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28 of our favorite customer feedback questions
Here at Hotjar, we strongly believe that what’s best for your users and customers is best for your business. But how do you know what’s best for your users?
You have to ask them.
Last updated28 Sep 2023
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Customer surveys are the most direct way to gather constructive feedback from the people who know the most about the strengths and weaknesses of your products and services.
We’ve written other articles on website feedback, customer satisfaction survey questions, troubleshooting using surveys, post-event survey questions, and even general survey questions, but here we wanted to round up all of our best customer feedback questions in one place. Use them to survey your customers and find out what they like, and what they still need from you.
28 customer feedback questions
Here is a list of 28 customer feedback questions we recommend you ask to get closer to your customers and their needs. Keep reading past the list to learn more about why or when you should ask each type of question.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
What is your main goal for using this [website/product]?
What, if anything, is preventing you from achieving that goal?
What is your greatest concern about [product/brand]?
What changed for you after you started using our [product/service]?
Where did you first hear about us?
Have you used our [product/service] before?
Why did you choose to use our [product/service] over other options?
Have you used a similar [product/service] before?
How do you use our [product/service]?
How can we make this page better?
What’s the ONE thing our website is missing?
What, if anything, is stopping you from [taking action] today?
What are your main concerns or questions about [product/service]?
Thanks for [taking action]! How are you planning to use [product/service]?
How would you describe the buying experience?
Do you feel our [product/service] is worth the cost?
What convinced you to buy the [product/service]?
What challenges are you trying to solve?
What nearly stopped you from buying?
What do you like most about our [product/service]?
What do you like least?
What [feature/option] could we add to make your experience better?
How could we have gone above and beyond?
Net Promoter Score® (NPS): how likely are you to recommend our [product/service]?
Customer Satisfaction (CSAT): how satisfied are you with our [product/service]?
Customer Effort Score (CES): how easy did [feature/process] make it for you to solve your issue?
Is there anything you’d like to add?
💡Pro tip: online survey tools allow users to describe the customer experience in their own words, from their overall experience to frustrating customer support interactions and moments of customer delight.
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Customer feedback questions that help you understand your customers
You can’t help your customers if you don’t know who they are and what they want in the first place. Asking your customers about themselves helps you gather psychographic data that can be used to create user personas: semi-fictional characters based on the real people who use your product. These personas come in handy for more targeted marketing and for improving user experience.
1. How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
This prompt is designed to help you gather demographic data about your customers such as age, geographic location, or job title. The question is open-ended, but you can encourage your respondents by giving them an example of what you’re expecting (e.g. “I am a 35-year-old editor based in the UK who enjoys writing articles about customer feedback.”).
2. What is your main goal for using this [website/product]?
What do your customers want? Use this question to determine why people have turned to your product and what their expectations are.
3. What, if anything, is preventing you from achieving that goal?
What challenges are the customers facing, and are you doing enough to help them overcome those challenges?
4. What is your greatest concern about [product/brand]?
What’s stopping your customers, or potential customers, from converting? Their answers give you a window into the barriers and objections you might need to address to convince them to progress, and point to gaps in the services you offer or a lack of information on your website. Use this information to address your visitors’ concerns head-on—which, in turn, should help you reduce churn and improve conversion rates.
5. What changed for you after you started using our [product/service]?
This will only apply to existing users of your product or service, but it helps you understand the details of how your product helps customers get their job done—and you can feature their statements in your testimonials to help convince other prospective customers to join you.
💡Pro tip: if you want to get to know your users more intimately, consider pairing surveys with in-depth user interviews. Interviewing users can provide you with even more qualitative data about your audience’s needs, pain points, and experiences, including what drives them to your business.
With Hotjar Engage, you can automate the entire user research process and speak to your own customers or users from our diverse pool of 200,000+ participants from 130+ countries and 25 industries. You can easily adapt the questions from this article into a user interview script.
Interview users face-to-face with Hotjar Engage to breathe more life into customer feedback
Customer feedback questions to improve your marketing efforts
Marketing can be time- and money-intensive, so it helps to use your customers’ feedback to make sure your efforts are effective and well-targeted. The following survey questions will bring valuable insight to your market research strategy.
6. Where did you first hear about us?
Web analytics data can tell you where traffic is coming from, but it can’t tell you why people visit your site. Customers may have heard about your product from a friend, or on a podcast, or perhaps on social media—the only way to collect that data is to ask directly.
