Industry Details for 2012 Temkin Experience Ratings

I’ve now completed posts covering all 18 industries in the 2012 Temkin Experience Ratings. Here are links to all of the industry-specific posts:

>Airlines
>Appliance makers
>Auto dealers
>Banks
>Car rental agencies
>Computer makers
>Credit card issuers
>Fast food chains
>Grocery chains
>Health plans
>Hotel chains
>Insurance carriers
>Internet service providers
>Investment firms
>Parcel delivery services
>Retailers
>TV service providers
>Wireless carriers

Do you want to see the data? Go to the Temkin Ratings website where you can sort through all of the results for free. You can even purchase the underlying data if you want to get more access.

The bottom line: It’s good to compare results within and across industries

Good News: Customer Experience is Improving

The 2012 Temkin Experience Ratings report provides data on the change in ratings between 2011 and 2012, but I decided to provide a bit more detail in this post. Why? Because it’s good to see that companies are making improvements.

We added six industries and over 60 companies in the 2012 ratings, so I isolated the 139 companies that were in both the 2011 and 2012 Temkin Experience Ratings. Here’s how the customer experience scores for those companies changed:

As you can see in the chart, more companies improved than declined:

  • The percentage of good/excellent companies increased from 16% in 2011 to 19% in 2012.
  • The percentage of poor/very poor companies decreased from 51% in 2011 to 44% in 2012.
  • 53% of companies improved by more than one percentage point and 30% declined by more than one point.
  • 29% of companies improved by more than five points and 10% declined by five points or more.

The bottom line: There may be little CX excellence, but companies are getting better

Internet Service and TV Service Lack Customer Experience

This post examines the 11 Internet service providers and the 10 TV service providers included in the 2012 Temkin Experience Ratings.

While the study rated 21 organization across both the TV and Internet services space, only three companies received “okay” ratings: Bright House Networks (TV), Dish Network (TV), and Cablevision (Internet). Fifteen of the companies were rated “poor” and three received “very poor” ratings: Charter Communications (TV), Charter Communications (Internet), and EarthLink (Internet).

The average customer experience ratings for the TV services and Internet services industries placed them 16th and 17th, respectively, out of 18 industries in the study. The only companies to score lower were health plans. Out of all 206 companies in the 2012 Temkin Experience Ratings, EarthLink and Charter Communications were the two lowest rated companies and eight of the bottom 19 companies came from these two industries.

Temkin Group analyzed the changes between 2011 and 2012 and found that customer experience made a modest improvement in the TV services industry but had a slight decline with Internet service providers. Seven companies saw their Temkin Experience Ratings increase by more than five percentage points: Cablevision (Internet), Comcast (Internet), AOL (Internet), Dish Network  (TV), Bright House Networks (TV), DirecTV (TV), and Comcast (TV). Only one company had a decline of more than five percentage points: Cox Communications (Internet).

Do you want to see the data? Go to the Temkin Ratings website where you can sort through all of the results for free. You can even purchase the underlying data if you want to get more access.

The bottom line: Terrible customer experience is an epidemic within Internet services and TV services

TracFone Tops Customer Experience Ratings of Wireless Carriers

This post examines the seven wireless carriers included in the 2012 Temkin Experience Ratings.

TracFone was the top rated carrier, but only received an “okay” rating. AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint also earned “okay” ratings while the remaining carriers were rated “poor.”

The average ratings for the wireless carriers placed it 13th out of 18 industries in the study. Temkin Group also analyzed the changes between 2011 and 2012 and found that customer experience in the wireless industry improved over the previous year. Led by Virgin Mobile and TracFone, all six carriers that were in both the 2011 and 2012 Temkin Experience Ratings had improved ratings. Sprint fell behind the other carriers with only a very slight improvement since last year.

Other highlights from the research include:

  • TracFone and Verizon Wireless received the highest Functional ratings, while T-Mobile received the lowest. Virgin Mobile had the largest increase in this area while Sprint had the largest decline.
  • TracFone and Verizon Wireless received the highest Accessible ratings, while Virgin Mobile and T-Mobile received the lowest. TracFone had the largest increase in this area while T-Mobile had the largest decline.
  • TracFone received the highest Emotional ratings, while T-Mobile and US Cellular received the lowest. Virgin Mobile had the largest increase in this area while T-Mobile had the smallest.

Do you want to see the data? Go to the Temkin Ratings website where you can sort through all of the results for free. You can even purchase the underlying data if you want to get more access.

The bottom line: Wireless carriers have improved, but they have a long way to go in CX

Schwab and Fidelity Top Customer Experience Ratings for Investments

This post examines the 12 investment firms included in the 2012 Temkin Experience Ratings.

Charles Schwab is the top rated investment firm and the only firm in the industry to receive a “good” rating. Fidelity Investments was close behind and leads six investment firms with “okay” ratings. The bottom five investment firms have “poor” customer experience ratings: Wells Fargo Advisors, TD Ameritrade, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, and E*TRADE.

