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Avengers of the Banking Ecosystem

October 1, 2019 - Jayanth Jagadeesh Product Marketing, Infosys Finacle

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Superpowers, special weapon and smart-moves to earn customer loyalty and a larger share of wallet

At a family gathering, I asked my 14-year-old niece, who her favorite Avenger was?

She paused, and replied, “I like Shuri for the smarts and Natasha for the fighting skills”.

I smiled, and told myself, “kids these days, can’t relate to, or remain loyal to a single character for long. Even when presented with so many good-choices, they are still want to handpick traits across several characters”. I moved on from that conversation. Or, so I thought, until it hit me a little later.

Our Banking Ecosystem isn’t very different from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Seriously, think of it. Both of them have several good protagonists to root for. In both cases, fans/customers are spoilt for good-choices. And yet, customer’s loyalty keeps shifting from one bank/protagonist to another.

Customers today have different Go-To banks for specific use-cases

I wondered if the plethora of choices in the market has made the customer feel enabled, or lost?

To get some perspective, I asked Samuel, a friend, what his footprint across the Banking Ecosystem was?

A typical person’s footprint across banking Ecosystem
Bank Name Product / Service Availed Why choose the particular bank?
Bank A Salary Account Employer insisted
Bank B Saving Account & UPI Better interest on FD and RD
Bank C DEMAT & Savings Account Ease of navigation & self-help
Bank D Home Loan Lower interest rate
Bank E Retirement Fund/Corpus Govt. backed plan (Legacy Bank)
Bank F Meal Vouchers Vendor insisted
PayTM, GPay, Amazon Pay Wallets, Cashbacks, Coupons Cashback

No doubt, Samuel has carefully and thoughtfully distributed his loyalty across the ecosystem.

He is no anomaly. A similar spread of portfolio is common among a large section of people.

My interest in all this is to find out the discernable traits that are consistently co-related with customer loyalty. And then, leverage this insight to influence outcomes.

In other words, what does it take our Banking Avengers to win customer-loyalty and sustain it?

I think, it takes a super power, a special weapon and some smart-moves!

Superpower – Customer Experience/Engagement (CX/CE)

I believe, the secret superpower needed by a bank to transform its customers into evangelists is CX/CE.

An engaged customer is likely to buy often, remain loyal and recommend your solution among his peers.

Statistics are in agreement too.

A study by Kantar showed that U.S. retail banks can potentially grow their share of deposits by about 16.5% through improvements in their customer experience.

Special Weapon – Digital Engagement Hub (DEH)

A sound strategy and noble intentions are important; but they do not complete a superhero. Even the mighty Thor and Iron-Man needed a hammer and the suit respectively. Sometimes, how well your plans get executed depends on the weapon you wield.

In banking parlance, a deeper/personalized customer engagement means having an IT system built on a scalable architecture with a capability to facilitate channel administrations, and manage content/campaign management. The engagement hub must seamlessly integrate with both the business-applications such as core banking, trade finance, and payments – as well as channel-applications such as mobile banking, branch solutions, and chat bots to provide a seamless experience to the end-users. A good example is the Digital Engagement Hub by Infosys Finacle.

Smart Moves – Contextual Campaigns

Let’s not forget that over 60% of the population in 2019 comprises of Gen-Z and Millennials. Much of the banked-population will involve this demographic. Needless to say, mobile-first campaigns are no longer just an option, but the new-normal.

Statistically, 91% of consumers are more likely to shop with brands who recognize, remember, and provide relevant offers and recommendations (source). The ideal customer-engagement campaign must be personalized for everyone, and NOT offend anyone. A good way to improve customer loyalty and engagement is to shortlist your top 3 features for each target-group (TG) and make it truly relatable to every individual.

A good campaign must balance these three objectives,

While these ideas/principles are universal, they may be slightly more relevant to the Retail Banking sector.

Also, this cannot be a one-time exercise. Winning the customer loyalty and sustaining the trust, both take equal efforts.

The superpower of ‘customer engagement’ must be put to work every day.
And then, remind yourself, as Captain America does, ‘I can do it all day long!’

Jayanth Jagadeesh

Product Marketing, Infosys Finacle

Jayanth is a Product Marketing manager with Infosys Finacle. He is passionate about digital-platforms that facilitates exceptional customer-experiences. He writes about customer engagement, emerging technologies and business of technology. Outside of work, he is a reader, biker and a movie-buff.

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