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ActionIQ 2022 CX IQ Index Reveals Large Gaps in Companies’ Self-Reported CX Performance & Actual Consumer Experiences


Data Protection and Privacy Top List of Consumers’ Priorities, While Personalization Must Go Beyond the Surface

ActionIQ ( ), the leading Enterprise Customer Data Platform (CDP), today released the inaugural CX IQ Index ( ), an expansive survey measuring the state of customer experience (CX) from the perspective of both businesses and consumers in the U.S. and the U.K. The results reveal a significant gap between CX perception and performance, showing that while 61% of businesses rate customers as “very satisfied” with CX, only 23% of consumers feel the same.

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The research also revealed that when it comes to CX, data protection and privacy are most important to consumers. Fifty-five percent of consumers say data protection is “very important” to customer experience – more than any other CX characteristic. Forty-eight percent said the same for brands respecting their privacy.

“Despite having an increasing amount of data pointing to the importance of customer experience to brand loyalty and overall business results, the CX IQ Index research results show that businesses across the spectrum still have a long way to go in offering outstanding CX,” said Tamara Gruzbarg, Vice President of Strategic Services, ActionIQ. “The message to organizations is clear: Invest more resources into the CX characteristics that are most important to consumers – protecting customer data and privacy, and responding quickly to their needs – and do it urgently, because if the gap between what customers deem important and what brands deliver continues to grow, your business will suffer.”

The findings also highlighted what matters most to consumers in terms of personalization. Consumers are much more concerned with brands understanding their needs (23% rated it “very important” to CX) than brands knowing who they are (only 11% rated it “very important”).

Adds Gruzbarg, “Knowing who your customers are is essential to providing them with superior CX, and is only becoming more complicated in the face of third-party cookie deprecation. But the value of this is in your ability to transform customer insights into experiences that are tailored to your customers no matter when, where or how they interact with your brand.”

Industry Highlights

– Media/Publishing: The industry with the largest disparity in how
companies rate themselves and actual user experiences is
media/publishing, with a gap of 20 percentage points or more across
many categories. While this sector scores the highest in
satisfaction across the board compared to other industries,
that result is due to a single vertical lifting up the field:
streaming services (music, audio, video). The customer reviews are
significantly more negative for media and publishing brands
focused on news. Only 23%of consumers said they are “very satisfied”
with customer experience for online news and information sites,
and just 16% echo that sentiment for print media.

The disparity between media/publishing brands and consumers was most
pronounced across “protects my data” (49% versus 22%), “respects my
privacy” (51% versus 18%), “is knowledgeable about their
products/services” (60% versus 26%) and “has fast resolution of
problems” (49% versus 18%), all of which are among the
characteristics most important to CX, according to consumers.

– Retail: Retail brands are less likely to rate their CX performance
as “very strong” when compared to other industries, but retailers
still overestimate their performance across most categories.
That said, consumers award retail brands higher marks for
characteristics related to convenience and reliability. It also
appears that businesses consumers may view as more essential —
such as those selling food and clothing — perform better in terms
of CX than those selling less essential items, such as makeup,
accessories and luxury goods.

– Financial Services: Financial services companies outperform other
industries across the majority of characteristics consumers say
are most important to CX. The dominance of financial services
brands may be due to their direct access to end customers and the
amount of authenticated customer traffic they have across their
digital channels. The banking vertical in particular performed
well in terms of CX satisfaction.

– B2B Technology: When compared to the total response of businesses
across all industries, B2B technology brands were similar to
media/publishing organizations, both more or less likely to
rate their performance as “very strong” than the average across
different CX characteristics.

In addition to U.S. findings, ActionIQ also conducted a survey in the United Kingdom to identify potential differences between the two markets. While U.K. consumers’ responses generally aligned with those in the United States, results showed that American brands are more likely than their U.K. counterparts to highly rate their CX performance.

For the complete CX IQ Index report, go to

ActionIQ surveyed more than 400 consumers across the U.S. and U.K. to understand what matters most to them in terms of CX. We also surveyed 350 U.S.- and U.K.-based businesses to learn how they evaluate their CX performance, as well as how their assessments compare to those of consumers’. Business results are based on surveys across retail, financial services, media/publishing and B2B technology brands, with interviews conducted with marketing, sales and customer service professionals with the job title of director or above.

About ActionIQ
ActionIQ ( ) is at the center of a data-driven revolution that is changing the way brands think about customer experience, digital transformation and the value of customer data as a core corporate asset. We concentrate on solving enterprise data challenges so that teams are empowered to create authentic customer experiences across all brand touchpoints. ActionIQ helps G2000 companies by connecting their first-party customer data, providing an easy-to-use interface for business users to access customer insights and enabling customer orchestration across channels. To learn more, visit ( ).

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Source: ActionIQ