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Survey: customers expect home service fleets to be tech savvy

Connecting with CustomersTwo out of three consumers won’t use a home service professional again if they aren’t technologically savvy, according to a new survey of 1,026 U.S. consumers by Verizon Telematics.

In partnership with Verizon Telematics, the survey by KRC Research had the following results for service professionals across five industries (heating, ventilation and air conditioning; construction; landscaping; plumbing and trucking/delivery):

  • 70 percent recognize that technology adoption needs to be a top priority in order to ensure future business success
  • 78 percent who utilize mobile technology, which includes work applications or software available on a phone, tablet or laptop, reported an increase in customer satisfaction
  • 69 percent said that sales have grown as a result of mobile technology use

Some of the most common issues consumers encounter when working with service professionals include unexpected costs (34 percent), projects taking longer than planned (31 percent), quality of work (26 percent) and late arrivals or missed appointments (25 percent).

“In an age where nearly everyone has a smartphone, customers expect that mobility, connectivity and tech savviness will extend to the home service vendors they choose to work with,” said Jay Jaffin, chief marketing officer at Verizon Telematics. “By simply connecting their vehicles and technicians, businesses can anticipate changes to schedules, handle more last-minute jobs, send a different technician to the next job if one is running late and most importantly, drive huge gains in customer satisfaction.”

Additional survey statistics can be found here.

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Aaron Huff is the Senior Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. Huff’s career in the transportation industry began at a family-owned trucking company and expanded to CCJ, where for the past 14 years he has specialized in covering business and technology for online and print readers and speaking at industry events. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards, Huff holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters Degree from the University of Alabama.