2019 XM Trends From Qualtrics Thought Leaders

This is the time of year for holiday cheer, family celebrations, and, of course, listings of annual trends!

To help me identify trends for 2019, I reached out to some of the many thought leaders across Qualtrics and asked them to share one or two of the top experience management (XM) trends they are expecting to see in the coming year.

It was a great exercise. We have some amazing people across Qualtrics who regularly help organizations master all aspects of XM: Customer Experience (CX), Employee Experience (EX), Brand Experience (BX), and Product Experience (PX). And the trends they shared highlight the enormous amount of learning and maturing that’s currently happening in the field of XM. For the sake of simplicity, we organized their trends into four broad categories:

  1. Humanizing through Technology
  2. Tailoring Insights for Action
  3. Expanding Predictive Analytics
  4. Authentically Living Brand Values

1) Humanizing through Technology

Companies are starting to recognize that their customers (and their employees!) are real human beings, with their own emotions, wants, needs, beliefs, and motivations. Companies are using technology and data to not only deepen this understanding, but also deliver more emotionally resonant experiences. Here are some trends from our experts:

  • Adaptive, Conversational Listening. “Survey” has a pejorative overlay in the common vernacular in the U.S. today. Customers are over-surveyed with surveys that benefit only the company and not the customer. We’ve come up with a way to change the survey to a conversation, whilst preserving methodological rigor around validity and repeatability. Our method seems simple but is built on a sophisticated process within Qualtrics. First, we identify the conversational aspects of the feedback request before we engage a customer. A conversation is a give and take, a social contract between two people (personas, in abstract) who are exchanging a number of responses that include emotions, meanings, motivations, and memories evoked by current, previous experiences and the cues of the conversation. We identify the main constructs that we are dealing with as part of this feedback strategy: the company, the Feedback Conversation and the Persona who represents the customer, and we adapt the feedback requests based on the customer response.  (Carol Haney, Head of Research & Data Science)
  • Make It Matter To Me. The advancement and application of artificial intelligence is already enabling more meaningful customer experiences. Whether it’s via chatbot, or a truly personalized experience, artificial intelligence has the potential to truly humanize endless reams of data. (Juliana Smith Holterhaus, Ph.D., Senior XM Scientist)
  • Quantify & Discuss Customer Emotions. Thanks to rapidly evolving technologies, in 2019, I expect to see more companies measuring and discussing customer emotions. Emotions play an essential role in how we make decisions and form judgments, and consequently, they significantly impact our experiences with and loyalty to different companies. And yet companies have historically ignored emotions – dismissing them as too squishy and unquantifiable. However, recent advances in technological capabilities – such as cloud storage, processing power, machine learning, AI, natural language processing, etc. – are allowing companies to start identifying and quantifying their customers’ emotions. For example, companies can now use speech or text analytics to automatically surface emotions during customer service conversations, and new analytics can infer customers’ emotions based on their digital body language (e.g. scrolling, clicking, hovering). Additionally, machine learning enables companies to uncover patterns in customers’ behaviors and preferences, allowing them to proactively address problems and personalize customers’ experiences. (Isabelle Zdatny, CCXP, Qualtrics XM Institute)
  • AI To boost Frontline Productivity. We are increasingly seeing more companies incorporate sophisticated technologies such as virtual agents to enable smarter self-service in order to rethink operational processes and deliver immediate gratification. Contrary to beliefs that virtual agents will start to replace agents in frontend operations, we actually expect AI to help drive adoption of virtual assistants to become the primary channel of self service, while saving effort and time for agents and increasing their overall productivity, whereby they can focus on being a source of revenue rather than be a cost-center by selecting and presenting the best possible solution to the customer when engaged in LIVE calls. But, the focus will need to be maintained on relying on mechanisms which can also distinguish when the customer is confused and can understand and distinguish based on that emotion to engage a live agent – so ultimately the experience is frictionless, yet effortless from all involved. (Arpana Luthra, Principal Consultant, CX Practice)
  • Augmented Reality Will Redefine XM. Technologies like augmented and virtual reality will be important in elevating overall experiences and improving decision making. These technologies will make shopping easy, convenient, attractive and certainly differentiated – enabling customers to touch, feel, discover and explore products to create an experiential environment giving them a realistic feeling of the product or service experience much before they make a purchase decision. This will require businesses to re-imagine their people, process, technological and service strategies while ensuring they continue to deliver to their brand promise, but do so more effectively. (Arpana Luthra, Principal Consultant, CX Practice)

My Take: Organizations will increasingly focus on the fundamental component of XM—human beings. It’s important to start with an understanding of how people think, feel, and act. How can organizations apply this knowledge? By applying the Human Conversational Model to all interactions, including the growing number of digital touch points.

