RP Sanjiv Goenka Group

Recovery Loan Scheme, CBILS and BBLS

Enabling Empathetic Interactions

Firstsource infuses empathy into account servicing in the Financial Sector

Helping Financial Services companies improve their CX

After months of turmoil businesses that have taken Coronavirus loans will be extra sensitive to fiscal conversations. Firstsource has years of experience supporting Financial Services clients’ customer interactions. Below success stories demonstrate how we implemented solutions, spanning traditional and digital channels, to infuse empathy and drive engagement across touchpoints.

Handling Sensitive conversations

Understanding and addressing vulnerability for financially-distressed customers

The challenge

The challenge

While handling the fallout of PPI claims for a Financial Regulatory Body, Firstsource recognised colleagues were encountering challenges in supporting financially distressed customers. This called for extra guidance around handling sensitive conversations, identifying vulnerable clients and their needs, and supporting them with the best follow-up approach.

The solution

The solution

Firstsource developed highly specific training to meet client needs. The training covered steps to identify and manage vulnerable customers, objection handling and provided flexible communication styles. Training materials were produced in just one week and training delivered in half a day sessions. We also provided vulnerable customers with bespoke follow-up and referral options to support partners.

The outcome

The outcome

After the training implementation more vulnerable customers were identified, followed-up and provided with suitable referrals, resulting in:

> Increase in average colleague confidence for handling emotive conversations up to 9 out of 10 (from 6)

> 97% CSAT score even at high call volumes

> More referrals to partners able to support vulnerable customers

Improving BBLS fraud detection and
communications for a major UK bank

The challenge

A major UK bank saw an increase in business accounts becoming fraud targets following BBLS roll-out. The challenges included navigating delicate situations and emotional responses from affected customers while asking detailed questions without causing alarm or annoyance in genuine customers.

The solution

To combat social engineering attempts Firstsource initially reduced the use of automated IDs. This was swiftly followed by adding more advanced screening questions to the script. The questions were designed to enable customer to provide necessary information without causing alarm or annoyance.

Firstsource also saw an opportunity to use internal knowledge to provide training for customer colleagues around identifying ‘red flags’ in account activity.

The outcome

By introducing more ID checks, red flags training and updating questioning to detect possible scams the client was able to identify more potential victims of fraud and to prevent the transfer of funds from their account. The results include:

> 62% reduction in fraud losses volume in only four months

> Positive uplift in QA performance

Taking the emotional burden out of financial conversations

Utilising digital channels to support human interaction

The challenge

Collections were proving challenging for our global payment services client. Part of the puzzle was finding a way to collect debts more effectively. Yet the main hurdle was having an approach that would maintain and strengthen customer relationships despite the sensitive nature of collections.

The solution

Seeing poor traction for voice-call collections, Firstsource seized an opportunity to give customers more control with a multi-channel approach. We added intuitive self-service to digital communications providing relevant information when and where suited customers. Backing this with optional voice calls meant customers who needed a conversation had this choice. The solution was enhanced by using analytics to understand what channels, approaches, and which emails and text messages work best. These insights were used to build predictive propensity to pay models and guide profile-based communications.

The outcome

Rolling out tailored communications to various profiles across channels resulted in an improvement of average net yield per customer. While using digital channels proved less intrusive for customers and more cost efficient for the client. The overall results include:

> 101% improvement in average net yield per customer

> 79% reduction in cost to collect

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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 Recovery Loan Scheme, CBILS and BBLS accounts : Explore the Coronavirus Lenders Hub

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