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Video Banking Protects Employees and Consumers

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POPi/o Covid-19 Response

As I write this, the coronavirus death toll in the U.S. has risen to 6,574, and that number is sure to rise by the time you are reading this. Every state in the union has announced positive cases of Covid-19 and most have declared mandatory shelter in place orders. The financial markets have continued to tumble throughout the month of March and the Federal Reserve Board announced its first emergency rate cut since the 2008 financial crisis.

The fatality rate for Covid-19 isn’t as high as other viruses, but what seems to make Covid-19 frightening is how contagious it seems to be. Evidence that Covid-19 is more contagious than estimated lies in the numbers: the virus has reached 210 countries on six continents in a matter of weeks, and many of the infected report no contact with anyone known to be exposed to the virus.

At a time like this, how does a Financial Institution protect their staff and consumers? Most FI’s are choosing to close branches. During the month of March, I talked to hundreds of FI’s. In those meetings, I learned that most branch lobbies remained open on March 16th, but by the end of that week and early into the following week, the majority of branch lobbies had closed or restricted their access.

With this restricted access to physical locations, how can FI’s maintain business continuity? Amid the fear, there is some positive news: today’s technology allows financial institutions to provide essential services much easier than during previous pandemics. During the SARS outbreak of 2002, when most financial institutions last updated their business continuity plans, customers utilized call centers, ATMs and online banking services. These days, technology has enabled several additional tools such as mobile banking, mobile check deposit, video teller machines (ITMs), and video banking tools.

This transition to new technologies is happening already. Within 10 days of Covid-19 hitting the U.S. shores, our video banking company, POPi/o, saw video call volume jump 50%. We also saw a rapid shift from our in-branch video call volume to mobile and web video calls. Other financial services providers report digital channel traffic over the last few months to be equal to traffic during all of 2019. We expect traffic to continue growing.

During this pandemic, consumers need access to your FI resources more now than ever. Whether they need to discuss loan modifications or to apply for the government’s payroll protection program, consumer needs are just as high as their anxieties. Video Banking tools can assist financial institutions when they are forced to close branches, or when consumers are unable to leave their homes. FI’s can now deliver teller services from Interactive Teller Machines and with POPi/o Video Banking offer in-depth banking consultations and account services. Today’s Video banking is far more robust than basic communication via phone or video conferencing and allows for new accounts, loan origination, funding new accounts, exchanging documents, signing applications, and any number of account servicing needs.

Before today’s recent events, many of our credit union and bank clients have found POPi/o video banking to be useful in assisting customers who are homebound due to age, illness or disability. Others used it to assist professionals in medical, military or other circumstances that didn’t allow for quick trips to a branch. Now we see personal branch services being delivered to consumers in self-isolation, oftentimes with the staff member safely working from home.

If your credit union or bank is reviewing their business continuity plan and looking for additional ways to provide essential services using digital channels, request a demonstration or give us a call. We’d be glad to discuss how video banking can become an integral part of pandemic mitigation that protects your staff and consumers. Until then, stay safe, and healthy.

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We’re Grateful for Video Banking’s Unexpected Gifts

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The Holidays are a time to reflect upon the past year and focus on gratitude and service. Gratitude can take many forms, such as feeling grateful for financial success, heartwarming gifts, the important people in your life, and even the wisdom you’ve gained from life’s ups and downs of the past year.  As we dig even deeper into gratitude we begin to feel grateful for the things we take for granted, like our health, mobility, food, clean drinking water and even our freedom.

Freedom isn’t just political; it means different things to different people.

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According to the Center for Disease Control, more than one in four adults in the United States live with some type of disability. The most common disability is a lack of mobility, which makes the freedom of being able to walk severely difficult or impossible for nearly 14% of Americans.

Many of us take for granted the freedom of being able to handle day-to-day tasks on our own without relying on help from someone else.

When we first started exploring video banking and the impact it would have on people’s lives, we always focused on convenience and how to get services directly to a consumer without friction. Never once did we think it could help so many gain freedom in the way they banked.

But we are incredibly grateful it did.

