Companies are increasingly understanding the potential of a professional customer management and are obviously also willing to invest. The investment rate measures the average share of investment on total operating costs over the last 3 years. We see a very positive trend for the service centers in our survey.
Figure: Increasing investment rate over time
The main reason for this trend is a desire to differentiate on the basis of excellent customer experiences. Today, 78 percent of service center management describe the overall awareness of the service center within the company as very important or important. This is an increase of 9% compared to 2016.
Figure: Increasing strategic awareness of customer service
But that’s not all: In our data analysis, we find evidence that strategic awareness of customer service has an impact on business performance and customer experience. A more strategic awareness of customer service is correlates positive with customer satisfaction as well as the Net Promotor Score (NPS) and thereby the overall customer experience.
In concrete terms, this means that companies with a higher strategic awareness of their customer service (measured on a scale of 1 = very unimportant to 7 = very important) have a higher average customer satisfaction of 0.3 points (measured on a scale of 1 = very dissatisfied to 7 = very satisfied). We find consistent results for the Net Promoter Score. The NPS increases by an average of 4.2 points (scale from -100 to +100) when the strategic awareness of customer service increases by one category.
Figure: Effect of strategic awareness on NPS