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Consumers demand better customer care in digital era and a quarter take more than a year to forgive mistakes, report says

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UK Consumers have become more demanding and more easily disappointed despite their access to brands and companies vastly improving with the development of digital technology, a study has shown.

The report from customer experience management firm Thunderhead surveyed more than 2,000 consumers and interviewed senior customer executives from 33 businesses. The findings concluded that nearly a quarter of people (24 per cent) said they would take more than a year to forgive a company if it had somehow broken their trust, while 23 per cent said they would never trust the company again.

In addition, more than half (52 per cent) said there had been no improvement in their relationships with businesses over the last three years, and a quarter said they had worsened. Of the people surveyed, nearly a this (30 per cent) said they would share a bad experience online, on the phone or in person, and the report concluded that on average a negative experience would be shared with around 18 people.

“Marketing has become a highly sophisticated and business-critical operation that looks beyond customer acquisition and with this has grown in its importance to organisations,” the report stated. “However, with greater profile comes increased scrutiny also. Unfortunately, as our research suggests, the reality is that too often investment in the customer relationship is undermined by a lack of focus on customer engagement.

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