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Why Your Cloud Provider’s Net Promoter Score (NPS) Matters

Why Your Cloud Provider’s Net Promoter Score (NPS) Matters


Understanding the importance of a prospective cloud service provider’s NPS

What is a Net Promoter Score (NPS) and why is it important?

NPS measures customer loyalty by looking at a customer’s likelihood of recommending a company, product, or service to a friend or colleague. NPS uses a single survey question – “How likely are you to recommend a company/product/service to a friend or colleague?” – and asks respondents to rate their likelihood on a scale from 0 to 10.

Respondents are then organized into the following categories:

  • Promoters (score 9-10): These are loyalists who will keep buying products and services and refer others.
  • Passives (score 7-8): This group are satisfied but unenthusiastic customers who could be vulnerable by competitive offerings.
  • Detractors (score 0-6): These are unhappy customers who can damage a company’s brand and impede growth through negative word of mouth.

From there, NPS score is calculated by subtracting the percentage of Detractors from the percentage of Promoters. The scores are reported with a number ranging from -100 to +100, where a higher score is desirable.

For example, if a particular survey results in 50% of respondents as Promoters, 30% as Passives, and 20% as Detractors, the NPS would be 30 (50% Promoters minus 20% Detractors = 30).

The creators of the NPS metric (Bain & Company) report that a score above 0 is good, above 20 is great, and anything above 50 is amazing. (DataBank’s average Net Promoter Score for 2024 is 56.)

 

The Importance for Cloud Service Providers

Why is the important when it comes to assessing cloud providers? Cloud service providers should focus on their NPS for several important reasons:

  1. Customer loyalty and retention: NPS is a direct indicator of customer loyalty. High NPS scores signify that customers are satisfied and likely to continue using the service, which reduces churn rates. Loyal customers provide a stable revenue base and are less likely to switch to competitors.
  2. Referrals: Promoters, those who score 9-10, are likely to recommend the service to others. This positive word-of-mouth recommendations can lead to new customer acquisition without additional marketing costs. In today’s highly competitive cloud services market, referrals from trusted sources can significantly impact business growth — without a lot of effort or expense.
  3. Identifying areas of improvement: NPS provides insights into what customers appreciate and where there are issues. By analyzing the feedback from Detractors and Passives, cloud service providers can identify specific pain points and areas for improvement, ultimately leading to enhanced customer satisfaction.
  4. Business growth and financial performance: High NPS results are often correlated with business growth and financial performance. Satisfied customers are likely to spend more, renew subscriptions, and purchase additional services. This directly impacts the revenue and profitability of cloud service providers.
  5. Brand reputation: NPS also has a positive impact on the company’s overall brand reputation. A high score suggests that the company is reliable, trustworthy, and provides a good customer experience. Such a reputation can be crucial when it comes to attracting new customers and retaining existing ones in a highly competitive market.

NPS can be a vital metric for cloud service providers looking to drive growth, enhance their competitive position, and build a robust, customer-centric organization.

Why Should You Care about Your Cloud Service Provider’s NPS?

Any company looking for a cloud service provider should care about that company’s NPS for several important reasons:

  1. Indicator of customer satisfaction: NPS serves as a reliable indicator of overall customer satisfaction. A high NPS suggests that the provider’s current customers are satisfied with the services, implying that the cloud service provider delivers on its promises and meets customer expectations on an ongoing basis.
  2. Customer loyalty and retention: A high NPS also indicates strong customer loyalty, suggesting that the service provider values long-term relationships with its clients. This can be reassuring for potential customers who may be looking for stability and a commitment to high service standards.
  3. Quality and reliability of service: Companies with high NPS scores are generally perceived as providing superior service quality. This is critical when it comes to cloud services as well as managed services including scalability and performance, uptime reliability, security services, and more, all of which are critical factors for businesses relying on cloud services.
  4. Support and service responsiveness: NPS often reflects the quality of a company’s customer support and service responsiveness. Companies looking for cloud services need assurance that they will receive prompt and effective support, especially during critical times. High NPS scores typically indicate that the provider excels in these areas.
  5. Competitive differentiation: In a crowded market ranging from colocation providers to hyperscale cloud providers and everything in between, NPS can often serve as a differentiator. Companies comparing multiple cloud service providers can use NPS to narrow down their choices, favoring those with higher scores as it signifies higher customer approval.
  6. A predictor of future performance: NPS is a forward-looking metric that can predict the future performance of a service provider. High scores suggest that the provider is likely to maintain or improve its service levels, while low scores might indicate potential issues down the line.

A high NPS can provide prospective customers with confidence in the cloud service provider’s ability to deliver reliable, high-quality service and support. It reflects the provider’s commitment to customer satisfaction and continuous improvement, which are critical factors for companies when making strategic decisions about cloud services.

 

NPS: A Valuable Metric to Consider

NPS is a valuable tool for measuring customer loyalty and satisfaction and can provide better insights into a cloud service provider’s overall business and if they could be a good fit for your organization. DataBank is committed to all of our customer’s success and will continue to do all we can to increase their engagement, satisfaction, and results.

To learn more about this topic or our customer-centric initiatives focused on customer service, loyalty, and retention, contact us today.

 

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