2) Tailoring Insights For Action

While most companies are now fairly proficient at data accumulation, collecting data just for the sake of collecting data is not useful in and of itself. Companies must actually use these insights to drive customer- and employee-centric decisions across the entire organization. To do this, they need to be strategic about how they collect information, how they tailor the information to their separate audiences, and how they use that information to identify and act on improvement opportunities. Here are some trends from our experts:

  • Activating Managers’ Engagement Skills. More companies are recognizing that a strong culture and engaged employees are not a result of HR tactics, but on how effectively individual leaders and managers are connecting with employees. I’m seeing more companies putting time into helping managers understand their role in employee engagement and identifying and removing time-consuming administrative tasks that get in the way of managers supporting, coaching, and recognizing employees every day. Companies are also working on improving the feedback managers get so that it enables managers to have more productive conversations with their employees about what’s working and not working on the job. (Aimee Lucas, CCXP, Qualtrics XM Institute)
  • From Survey To Strategy. I’m beginning to see organizations ask how the annual engagement survey can best fit into their overall people strategy. Leaders are taking an interest in linking survey results to business outcomes, aligning surveys along multiple points in the employee journey, taking action that will impact the business both immediately and 3-5 years from now. Surveying is no longer an annual look backward, but a strategic tool in moving forward. These conversations are exciting for both the client and Qualtrics. (Kara Laine, XM Scientist)
  • High Frequency Feedback Isn’t Helping. We have had several customers this year pull back from a monthly employee survey strategy to something Quarterly or even Semi-Annually. Their manager report not having the ability to action it before the next survey goes out and they are overwhelmed by the frequency. We find that instead our successful customers are working to connect with employees at meaningful touch-points, such as during onboarding or on a work anniversary, rather than focusing on frequency. (Austin Nilsson, EX Delivery Services Manager)

My Take: As I wrote in a post earlier this year, the future of VoC is insight & action, not feedback. Companies are increasingly recognizing that they need to drive four different action loops. This requires them to tailor insights to fuel different decision-making processes across an organization. That’s why Qualtrics is so committed to helping our customers deliver role-specific insights.

3) Expanding Predictive Analytics

Customers and employees increasingly expect companies recognize them as individuals, anticipate their needs, and proactively address their concerns. To meet these rising expectations, companies are using powerful analytics engines to combine rich customer and employee feedback with reams of CRM and operational data, surface meaningful patterns within that data, and then generate predictive models that allow for proactive, personalized experiences. Here are some trends from our experts:

  • Hyper-Contextualized, Not Personalized. A positive, consistent experience has long become a table stake. Today’s customers want organizations to respect their time. A good product at a competitive price is no longer the basis for differentiation. Truly customer-centric organizations will increasingly leverage data-driven analytics to spot customers’ buying patterns, behaviors across channels and touch points to design experiences and content, at a time customers want it and deliver them proactively rather than reactively. Customers will increasingly look for a unique, customized experience that is memorable and reminiscent of a personal relationship. There will likely be a rise in teams and knowledge centers focused on identifying the experience along these personalized journeys. Closely tied will be the importance of measuring customer emotions and understanding how they feel in the moment because customers who have a negative experience during a brand interaction are more likely not to forgive that company. We expect analytics to not only empower brands to personalize experiences, but also enable them to identify and prevent issues before they would happen, so they can now shift resources not to problem solve but to get ahead of them. (Arpana Luthra, Principal Consultant, CX Practice)
  • People Analytics. People analytics involves deriving insights from employee data and advanced analytics to make talent management decisions to drive revenue and growth. Over 70% of companies now consider people analytics a high priority, but only 10% believe they have a good understanding of which talent dimensions drive performance in their organizations. People analytics may be leveraged alongside data captured at every employee touchpoint to develop algorithmic selection systems, dynamic workforce planning models, and social networks informing organizational silos and influence between and within teams – to name a few possibilities. (Brandon Riggs, EX Internal Program Lead)

My Take: Historically, insights have been used to describe what has happened in the past. While this retrospective provides value, the ultimate objective is to use insights to prescribe best actions for the future. As predictive analytics becomes more accessible and companies blend together X- and O-Data, we’ll see a surge in predictive recommendations. Qualtrics is putting a lot of energy into making these advance analytics much more accessible to business users.

