Data Snapshot: Consumer Channel Preferences

Temkin Group just published new research, Data Snapshot: Consumer Channel Preferences.

As part of Temkin Group’s Q4 2011 Consumer Benchmark Survey, we asked 5,000 U.S. consumers about their contact preferences regarding 11 common interactions such as updating one’s address or resolving technical problems with electronics. This data snapshot looks at how many consumers prefer to contact companies by phone, self-service, online chat, or by visiting a brick-and-mortar store. The data also compare differences across seven age groups of consumers.

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As you can see in this graphic (one of 13 in the data snapshot), the phone and the Web are the most preferred channel across eleven interactions.

The rest of the data snapshot provides a look at the differences for each of these interactions across age groups.

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The bottom line: Make sure you deliver great phone and web experiences

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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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