Data Snapshot: Channel Preferences Benchmark, 2015

1508_DS_ChannelPreferences2015_COVERWe just published a Temkin Group data snapshot, Channel Preferences and Cross-Channel Activity Benchmark, 2015. The research examines consumer preferences for using different channels for completing common tasks as well as the frequency of several cross-channel interactions.

Here’s the executive summary:

In Q3 2015, we surveyed 10,000 U.S. consumers about their channel preferences for performing 11 different activities—such as selecting a life insurance policy or applying for a new credit card—and compared them to the results of a similar study conducted in 2014. This data snapshot examines how channel preferences vary across age groups, how these preferences have changed over the past year, and how channel preferences differ across multiple activities. (see last year’s data snapshot).

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A key component of the research examines how consumers would like to complete 11 different interactions with companies: Apply for a new credit card, change the beneficiary on a life insurance account, check the balance on a savings or checking account, check the delivery status of a purchase you made, investigate a mistake in your monthly cell phone bill, open a new investment account, purchase a new auto insurance policy, resolve a technical problem with your computer, select a life insurance policy,  and update your address on an account after you move.

The report has 13 data-filled charts, covering the 11 activities with details of preferences by age.

As you can see in this excerpt from the first graphic, consumers most prefer using their computers for seven of the 11 activities. When it comes to investigating a mistake on a bill or resolving a technical problem, they prefer using the phone. When it comes to opening a new investment account or selecting a life insurance policy, they prefer doing it face-to-face.

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Report: Behavioral Guide to Customer Experience Design

1506_BehavioralGuideToExperienceDesign_COVERWe just published a Temkin Group report, Behavioral Guide to Customer Experience Design. Here’s the executive summary:

According to recent scientific research, customers make most of their decisions using intuitive thinking instead of rational thinking. Intuitive thinking relies on unconscious heuristics and biases to make decisions efficiently, and as a result, people tend to be more affected by losses than by gains, to prefer simplicity over complexity, to be affected by their current emotional and visceral states, to be heavily influenced by those around them, to make decisions based on context, and to misjudge their past and future experiences. In this report, we identify best practices for tapping into these heuristics and biases across three areas of experience design; companies can Nudge customers in the right direction, Assist them in accomplishing their goals, and Enhance their overall experience. To incorporate intuitive thinking into experience design, companies need to follow four steps: define target customers, identify relevant heuristics and biases, select design strategies, and then test, test, test.

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Here are tactics for applying these human biases in your experience design efforts that we describe in the report:

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The bottom line: Embrace your customers’ natural behaviors.

Report: Employee Engagement Competency & Maturity, 2015

1507_StateOfEE2015_COVERWe just published a Temkin Group report, Employee Engagement Competency & Maturity, 2015. Here’s the executive summary of this annual review of employee engagement activities, competencies, and maturity levels for large companies:

Engaged employees are critical assets for any customer experience effort. Our research of more than 200 large companies shows that front-line employees are the most engaged, while back office employees are often neglected in employee engagement efforts. We also found that two-thirds of companies survey their employees at least once a year, but less than half of executives consider acting on the results as a high priority. We used Temkin Group’s Employee Engagement Competency & Maturity Assessment to gauge the maturity levels and efforts of these companies across our five competencies, called the Five I’s of Employee Engagement: Inform, Inspire, Instruct, Involve, and Incent. We found that less than one out of five companies have reached the top two levels of maturity, Enhancing and Maximizing. This percentage of very mature companies is about the same as in 2014, but the percentage of companies in the lowest two levels of maturity has dropped from 67% to 56% since last year. We also found that many companies face challenges when trying to make improvements. The lack of a clear employee engagement strategy remains the number one obstacle that’s been cited by respondents over the previous three years. We compared companies with above average employee engagement maturity with those with lower maturity and found that the leaders deliver better customer experience and also have better financial results than their counterparts.

