Customer Satisfaction

Customer satisfaction encompasses a huge range of topics but the ultimate goal is that by keeping customers satisfied, organizations can keep costs down, per-purchase amount up, and keep staff happier for longer too. There’s a great line that goes along the lines of “customer complaints are the schoolbooks from which we learn”.

In this section we have detailed articles which will guide you in the multi-headed beast that is customer satisfaction. Here, we feature articles on why a sale is not something you pursue, it is something that happens to you while you are immersed in serving and satisfying your customer. Companies who listen hardest, win. These articles, tools and assets will help you do just that.

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How to keep your customers once the recession ends

In 2009, John Quelch of Harvard Business School wrote a watershed article for the Harvard Business Review, describing how customer behaviour changes dramatically in a recession. He explained how there are 4 different kinds of buyers - 'slam-on-the-brakes',…
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6 customer satisfaction survey predictions for 2014

We are in a privileged position here at Customer Thermometer to be able to see the broad trends and technologies our customers, and their survey respondents, use to respond to our surveys. As with most online applications, during 2013, we have…
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Customer satisfaction can be measured with just one question

Most weeks, we get asked the question, "But we have to ask 10 questions in our customer survey - will Customer Thermometer work for us?" We answer that question in a number of ways: What do you do with the data once you have it? Can you…
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Getting low average online survey response rates?

Are your average survey response rates worryingly low? Are you looking for a way to improve them? There have been a flurry of articles on so-called 'survey fatigue' recently, ranging from Information Week to the New York Times. These articles…
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Customer satisfaction surveys in a mobile world

Since the launch of the iPhone only five years ago, we’ve heard talk of becoming a ‘mobile’ world. I noticed yesterday that more than half of the emails I received were sent from iPhones, Galaxies and the like. I don’t think I’ve seen…
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Social media ups the ante on customer satisfaction - guest post

It's important to know what is customer satisfaction in the digital age As Social Media continues to permeate our everyday lives, it becomes even more imperative for businesses to gauge customer satisfaction and consumer response. Now, when…
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Don't survey... solve!

I chanced upon a fascinating statement on a blog today. In it, the writer talks about his experience of raising tickets with a an IT support company. He says that despite being sent myriad surveys to gain a sense of his general customer satisfaction,…
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Ask bland questions? You'll get pointless results.

I recently met with a large residential cleaning company. They had been running an online customer satisfaction survey every year for 3 years and wanted to find a new way of doing things. In the spirit of co-operation, they shared their…
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The future of customer surveys

Are you planning on running a customer survey in 2012? If the answer's yes, there are some highly pertinent questions you should be asking about the tool you going to use. Most popular survey tools have a heritage in paper-based market…
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The critical question: how are we doing for you?

How is our survey creator doing for you? One of Customer Thermometer's customers is a big PR agency. I wanted to share with you the way that they are monitoring their most important customer accounts, and how they've built the process of regularly…
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How to give great customer service

We understand how to offer great customer service The Secret Women's Business Network has been around for a number of years, helping readers with their small business ideas with advice and top tips. Imagine our delight when they asked us…
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Why David Meerman Scott's new book is essential reading

Santa was very good to me this year – at the top of my stocking was a copy of David Meerman Scott's Real-Time Marketing & PR. I read it with an increasing sense of excitement. David makes some extremely timely points for not only the…