4) Authentically Living Brand Values

People want to interact with organizations whose policies and practices align with their personal principles, ideals, and attitudes. Companies can build trust and emotionally engage both their customers and employees by authentically championing social causes and demonstrating that they share the same values as their target customer segments. Here are some trends from our experts:

  • Merging Inclusivity And CX. We’ve seen multiple news articles over the past year surrounding how companies can create better online experiences for customers with disabilities. One of my favorite CX-related stories from 2018 was on the work of the Hearing and Speech Agency in Baltimore, MD. The organization is working with D.C. area restaurants to train workers on how to understand and create enjoyable experiences for customers with speech disabilities and disorders. Starbucks also opened its first U.S. sign language store in Washington, DC this past year. (Stephanie Thum, CCXP Chief Advisor, Federal Customer Experience)
  • Maturing Of Customer Journey Mapping. Customer journey maps will sustain their momentum as a popular tool to diagnose and design customer experiences. Successful journey mapping companies avoid the common of mistake of assuming the map itself is the “finish line” but rather bring cross-functional subject matter experts together who use the map’s findings to take action around the key moments of truth that deliver on an organization’s brand promises. In 2019, more companies will use journey maps to highlight the emotional impact of the experience as a way to raise empathy for customers among employees, regardless of their roles. Companies will also shift from using maps solely to capture the current state experience and begin to use them to keep the broader journey in mind while innovating future-state customer interactions. (Aimee Lucas, CCXP, Qualtrics XM Institute)
  • Fusing The Concepts Of Ethics And BX. Customers oftentimes look to online reviews and ratings to make decisions, anticipating or expecting experiences that may be based on those reviews and ratings. But what about when reviewers have been compensated to write positive reviews, incentivized to do so with a discount on a future purchase, or reviews are just plain fake? Similarly, what are the CX ethical implications of score begging, when auto dealerships, for example, beg for 10s on a survey, rather than allow customers to provide an honest review that would then possibly trickle out via marketing to other, future customers? How do we consider and think about these things when creating or honestly evaluating the experience customers are having with brands? (Stephanie Thum, CCXP Chief Advisor, Federal Customer Experience)

My Take: For an organization to optimize its CX, BX, PX, and BX efforts, it must have a deep understanding of its core values. Without this clarity around a true north, it’s nearly impossible to align priorities across an organization. We’ve seen companies live their values by translating customer promises into employee actions —and we expect to see even more of this activity going forward. I recently discussed how Starbucks should have used this approach for training after its recent issues.

The bottom line: 2019 will be an exciting year for XM!

CX Myth #4: Net Promoter Score Is The Best/Worst Metric

CX Myths: Debunking Misleading Beliefs About Customer Experience

Many common beliefs about customer experience are misguided, based on oversimplifications or a lack of consideration for real-world constraints. In this series of posts, we debunk these myths.


CX Myth #4: Net Promoter Score Is The Best/Worst Metric

What’s Wrong: People often argue that Net Promoter Score (NPS) is the greatest metric, while other people argue that it’s a terrible metric. Both of those points of view are off the mark.

What’s Right: We rarely see a company succeed or fail based on the specific metric that it choses. That doesn’t mean that you can chose a ridiculous metric, but most reasonable metrics provide the same potential for success (and failure). In many cases, NPS is a reasonable choice, as our data shows that it often correlates to customer loyalty. The way you use a metric is often far more important than the metric that you chose.

What You Should Do:

  • Pick a simple metric. It’s important that you choose a metric that employees will understand, so they are motivated to help improve it. The metric can be based on customer attitudes (like NPS), behaviors (like repeat purchases), or even results (like first call resolution). Just pick a simple metric that aligns with your business goals.
  • Follow our five steps. To drive improvements using the metric, follow Temkin Group’s five steps. to a strong CX metrics program: 1) Determine a core CX metric, 2) set achievable goals, 3) identify key drivers, 4) establish key driver metrics, and 5) make the suite of metrics actionable.
  • Focus on all four action loops. People often discuss an action loop with CX metrics, but we’ve identified four customer insight-driven action loopsImmediate responsecorrective actioncontinuous improvement, and strategic change. Any CX metrics program should put in places processes to close all four loops.
  • Don’t compensate too much. When companies establish CX metrics, they often establish compensation based on them. While this can be a valuable approach to raise awareness and alignment, it can also be a problem if the level of compensation is too large (can encourage bad behaviors), it focuses on individual results (CX is a team sport), or the goals are too precise (some metrics are inherently jittery).
  • Have very clear sampling strategy. The approach for sampling often has a very significant impact on results. If you have multiple segments of customers and they each have a different profile (as many do), then your overall scores can change wildly based on the mix of those customers that are included in your calculations.

The bottom line: Obsess about your metrics program, not your metric.

Report: Net Promoter Score Benchmark Study, 2018

Temkin Group Net Promoter Score (NPS) BenchmarkWe published a Temkin Group report, Net Promoter Score Benchmark Study, 2018. This is the seventh year of this study that includes Net Promoter® Scores (NPS®) on 342 companies across 20 industries.

