Category Archives: Customer Experience Issues & Trends

Voice of the Customer: It’s NOT About You!

by Martha Brooke on December 14, 2016

What’s the point of doing a customer satisfaction survey? Well, rather obviously, to gauge how customers perceive you, and where their expectations are being—and not being—met. This requires walking in the customer’s shoes and designing your survey from the customer’s perspective. Sound simple? It is…sort of. Unfortunately, organizations run a high risk of tunnel vision, […]

GUEST POST: Customer Experience Measurement: Why it is Vitally Important but Badly Done! – by Ian Golding

by Martha Brooke on December 12, 2016

Today I’m pleased to share a guest post by Ian Golding. Ian drives home the critical point that customer experience metrics are essential to transforming experiences. It’s always great to share ideas about how improve customer service from like-minded thinkers. When it comes to the profession that Customer Experience has now become, one of the […]

Retailers Waste Time with Critically Flawed Surveys

by Martha Brooke on November 1, 2016

It seems that we’re asked to take a customer satisfaction survey with nearly every purchase. But do you ever wonder…do they really care what I have to say? Our 2016 Customer Listening Study, the first of its kind, evaluated the customer satisfaction surveys of 51 top US retailers. The main finding: retailers like Lowe’s and […]

3 Ways to Get More from Your Mystery Shops

by Martha Brooke on October 14, 2016

At conferences, I’m often asked about mystery shopping, and it got me thinking: there are a lot of misunderstandings about what mystery shopping can and can’t do. Some see mystery shopping as a simple check-in; others see it as too artificial for an accurate customer service evaluation. Many executives assume they get the same insights […]

Are You Benchmarking OR Innovating?

by Martha Brooke on August 10, 2016

Benchmarking has a history of helping businesses compete in global markets. But these days, many companies are missing out on the opportunity to innovate due to an over-reliance on benchmarked metrics. The practice of benchmarking was born in the 1950’s with companies like GE and Toyota. Then, what was in vogue was a process called […]

Genius Tips to Improve Your Customer Survey

by Martha Brooke on July 22, 2016

An Analyst Perspective on Customer Surveys: Customer surveys make up a multi-billion dollar industry, and many of us get at least one per day. But just because surveys are everywhere doesn’t mean they’re always good. At Interaction Metrics, we often find that companies assume they’re ready to launch their customer survey as soon as they’ve […]

Want to Fix Your Touchpoints? Lose NPS.

by Martha Brooke on May 31, 2016

Last week I spoke at the Society for Service Executives Symposium in Chicago. As always, when the primary topic is customer satisfaction, there was a lot of talk about NPS (Net Promoter Score). As I have often said, it’s a tired customer survey question—and that’s just one of its shortcomings. Another issue, as Lori Bocklund […]

Customer Comments + Intelligent Analysis = Gold

by Martha Brooke on April 12, 2016

The point of a customer survey is to learn what you don’t know, and gain insight into what’s driving customer satisfaction and dissatisfaction. And while billions of customer surveys are issued each year—typically including open-ended comment fields—most survey programs lack research protocols for listening to and understanding what customers are actually saying in those comments. […]

Your Customer Survey is Biased: Here’s the Fix

by Martha Brooke on April 7, 2016

Most customer satisfaction surveys suffer from uneven customer representation, which leads to inaccurate data. As the saying goes, “garbage in, garbage out.” And let’s face it, garbage should never be the basis of your business decisions. You deserve facts, not fiction. So here are a few ways to improve your customer survey sampling methods to […]