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When is a B-to-B Customer Satisfaction Survey too Long?

Posted by Lynn Daniel

 

Are your customers complaining that your surveys are too long or are difficult to answer? Are you getting fewer completed surveys? Our clients often ask us to help them improve their customer satisfication surveys, and specifically, how many questions is too many. The answer depends on the customer and the type of survey.

We want to share some of the advice we provide our clients when considering survey length and a few suggestions to make the process easier for your customers.

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Good B2B Service Experiences Take Price Out of the Equation

As I read surveys that we complete for our clients, it becomes apparent that high prices are a frequent point of dissatisfaction for many customers. However, is the price the only thing that matters to customers? I dug a bit deeper into the data and discovered an unusual pattern.

Price does not have to be the primary driver of dissatisfaction IF excellent service is part of the equation. Let me explain.

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Kudos for Communication in B2B

Courteousness and competency are significant factors in the customer service experience. However, excellent communication skills complete the trifecta of excellence.  

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Employee Engagement on The Construction Site

Managers may intuitively know having engaged employees is critical to business success, but recent research also supports this assumption. A Gallup study conducted in 2013 found that:

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Reimagining the Customer Experience at our Annual Client Conference

The Daniel Group just wrapped up our seventh annual Client Conference last week.  It was an excellent opportunity to connect with clients and share ideas and best practices. 

This year, we wanted to shake things up a bit and the first thing we did was to select a unique and inspiring location.

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Customer Loyalty and Retention—It Takes Both

Sometimes we think a customer who continues to do business with us is a loyal customer.  A loyal customer is not only one who keeps returning but also tells others about their positive experiences with your company.  Sometimes, what appear to be loyal customers are simply “retained” customers.  To illustrate, let me discuss my current bank.  I will likely stay with my current bank.  I have loans with them, both business and personal.  I have several credit cards and, of course, checking accounts.  So they count me as a loyal customer I suspect, I am more a “retained” customer.  Why?  It is too difficult, time-consuming and costly to switch. 

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5 Sales Tips for Navigating the B2B Buying Process

Much has recently been written about the digitization of sales and marketing.  One study by CEB Global found that by the time a customer engages with your sales team after performing initial research, a whopping 57% of the B2B purchase process is already done.

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High-speed internet: Nice to have or essential to economic development?

We are hearing about damaged gas lines, dug-up yards, and other issues because Google Fiber, AT&T and their competitors are installing faster internet infrastructure in Charlotte. There is some misery and some people are asking, “Is the disruption worth it?”

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Innovation and the Art of Recognizing Opportunity

I often speak about customer experience in my blogs. I do so because a company that provides a superior customer experience creates a robust strategic differentiator. However, today I want to focus on product innovation and a success story of one of our clients, AGCO.

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Keeping the Experience Alive and Vital

Many companies have had a formal customer experience program in place for many years. They have accumulated thousands, and in some cases, hundreds of thousands of interviews. Employees have completed training, and new technologies have been implemented to improve the customer experience. Among our long-time clients, all have a customer experience that is superior to what it was in the past. As I work with these clients, I have had several discussions about how to keep their program both fresh and effective. I want to outline some suggestions that can help keep the feedback component of your program alive and well:

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