Making First Tech Experiences Count for Customer Retention

A flawless first tech experience is crucial for retaining customers. It builds trust, reduces churn, and boosts engagement. Investing in a user-friendly interface not only leaves a lasting impression but forms the bedrock of long-term customer loyalty and advocacy.


Saeid Kian

In today's digital landscape, where technology is the cornerstone of nearly every industry, the first impression a customer has with your tech can make or break their long-term relationship with your brand. Whether it's a mobile app, website, software, or any digital interface, the initial interaction sets the tone for the entire customer journey. Understanding the paramount importance of delivering a seamless and remarkable first tech experience is key to fostering customer loyalty and retention.

Creating Lasting Impressions

Picture this: a potential customer excitedly downloads your app or visits your website for the first time. Their expectations are high, and the initial moments are critical. A glitchy interface, slow loading times, or a confusing layout can instantly lead to frustration and abandonment. Conversely, a smooth, intuitive, and engaging experience can captivate their interest and leave a lasting positive impression. Something as small as a time-out or error message can lead to an increase in churn.

Building Trust and Credibility

A stellar first tech experience goes beyond just functionality - it builds trust and credibility. Customers are more likely to trust a brand that invests in a user-friendly interface. When the initial interaction is flawless, it signals to the customer that your brand values their time and prioritizes their convenience. This trust forms the foundation for a long-term relationship, fostering loyalty and advocacy.

Reducing Churn and Increasing Retention

Statistics reveal that a considerable percentage of users abandon apps or websites after a single negative experience. More than half of U.S. consumers (51%) say they’d be less loyal to a brand if the digital experience isn’t as enjoyable as in-person, according to PwC’s Customer Loyalty Survey 2022. For Gen Z, that number soars to 69%. Across all industries, bad experiences with products and services (37%) and bad customer service (32%) were the top two reasons for dropping a brand. This churn rate can be significantly reduced by focusing on providing an outstanding first tech encounter. Retaining customers is far more cost-effective than acquiring new ones, making it imperative to invest in the initial experience to ensure users keep coming back.

A Lack of Tech is a Non-Starter

At this point, a lack of tech is a non-starter for financial institutions. Take the latest research: 44% of consumers expect more digital experiences from brands, while 45 percent of respondents expect brands to improve existing digital product and service offerings. 27% of U.S. consumers hold accounts with banks that maintain online-only presence, while 76% of all financial accounts are opened digitally.


In the competitive digital landscape, where choices are abundant, the significance of a stellar first tech experience cannot be overstated. It sets the stage for long-term relationships, influences brand perception, and significantly impacts customer retention. Prioritizing and investing in crafting a seamless, intuitive, and delightful initial interaction lays the groundwork for a mutually beneficial relationship between your brand and its customers.

Remember, the first impression might be the only chance you get to captivate your audience—make it count.

A satisfied customer

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Saeid Kian

CEO & Co-Founder of Ribbon

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