Customer satisfaction (CSAT) is the critical KPI that measures the satisfaction of a business's customers. Unlike NPS which measures a customer's overall experience, satisfaction can be used to measure the experience of specific engagements, for example an individual ticket. Of course, the entire customer journey will also affect the CSAT for any individual interaction.
What Is Customer Satisfaction?
CSAT is a survey-based metric demonstrating how well a company's products and services meet customer expectations.
Why Is CSAT Important?
Higher customer satisfaction leads to better customer retention and repeat transactions with a business. This directly translates to additional spend and business revenue. CSAT is especially important for higher lifetime value (LTV) customers.
How to Measure CSAT?
A typical customer satisfaction survey asks customers to rate how satisfied they are with a good or service on a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 being very dissatisfied, and 5 being very satisfied. This can also be extended to a scale of 1 to 7 (extremely dissatisfed/satisfied).
Then, take the number of satisfied customers (in the case of a 1 to 5 scale, these would be customers who provided a rating of 4 or 5) and convert to a percentage of all responses.
What is a Good CSAT Score?
Customer satisfaction varies significantly by industry, but according to HubSpot, a good CSAT score is in the range of 75% to 85%.
ASCI provides a more detailed breakdown.
How to Improve Customer Satisfaction
Like with many KPIs, there is no simple answer. However, here are some potential ways to improve CSAT and the overall customer experience:
Businesses are held to higher standards than ever, and collecting satisfaction surveys and associated feedback can help ensure your business meets those standards.