Fidelity Investments Leads Investment Firms in Customer Experience

We recently released the 2015 Temkin Experience Ratings that ranks the customer experience of 293 companies across 20 industries based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers.

Here are some highlights from investment firms:

  • The investment industry’s average declined sharply over the past year, down from 67.7% in 2014 to 64.0% in 2015. The industry tied for 9th place out of the 20 industries we evaluated.
  • Despite dropping by three percentage-points, Fidelity Investments earned the highest average of any investment firm, scoring 72% and place 89th out of 293 companies. This is the second year in a row that Fidelity took the top spot; although, it still took second place every year between 2011 and 2013. Charles Schwab took 2nd place int e industry with a Rating of 69%.
  • Capital One 360 spent its first year in the Ratings at the bottom of the investment industry, scoring 55% and placing 245th out of 293 companies.
  • Of the 12 companies we looked at both last year and this year, only three improved their ratings. Scottrade improved the most, going up eight percentage-points since 2014, while Wells Fargo Advisors went up by four points and Merrill Lynch improved by two points.
  • Nine companies decreased their rating between 2014 and 2015. The companies that dropped the most were TD Ameritrade (-14 percentage-points), E*TRADE (-9 points), Edward Jones (-8 points), and Charles Schwab (-6 points).
  • Since 2014, TD Ameritrade’s three component score declined more than any other investment firm’s. Its success score dropped by 14 percentage-points between 2014 and 2015, while its effort score dropped by 12 points and its emotion score dropped by 15 points.
  • Since 2014, Scottrade’s three component scores improved more than any other company’s. Its success score improved by eight percentage-points over the past year, its effort score improved by 10 points and its emotion score improved by nine points.
  • Capital One 360 fell furthest below the industry average for both the success and effort score.

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Off Topic: Ford Has The Most NFL Fans

In one of our recent benchmark studies, we asked consumers what professional sports, if any, they like to watch on TV. Since we’re at the beginning of the NFL season, I decided to take a look at the make-up of NFL fans. Yes, I have data on demographics such as age, income, education, etc. But I’ll share some of that later in the season.

For now, I decided to look at which companies have customers who are the most and the least interested in the NFL. The companies that have the highest percentage of NFL fans are Ford, TD Ameritrade, MSN, Lexus, Chrysler, Charles Schwab, and Dodge. It’s no surprise that many of these firms pay for commercial time during the football games.

Which organizations would reach the lowest percentage of their customers with NFL TV ads? Optimum, Ross, Dollar Tree, Medicaid, and ShopRite.

1409_NFLbyCompany2The bottom line: Since this is an off-topic post, I’ll show my bias: Go Patriots!


USAA and Capital One 360 Top 2014 Temkin Web Experience Ratings

We just published the 2014 Temkin Web Experience Ratings, the fourth year of the ratings. It uses feedback from 10,000 U.S. consumers to rate 222 organizations across 19 industries.

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USAA’s banking business took the top spot and Capital One 360 (formerly ING Direct) earned the second highest rating in the 2014 Temkin Web Experience Ratings, which rates 222 companies across 19 industries. USAA’s insurance and credit card businesses tied for third place.Rounding out the top 13 companies in the ratings are Charles Schwab,, credit unions, TD Bank, U.S. Bank, Sheraton, Ace Hardware, eBay, and Nordstrom.

The award for delivering the worst web experience goes to Coventry Health Care, followed closely by Medicaid. Four of the bottom 14 organizations are health plans and three are TV service providers. The remaining companies in the bottom 14 of the Temkin Web Experience Ratings are Charter Communications, Comcast (TV service and Internet service), Dunkin’ Donuts, Time Warner Cable (TV service and Internet service), Jack in the Box, CareFirst, MetroPCS, Highmark, Adobe, and Wendy’s.


Here’s how the industries compare with each other:


The 2014 Temkin Web Experience Ratings shows that companies have made improvements in web experience between 2013 and 2014. Led by airlines, which increased by nearly 15 percentage points since last year, 17 of 19 industries improved. The two industries that earned lower ratings in 2014 are parcel delivery services and rental cars.

Nearly two-thirds of the 195 organizations that were in both the 2013 and 2014 Temkin Web Experience Ratings improved this year. On average, firms earned an increase of 3.2 percentage points. Eleven companies improved by more than 15 percentage points: Southwest Airlines, Health Net, United Airlines, PetSmart, AOL, Sony, Bright House Networks, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Edward Jones, Cablevision, and AAA.