For example, Idaho Central Credit Union a $4.8 billion credit union headquartered in Chubbuck, Idaho, was able to use video banking to serve a quadriplegic member face-to-face that was an hour away from any branch location. The ability to see and talk to his loan officer allowed him to feel like a piece of independence was given back to him. Service provides assistance to those in need, even when you’re not aware of it, and we are grateful video banking was able to help this happen.

Cobalt Credit Union, a $1 billion institution in Council Bluffs, Iowa, shared a different kind of assistance success story. This member, who is deaf, wasn’t able to access the credit union’s call center and if they needed assistance beyond what was available online or through the mobile banking app, they had to visit a branch in person. With Cobalt’s new video banking channel, however, the member was able to both see the representative on screen and use the app’s chat feature to clarify their banking needs. Now, this member can enjoy full service, at-home banking. We are grateful video banking was able to change how this member interacted and accomplished their banking needs.

Pioneer Federal Credit Union, a $500 million institution located in Mountain Home, Idaho, was able to serve a member who was severely injured in a rodeo accident and had to adjust to depending upon others to assist with their financial transactions and business. We hear a lot about accessibility when it comes to your financial institution’s digital channels, but providing accessibility to your people can mean the world to those in need. We are grateful Pioneer was able to go above and beyond with video to help serve this member and countless others who have let Pioneer know that this engagement channel “has given them their freedom back.”

There are countless more stories of how video banking has supported financial freedom and accessibility. We’ve heard about pilots making video banking calls from the tarmac, consumers accessing financial assistance via video from overseas, parents receiving face-to-face service without having to drag kids along to the branch, and working class Americans who were finally able to connect and accomplish their financial needs.

We didn’t anticipate video banking would change lives. But this Holiday season, as we reflect upon the past year, we are beyond grateful that it did.

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Omnichannel ROI? Look For Insights Not Common Metrics

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It’s been nearly a decade since omnichannel became the go-to digital transformation buzzword, and organizations have worked hard to upgrade their consumer experience accordingly. According to the Aberdeen Group, between 2012 and 2017, the average company doubled the number of channels it uses to interact with consumers.

Omnichannel is a simple concept: increase convenience by offering a choice of access channels. If those new channels are digital, and they usually are, the consumer experience will improve. In turn, efficiencies will increase, costs will shrink and revenue will grow.

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Oh, if only omnichannel were that simple. For most organizations, the reality of offering additional access channels has been quite different.

For example, your financial institution probably invested significant resources in your mobile banking app, and even though you’ve met your adoption and rating goals, costs keep going up, not down. Or maybe you’ve added texting, online chat or social media messaging, but in some cases, they have created friction instead of streamlining your workflow by not delivering a seamless experience that meets the needs of the agent and the consumer.

If your bank or credit union is missing the return on investment that digital service channels were supposed to bring, you’re not alone. Many financial institutions struggle to effectively satisfy the needs of today’s demanding consumers while reducing costs and driving revenue.

Where’s the digital disconnect?

The problem lies in financial institutions using common metrics to measure omnichannel ROI, instead of tracking metrics that measure consumer engagement. Moneythor, a digital banking firm based in Singapore, uncovered this common error while researching how financial institutions track ROI earlier this year.

After analyzing annual reports and investor reports of 24 banks around the world, the fintech was able to divide digital metrics into two categories: common metrics and insightful metrics. Common metrics only report usage of digital channels. Insightful metrics, on the other hand, report engagement measures that allow financial institutions to measure how each digital channel contributes to financial success.

Common metrics like adoption rates are important, but the truth is they don’t add much value to your bottom line. To accurately measure ROI, you must instead measure digital engagement and digital users’ activities on each platform. For example, don’t base your success on how many times your digital banking app has been downloaded or how many logins you get each month. Instead, track average session time, number of monthly digital sessions per user, click-through rates, response to digital marketing campaigns, satisfaction ratings after digital channel use and how each digital channel generates revenue-producing activities like loan applications or new accounts compared to transactions.

Using these advanced metrics, financial institutions can then determine how and even why their consumers use each digital channel. Digitizing and automating operational processes won’t automatically deliver ROI. Financial institutions must also develop ways to measure, track and report the actual value generated by each digital channel. This holistic view will allow them to focus on the functions that deliver the most value, and prioritize optimization that reduces friction, improves the consumer experience and drives even more revenue.

