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UK Utilities Providers Poor on "Contactability"

UK consumers deem ease of contact with utilities companies to be far from satisfactory, according to recent research.
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These findings – the result of research conducted across a number of sectors including retail banks, hotels and supermarkets - are particularly astonishing in today’s connected world, where reputations are made and lost on internet reviews and competition across channels is increasingly fierce.


Chris Robinson.

Chris Robinson.

The research commissioned by Yonder Digital Group canvassed 2,000 UK consumers, asking whether they felt that companies in a range of sectors were easy to get in touch with and efficient at getting queries resolved rapidly and effectively. Today’s consumers are in fact increasingly accustomed to swift query response, across multiple channels, but the research results show that many sectors are failing to meet these taxing demands.


Though utility companies were not the worst culprits, the results leave much to be desired with a fifth (19%) of consumers surveyed scoring the sector as ‘poor’ for ease of contact and a third (32%) ‘basic’. It is becoming increasingly easier to switch providers, and previous Yonder research shows that 81% of consumers simply take their business elsewhere if their queries aren't answered quickly and effectively by a company, making it highly risky for utilities companies to continue overlooking their levels of ‘contactability’.

 

SECTOR

Ease of Contact standard

Excellent

Good

Basic

Poor

Online-only retailers

25%

33%

28%

15%

Banks

24%

34%

28%

15%

Hotels

23%

37%

31%

10%

Supermarkets

19%

34%

33%

13%

Mobile phone companies

17%

33%

33%

17%

Utility companies

17%

33%

32%

19%

Internet providers

16%

31%

34%

19%

Insurance companies

16%

32%

37%

16%

DIY stores

13%

29%

42%

16%

Fashion shops

12%

29%

41%

19%

Car brands

11%

24%

46%

19%

Delivery firms

10%

27%

39%

24%

Airlines

10%

26%

41%

23%

 

Chris Robinson, Yonder Digital Group CEO, comments, “Customers have individual preferences for contacting companies, which is why businesses lose out when they don’t offer a range of touch points. At crucial moments in the journey to purchase, many customers will look for a live agent, particularly for urgent or non-standard queries.

"Businesses that fail to provide support at these critical stages risk losing customers to competitors with superior support services. As the results show, a large proportion of companies are still falling well below the mark, suggesting there is a long way to go for UK industries to catch up with modern expectations.”



Yonder Digital Group

About Yonder Digital Group

Yonder Digital Group (www.yonderdigitalgroup.com) leverages over 20 years operational experience in outsourced contact centre delivery and technological innovation. We service clients across a range of industries with our 24/7 omni-channel approach rooted in expert analysis of customer behaviour and optimising returns from every brand touchpoint. Yonder boasts 700+ advisor seats across two UK centres-of-excellence in Bristol and Ipswich powered by cutting edge technology, data analytics, tools and insight, helps its clients to create seamless brand interactions, meaningful and memorable contacts across multiple channels and to drive a measurable ROI alongside uplifts in revenues and customer satisfaction.

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