ClickFox Survey Reveals Apple Leads in Customer Loyalty Second Year in a Row

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Cable, Wireless, Banking, and Insurance Providers Continue to Fail to Foster
Loyalty, Consumers Say

ATLANTA, GA – April 9, 2013 – ClickFox, the pioneering leader in customer
experience analytics, today announced findings from its second brand loyalty
survey. Just in time for customer loyalty month in April, the survey
examines drivers of brand loyalty and the industries to which consumers are
most loyal.

ClickFox research this year identified Apple as the top brand consumers
can’t live without, while Starbucks, Google, Microsoft and Amazon rounded
out the top five most revered brands in the study. Amazon fell to fifth
place from second in customer loyalty, per ClickFox’s 2012 research.
Starbucks and Microsoft grew in customer loyalty in 2013, climbing to second
and fourth place, respectively.

Consumers identified food and beverage, airlines, cellphone manufacturers,
retail stores, hotel chains, and automakers as the brand categories to which
they are most loyal. Although research indicated that brand image and
advertising are important in determining loyalty, poor customer service and
brand quality are always the biggest deterrents to brand loyalty (48 percent
and 35 percent, respectively). Most importantly, a majority of consumers
revealed that they can only remain loyal to three brands they engage with on
a daily basis, proving that consumers are only truly loyal to a few brands
despite habitual usage of products and services.

“Our research shows that consumers have a negative disposition to service
agents,” noted Marco Pacelli, CEO of ClickFox. “This lingering sentiment
often centers on service teams having inaccurate or incomplete data
regarding a consumer’s experience with a brand, leading to customer
frustration as they repeat their inquiry to multiple agents. While the first
brand experience may be the tipping point for customer loyalty, businesses
need to better analyze trends in negative service inquiries to fully capture
the hearts, minds, and wallets of consumers.”

Customer Service and Loyalty
The study noted that consumers strongly dislike unsolicited outreach from
agents representing the brand. Survey respondents identified in-store
representatives and phone agents as their lowest preference for learning
more about products (29 percent and 36 percent). Additionally, 66 percent of
consumers do not want to be contacted over the phone for special offers,
information and upgrades; however, nearly three-quarters of respondents
revealed that they would prefer to be contacted via email and text messages
from companies.

Consumers continue to discover new products on their own, with 45 percent
preferring to find information, upgrades and help with products via email
and text messages, and 41 percent preferring websites, chats and online
advertising resources. Ironically, 35 percent of consumers identified
loyalty programs as trivial when selecting their favorite brands.

Drivers for Loyalty
ClickFox’s research revealed that benefits drive brand loyalty with
consumers, identifying brand quality (60 percent), ease of use (46 percent)
and features (40 percent) as crucial in deciding their favorite brands.
Moreover, first impressions matter: brands have one chance to win customers
over, according to 56 percent of consumers who say that the first purchase
or beginning of service is the deciding moment in establishing brand
loyalty.

Survey findings highlighted shifting loyalties among consumers as they
mature:
• Loyalty to cell phone manufacturers peaks among younger consumers ages 21
and under.
• Despite being a relatively new market, brand loyalty to PC/tablet
manufacturers is correlated with consumers ages 22 to 34.
• Loyalty to banking/credit card companies dominates consumers ages 35 to
64.

The economy continues to divide consumer behavior: 57 percent of consumers
are more focused on price, while the remaining 43 percent are less focused
on price when switching and selecting brands.

Methodology
The ClickFox 2013 Brand Loyalty Survey audited 304 consumers in March 2013
on their preferences when selecting brands. Respondents were 58 percent male
and 42 percent female. The research evaluated a broad range of generational
attitudes with 27 percent ages 22 to 34, 31 percent ages 35 to 44, 28
percent ages 45 to 54, and 11 percent ages 55 to 64. Consumers polled leaned
towards the affluent with 14 percent earning less than $50,000, 13 percent
earning $50,000 to $69,999, 12 percent earning $70,000 to $89,999, 20
percent earning $90,000 to $124,999, and 41 percent earning $125,000 or more
per household.

Access the infographic here:
http://www.clickfox.com/insights/consumer-surveys/2013-brand-loyalty-survey

Discover the results from the 2012 Brand Loyalty Survey here:
http://clickfox.com/resources/newsroom/press-releases/clickfox-survey-re…
s-apple-reigns-in-customer-loyalty/

Additional ClickFox information is available at http://www.clickfox.com and
on the ClickFox Customer Experience Analytics Blog at
http://www.clickfox.com/blog . Join the team on Twitter, Facebook, and
LinkedIn.

About ClickFox
ClickFox is the market leader of a new breed of experience analytics
software and solutions, analyzing behavior for more than 17.6 billion
consumer journeys across every channel available to consumers. Transcending
a limited single channel view, ClickFox patented behavioral analysis engine
provides a visually intuitive mapping of all customer interactions – from
IVR, retail, Web, and email to agent CRM desktops, mobile devices, and
interactive kiosks – delivering unparalleled visibility to uncover hidden
connections and reveal bottom-line customer insights. Deployed by some of
the nation’s largest telcos, financial institutions, among other Fortune 500
enterprises, ClickFox has a proven track record of helping world-class
service providers dramatically boost operational efficiency and
profitability.

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