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Quantitative vs. Qualitative: How Technological Innovation has Changed

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Bigger, better, faster, more. These uniquely American values, along with healthy dose of creativity, have been the driving force behind some of the world’s best innovations. Electric light bulbs, airplanes, skyscrapers, microwaves, credit cards, the internet, Google, wi-fi and even the Fitbit are all technological breakthroughs made in America that have fed our appetite for more.

There’s no limit to how much more we can achieve; and yet, it feels like we’ve reached a tipping point in our culture as it applies to innovation. The primary driver of new technology isn’t just about delivering more in a quantitative sense. We’re seeking a better quality of life, too.

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Microsoft CEO Bill Gates made a case for that shift earlier this year in MIT Technology Review, when he guest curated a list of 10 breakthrough technologies. While it’s true that technology still seeks to deliver more, Gates’ observed that his list included an equal number of innovations that primarily serve to improve quality of life.

He used cultured meat, one of the innovations he selected, as an example. There is more than enough livestock to feed the world, even as the human population grows and the demand for meat increases. Instead, cultured meat is about making the world a better place by reducing the rate of deforestation, reducing methane that contributes to climate change, and allowing those who oppose killing animals to still enjoy the taste of a hamburger.

The demand for innovation in financial services is experiencing this same shift. Today’s fintech buzzwords – friction, engagement, functionality, AI – all support consumer demand for qualitative improvements. We’re also focusing on technology that can improve our employees’ quality of life, from tools that help people work remotely to machine-based learning that eliminates mind-numbing repetitive task work.

Gates stressed that technology’s shift from quantity to quality isn’t going to happen overnight. In fact, he said we’ve only now reached a midpoint where we are considering both ideas at once.

However, Gates predicted that 20 years from now, the brilliant minds of the world will focus less on how to achieve more, and instead consider metaphysical questions such as how they can find ways to help people can live happier, more fulfilling lives and create more meaningful connections with each other.

How does your financial institution’s long-term technology strategy align with this notion? Are you focused primarily on implementing new technology that will grow your consumer base, generate more revenue and increase your outstanding loan balances? Or, are you equally seeking solutions that will optimize technology to make life easier and more rewarding for your consumers and staff?

The Financial Brand recently released a new study, Digital Banking Consumer Engagement, that details how community financial institutions are falling further behind big banks when it comes to using technology to increase engagement. The big banks aren’t using expensive, cutting edge strategies – the report tracked readily available technologies like mobile new account opening, online applications that take less than 5 minutes to complete and digital funding options.

Despite demand from consumers and ample supply from fintechs, the adoption rates for these tools was low. Only one-third of financial institutions that participated in the study allow consumers to open a new checking account using a mobile app. A staggering 39% require an in-person trip to a branch to complete that process. Only 18% say their online account opening process takes less than five minutes. Nearly half don’t allow consumers to stop and save the account opening process in one channel and continue using another channel.

This isn’t just a strategy to increase market share among millennials because they are lazy or softer than previous generations. This is a long-term, groundbreaking change in our approach to technology according to Bill Gates, the second richest man in the world. And the richest man in the world – Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos – is undoubtedly on board with the idea of using technology to improve our quality of life. Nearly every successful Amazon innovation, from free shipping to Alexa, has focused on finding ways to make our modern life easier.

Like the saying goes, it’s not the number of years in your life that matters, it’s the life in your years. What was true in simpler times is even more important in our modern, digital world. And for community financial institutions, technology that improves consumers’ quality of life could very well be the key to their survival.

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Four New Service Standards to Keep Your Eye On in 2020

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We all know what the Amazon effect is, right? That’s when your consumers expect you to offer digital service and delivery on par with the $178B retail and tech giant.

That’s why it’s crucial you make the most of every single penny allotted to your 2020 tech budget. It’s not enough to compare your service to the other community FI across town. You need to measure up to the general service standard consumers expect across all industries.

According to consumer service experts, here are four service standards American consumers will expect from all retail firms in 2020.

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Consumer-centric attitude

We’ve all heard the statistics about how it costs five times more to acquire a new consumer than it does to keep an existing one. So if consumers expect Amazonian digital service and experts call for a possible recession in 2020, you’d better believe successful firms will put more emphasis on retaining consumers next year than acquiring new ones.

