COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RIGHTNOW SUMMIT — According to the fifth annual Customer Experience Report, a Harris Interactive study sponsored by RightNow Technologies (NASDAQ: RNOW), customer experience is playing a significant role in determining where consumers choose to shop and how much they are willing to spend. Results show that exceptional customer experience creates loyal customers and has the power to impact a company’s top and bottom lines.
Nearly all consumers (85 percent) said they would be willing to pay more over the standard price of a good or service to ensure a superior customer experience. Of those consumers that said they would pay more for an excellent customer experience:
- 55 percent would pay 10 percent or more
- 27 percent would pay 15 percent or more
- 10 percent would pay 25 percent or more
Customer Experience, the Secret Weapon for Driving Revenue
These results show that delivering a positive customer experience can help organizations increase revenue. For example, in 2009 Cyber Monday alone generated $887 million in revenue for e-retailers. Based on the results of this study the industry could have generated an additional $87 million in revenue in just one day by providing superior customer experience.
This year’s research also shows that a great customer service experience significantly impacts purchasing decisions:
- Nearly all consumers (82 percent) have stopped doing business with an organization as a result of negative experience and most (75 percent) do not return
- 55 percent of consumers became customers of a company based on its reputation for great customer service, and 40 percent of consumers have switched to a competitive brand simply because of its reputation for exceptional service
“This year’s report not only demonstrates the financial impact of a
negative customer experience, but the real value of positive customer
experiences. By focusing on delivering exceptional experiences,
businesses have the opportunity to grow their customer base, improve
brand loyalty and increase overall revenue.”
Greg Gianforte, chief executive officer, RightNow
The Power of Word of Mouth
Consumers not only voice their customer experience preferences with their own wallets; they also influence their peers. According to the 2010 Customer Experience Report, customer advocacy should be a key focus for businesses because:
- Customer service is still the number one reason consumers recommend an organization, more than products or price
- Word of mouth is the number one influence on consumers’ purchasing decisions (76 percent), followed by customer reviews and online feedback at 49 percent
- 79 percent of consumers that have had a negative experience with an organization told others about it, and 97 percent chose to share their experience via word of mouth
- 85 percent wanted to warn others about the pitfalls of doing business with that company and 66 percent wanted to discourage others from buying from that company
What Makes a Great Experience?
The 2010 report outlines why consumers stop doing business with a company:
- Rude staff (73 percent)
- Issues weren’t resolved quickly (55 percent)
- Unknowledgeable staff (51 percent)
Companies can improve the customer experience by providing friendly, knowledgeable support and resolving issues in a timely manner.
“Drugstore.com is heavily invested in delivering a positive,
personalized customer experience and it has a tremendous impact on our
business, steadily increasing our Net Promoter score and increasing
Lisa Larson, Director of Customer Care, Drugstore.com
“Customer experience is a top priority for Nikon. We work hard to
quickly respond to customers’ needs no matter how they choose to reach
out to the company. Our dedication to providing customers with a great
experience is helping Nikon consistently achieve a 95 percent customer
David Dentry, GM, Customer Relations, Nikon
This survey was conducted online within the United States between June 30-July 2, 2010 among 2,217 adults (aged 18 and over) by Harris Interactive on behalf of RightNow Technologies via its Quick Query omnibus product. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Where appropriate, this data were also weighted to reflect the composition of the adult online population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.
About Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive is the 13th largest and one of the fastest-growing market research firms in the world. The company provides innovative research, insights and strategic advice to help its clients make more confident decisions which lead to measurable and enduring improvements in performance. Harris Interactive is widely known for The Harris Poll, one of the longest running, independent opinion polls and for pioneering online market research methods. The company has built what it believes to be the world’s largest panel of survey respondents, the Harris Poll Online. Harris Interactive serves clients worldwide through its North American, European and Asian offices, and through a global network of independent market research firms. More information about Harris Interactive may be obtained at www.harrisinteractive.com. To become a member of the Harris Poll Online and be invited to participate in online surveys, register at www.harrispollonline.com.
RightNow is helping rid the world of bad experiences one consumer interaction at a time, eight million times a day. RightNow CX, the customer experience suite, helps organizations deliver exceptional customer experiences across the web, social networks and contact centers, all delivered via the cloud. With more than ten billion customer interactions delivered, RightNow is the customer experience fabric for nearly 2,000 organizations around the globe. To learn more about RightNow, go to www.rightnow.com.
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