As Communication Changes, Banking Call Centers Turn to Text

Text messaging is no longer considered a complicated, high-tech decision for banks and credit unions. Statistics show that text message for banking is critical to efficiently service customers in today’s world. Furthermore, a majority of financial institutions see text message as a gateway to provide consumers with a better digital experience.

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How Educators Credit Union Achieved a 68% Completion rate from Loan Applicants

A loan applicant prospect starts to fill out a loan application online. This applicant comes to a section that confuses them and stops completing the application. They decide to come back to the loan application tomorrow when they can get help. However, the applicant forgets about it and the financial institution never follows up with this prospect. Does this sound familiar?

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How the World is Communicating and Why Banks and Credit Unions Should Pay Attention

Susan is a CMO at a Washington-based financial institution. She loves her team’s outreach strategy, but deep down she knew something wasn’t right. Her promotional emails were ignored, outbound calls went unanswered, and overall engagement was low. She didn’t know why this was happening, but knew that she had to make a change.

If you work at a bank or credit union, you may have noticed there’s a fundamental shift in how communication is delivered and received, and this change is happening at unprecedented speeds. 

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Why Email and Social Media Campaigns Fall Short

A common goal for marketing professionals at credit unions is getting the right content to the right audience at the right time. So, you put extra effort into your strategy. You categorize and target your member audience to specific financial products or promotions. You make your email and social media posts engaging. You offer fun and interactive sweepstakes.

However, despite this effort, you notice your members are not responding at the same rate as they have in the past.

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Why You Must Start Designing Your Conversational Banking Strategy Now

Digital transformation tears through the financial services industry like a whirlwind. It is often so dizzying that it can seem like the progress of technology has a mind of its own. It can be forgotten that all of the disruption and change exists for one reason — to better service customers demanding digital and mobile engagement on their terms. Revolutionizing the way Banks or Credit Unions engage with customers and members is about making it easy for them to stay loyal. Nothing pushes people away from a company faster than receiving a lower level of service than what they have come to expect.

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Why Conversational Messaging is a No-Brainer

Financial institutions are experiencing an evolution in terms of how they reach consumers across new mediums of communication. Many have followed the example of fintech companies like Paypal, Marcus, and Credit Karma by offering conversational banking for their customers. These leading fintech firms are creating new value and improved experiences with virtual agents and responsive text messaging.

The building out of these products demonstrates an growing demand for conversational messaging functionality. Here are a few key attributes driving this progress:

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Why Members Don’t Answer Your Calls

Despite the proven wins for financial institutions, not all credit unions are quick to adopt more efficient communication technology. Credit unions are often slower to offer their members 1-on-1 text messaging services or push SMS messaging even though it is the way members want to communicate.

Here are a few reason why credit unions should step it up when it comes to diversifying their digital conversational channels:

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7 Strategies for Credit Unions to Grow Text Message Opt-in Consent

The biggest concern credit unions have with text messaging is opt-in consent. All credit unions must obtain “prior written consent” from members before sending text message communication to meet FCC/TCPA compliance. So how can you automatically convert new applicants into lifelong text message recipients?

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Five Credit Unions Sign with Shastic’s Text Messaging Platform in January to Enhance Lending and Operations

Shastic has signed on five new customers in the first month of 2018. The recent growth follows the company’s early launch of Elle, a conversational text messaging platform built for credit unions. Elle is an expansion of their automation services to deliver efficient, real-time message communication between credit unions and their members.

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Is Email Dead?

Arguably the most prefered way to communicate digitally in the early 2000’s, email has begun to fade from popularity as more efficient methods are emerging. The rise of email-based spam or unsolicited commercial emails could be a major factor. Kaspersky Labs report states email makes up 70% of all emails sent, while a 2014 email metric report found the portion of spam email was around 90% of emails sent. Or, perhaps it is due to the growing number of message-based applications available offering a real-time conversational platform to connect organizations with consumers.

Here are some key reasons why email is being replaced by a new wave of business tools:

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