Independent research from customer experience benchmarking company, Global Reviews, has found that mobile companies need to learn how to become online retailers to be able to sell mobile broadband online.

Global Reviews has been benchmarking the customer experience of mobile websites for the last 10 years. In a recent study it assessed five leading mobile broadband websites including Vodafone, O2, T Mobile, Three and Orange against more than 800 criteria including; the information available to prospective customer, customer support, and general site usability. The criteria are set using independent research into what customers say they want from a mobile broadband website, and global online best practice.

The study found that the overall level of customer experience offered by the mobile broadband industry in the UK is low. Vodafone leads the way with a score of 48%, followed by O2 47%, T Mobile 38%, Three 36% and Orange 35%. However providers need to score 55% to meet customer expectations and 69% to exceed them.

Whilst there is a lot of room for improvement, for a new industry they are actually doing a good job of educating consumers about the product. This area received the highest scores with an industry average of 54%.

However, once educated the industry is finding it difficult to sell online. It scored an average of only 15% for the ability to find the relevant product, 25% for the ability to select products, 35% for the ability to save those selections for when a user returns to the website, and 46% for the quality of the purchase process.

Harvind Bhatti, Global Reviews General Manager, said, “Smart phones and mobile broadband are exciting products, but as they need a lot of explanation, they can be difficult to sell online. The study highlights the need for mobile companies to offer a stronger guided shopping process on their websites to help users to make decisions and purchase mobile broadband. There are some fantastic online retailers out there, so I urge operators to look to other industries to find best practice.”

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The study was carried out in Q3 2010

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About Global Reviews
Global Reviews is an international market research company that focuses on making the world’s companies more effective by helping them create great customer experiences. Established in 2000, Global Reviews provides clients with objective and independent measurement through Customer Experience Benchmarking, Customer Behaviour Research and Usability Testing Programs. The Global Reviews Customer Experience Index has been adopted by many business leaders as the standard for measuring their multi-channel sales and service effectiveness.

Global Reviews works across over 40 industries and clients in the UK include Vodafone, AVIVA, Halifax Insurance, Lloyds TSB Insurance, Liverpool Victoria and Mercedes. More information about Global Reviews is available at www.globalreviews.co.uk.

Published on: 10:53AM on 8th February 2011