Here’s the executive summary:

Many large companies use Net Promoter® Score (NPS®) to evaluate their customers’ loyalty. To compare scores across organizations and industries, Temkin Group measured the NPS of 342 companies across 20 industries based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers. Here are the highlights from this benchmark:

  • With an NPS of 65, USAA’s banking business earned the highest score in the study, followed closely by its insurance business and Navy Federal Credit Union.
  • Spectrum and Consolidated Edison of NY received the two lowest NPS, with scores of -16 and -12 respectively.
  • The industry average for NPS ranged from a high of 39 for auto dealers and streaming media down to a low of 0 for TV/Internet service providers.
  • USAA’s and Navy Federal Credit Union’s scores both outpaced the banking industry average by more than 40 points, while Motel 6’s and Super 8’s scores both fell nearly 30 points behind the hotel industry average.
  • Only five industries saw their average NPS increase over the past year. Of those, airlines’ and utilities’ scores increased the most, going up three points each.
  • Although a majority (54%) of companies’ NPS declined over the previous year, three companies – BCBS of Florida, Fairfield Inn, and Ameren Illinois Company – actually increased their NPS by more than 20 points since 2017.
  • 18- to 24-year-old consumers give companies the lowest NPS, with an average score of 3 across all industries. Meanwhile, two age groups – consumers between the ages of 25 and 34 and those who are older than 74 – tied for giving the highest NPS, with an average score of 36 across industries.
  • NPS is highly correlated with customer experience. On average, customer experience leaders enjoy an NPS that is 21 points higher than the NPS of customer experience laggards.

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Here are the NPS scores across 20 industries:
Temkin Group Net Promoter Score (NPS) Benchmark Industry Scores

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Report Outline:

  • USAA and Navy Federal Credit Union Earn Top NPS Across 342 Companies
    • USAA and Navy Federal Credit Union Earn Top Spots in NPS Rankings
    • NPS Increases With Age
  • Want Higher NPS? Improve Customer Experience

 

Figures in the Report:

  1. Temkin Group Measured Net Promoter Scores For 342 Companies Across 20 Industries
  2. Net Promoter Scores (NPS): Top and Bottom 20 Companies
  3. Range of Net Promoter Scores (NPS) Across Industries
  4. Net Promoter Scores (NPS) By Industry (Page 1)
  5. Net Promoter Scores (NPS) By Industry (Page 2)
  6. Net Promoter Scores (NPS) By Industry (Page 3)
  7. Net Promoter Scores (NPS) By Industry (Page 4)
  8. Net Promoter Scores (NPS) By Industry (Page 5)
  9. Promoters, Passives, and Detractors By Industry
  10. Net Promoter Scores (NPS): Most Above and Below Industry Average
  11. Industry Average NPS, 2016 to 2018
  12. Net Promoter Scores (NPS): Largest Gains and Losses Between 2017 and 2018
  13. Net Promoter Score (NPS) by Age by Industry
  14. Customer Experience Correlates To Net Promoter Scores (NPS)

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Report: Tech Vendor NPS & Loyalty Benchmark, 2018 (B2B)

We just published Temkin Group’s annual Tech Vendor NPS & Loyalty Benchmark Study. Here’s the executive summary:

Temkin Group Net Promoter Score (NPS) & Loyalty Benchmark Study of B2B Tech VendorsFor the seventh year in a row, we have calculated the Net Promoter Score® (NPS®) of over 60 technology vendors and analyzed the correlation between NPS and four client loyalty behaviors – likelihood of repurchasing from that technology vendor, likelihood of trying new offerings, likelihood of forgiving the vendor if it makes a mistake, and willingness to act as a reference for the vendor. To gather this data, we surveyed 800 IT decision-makers from large North American firms about their relationships with their technology providers. Through this research, we found that:

  • Across the 61 tech vendors we examined, NPS ranged from +51 to -22.
  • VMware, IBM software products, DellEMC, and Microsoft server software earned the highest NPS, while Check Point, Splunk, and Alcatel-Lucent received the lowest.
  • Overall, the average NPS for the tech vendor industry stayed steady from last year, declining only slightly from 21.4 in 2017 to 21.2 this year.
  • Our analysis shows that NPS is strongly correlated to customers’ willingness to spend more with tech vendors, try their new products and services, forgive them after a bad experience, and act as a reference for them with prospective clients.
  • In addition to examining NPS, the research also provides a benchmark of several areas of loyalty. IT decision-makers are most likely to purchase more from DellEMC and Microsoft server software, try new offerings from Oracle outsourcing and Dell outsourcing, forgive Oracle outsourcing and Micro Focus if they make a mistake, and act as a reference for AWS and IBM outsourcing.

This report includes a .pdf report and a spreadsheet with the company-level data. You can see a sample of the data spreadsheet (.xls).