Six companies saw their Temkin Web Experience Ratings fall by 10 points or more between 2013 and 2014: Dunkin’ Donuts, Avis, Hertz, Jack in the Box, Dollar, and Blackboard.



The data was collected from an online survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers during January 2014. Quotas were set to mirror the U.S. census data for age, income, gender, ethnicity, and geographic regions of the U.S. population.

Temkin Web Experience Ratings are based on asking consumers the following question about companies with whom they’ve had a customer service interaction during the previous 60 days: “Thinking back to your most recent interaction with the websites of these companies, how satisfied were you with the experience?” Potential responses range from 1= “very dissatisfied” to 7= “very satisfied.” Temkin Web Experience Ratings are calculated by taking the percentages of consumers who respond with a 6 or 7 and subtracting the percentage who respond with 1, 2, or 3.

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Charles Schwab and Fidelity Investments Lead Investment Industry in 2014 Temkin Experience Ratings

We recently released the 2014 Temkin Experience Ratings that ranks the customer experience of 268 companies across 19 industries based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers.

Charles Schwab and Fidelity Investments earned a 75% rating—only narrowly surpassing TD Ameritrade—and tied for 49th place overall out of 268 companies across 19 industries. These two firms are no strangers to the top of the rankings; Charles Schwab has been the highest-rated investment firm for three years in a row now, and Fidelity Investments maintained a second-place ranking from 2011 to 2013 before taking the top spot this year. At the other end of the spectrum, Scottrade and Wells Fargo Advisors tied for the lowest-rated investment firm, both landing in 208th place overall with a rating of 58% each. While this is Scottrade’s first stint on the bottom, Wells Fargo Advisors was also ranked as the lowest firm in 2011 and 2012.

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Report: What Happens After a Good or Bad Experience, 2014

1402_WhatHappensAfterGoodBadExperiences_COVERWe just published a Temkin Group report, What Happens After a Good or Bad Experience, 2014. The report, which includes 19 data charts, examines which companies and industries provide the most bad experiences, what impact those experiences have on spending, and how the negative impacts of bad experiences can be mitigated by good service recovery. The report also examines how consumers share their good and bad experiences with companies as well as with other people. Here’s the executive summary:

To understand the effect of good and bad experiences, we asked 10,000 U.S. consumers about their recent interactions with 268 companies across 19 industries. Results show that Internet services and TV services are the industries most likely to deliver a bad experience to their customers, while grocery chains are the least likely to. At the company level, Scottrade had the smallest percentage of customers reporting a recent bad experience with the company and Time Warner Cable had the highest. More than half of the customers who encountered a bad experience at a fast food chain, credit card issuer, grocery store, or hotel either decreased their spending with the company or stopped altogether. However, our data shows that a good service recovery effort can help mitigate a bad experience. Unfortunately, many firms—especially in the banking, Internet services, and TV services sectors—aren’t very good at service recovery. In addition to the consequences of bad interactions, we also examined which channels customers use to share their good and bad experiences and how these changed across age groups. We then compared these results to survey responses from the past two years. We also uncovered a negative bias inherent in how customers provide feedback. ING Direct, Residence Inn, and Fairfield Inn have the most negative bias in the feedback they receive directly from customers, while Hy-Vee and Hyundai have the most negative bias on Facebook. 

Click link to see full list of industries and companies covered in this report (.pdf).

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One of the most interesting analyses in the report is the look at how service recovery after a bad experience affects the spending pattern of consumers. Here’s a summary of one of the charts showing just how important it is for a company to recover well after making a mistake:


Here are some other insights from the research:

