Examining 10 Emotions, 8 Interactions, and Resulting Loyalty

Any regular reader of this blog likely knows that emotion is a key topic for Temkin Group. We labelled 2016 as The Year of Emotion and operationalizing emotion is one of our 2017 CX trends.

As part of our push to drive more detailed discussions about emotion, we examined the emotions that consumers feel after specific interactions. It turns out that different interactions lead to a variety of emotions which have differing loyalty effects.

The chart below shows 10 emotions that 10,000 consumers selected to describe how they felt after completing eight interactions.

As you can see above:

  • Most interactions lead to positive emotions, as the four most prevalent emotions on our list are Happy, Excited, Relieved, and Confident.
  • Happy and Excited are the most common emotions.
  • Purchasing a new pair of shoes leads to the most frequent emotion, Happy.
  • Researching a health insurance plan doesn’t create any consistent emotional response, as the most common emotion (Relieved) was selected by less than one-third of consumers.
  • Investigating a mistake in a monthly bill is the interaction that most frequently leads to Angry and Frustrated.
  • Filing a claim with a home or auto insurance company is the interaction that most frequently leads to Appreciated and Worried.
  • Researching a hotel or rental car for a trip is the interaction that most frequently leads to Confident.
  • Researching a health plan is the interaction that most frequently leads to Confused and Disappointed.
  • Using a new mobile phone or tablet for the first time is the interaction that most frequently leads to Excited.
  • Reaching out for technical support for a computer is the interaction that most frequently leads to Relieved.

We also looked at the loyalty that consumers have to companies based on the emotions that they’ve experienced. The chart below examines the loyalty for each of the 10 emotions averaged across all eight interactions (I’ll examine interaction-specific data in a future post):

As you can see:

  • Excited and Appreciated lead to the most loyalty.
  • Disappointed leads to the worst loyalty profile.
  • The lack of any of these emotions leads to less of both loyalty and disloyalty.

The bottom line: Focus on the specific customer emotions you’re creating.

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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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