In retail banking, a bank only has one customer (or two) per account. In the corporate scenario however, there are so many more stakeholders for each account which makes service excellence far more complex. When customers are international, achieving excellent
client service also comes with geographical challenges such as different currencies, language, culture and regulatory environments. Fortunately, technology can help make the processes associated with service excellence more manageable and empower the bank
to provide a more personalised experience.
The challenge of getting great business banking customer service appears considerable. We recently did some research on the impact of inadequate business banking service. Almost half (49%) of business banking clients said they’d strongly consider switching
financial institutions over the next year. The top reasons were poor overall service (41%), a lack of interest from the bank in their business (34%) and systematic errors with account transactions (32%).
What’s more some 49% said they’d consider switching to one of the challenger banks. As FinTechs like Monzo, Starling and N26 shake up what it means to deliver a great banking experience in our personal lives, it is no real surprise decision-makers at commercial
banks are asking why they can’t expect the same great service in their professional lives. They’re consumers too after all!
But, there’s quite a lot of things that make it difficult for commercial banks to transform their service – workflow friction, disparate systems, inconsistent data, disconnected channels and limited self-service capabilities to name a few.
Nonetheless the commercial banking sector must step up its game. They need to deliver connected, consistent service across all channels as well as continually building value and relationships.
So how can this be done? Informed, connected service capabilities harnessing technologies such as robotics and automation are crucial. An intelligent service platform powered by natural language processing, AI and real-time data for example provides efficient,
effective client engagement, improved SLA compliance, and insights that result in tailored products and services specific to client needs. Furthermore, an AI-enabled and more informed approach to client experience can ease operational tensions and create a
better experience, whether it be accelerated, compliant onboarding to efficient operations, proactive client service, to more relevant relationship management.
Providing excellent service on a consistent basis means earning the trust of your clients and generating greater business value which offer a host of benefits. There are examples where costs can be reduced between 15 and 25%, client retention can be improved
by 30% and revenue increased by 20%. What’s more, service excellence and the resulting advantages don’t require years if commercial banks carry out the right digital transformation approach.
Disparate systems, disconnected channels and workflow friction are preventing corporate banks from delivering superior client service, and the fallout can mean not only client dissatisfaction but also poor SLA and service metrics, missed revenue opportunities
and lower profits. And it’s totally unnecessary… the technology needed to make the change is available today. Commercial banks can up their game to unlock this potential, and technologies such as intelligent service platforms and AI are the keys.