A new survey by Hostway Inc., conducted bu TNS, reports that more than 70% of consumers said that they're unlikely to purchase from, or even return to, a web site after encountering a pet peeve. And, because only 25% of consumers say they'll complain to the companies about their pet peeves, the use of features that annoy consumers may be having a negative impact that's difficult to trace or measure.
John Lee, vice president of marketing at Hostway, says "The Internet has matured to the point where consumers demand an easy online experience. ... Consumers are warning companies, 'You're going to lose my business if your web site experience is annoying.'"
Pet peeves, according to the survey:
Comparatively fewer consumers ranked aesthetic characteristics of web sites annoying:
Finally, the survey measured the likelihood of consumer responses when encountering their top pet peeves:
"These results clearly show that consumers will make a behavioral change if they encounter a web site that annoys them," said Lee.
Source of data: Hostway and TNS, july 2005
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