New tools for a new world
The world banking sector has been revolutionized over the last years by an onslaught of new technologies and alternative banking channels in order to increase contact levels with customers in past due and achieve their targets in collections. In the same way, Banks are looking to decrease the cost of performing collections.
After COVID-19, banking will be much different than it was before. The outbreak has accelerated the changes that were already on the track. With the customers being at home, the call centers closed or understaffed, branches running at minimum servicing levels, Collections Departments found their performance being threatened.
In the previous months we have seen a significant change in the way people bank and the use of new technologies is now becoming the new normal. New channels and approaches have been set up in many banks around the world, with projects multiplying in order not to lose the pace on collections and respond to the extraordinary requests rising up from the payment holidays and other measures taken by governments and regulators to protect debtors.
But how to communicate with customers in this period and what solutions to offer?
Innovative approaches have been centered around three major issues:
Two alternative answers can be explored to cover those questions.
EFS has introduced in its latest version a new communications channel with customers in delinquency.
Two Way Digital Communication Channels “2DC” is a cost effective, modern and non-intrusive way for communicating with the customers. 2DC implements a chat-like interactive service with customers, utilizing a multitude of non-voice communication channels such as Email, Viber, WhatsApp, SMS etc.
Customers are presented with a number of available options to select in order to resolve an outstanding debt, give a promise to pay or to be informed in general.
Definition of message types in EFS
Definition of various response types in EFS
The communication scenarios (response-reply) are designed as State – Transition diagrams through the EFS Workflow Engine. This allows interacting with the customer, in real time, without any human action / intervention.
Example of workflow for sending various messages to customers using digital channels
Through this channel, customers and collections teams can interact, through a non-intrusive but never the less performing channel for customers in the early buckets.
A Customer Self Service (CSS) aims to complement the tools and channels that the Collections Teams can use in order to achieve their targets. It can also be used as a stand-alone tool for collections.
Through its automation and scalability, it responds to the reduced agent capacity and the permits to diminish the number of incoming calls from customers.
Campaign monitoring screen in CSS
From a business perspective:
CSS can serve to prevent inbound traffic and let customers self-arrange their outstanding debts
Handle both delinquent products and current ones
Inform customers on available options on their products ex. Debt Settlement, Payment holiday, Rescheduling, restructuring etc.
Available options to the end customer
The customers in past due have the ability to upload documents that they would like to communicate to the Bank
Easy to use for the end customer, non-intrusive and at the same time secure, Collections Teams can use this channel to rapidly distinguish those between their customers are responsive and willing to find a solution to their past dues from those that will necessitate more intensive actions to recover amounts in collections.
Offered in an OOTB integration or as SaaS for all customers having EFS this channel can be set up in some weeks.
These new communications channels offers alternative ways for contacting customers, taking advantage of modern technology, through channels that are familiar to our customers and do not rely on human effort, offering at the same time a supplementary and low cost solution for collections teams.
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