The relationship between customer satisfaction, loyalty and repurchase behavior

iStock_000000644014XSmall Everybody talks about it, but we hardly have any good examples of the relationship between customer satisfaction, loyalty and repurchase behavior, especially examples that businesses like to share. I recently found an example that gives an idea about the relationship between customer satisfaction and loyalty. Maybe it will be helpful to you the next time you need a practical example.

[…] for several years, Xerox has polled 480,000 customers per year regarding product and service satisfaction using a five-point scale from 5 (high) to 1 (low). Until two years ago, Xerox’s goal was to achieve 100% 4s (satisfied) and 5s (very satisfied) by the end of 1993. But in 1991, an analysis of customers who gave Xerox 4s and 5s on satisfaction found that the relationship between the scores and actual loyalty differed greatly depending on whether the customers were very satisfied or satisfied. Customers giving Xerox 5s were six times more likely to repurchase Xerox equipment than those giving 4s.

This analysis led Xerox to extend its efforts to create apostles – a term coined by Scott D. Cook, CEO of software producer and distributor Intuit, describing customers so satisfied that they convert the uninitiated to a product or service.

Found in Putting the service-profit chain to work by JL Heskett, LA Schlesinger, Harvard Business Review, 1994