Retailers Lead, TV Service Providers Lag In Loyalty

I just published research called How Loyal Are Consumers? Not Very that examines the loyalty that consumers have with 113 large firms across 12 industries: airlines, banks, cell phone service providers, credit card providers, hotels, insurance firms, Internet service providers, investment firms, medical insurance companies, PC manufacturers, retailers, and TV service providers.

We asked 4,500+ US consumers about three areas of loyalty:

  1. Willingness to consider the provider for another purchase
  2. Reluctance to switch business away from the provider
  3. Likelihood to recommend the provider to a friend or colleague

Here are some of the industry-level findings (in terms of the percentage of loyal customers):

  • Willingness-to-repurchase
    • Leaders: Retailers (89%) and Insurers (82%)
    • Laggards: TV Service Providers (69%) and ISPs (73%)
  • Reluctance-to-switch 
    • Leaders: Retailers (80%) and Investment Firms (73%)
    • Laggards: Airlines (62%) and TV Service Providers (63%) 
  • Likelihood-to-recommend 
    • Leaders: Retailers (81%) and Insurers (75%)
    • Laggards: TV Service Providers (59%) and Health Plans (60%)

Here are some of the company findings (ranked relative to their industry averages): 

  • Willingness-to-repurchase
    • Leaders: USAA credit cards (+24%), Southwest Airlines (+13%), and credit unions banking (+13%) 
    • Laggards: US Airways (-18%), Sprint (-16%), and RadioShack (-13%)
  • Reluctance-to-switch 
    • Leaders: USAA credit cards (+20%), Apple (+19%), and Hampton Inn (+18%)
    • Laggards: US Airways (-18%), Sprint (-16%), RadioShack (-15%), and Washington Mutual banking (-15%)
  • Likelihood-to-recommend 
    • Leaders: USAA credit cards (+26%), Kaiser (+17%), and Southwest Airlines (+17%)
    • Laggards: US Airways (-18%), Compaq (-17%), and RadioShack (-16%)

The bottom line: What are you doing to make your customers more loyal?

About Bruce Temkin, CCXP
I'm an experience (XM) management catalyst; helping organizations improve results by engaging the hearts and minds of their employees, customers, and partners. I enjoy researching and speaking about these topics. I lead the Qualtrics XM Institute, which is the world's best job. We're igniting a global community of XM Professionals who are inspired and empowered to radically improve the human experience. To achieve this goal, my team focuses on thought leadership, training, and community building. My work is driven by a set of fundamental beliefs: 1) Everything starts and ends with human beings, so you need to understand how people think, feel, and behave; 2) XM is a discipline that needs to be woven throughout an organization's entire operating fabric; and 3) Building the XM discipline requires a combination of culture, competency, and technology.

2 Responses to Retailers Lead, TV Service Providers Lag In Loyalty

  1. Hey Bruce, I’ve been following your work at Forrester for years and this is more great information on customer loyalty trends. Did the surveys also gather any insight as to why customers are more or less loyal within these industries? I would think that may help tie together the differences between industries as well, and indicate which are commodities and which are considered differentiated.

    Thanks … Bryan

    • Bruce Temkin says:

      Bryan: Thanks for the feedback. The survey does not directly provide the “why” about loyalty. But there are a number of different questions that we’ve looked at together to gain some of those insights. Unfortunately, we’ve only done that analysis for client projects so I don’t have any published research that I can talk about.

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