A Ranking of Broadcast Technology Vendors for “Great Customer Service”

Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 02 2009

This is the third in a series of posts about how the brands of broadcast technology were ranked in a variety of categories in the 2009 Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), which includes responses from nearly 5,000 people in 110 countries.  (For information about how these results were collected, please see the bottom of this post)*.

In previous posts I have discussed how broadcast technology vendors were ranked by BBS respondents in terms of reliability and innovation.  This post focuses on something that all customers care about deeply — customer service. 

In order to get a true feel about what respondents think about the service offered by broadcast technology vendors, I didn’t just ask about customer service — instead I asked about “great customer service” so that I could really gauge which vendors truly deliver excellence in this area.

The vendors who were ranked in the top five for “great customer service” are shown in the table below.  In order to show geographic variation, these results are presented globally as well as regionally.

 

Please note that in all cases, these brands are shown in alphabetical order, NOT in the order of their ranking in the study

  

 Question: How would you rate [Brand X] on the following attribute [Great Customer Service] where 1 = very poor and 10 = best in the market?

GLOBAL EMEA AMERICAS ASIA PACIFIC

Evertz

EVS

Snell & Wilcox

Sony

Thomson / Grass Valley

Axon

Crispin

EVS

Snell & Wilcox

Sony

Evertz

EVS

Ross Video

Sony

Thomson / Grass Valley

EVS

Florical

Snell & Wilcox

Sony

Thomson / Grass Valley

  

On a global basis, the top five spots were taken by large and/or well-established players.  However, things were different on a regional basis.

Only two companies — EVS and Sony — managed to achieve a top 5 spot across all three regions, and unlike just about any other metric in my research, including the ones that I have discussed previously, the top five regional spots were not necessarily taken by the broadcast industry’s largest vendors.

In EMEA, four of the top five spots were taken by smaller players — Axon, Crispin, EVS and Snell & Wilcox — although the latter two are not insignificant players and are well established.

In the  Americas, strong regional players Evertz and Ross made the list along with EVS Sony and Thomson / GVG.  Interestingly, the strong showing made by Evertz in this market was enough to propel it to a top 5 spot in the global league table ranking, despite the fact that the company did not make the top 5 in either EMEA or Asia-Pacific.

In Asia, the large  and well established vendors were joined by Florical, a small US-based provider of broadcast automation.   

There are a couple of interesting take-aways from these findings. 

Although you can’t see it here (beacuse this post does not show the full league table), it’s worth noting that on an overall basis, respondents to the BBS were much stingier with their “grades” in this category compared to all the others.  Many companies received very high scores for metrics like “overall opinion,” “innovation,” “reliability” etc., but no company was ranked “off the charts” in terms of the perception of “great customer service.” 

Because of this, it’s clear to me that there is a real opportunity for vendors to step up to the plate and differentiate themselves on the basis of great customer service.  Whoever does this will be rewarded by their customers with increased loyalty.

The good news is that my research shows that a commitment to great customer service can be made by all vendors, whether they are large or small.  Indeed, a review of the rankings in the industry league table for “great customer service” shows that this can be achieved by small vendors as well as large ones.  Let’s hope that more companies make this a central part of their strategy in the future.

 

 

* Respondents to the BBS were asked to rank their opinion of twenty-five broadcast technology vendor brands in a variety of categories including awareness; overall opinion; change of opinion; recommendation; and a variety of brand attributes and brand drivers.  The responses were then aggregated into a series of industry “league tables” that rank each broadcast technology vendor brand against the metrics mentioned above.

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