Panasonic Hisence and Virgin Mobile are among the most trusted brands in Australia whilst the “grumpiest” CE consumers live in WA according to a new consumer survey.
The first national study by Canstar Blue, a division of Canstar Cannex, showed Australian consumers are generally more satisfied with the less established brands than some of the big brands like Sony, Telstra and LG. Women were also seen as being more satisfied than men with their consumer electronics purchases.
Despite this, Panasonic was able to push through with their plasma TV offering says Canstar Blue.
Head of Research, Steven Mickenbecker, said the detailed study of Australian consumer satisfaction showed some interesting results.
“It turns out Australian consumers are more satisfied with brands that are challenging the traditional leaders in these categories. In the battle for the consumer, it seems that bigger is not necessarily better,” said Mr Mickenbecker.
“Our study shows that Hyundai has successfully taken on industry stalwarts such as Ford and Holden; Virgin Blue and Virgin Mobile have triumphed over Qantas and Telstra; and Hisense LCD TVs have come out ahead of brands such as Sony.
The first Canstar Blue study surveyed more than 2,500 Australian consumers across key demographics to measure and track customer satisfaction. The highest ranking brand in each category today received the Most Satisfied Customers Award.
The Canstar Blue study asked consumers to vote for their currently used brand in each category, covering aspects such as price, service, range of products, accessibility and clear bills. The survey was undertaken in conjunction with professional market researchers, Colmar Brunton.
Australia’s most popular brands were: (See Over).
Major Bank ANZ
Challenger Bank ING Direct
Domestic Airline Virgin Blue
Mobile Phone Carrier Virgin Mobile
Electronics Retailer Retravision
LCD TV Hisense
Plasma TV Panasonic
Other key survey findings
· Australian women were more satisfied with their chosen brand in every category tested, including choice of airline, car, mobile phone provider, television and electronic retailer.
The results also showed men are fussier when it comes to spending money, proving far less happy with the value provided by their airline, car and phone.
Practicality rules for Australian men, who were happiest with functional aspects of their brands such as service and product performance.
Baby boomers lived up to their optimistic reputation, reporting greater satisfaction with their favourite brands than both Gen X and Y. They are also the happiest generation when it comes to the service and value they receive.
South Australia turned out to be the happy state, with residents reporting greater satisfaction with key brands, the value they receive, service, airline punctuality and clear mobile phone bills.
West Australians emerged as the grumpiest Aussies, proving the least satisfied with key brands, service and airline availability.”