The banking sector has secured its spot as the fourth best sector for customer service and experience for the second year in a row, according to an annual customer experience report from service design consultancy, Engine. Since 2014, there has been a 29% increase in customers naming banking as the best sector for customer service and experience.
The Customer Experience Report 2018 has also named Lloyds Bank as the second-best brand for customer experience losing to Amazon (1st) but beating Santander (=7th), Barclays (=7th), Nationwide (=7th) and Halifax (=10th).
However, as banks continue to invest in technology to automate customer service, a mere 15% of consumers want brands to focus on innovations such as voice assistants – and just under a fifth of respondents (17%) want businesses to use their data to create personalised recommendations.
Instead, 62% of customers said businesses should focus on launching ‘simpler, flexible, and more affordable customer service options’.
Joe Heapy, co-founder of Engine, commented:
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“Over the last year, the rise of really well-designed banking apps has made the more established financial institutions step up their customer experience game. A long-term investment in digital capabilities across the sector means that banking is now consistently ranked as one of the top five sectors for service and experience. However, banks need to prioritise future investment in customer service infrastructure carefully. Only 22% of respondents say that they want automation. Customers certainly do not want automation at the expense of help from a person when it’s needed, and so the challenge is to prove that it can drive the three things that customers constantly tell us they really want: transparency, efficiency and reliability.”
In the five years that the annual survey has taken place, the ranking of what is most important to customers remains unchanged: ‘openness and honesty’ (50%), ‘efficiency’ (48%) and ‘reliability’ (43%). Of least importance to customers is ‘personalisation’ and ‘proactivity’, which ranked eighth and tenth respectively.
Engine’s annual Customer Experience Report questions respondents on which sectors, as well as companies, are providing good and bad customer service, in addition to what constitutes a good customer experience.
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Top 10 Best Sectors for Customer Service and Experience 2018
|1||Hotels and hospitality|
|2||Food services and restaurants|
|8||Broadband and media|
|=10||Public transport and trains|
Top 10 Best Brands for Customer Service and Experience 2018
|=2||Lloyds Bank (New Entry)|
|4||Marks & Spencer|
|5||British Airways (New Entry)|
|=7||Santander (New Entry)|
|=10||Halifax (New Entry)|
|=10||Vodafone (New Entry)|
|=10||Asda (New Entry)|
The survey was conducted online in April 2018, with a sample size of 1004 UK adults (18+).