In this article:
- Introducing CSAT.
- The CSAT survey flow.
- How the CSAT score is calculated.
- Testing and previewing a CSAT question vs. a full questionnaire.
- Who are CSAT surveys for?
- When should I send CSAT surveys?
- What are some best practices for CSAT surveys?
CSAT stands for Customer Satisfaction, a metric that measures customer sentiment with your brand, product, or service.
CSAT offers granular insight into specific transactions or experiences. Rather than surveying about a brand overall, CSAT drills down to provide actionable, real-time feedback regarding how you’re meeting—or missing—customer expectations.
Delighted CSAT surveys offer two scale options: a 5-point scale and a 3-point scale. To choose the 3-point scale when creating a project, click the “Additional scales” button on the survey type selection page. You can learn more about the different scale options below!
The CSAT survey flow?
CSAT surveys start with some variation of the question:
“How satisfied are you with [brand/product/interaction]?”
Customers provide a score on a scale from 1 to 5:
- 5: Very satisfied
- 4: Somewhat satisfied
- 3: Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied
- 2: Somewhat dissatisfied
- 1: Very dissatisfied
Alternatively, you can opt for a 1 to 3 scale, with each number represented by a smiley:
After providing a score, customers answer an open-ended comment question to explain their responses. They’ll then respond to any Additional Questions you’ve configured before being presented with a customized Thank You page.
Sample 5-point CSAT question
Sample CSAT comment page
How the CSAT score is calculated
CSAT is calculated with the following equation:
( Total number of satisfied responses / Total number of responses ) x 100 = CSAT
Let’s break that down piece by piece:
- Total number of satisfied responses: Any response where the score was a 4 or a 5 (for the 5-point scale survey), or a 3 (for the 3-point scale survey)
- Total number of responses: Your overall number of responses
- “x 100”: Multiply the result from the division equation to get a whole number
CSAT rounds to a whole number.
Imagine receiving the following responses to a CSAT 5-point scale survey:
- 5: 40 responses
- 4: 30 responses
- 3: 10 responses
- 2: 5 responses
- 1: 15 responses
With 70 satisfied responses (40 + 30) and 100 total responses, the calculation becomes:
( 70 / 100 ) * 100 = 70 (for the CSAT score)
Testing and previewing a CSAT question vs. a full questionnaire
There are two—very different—preview options to consider. You can:
- Preview a CSAT question in customization mode
- Preview an entire survey questionnaire in a platform testing environment
1. Preview a CSAT question in customization mode
Visualize how your CSAT question will appear (with the Desktop and Mobile preview options) as you customize the look and feel of your survey. Preview the changes you make to the color scheme, logo, and text elements of your CSAT question in real time. (See Customization Basics + Quick Start Video.)
2. Preview an entire survey questionnaire in a platform testing environment
Previewing how respondents will experience your full survey (particularly if you've added Additional Questions to your questionnaire) requires testing at the platform level.
To learn how to test and preview you entire survey questionnaire, click and explore each of the distribution platform(s) that you have deployed from this list:
- Testing and previewing Email platform surveys
- Testing and previewing Web platform surveys
- Testing and previewing Link platform surveys
- Testing and previewing Kiosk platform surveys
- Testing the SDK Platform — Previewing the SDK Platform
Additional questions are added to each platform independently of the others; ergo, you should preview and test each of your distribution platforms separately.
Who are CSAT surveys for?
CSAT is ideal for businesses looking for a snapshot of customer satisfaction at a single point in time. Whether capturing feedback related to a support interaction, or measuring satisfaction with a recent purchase event or subscription, CSAT provides key insight into customer sentiment at that exact moment.
By surveying customers about a specific interaction, you have a definitive point where you can set benchmarks and goals for improvement, and define clear action items explicitly tied to areas impacting customer satisfaction.
When should I send CSAT surveys?
CSAT surveys are most effective when used to measure satisfaction after a specific interaction. Keep these surveys scoped to specific moments in the customer lifecycle by deploying anywhere between one minute and one week after your customer touchpoint. Choose this timing to make sure that the feedback is fresh on your customer’s mind, while avoiding sending before they’ve had time to digest and reflect on the experience.
Wondering where a CSAT survey might factor into your current feedback toolkit? Consider these common uses:
- Directly after a support conversation
- One day following a sales call
- Immediately after a service visit by a technician
- A week after an instructional course is completed
- A few days after marketing material is shared
What are some best practices for CSAT surveys?
Focus on customer satisfaction
CSAT is a versatile survey method. While many use CSAT solely to follow up after support interactions, it can also be applied to products, experiences, and more. However, be sure to keep the question centered around the measurement of satisfaction.
To develop your satisfaction question:
- Keep the question as short as possible
- Avoid any potential survey bias (ex: “How satisfied were you with our AMAZING new feature?”)
- Be specific (ex: “How satisfied were you with your recent chat with Delighted?” rather than “How satisfied are you with Delighted support?”)
Choose the right scale
When first creating your CSAT project, you’ll have the choice between a traditional 5-point scale question and a shorter 3-point scale question. Both are ideal in different situations!
- The 5-point scale is better when you want a bit more nuance from your customers about the experience.
- The 3-point scale is ideal if you’re looking for a quick response. Since the 3-point scale utilizes smiley faces for the scale, you may capture a bit more emotion with this option.