As part of the E Source Business Customer Satisfaction Study, formerly known as the Gap and Priority Benchmark, we conduct online surveys of utilities’ small and midsize business (SMB) customers as well as their large business customers. The study is included with membership in the E Source Account Management Service.

Why participate?

We want to help you gain a deeper understanding of your customers and identify areas where you can improve your service to them. We’ll help you analyze performance gaps for both the utility and the account representative across several attributes. These surveys will help you listen to the voice of the customer and show you where you can make adjustments to better suit their needs.

We work with our members to identify priority areas for improvement based on what business customers tell us is most important to them. Interested in learning more? Email us.

How to participate

Let us know if you’d like to participate. Start the process by completing Step 1 and filling out the registration form. Be sure to let us know if you want to participate in the SMB study, the large business study, or both.

What do participants get?

Participating members of the E Source Account Management Service or Business Customer Suite will receive:

  • Detailed datasets. You can see your utility’s customer satisfaction scores and key performance indicators. Each participating utility will receive a raw data file that contains respondent-level data for all participating business customers and a banner file that includes respondent-level data and benchmark comparison data presented in an easy-to-read tabular format.
  • An individualized online dashboard. Pending survey response rates, you can access your individual gap and priority analysis and rankings to see how your utility stacks up to other utilities.
  • Industry reports. We’ll highlight best practices and trends observed in the surveys. Both the SMB and the large business reports will provide industry-level analysis and insight on results and key findings.
  • A consultation with E Source experts (by request). You’ll have the opportunity to review your results with the E Source team, and we’ll draw on industry best practices to help you formulate an action plan specific to your customers.

If your utility doesn’t subscribe to the Account Management Service or Business Customer Suite, please contact us for study pricing.

Survey schedule

  • Survey registration. Participating members of the Account Management Service or Business Customer Suite can complete the registration form found in Step 1.
  • Customer data transfer. After registering, you’ll be asked to provide E Source with your customer lists after we close the fielding period. Take a look at Steps 2 and 3 for required information and how the data-transfer process works.
  • Survey fielding. We’ve expanded the 2020 survey fielding period to respect the impact the coronavirus is having on businesses. After registration, we’ll work with you to find the best survey period for your customers. We’ll send emails to your customers during fielding to remind them to complete the survey. Utility survey contacts will receive one sample disposition halfway through fielding. This file will show you which customers have complete and incomplete survey records, allowing your team to follow up.
  • Data delivery. E Source will securely transmit the raw data and banner files to utility participants in August 2020.
  • Online dashboards. We’ll update our dashboards by fall 2020.
  • Industry reports. We’ll publish the SMB and large business reports in fall 2020.
  • Consultation with E Source experts. You can schedule a consultation to occur between September and December 2020.


For questions about the E Source Business Customer Satisfaction Study, email us or call 1-800-ESOURCE (1-800-376-8723). Get more information on participating in the studies.