How to Collect User Feedback And Analyze It in 2024

How to collect user feedback and analyze it in 2020

96% of unhappy customers don’t complain, and 91% of customers will leave without even telling you. What do you do to find those customers before they are in the final stages of leaving? How do you ensure that you’re always keeping your ears to the ground in understanding your customers?

A simple and effective solution—obtain, collect, analyze, and continuously act on user feedback.

In this article, we’ll discuss:

Let’s get started!

What is user feedback and why is it so important?

Today, Customer Experience (CX) matters more than ever before. No matter what product your company sells—your customers have a variety of options to purchase from. 

In a competitive business environment with numerous options, with transparent pricing, with comparable product quality—customer experience is that one thing that will differentiate you from all your competitors.

Have you personally had a poor customer experience with one company, and then vowed never to use them ever again?

Most of us have had this experience.

The opposite is also true. We have all dealt with a brand that provides an exceptional customer experience, and we decide to keep buying from them. 

Your customers are no different. The customer experience you provide them will impact how they perceive your company, and how long they want to use your products. Whether you choose to use a business phone system or email for customer support, it’s an integral part of business operations process improvements.

There’s a direct relationship between positive customer experience and increased revenues. According to this Forbes article, brands with an above-average (superior) customer experience brings in 5.7 times more revenue than their competitors. 

An effective way to measure your customer experience is by collecting, analyzing, and taking action on user feedback.

User feedback is any opinion, review, critique, or even a “pat on the back” that you receive from your customers. It can be both positive and negative. 

According to Bill Gates, “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest of learning.”

Similarly, positive feedback can enable you to receive more case studies, reviews, testimonials, referrals, etc. 

User feedback is useful for your company in many ways:

  • It can be used by Designers to help improve how your platform looks and feels.
  • It can be used by the Product team to innovate and improve your products.
  • It can be used by the Merchandising team to purchase and stock the most in-demand products.
  • It can be used by the Marketing team to attract and convert the right customers. 
  • It can be used by the Customer Success team to provide exceptional service. 
  • It can be used by your Executive team to help chart a more customer-centric business strategy.

Collecting and analyzing user feedback also helps you with direct tangible benefits:

  • Increase in conversions.
  • Reduction in shopping cart abandonment.
  • Increase in sales or revenue.
  • Increase in online reviews.
  • Increase in testimonials, case studies, and referrals.
  • Increase in customer loyalty.

According to SurveyMonkey’s 2019 research, 85% of small and mid-sized companies say that online feedback has been useful for their businesses.

The research also showed that 91% of people believe that innovation should be fueled by listening to buyers and customers, rather than hiring experts. 

As you can see, there are numerous tangible and intangible benefits of collecting user feedback.

How to collect user feedback?

User feedback can be collected using a variety of methods and user feedback tools. 

1-on-1 interactions

Phone calls or in-person meetings are perhaps one of the best and most effective ways of getting direct feedback from your customers. However, it’s not scalable as it becomes impossible to speak with every customer. 

Collect user feedback important 1-on-1 interactions

Online surveys

Asking your customers to fill out a survey form is practical and easily scalable. Many CRMs and MAPs also allow you to automate this process based on specific triggers.

Collecting feedback via online surveys

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Webforms/Popups

Popups and lead generation forms can be used to collect feedback from a large number of website visitors or product users. It’s an excellent option for users who want to provide input yet also maintain anonymity.

Popups are also great because you can trigger them when the user has taken a specific action. See how an OptiMonk user collects user feedback on popups

collecting feedback using OptiMonk popups

(Note: See for yourself how you can use OptiMonk popups to collect feedback. Create a free account today!)

Social media

Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn are also excellent avenues for users to share their feedback publicly. Some brands maintain private Facebook groups that allow customers to communicate directly with their brand and other customers. 

social media review

Review sites

Sites like G2, Capterra, Gartner, provide users with a single source of verified public reviews. It helps them review and compare a company before they are ready to make a purchasing decision. 

Each ecommerce product category has specific review sites that are a public collection of online reviews.

5 types of user feedback

1. Net Promoter Score (NPS)

Net Promoter Score (NPS) is a widely used metric to measure customer satisfaction, engagement, and loyalty. The system was created in 2003 by New York Times best-selling author Fred Reichheld in partnership with Bain & Company and Satmetrix.

