My Startup Got a 95 Net Promoter Score and That’s a Problem

Experience tells me it’s a good problem to have, but still a problem

Joe Procopio

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When is a problem a good problem to have?

One answer might be when all your customers love your product. As humblebraggy as that sounds.

I founded Teaching Startup — my project to deliver tactical startup advice to all levels of entrepreneurs at a sustainable cost — almost three years ago. I’ve been measuring Net Promoter Score (NPS) since the very beginning.

At the end of last year, our NPS came back at 95.8, an unreasonably high number. Most product marketers would kill for that number. But for me, a product engineer, it’s a problem. Or at least a warning.

How I Interpret NPS in the Early Startup Lifecycle

Without getting too deep into philosophy, NPS is a simple equation. It begins by asking a decent-sized sample of your paying customers, using a 0–10 scale: “How likely is it that you would recommend [our brand] to a friend or colleague?” The results give you a view of promoters, passives, and detractors, and an overall score from -100 to 100.

I don’t read too much into NPS as a rule, but I do pay attention, and I usually see a pattern in the…

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Joe Procopio

I'm a multi-exit, multi-failure entrepreneur. NLG pioneer. Building TeachingStartup.com & GROWERS. Write at Inc.com and BuiltIn.com. More at joeprocopio.com