Mistakes to Avoid While Creating Customer Satisfaction Surveys

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A well-designed customer satisfaction survey can provide your organization with important insights that will help you to stay ahead in today’s competitive market. By listening and acting on the feedback, you can improve your customer’s experience, which will increase referrals and keep consumers coming back to you.

When designing a customer satisfaction survey, some drawbacks can prevent questionnaires from achieving their goal. Below we are going to discuss some of the most common mistakes people generally make when attempting to find out the satisfaction levels with services and products.

1. Making the survey too long

The number of questions in your survey can lead to respondents giving you wrong information. If the number of questions is too long or, on the contrary, the list of questions is too small, you may not get accurate results. Moreover, respondents’ time is valuable so they would be discouraged by long sets of questions; contrary to this, adding too few questions means that the feedback obtained will be insufficient. 

2. Ignoring unsatisfied customers

Customer satisfaction surveys should not just be aimed at repeat customers who are likely to be pleased with the services or products offered. To avoid getting an unrealistic picture of overall satisfaction, you should survey every customer and not just happy customers. To obtain more complete customer pictures, those who leave after one purchase and don’t come back should also be surveyed. Asking unsatisfied customers the reasons for their dissatisfaction is a vital component of understanding where and how to improve your products or services.

3. Choosing the wrong time to send surveys

Choosing the wrong time to send surveys is one of the most common mistakes when sending a customer satisfaction survey. Sending surveys first thing on a Monday morning or on weekends can mean they will get ignored. This ultimately leads to low response rates. Furthermore, if your target audience is in a particular business that has a busy period or peak season, you should avoid sending surveys during these times as they will most likely not be given sufficient attention or time.

4. Asking more than one thing per question

To avoid collecting inaccurate data, make your questions easy to understand. Avoid asking double-barreled questions that touch on more than one matter but only allow for one answer. This is one of the most common mistakes most people overlook when creating a survey. To give you an example, “where and how often do you like to buy online clothes?” This question should be divided into two separate questions such as, “What is your favorite online website?” and “How much time do you spend on online shopping?” Splitting allows you to receive more accurate information.

Customer satisfaction surveys are the most affordable way to gather data that are practical to use. Avoiding the customer satisfaction survey mistakes listed above will help you collect the data needed to make insightful decisions to grow your business.

The motive behind conducting a customer satisfaction survey is to learn about what your customers like and enjoy about your company and what has dissatisfied them. It’s unlikely that every respondent has solely good remarks to submit. Learning straight from your customers about their concerns or what upsets them about working with your organization allows you to re-evaluate and adapt that part of your customer process. This probably means building a larger customer support team, adapting processes and effectively training on the process changes, and taking the help of a survey panel company to help gather data more quickly for future interventions. Whatever the next step is, make sure you discuss and implement them to promote growth for your team and increase your customers’ satisfaction levels.

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