Those digital channels that make product and service delivery so efficient can be your best friend and worst enemy when it comes to word-of-mouth referrals. How often do you see posts on social media from friends who are delighted with a product or company? Probably just as often as you see posts from those who are furious with poor service and exacting revenge.

Word of mouth has expanded exponentially from yesterday’s one-on-one friendly chats. Your consumers can share their service experience with hundreds or thousands of people (or millions, if it goes viral) just by pressing enter. It only takes one bad experience to wipe out the gains from an entire marketing campaign, which is a sobering thought during budget season.

You absolutely must prioritize providing your existing consumers with the very best service you can provide, whether it’s face-to-face or through digital channels.

Personalized service

If you’re in marketing, you’ve probably already heard of “a market of one.” Your consumers expect you to know which products and services they’re interested in and which ones they aren’t. How in the world can they expect such a thing? Because these days, most people – especially young adults – have a general understanding of big data and how it can be used to personalize the consumer experience. They know that as their financial institution, you have a lot of data at your disposal.

The days of “do you want fries with that” sales pitches are over. Studies have shown that young adults aren’t weirded out seeing auto loan ads pop up in their social media newsfeeds after researching new cars online. In fact, they expect it. They aren’t going to waste their time searching for financial services when your competitors make it so easy they don’t have to.

And even if your credit union or community bank provides a better deal, your consumers will never know about it.

Life moves quickly these days, and consumers don’t have much tolerance for organizations that waste their time. A 2020 budget priority should be providing personalized service that leverages consumer data across multiple touch points that include your website, call center, branches and mobile app.

Secure concierge

Speaking of not wasting consumers’ time, another service expectation in 2020 will be the ability to perform tasks on behalf of consumers. Don’t tell a consumer to go do something when your call center rep or even your systems could do it for them. For example, don’t ask a borrower for a copy of their paystub to verify income if you have been receiving their direct deposit for two years.

Consumers don’t care that your core system lacks functionality or your service reps aren’t authorized to perform the task they need. They just want you to help them be more efficient with their time, and they’ll go somewhere else if you can’t deliver.

Here’s an important part of concierge service that could give your community financial institution an edge over fintechs and big banks: yes, consumers want you to perform tasks for them, but not at the expense of data security. Make sure your systems and workflows are secure so you’re not the subject of the next data breach story in the news.

One and done

Centralizing your operations is a big trend these days, but if you make your consumers wander through the maze of your organization chart to find the right person to solve their problem, you’ll lose them. In fact, consumers today expect firms to resolve questions and issues with just one point of contact and in real time.

That’s one reason why chatbots have been more popular than expected. Spending a few seconds answering some questions that route the caller to the right place is much better than sitting on hold, waiting for help … only to find out they need to be transferred to another department.

While chatbots work well for simple questions and call routing, they don’t replace consumer service with a live person who can provide reassurance and problem solving skills. The key to a successful centralized operations team is both technology and face-to-face consumer service representatives who resolve issues efficiently and effectively.

Service standards are a very important part of your 2020 budget planning, but they aren’t everything. To learn more about the economy, a new operational trend, and how the continued challenge to remain relevant will impact your financial institution, your consumers and your 2020 budget, click here to download our new white paper, “3 trends that will drive your 2020 budget.”

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Is your Financial Institution loved?

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When community financial institutions compare themselves to big banks, they usually talk about great service.

“Our consumers love us,” they say.

But do they? Do they really?

Data has helped FIs more accurately measure performance boosting factors like market sensitivity to rates and fees, look-to-book ratios and digital marketing rate of return. Data has also helped improve the accuracy of net promoter scores and consumer satisfaction. This data might show that your financial institution is performing better than your competition; and yet, you’re still not meeting your organizational goals.

It seems like something is missing. That something is love.

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Back before technology quantified everything, financial institutions relied upon old fashioned human indicators to measure how much their consumers loved them. Things like word-of-mouth referrals and branch traffic may sound quaint today, but they represent one thing that’s missing in our digital, data-driven world: human interaction.

Research says today’s consumer wants 24/7 digital access, automatic loan decisioning, the latest P2P payments service, and of course, the best products and most competitive rates.

But do they? Do they really?

