A well-planned CRM strategy will augment any company’s likelihood of success in meeting marketing, sales and customer experience objectives. However, if you’re a financial services firm, here are a few special considerations to take into account when implementing a CRM.
Today, in the banking and financial services industry, the customer is empowered with choice. Brand loyalty is rare and likely linked to a mortgage, loan or some other contractual obligation. It’s common for many customers to maintain financial services relationships with more than one bank or financial service company.
Financial services, like other business sectors, must consider performance improvement initiatives that drive customer retention and lead conversion to their brand and services. Performance is fueled by relevant and accessible information that can be quickly acted upon from systems that provide and support excellent customer service with the ability to track measure and analyze customer interactions. This describes what CRM systems are today.
A CRM system is a sound production strategy for banks to help create brand value and identify and understand their customers’ needs by providing targeted, timely and relevant information that can add value to their customers.
CRM systems provide tools that can segment, and deliver the right service, at the right time, by acting on dynamic customer information. This allows the ability to track and build strong relationships with gainful customers and identify specific products and services that can benefit customers. Outcomes of all activities can be tracked and measured; CRM dashboards acting as business decision support systems are the perfect place to present measurements and outcomes.
In a recent CRM project with a financial services company, a CRM was implemented as the front end to their information systems. Like many major financial services firms, this company has unique and separate lines of business that complement each other, and allows the company to provide their customers with a full range of financial and related services. In this situation, CRM information acts as the master record with other integrated information systems being used to process data and provide relevant and timely information to the CRM system for customer facing activities such as marketing, sales and customer support.
There are 3 challenges that a CRM can help banks and financial services companies solve:
Customers are not loyal to specific banks and their circumstances are dynamic
Customer profiles, customer service and marketing initiatives can be combined to identify opportunities and drive up conversion rates
Create, assign and track action items, measure outcomes
The following are examples of how CRM capabilities help banks and financial service companies provide excellent customer value, retention, as well as prospect/lead management and conversion.
With a CRM, new lead records can be automated, sorted and assigned for further action by employees and resources. Strategies and processes for managing web landing pages and site visitors can be easily implemented. The CRM can also score, track, update customer profiles and generate new lead records for further action by bank staff or other CRM processes and modules.
CRM-based customer service modules can supply traditional customer service capabilities that are further enhanced by providing a complete picture of all customer interactions. The creation and management of individualized or service-all marketing initiatives and pricing strategies are also streamlined and organized. Most CRM systems also include social media listening tools that allow you to track and respond to social media sentiment in real-time.
Dealing and troubleshooting customer problems is a high priority for any service industry. A CRM can help by providing timely and discretionary decision support information for management, front line staff and other resources. By providing enhanced levels of customer service, new opportunities for conversions can be realized.
A CRM is a great enterprise tool for addressing these 3 customer-centered challenges that financial institutions face. When implementing a CRM system at financial services firms, there are also two common challenges that need to be addressed: security requirements and integration with other banking systems.
Information security and access control is critical for the banking and financial sectors, who, in some cases, also have enhanced sensitivity to geographic location of information in some cases. Some CRM systems are cloud-based only, which may create issues with data storage locations. Other options such as Microsoft Dynamics CRM, offers the choice of on premise, hosted (also known as “private cloud”), or hybrid solutions.
Modern CRM systems provide very granular role-based security and access control. Many CRM’s, Microsoft for example, can be aligned to the Active Directory providing convenient and user friendly single sign-on. CRM security role(s) and field level security control access and abilities can also be set in the CRM system.