When you live and breathe eBilling and eStatements like I do (I know – I need to get a life!), it’s sometimes surprising when you hear other people’s thoughts and expectations on the subject.
I met with a major bank recently, to discuss the option of going paperless with Push eStatements. I found it interesting that the COO’s response was that in these difficult economic times, he was looking for ways to save money – not to spend money. Clearly,
we had different views on this!
Few projects will yield a better ROI than paperless billing solutions
Thankfully, he was happy to set up a meeting, and I brought him around to my way of thinking by presenting some realistic projected ROI and implementation figures. The fact is that there are few projects that will yield a better ROI than paperless billing
This particular bank is also currently planning to upgrade their Internet Banking Portal, including a facility for customers to download PDF statements. Being a much larger project with longer timescales, the COO – still looking forward to the quick implementation
and ROI of our solution – suggested that the email eStatement project could be a “tactical” solution until their Internet Banking portal was up and running.
So, I asked him if he would then stop the simple process of distributing eStatements to customer inboxes when his customers could:
1. go to his website...
2. dig out their ID/Password...
3. get their security token...
4. log on to the Internet Banking Portal...
5. navigate to the eStatement history page and...
6. download a PDF?
Needless to say, the meeting soon got back on track!
Most customers prefer receiving their bills by email - it's a fact!
But don’t just take my word for it. InfoTrends released a report called ‘The future of electronic bill presentment & payment’
in February 2011 that showed three times as many people prefer eBills/eStatements to be delivered to their Inbox, rather than be displayed on a website - requiring passwords and navigation to find it.
Deliver an enhanced customer experience and watch your adoption skyrocket!
I therefore suggest that when considering introducing or enhancing paperless process, don’t be constrained by the “we’ve always done it that way” kind of thinking. Put yourself in the shoes of your customer and ask how you can make it so convenient and
such a great experience that you’d never want to see a paper bill again. How could you facilitate payments? What about including graphs that show spending trends or interactive bill data that can be sorted at will? Think about all the ways you could encourage
your customers to engage with you.