7. Have you used our [product/service] before?
This helps you understand the customer’s relationship history with your company. Are they a long-time user of your services, or is this their first spin? Customer relationship information can inform the rest of their survey answers by letting you know their familiarity and expertise with your offerings.
8. Why did you choose to use our [product/service] over other options?
What sets you apart from your competitors? This helps you gauge how you’re competing with others in your customers’ mind on price, service, and solutions offered—and you might even discover a competitive advantage you weren’t aware of.
9. Have you used a similar [product/service] before?
Learn whether the customer has purchased from one of your competitors previously or whether this is their first experience with your type of product or service. Knowing their experience level with your product—and others like it—can add context to their other survey answers.
10. How do you use our [product/service]?
Learning about how the customer uses your product on a practical level can give you insight into the most important product features that you offer. It might also open your eyes to unique use cases you may not have been aware of.
💡Pro tip: your potential goals for running a customer feedback survey are just as diverse as your customers’ opinions. Choose from more than 40 pre-built Hotjar survey templates (available in 40+ languages) to receive the feedback you need to reach your goal, whether it’s getting to the bottom of high exit rates with an exit-intent survey or investigating a dip in sales with a customer retention survey.
Customer feedback questions to ask on a web page
In general, you want a web page to be attractive, intuitive, and helpful for customers. You can use on-page surveys that pop up or slide in from the side of the page to poll customers on their opinions, which will help you improve your web pages and the overall customer experience.
Take this a step further by running a website survey in conjunction with, or as a follow-up to, usability testing sessions, which help you dig deeper into potential usability and clarity issues with a handful of your customers.
11. How can we make this page better?
Use a one-question pop-up poll to gather real-time feedback on specific web pages. Because this question is completely open-ended, meaning that you’re not restricting your users to a yes/no or multiple-choice answer, you may receive suggestions or feedback you hadn’t considered.
12. What’s the ONE thing our website is missing?
Even if a customer is pleased with your site, there is always room for improvement. Use this question to help identify holes in your existing services and highlight areas where you can build and expand.
13. What, if anything, is stopping you from [taking action] today?
Use a pop-up to query potential customers about their purchasing reservations. Do they need more information? Are they intimidated by the price tag?
14. What are your main concerns or questions about [product/service]?
This is a variation of question #3 above—the difference is this one is asked in the context of the website itself. Ideally, your web page will answer all of the potential customer’s questions and concerns so they can buy with confidence; answers to this question will let you know if any important information is vague or hard for users to find.
15. Thanks for [taking action]! How are you planning to use [product/service]?
Ask this question in a post-purchase survey to get a better understanding of the customer’s plans for your product. This will give you some insight into why people are buying your goods or services, and it may help you identify niche use cases you could leverage further.
Customer feedback survey questions to ask when a product isn’t selling
When your product is underperforming, turn to your customers to find out what you’re doing wrong and how you can improve. It’s difficult to ask people why they aren’t buying your product, but you can get a sense of your target audience’s needs: email an open-ended survey to recent customers to learn more about how they felt about purchasing your product.
16. How would you describe the buying experience?
One possible reason for a dip in sales is that the buying process is confusing or takes too long, and is driving potential customers away. Ask existing customers about their buying experiences to identify areas for improvement.
17. Do you feel our [product/service] is worth the cost?
Another major sticking point for potential customers is cost. If your offerings are perceived as poor value for money, you may need to reevaluate your pricing structure to make your value more explicit.
18. What convinced you to buy the [product/service]?
What were the hooks that persuaded your customers to take action? Try to understand these driving forces, and then replicate and emphasize them.
19. What challenges are you trying to solve?
What are the major issues that cause customers to turn to your product for help? Knowing this can help you make sure you’re meeting their expectations.
20. What nearly stopped you from buying?
Finally, what are the barriers or obstacles that might deter potential customers from following through? You want to identify and try to minimize these issues.
💡Pro tip: are you worried about investing effort into a customer feedback survey because you’re short on time, staff, or funding?
Sit back and relax as Hotjar’s AI for Surveys generates a survey in seconds based on your goal, whether it’s cultivating loyal customers or optimizing the customer service experience. Then, review the AI’s automated survey report that includes a metrics summary and actionable next steps based on collected feedback, taking the worry out of managing high response rates and giving you a clear roadmap to follow.
