The 3rd annual report on Customer Experience Impact was released today by RightNow Technologies and Harris Interactive. I didn't see anything surprising in the report, but what you will find is proof that what you've been hearing, experiencing and seeing is true and not going away any time soon...
Customers care deeply about the experience they have with your company.Yes, they do. As a matter of fact, they're getting even more demonstrable about how much they care. The report found the following outcomes of BAD experiences:87% have stopped doing business with a company that provided a bad experience.
In fact, more of them are taking action in response to bad experiences-28% more since 2006.84% will tell others about their bad experience-22% of them blog about it or post negative feedback online.
What's interesting to me is comparing this research of consumer perspective in regards to experience with company viewpoint on the same subject. According to Forrester Research, 62% of companies don't view the customer experience as critical for the future.This makes me want to ask these companies what kind of future they forecast? Going down in flames? Selling to a different species?
With the increasing ability and propensity of people to take control of their purchasing by walking away from companies who provide bad experiences-and tell others about it-companies are crazy if they're not focused on shaping their customer experience to meet excellence - as defined through their customers' perspective.In fact, here are the payoffs for serving up excellent experiences to your customers:58% will pay more for excellence in service-even in a down economy.57% will recommend your company to others when they receive outstanding experiences.
Considering the 2008 Edelman Trust Barometer reports that people trust most "people like them," can you afford not to deliver excellent experiences to your customers? The Customer Experience Impact Report also discovered which facets of experiences have the most impact in encouraging people to engage with your company. Improving the overall experience. Easy access to information of value-improve website usability and search. Ease in asking questions-web chat was favored highly.Ability to speak to a human being when they reach out.
It's also interesting to note that receiving content via mobile device was only favored by 5% and increasing a company's presence on Facebook or MySpace was only favored by 4%.
Although this report is tailored to consumers - these are the people we interact with for B2B complex sales. If they feel this way personally, don't even start to think this perspective disappears when they walk through their office door. It's time for companies to flip their focus to customers and embrace the things they value. The implications of this report can't be more clear.
Thanks to RightNow Technologies and Harris Interactive for the report. I'll leave you with this quote from Bruce Temkin, Analyst at Forrester Research:"In all of my work with large organizations, I've never heard anyone say 'we spent too much on customer insight.' That's because most companies spend too little in this area. Customer research, including ethnographic field studies, makes sure that we truly understand our customers' needs, interests, and desires."
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