Setting 2017 goals for your member experience program

Every year at planning time, we receive numerous phone calls from Member Loyalty Group participants and non-participants with questions about setting goals for their Member Experience Program and Loyalty or Net Promoter Score. Having collected over 2.8 million member surveys in the past 8 years for nearly 100 credit unions, we have gained some insights about loyalty score movement and the things that can influence it.

Our credit union participants utilize a consistent Net Promoter Score® methodology, which allows us to publish a quarterly benchmark for the industry. While the information we are sharing can be used as a guidepost, it is important to note that your credit union’s scores may not be directly comparable because of questionnaire or collection methodology differences.

Overall Average Change

Over the past 8 years, the overall average change in Net Promoter Score has been +1.3 points. When considering credit unions that improved their score, the average change has been +5 points. A realistic goal for your credit union’s program depends on a number of factors, however, including the level of your current score.

Dramatic Gains More Difficult at Higher Levels

In terms of estimating score movement for 2017, it is important to note that higher scoring organizations tend to move the score more slowly and may have to work diligently just to keep their scores at lofty levels. Lower scoring organizations tend to move the score more rapidly. This is due to the way NPS is calculated. Lower scoring organizations generally have a larger percentage of Detractors, which when converted to Promoters, has a doubling effect on the NPS (e.g., converting 5% Detractors to Promoters, yields a 10 point increase to NPS). Higher scoring organizations tend to have a lower percentage of Detractors, therefore not as much opportunity for Promoter conversion.

The chart below illustrates the decreasing improvements that are seen when the NPS or loyalty score increases.

NPS Movement Among MLG Credit Unions

Dramatic Gains are More Difficult at Higher Levels


Big Changes Can Have a Big Impact

As you set your 2017 targets, keep in mind that even the best performing credit unions have also seen score decreases.

We recommend that you be realistic about loyalty/service measurement goal setting when large changes are on the horizon. You may want to consider setting a goal which keeps your score level or even factor in a temporary decrease at those times. In the chart below, the green line demonstrates the dramatic impact that a merger can have on an organization’s NPS and the gradual “rebound” period that follows. The other organizations show more moderate dips and faster rebounds.

Rebound Periods After Big Changes


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Jake Foreman

Jake Foreman

Before joining Member Loyalty Group, Jake served as Member Experience Analyst for Idaho Central Credit Union where he managed their Net Promoter program. Jake’s passion for the Net Promoter ... Web: Details