Customer feedback questions to improve a product or service
Ask your customers for honest feedback about your actual products and services to learn what pleases them and what isn’t working. Continue to refine and improve your offerings to better meet customer needs.
21. What do you like most about our [product/service]?
It’s always good to know what parts of your products please customers. Make sure to maintain or expand on those attributes in new product iterations.
22. What do you like least?
Likewise, it’s important to identify areas for improvement based on the product feedback you collect.
23. What [feature/option] could we add to make your experience better?
Even satisfied customers may have ideas for new features or ways to improve your product.
24. How could we have gone above and beyond?
Learn what would make your customers sit up and say “wow!” These suggestions may not be obtainable, but they’re a good window into what delights your customers.
💡Pro tip: integrate the feedback you collect from customer surveys into your overall business strategy and continue to loop in your product, marketing, and support teams. You can automatically share survey responses with your team using Hotjar’s Slack and Microsoft Teams integrations to make sure everyone is up-to-speed on your customer experience performance.
Hotjar lets you auto-share survey responses with your team
Customer feedback questions to measure the customer experience
Proactively promoting customer success is a key factor in maintaining strong customer retention and satisfaction levels. The concept of “a good customer experience” can seem a bit intangible and difficult to measure—and this is exactly where the next three customer satisfaction questions come in.
25. Net Promoter Score® (NPS): how likely are you to recommend our [product/service]?
Studies have shown that customers’ willingness or reluctance to recommend your product to friends and family is an excellent indicator of their level of satisfaction.
Ask customers to rank, on a rating scale of 0–10, how likely they are to recommend your products. This information will allow you to calculate your customers’ Net Promoter Score®, or NPS, which is particularly helpful when you want to improve customer loyalty.
26. Customer Satisfaction (CSAT): how satisfied are you with our [product/service]?
How happy are customers with your product? Instead of posing this as an open-ended question, you could also ask “Are you satisfied with our product?” in a pop-up poll to calculate a customer satisfaction (CSAT) score. If you want more than just metrics, ask them to explain their answer.
27. Customer Effort Score (CES): how easy did [feature/process] make it for you to solve your issue?
In general, customers want to spend the least amount of effort when completing a task or solving a problem. When you ask them to score how much effort it took to complete a task or solve an issue, you can expose pain points along the customer journey and get a clear picture of where to improve your processes moving forward.
One final question
At the end of multiple-question surveys, we like to add one final follow-up question.
28. Is there anything you’d like to add?
Always give your customers a chance to offer feedback at the end of a survey. Many people will leave this section blank, but a surprising number of people will have a burst of insight or a helpful answer to a question you never even thought to ask.
Our biggest survey tip is simply to encourage people to be honest. Really emphasize that you want them to be brutally, 100% honest, and that all feedback is helpful. This will free them up to tell you what they really think.
Final tips: getting the customer feedback you need
Customer feedback is extremely valuable because it gives your customers a voice and an opportunity to share what parts of your business are working or not working for them. However, to get reliable and useful information, you must ask the right customers the right questions in the right way. Here are four final tips for honing your customer feedback strategy:
1. Know what information you want to collect
Before you even start writing any of the questions, pin down exactly what you’re hoping to achieve. Do you want to:
Improve your marketing techniques?
Brainstorm new services to offer your existing user base?
Know how people experience a specific web page or customer process?
Your goals will dictate the kind of questions you need to ask customers.
2. Keep your survey short
Filling out a feedback survey can be a big ask for busy customers, so keep yours as brief as possible. You probably won’t be able to ask every question you’d like, so prioritize the information that’s most useful to you.
3. Pick the right format
There are two major formats of customer surveys: long multiple-question surveys and very short on-page polls.
Longer surveys help you collect more in-depth information, but the more questions you ask, the fewer responses you’re likely to receive. As a rule of thumb, ask as few questions as possible to get the information you need.
On-page polls typically consist of only one or two questions and are perfect for collecting a snapshot of information about a specific page or process. Because they take almost no time to complete, response rates are usually high.
Test the survey before sending it to customers
If you’re new to customer surveys, start off with a single-question on-page poll. Then, work your way up to longer multiple-question surveys.
If you’re sending out a longer questionnaire, ask coworkers or other connections to make sure that it’s well worded. The questions should be clear and concise so that customers know exactly what kind of information you’re looking for.
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