionals who are inspired and empowered to radically improve the human experience. To achieve this goal, my team focuses on thought leadership, training, and community building. My work is driven by a set of fundamental beliefs: 1) Everything starts and ends with human beings, so you need to understand how people think, feel, and behave; 2) XM is a discipline that needs to be woven throughout an organization's entire operating fabric; and 3) Building the XM discipline requires a combination of culture, competency, and technology.

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