A recent J.D. Power Retail Banking study revealed something very interesting: the thing consumers said they want most from their financial institution is advice. Of those surveyed, an overwhelming 78% said they wanted financial advice, but only 28% said they received it. You might think you’re providing advice on your website when you explain your products and services, or in blog posts that teach financial literacy skills. But that’s not advice. Advice requires a two-way conversation that values listening as much as selling.

How survey participants said they received advice supports this fact. Of those who told J.D. Power they received advice, only 33% who received it via email said it met their needs. Compare that to the 58% who loved the advice they received face-to-face. Now here’s where it gets tricky: nearly 60% said they want to receive that face-to-face advice through their financial institution’s mobile app.

“The key takeaway from this study is that there is a huge opportunity to leverage a combination of in-person and digital interactions to provide advice and guidance that assist customers in their financial journey,” said Paul McAdam, J.D. Power senior director of banking practice.

We believe when a financial institution uses technology to make its consumers feel loved, it’s the best of both worlds. And we think your bottom line will show it.

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Video Banking Evolution

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As I’ve reflected on my 20 years in video banking, it’s been fun to see how far we’ve come. To highlight milestones in my video banking journey, I created this timeline. I hope you enjoy reviewing the milestones that have lead us here. Now let me welcome you to join us in the milestones to come.


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Centralizing Lending Delights Consumers and Lenders

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Only 26% of consumers prefer to conduct their financial business in a branch, according to a new study from global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. That’s down from 38% in 2016.

This change in consumer behavior fueled an all-time record of nearly 2,000 branches closed in 2018, according to S&P Global.

Don’t assume this trend is only being driven by routine transactions. Lending is also experiencing a service shift, moving from loan officers in every branch to a focused, centralized effort. And we’re not just talking about credit card applications. Even mortgage lenders are centralizing their operations.

Last fall, the $123 billion BMO Harris Bank eliminated most of its branch mortgage officer positions and now sends borrowers to a centralized mortgage call center and an online mortgage application platform.

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Bankrate.com Chief Financial Analyst Greg McBride said mortgage loan officers simply aren’t being utilized in branches anymore. However, digital doesn’t necessarily mean an entirely online experience.

“The use of call centers or video conferencing centralizes the taking of applications and provides a human interaction in a more efficient manner than stationing someone in a branch,” he added.

That human interaction is key to a successful centralized lending effort. Loan officers are located in an efficient, single location, but are available to borrowers via phone or video. Consumers usually have the option to call in from home, work or while traveling … and, just in case a consumer visits a branch to apply for a loan, most financial institutions also offer video access from the branch, too.

Video-based lending teams also close the gap when it comes to online lending attrition rates. Community financial institutions have invested significant capital in online self-service account opening and loan application tools, only to be disappointed that 80% or more of applicants abandon the cart. Video Banking provides the engagement needed to identify a borrower who is struggling with the application process to assist them immediately with a click of a button…

Centralized lending also allows financial institutions to select the best employees for the job – those whose skill sets focus on the drive to sell and grow, rather than task-oriented branch responsibilities.

The more lenders can focus on just lending, the more skilled they become. Think about it – it’s difficult to be consistent when you only do something a couple of times a week. Due to low volume, in-branch lenders don’t have an opportunity to complete a variety of loans on a regular basis, which can sometimes lead to costly mistakes. A centralized team with higher volumes improves consistency, makes training easier, and allows for easier goal and improvement tracking.

Not only are loan officers more focused on their jobs, in many cases centralizing lending operations allows them to sit close to their underwriting and processing teams. Not only does this improve efficiency that allows for loan decisioning within 30 minutes or less, but it also provides a culture in which the entire team works together to achieve organizational loan growth goals.

FIs that have centralized their lending operations have the numbers to back up that concept. For example, one credit union on the east coast saw a huge productivity boost after centralizing its lending operations, seeing an average loan volume per employee increase by 80%. Brett Christensen of CU Lending Advice has been touting the benefits of centralized lending for a few years. In one of his recent presentations, he said a credit union in Texas centralized lending and in one month one of their centralized lenders sold 143 GAP policies, 47 extended warranties and funded $3.7M in new loans.

