Retail banking customers in Canada have high expectations when it comes to using technology to conduct their banking business. Banks may not be meeting these expectations, especially in mobile, which may be driving the lower ratings for innovation provided by customers. According to our J.D. Power & Associates 2013 Canadian Retail Banking Customer Satisfaction StudySM, in 2013, 58 percent of customers perceive their bank as being technologically innovative, down from 66 percent in 2012.
While mobile penetration is not catching on as fast in Canada, compared with the United States (8% vs. 18%, respectively) banks could help raise mobile banking penetration and customer satisfaction by improving their mobile offerings. Providing a mobile banking option is critical in migrating routine transactions, especially deposits, out of the branch, helping to reduce bank costs while providing convenience for customers.
According to our study, during the past 12 months, mobile banking customers in Canada have used mobile to conduct a banking transaction 33 times, on average, compared with 51 times in the United States. Transactions may include making a deposit, transferring money from one account to another, finding a location, checking an account balance or paying a bill, depending upon the services offered by the bank.
A decision to switch banks is often driven by a mix of frustration with the previous bank and attractive offerings from the new bank.
Attracting new business within the retail banking industry is unique. While there are several variables that can “pull” customers toward a new bank, data from our J.D. Power and Associates 2013 Retail Banking Satisfaction StudySM has found that customers generally will not switch banks unless they are also “pushed” away from their prior relationship.
While poor service and high fees are most likely to push customers away, branch convenience, promotions and recommendations help to attract customers to a new bank.
What are you doing to protect your current relationships?
As the retail banking landscape continues to evolve, banking organizations need to always be tuned in to what customers expect from their bank and how they can provide them with a more satisfying banking experience.
As our J.D. Power Retail Banking Satisfaction Study moves to quarterly fielding and reporting for the 2014 study, banks are now better able to track their success with satisfying customers throughout the entire year!
The first quarterly wave of the 2014 Retail Banking Satisfaction Study was fielded in April 2013 and will be published on Tuesday, July 23rd.
We invite you to join us for a complimentary webcast during which we will discuss key findings from this study and address the following topics:
- How customers are interacting with their bank
- Trends in customer satisfaction and loyalty
- Changes we are seeing since the publication of the 2013 results
Date: Wednesday, July 24
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
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.
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 ›
Best Banking Blogs of 2012
The Financial Brand, the premier online publication for bank and credit union marketers is conducting the second most important election this week; Best Banking Blog “2012 Readers’ Choice” awards.
Our J.D. Power and Associates Banking Blog, as part of having received the prestigious “Editor’s Choice” award, is now nominated for the “Reader’s Choice” award for Best Banking Blog of 2012. Your vote counts, and we would be grateful for your support!
To be recognized alongside our friends and distinguished bank bloggers Jim Marous, Ron Shevlin, Brett King, Bradley Leimer, Matt Wilcox, JJ Hornblass, Liz Lum, Chris Skinner, Serge Milman, Christophe Langois, Jim Bruene, Randy Smith and Jim Van Dyke is an honor in itself.
Congratulations to all of our fellow nominees for your continued dedication and delivery of superb insights to our banking community.
Did you know that customers who INTEND to switch primary financial institutions have the greatest value?
Bank customer attrition rates, both actual and intended, continue to increase. According to data from our J.D. Power and Associates 2012 US Retail Banking Satisfaction Study, intended attrition has increased significantly to 12.9% from 10.7% in 2011 after having decreased from 2010 to 2011. The actual attrition rate has steadily increased since 2010, reaching 9.6%(1) this year.
By bank size, Midsize Banks have the highest attrition rate (11.3%), followed by Regional Banks (10.3%); Big Banks (10.0%); and Small Banks and Credit Unions (7.4%).(2) While most customers who switch leave one Big Bank for another Big Bank (29%), 19% of customers switch from a Big Bank to a Small Bank or Credit Union, demonstrating customers’ willingness to trade the convenience of a large banking network for the personal service of a local small banking network or credit union.
Notes: Actual AttritionRate is based on the 2012 Financial Services Screener
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We are very pleased to announce that Jim Miller has joined our Financial Services practice as Senior Director of Banking. In this role, Jim will focus on developing and delivering high-quality insights, recommendations, and presentations for the banking practice.
Jim brings to the position expertise in both banking and customer experience that make him particularly well-equipped to lead our banking practice. Most recently, he was President of Prime Performance, Inc., a provider of customer experience research and measurement systems specifically designed for financial institutions.
