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Across the globe, ever since the pandemic set in, the number of mobile banking app downloads has grown by nearly 20% in Q2 when compared to Q1. The daily active users percentage went up to 6% in the same period. According to several studies by financial research firms, about 36% of customers have switched to using online banking, while 30% have made this jump since COVID-19. The Business Insider Intelligence’s Mobile Banking Competitive Edge Study shows 89% of customers, [including 97% of millennials- generation Y] use mobile banking services.
Banks have been transitioning simple activities such as account opening to complex financial services such as loan applications, and managing investments to their online platform. Physical branches do exist, but it has been observed that customers prefer completing transactions online [web platform or mobile banking applications], and there is a very small percentage who still visits the branch for assistance or completing a task.
Subsequently, banks also began their journey of modernizing all processes and systems. Here is how digital modernization can help transform traditional banks.
The Omnichannel Experience
The banking industry has been experiencing widespread changes due to COVID-19 and advances in technology, both of which go hand-in-hand with the growing customer demands. Customers today expect businesses to offer personalized, seamless banking experiences along with real-time updates. In order to address these challenges and to fight competition, it is essential for banks to adopt an omnichannel approach and integrate it within their core systems.
Why is omnichannel essential? Customers today do not restrict themselves to using one single device or channel, and this holds true for the online banking services as well. According to research done by Google, across a transaction or purchase journey, customers are known to switch between 2-4 screens, do voice/video calls with an executive before they reach the final stage. Having an omnichannel approach enables the business to stay connected to customers across the various digital channels. This ensures a seamless and enhanced customer experience.
For instance, Netflix offers seamless continuity across devices and locations and the entire range of products/services is available to the customer at all times; however, these recommendations are data driven. The entire platform is customer centric, and ensures customers are given suggestions based on their preferences and past views/visits/purchases/browsing history. Companies that offer omnichannel experiences are known to retain 89% of their customers when compared to the 33% who stay loyal to a business without omnichannel engagement.
With the number of digital touchpoints and interactive modules increasing rapidly, CIOs must think beyond channels if they wish to make unified customer experience a reality. From desktops to tablets to mobiles to chatbots, there are so many channels, with each having its own user experience (UX) expectations. And now there are new solutions, such as chatbots and augmented reality (AR), which can be integrated.
So, today it’s less about channels and more about digital touchpoints and the multiple modalities of interaction. Embracing multi-experience (MX) by transcending the omnichannel can help CIOs drive digital experiences that cover all these touchpoints and enhance CX.
Four steps to delivering omnichannel customer experience
By providing omnichannel experience on a singular interface, banks can handle all communication with their customers – enquiries, service requests, complaints & queries, and so on. This also provides the business a single platform where all information related to customers funnel in, and to gain insight when rolling out new products or services. Banks can also understand a customer’s behaviour pattern and lifestyle choices through past interactions and from their social media channels.
Leveraging on inherent technical experience and expertise along with a deep understanding of client requirements, Neutrinos MXDP solution is a robust, high impact solution. With the rich insights that banks can garner from the extensive financial data of their customers, and their experience of customer behaviour over many years of interactions, banks can work on developing omnichannel approaches and offer bespoke products that will benefit their various customer segments.
Our ability to create strategies and campaigns across multiple digital touch points such as text messages, emails, push notifications, and social media platforms is what helps Banks transform their businesses. To understand how we can help you achieve omnichannel customer experience, connect with us.