All successful companies are constantly benchmarking their competition. They have to know what they have to match up with day-in and day-out if their company is going to be successful.
According to research done by CEB Global, the overall benchmarks of CES 2.0 is below:
If your CES percentage is under 70%, you may want to focus on pinpointing and removing obstacles that your customers are facing.
"Competition is always a good thing. It forces us to do our best. A monopoly renders people complacent and satisfied with mediocrity." Nancy Pearcey
Going by this quote and popular belief, the more relevant method to measure your score is by using your competitor’s score as a benchmark. This is a better method to measure your NPS or metric because this takes your industry into consideration.
Airlines, for example, bring more delight to customers than banks, thus they tend to have a higher NPS. Because of that nature, it would not be helpful to compare a department store to an insurance company.
It's found that the Airline industry has a typical NPS range between -4 to +57. United Airlines has an NPS of 10, ranks as one of the worst companies in the Airlines space. On the other hand, Verizon, for example, has an NPS of 7 which is considered one of the best in the industry.
You certainly can compare your metric across global standards, but it is critical to note that scores will vary across geographic markets. If you have ever compared NPS in the US and Europe, you probably know the cultural and demographic differences when rating a company’s performance.
For example, European customers are more conservative with rating a company’s performance, making them less likely to rate you a 9 or 10. In other regions, you may find customers using the lower end and higher end of the scale, but skipping in between. Because of these differences, the absolute Net Promoter scores in one industry can vary dramatically. This is another reason why a good Net Promoter Score is subjective.
Since your metric is nothing but a vanity number on its own, it is impossible to give you a single number that represents a good Net Promoter Score, especially when you are starting out. The best way to find out if your number is "good", is the one that’s better than your own scores in the past — your most important benchmark.
The best way to start measuring progress would be to compare your NPS against your score over the last quarter or six months. If you are noticing an increase of at least 10%, you are heading in the right direction and progressing toward building a successful business driven by organic growth. On the other hand, if you notice a significant decrease in NPS, this indicates that there is something wrong and you must quickly identify to discover the cause and take appropriate measures.
Instead of asking "What is a good score?", focus first on understanding the drivers of the metric and how to improve it on a daily to produce long-term customer satisfaction. Remember, a good Net Promoter Score by itself is not a quantifiable metric to grow, rather your main goal should always be to listen, analyze, and act on your customer feedback.