The entire organization is more efficient across the board, too. Centralized lending allows staffing decisions to be based on overall loan volume, not geography. The $730 million Tropical Financial Credit Union in Miramar, Florida, reduced its front-line lending staff by 77%, from 19 employees spread out across their branch network to just 9 centralized and highly productive staff.

POPi/o is a perfect system to build a successful centralized lending strategy because it provides face-to-face video interaction at the borrower’s convenience and it was created to support lending workflows. For example, POPi/o collaboration tools provide the ability for loan officers to educate consumers on their loan choices with screen sharing, slide sharing, and other engaging tech tools. Once a product selection has been made, the consumer can provide their photo ID, proof of income and other necessities, then review and sign the loan application in just one video chat session.

If you are interested in learning more about how POPi/o can help support your centralized lending strategy, please contact us for a POPi/o demo at www.POPio.com.

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Data Shows that Video Banking Generates Positive ROI

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They say you can’t put a price on great service but try convincing your boss of that when you’re pitching a new digital service channel. The bottom line is undeniable: ROI matters.

Video banking delivers ROI, and our users’ 2018 data proves it.

Most people think of video banking as just another way to process routine account transactions, but that’s not true. Last year, the most frequent use of POPi/o Video Banking was lending.

Let that sink in for a moment. More than one-third – 36% to be exact – of customers who contacted their credit union or bank using video banking did so to apply for or fund a loan. And these weren’t just consumer loans, either. Twenty-six percent of our financial institutions utilize video banking as a way to process business loans.

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All that consumer and business loan activity means a direct source of new interest and fee income, and a chance to grow your market share. And as rates continue to rise, your ROI and income will grow along with it.

Okay, so surely the second most common use of video banking was routine transactions, right? Yes, but just barely: 16% of consumers used video banking for account service. However, following right behind at 15% were consumers who opened new accounts.

When you put together the loans and new account activities more than half of all consumers using the video banking channel last year contributed a quantifiable business value to their financial institution. Why is video banking such a great channel for profitable account activity? Because it’s more than just a channel that supports face-to-face conversation. POPi/o Video Banking includes key workflow capabilities that provide a complete service experience. For example, consumers can use video banking to easily upload supporting documents to complete loan applications, like IDs and paystubs. Video banking even supports eSignatures, which means consumers can go from application to funding in just one call.

That level of video interaction delights consumers, and our data shows it. POPi/o Video Banking scored 4.7 stars out of 5 with our financial institutions’ customers, which include more than just millennials and Gen Z. Video banking is also popular with retirees who have limited mobility, customers who speak English as a second language and middle-aged executives who travel for work.

The most popular channel for video banking is mobile – 63% of POPi/o financial institutions have deployed video banking into the mobile channel because it gives them the greatest reach. However, surveys show that most consumers prefer to use more than one channel to access their financial accounts, so our financial institutions also work toward also implementing video banking online and/or in a branch.

Another interesting point revealed in our 2018 user data was that the average video banking call is only a little more than five minutes. That’s a perfect length that allows your representatives and your customers to have a complete, yet efficient, service experience.

If you’d like to learn more about our 2018 user data and how POPi/o Video Banking can produce positive ROI for your credit union or bank, please request a demonstration here.

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Video Conferencing vs. Video Banking

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Can’t we just use Skype?

What’s the difference between video conferencing and video banking? Can’t you just use Skype, FaceTime or Zoom to talk to consumers with less overhead?

If you’re in charge of operations and want to add video banking to your FI’s digital channels, you might get these questions from your boss, executive team or board. There are very distinct differences between video conferencing and video banking, and in order to deliver the experience your consumers expect and maintain your service standards, you definitely need to offer video banking.

However, if you’re not prepared for the question and caught off guard you might struggle to explain the differences, so here’s a quick rundown of the facts.

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Video Conferencing

Video communication apps allow two people in different locations to communicate face to face. As 3G and 4G technology availability has made connection faster and cheaper, video chat has become very popular across generations. Video conferencing is more than a Skype chat with Grandma. It also provides the ability to share educational information and provide a platform for business negotiations.

That’s one of the big differences between video conferencing and video banking – the former enables communication between businesses and is not addressing the consumer side of collaboration. Additionally, most video conferencing platforms require both parties to set a date and time to communicate, which creates service friction. How many times have you been the only one to show up for a video conference? It’s incredibly frustrating; imagine experiencing that as a consumer.

