Survey: Amazon, Google top SMB ‘Trust Index’
However, SMB marketing companies and ad products such as Facebook Ads and AdWords are poorly rated.
Local business network Alignable released its most recent small business (SMB) Trust Index Report, which reflects net promoter scores (NPS) from its member base. The company says it’s now monitoring “115 brands across 25 categories” and capturing ratings from more than 50,000 business owners.
All Alignable members are permitted to rate brands, and the company does not screen for customer or purchaser status. However, Alignable argues that this methodology provides a more accurate picture of brand reputation than selectively polling customers.
Here’s the list of highest-rated brands overall in Q4 2017:
- Google Apps
- Microsoft Office
- Intuit Quickbooks
The company also released a list of reputation leaders by category. Those not already on the list above include:
- E-commerce: WooCommerce
- Social & Digital: YouTube
- Traditional & Events: Eventbrite
- Marketing Automation & CRM: HubSpot
- Hiring: Indeed
- People Management: ADP
- Banking: American Express
- Accounting: Intuit Quickbooks
- Communications: Verizon
In the past, the ratings were somewhat opaque, but Alignable has now started exposing business owner comments that provide some insights into SMB opinions and experiences behind the ratings.
Many ad products and SMB marketing companies on the extended list are poorly rated. For example, Facebook Ads received two stars, AdWords gets 1.5 stars, and Yelp receives 0.5 stars, as do Yext, ReachLocal and Web.com.