Look around and digital transformation is occurring everywhere. In the past 4 years, the financial services industry has seen an unprecedented pace of innovation:
- Comprehensive mobile banking UX
- Biometric mobile banking authentication
- Competitive branchless banking
- Social payments (P2P transfers and online purchases)
- NFC and RFID-based contactless payments
- Progress towards a cashless society through digital wallets
We see an even more disruptive time lying ahead as blockchain, IoT, and chatbots open the floodgates for the next big wave of innovation. Here are some highlights on where digital transformation is affecting the front lines in banking.
Big tech players are battling for leadership by aggressively investing in and opening their chat platforms to third-party developers. Amazon launched a Skills Kit for Alexa in mid-2015. In 2016 Apple announced SiriKit (Siri SDKs), Microsoft opened Cortana Skills Kit SDK, Facebook opened up its platform for Messenger chatbot developers, and recent release of Google Assistant SDK. The timing couldn’t be better as there were concurrent breakthroughs in natural language processing and contextual understanding, crucial for chatbot success.
Even the largest, most conservative, and highly-regulated finserv companies are embracing next-gen chatbots to capture critical brand moments. Many are exploring proof-of-concept projects to integrate conversational interfaces in their digital strategy. For example, a leading Fortune 100 bank recently partnered with Photon to implement a chatbot to engage with customers in a personalised, contextual, and cost efficient way.
“The best place to engage and delight customers is where they love to spend their digital lives – and right now, that’s on messaging platforms,” informs Srinivas Balasubramanian, CEO at Photon. We believe interfacing with the slew of new apps will become second nature and not need explicit actions, regardless of whether that conversation is the continuation of a chat with a bot, on Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, on Amazon Echo or Google Home, or on the other extreme, a fully immersive Virtual Reality interface.
Consumers expect convenience and context. “We spend so much time in apps and online, we all know a great experience when we see one—when personalization and situational awareness create a dynamic sense of immediacy,” advises Jim Kim, AVP, Executive Creative Director at Photon. “The magic of mobile is the immediacy it delivers and is the lynchpin to a more personal, impactful customer journey,” he adds.
Finserv firms are focusing on digital technologies to earn customer confidence through consistent experiences. One such critical transformative technology is Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Leading finserv enterprises are betting big on APIs to build out new functionalities faster and open up the digital ecosystems for innovation and better CX.
Leveraging Big Data analytics also becomes crucial as big data insights can enable better outcomes for not only front-end areas like marketing and customer service but also in risk management and regulatory compliance. For example, leveraging analytics, banks can better identify personalized engagement opportunities to upsell and increase customer lifetime value.
Consider this: over the NEXT 4 years, digital innovation is simply going to continue accelerating. How do you ensure your organization is keeping up pace?