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The ROI of NPS: Unlocking the Power of Customer Feedback

AskNicely Team

In the world of people powered business, one thing remains constant: the customer's voice is paramount. Understanding what your customers think about your service is vital for staying competitive and driving growth. That's where Net Promoter Score (NPS) comes into play, a powerful metric designed to gauge customer loyalty and satisfaction. But here's the catch – while it's undoubtedly crucial to gather and analyze customer feedback through NPS, many businesses grapple with a significant challenge: quantifying the financial impact. 

In this blog post, we embark on a journey to unravel the mysteries surrounding the Return on Investment (ROI) of NPS. We'll delve deep into the complexities of measuring and improving your NPS score and explore how this seemingly intangible metric can translate into tangible financial gains for your organization. From deciphering the true value of a promoter to understanding the costs involved in the NPS process, we'll equip you with the knowledge and insights you need to harness the full potential of your customer feedback program.

The Basics: 

What is NPS? 

Before we dive into the ROI of NPS, let's ensure we're all on the same page. Net Promoter Score is a metric that measures customer loyalty by asking one simple question: "On a scale of 0 to 10, how likely are you to recommend our product/service to a friend or colleague?"

Customers are then categorized into three groups:

Promoters (9-10): These are your loyal fans who sing your praises to anyone who will listen.

Passives (7-8): They're satisfied but not enthusiastic enough to actively promote your business.

Detractors (0-6): These are the unhappy customers who might be damaging your reputation with negative word-of-mouth. 

To calculate your NPS, subtract the percentage of Detractors from the percentage of Promoters. The resulting score can range from -100 to 100, with higher scores indicating a healthier customer base.

The Link Between NPS and ROI

Now, let's establish the connection between NPS and ROI. At first glance, you might wonder how a single customer survey question can impact your bottom line. Well, it's all about understanding the ripple effect of customer satisfaction on your business. 

Scenario 1: The Power of Promoters

Imagine you run a cleaning company called Spic & Span that offers commercial cleaning to large offices. After conducting an NPS survey, you discover that 60% of your customers are Promoters. This is a strong score, indicating strong customer loyalty and satisfaction. 10% of your customers are categorized as detractors. 


NPS = (Promoters - Detractors) / Total Respondents

NPS = (60% - 10%) / 100 = 50%

Your NPS is 50, a solid score. But what's the ROI here?

Promoters not only continue to use your services, but they also become your brand advocates. They recommend Spic & Span to their friends, colleagues, and network. As a result, you experience:

  • Repeat business and referrals. Customers are 4.2x more likely to make repeat
    Purchases and/or refer friends (Temkin/XMi Research Study 2019).
  • Lower customer acquisition costs (since referrals often come at little or no cost).

  • A growing customer base, leading to increased revenue. The London School of Economics estimates a 1% increase in revenue for a 7 point increase in NPS.

Scenario 2: The Impact of Detractors

Now, let's look at the flip side. Suppose you manage a mechanic. Your NPS survey reveals that 15% of your customers fall into the Detractor category. This isn't great news.


NPS = (Promoters - Detractors) / Total Respondents

NPS = (45% - 15%) / 100 = 30%

With an NPS of 30, you have some work to do. But what's the ROI of improving this score? Detractors are not only dissatisfied, but they also pose a risk to your business:

  • They're more likely to churn, leading to lost revenue.
  • They can harm your reputation through negative online reviews and word-of-mouth.
  • You may need to allocate resources to address their concerns and prevent further damage.

By turning Detractors into Promoters through targeted improvements, you can potentially reduce churn and retain more customers, improve your reputation and lower support and recovery costs. 

Real-Life ROI: An Illustrative Example

Let's put some real numbers into play. Imagine you're the manager of a specialist dental care clinic. Your NPS has been stagnant at 20 for a while, but you're determined to raise it. Here's a simplified breakdown of your current financials:

Annual revenue: $5 million
Total customers: 1,000
Customer acquisition cost (CAC): $2,000
Customer churn rate: 10%

Step 1: Calculating Churn Cost

First, let's calculate the cost of churn. With a 10% churn rate, you lose 100 customers annually.

Churn Cost = Lost Customers x Annual Revenue per Customer

Churn Cost = 100 x $5,000 = $500,000

Step 2: Assessing the Impact of NPS Improvement

Now, let's consider the potential impact of improving your NPS. By enhancing customer satisfaction, you aim to reduce churn by 20%. That means instead of losing 100 customers, you'll only lose 80.

Churn Cost (Improved) = Lost Customers (Improved) x Annual Revenue per Customer

Churn Cost (Improved) = 80 x $5,000 = $400,000

Step 3: Calculating the NPS-Driven ROI

Now, let's calculate the ROI of your NPS improvement.

ROI = (Churn Cost - Churn Cost (Improved)) / NPS Improvement Investment

ROI = ($500,000 - $400,000) / $50,000 = $100,000 / $50,000 = 2

Your NPS-driven ROI is 2, indicating that for every dollar invested in improving your NPS, you save $2 in churn-related costs. This doesn't even take into account the potential revenue growth from happy customers becoming promoters.

The Ripple Effect: Beyond the Numbers

While the financial ROI of NPS is crucial, it's essential to recognize that the impact extends beyond dollars and cents. A higher NPS often correlates with:

  • Enhanced customer loyalty.
  • Increased customer lifetime value (CLV).
  • Stronger brand advocacy.
  • Positive online reviews and a better reputation.
  • A more engaged and motivated workforce.

In other words, a higher NPS contributes to a healthier, more sustainable, and growth-oriented business ecosystem.

Measure Up

The ROI of NPS isn't just about numbers; it's about understanding the profound impact of customer satisfaction on your business. By recognizing the connection between NPS and your bottom line, you can make informed decisions to improve customer experiences, reduce churn, and ultimately drive growth.

The AskNicely Return on Customer Experience Model can help you measure the impact of customer experience on your bottom line. 

Remember, every Detractor you convert into a Promoter has the potential to become a loyal advocate who not only contributes to your bottom line but also helps your business thrive. So, embrace the power of NPS, invest in customer satisfaction, and watch as your business reaps the rewards of happy, loyal customers.

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