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Here’s an excerpt from one of the 20 graphics:

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Here are some additional highlights form the report:

  • The percentage of companies in the top two stages of employee engagement maturity has stayed the same since last year (19%), but the percentage of companies in the lower two sages has declined from 67% in 2014 to 56% on 2015.
  • Sixty-nine percent of large companies measure employee engagement at least annually, but only 45% of companies have executives that treat taking action on the results as a high priority.
  • The most common obstacle to success identified by respondents is the lack of a clear employee engagement strategy.
  • We compared companies with more mature employee engagement efforts with those that have less maturity. Seventy-two percent of the more mature companies have above average customer experience compared with 48% of the other companies.
  • Seventy-five percent of the more mature companies had better financial performance than their competitors’ compared with 50% of companies with lower employee engagement maturity.
  • Executives in companies with more mature employee engagement efforts are almost 3.5 times more likely to treat taking action on employee engagement studies as a high priority.
  • Companies with more mature employee engagement efforts are more than twice as likely to have their customer experience and HR organizations work together on their employee engagement efforts.
  • The report includes data for benchmarking your organization’s employee engagement competency and maturity levels.
  • Here’s a link to the 2014 study.

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The bottom line: Companies should invest more in employee engagement.

Report: Unlocking Customer Insights From Contact Centers

1505_UnlockingInsightsFromContactCenters_COVERWe just published a Temkin Group report, Unlocking Customer Insights From Contact Centers: From Agent Productivity to Enterprise Intelligence. Here’s the executive summary:

Companies have traditionally viewed their contact centers as cost centers and have consequently focused most of their energy on making agents as efficient as possible. However, companies are now beginning to realize that contact centers actually contain a wealth of deep, untapped information about customers. Temkin Group recommends that companies tap into this rich vein of information by shifting their focus away from agent productivity and towards enterprise intelligence. To construct a more holistic picture of their customers’ experiences, companies should take the unsolicited, unstructured voice of the customer (VoC) feedback they capture in the contact center and combine it with data they collect from other sources, such as CRM and digital analytics. In this report, we outline how companies’ efforts should shift across each of the Six D’s of a VOC program: Detect, Disseminate, Diagnose, Discuss, Design, and Deploy. To start the transformation away from agent productivity and towards enterprise intelligence, companies need to focus on data integration, analyzing the entire customer journey, forming a cohesive governance structure, and developing new roles and skills for employees.

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In the report, we describe these best practices for shifting the focus of customer insights in the contact center from agent effectiveness to enterprise insights:

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Report: Economics of Net Promoter, 2015

1506_Economics of Net Promoter_COVERWe just published a Temkin Group report, Economics of Net Promoter, 2015. Here’s the executive summary:

Net Promoter® Score (NPS®) is a popular metric that companies use to analyze their customer experience efforts, but how does it actually relate to loyalty? We asked thousands of consumers to give an NPS to 293 companies across 20 industries, and then we examined the connection between NPS and four key areas of loyalty. We found that compared to detractors, promoters are more than five times as likely to repurchase from a company, more than five times as likely to forgive a company if it makes a mistake, more than seven times as likely to try a new offering shortly after its introduction, and that they recommend the company to about four times as many people. This analysis examines the loyalty behaviors of promoters, passives, and detractors across 20 industries: airlines, appliance makers, auto dealers, banks, rental car agencies, computer and tablet makers, credit card issuers, fast food chains, health plans, hotel chains, insurance carriers, Internet service providers, investment firms, parcel delivery services, retailers, software firms, supermarkets, TV service providers, utilities, and wireless carriers. The percentage of promoters who are likely to repurchase ranges from 96% for retailers, fast food chains, and supermarkets down to 77% for airlines, while the percentage of those who are likely to forgive ranges from 72% for computers & tablets, utilities, and supermarkets down to 51% for airlines. Meanwhile, the percentage of those who are likely to try new offerings ranges from 70% for major appliances and software firms down to 52% for banks. Ultimately, if a company wants to benefit from using NPS as a key metric, it must focus on improving customer experience, not obsessing over the metric itself.

