How to Build an Everyday Bank


Banks have a unique opportunity to capitalize on the vast amounts of customer insight they hold to go beyond simply facilitating payments. They can reinvent themselves as an Everyday Bank, helping customers reach decisions about what to buy, when and where to purchase, and even helping to negotiate the best deals in a ubiquitous format.
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Bank Onboarding Should Integrate Digital & Mobile Channels


Best-in-class bank and credit union onboarding goes beyond just a mailing or a phone call. To drive engagement with new customers, offline and online channels must be optimized in a sequence and cadence of touches that reduces attrition and improves profitability.
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Strategic Matrix for Customer Acquisition and Retention


Financial institutions are faced with a strategic dilemma: how to manage the polarity of customer needs without alienating one group or the other.

Financial institutions are facing extreme polarity in the financial needs and wants of the baby boomers, on one side of the spectrum, and the millennials on the other. The shift in demographics and advances in technology are forcing financial institutions to make difficult strategic decisions on product and services moving forward.
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Maybe The Voice Of The Customer Isn’t


Criticizing Voice of the Customer (VOC) programs is like speaking out against motherhood and apple pie. The last time I criticized VOC programs, someone left a comment chastising me for presuming that a bank could know what its customers wanted without asking them.

Well, excuse me!

But there are (at least) two problems with the “voice of the customer” that many marketers don’t take into consideration:
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Customer relationships and demographics are meaningless to Digital Banks, who just focus upon empowering digital communities


There are two popular misconceptions that are legacy from last decade: customer relationships and customer demographics. These do not apply to Digital Banks, but incumbent banks still use them.

On the relationship side, most banks talk about relationship banking. They want to have a relationship with the customer. They need to engage the customer in a great customer experience and all that. It’s all very needy or worthy, dependent upon your view, but again it is misguided.

The key thing here is that I’ve heard this relationship thing for a long time too. It started when banks started discussing share of wallet and lifetime financial management. The whole idea is that the longer you could keep a customer and cross-sell to them, the greater the share of wallet you got and hence the more profitable you became.
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Does Customer Satisfaction Really Matter?


While all businesses would likely consider customer satisfaction a ‘nice to have’, many question whether investments towards improving the customer experience will actually result in a positive impact on the bottom-line. Across multiple industries, analysis of consumer data collected by J.D. Power shows a clear relationship between high customer satisfaction and improved financial indicators.
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To Earn Customer Confidence, Make the Conversation About Their Financial Well-Being


To anyone who regularly reads the news (or watches “The Daily Show”), it will come as no surprise that Americans’ confidence in banks as an institution is low. Stories of banks’ ineptitude may not be coming out as frequently as they were during the days of TARP, bank failures, bank saving mergers, excessive personal spending by executives, and debit card fee debacles, but the banking industry in general has not done enough to restore its reputation as a whole. Spend 10 minutes perusing any of the more than 23 million links that come up when you Google “banks suck” and it quickly becomes apparent just how much residual ill will there is among the general public toward the banking industry.
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