J.D. Power Reports: Highest-Performing Companies Focus on Customers and Realize Rewards on the Bottom Line J.D. Power Recognizes 50 Brands as 2014 Customer Champions

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Companies that exceed their customers' expectations know that outstanding customer service doesn't just happen; it's carefully planned. J.D. Power, in conjunction with FORTUNE Custom Publishing, today recognized 50 companies that demonstrate the ability to provide the highest level of customer service based on their most important critics—their customers.

The J.D. Power 2014 Customer Champions were selected based on customer feedback attesting to their service excellence. These companies were the highest performers among more than 600 evaluated brands across nine industries, based on their performance in five key areas identified as the J.D. Power 5 Ps: People, Presentation, Price, Process and Product.

The selection of the 2014 Customer Champions is based on an independent and unbiased evaluation of customer feedback, opinions and perceptions gathered from J.D. Power studies conducted in the United States in 2013. Those recognized as a 2014 Customer Champion represent the highest-performing companies in terms of providing customer service excellence.

"J.D. Power surveys hundreds of thousands of customers every year, and what we've found is that when consumers purchase different products and services, they don't just compare their experiences within the same industry, they compare across industries," said Finbarr O'Neill, president of J.D. Power. "The 50 companies we've recognized as Customer Champions demonstrate the highest levels of service excellence, not just compared with their direct competitors, but also across all facets of the customer experience."

There are very strong financial rewards in delighting people. When brands get everything right, they often see a return on the investment they make in pleasing their customers.

"Not only does satisfaction encourage customer loyalty, but happy customers also become advocates of the brand to others. Particularly given the ability of today's consumers to easily communicate their experiences far and wide through social media and online reviews, customer advocacy can be critical to a company's bottom line," said O'Neill.

Customer Champions
After surveying thousands of customers of more than 600 brands and analyzing their feedback, J.D. Power has identified the following companies as 2014 Customer Champions:

Amazon.com




MetroPCS

Amica Mutual




National

Apple




Neiman Marcus

AvMed Health Plans




NJM Insurance Co.

Bangor Savings Bank




Publix (Retail and Pharmacy)

Beneficial Mutual Savings Bank




Quicken Loans

Boost Mobile




The Ritz-Carlton

Cadillac




Saks Fifth Avenue

Capital District Physicians




Sawnee EMC

Clark Public Utilities




Scottrade

Clay Electric Cooperative




SECO Energy

Drury Hotels




SelectHealth

Enterprise




Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative

First Citizens Bancorp




Southwest Airlines

Four Seasons




SRP

Frost Bank




Staybridge Suites

Good Neighbor Pharmacy




Straight Talk

HealthPartners




Tennessee Farm Bureau

Homewood Suites




Texas Farm Bureau

Independent Health Association




TracFone

Jackson EMC




U.S. Cellular

Jaguar




Union First Market Bank

JetBlue Airways




United Community Bank

Lexus




USAA

Lincoln





To read the article on the 50 J.D. Power 2014 Customer Champions in FORTUNE magazine, please click here.

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John Tews; Troy, Mich.; 248-680-6218; media.relations@jdpa.com
Syvetril Perryman; Westlake Village, Calif.; 805-418-8103; media.relations@jdpa.com

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