The study attempts to objectively measure corporate performance from the online customer's perspective by rating each company on a scale of 0 to 10 (10 being highest) across a series of categories. Rated categories include:
- Simplicity—ease of website navigation
- Privacy—a respect of the user's privacy
- Attitude—the customer focus of the site
- Transparency—open and honest policies
- Responsiveness—quick and thorough responses to inquiries
- Principles—value and respect for the customer's data
Results were tabulated based on interviews with a representative sample of the adult Internet population, as well as analyses of more than 1,000 websites across a spectrum of industries. Combined, the results measured a company's overall Customer Respect Index (CRI).
“Just as companies in the food and beverage industry provide customers with a list of ingredients in their products and detailed nutritional information, they should clearly outline their privacy practices,” said Roger Fairchild, president of The Customer Respect Group. “Beyond this, surveyed companies should look at other troubling online areas, particularly responsiveness. Simply put, all customers deserve a full reply to their queries and concerns, not just those that phone in or inquire in person.”
For more information about the study, visit www.customerrespect.com or phone 425-454-4151.