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Here’s an excerpt from one of the 12 graphics, which shows the loyalty differences for promoters, passives, and detractors across all industries:

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The report provides loyalty data for promoters, passives, and detractors across 20 industries: airlines, auto dealers, banks, computer and tablet makers, credit card issuers, fast food chains, health plans, hotel chains, insurance carriers, Internet service providers, investment firms, major appliance makers, parcel delivery services, rental car agencies, retailers, software firms, supermarket chains, TV service providers, utilities, and wireless carriers.

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See our VoC/NPS resource page, which includes great resources for creating a successful NPS program. You mat also want to see our latest NPS Benchmark Report with NPS data on 283 companies.

The bottom line: Promoters are much more valuable than detractors.

Net Promoter Score, Net Promoter, and NPS are registered trademarks of Bain & Company, Satmetrix Systems, and Fred Reichheld.

Report: Activating Middle Managers to Drive CX Change

1505_ActivatingMiddleManagers_COVERWe just published a Temkin Group report, Activating Middle Managers to Drive CX Change. Here’s the executive summary:

It’s hard to get any group of employees to change their behavior when their managers are still reinforcing old processes, measurements, and beliefs. Middle managers show up in organizations under a variety of titles, but regardless of the descriptor, they are the ones who execute plans, lead teams, and direct collective efforts to produce results. Because of the importance of these responsibilities, Temkin Group made “Activating Middle Managers” a key strategy in its change model, Employee-Engaging Transformation. In this report, we examine five categories of best practices for successfully activating middle managers in organizational change efforts: Involve Middle Managers in Shaping the Change, Engage Middle Managers in Goal Setting, Train Middle Managers on Key Skills, Provide Middle Managers Tools to Engage their Teams, and Connect Middle Managers with Customers. In this report, we also describe the critical role that senior leaders must play across all of these strategies.

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The report contains details on 21 best practices across five categories:

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The bottom line: You can’t drive change without activating middle managers.

Report: The State of the CX Management, 2015

1505_StateOfCXMgt15_COVER_Page_01We just published a Temkin Group report, The State of the CX Management, 2015. This is the sixth annual benchmark of CX activities, competencies, and maturity levels.  Here’s the executive summary:

For the sixth straight year, Temkin Group surveyed nearly 200 large companies to evaluate the state of their Customer Experience (CX) management. This year we found an abundance of CX ambition and activity. Most companies have a CX executive leading the charge, a central team coordinating significant CX activities, and a staff of six to 10 full-time CX professionals. Using Temkin Group’s CX competency and maturity assessment, we found that 32% of companies have reached the highest three levels of customer experience, and while this isn’t very high, it’s still a significant increase from last year. Companies have also achieved the best scores we’ve seen for two of our four core competencies, Employee Engagement and Customer Connectedness. We additionally compared CX laggards with CX leaders and discovered that the leaders have stronger financial results, have more customer-centric cultures, focus more on internal communications, are stronger at customer insights and change management, and are better at digital interactions. Executives in companies with stronger CX competencies also tend to focus more on building a customer-centric culture and less on cutting costs. This report also includes an assessment that companies can use to benchmark their CX efforts and capabilities.

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The research revealed significant ambitions for improvement. While only 7% of companies believe that their organization currently delivers industry-leading customer experience, 55% have a goal to be an industry-leader within three years.

The research also shows that customer experience maturity correlates to financial results. Seventy-seven percent of companies with above average customer experience maturity levels reported that their financial results in 2014 were better than their competitors, compared with only 55% of those with below average customer experience maturity.

Temkin Group’s Customer Experience Maturity Model uses six stages of CX maturity based on the four customer experience core competencies. Here’s what we found when 199 companies completed the assessment:

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Here are some additional findings:

  • Senior executives in companies with higher customer experience maturity levels are more likely to focus on the company’s culture and less likely to focus on cutting costs.
  • Sixty-three percent of large organizations have a senior executive in charge of their customer experience efforts.
  • Thirty-seven percent of large organizations have more than 10 full-time customer experience professionals
  • Only 7% of large companies rate their mobile phone experiences as being very good and only 3% of those firms feel that way about experiences that cut across multiple channels.
  • Companies identified “other competing priorities” as the top obstacle to improving customer experience.

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