An Agile Approach

Embracing the unknown with account servicing agility

Lenders servicing CBILS and BBLS accounts will need to adapt to the unknown. Strategically re-evaluating contact approaches will be as important as adjusting tactics across channels, times, comms styles and scaling operations to meet customer needs. Firstsource is an outsourcing partner with years of experience. The success stories below exemplify services and solutions we’ve delivered to help our clients stay nimble.

An agile solution

Reacting fast to meet varied servicing demands

The Challenge

A challenger retail bank was expecting a very rapid surge in call volumes across a range of services. To meet this demand the client asked Firstsource to quickly

roll out support covering

  • Telephone banking
  • Business banking
  • Fraud detection
  • Social media interactions
  • Vulnerable customer support

The Solution

Firstsource managed the complex operation across five sites with a joint client project team. To meet the predicted surge, we scaled customer support by recruiting 300 additional colleagues in a matter of weeks.

As the magnitude of the surge became clear and Firstsource gained insights into the types of incoming enquiries, we recruited and trained further 450 colleagues in coming months.

The Outcome

Firstsource helped the client meet demanding timelines, recruiting and on-boarding of 750-strong customer services team in as little as 12 weeks. We scaled up operations while maintaining full standards for vetting and training, resulting in:

  • 20% reduction in average handling time
  • Consistent Customer Satisfaction performance with a 97% CSAT score even at high call volumes
  • Consistent over 95% Quality Audit performance across all lines of business

A flexible strategy

Improving engagement by aligning customer experience to brand values

Customer experience should embody an organisation’s brand values. For lenders, balancing relationships and collections, empathy and assertiveness, services and costs lies in staying true to the brand. The below example illustrates how we’ve helped a global client drive growth by aligning services to the brand promise.

The Challenge

This media and global magazine brand had ambitious goals to grow its subscriber base, yet high attrition was making this impossible. They approached Firstsource for help to improve retention and drive new subscriptions.

The Solution

Firstsource conducted an advisory project with the client’s leadership team. We identified that the client’s brand was not reflected in customer services which were very transactional. The speedy interactions missed opportunities to build relationships through personal customer service.

Firstsource created a customer experience strategy embodying client’s brand promise, vision, mission and customer needs. We defined six customer personas, each with a personalised support strategy and aided their rollout with a set of operational principles and day to day practices.

The Outcome

Firstsource helped to create a structured approach for aligning the client’s brand promise to customer support models. Armed with this new approach the client can go forward knowing how to navigate the shifting-sands of changing customer needs while keeping true to the company essence.

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Next steps

To learn more about how we can help customers in Financial Services visit our Banking and Financial services page. Or see how tech solutions such as automation can improve customer experience and support collections.
For more insights on servicing CBILS and BBLS accounts : Explore the Coronavirus Lenders Hub

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