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ROI of Customer Experience (CX), 2018

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Report Outline:

  • Net Promoter Scores for 61 Tech Vendors
    • VMware Earns Top Net Promoter Score
    • Net Promoter Score Correlates to Multiple Aspects of Loyalty

 

Figures in the Report:

  1. Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 61 Tech Vendors
  2. Average NPS for Tech Vendors, 2012 to 2018
  3. Likelihood of Repurchasing from Tech Vendors
  4. NPS Versus Likely to Repurchase
  5. NPS Responses Versus Likely to Repurchase
  6. Temkin Innovation Equity Quotient(TIEQ) of Tech Vendors
  7. NPS Versus Temkin Innovation Equity Quotient
  8. Temkin Forgiveness Ratings (TFR) of Tech Vendors
  9. NPS Versus Temkin Forgiveness Ratings
  10. Willingness to Act As A Reference For Tech Vendors
  11. NPS Versus Willingness To Act As A Reference

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2018 Temkin Emotion Ratings: Wegmans Earns Top Spot

Emotion is one of the three components of a customer’s experience (along with success and effort), so it’s a fundamental element for companies to track. In this post, I examine the eight annual Temkin Emotion Ratings for U.S. companies. It’s one of the components of the overall Temkin Experience Ratings, the open standard CX metric.

Temkin Experience Ratings: The Open Source Customer Experience (CX) Metric

In January 2018, we surveyed 10,000 U.S. consumers about their experiences with companies. We used that feedback to calculate the Temkin Emotion Ratings for 318 companies across 20 industries (see full list of companies).

***Detailed data is included in the overall Temkin Experience Ratings dataset***

Here are some highlights of the ratings:

  • Wegmans earned the highest rating (78%), followed by H-E-B (76%), Aldi (75%), Bed & Body Works (74%), Regions Bank (74%), and Baskin Robbins (74%).
  • At the other end of the spectrum, Cox Communications earned the lowest ratings (32%), just slightly behind Comcast (34%), Spectrum (35%), and Optimum (35%).
  • On average, supermarkets, earned the highest ratings (68%), followed by fast food chains (65%), hotels (64%), and retailers (64%). TV/Internet service providers (40%) and health plans (46%) earned “very poor” average scores.
  • Ten companies earned ratings that are 10 or more points above their industry averages: Georgia Power, Regions Bank, ACE Rent A Car, Alaska Airlines, Alabama Power Company, Citizens Bank, USAA (for credit cards and banking), credit unions, and Bath & Body Works.
  • Nine companies earned ratings that are 12 or more points below their industry averages: Hitachi, Consolidated Edison of NY, Days Inn, DHL, Haier, Chrysler, CarMax, Spirit Airlines, and Motel 6.
  • We compared Temkin Emotion Ratings between 2017 and 2018 and found that nine companies improved by at least eight points: BCBS of Florida, MetroPCS, Dollar General, Airbnb, Avis, Aldi, Wawa Food Markets, Taco Bell, and Hyundai.
  • Eight companies dropped by 15 or more points over the previous year: Hitachi, Audi, Amazon Fresh, Southern California Edison, Haier, HSBC, TXU Energy, and Appalachian Power Company.
  • Led by a seven point drop in utilities and a four point drop in auto dealers, 18 of the 20 industries declined over the previous year.

2018 Temkin Emotion Ratings: Company Leaders and Laggards2018 Temkin Emotion Ratings: Range of Industry Scores

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2018 Temkin Effort Ratings: Wegmans Earns Top Spot

Effort is one of the three components of a customer’s experience (along with success and emotion), so it’s a fundamental element for companies to track. In this post, I examine the eight annual Temkin Effort Ratings for U.S. companies. It’s one of the components of the overall Temkin Experience Ratings, the open standard CX metric.

Temkin Experience Ratings: The Open Source Customer Experience (CX) Metric

In January 2018, we surveyed 10,000 U.S. consumers about their experiences with companies. We used that feedback to calculate the Temkin Effort Ratings for 318 companies across 20 industries (see full list of companies).

***Detailed data is included in the overall Temkin Experience Ratings dataset***

Here are some highlights of the ratings:

  • Wegmans earned the top spot with a score of 90%, followed closely by Subway, Citizens Bank, Ace Hardware, and Wawa Food Markets at 89%.
  • Spirit Airlines earned the lowest ratings, 43%), just slightly behind Medicaid (45%), and CarMax (46%).
  • On average, supermarkets, fast food chains, and retailers earned “excellent” Temkin Effort Ratings. Health plans and TV/Internet service providers earned “poor” scores.
  • Ten companies earned ratings that are 10 or more points above their industry averages: Dish Network, USAA, Southern California Gas Company, TriCare, Whirlpool, Citizens, National Car Rental, Florida Power & Light, Georgia Power, and Southwest Airlines.
  • Seven companies earned ratings that are 15 or more points below their industry averages: Spirit Airlines, HSBC, CarMax, Fujitsu, Hitachi, DHL, and Days Inn.
  • We compared Temkin Effort Ratings between 2017 and 2018 and found that three companies increased by more than 10 points: MetroPCS, Avis, and Showtime. Five companies declined by 12 points or more: HSBC, CarMax, BMW, Fujitsu, and Dollar Car Rental.
  • At an industry level, banks and streaming media improved the most over the previous year, while  auto dealers and utilities declined the most.