The average ratings for the investment industry placed it 10th out of 18 industries in the study. Temkin Group also analyzed the changes between 2011 and 2012 and found that the investment industry has seen the sharpest decline in its customer experience ratings over the previous year.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and TD Ameritrade had the largest decline from last year’s Temkin Experience Ratings and five other investment firms also received lower ratings this year. Charles Schwab had the largest improvement in its customer experience score between 2011 and 2012.

Do you want to see the data? Go to the Temkin Ratings website where you can sort through all of the results for free. You can even purchase the underlying data if you want to get more access.

The bottom line: The investment industry is heading in the wrong CX direction

USAA Provides Best Customer Experience in Credit Card Industry

This post examines the 10 credit card issuers included in the 2012 Temkin Experience Ratings.

USAA is the top rated credit card issuer and the only firm in the industry to receive “good” rating. The next four credit card issuers in the ratings earned “okay” ratings while the bottom five firms —Citigroup, Capital One, HSBC, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo—earned “poor” ratings.

The average ratings for the credit card industry placed it 11th out of 18 industries in the study. Temkin Group also analyzed the changes between 2011 and 2012 and found that the credit card industry has seen little change in its customer experience ratings over the previous year.

US Bank earned the largest increase over last year’s ratings, while four other credit card issuers also improved. Heading in the other direction, Capital One and Citigroup earned the sharpest decreases between 2011 and 2012.

Do you want to see the data? Go to the Temkin Ratings website where you can sort through all of the results for free. You can even purchase the underlying data if you want to get more access.

The bottom line: USAA stands out, but US Bank has made strong gains

Hampton Inn and Marriott are Top Hotel Brands in CX Ratings

This post examines the 12 hotel brands included in the 2012 Temkin Experience Ratings.

Hampton Inn and Marriott were the top rated hotel brands and the only two to receive “good” ratings. The next seven hotel brands earned “okay” ratings while the bottom three hotel brands in the ratings—Days Inn, Motel 6, and Super 8—earned “poor” ratings.

The average ratings for the hotel industry placed it sixth out of 18 industries in the study. Temkin Group also analyzed the changes between 2011 and 2012 and found that the hotel industry is one of three industries with a decline in its customer experience ratings over the previous year.

Super 8 and Motel 6 earned the largest increase over last year’s ratings, while five other hotel brands also improved. Heading in the other direction, Hyatt and Days Inn earned the sharpest decrease between 2011 and 2012.

Do you want to see the data? Go to the Temkin Ratings website where you can sort through all of the results for free. You can even purchase the underlying data if you want to get more access.

The bottom line: Hotels could add a bit more hospitality to their experience

Alamo Tops Customer Experience Rankings for Car Rentals

This post examines the six car rental agencies included in the 2012 Temkin Experience Ratings.

Alamo was the top rated car rental agency and the only one to receive a “good” customer experience rating, and 45th overall out of the 206 companies in the ratings. Three auto dealers were next in line with “okay” ratings: BudgetHertz, and Enterprise. The remaining two auto dealers earned “poor” ratings: Avis and Dollar. The overall industry was in the middle of the pack, with an average score that placed it ninth out of 18 industries.

Do you want to see the data? Go to the Temkin Ratings website where you can sort through all of the results for free. You can even purchase the underlying data if you want to get more access.

The bottom line: Alamo’s customer experience stands out in the car rental industry

Chevy Dealers Deliver Best Customer Experience in Auto Industry

This post examines the 1o auto dealers included in the 2012 Temkin Experience Ratings.

Chevrolet was the top rated auto dealer and the only one to receive a “good” customer experience rating, and 57th overall out of the 206 companies in the ratings. Three auto dealers were next in line with “okay” ratings: Toyota, BMW, and Honda. The remaining six auto dealers earned “poor” ratings with Kia falling to the bottom of the list.

The average rating for the overall auto industry placed it 14th among 18 industries, only outpacing health plans, Internet service providers, TV service providers, and computer makers.

Looking across the three components of the Temkin Experience Ratings, Toyota leads in functional experience and Dodge is at the bottom; Chevy and BMW lead in accessible experience and Hyundai is at the bottom; and Chevy leads in emotional experience and Kia is at the bottom.

Do you want to see the data? Go to the Temkin Ratings website where you can sort through all of the results for free. You can even purchase the underlying data if you want to get more access.

The bottom line: Chevy dealers are setting the CX pace in the auto industry

USAA and State Farm Are Top Insurers in CX Ratings

This post examines the 14 insurers included in the 2012 Temkin Experience Ratings.

USAA was the top rated insurance carrier followed closely by State Farm, which are the only two insurers to receive “good” customer experience ratings. Seven insurers received “okay” ratings while five carriers at the bottom of the list­­—Travelers, 21st Century, MetLife, American Family, and Liberty Mutual —received “poor” ratings.

