We just published a new Temkin Group report, The State of the Customer Experience Profession, 2012. Here’s the executive summary:
We surveyed 327 customer experience (CX) professionals and compared their responses to a survey from last year. It turns out that CX professionals are happy with their profession and remain satisfied with their jobs. A larger percentage of CX professionals think that their management team is committed to CX. The largest area of focus for these professionals is customer service and voice of the customer programs. Eighty percent of respondents think that CX will be even more important for their firm this year, although that’s slightly down from last year. We also compared responses between CX executives and other CX professionals. The executives feel more appreciated, are less likely to look for a new job, and see more changes coming in the future.
- 99% think that customer experience is a great profession to be in
- 89% are satisfied with their current position, but only 63% are happy with their opportunities for advancement
- 48% are likely to look for a new job outside their company
- 68% want to attend CX conferences for their professional development, up from 60% last year
- 54% think their company is good at providing executive support, but 36% think they are good with executive dashboards and scorecards
- 53% think their company had moderate or significant results from their CX efforts last year and 80% think that CX will be more important in 2012 than it was in 2011
- 40% expect to see an increase in CX employees while 5% expect a decrease
- 74% see customer feedback having a significant impact in the future of CX, while only 45% feel that way about social media
- 92% of CX execs think that their company appreciates them compared with 72% of other CX professionals
- 33% of CX execs are likely to look for a new job inside their company compared with 51% of other CX professionals
The bottom line: Customer experience is a thriving profession.