Organisations in the financial services sector are finally realising the potential of SMS technology to improve their customer service offering, enabling access to real-time information and to guard against fraudulent activity.
This latest service from Visa Europe will certainly bring benefits to its cardholders, but it does not complete the circle. Should the customer receive a notification from their cardholder highlighting potentially fraudulent use of their debit/credit card,
they are then faced with the lengthy task of contacting customer services to stop the transaction and cancel their card. This process is neither seamless for the customer nor satisfactory for the card issuer, who still bears the administrative burden.
Financial institutions like Visa Europe are missing a significant trick – the full automation of this process using a sophisticated two-way SMS application. This add-on to existing business processes automates and extends the workflow, boosting the customer/employee
experience, without increasing costs. With two-way SMS Visa cardholders would be notified of a pending transaction, simply replying “Yes” to authorise the transaction or “No” to decline it. Based on the response received, the database is enabled to continue
the workflow process, empowering the customer to instantly react and removing a costly layer of administration for the card issuer.
The crux of such a solution rests on the ability to correlate multiple outbound messages with their specific responses. This means the content of the reply can be fed back directly into the organisation’s database query triggering the next step in the workflow
sequence, all without human intervention.
With the long standing ‘reply’ conundrum addressed, two-way SMS promises to be a small but significant revolution in the business-customer/business-employee relationship - breaking down boundaries, enabling direct interaction and bringing greater speed and
efficiency into the equation.