2018 Temkin Effort Ratings- Leaders and Laggards

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2018 Temkin Trust Ratings (U.S.): USAA and Wegmans On Top

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Temkin Group announces the release of the 2018 Temkin Trust Ratings (TTR). Based on a study of 10,000 U.S consumers, the ratings benchmarks the level of trust that consumers have with 318 companies across 20 industries. USAA’s (TTR of 81%) banking business earned the top spot, followed by Wegmans (79%), credit unions (77%), H-E-B (77%), and USAA’s credit card and insurance businesses (75%). Four TV/Internet service providers earned the lowest TTR: Comcast (22%), Charter Spectrum (25%), Optimum (29%), and Cox Communications (29%). Here’s a full list of all of the companies in the TTR.

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2018 Temkin Trust Ratings: Top and Bottom Organizations 2018 Temkin Trust Ratings: Ranges Of Industry Scores 2018 Temkin Trust Ratings: Industry Leaders And Laggards

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Highlights of the 2018 Temkin Trust Ratings include:

  • The supermarket industry earned the highest average TTR (66%), followed by investment firms (62%), insurance companies (61%), and auto dealers (61%).
  • TV/Internet service providers earned the lowest average TTR (32%), well below the next lowest industry, health plans (49%).
  • When compared with their industry averages, eight companies earned TTRs that were at least 15 points above their peers: USAA (banks and credit cards), Alabama Power Company, credit unions, TriCare, Advantage Rent-A-Car, Regions Bank, and Navy Federal Credit Union.
  • Seven companies earned TTRs that were 15 or more points below their industry averages: Days Inn, Sears, San Diego Gas & Electric, CarMax, Wells Fargo, Motel 6, and Spirit Airlines.
  • The TTRs for all 20 industries declined between 2017 and 2018. The largest decline was in utilities (-6.2 %-points) and the smallest decline was in health plans (-0.9).
  • Between 2017 and 2018, Showtime improved the most (+13 %-points). Six other companies improved by seven or more points: Taco Bell, Whirlpool, Pizza Hut, Foot Locker, Family Dollar, and O’Reilly Auto Parts.
  • Between 2017 and 2018, Appalachian Power Company declined the most (-26 %-points). Eight other companies declined by 15 or more points: Spirit Airlines, Michael’s, Jeep, CarMax, Fox Rent A Car, Haier, PSE&G, and HSBC.

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Report: Fan Experience Benchmark: U.S. Professional Sports

We just published a Temkin Group report, Fan Experience Benchmark: U.S. Professional Sports: U.S. Consumers’ TV Preferences And In-Person Experiences For MLB, MLS, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, NHL, PGA, USTA, and WNBA.

Fan Experience Benchmark: NFL, NBA, NHL, WNBA, MLB, PGA, MLS, USTA (Customer Experience, CX)For seven years in a row, Temkin Group has tracked U.S. consumers’ preferences for watching professional sports on TV. This year, we also examined their experience when attending a live sporting event. Here are some highlights from this research:

  • NFL is the most dominate sport on TV, but MLB has the highest percentage of fans who attend its games.
  • Almost all sports lost TV viewers over the last seven years, with NFL dropping the most. Viewership has declined most dramatically for young adult males.
  • NASCAR has the highest level of promoters for its live sporting events, while the NFL has the lowest.
  • We evaluated consumer satisfaction across the nine steps that make up a live sporting event journey. Of these steps, parking received the lowest average satisfaction, and ticketing correlated most strongly with fans’ likelihood of recommending attending an event to their friends and relatives.
  • We include live event scorecards for MLB, MLS, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, NHL, and WNBA
  • Sports teams that want to improve fan experience need to build four competencies: Purposeful Leadership, Compelling Brand Values, Employee Engagement, and Customer Connectedness.

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Customer Experience (CX): Fan Satisfaction Across Journey Through Live In-Person Sporting Events

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Report Outline:

  • Professional Sports’ TV Fandom Is On The Decline
  • Examining The Live Sporting Experience
  • The Best And Worst Of In-Person Sporting Events
    • In-Person Scorecards for MLB, MLS, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, NHL, and WNBA
  • The Path to Fan Experience Excellence

 

Figures in the Report:

