Net promoter scores are soaring across hospitality according to this week’s Customer Sentiment Tracker from Feed It Back and KAM Media. Following feedback from those who visited hospitality venues this weekend, the overall industry net promoter score sits at 63 which is well above pre-lockdown levels (58). The rise in scores are mainly driven by the casual dining and casual premium segments. Both segments saw a 10-point increase compared with last week. Pubs are also delivering strong scores.
“Following a dip last week, it’s exciting news that net promoter scores are already well above pre-lockdown levels, showing not only that people are pleased to be back but that the venues are delivering against their customers’ needs” comments Carlo Platia, CEO at Feed It Back.
96% of returning customers say that new safety procedures gave them confidence to return – a rise even from last week (93%) according to Feed It Back data. Despite this however, the number of complaints about cleanliness has risen since re-opening weekend – from 7% to 10%. Pre-lockdown less than 1% of complaints were focussed on cleanliness.
Katy Moses, MD at KAM Media: “Overall the KPIs are going in the right direction suggesting that operators are really listening to customers and offering them a great and safe experience. However, operators need to work with staff to ensure they don’t become complacent over the next few weeks. New and nervous customers are slowly returning to venues and they need to be 100% re-assured at every point in the experience.”
‘Food quality’ is the area which is receiving the highest number of complaints. “Pre-lockdown food quality was always one of the top complaints and there is no change now” comments Platia. “With all the focus on cleanliness and safety, operators need to keep their eye on food quality, especially with simplified menus and new food items being offered by many venues.”
KAM research showed that food-led occasions are likely to be the ones most negatively affected by footfall with 45% of consumers saying they’d eat out less frequently post-lockdown.
Moses comments; “food preparation and serving leave more room for human contact so many consumers felt they would eat out less often, with people much happier to pop out for a quick pint. We need to work hard to tempt people back out of their houses with food experiences which can’t be replicated at home. And the first visit back, in particular, needs to be outstanding.”
The new tracker measures key KPI’s focussed on customer sentiment including NPS and satisfaction ratings covering cleanliness, atmosphere, service and value. Operators can trial the Feed it back system for free right now and be included in the tracker. To receive the tracker direct to your inbox, visit https://kam-media.co.uk/customer_sentiment_tracker/
KAM Media is a boutique research consultancy, specialising in hospitality and retail. Our research and insights tools, and services, are designed to give our clients the critical knowledge needed to understand why, where, when and how to create an impactful and engaging customer experience, at every stage of the journey.
For more information contact:
Katie Jenkins – KAM Media – firstname.lastname@example.org
Feed It Back
Feed It Back is a company that tracks the word on the street about operators, through immediate feedback on experiences and online review platforms, such as Facebook and TripAdvisor. It aggregates all feedback into one easy to use platform that allows operators to efficiently deal with feedback they otherwise wouldn’t have heard, reward employees for excellent service and turn negative experiences into positives.
It currently boasts a range of clients including: Loungers, Boston Tea Party, Tenpin, Brains, and Paul UK, to name a few.
For further information, contact email@example.com