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Infographic: Mobile Loyalty Audit Results, Year 2 - A New WDS, A Xerox Company, Survey Of 4,000 Mobile Subscribers Shows That 25 Percent Will Stay With Their Mobile Carrier Because It's Too Inconvenient To Switch. (Graphic: Business Wire)

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In a recent survey of 4,000 mobile subscribers a quarter said they stay with their mobile carrier because it’s too inconvenient to switch, according to a new study by WDS, A Xerox (NYSE: XRX) Company.

The Mobile Loyalty Audit 2014, an annual report coordinated in partnership with MobileSquared and GMI, indicated that carriers are misinterpreting satisfaction metrics, overestimating customer loyalty and, therefore, misdirecting investment in customer retention.

Customer retention budgets have little impact

There is very little evidence to suggest that retention is being driven by proactive investment by mobile service providers, or that current allocated retention budgets are having any meaningful impact, according to the survey which reveals:

  • More than a quarter of customers interviewed (26 percent) admit that the only reason they stay with their current provider is that switching is “inconvenient.”
  • 15 percent believe that all mobile carriers are the same and that they see no benefit in switching.
  • Over a third (35 percent) do not want to risk changing carriers for fear of losing coverage.
  • 55 percent of retained customers say that they stay because their current carrier meets their service expectations.
  • Just 16 percent of mobile consumers feel rewarded for their loyalty.

“It’s been twelve months since we last ran the Mobile Loyalty Audit and while we have broadened the base to include subscribers from the United Kingdom, United States, South Africa and Australia, many of the issues facing carriers remain,” said Tim Deluca-Smith, vice president of marketing at WDS. “Carriers appear no closer to establishing what customer loyalty actually is, or how to proactively engender it. The data shows that customers avoid switching carriers because of the inconvenience related to technical, social or financial barriers. It has little to do with emotional attachment or loyalty to the brand.”

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