The Issue of Customer Care Attracts the Highest Number of Negative Comments on the Internet, Reveals First Annual UK Banking Social Media Report by DigitalMR

London (PRWEB UK) 29 March 2012

social research specialist media DigitalMR publishes first ever annual report on the media in the UK Social Banking on what customers are saying about the UK major banks online. DigitalMR analyzed over 200,000 customer comments on banks high street in January-December 2011.

For the first time, British banks will be able to assess customer perceptions of their performance against that of their competitors across a range of criteria for all of 2011,

DigitalMR Group Managing Director, Michalis Michael commented: “This report provides a national reference point for how banking brands are perceived by customers online. Banks attracting criticism will be able to use the analysis to see how they can improve their competitive position. ”

Report Highlights

The top 5 most discussed topics online in 2011:

first loans
Credit cards

3 Customer Service
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loans attracted about 15,000 entries on the Internet. However, banks are likely to turn their attention to subjects who received the highest number of negative comments. Top of the list was the issue of “Customer Care” with nearly 3,000 negative comments attributed to him in 2011 Customer service will be a major concern for 2012 that banks continue to close branches and reduce the number personnel. Other key topics to attract negative comments were: Loans, Bank employees and credit cards. These subjects each attracted more than 2,000 negative comments online customers.

Legal whole – Top 5 UK banks that receive the largest share of online mentions:

1) HSBC (14.4%)

2) Lloyds TSB (13.5%)

3) Halifax (10%)

4) RBS (9.6%)

5) Santander UK (9%)

There is a large difference in the positive and negative mentions that some banks attract. HSBC (9.5%), Halifax (9.5%) and Lloyds TSB (7.8%) received the largest share positive messages.

However, both HSBC (12.1%) and Lloyds TSB (10.8%) received a relatively higher proportion of negative comments. Conversely Halifax represented only 6.2% of negative comments over a much larger proportion (9.5%) of those positives.

Top 5 net sentiment score

DigitalMR not only the number of comments posted by consumers on the internet, but also sentiment – whether these posts are positive or negative. The difference in the number of positive messages to each bank attracts negative, giving it a score of net sentiment (NSS). NSS is an overall percentage of net positive posts. Top 10 banks measured in 2011, the five best results in terms of achieving the highest NSS were:

1) ING Direct 57.5%

2) Halifax 43.3%

3) Clydesdale Bank 41.7%

4) Barclays 37.4%

5) Santander 26.4%

The Royal Bank of Scotland was the only bank in the Top 10, which achieved a NSS with negative (-2.1%). The next lowest was Bank of Ireland with a NSS of 0.5%.

The full report includes:

Share of votes for all banks.
The monthly trend of the top 10 banks.
Top 10 Topics by number of mentions.
The disruptive forces that users of social networks have on banks.
Individual focusing of the 10 largest banks.
Social media presence.
Strategy Recommendations for the use of media for social research.

The report DigitalMR (powered by SociaNuggets ) analyzed thousands Guest comments posted via a range of relevant finance related and open access platforms of social media websites. It measures not only the number of comments posted by consumers on the Internet, but also the feeling – these posts are positive or negative.

Results are based on comments posted by consumers on the major UK banks, including Lloyds TSB, HSBC, Halifax, NatWest, Bank of Ireland, Santander, Barclays, RBS, ING Direct, Clydesdale Bank, Saxo Bank, American Express, First Direct, Bank of Scotland, Abbey, Northern Rock, Northern Bank and Alliance and Leicester.

For more information on the full report, content and other data click here


For further information on the UK Banking Social Media Report.

Michalis A. Michael

mmichael (at) digital-mr (dot) com

Tel: +44 751 571 0370

About DigitalMR

DigitalMR understands what people think and feel when they share views online. He is a specialist agency which provides a holistic approach to market research based on the Web. He specializes in the use of social media research, especially active web-listening, and online communities to enhance its business consulting approach. The agency has developed new methods in online focus groups as well as tools such as video diaries, bulletin boards and online ethnography. DigitalMR is headed by founder and Group MD, Michalis Michael and has offices in London UK, Nicosia Cyprus, and Columbus Ohio, in the United States.

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