Today, more than two-thirds of Fortune 1000 companies use NPS to measure their customer relationships. 

The NPS is calculated based on the response to a key question:

"On a scale of 1-10, how likely are you to recommend (brand) to your friend or colleague?"

Net Promoter Score NPS

Based on the survey responses, the customers are then split into three distinct groups:

  • Promoters (score 9-10). They are considered raving fans or loyal customers, and they are more likely to provide referrals. 
  • Passives (score 7-8). They are satisfied but unenthusiastic customers. They are usually at the risk of switching to competitive offerings.
  • Detractors. (score 0-6). They are unhappy customers. They are at risk of canceling their service; and also have the potential to spread negative reviews and potentially damage your brand.

Companies usually arrive at the NPS by subtracting the percentage of Detractors from the percentage of Promoters. 

The scores can range from -100 to +100. A positive NPS score is generally considered good, and an overall NPS score of over +70 is considered excellent.

NPS is a useful KPI in measuring user satisfaction with your product and your company. It also provides you a high-level indication of how satisfied/not satisfied your current customer base in with your product. 

If you notice an overall negative/downward trend, your team can immediately rectify the problem.

If you notice an overall positive trend then you can capitalize on this by collecting case studies, testimonials, reviews by using testimonial tools such as Senja alternatives.

A higher NPS is an indication of potential future revenue growth. Hence, it’s very effective and widely used across many industries.

NPS surveys are short and simple and can be sent at any stage of the customer lifecycle by various channels — email, website, text messages, etc. 

There are many ways to collect and measure NPS and feedback. Companies can use simple survey tools such as Google Form, SurveyMonkey, or Typeform to send periodic surveys to their customer base.

As an OptiMonk user, you can use a nanobar to automate user feedback collection. Here’s how our team collects feedback from users using an OptiMonk NPS nanobar: 

OptiMonk NPS nanobar

You can use this NPS nanobar to enable your customers to easily rate your service or product on a scale of 1-10. 

Measuring the responses will provide you with an overall understanding of your customer satisfaction.

2. Customer Satisfaction Score (CSAT)

CSAT is commonly used by technical support and customer success teams to gauge the quality of customer interactions. It can also be used to study and evaluate the customer’s satisfaction with the business or the product.

CSAT scores can be used at various touchpoints throughout the customer journey:

The benefit of using CSAT is its simplicity. It’s a fast and easy way to measure customer satisfaction and engagement. 

Customers and users are more likely to respond because there are a few questions. It also helps you understand how effective your customer experience is at each stage and each interaction.

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You can also expand and ask more questions to understand why they chose a higher or lower satisfaction level.

There are many ways to collect CSAT surveys:

  • Email surveys.
  • Phone calls.
  • Web forms.
  • Lead generation forms/ popups.
  • Live chat.

Here’s an example of popup from PokerStrategy. They enable CSAT on their web-based best ticketing system. As soon as the customer finishes their interaction with a customer support rep, this popup is shown to the customer.

3. Customer Effort Score (CES)

Customer Effort Score (CES), originally pioneered by the Corporate Executive Board (CEB) is a type of customer satisfaction metric that helps measure the overall service experience with your company. 

In other words, it measures how easy and effortless an individual customer’s interaction with your service/customer success team is.

The less effort and time it takes them to solve a problem — the more happy and loyal to your brand they are.

On the other hand, if it takes them multiple attempts, more time, and a lot of effort to get their problem solved — then they are more likely to be unhappy, dissatisfied, and disloyal to your brand. 

If customers are spending less time interacting with your support team it also reduces your customer service costs in the long run. 

Another benefit is that higher CES scores usually relate to a happier and engaged customer service team. 

Since they are not spending a lot of their time troubleshooting, dealing with angry customers, and being burnt out it ensures that they continue to work for your company. 

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CES scores range from 0-100. 

The CES is the total number of customers who agree that the interaction was easy (score or 4 or 5), divided by the total number of survey responses. 

However, a higher CES alone doesn’t necessarily mean that your customers and loyal and will continue to renew. 

The CES only measures their satisfaction rating with their interactions with your customer service team. Other metrics such as NPS and CSAT are still valuable. The CES should be used in conjunction with the other surveys to ensure that you are properly measuring the customer experience.

