Why satisfaction with online news has never been higher

The news these days can be polarizing. But one thing folks can agree on is that the way they’re receiving news is top notch.

In our most recent E-Business Report, which covers social media, search engines and information sites, and internet news, only the latter industry increases in overall customer satisfaction, climbing 2.7% to an industry-high ACSI score of 77, the sector’s best showing ever.

So why are more Americans happier with the news they receive online? Simple: the industry is doing a lot of things well.

Online news is mastering mobile

Television remains the most popular source of news for Americans. However, at least 90% of adults in the United States get some of their news from digital outlets like mobile.

That’s where the digital news industry is making a name for itself.

The industry earns its highest marks for mobile reliability and quality, both with an ACSI score of 82. Customers find mobile devices easier to use than last year. That benchmark climbs 8% to 80.

FOXNews.com, which tops all individually measured news sites with an overall score of 78, leads the competition in both mobile quality and mobile reliability. Meanwhile, USATODAY.com ranks near the top of the industry in both mobile benchmarks and also experiences the largest jump in customer satisfaction (up 4% to 74).

The digital news industry is embracing mobile and customers are as satisfied as they’ve ever been with this industry.

Sweeping improvements all around

Mobile is just the beginning. The digital news industry shows enhancements across the entire reader experience.

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Readers enjoy the array of fresh content (up 4% to 81), with FOXNews.com, NYTimes.com, and ABCNews.com leading this category. Overall site performance improves 5% to an ACSI score of 80, with FOXNews.com and NYTimes.com customers once again feeling the most satisfied.

News sites offer better navigation and information variety than last year (both up 3% to 79). They also offer faster and more reliable videos (up 7% to 78), with NYTimes.com besting the other outlets in this industry.

Best of all, readers are more satisfied with the number of ads they’re seeing. This benchmark rises 7% over the past year to an ACSI score of 72.

The future is digital

Digital new sites appear to know what their consumers want, and they’re doing what it takes to fill those needs. The fact is, when your industry raises its game for even the lowest overall benchmark – the amount of ads on the site – you’re clearly doing something right.

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