Texans to Electric Providers: I Need To Trust You!

10 Texas Retail Electric Providers Named Most Trusted Brands

LIVONIA, Mich.--()--As the battle for electric customers in Texas heats up, consumers are sending a clear message to retail electric providers (REPs): “I need to trust you.” In fact, REPs with trusted brands are more attractive to Texans than large, well-known brands. Approximately two-thirds (64%) of Texans say they need to strongly trust a REP before signing up with them, making it imperative for providers to develop brands that are based upon trust. These and other findings are from the Cogent Syndicated 2020 Texas REP Trusted Brand study by Escalent, a top human behavior and analytics firm.

The study finds that although three in four customers say their REP offers competitive rates and great service, they still expect to shop for a new REP soon. Overall, customer trust among REP brands remains relatively unchanged this year, with the study’s Brand Trust Index dropping only three points to 732 (on a 1,000-point scale). But a large 196-point difference exists between the highest- and lowest-scoring brands and represents an opportunity for highly trusted REPs to attract new business from larger providers scoring lower on brand trust.

“With all providers having attractive rate plans and high service satisfaction, these traits become table stakes for attracting customers. Being a trusted brand is the best way for REPs to stand out from the pack,” said Chris Oberle, senior vice president at Escalent. “Our study shows that all providers are great at marketing their commodity but only a few have earned trusted brand identities. Brands built on trust become customer magnets and are able to retain and grow their customer bases.”

Brand Trust is not only a great way to attract customers, it is also tied to customer loyalty. Customers who have a trusted relationship with their REP are about twice as likely to say they don’t plan on shopping for a new provider.

The Escalent Cogent Syndicated study is a year-long survey of customers of the 50 largest Texas REPs and scores each on a proprietary Brand Trust Index to designate the 10 Most Trusted Brands. Texas consumers trust these providers above other REPs, making them the most likely to wrestle customers away from other providers and build greater loyalty.

Congratulations to the following REPs who have shown their dedication to establishing great trust among their customers.

2020 Most Trusted REP Brands

Texas Retail Provider

 

Brand Trust Score

NEC Retail

 

823

Alliance Power

 

791

Green Mountain Energy

 

779

TriEagle Energy

 

777

Champion Energy Services

 

755

Acacia Energy

 

752

4Change Energy

 

751

Constellation

 

747

Amigo Energy

 

740

Cirro Energy

 

739

All Texas Retail Electric Providers Covered in Study

4Change Energy

 

Entrust Energy

 

Payless Power

Acacia Energy

 

Everything Energy

 

Pennywise

Alliance Power

 

First Choice Power

 

Pogo Energy

Ambit Energy

 

Frontier

 

Pulse Power

Ameripower

 

Gexa Energy

 

Reliant Energy

Amigo Energy

 

Green Mountain Energy

 

Spark Energy

Beyond Power

 

Griddy

 

Stream Energy

Breeze

 

Hino Electric

 

Summer Energy

Brilliant Energy

 

Iberdrola Texas

 

Tara Energy

Champion Energy Services

 

IGS Energy

 

Think Energy

Chariot Energy

 

Infinite Energy

 

TriEagle Energy

Cirro Energy

 

Infuse Energy

 

TXU Energy

Constellation

 

Just Energy

 

Veteran Energy

CPL Retail Energy

 

MP2 Energy

 

Windrose Energy

Direct Energy

 

NEC Retail

 

WTU Retail

Discount Power

 

NextEra Energy Services

 

Xoom Energy

 

Our Energy

 

YEP Energy

About Texas REP Trusted Brand™

Cogent Syndicated measures Customer Engagement and Brand Trust among customers of Texas retail electric providers by surveying 5,146 customers across providers based upon data-driven models. The study measures key performance indicators (KPIs) to provide management perspectives on how to improve REP brand positioning, sales and promotion, customer trust, effective messaging, product sales, customer experiences, service quality, customer acquisition and loyalty. Escalent’s Brand Trust Index comprises nine factors: community support, customer focus, communications effectiveness, environmental dedication, local reputation, reliable quality, competitive rates, enhanced offerings, and billing and customer service. The study collects a demographically representative sample across all Texas service territories open for retail electric competition. Escalent will supply the exact wording of any survey question upon request.

About Escalent

Escalent is a top human behavior and analytics firm specializing in industries facing disruption and business transformation. As catalysts of progress for more than 40 years, we tell stories that transform data and insight into a profound understanding of what drives human beings. And we help businesses turn those drivers into actions that build brands, enhance customer experiences and inspire product innovation. Visit escalent.co to see how we are helping shape the brands that are reshaping the world.

Contacts

Sarah Keller, 734.779.6847
sarah.keller@escalent.co

Release Summary

As the battle for electric customers in Texas heats up, consumers are sending a clear message to retail electric providers: “I need to trust you."

Contacts

Sarah Keller, 734.779.6847
sarah.keller@escalent.co