How do consumers feel about their purchases and subsequent customer service interactions? To find the answer, we asked 10,000 U.S. consumers about those experiences across 11 different industries. We used their responses to calculate the Temkin Emotion Ratings. As you can see below:
- Across all industries, purchasing provides a more positive emotional response than customer service. The gap in Temkin Emotion Ratings goes from 11 points (health plans) to 49 points (TV/Internet service).
- New car purchases earn the highest Temkin Emotion Ratings.
- Customer service interactions with TV/Internet service providers earn (by far) the worst emotion ratings (6%). The next worst emotional experience–health plan customer service (18%)–is three times better than the TV/Internet service providers.
- Purchasing a new health plan provide the lowest emotional rating of any purchase, but it is also has the smallest gap when compared to the emotional ratings for health plan customer service.
The bottom line: Customer service is an emotional trough.