Overall customer satisfaction with retail banks improved significantly from 2012, largely a result of improvements made by big banks,(1) according to our J.D. Power and Associates 2013 U.S. Retail Banking Satisfaction StudySM released today.
“Many of the big banks have made great strides in listening to what their customers are asking for: reducing the number of problems customers encounter and, more importantly, improving satisfaction with fees,” said our own Jim Miller, senior director of banking here at J.D. Power and Associates
Below are a few highlights from the study:
- Fees have begun to stabilize and banks have helped their customers better understand their fee structures. Satisfaction in this area has begun to rebound, and is up by 14 points this year from 2012.
- One-third (33%) of customers say they “completely” understand their fee structure, compared with 26 percent in 2012.
- Fees also have been a major source of customer problems and complaints. The stability in fees, coupled with banks placing more emphasis on preventing problems, has lowered the proportion of customers experiencing a problem by 3 percentage points year over year, to 18 percent in 2013.
- While customers appreciate the personal service they receive at their branch, such transactions are slowly declining, while the numbers of online, ATM and mobile banking transactions are increasing.
- As banks roll out envelope-free ATM deposits and deposits by mobile phone, customers are finding it easier to handle routine transactions without needing to visit their branch.
“Successful banks are not pushing customers out of the branch, but rather providing tools that make it easier to conduct their banking business when and where it is convenient for them,” said Miller. “Customers are quickly adopting mobile banking, making it a critical service channel for banks, not just a ‘nice to have’ option.”
For study results by region, view retail banking satisfaction rankings at JDPower.com
For more information on this 2013 U.S. Retail Banking Satisfaction Study, please contact Holly Zagresky at (248) 680-6319 or via email at Holly_Zagresky@jdpa.com
(1)Big banks are defined as the six largest financial institutions based on total deposits as reported by the FDIC, averaging $180 billion and above. Regional banks are defined as those with between $180 billion and $33 billion in deposits. Midsize banks are defined as those with between $33 billion and $2 billion in deposits.
While the abundance of interactions that occur in social media provide a unique opportunity for banks to engage with their customers, many are struggling to keep up. Institutions that utilize social media are challenged in many areas:
- Measuring social media efforts within their industry and comparing them across industries
- Identifying whether the right amount and type of social content is being shared with customers
- Learning which best practices are used by the highest performers within their industry and across industries, and identifying how to adapt them
- Tracking social media performance efforts over time
- Demonstrating the value of social media to internal stakeholders
The J.D. Power and Associates 2013 Social Media Benchmark StudySM, publishing late this month, measures the consumer experience in engaging with companies via social media. The study explores consumers’ social media experiences with both marketing and service across 100 US brands in a number of industries including some of the following:
Retail Banking: Bank of America, Chase, and Citibank
Credit Card: American Express and Wells Fargo
Telecommunications: T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T
Airline: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Virgin America
Automotive: Toyota, Ford, Kia, Dodge, and Mercedes-Benz
Utilities: Southern California Edison and Duke Energy
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- How do retail banking and credit card brands perform in their social media efforts relative to other brands within and across industries?
- What are the biggest challenges holding financial service companies back from better social performance?
- How do top performing companies across industries “do what they do” to deliver customers the best social experience possible?
DATE: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
TIME: 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Original post by Banking.com Staff on December 28, 2012
As announcements go, it wasn’t a very big deal when the British Bankers’ Association said at the end of the year that it is urging its 200 member banks to participate in a broad, two-pronged initiative to boost the industry’s image. Part of the plan is to monitor “people’s concerns before they become massive scandals”—a worthy goal, to be sure. But this wasn’t an isolated symptom of the problem. At around the same time, a Financial Times survey of 93 Members of Parliament revealed that fully two-thirds of the legislators believe British banks should be required to create a stronger barrier between investment banking and what’s known as ‘high-street’ operations. More worryingly, this wasn’t a liberal push for more regulation—the number of Conservative MPs backing the idea is actually higher than their Labour counterparts. There’s already a proposal to create a ‘ringfence’ around retail banking, but the new research indicates that many think the changes don’t go far enough.
That’s really the recurring theme here. If 2012 was a year of major change for banking institutions and individuals around the world, then 2013 will require even more.
A tsunami of bad news throughout the year was capped off by the news late in December of massive fines levied against UBS. The Swiss banking conglomerate ponied up $1.5 billion to global regulators, including $700 million to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) alone, the largest such settlement in the agency’s history. The fines stemmed from the charges of manipulation directed primarily at the bank’s Japanese securities subsidiary, all part of the mushrooming Libor scandal. Continue reading ›
Original post by Banking.com Staff on December 4, 2012
In a recent blog on Banking.com, we explored how small businesses don’t always get the respect they deserve from the banking world. There’s no question that this sector of the economy is always vital, and increasingly optimistic. In fact, the number of businesses that report being ‘better off’ jumped from 16 percent in 2009 to 33 percent in 2012. This is also a market rich with possibility: on average, small businesses hold deposits four times greater and loan balances 15 times greater than retail banking customers.
And yet, this market continues to rank near the bottom in banking satisfaction. So what’s going on—and what can the industry do to make thing better? The new J.D. Power and Associates 2012 US Small Business Banking Satisfaction Study, a comprehensive research report that identifies and highlights the situation described above, digs deeper into the problems and identifies many of the pain points.
As mentioned in the previous blog, credit is still the primary issue, but it’s not the only one. The J.D Power study lays out more fundamental problems too. In particular, while small businesses are sometimes lumped in with retail banking, there are major differences between the two. Continue reading ›
By Jeffrey P. Marsico, Executive Vice President of The Kafafian Group, Inc
This post originally appeared on Jeff for Banks
I had a very interesting conversation with a bank client today. He called me to discuss, among other things, his bank’s expansion strategy. During the discussion, I mentioned that I had recently driven by one of his branches and that it was the biggest in town. What he said about it inspired this post.
Being the biggest branch in town, in terms of square footage, is not something cheered among industry pundits these days. Indeed, if I were to summarize the sentiment, it would be that future branches would be much smaller, but with big a** signs. Those were another bank consultant’s words, not mine.
This CEO isn’t buying it. He said that since that branch underwent a $1.5 million renovation, its deposits grew by 40%. In prior years its deposit totals had remained in a relatively tight band. He opined that it is “amazing what visibility, access, and egress” does for a branch. He also said that his business owner customers demanded a nearby branch.
But he did not think the branch had to be in the same town as the business. The next town over would due.
Now that makes sense to me. If it costs, on average, $600,000 per year in operating expenses to run a standard branch, wouldn’t it make sense to build a large, marquis-type branch in every other town that cost $800,000 per year? By abandoning the every town strategy, you effectively save $400,000 per year. Continue reading ›