Here are a few tools/methods to collect CES:

  • Email survey immediately after a customer service interaction.
  • Embedding surveys in live chats.
  • Immediately after the resolution of a customer service call. 

4. Retention Survey

As an online business of any kind (SaaS, agency, eCommerce) there will be times where customers will downgrade, not renew or worse cancel altogether.

It’s normal for any business to experience this, no matter how great your product or service is.

But wouldn’t you want to know why that customer made that particular decision to downgrade or cancel? 

Having an onboarding checklist will enable you to recognize patterns and enhance your product, onboarding process, and service. This is where Retention Surveys prove to be valuable.

You can use Retention Surveys with customers in many scenarios:

  • When a user decides to downgrade.
  • When a user decides not to renew from a free plan to a premium plan.
  • When a user doesn’t purchase the products in his/her cart (Shopping Cart Abandonment).
  • When a customer hasn’t used or logged into your platform for a long time.
  • When they cancel their account (customer churn).
  • When you receive trigger warnings that the customer is at the risk of leaving.
  • When you notice an uptick of negative reviews.

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The benefit of always collecting retention surveys is that it helps you understand the problems or challenges the customers face during.

  • Purchasing process.
  • Onboarding.
  • Customer service interactions.
  • Platform or product usage.

The information can help you make the necessary changes to your product, processes, and people to ensure that you are reducing customer churn in the future.

There are many ways to collect feedback from retention surveys:

  • 1-on-1 phone or conference calls.
  • In-person meetings (high-paying and valuable clients).
  • Personalized email surveys.
  • In-platform popups and notifications. (ideal for SaaS solutions).
  • Exit-intent popups, lead generation forms, etc.

5. On-going User Feedback

According to Customer Experience Magazine, only 1 in 26 customers are likely to bring up their complaints. The other 25 usually cancel their service or leave without ever letting you know. 

That’s definitely a scary statistic! 

It’s a rude awakening for online businesses and eCommerce stores to be proactive, and not wait till the last minute to save a customer relationship.

Hence, it’s important to collect on-going user feedback throughout the customer journey website visits, conversion triggers, product purchase, onboarding, product usage, customer interactions, etc. 

The more user feedback your team collects the more you can ensure that customers are happy and satisfied. All of this has a direct bearing on your revenues and customer loyalty. 

There are many ways to collect on-going user feedback:

  • On the website.
  • Email survey during and after each stage of the journey.
  • Social Media. 
  • Customer success discussions.
  • Community forums (Facebook groups, Slack Channels,etc). 

Here’s an excellent of using social media for collecting user feedback. 

In Dec 2016, Brian Chesky, CEO of AirBnB sent out a tweet asking AirBnB customers which features they would like to see in the near future (2017).

AirBnB received suggestions from over 2200 people — which the team was able to prioritize and add to their future product roadmap. The best thing about this was it cost AirBnB $0 dollars to collect all this valuable feedback.

Collect user feedback on Twitter, AirBnb

Here’s an example of an OptiMonk customer CNCPart on how they gather feedback from their website visitors.

How to analyze user feedback?

You now have an understanding of the value of user feedback, and you have implemented a user feedback collection system. What’s next? 

In this section, we will cover the steps required to analyze customer feedback and put the lessons into action.

1. Organize your data

Obtaining and collecting user feedback is only one-half of the battle. The feedback data only becomes useful when you can put it together in an understandable format.

For this, you have to organize all the customer feedback data from various sources into a spreadsheet (Google Sheet or Microsoft Excel). 

However, if you really want to use the collected data properly, consider using ThinkBigAnalytics. A good data science company can unlock wonders from your data set.

In addition to the survey responses, it will also be helpful to add more information about the customer to this new spreadsheet their average spend, their inception date, a specific product, etc. 

This step helps you organize your feedback and understand patterns from all the responses.

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If you are using survey tools (SurveyMonkey, Typeform), they also allow you to export their reports in a CSV or dashboard format.

For this, you have to organize all the customer feedback data from various sources into a spreadsheet (Google Sheet or Microsoft Excel). If you or your team are less skilled in this aspect, consider attending a Microsoft Excel training course to get the maximum out of your data.

2. Categorize the feedback

It’s important to provide further context to all the user feedback you have collected. 

The next step is to categorize the feedback into various buckets. Grouping or categorizing your feedback will help forward it to the right person or team when they are ready to be actioned.