  1. Popularity of Sports on TV, 2012 to 2018
  2. Popularity of Sports on TV, 2012 to 2018
  3. Popularity of Sports on TV By Age and Gender, 2018
  4. Popularity of Sports on TV By Age and Gender, 2012 to 2018
  5. Consumers Who Watch and Attend Sporting Events
  6. In-Person Sports Experience
  7. Importance Of Stadium Journey Steps
  8. Experience Across The Journey Of In-Person Sports Events
  9. Satisfaction Levels Across The Fan Journey
  10. National Hockey League (NHL) Fan Experience
  11. National Football League (NFL) Fan Experience
  12. National Basketball League (NBA) Fan Experience
  13. Women’s National Basketball League (WNBA) Fan Experience
  14. Major League Baseball (MLB) Fan Experience
  15. Major League Soccer (MLS) Fan Experience
  16. NASCAR Fan Experience
  17. Customer Experience Competencies and Maturity

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2018 Temkin Forgiveness Ratings: USAA and ACE Rent A Car On Top

Temkin Forgiveness RatingsEvery organization makes some mistakes, so an important area of loyalty is the willingness of customers to forgive them. That’s why Temkin Group has been measuring forgiveness for eight years.

This product is the dataset, in excel, for the 2018 Temkin Forgiveness Ratings (TFR).It uses feedback from 10,000 U.S. consumers to rate how likely consumers are to forgive 318 organizations across 20 industries after they make a mistake. It includes the TFR for 318 companies and 20 industries, the changes in TFR between 2017 and 2018, and the difference in TFR across age groups for each industry.

For more information, including a sortable table with all of the high level results, visit the Temkin Ratings website.

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Additional highlights of the 2018 Temkin Forgiveness Ratings:

  • Between 2017 and 2018, 14 of the 20 industries experienced declines in their average TFR. Wireless and supermarkets (+2.1 %-points) improved the most (+2.3 %-points), while utilities (-5.) and hotels & rooms dropped the most (-4.2 %-points).
  • Of the 308 companies that were in both the 2017 and 2018 TFR, 272 companies experienced a drop in their scores. The five companies to improve the most are Starz, MetroPCS, Fifth Third, Domino’s, and Dairy Queen. The five companies to decline the most are Bosch, Appalachian Power Company, HSBC, AmazonFresh, and Motel 6.

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2018 Temkin Experience Ratings: 20 Industry Snapshots

Temkin Experience Ratings

We released the 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings that ranks the customer experience of 318 companies across 20 industries based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers. Here’s a link to FAQ’s about the Ratings.

As a follow-up, we published blog posts that examine the results for each of the 20 industries. You can see links to all of those industry snapshots below:

2018 Temkin Experience Ratings: Industry Ranges. The Customer Experience (CX) BenchmarkAirlines
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Auto Dealers

> Banks
> Computers & Tablets
> Credit Card Issuers
> Fast Food Chains
> Health Plans
> Hotels & Rooms
> Insurance Carriers
> Investment Firms
> Parcel Delivery Services
Rental Cars & Transport
> Retailers
> Software Firms
> Streaming Media
> Supermarkets
> TV Service & ISPs
> TVs & Appliances
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Utilities

> Wireless Carriers

Temkin Experience Ratings: Customer Experience (CX) Leaders Across 20 Industries

Temkin Experience Ratings Industry Snapshot: Investments

We recently released the 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings (TxR) that ranks the customer experience of 318 companies across 20 industries based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers. TxR is based on consumers evaluating their experiences across three dimensions: success, effort, and emotion. See our FAQs about the Temkin Experience Ratings.

Fidelity Investments Earns Top Customer Experience (CX) Scores for Investment Firms in 2018 Temkin Experience RatingsCongratulations to Fidelity Investments for delivering the best customer experience across investment firms.

Of the 13 investment firms included in this year’s Ratings, Fidelity  earned the highest score with a rating of 74%, putting it in 85th place overall out of 318 companies. Vanguard (71%) and Ameriprise Financial (70%) were next on the list. Wells Fargo Advisors came in at the bottom of the industry with Ratings of 60%, and placed 271st overall.

Overall, the investment industry averaged 67% in the 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings and tied for 10th place out of 20 industries. The average rating of the industry stayed relatively between 2017 and 2018.

Credit unions improved the most (+4 %-points) from last year while Charles Schwab declined the most (-9 %-points).

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Fidelity Investments Earns Top Customer Experience (CX) Scores for Investment Firms in 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings Fidelity Investments Earns Top Customer Experience (CX) Scores for Investment Firms in 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings

Temkin Experience Ratings Industry Snapshot: Streaming Media

We recently released the 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings (TxR) that ranks the customer experience of 318 companies across 20 industries based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers. TxR is based on consumers evaluating their experiences across three dimensions: success, effort, and emotion. See our FAQs about the Temkin Experience Ratings.

Amazon Prime Earns Top Customer Experience (CX) Scores for Streaming Media Services in 2018 Temkin Experience RatingsCongratulations to Amazon Prime (music & video) for delivering the best customer experience across streaming media services. This is the second year that we’ve included this category.

