The satisfaction level of the business customers of the four major banks, at 63.4% in June 2013, remains well below that of their personal customers (79.5%) and over the last 12 months they have fallen further behind. This is impacting on the overall customer satisfaction of the Big Four which Roy Morgan Research has measured for the first time. These are the latest findings from the Roy Morgan Research Business and Consumers Single Source surveys with a combined sample of around 65,000 per annum.
In the 6 months to June 2013, the satisfaction level of each of the big four banks’ business customers was significantly below that of their personal customers. The ANZ had the biggest gap between the ratings of the two groups with personal customer having 78.5% satisfaction compared to only 59.6% for their business customers. This difference of 18.9% points resulted in a combined satisfaction (i.e. business and personal) rating for the ANZ of 75.9%, the lowest of the four Majors.
Westpac has the smallest gap between the satisfaction rating of its personal and business customers, but business customers still rate them 10.2% points below the rating given by personal customers.
The top performer among the major banks based on the combined personal and business customers was the Commonwealth Bank with 79.2%, followed by Westpac (76.7%) and NAB (76.4%). All of these banks, however, were well behind Bendigo Bank with a total customer satisfaction rating of 86.8%.
Consumer Banking Satisfaction
In June 2013, consumer satisfaction with the Big Four banks increased to an eighteen year high of 79.5%, up from 76.0% in June 2012. This improvement of 3.5% points was largely due to a 5.5% point increase in the satisfaction level of the Big Four’s home loan customers; this was to be expected given the number of declines in the official cash rate over this period.
Despite the drop in the home loan rate over the year, it is somewhat surprising that the home loan customers of each of the Big Four banks have lower levels of satisfaction compared to non-home loan customers.
In June 2013, the Commonwealth Bank continued to lead the Big Four in customer satisfaction with 80.7% (up 0.4% points from May), followed by the NAB (79.1%), ANZ (78.5%) and Westpac (78.1%).
Business Banking Satisfaction
The satisfaction with the business customers of the Big Four banks continues to struggle and fell a further 0.2% in June 2013 to 63.4%.
Westpac is the clear leader among the Majors with 67.9%, followed by the Commonwealth Bank (64.4%), NAB (61.7%) and ANZ (59.6%). Westpac is also the leader across all business sizes and product categories.
Norman Morris, Industry Communications Director, says:
“The satisfaction with banks among their personal customers is at historically high levels and is obviously a result of a concerted effort to improve, combined with low interest rates. We have seen in the past that this can change very rapidly if any of the major banks step out of line on what the public thinks is a reasonable thing: such as not passing rate reductions; large profits, etc. How these issues are handled has shown to be a very sensitive issue with bank customers and impacts satisfaction ratings over a considerable period.
“With the major focus on the relative safety of personal customers, it appears that the business customers are now being left further behind in terms of how they feel they are being treated by the major banks.
“The business customers continue to rate their banks very low on ‘maintaining regular contact’, ‘following developments in the industry’ and generally not having a ‘good understanding of their business.’
“For the first time, Roy Morgan Research has released total satisfaction figures by combining personal and business customer ratings to give a single holistic measure of how customers are viewing their banks. The link between personal and business banking is very strong among the approximately two million micro and small businesses and as a result a single measure of satisfaction is considered a valuable adjunct to the traditional ‘silo’ approach.”
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