Forrester's 2019 Customer Experience Index Reveals Early Signs Of Advancement

Press Release from Forrester Research , Inc.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CX NYC -- Forrestertoday released its US 2019 Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) rankings, which show early signs of CX improvement when compared to previous years. Released at Forrester's CX Forum in New York City, the findings show that 14% of brands achieved a significantly increased score; six industry averages rose while only one fell; and 5% of brands saw their scores decline. Additionally, the average scores of the mass-market auto manufacturer, direct banking, health insurer, hotel, multichannel retailer, and wireless service provider industries rose slightly, with luxury automakers and health insurers emerging as the top-performing industries.

For the second year in a row, Navy Federal Credit Union topped the CX elite brands that are recognized as in the top 5% of CX quality across industries in their regions. Other CX elite brands (in alphabetical order) include Boost Mobile, Edward Jones, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Lexus, QVC, Regions Bank, Residence Inn by Marriott, TD Bank, USAA (for three industries: direct banks, credit card issuers, and auto/home insurers), and Zappos.com. Find out where your brand ranks in Forrester's US 2019 CX Index.

While these positive signs are indicative of more brands improving CX, the results show that brands have struggled to rise to the top of the rankings or move upward. According to the survey, 81% of brand scores stagnated; most industry front-runners were repeats; and many gains were too minor to render them statistically significant. In other words, CX excellence remains elusive. The survey also revealed that emotion plays a critical role in differentiating brands and has a bigger impact on brand loyalty than effectiveness or ease of use, regardless of industry.

"This year's CX Index results clearly show that brands are on the right path but still have a long way to go," Forrester Chief Research Officer Carrie Johnson said. "With customers in the driver's seat and heightened consumer interest in organizations' corporate values when making buying decisions, how an experience makes customers feel has a bigger influence on their brand loyalty than any other factor. That's why it's critical to understand the intersection of in-the-moment customer feedback and which CX drivers matter most to customers and your bottom line."

Conducted for the fifth year in a row, Forrester's CX Index results are benchmarked on a survey of more than 100,000 US customers across 260 brands and 16 industries. Forrester's CX Index methodology helps CX leaders grow revenue faster, drive higher brand preference, and charge more for their products. Forrester's CX Index helps brands identify the key drivers of a positive CX for their customers to prioritize efforts. Even a minor improvement to a brand's customer experience quality can add tens of millions of dollars of revenue by reducing customer churn and increasing share of wallet. Additionally, superior CX leads to reduced service costs and lowers the cost of customer acquisition through word of mouth.

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About Forrester's CX Index
Forrester's CX Index is the most complete and powerful CX tool in the market today. The CX Index gives businesses a deep and actionable understanding of the quality of their customers' experiences, competitive benchmark data so that business and technology leaders know how they stack up against their peers, and the ability to model the improvements that will have the biggest impact on revenue.

About Forrester
Forrester (Nasdaq: FORR) is one of the most influential research and advisory firms in the world. We work with business and technology leaders to develop customer-obsessed strategies that drive growth. Forrester's unique insights are grounded in annual surveys of more than 675,000 consumers and business leaders worldwide, rigorous and objective methodologies, and the shared wisdom of our most innovative clients. Through proprietary research, analytics, custom consulting, exclusive executive peer groups, learning offerings, and events, the Forrester experience is about a singular and powerful purpose: to challenge the thinking of our clients to help them lead change in their organizations.

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