  • Sixteen percent of consumers who have interacted with TV service and Internet service providers report having a bad experience over the previous six months. Next on the list are wireless carriers, with 12% of their customers reporting a bad experience. At the other end of the spectrum, only 3% of consumers report a bad experience with grocery chains and 4% report having a bad experience with fast food chains.
  • The five companies with the most customers reporting bad experiences are Time Warner Cable (25%), Motel 6 (22%), Coventry Health Care (21%), and Comcast (21%). There were 10 companies with only 1% or less of their customers reporting bad experiences: Scottrade, Chick-fil-A, H.E.B., Whole Foods, ShopRite, ING Direct, Starbucks, Trader Joe’s, Vanguard, and True Value.
  • More than one-quarter of consumers who have a bad experience stop spending with computer makers, car rental agencies, credit card issuers, hotel chains, and software companies. The impact of bad experiences is less costly for parcel delivery services, wireless carriers, health plans, TV service providers, Internet service providers, and grocery chains, as less than 15% of their customers with bad experience stopped spending.
  • The industries that are the best at responding to a bad experience are investment firms, major appliances, retailers, and car rental agencies. The industries that are the worst at responding to a bad experience are TV service providers, wireless carriers, Internet service providers, parcel delivery services, and health plans.
  • Thirty-two percent of consumers give feedback directly to companies after a very bad experience and 23% give feedback after a very good experience.
  • Overall, 25- to 34-year-olds are the most likely to share feedback about their experiences. After a good experience 57% tell a friend directly, 28% share on Facebook, and 18% put a comment or rating on a review site. After a bad experience, 60% tell a friend directly, 31% share on Facebook, and 20% write a review.

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The bottom line: Make sure to recover quickly after a bad experience

50 CX Tips: eBook and Infographic

1310_50CXTips_COVERI recently completed a series of 50 customer experience (CX) tips. To make it easier for people to read and download all of the tips, I assembled them into a free eBook: 50 CX Tips: Simple Ideas, Powerful Results.

Each of the 50 CX Tips is aligned with one or more of Temkin Group’s four customer experience core competencies: Purposeful Leadership, Compelling Brand Values, Employee Engagement, and Customer Connectedness.

The CX Tips include examples from a wide variety of companies including Adobe,, Apple, BCBS of Michigan, Becker and Poliakoff, Big Lots, BMO Financial Group, Bombardier Aerospace, CDW, Charles Schwab, Citrix, Disney, EMC, Fidelity Investments, Hampton Inn, Hilton, IBM, Intersil, Intuit, JetBlue, Microsoft, Oklahoma City Thunder, Oracle, Safelite AutoGlass,, SanDIsk, SimplexGrinnell, Southwest Airlines, Sovereign Assurance of NZ, Sprint, Starbucks, Stream Global Services, Sam’s Club, USAA, VMware, and ZocDoc.
DownloadButton200wWhile you may have a hard time applying all 50 CX TIps, you should be able to identify several that will work for your organization. I challenge you to select three or more of the CX Tips to implement. Here’s an idea: Have each of your team members pick the five CX Tips that they think would be the most powerful for your organization. Use a team meeting to discuss everyone’s selections and pick the ones you want to implement.

We also created an infographic with the 50 CX tips. Here’s a version with the top 10 CX tips (click on the graphic to get a .pdf of the full infographic).

Top10CXTips_TemkinGroupThe bottom line: A handful of CX Tips can propel your customer experience.

Congratulations to Customer Service Industry Leaders

Today is the first day of Customer Service Week, so it’s a great opportunity to once again congratulate the industry leaders in the 2013 Temkin Customer Service Ratings (60% or more is a strong score):

  • Airlines: Alaska Airlines (67%)
  • Appliance maker: WhirlpoolSamsung (51%)
  • Auto dealer: Toyota (62%)
  • Bank: USAA (75%)
  • Computer maker: Apple (57%)
  • Credit card issuer: USAA (63%)
  • Fast food chain: Chick-fil-A (70%)
  • Grocery chain: Hy-VeeTrader Joe’s (69%)
  • Health plan: Kaiser PermanenteTriCare (59%)
  • Hotel chain: Marriott (65%)
  • Insurance carrier: USAA (76%)
  • Internet service: AOL (47%)
  • Investment firm: Charles Schwab (71%)
  • Parcel delivery: FedEx (58%)
  • Rental car agency: Advantage (68%)
  • Retailer: Ace Hardware (71%)
  • Software firm: Blackboard (56%)
  • TV service: Bright House Networks (46%)
  • Wireless carrier: Virgin Mobile (46%)

I also want to congratulate the organizations that are improving. These firms earned 2013 Temkin Customer Service Ratings that are 15 percentage points or more higher than their 2012 ratings: Citibank, U.S. Bank, Hyundai, Nissan. Citigroup, and Old Navy.

It’s also a good time to reiterate the distinction between customer service and customer experience. I like what’s CEO Jeff Bezos had to say on this topic:

Internally, customer service is a component of customer experience. Customer experience includes having the lowest price, having the fastest delivery, having it reliable enough so that you don’t need to contact [anyone]. Then you save customer service for those truly unusual situations. You know, I got my book and it’s missing pages 47 through 58

The bottom line: Happy Customer Service Week!

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