Of the 16 auto dealers included in this year’s Ratings, Amazon Prime’s services earned the highest score with a rating of 77%, putting it in 42nd place overall out of 318 companies. Pandora, Netflix and Showtime came in second place with a score of 72% and overall rank of 51st. ESPN earned the lowest score in the industry, 61%, and was 266th overall.

Overall, the streaming media industry averaged 72% in the 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings and earned the 6th place out of 20 industries. The average rating of the industry improved by a little over one percentage-point between 2017 and 2018.

Showtime improved the most (+7 %-points) from last year while Apple Music and SoundCloud declined the most (-5 %-points).

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Amazon Prime Earns Top Customer Experience (CX) Scores for Streaming Media Services in 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings Amazon Prime Earns Top Customer Experience (CX) Scores for Streaming Media Services in 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings

Temkin Experience Ratings Industry Snapshot: Auto Dealers

We recently released the 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings (TxR) that ranks the customer experience of 318 companies across 20 industries based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers. TxR is based on consumers evaluating their experiences across three dimensions: success, effort, and emotion. See our FAQs about the Temkin Experience Ratings.

2018 Temkin Experience Ratings Provides Customer Experience (CX) Benchmark For Auto DealersCongratulations to Toyota and Honda for delivering the best customer experience across auto dealers.

Of the 18 auto dealers included in this year’s Ratings, Toyota earned the highest score with a rating of 73%, putting it in 95th place overall out of 318 companies across 20 industries. Honda came in second place with a score of 72% and overall rank of 109th. Two other auto dealers received a “good” rating – Ford and Mercedes-Benz. Both of these companies received a score of 70% and placed 137th overall.

Overall, the auto dealer industry averaged a 66% rating in the 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings and tied for 12th place out of 20 industries. The average rating of the industry declined by three percentage-points between 2017 and 2018, dropping from 68.6% to 65.6%.

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2018 Temkin Experience Ratings Provides Customer Experience (CX) Benchmark For Auto Dealers 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings Provides Customer Experience (CX) Benchmark For Auto Dealers

Temkin Experience Ratings Industry Snapshot: Rental Cars

We recently released the 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings (TxR) that ranks the customer experience of 318 companies across 20 industries based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers. TxR is based on consumers evaluating their experiences across three dimensions: success, effort, and emotion. See our FAQs about the Temkin Experience Ratings.

2018 Temkin Experience Ratings Shows That National Car Rental Delivers Best Customer Experience (CX) In Rental Car IndustryCongratulations to National Car Rental for delivering the best customer experience in the rental cars and transport industry.

Out of the 12 rental car and transport companies included in this year’s Ratings, National Car Rental earned the highest score with a rating of 72%, putting it in 109th place overall out of 318 companies across 20 industries. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, ACE Rent A Car, and Advantage Rent-A-Car tied for second place. Each received a score of 69% and ranked 149th overall.

Overall, the rental cars and transport industry averaged a 65% rating in the 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings and tied for 15th place out of 20 industries. The average rating of the industry remains unchanged from 2017.

Avis’ customer experience score improved the most over the previous year, gaining 10 percentage-points. Fox Rent A Car’s score, on the other hand, declined the most, dropping by 13 points.

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2018 Temkin Experience Ratings Shows That National Car Rental Delivers Best Customer Experience (CX) In Rental Car Industry 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings Shows That National Car Rental Delivers Best Customer Experience (CX) In Rental Car Industry

Temkin Experience Ratings Industry Snapshot: Computers & Tablets

We recently released the 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings (TxR) that ranks the customer experience of 318 companies across 20 industries based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers. TxR is based on consumers evaluating their experiences across three dimensions: success, effort, and emotion. See our FAQs about the Temkin Experience Ratings.

Apple Earns Highest Customer Experience (CX) Scores In Computer & Tablet Industry, Based on 2018 Temkin Experience RatingsCongratulations to Amazon (Kindle) for earning the top customer experience rating across computer & tablet makers.

Of the 11 computer and tablet makers included in this year’s Ratings, Amazon earned the highest score with a rating of 71%, putting it in 124th place overall out of 318 companies across 20 industries.  HP received the second highest rating with a score of 69% and an overall rank of 149th.

Overall, the computer and tablet industry averaged a 65% rating in the 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings and tied for 15th place out of 20 industries. The average rating of the industry declined by 0.2 percentage-points between 2017 and 2018, dropping from 65.7% to 65.5%.

HP and Lenovo saw their customer experience score improve the most over the previous year as each of their ratings went up by four percentage-points. Barnes & Noble, Gateway, and Asus, on the other hand, saw their scores declined the most as each of their ratings dropped by four percentage-points.

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Apple Earns Highest Customer Experience (CX) Scores In Computer & Tablet Industry, Based on 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings Apple Earns Highest Customer Experience (CX) Scores In Computer & Tablet Industry, Based on 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings