Tech Vendors Receive Negatively Biased Customer Feedback (B2B)

We publish an annual report that examines what consumers do after a good or bad experience. So we decided to do that same type of analysis to examine how IT decision makers in large North American organizations respond to a good or bad experience with a tech vendor. As you can see in the chart below:

  • Most share feedback inside their company. After both a very good or very bad experiences, the top thing that IT decision makers do is to tell their colleagues within their company. They are slightly more likely to share good experiences this way.
  • They don’t share a lot in social media. Less than one out of 6 IT professionals say that they’ve shared their experiences in an online community, on Twitter, or on Facebook.
  • They’re more likely to share negative feedback with vendors. Forty-two percent of IT decision makers share their bad experiences directly with tech vendors, but only 33% share their good experiences. This is the largest gap on the list.

How IT Decision Makers Share Their Good or bad experiences

As you can see above, IT decision makers are more likely to share bad experiences with tech vendors than they are to share good experiences. So the feedback that tech vendors hear will often be negatively biased.

We examined this negative bias across 64 tech vendors for which we had data from at least 40 of their clients. The chart below shows the feedback behavior of tech vendors’ clients (how they provide feedback across tech vendors). As you can see, Tech Mahindra and TCS are the most likely to hear negatively biased feedback from their customers.

Tech Vendors have negatively biased feedback

TheĀ bottom line: Tech vendors hear more bad news than good news.

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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 (, 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:

2 thoughts on “Tech Vendors Receive Negatively Biased Customer Feedback (B2B)”

  1. I almost always presumed this, however I have found that when connected in our follow up process, written or in person they are very appreciative and indicate as such in the next survey request.

    1. I agree with you, Bob. When we follow-up regarding their specific feedback and develop an action plan to address, they are extremely appreciative. I just wish these studies were global, as nearly every tech company supports more than the Americas.

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