Late last year, Cyara commissioned market research firm Frost & Sullivan to conduct a survey analyzing operational customer experience in contact centers around the world. The report highlighted a number of challenges across the companies surveyed. Over a series of blog posts, we will take a look at the findings from the survey and what they mean to companies like yours.
What is Operational Customer Experience?
Operational customer experience (OCX) is a framework of metrics for the quality of a customer’s experience of a company's customer service systems. Measuring OCX provides a company with the ability to view a customer's journey across digital channels from an outside-in perspective using objective and repeatable methods.
OCX issues, meanwhile, are customer frustrations that happen as a result of technology-related issues. This includes everything from poor audio quality on a call to an unresponsive chat support web page.
How Companies Measure Customer Satisfaction
The respondents to the survey were all either wholly or partially responsible for customer experience in their company, and had to have a strong understanding of customer satisfaction metrics including NPS (Net Promoter Score) and CSAT (Customer Satisfaction Score). Companies spanned geographies across Australia, New Zealand, the US, the UK, Canada, France, and Germany and industries including banking, healthcare, and government.
These were the key customer satisfaction findings in the report:
56% of companies measured customer satisfaction through CSAT (Customer Satisfaction Score) and 34% indicated they use NPS (Net Promoter Score).
The companies' top 5 key performance indicators were:
- Customer satisfaction
- Average handle time
- First call resolution
- Average time in queue
- Average speed of answer
These channels offer the highest customer satisfaction and the lowest customer satisfaction:
- Highest: Live agent – Voice, Email, and Webchat
- Lowest: Interactive Voice Response (speech), Interactive Voice Response (DTMF), and social media
And the top 5 customer expectations of a contact center were:
- Knowledgeable, polite and friendly agents
- Calls answered quickly/short waiting times
- First call resolution/queries resolved quickly
- Customers don't want multiple call transfers
- Personalized experience
How does your company measure customer satisfaction? And what do your customers expect of your contact center?