Prior to joining Prime Performance, Jim was a Senior Vice President at SunTrust, where he managed retail banking analytics, which included branch performance analysis and reporting, branch staff modeling, and sales goal and incentive management. Additionally while at SunTrust, he directed units responsible for branch network planning and customer/marketing information.
We know that you expect more from us than simply pointing our your problems. You expect us to also provide the best practices and industry expertise to actually solve them. Jim and the rest of our team bring unparalleled experience to help you achieve your customer experience objectives in a focused and results-oriented fashion. If you are interested in learning more about our approach from Jim, please feel free to contact Jim directly at James_Miller@jdpa.com.
Affluent (1) customers are a key segment for financial institution, as they have greater deposit balances, more investable assets, and higher borrowing dollars. Affluent customers also have more products, on average with their primary bank than do less-affluent customers (3.5 vs. 2.8, respectively). Banks have fully realized the potential of these customers and are actively putting greater focus on not only acquiring but also retaining this key customer segment. However, these customers keep the lowest share of their funds with their primary banks, compared with Emerging Affluent and Mass Market customers. On average, Affluent customers keep just over half of their deposits (58%), 20% of investments and 61% of borrowing accounts with their primary bank.
Not only is there a large opportunity for financial institutions to capture a greater share of wallet among these Affluent customers, but financial institutions may also gain a competitive advantage by providing a superior experience for these valuable customers which will result in greater acquisition and lower defection rates. To fully capitalize on this opportunity, it is important to understand the drivers of defection and reasons Affluent customers select their bank, as well as the differing expectations of these customers and the levers banks can utilize to fully satisfy them.
(1) Affluent is defined as income of $150K or more and investable assets of $250K or more; Mass Market is defined as investable assets of less than $100K and income less than $150K; Emerging Affluent is defined as income of $150K or more and investable assets less than $250K, or, income less than $150K and investable assets of $100K or more.
Attracting Affluent Customers
Why Do They Switch?
Nearly one in 10 Affluent customers (9%) switched financial institutions in the past 12 months—a higher rate than among less affluent customers (6%). Affluent customers most commonly state uncompetitive interest rates (30%) and poor service experience (26%) as factors that influenced their decision to switch banks. The amount of churn among Affluent customers provides a key opportunity for competitor financial institutions to acquire these valuable customers.
What Do They Look For?
According to data in our 2012 Bank Customer Switching and Acquisition Study, Affluent customers who select a new primary bank do so primarily based on good prior service experience (31%)—also the leading purchase trigger among less-affluent customers. However, compared with Mass Market and Emerging Affluent customers, the reasons Affluent customers switch banks are less about convenience (branch hours/locations) and more often about products and pricing.
Retaining Affluent Customers
When attempting to satisfy Affluent customers’ expectations and minimize attrition, it is essential to focus efforts on the areas that will have the greatest impact. The challenge with satisfying Affluent customers is not only that their expectations are higher than other customers, but also that they are not always easily identifiable as Affluent customers, especially when they visit a branch location. This means in certain areas of the customer experience, banks should be providing a superior level of service to all customers. However, when Affluent customers are identified, it is critical for banks to optimize this opportunity by providing a proactive and personal approach to ensure customers in this segment are satisfied.
It’s key for financial institutions to focus on providing a superior personal experience for Affluent customers, whether it be at the branch or over the phone. Affluent customers with high satisfaction are more likely to indicate the branch representative called them by name; reviewed account information and recommended additional products; offered additional assistance; and thanked them for their business. These are also key for interactions with the bank’s call center. Continue reading ›
As appeared in The Financial Brand on August 2, 2012. The Financial Brand, written and published by Jeffry Pilcher, is an online publication focusing on issues and advice that affect bank and credit union brands.
Canadian consumers aren’t happy with retail banks. Irritated by fees and concerned about reliability of banks, satisfaction scores are sagging.
Overall customer satisfaction with banks in Canada has declined this year, due largely to irritations caused by fees, according to the J.D. Power & Associates “2012 Canadian Retail Banking Customer Satisfaction Study” released today.
The primary cause of these souring statistics? An increase in changes to fee structures. 27% of customers said they were subjected to fee changes, compared with only 17% in 2011. Overall satisfaction with fees has dropped 4.1% since last year.
Satisfaction Scores Drag Loyalty and Advocacy Down Too
Any decline in satisfaction scores directly impacts loyalty and advocacy metrics, both of which have dropped year over year across Canadian banks. Compared with 2011, advocacy (the percentage of customers who say they will “definitely” recommend their bank to family and friends) had declined by five percentage points, while customer loyalty (the percentage of customers who say they will “definitely” reuse their bank in the future) declined by four percentage points. Continue Reading›