Remember when everyone had a Rolodex and every phone had a cord? Look how far we’ve come since then. Long gone are the days of manually entering phone numbers and survey answers. Now, we’re living in the Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) era.
When carrier pigeons fell out of favor (a shame, really), the telephone stepped in to take its place. 118 years after the invention of telephone, the first smartphone was released in 1994. And a mere 27 years after its introduction, a record 81% of Americans own a smartphone, with 96% owning a cell phone of some kind.
Journey mapping. You may have heard that term thrown around at an increasing rate lately. Why? Because like a high school sophomore who just got their drivers license, it’s getting pretty popular.
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Now more than ever, it’s imperative for your utility to stay close to your customers. Hometown Connections, the services organization dedicated to enhancing the performance of community-owned utilities, has partnered with GreatBlue Research to create a special offer for you to learn first hand what your customers need and expect. For a low fee, you can send a link to your customers to fill out a brief online survey.
If you’ve ever used the Internet or if you’re into cars, chances are you’ve heard the name Elon Musk. While you may be thinking it’s a name for a cologne that came out in the 70s, he’s a primary reason our clients have been so focused on understanding the desirability for these space age (get it?) vehicles and how best to service and incentivize people to purchase them.
Just like in sports, it never hurts to review the fundamentals of market research. We toss around the terms quantitative and qualitative like our younger brothers after watching an episode of WWE, but what exactly is the difference?
COVID-19 has been tough for everyone, and GreatBlue Research wants to help. Now more than ever, it is critical to stay in contact with your utility customers, both internal and external. By conducting customer satisfaction studies, employee assessments, and operational efficiency studies, you will obtain a better understanding of your customers and employees in order to better serve them during these difficult times.
Market research is imperative to today’s utilities industry. Understanding current and potential customer needs and wants helps us make more informed business decisions and aids in the development of focused business strategies. Customer surveys take the guesswork and the assumptions out of determining what initiatives will likely be successful and cost effective. Consistently working to understand our customer base provides us with the direct feedback and a communication channel to really “hear” what they are asking of us. Data analytics allows us to target customers and obtain specific feedback for any topic, including opinions on utility rate changes, reliability, renewables, customer programs, and much more. Read More about How Customer Research Really Works »
The results of the Kissimmee Utility Authority’s recent customer satisfaction survey by GreatBlue Research illustrate how to use customer feedback for continuous improvement and demonstrate why it is so important to consistently ask for feedback. Deciding what to ask your customers can be challenging, but once you identify your target areas, you can focus in on your improvement efforts. KUA had a three percentage point increase in customer satisfaction from 2019 to 2020 from doing exactly that – a job well done!
During the challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative to understand the thoughts, opinions, and sentiments of your customers so you can better prepare to meet their needs. As we begin to return to a “new normal”, it is important to understand how your utility will operate in the coming months, and how customers will feel about these changes. Use a low-cost digital survey by GreatBlue Research to understand how your residential and commercial customers think about their ability to pay future bills, payment options, disconnect policies, and utility re-opening plans. GreatBlue proposes the use of digital research to effectively and efficiently gather insights from your residential and/or commercial customers. These research findings can then be used to target those customers with immediate needs and/or concerns and provide the best possible assistance.