Examining Five Years of Temkin Trust Ratings

We just published the 2015 Temkin Trust Ratings, the fifth year of the ratings. It uses feedback from 10,000 U.S. consumers to rate the level of trust that consumers have with 293 organizations across 20 industries.

Download 2015 Temkin Trust dataset for $295 (see sample file)

Since it’s the fifth year of the ratings (see ), I’m taking a look at some trends:

  • Four industries have increased their Temkin Trust Ratings for four consecutive years: Airlines, computers, banks, and credit cards. Over the previous year, 10 industries declined while five improved.
  • All of the 12 industries that have been in the ratings since the beginning have improved. Banks and credit cards have gained the most over the previous five years (+24 points), while Internet service providers (+5 points) and retailers (+6 points) gained the least.
  • Four industry averages increased more than one point in their Temkin Trust Ratings between 2014 and 2015: Hotels (+4.2 points), computers & tables (+3.8), banks (+2.8), and credit cards (+2.6).
  • Eight industry averages decreased more than one point in their Temkin Trust Ratings between 2014 and 2015: Internet service (-4.6 points), auto dealers (-3.6), software (-2.8), investment firms (-2.7), major appliances (-2.5), TV service (-2.4), health plans (-1.7), and wireless carries (-1.6).
  • 132 companies have been in the Temkin Trust Ratings for five years. Over that time, US Bank, USAA (banking), and credit unions (banking) have gained the most, (+30 or more points). Cox Communications has dropped the most (-21 points), while MSN and Edward Jones are the only other firms to drop by more than 10 points.
  • Led by Residence Inn’s improvement of 22 points between 2014 and 2015, 41% of the firms that were in both years Ratings improved by at least 1 point. Five other firms gained more than 15 points over the previous year: Qwest, Hyatt, Panda Express, HSBC, and Holiday Inn Express.
  • Forty-three percent of firms dropped at least one point between 2014 and 2015, with Coventry Health Care dropping the most (21 points). Five other firms lost 15 or more points between 2014 and 2015: Health Net, Cox Communications, BMW, Advantage RAC, and TD Ameritrade.



Download 2015 Temkin Trust dataset for $295 (see sample file)

Temkin Ratings website
You can view a sortable list of results from the Temkin Trust Ratings as well as other ratings on the Temkin Ratings website.

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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 (CXPA.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to the success of CX professionals.

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