What is the net promoter score? Net Promoter Score is a standard way to measure if customers like your company or product. It lets them rate you on a 1-10 scale of how likely you would be to recommend it to a friend. 0-6 are detractors 7-8 are passives and 9-10 are promoters. Detractors count as -1, passives are 0, and promoters are +1. You add the ratings together and then divide by the total number of ratings. You then multiply the number by 100.

This provides a simple -100 to +100 number, however, there are many different ways to visualize Net Promoter Scores to understand the data. Your choice of how to visualize should depend on the specific aspects of your NPS that you want to emphasize. 

Exploring the most effective methods to visualize Net Promoter Score (NPS) is crucial for business software, as it aids in clearly presenting customer satisfaction and loyalty metrics, enabling informed decision-making and strategy adjustments. Let’s explore the most common and most effective ways to visualize NPS:

Single Value

Single value charts can summarize an NPS Score. You could also use these to show counts or percentages of Promoters, Passives, and Detractors within the NPS score.

Seeing the breakdown of the categories with NPS lets you focus on which group you want to target to increase your company or product’s rating.

2. Stacked Bar

Stacked bar charts are popular because they visualize the three groups that compose NPS. The group breakdown can be shown as total or percentage. However, it can be hard to determine the NPS and differentiate between groups if they are close in size.

It often makes sense to have both the stacked bar chart and single value chart for easy understanding.

3. Line Chart

Line charts can display NPS over time to expose trends over time. However, a line chart does not capture which groups within the NPS score are affecting the changes. So while the whole score might move it is unclear which of the promoters’, passives, or detractors’ scores are moving the NPS score.

It is common to plot NPS line charts on a -100 to +100 y-axis since that is the full range of potential values. 2024 Research

4. Bar + Line Chart

Bar + Line charts can combine the previous two visualizations. It shows how this data has changed over time in more depth. We can ignore the Passives since the NPS score is the difference between the Promoter % and Detractor % of total respondents. We can effectively show how the percentage of Promoters and Detractors is affecting the overall NPS score.

Alternatively, we can create the plot with a 100% stacked bar chart to make it clear how passives affect the NPS score as well:

5. Pie charts

Pie charts are sometimes used but not recommended. While you might tell if NPS is positive or negative by comparing the promoter slice to the detractor slice, it is harder than the stacked bar chart to tell where the final NPS is. It is not a traditional composition use case so be careful using this chart type.

Segment NPS

Viewing the overall NPS score is a good measure of how well the company, product, or service is liked overall but it can hide important insights in the data. You should always segment your data in different ways to see if groups differ from the overall statistic.

The most common ways to segment NPS include:

  • company size
  • country
  • user persona

These can expose for which groups your product is working great for and which ones it isn’t. Without breaking down NPS by groups, you might think that everyone is having the same experience with your product. Let’s look at a quick example of segmenting by company size using single-value charts.

Here we can see we are doing pretty well for small companies but not so well for medium to large size companies.

Importance of Visualizing NPS

Visualizing the Net Promoter Score lets you see the composition of the final score. This is important because the distribution of detractors, passives, and promoters can be wildly different and produce the same score. For instance, getting a NPS of 5 is very different when it’s based off of a {10-75-15} split vs. a {40-15-45} split! One has way more promoters and detractors than the other. 

Seeing this split gives you a more holistic viewpoint into your customer’s recommendation preferences and brand or product advocacy. You can look into this even deeper and look at the distribution of numbers inside the buckets. Let’s examine the two sets of splits again which both have an NPS of 5.

First let’s look at how the 10% Detractors, 75% Passives, and 15% Promoters might be  distributed across the ratings they could have given:

In this example, there are a lot of people about to become passive or promoters. Our product might be doing very well, but we just need to understand the 6s and 8s a bit more to move them up.

Now let’s look at how 40% Detractors 15% Passives and 45% Promoters might be distributed:

Here, we have people about to go in the opposite direction and move into a more negative group. Promoters are barely not passives and passives are barely not detractors. In addition, our detractors hate the product. This would mean we might need to rethink large amounts of our offering or who we are targeting.


Visualize NPS in different ways to understand the distribution of promoters, passives, and detractors. This will help you make more informed decisions on improving your company’s score. We recommend using a bar and line chart to get a detailed view of how each of the categories is affecting the NPS score over time.

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