Jittery Gen Z: They're Quick To Jump When Faced With Bad Service

Email teams tasked with the chore of engaging Gen Z should wake up: These consumers are not as loyal as older folks, judging by “Winning Gen Z through exceptional customer service,” a global study by Talkdesk. 

Of the consumers polled, 29% of Gen Z and 31% of millennials increased the number of brands they are loyal to, versus 18% of Gen X and 8% of Boomers — so far so good.

But they are quicker to jump: 54% of Gen Z and 56% of millennials have stopped buying from a company because of a single instance of poor customer service.

In contrast, 49% of Gen X and 38% of boomers did the same.  

And that may not be saying much — 88% of Gen Z are loyal to five or less brands, compared with 86% of all shoppers.  

Younger people dislike of using the phone for customer service — only 24% of Gen Z and 27% of millennials prefer it, versus 56% of boomers and 40% of Gen X. This could result in cost savings.  



Is it true that Gen Z is more socially conscious? While other studies vary, this one leaves little doubt. For instance, the study found that 46% of Gen Z and 44% of millennials stopped buying from a company in the past year because of its stance on social issues. 

And, 40% of Gen Z and 42% of millennials stopped buying from a firm because of its position on sustainability. Only 31% of Gen X and 17% of boomers have done so. 

The study concludes that the above findings necessitate agent enablement — via digital channels, including social, that is.  

For instance, 85% of Gen Z has engaged with a virtual agent over the past year, versus 82% of millennials, 73% of Gen X and 58% of boomers. And 76% have utilized text/asynchronous messaging, compared with 74% of millennials, 60% of Gen X and 42% of boomers. 

Talkdesk surveyed 5,513 consumers worldwide in October 2021. It included shoppers from the U.S. and Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.






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