Report: CX Plans and Expectations for 2013

1302_DS_PlansForCXin2013_COVERWe just published a Temkin Group data snapshot, CX Plans and Expectations for 2013. Here’s the executive summary:

In the fourth quarter of 2012, Temkin Group surveyed 178 respondents from companies with $500 million or more in annual revenues about their customer experience results in the past year and their plans for 2013 and beyond. The results from that survey are compared with results of a similar survey we completed in the same timeframe in 2010 and 2011. The results highlight a continued strong ambition and commitment to customer experience and an increase in customer experience management activities in 2013.

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This data snapshot contains 19 data rich charts is an update to the report we published last year. Here are some of the interesting datapoints:

  • Fifty-three percent of large companies have the goal to deliver the best customer experience in their industry within three years
  • Seventy-seven percent of large companies plan to spend more on customer experience in 2013 than they did in 2012.
  • Over half of large companies have at least six full-time customer experience professionals
  • Sixty-four percent of large companies think that their phone agent experiences are good or excellent, but only 18% feel that way about their cross-channel experiences and 27% feel that way about their mobile experiences.
  • Seventy-eight percent of large companies plan to put more effort on their web experience in 2013 and 68% plan to focus more on their mobile experience.
  • Thirty percent of respondents from companies with at least $500 million in annual revenues plan to increase spending on text analytics compared with only 4% that expect to decrease spending in that area. Next on the list with positive spending momentum is voice of the customer software.

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The bottom line: CX efforts are n the rise.

P.S. Here are a listing of the 19 charts:

  1. Level of Customer Experience Ambition
  2. Business Impact of CX
  3. Change in Importance and Spending
  4. Change in CX Staffing Levels
  5. Plans for Spending with CX Vendors
  6. Organizational CX Effectiveness
  7. Effectiveness of Customer Experience Activities
  8. Change in Effectiveness of Customer Experience Activities
  9. Effectiveness of Customer Experience by Channel
  10. Change in Effectiveness of Customer Experience Activities by Channel
  11. Customer Experience Planning
  12. CX Areas of Focus in 2013
  13. Plans to Increase Focus on CX Activities
  14. CX Channels of Focus in 2013
  15. Plans to Increase Focus on the CX of Different Channels
  16. Future Changes Coming to CX
  17. Differences in CX Ambition: Organizational Readiness
  18. Differences in CX Ambition: Plans to Focus on the CX of Different Channels
  19. Differences in CX Ambition: Plans to Focus on Different CX Activities

About Bruce Temkin
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, marketing, interaction design, customer service, 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 chair of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to the success of CX professionals.

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