What Australian consumers want in the post-pandemic world

New Qualtrics study reveals what Australian consumers want in the post-pandemic world 

Customer satisfaction in Australia exceeds global average 

Post-pandemic, consumers will increasingly expect great experiences across whichever channel they choose—online, digital, or hybrid  

SYDNEY, May 4, 2021 -- New research released today from Qualtrics (Nasdaq: XM), the world’s No.1 Experience Management (XM) provider and creator of the XM category, reveals how consumer behaviour and expectations are changing in Australia, and the new experiences businesses should provide to meet the needs of consumers today and in the future.

The new study from the Qualtrics Experience Management (XM) Institute, "2021 Australian Consumer Trends", examined the perspectives of 1,000 consumers in Australia. The study highlights how companies will need to rewrite their playbooks to deliver great online, in-person, and hybrid experiences to attract and retain loyal consumers.

“As we move forward from the pandemic, the eyes of the world are on Australia with consumers in the country giving the rest of the world insight into how habits are changing as restrictions lift. It means regional CX leaders have an opportunity to define the future of customer experience globally by designing the new products and services aligned with evolving consumer expectations, and then continuously improving them,” said Vicky Katsabaris, Director of XM Solutions and Strategy, Qualtrics Asia Pacific & Japan.

“Our research shows that consumers are not going back to the way things were,” said Bruce Temkin, Head of the Qualtrics XM Institute. “Consumers have adapted to a new, digital-first landscape, and the experiences that they have with brands across digital channels directly impact their purchasing decisions. In order to be successful, organisations need to prepare for the future instead of trying to recreate the past.”

Study Highlights:

  • Consumer satisfaction in Australia exceeds the global average. Three-quarters of consumers in Australia (74%) said they were satisfied with their brand interactions, in comparison to 66% globally. Out of the 18 countries surveyed, Australian ranked fifth for satisfaction - behind India, Hong Kong, Thailand, and the UK. Streaming services (83%), grocery stores (82%), and medical clinics (80%) scored the highest levels of satisfaction.
  • Consumers went digital, and most of them are not going back. Having embraced new digital channels for most engagements during the pandemic, there is now a clear differentiation between what behaviours consumers will continue to show and where they will revert.
    • Consumers in Australia are going back to face-to-face engagements for more personal interactions, such as online education and medical support, or catching up with friends and family.
    • While Australians expect to now do more transactional brand engagements through digital - such as online banking and shopping, and contacting customer service - consumers said they expect to use online grocery and restaurant delivery services less than during the pandemic. While these services expectedly peaked during 2020, the shift back for some outlines how consumer considerations extend beyond convenience.
  • Customer service is an important differentiator. Consumers are more discerning than ever about their purchasing choices, and organisations need to do more than market the quality or price of their products and services: 20% of consumers would prefer to buy from an organisation that treats them well, and 13% would make a purchase based on corporate social responsibility.
  • Consumers increasingly expect great experiences across multiple platforms. Organisations need to invest in delivering quality customer service and meet customers where they are—whether that’s online, in-person or somewhere in between: 36% of consumers expect to resolve support issues over the phone, 24% in person, 20% through online chat, and 20% through self-service methods.
  • Satisfaction breeds trust and advocacy. Positive experiences inspire greater levels of trust and advocacy among consumers. Consumers who have good experiences with organisations in critical industries — such as education systems, hospitals/medical clinics, and government agencies — are more likely to trust them. And when consumers trust an organisation, they’re more likely to recommend them to friends and family, helping to attract new customers. Industries that satisfied consumers’ transactional needs, such as entertainment and food, are the most likely to be recommended based on a positive experience.

Additional Information: 

Learn more about Qualtrics for customer experience: www.qualtrics.com/customer-experience/