• 23-APR-2014

  • By PwC

Delivering the Goods to Banking Customers: Co-Creation Capabilities & Multi-Channel Platforms

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AsiaPac takes the lead with interactive banking customer experiences

Thursday, April 24, 2014– Digital is undeniably everywhere, but according to PwC’s Global Digital Banking Survey, more needs to be done in the banking sector to improve customer interaction and to create an omnichannel experience. PwC’s Global Digital Banking Survey provides perspective on where banks stand today and how they view their goals and progress in the short term.

Thirty per cent of respondents cite advancing customer experience as the most important factor driving their digital channels strategy for the next two years,  second only to expanding market share.

PwC’s Financial Services Technology Leader, Julien Courbe, says “We’re heading into the co-creation phase, where consumers help develop the personalised products and services they want.  The ultimate goal is to establish communities of individuals, stakeholders and enterprises working together to produce value through engagement platforms designed to enable mutual collaboration.”

According to the survey, a primary objective when connecting with customers via digital channels is currently to quote products and services; only nine per cent of those surveyed highlight capturing ideas and co-creating as their end goal. Mr. Courbe says, “It’s critical to acquire and analyse different sources of internal and external data to really understand consumers’ needs – and eventually redesign banking processes to reflect a customer’s point of view.”

An omnichannel experience – allowing customers to interact with banks effortlessly across all channels regardless of transaction type – is another feature needed to progress consumers’ banking experience.   However, less than half of survey respondents (43%) indicate that online and mobile channels are currently operating on a multi-channel platform.  Fewer banks have integrated social media, with only 19% reporting combining online, mobile and social on a common platform.

Customers use digital outlets for simple transactions, whereas branch visits are reserved for complicated transactions and problem resolution, according to the report.

Overcoming challenges

Achieving an enhanced interactive customer banking experience includes: 

  • Siding with simplification – Banks have traditionally operated on core legacy banking systems that have led to complex application systems.  A complex banking system is the number one barrier to successful digital channel strategies.  Simplifying the bank’s platforms can enable better functionality and improve experience across digital channels.
  • Aligning goals – Less than half (49%) of respondents indicate that their digital strategy is either underdeveloped or fails to align with corporate strategy. Aligning business goals and digital strategy reflects leadership engagement – prompting cooperation and commitment at the top.
  • Stepping up security – Nearly one-half (45%) of senior technology executive respondents see the need to secure data as chief among digital banking challenges. Building a CIO-centric collaboration culture from the top down to assess, design and initiate security assessments, programs and processes is key. Incorporating risk and compliance in the entire digital lifecycle is crucial.

AsiaPac leads the digital pack

The survey finds AsiaPac well positioned in the digital space, with leading practices, top-down views and holistic approaches well underway. In contrast, digital discussions appear less often on European and North American board agendas, which increase the chances of misalignment between corporate and digital strategies.

Recognising the potential of misalignment, European banks are pushing digital banking strategies for board approval.  According to the survey, European banks are expected to make the most progress in their approach to digital channel strategy for mobile banking, social media and production co-creation.

Despite spending the most on their information technology (IT) budgets, North American banks aren’t yet seeing corresponding results. AsiaPac and European banks are gaining more return on investment – a reflection of more advanced strategies that enable them to increase revenue with the budgets they have.

“When business leaders see the business strategy mirrored in the IT strategy, they are more likely to see their goals to completion,” says Mr. Courbe. “AsiaPac is a good example of this. Digital strategies are routinely part of the banks’ board agendas, banks have a grasp of what their customers want and need, and they have the talent to expand their digital channel offerings thanks to collaboration with all relevant departments.”

Notes to Editors

For more information on the Global Digital Banking Survey, please visit www.pwc.com/ciodigital​.  

About the Global Digital Banking Survey

PwC’s Global Digital Banking Survey was conducted in the fall of 2013. The global survey included 157 respondents across 14 markets. Approximately half (45%) of survey respondents were C-suite executives, such as CIO, CTO, and COO. The remainder were senior IT executives, heads of technology, or heads of IT.

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