Net Promoter Score
When was the Net Promoter Score developed?
The Net Promoter Score® is a framework created by Bain & Co consultants in the early 2000, and more specifically by Fred Reichheld a partner at the firm who was leading the customer loyalty practice at the time. The concept came about after decades of field experience in customer market research, advising senior executives of Global 2000 companies on topics of customer loyalty and growth, and publishing a decent amount of literature on the subject — e.g his first book on the Loyalty Effect, published by the Harvard Business School Press in 1996 and its follow-on Loyalty Rules in 2001 –.
Realizing the limitations of the traditional approach to customer surveys: highly complex, lengthy, labor intensive (cross departmental inputs) and the low response rates leading to modest or unreliable insights, Fred Reichheld embarked his team of consultants on a quest to downsize the customer survey and possibly find the one question that would unearth a similar amount of insights as its lengthy and unwieldy customer survey counterpart and whose answer would somewhat be predictive of a company’s revenue growth. The research project culminated in a paper published in the Harvard Business School review in 2003 —The One Number You Need to Grow –summarizing the findings and revealing the now extremely popular survey question “How likely is it that you would recommend our company/product/service to a friend or colleague?” and its associated net promoter score. The success of the paper, and the rapid adoption of the metric across organizations globally, encouraged the team to develop further the metric into a broader management model. Fred Reichheld and his disciple Rob Markey published subsequently two books: The Ultimate Question: Driving Profits and True Growth, in 2006 and The Ultimate Question 2.0: How Net Promoter Companies Thrive in a Customer-Driven World in 2011.