The overall insurance industry is in the middle of the pack for customer experience; its average rating places it eighth out of 18 industries. Temkin Group also analyzed the changes between 2011 and 2012 and found that insurers made the largest improvements, earning more than a five percentage-point gain since last year. Two insurers—Famers and Allstate—made double-digit gains and eight others made at least some improvement since 2011. Only two carriers—American Family and Travelers—experienced sizeable year-over-year declines.

Do you want to see the data? Go to the Temkin Ratings website where you can sort through all of the results for free. You can even purchase the underlying data if you want to get more access.

The bottom line: Insurers are making solid progress on customer experience

Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, and Subway Are CX Leaders in Fast Food

This post examines the 17 fast food chains included in the 2012 Temkin Experience Ratings.

Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, and Subway earned the top customer experience ratings in the industry and are tied for third spot across all 206 companies. The three leading fast food chains are the only ones in the industry to earn “excellent” customer experience ratings. Eleven of the 17 fast food chains earned “good” ratings while the bottom three—Hardees, Domino’s, and Jack in the Box—earned “okay” ratings.

The overall fast food industry earned the second spot out of 18 industries, slightly behind grocery chains but well ahead of other industries.

Other highlights from the research include:

  • Starbucks and Subway received the highest Functional ratings while Domino’s and Jack in the Box received the lowest.
  • Subway received the highest Accessible ratings while Hardees and Jack in the Box received the lowest.
  • Chick-fil-A and Starbucks received the highest Emotional ratings while Hardees received the lowest.

Do you want to see the data? Go to the Temkin Ratings website where you can sort through all of the results for free. You can even purchase the underlying data if you want to get more access.

The bottom line: Most fast food chains deliver solid CX

Publix Leads Strong Group of Grocers in Customer Experience

This post examines the 15 grocery chains included in the 2012 Temkin Experience Ratings.

Publix earned the top spot in the grocery industry and is the second overall company across all 206 companies in the study. Aldi, H.E.B., and Winn-Dixie also scored very well. These four grocery chains received “excellent” customer experience ratings, a level that was only earned by eight companies across all 18 industries.

The overall grocery industry earned the top spot out of 18 industries, slightly higher than fast food chains and retailers and well ahead of other industries. The majority of the grocery chains earned “good” ratings. Piggly Wiggly, which is the lowest scoring grocery chain, earned an “okay” rating.

Other highlights from the research include:

  • Publix received the highest Functional rating.
  • Publix and Aldi received the highest Accessible ratings.
  • Publix, Aldi, and Winn-Dixie received the highest Emotional ratings.
  • Piggly WIggly received the lowest scores in all three experience dimensions.

Do you want to see the data? Go to the Temkin Ratings website where you can sort through all of the results for free. You can even purchase the underlying data if you want to get more access.

The bottom line: Grocery chains are doing a pretty good job meeting customer needs

Bosch and Whirlpool Deliver Best Experience in Appliances

This post examines the six major appliance makers included in the 2012 Temkin Experience Ratings.

Bosch and Whirlpool tied for top spots in the major appliance industry, but all six companies earned “okay” ratings. Despite the tie at the top, the companies have different strength. Bosch leads in the functional component of experience, followed by GE. Whirlpool leads in the accessible component of experience followed by Bosch and LG. When it comes to the emotional component, Bosch leads, followed by LG.

Do you want to see the data? Go to the Temkin Ratings website where you can sort through all of the results for free. You can even purchase the underlying data if you want to get more access.

The bottom line: Major appliance makers need to do better than “okay”

FedEx Delivers Best Parcel Delivery Experience

This post examines the four parcel delivery services included in the 2012 Temkin Experience Ratings.

FedEx comes out number one in parcel delivery services, slightly outpacing UPS and the US Postal Service. DHL, on the other hand, is well below the pack with a “poor” rating; the biggest issue is in the accessible component of the ratings.

Do you want to see the data? Go to the Temkin Ratings website where you can sort through all of the results for free. You can even purchase the underlying data if you want to get more access.

The bottom line: DHL has some catching up to do

Southwest Provides Best Airline Customer Experience

This post examines the nine airlines included in the 2012 Temkin Experience Ratings.

Southwest Airlines earned the top spot in the industry and received the only “good” rating.  AirTran Airways was ranked second in the industry and earned a rating of “okay” along with JetBlue Airlines and Alaska Airlines. The remaining five airlines earned poor ratings, with US Airways and American Airlines at the bottom.

The overall airline industry, on average, earned the 12th spot out of 18 industries. The industry made a modest improvement in its overall customer experience ratings between 2011 and 2012. Led by AirTran AirwaysSouthwest Airlines, and United Airways, five of the eight airlines that were included in both studies showed some improvement. Continental Airlines and American Airlines had the largest declines since last year.

Do you want to see the data? Go to the Temkin Ratings website where you can sort through all of the results for free. You can even purchase the underlying data if you want to get more access.

The bottom line: There’s a long way to go across the airline industry

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