Study: 37% of Fortune 100 companies disregard Web inquiries

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Technology consultancy International Ventures Research will release a 430-page study this Friday on how Fortune 100 Web sites stack up in their treatment of customers. The study found that 37% of Fortune 100 companies offered no reply to a general inquiry submitted to their Web site, despite offering either an online form or e-mail contact details for inquiries. Forty-five percent of sites force customers to opt out if they don’t wish to receive unsolicited e-mails from the site. Fifteen percent of sites sell customer data without seeking permission to do so. Eighty-three percent of sites offer no auto-response function to notify customers that their communication has been received and will be acted upon. According to IVR, its Customer Respect Index (CRI) is a “qualitative and quantitative, in-depth analysis and independent measure of a customer’s online experience when interacting with companies via the Internet.” The index tracks 25 different Web site attributes that contribute to the online customer experience. Customer Respect

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