Let’s say you are an eCommerce store, here are just a few types of user feedback you might get:

  • Shopping cart issues.
  • Lack of additional payment options.
  • Slow website load time.
  • Product out of stock. 
  • Unhappy with the shipping times.
  • Not available in their country/region.
  • Not able to purchase on a mobile device.
  • Confusing product listings.
  • etc.

As you can notice from the list that some of the above user feedback are related and can be grouped to a specific area — website, shopping cart, purchasing, shipping, products, etc. 

These are unique feedback themes. 

By grouping all your user feedback under the respective feedback themes you are then able to understand where to prioritize. 

Sometimes, feedback themes are team-specific (merchandising, finance, sales, marketing, product, etc.). All the feedback under a particular theme can then be shared with the respective teams.

3. Code the feedback to reveal common themes

It is not enough just to create Feedback themes and group the user feedback. 

To make the analysis more complete, it’s essential to narrow them down further. 

You might find that there are also other factors that need to be taken into consideration:

  • Feedback type (positive, negative, neutral).
  • Urgency.
  • Enterprise or high-paying customers. 
  • Average order value. 

Understanding this will help you further narrow down and simplify your feedback collection. Hence, feedback codes are useful and effective.

The purpose of the feedback code is to elaborate on the user feedback and make it more understandable for someone looking at it for the first time. It helps to make sure that everyone is on the same page when reviewing all the user feedback.

Here’s an example of what a Feedback code will look like for an eCommerce store:

  • Ability to accept payments via Stripe.
  • Ability to send receipts via Messenger.
  • Ability to save all invoices in one place. 

Another benefit of creating a feedback code is that it removes any lack of clarity.

For example, you might see a lot of feedback under “payment issues”. 

However, that’s very generic, and it could mean a lot of things. 

It could mean “issues with a particular credit card”, or “issues setting up a shopping cart”, or “issues applying discount codes”. 

The more specific you can get with feedback codes, the easier it is to fix those problems in the future.

4. Volume and repetition of the feedback

Once you have organized all the user feedback based on codes, the next step to check for patterns. Do you notice that some user feedbacks are more prominent and are repeated over and over again? 

Then these must take priority because a large number of your customers are requesting it. 

The same goes for positive feedback as well. If you notice that most of your positive reviews are about the vast selection of merchandise on your ecommerce store then perhaps there are more similar shoppers who are also looking for a large selection rather than just shopping for the lowest price. You can then use this data to target similar customers using paid social ads or email marketing.

Another example is if you have just launched a new software feature, and you notice that the majority of the user feedback is about issues or bugs. This then becomes your immediate product priority rather than focusing on the next feature launch. 

If you are able to find that a lot of your customer’s time is spent understanding the new feature and they are struggling to use the product — then there’s an indication that you need to create a well planned go-to-market strategy template having more onboarding, knowledgebase articles, tutorials, etc. before launching new features.

5. Summarize and share

Once you have collected the feedback, created categories, feedback codes the next step is to compile all this data in the right format.

Summarize the feedback in a presentation or document (with links to the feedbacks spreadsheet). 

Prioritize user feedback based on the following factor:

  • the number of times particular user feedback was received.
  • the urgency of the matter.
  • the potential revenue impact.
  • The impact on customer churn.
  • the average time it takes customer success to solve that issue.

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Once prioritized, then forward it to the respective teams for review and immediate action. 

For example, if one of your cis that the shopping cart abandonment rate is high because of the not having PayPal as a payment option.

You know that fixing this will have an immediate impact on your sales without you having to spend more money on marketing. It’s a smart move to fix this before working on new merchandise or new social ads. 

To help with prioritization also create a Top 10 list of features or product requests. You can then use this for your upcoming product map. 

Conclusion

We hope this article has provided you a better understanding of where and how to collect user feedback.

We covered the most common user feedback metrics and methods:

  • Net Promoter Score (NPS).
  • Customer Satisfaction Survey (CSAT).
  • Customer Effort Score (CES).
  • Retention Surveys.
  • Ongoing user feedback.

We also discussed how to convert this data into actionable insights that can help you improve your product, sales, and brand loyalty.

What are some of the most helpful user feedback your team has ever received? How has that feedback positively affected your business? Let us know in the comments below.

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