Operational Customer Experience – Establishing a Baseline

Filed under - Contact Centre News,

Simone Kovago takes us through some new research on the Operational Customer Experience (OCX) and how companies are measuring it. 

Late last year, Cyara commissioned market research firm Frost & Sullivan to conduct a survey analysing operational customer experience in contact centres around the world. The report highlighted a number of challenges across the companies surveyed.

What Is Operational Customer Experience?

Operational Customer Experience (OCX) is a framework of metrics for the quality of a customer’s experience of a company’s customer service systems.

Measuring OCX provides a company with the ability to view a customer’s journey across digital channels from an outside-in perspective using objective and repeatable methods.

OCX issues, meanwhile, are customer frustrations that happen as a result of technology-related issues. This includes everything from poor audio quality on a call to an unresponsive chat support web page.

How Companies Measure Customer Satisfaction

The respondents to the survey were all either wholly or partially responsible for customer experience in their company, and had to have a strong understanding of customer satisfaction metrics, including Net Promoter Score (NPS) and Customer Satisfaction (CSat).

Companies spanned geographies across Australia, New Zealand, the USA, the UK, Canada, France, and Germany and industries including banking, healthcare, and government.

These were the key customer satisfaction findings in the report:

56% of companies measured customer satisfaction through CSAT (Customer Satisfaction Score) and 34% indicated they use NPS (Net Promoter Score).

The companies’ top 5 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) were:

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Average Handle Time
  • First Call Resolution
  • Average Time in Queue
  • Average Speed of Answer

These channels offer the highest customer satisfaction and the lowest customer satisfaction:

  • Highest: Live agent – Voice, Email, and Webchat
  • Lowest: Interactive Voice Response (speech), Interactive Voice Response (DTMF), and social media

And the top 5 customer expectations of a contact centre were:

  • Knowledgeable, polite and friendly agents
  • Calls answered quickly/short waiting times
  • First call resolution/queries resolved quickly
  • No multiple call transfers
  • Personalised experience

To download the Frost & Sullivan Infographic click here.

Author: Robyn Coppell

Published On: 2nd Jan 2018 - Last modified: 18th Jan 2018
Read more about - Contact Centre News,

Follow Us on LinkedIn

Recommended Articles

KPI and graphs on digital background with the words top cx kpis
Top 10 Customer Experience KPIs
Customer Satisfaction Score CSAT
What is a Customer Satisfaction Score (and How to Calculate CSAT)
Defining the Operational Call Centre Quality Assurance Framework
jargon definition
Contact Centre Jargon and Terminologies