Americans More Loyal to Their Service Providers

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From banks to airlines to cell phone carriers, more Americans have been more loyal to their service providers lately. Last year, 64 percent of us switched at least one of our providers in categories like utilities, Internet providers, and wireless carriers – but that’s down 5 percent from 2009.

In fact, 2010 was the first year that service-switching dropped after rising for years, according to tech consulting company Accenture, which polled 5,800 consumers in 17 countries. Its “2010 Global Consumer Research Survey” [PDF] asked about brand loyalty to services ranging from cable TV to airlines to life insurance. It found…

  • The drop in switching customers doesn’t mean we’re necessarily pleased with our bank tellers and flight attendants: “On the contrary, satisfaction with customer service has decreased since 2009 in each of 11 characteristics measured – from having customer service available at convenient times to accessing service through multiple channels. Additionally, consumers continue to have higher expectations for customer service.”
  • Price isn’t everything: “More than half of global consumers (54 percent) are not willing to compromise on levels of customer service, product options, product quality and frequency of communications with companies in exchange for lower prices. Additionally, the percentage of consumers who identified price as the reason for selecting a new provider declined from 75 percent in 2009 to 57 percent in 2010.”

Here at Money Talks News, however, saving money is still pretty darn important. So if you’re unhappy enough with any of your service providers to consider switching, these are the top posts we suggest you read first to be sure you get your money’s worth…

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  • http://www.facebook.com/amgilliland Ann Gilliland

    I’d love to switch to another phone provider (land line) or utility company, but there’s nothing else available in my area…I’ve checked. I have a prepaid cell phone because I don’t want the hassle of hating my cell phone provider and not being able to switch without paying to drop them before my contract expires.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6HEGFRQCBBJ7F3GPEJTYEPGVZI amyra

    I would CERTAINLY change some of MY utilities providers—BUT . . .
    There ARE no other choices!
    Monopolies Rule! No competition! Charge what you want, and treat people as unimportant means to an end!
    Use them up—there well always be more—THEY (we) HAVE NO CHOICE!