Chick-fil-A and Papa John’s Lead Fast Food in Customer Experience

We recently released the 2015 Temkin Experience Ratings that ranks the customer experience of 293 companies across 20 industries based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers.

Chick-fil-A took the top spot for the fourth year in a row, earning a rating of 82%, which put it in 4th place out of 293 companies across 20 industries. Papa John’s—a newcomer to the Ratings—came in second with a rating of 81% and an overall ranking of 8th. Four other fast food chains earned an “excellent” rating: Dairy Queen, Panera Bread, Subway, and Sonic Drive-In. The only fast food company not to receive at least a “good” score was Jack in the Box, who received a rating of 67% and placed 128th overall.

Overall, the fast food industry averaged a 76% rating in the 2015 Temkin Experience Ratings and came in 2nd place out of 20 industries. It was also one of the 14 industries whose ratings declined in the past year, with its average decreasing by 2.0 percentage-points.

Here are some additional findings:

  • The ratings of all fast food chains in the Ratings are as follows: Chick-fil-A (82%), Papa John’s (81%), Dairy Queen (80%), Panera Bread (80%), Subway (80%), Sonic Drive-In (80%), Dunkin’ Donuts (78%), Pizza Hut (78%), Popeye’s (78%), Taco Bell (78%), Starbucks (77%), Chipotle Mexican Grill (77%), Wendy’s (77%), Arby’s (76%), Little Caesar’s (75%), Domino’s (74%), Panda Express (74%), KFC (74%), Burger King (73%), Hardees (72%), McDonalds (72%), and Jack in the Box (67%).
  • Dunkin’ Donuts (+2 points) and Taco Bell (+1 point) were the only fast food companies to improve their ratings between 2014 and 2015.
  • Jack in the Box (-9 points), Burger King (-7 points), Little Caesar’s (-5 points), and Domino’s (-5 points) declined by the most percentage-points between 2014 and 2015.

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I am an experience management transformist, helping organizations improve business results by engaging the hearts and minds of their customers, employees, and partners. My "job" is Head of the Qualtrics XM Institute. The Institute is still being established, but our goal is to help organizations around the world thrive by mastering Experience Management (XM). As part of this focus, I examine strategy, culture, interaction design, customer service, branding and leadership practices. And, as many people know, I love to speak about these topics in almost any forum. Prior to joining Qualtrics, I was managing partner of Temkin Group (leading CX research, advisory, and training firm), co-founder and chair of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA.org), and a VP at Forrester Research. I'm a fanatical student of business, so this blog provides an outlet for sharing insights from my ongoing educational journey. Check out my LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/brucetemkin

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