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Marketing Research Articles Related to Customer Satisfaction Studies

Marketing Research Articles Related to Customer Satisfaction Studies

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JCPenney pinpoints its customers

Published
October 1986
Author
Quirk's Staff
Abstract
In order to fully understand the needs of their customers, JCPenney has initiated a series of studies called Consumer Feedback. These studies give JCPenney a clear picture of the needs, attitudes and behaviors of their customers.

Tennant fine-tunes its business-to-business research

Published
February 1987
Author
Beth Hoffman, Quirk's Managing Editor
Abstract
For many industrial manufacturers, marketing is based on "pushing" customers into buying a product and then moving on to the next likely customer. Tennant, a manufacturer of floor maintenance equipment, refined its marketing techniques to "pull" customers in by meeting needs and expectations. The shift has improved customer satisfaction.

Research aids in growth, success of church

Published
January 1987
Author
Beth Hoffman, Quirk's Managing Editor
Abstract
Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minn., is proof that market research and a desire to be consumer-driven have a place in religion.

Research boosts knowledge of laser surgery

Published
July 1987
Author
Quirk's Staff
Abstract
Patients can have a hard time keeping up with the latest trends in the health care industry, so when Kendrick Colon & Rectal Associates, an Indiana-based outpatient group practice, introduced a new form of laser surgery, many people who could have benefited were left unaware. After surveying both staff and patients, the company launched print advertisements and patient brochures that increased awareness of the new procedure.

Health care research valuable, underutilized

Published
April 1988
Author
Hale T. Chan
Abstract
"Probably one of the most neglected parts of marketing in today's health care industry," according industry expert Hale T. Chan, "is the area of market research." As the corporate director of marketing at St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital, Chicago, Chan has used mail questionnaires and patient satisfaction surveys to develop more effective planning and promotional strategies.

Attitude surveys keep phone company in touch

Published
June 1988
Author
Beth Hoffman, Quirk's Managing Editor
Abstract
Southwestern Bell Telephone Company uses its Customer Attitude Survey (CAS) to determine customer perceptions about the company and strategize key areas to improve the success of the company. What sets CAS apart from other research techniques is that customers participated in the design of the survey. When areas that need more in-depth research are identified through CAS, focus groups are conducted.

Speed dialing

Published
December 1990
Author
Quirk's Staff
Abstract
Sprint conducted focus groups with residential and business customer segments to make sure its customer satisfaction tracking program would measure service attributes that were important to customers. That information was used to construct the telephone surveys with its customers. For customers that express specific complaints during the telephone survey, the interviewer electronically sends the comments to Sprint for follow-up action that responds to that particular customer.

Utilities discovering the value of customer satisfaction research

Published
November 1990
Author
Judith Karten

A look at the customer survey process at Caterpillar Inc.

Published
November 1990
Author
Brett Blackwell
Abstract
Caterpillar Inc. conducted focus groups and mailed surveys to determine its customers’ perception of product quality and potential areas for improvement.

Federal Express uses an ongoing study to track customer satisfaction

Published
November 1990
Author
Joseph Rydholm, Quirk's Editor
Abstract
Federal Express interviewed customers about a wide variety of services and mailed surveys to customers to explore a narrower set of services in more depth. These methods were part of the company’s ongoing customer satisfaction study. The company also internally monitored its performance in a number of service areas as part of its Service Quality Indicator program, tracking issues such as the incidence of packages delivered late or on the wrong day.

CSi program helps GM dealers monitor customer satisfaction

Published
February 1991
Author
Quirk's Staff
Abstract
General Motors sent buyers of new GM cars and trucks a mailed customer satisfaction survey six months after the purchase of their vehicle to measure customer satisfaction with the services of the dealer who sold the car or truck and satisfaction with the vehicle. Survey results were tabulated and reported monthly to each dealer as part of GM's Customer Satisfaction Index (CSi) program.

Patients tell a New York hospital that its service matches its strong reputation

Published
January 1991
Author
Joseph Rydholm, Quirk's Editor
Abstract
Discharged patients from Belleview Hospital were contacted by telephone two weeks after the end of their stay to take a three-minute patient satisfaction survey on their impressions of the hospital's service. The survey included categorical, interval-scale, and open-ended questions. Results from phone survey will be used to refine its written survey distributed to patients.

Ongoing customer satisfaction research helps Hampton Inns guarantee good service

Published
November 1991
Author
Joseph Rydholm, Quirk's Editor
Abstract
The Hampton Inn hotel chain uses an ongoing mail survey to monitor guest satisfaction with the service at each of its locations. After the results are tabulated, each property receives a monthly report of the results showing its scores for the given month, a month-to-month and year-to-date comparison, and how it ranks against all other Hampton Inn properties. Due to budget considerations, the survey was shortened and incentives to participate were removed.

Guidelines for measuring customer satisfaction in international markets

Published
November 1991
Author
Richard Garfein, Ph.D.
Abstract
Based on his experience at American Express studying international perceptions of customer satisfaction, the author offers 10 key pointers for other companies conducting similar research in international settings.

CIGNA uses an ongoing patient satisfaction study to tailor service of its health plans

Published
November 1991
Author
Quirk's Staff
Abstract
The Employee Benefits Division of the CIGNA Corporation conducted an ongoing patient satisfaction survey using phone interviews with its members. The goal was to assess members’ satisfaction with their primary care physicians in order to help CIGNA identify tangible ways to improve service.

Secrets of effective data use

Published
April 1992
Author
Richard J. Vondruska, Ph.D.
Abstract
This article discusses the nature of data and a myriad of factors influencing the uses of data in marketing research. These considerations include the purpose and focus of the research, interactions between the perspectives marketers and researchers, the questions and hypotheses being explored in the research, and the possibilities of using customer satisfaction data to project consumer behavior.

Research helps a rural Arizona hospital through a bond election and beyond

Published
January 1992
Author
Joseph Rydholm, Quirk's Editor
Abstract
To determine its marketing efforts, Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott, Ariz., uses a regular cycle of surveys to gauge community awareness and perceptions of the hospital. In addition to surveying community members, it also conducted patient satisfaction surveys.

Evaluating customer service over the telephone

Published
November 1992
Author
Illona Guzman
Abstract
Shopper studies usually involve in-person visits. However, when a prospective customer is looking for a new bank, or an auto parts store at which to buy an accessory, or even a restaurant at which to dine that evening, the decision is often made from the telephone conversation. This article explores potential applications of telephone shopper studies to provide information about this aspect of service.

The benefits of customer retention research

Published
October 1992
Author
Paul C. Lubin
Abstract
Though banks often research customer satisfaction, they would benefit from also researching issues surrounding why customers leave. This article looks at how several banks have researched customer attrition and used the results to develop customer retention strategies.

Determining attribute importance

Published
October 1992
Author
Randy Hanson
Abstract
In a typical customer satisfaction study, respondents evaluate one or more products or services. Satisfaction on an overall basis is rated, followed by ratings on many individual attributes. This article addresses various strategies for determining which attributes are most important in determining overall satisfaction. It classifies these approaches into two main categories: stated attribute importance and derived attribute performance.

 

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