Satisfaction and Relationship Management

In today’s fiercely competitive environments companies need to build strong and sustainable relationships with consumer or business customers, partners or intermediaries.

With opinions being voiced more frequently on social media platforms, the role of technology driving higher anytime-anyplace-anywhere expectations, and digital engagement leading to aspirations of greater personalisation, customers are more empowered than ever before in their choice of brands.

And for many companies this is happening whilst re-building trust, with regulatory pressures, and amongst increasing product commoditisation, impacting all but the innovative few.  An eye on value for money has also never been greater.

Companies either need to differentiate through the customer experience, including service or product innovation, or create cost efficiencies to compete at lower prices; otherwise customers are likely to find someone else who can better fulfil their needs.

The Harris Interactive Relationship Score approach…

We work with market leading brands to help them maintain strong business performance through building strong customer relationships.  We identify clear and prioritised actions from uncovering unmet customer needs, customer experience consistency, strengths and weaknesses vs competitors, and key drivers of differentiation/uniqueness, and we track how these change over time.


Our metrics benchmark your relationship strength and brand energy, alongside your competitors.  Whilst we capture Net Promoter Score, we also capture a broader range of rational, emotional and intentional relationship elements, which we adapt to tailor to fit your business and marketplace.


From the Relationship Score ratings we identify which customers are fully engaged with your brand, or at risk, and why, and how you can more strongly engage with them as part of your retention strategy. Where appropriate we link this with your own customer segmentation. In B2B studies we often interview decision makers, influencers and users across varied company size/spend bands.


We carefully tailor each survey on relevant interactions and touchpoints for your business and marketplace to get feedback on broad relationship coverage i.e. communications, channels (stores/branches, call centre, website, social media), products, staff, and complaints.  We uncover how well you and your competitors deliver the experiences that different customers need and expect, and also their ranking of priorities.


Our clients often comment on how actionable the results are and we support them in action planning and improvement through workshops. We track changes in customer perceptions and experiences following actions that have been implemented and have seen many successes.


Case Studies

Financial Services Relationship Management

This Financial Services Relationship Management case study demonstrates how Harris delivered an improved understanding of our client's customer's business needs, which enabled them to deliver sustainable, profitable performance to outperform the market both locally and globally.... Read More

FMCG Relationship Management

Bringing our client closer to their customers and staying ahead of the competition, by helping them to better understand changing needs of different segments, prioritise improvements to the experiences that have the most impact on loyalty and retention, and doing so in a way that is sustainable and profitable for their business.... Read More

Software Company Relationship Management

Harris applied its relationship management expertise to track customer loyalty and advocacy for this global software technology firm. Harris were able to identify what is most important to customers, and create actionable recommendations to improve customer relationships.... Read More

Customer Power: A success story

In 2014 Santander overtook the Co-operative’s position as the bank with the third highest relationship score. Back in 2012, the bank that some had dubbed “Britain’s worst” was suff ering whilst they integrated acquisitions such as Abbey and Alliance and Leicester, and our survey showed a relationship score of only 41%: close to the bottom and polarising customer opinion. ... Read More