No happy with construction firms’ phone manner

Only 21 per cent of American consumers are satisfied with the way construction businesses handle their phone calls, new research has revealed.

The study of 2,234 people, conducted by audio branding specialist PH Media Group, found standards in the industry fell below the American average of 32 per cent.

Insurance companies performed the best (41 per cent), while customers of architectural firms are the least content, as only 20 per cent of their customers are happy with call handling standards.

“Poor call handling is a frustrating experience for the American consumer and can be the difference between attracting new business and putting potential clients off permanently,” said Mark Williamson, CEO at PH Media Group.

“Companies who provide a top-class call handling experience can distinguish themselves from the competition and create new positive perceptions of waiting on hold. But the research results suggest construction firms still have a lot of work to do in this respect.

“There is perhaps a tendency among companies to focus their attention and budgets on visual marketing and internet presence but the telephone remains a crucial aspect of branding, marketing and sales.”

The study, which is the largest of its kind conducted in America, also discovered males are more satisfied (25 per cent) with the way construction firms answer their calls, compared to their female counterparts (18 per cent).

In terms of location, people in the Northeast and the South were found to be the happiest with their telephone experience (22 per cent), followed by the Midwest (21 per cent) and the West (20 per cent).

Williamson added: “Regardless of demographic breakdowns, the statistics demonstrate a gap between current perceptions and desired standards across the board.

“Establishing a clear tone and procedure for answering the phone represents a good start but true best practice can be achieved by implementing tools such as on-hold marketing – bespoke voice and music messages that are played on hold – to improve service and deliver a congruent brand across all touchpoints with customers.”


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About PH Media Group

  • PH Media Group is the world’s largest provider of audio branding services, with offices in Manchester and London and more than 22,000 clients in 39 countries worldwide.
  • PH Media’s core audio products include Audio Branding, On-Hold Marketing, Out-of-Hours Messaging and Auto Attendant Voicing. These services involve the creation of targeted marketing messages for businesses to play whenever telephone callers are put on hold or transferred, designed to reinforce brand values and increase sales.


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