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What is a Net Promoter Score (And Why Does It Matter)?

What is a "Net Promoter Score?"

Simply put: a "Net Promoter Score®" is the up and coming way to tell who's hot and who's not. Inavero, a satisfaction survey company, says: "a Net Promoter Score (NPS®) is a simple metric based on a question that asks how likely a person is to recommend a company to a friend or colleague using a numeric scale of 0-10, ten being extremely likely and zero being not at all likely."

The concept was created by Fred Reichheld and Bain & Company and introduced in 2003 in Fred's Harvard Business Review article “The One Number You Need to Grow”.

How is NPS® Calculated?

Responses to this question are divided into three categories: Promoters (give a rating of 9-10), Passives (give a rating of 7-8), and Detractors (give a rating of 0-6). Then the NPS® is calculated by subtracting the percentage of Detractors from the percentage of Promoters.

Confused? Here's how Shep Hyken, contributing writer to explains it:

The score, on a scale of one to 10, falls into three groups. If a customer scores you as a nine or a 10, they are promoters. If they score you as a seven or an eight, they are passive. You don’t know if they are leaning toward loving you, leaving you, or they just don’t care. And, a score of a six or lower means you have a detractor. To determine your official NPS score, take the percentage of promoters (nines and 10s) and subtract the percentage of detractors (sixes and lower). That number is your Net Promoter Score.

We found this great visual guide on helpful as well:

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promoter-iconPromoters (9 or 10)

Promoters are loyal, enthusiastic fans. They sing the company’s praises to friends and colleagues. They are far more likely than others to remain customers and to increase their purchases over time. Moreover, they account for more than 80 percent of referrals in most businesses. They are, in general, pleasant for employees to deal with.

passive-iconPassives (7 or 8)

This group is called "passively satisfied" because this group is satisfied—for now. Their repurchase and referral rates are as much as 50 percent lower than those of promoters. Their referrals are likely to be qualified and less enthusiastic. Most telling: if a competitor’s ad catches their eye, they may defect.

detractor-iconDetractors (0 to 6)

Detractors are unhappy customers. They account for more than 80 percent of negative word-of-mouth. They have high rates of churn and defection. Some may appear profitable from an accounting standpoint, but their criticisms and bad attitudes diminish a company’s reputation, discourage new customers and demotivate employees

Now that you understand NPS®, let's dig deeper!

What is Artisan's Net Promoter Score®chart?

We're proud to say our score is 75!

It's all because of clients like Frank. Thanks, Frank!

How Does Our NPS® Compare?

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Curious about norms of NPS® scores among companies? Check out this post. While staffing agencies are specifically counted on the chart above, you can see Artisan sits well above average.

The chart above was published in a Temkin Group report, Net Promoter Score Benchmark Study, 2016. This is the fifth year of that study and includes Net Promoter Scores® on 315 companies across 20 industries based on a study of 10,000 U.S. consumers. 

Highlights and insights of the report include:

  • Five industries topped the list with an average NPS® of 40 or more: auto dealers, software, investments, computers & tablets, and appliances.
  • The bottom scoring industries are TV service providers, internet service providers, and health plans.

4-Questions-to-Ask-During-an-Exit-Interview-1024x749.jpgWhy Should I Care About My NPS® Number?

Every business owner and CEO knows the power of customer loyalty. That's what NPS® is all about. Focusing on only your narrowly defined "satisfied" customers doesn't give you the whole picture. NPS® helps answer the most important customer loyalty question - “How likely is it that you would recommend [company X] to a friend or colleague?”

How does this help you? Reichheld (creator of NPS®) says:

The path to sustainable, profitable growth begins with creating more promoters and fewer detractors and making your net-promoter number transparent throughout your organization. This number is the one number you need to grow. It’s that simple and that profound.

Are you focused on growing your number? says, NPS® is much more than just the score. "Net Promoter System practitioners ask customers the reasons for their ratings using an unstructured, open-ended question. This provides employees throughout the organization the opportunity to hear comments from customers every day—in their own words."

Use feedback from these forms to create a better business. The most successful leaders incorporate it into their operating systems as it can address both customer concerns and fuel innovation to generate more promoters. Ultimately, it's closed loop feedback that helps your company figure out how to improve their processes, people, products, and pricing for the long term.

And what could be more valuable than that?


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