In the recent Temkin Group report State of CX Metrics, 2011, we examined many aspects of CX metrics programs. As part of that research, we asked respondents from large companies to rate their effectiveness at certain aspects of a CX metrics program. Here’s a summarized version of their responses.
My take: As you can see, only about half of respondents think they’re doing a good job collecting and communicating CX metrics — and that’s the most effective thing that they’re doing. Less than one out of five think they’re good at making trade-offs between financial and CX metrics.
What does that mean? Even companies that are measuring their customer experience aren’t able to use this information effectively to sway decisions. So short-term financial metrics continue to set the course for most companies.
It doesn’t make sense to ignore financial metrics, but companies need to do a better job of balancing them with CX metrics. While financial metrics often look at historical performance, CX metrics can give a better sense of the future. So companies should build up their confidence in CX metrics so that decisions are made based on an explicit analysis of short-term and long-term goals.
The bottom line: CX metrics need to guide business decisions