Video chat apps aren’t secure enough for banking transactions. You’ve probably heard the recent news about the iPhone FaceTime bug that allows users to eavesdrop on others before they even accept the call. The last thing your FI needs is bad publicity suggesting you don’t properly safeguard financial information because you used FaceTime to conduct financial transactions.

Finally, video conferencing’s main purpose is cost savings. It means you don’t have to fly your vendor or your remote team members into the main office for an in-person meeting. Free or low-cost video conferencing services might be cheaper than video banking, but when it comes to digital channels, cost savings isn’t the only factor to consider. Convenience, consumer experience, compliance, and workflow must be included in your due diligence.

Video Banking

Video banking, on the other hand, does more than allow face-to-face digital communication. It recreates an entire branch experience, with tellers, consumer service representatives, loan officers, and financial advisors.

That’s the biggest difference between the two channels – video banking was custom built to meet the needs of banking consumer needs and work with banking workflows. Unlike video conferencing, video banking usually includes the following features:

  • Document collection
  • Document signature
  • Screen sharing
  • Presentations
  • URL sharing
  • Standardized business workflows
  • Branch, web, and mobile deployments

A robust video banking app brings all of your products and services together, which increases your staff efficiency and racks up sales.

Unlike video conferencing, which requires everyone to show up at a specific date and time, video banking can be built into your call center queue. That makes it on demand for consumers, the way retail channels should be.

Video banking also allows you to record the call, produce logs and metrics to track performance and provide data to prove compliance. That’s important: video banking apps are compliant with security regulations that safeguard financial data. WebEx and FaceTime are great services, but they aren’t going to impress your executive team.

Financial regulators are expected to scrutinize technology even more in 2019, according to a recent American Banker article. It reported that because Democrats have regained control of the House, and Republicans only hold a slim majority in the Senate, banking regulation is expected to tighten. Additionally, banking regulators are still under pressure to protect consumers from data breaches. You should expect your examiner to review all of your fintech vendors and digital channels, searching for weak links. Now is not the time to skimp on security!

Finally, consumers value experience more than ever. In fact, surveys keep revealing that younger consumers are willing to pay more for a loan if the lender provides a superior digital experience. Even Grandma, who already knows how to use video chat technology, appreciates the convenience video banking provides – many banks and credit unions have found that video banking adoption rates across all generations have been higher than expected.

The differences between video conferencing and video banking are clear. Start providing better experiences, that will make your financial institution one your consumers love.

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10 Reasons to Look to the Cloud

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Financial institutions have been wringing their hands for years, wondering when tech giants Amazon and Google will compete against them directly.

The answer might be never.

According to an article published in The Wall Street Journal, Amazon and Google aren’t as interested in banking as they once were. The reason is that as financial institutions increasingly transfer technology to the cloud, Amazon and Google are making more money offering cloud computing services to FIs than they could make competing against them offering banking services to consumers.

Business is booming for Amazon’s AWS, Alphabet’s Google Cloud and Microsoft’s Azure as financial institutions transfer infrastructure, platforms, software and recovery systems from on-site servers to the cloud.

POPi/o Mobile Video Cloud recently changed its name to reflect our Software as a Service structure (Saas). When it comes to leveraging everything the cloud has to offer technology, we’re all in.

Why has POPi/o and the financial services industry finally embraced the cloud? Here are 10 reasons.

  • Disaster recovery
    • We’ve all seen the horrific damage to buildings that Hurricane Michael caused. I’m sure there were plenty of bank and credit union executives who watched nervously as the hurricane veered dangerously close to their service bureau or backup facilities. Don’t let natural disasters – from which you’re protecting your systems – be the weak link that causes disaster recovery failure. Cloud-based disaster recovery services will keep you up and running and allow you to focus on serving victims of natural disasters who need your help.
  • Faster updates
    • The policy of prevention over cure rules today’s digital-first marketplace. The cloud allows you to automatically fix bugs, update customization and make other updates without having to individually upload to each workstation.
  • Quicker deployments
    • The cloud allows you to deploy new technology and services in hours instead of days … or weeks … or even months. All you need is a browser and a bit of training.
  • Serious cost savings
    • This is a biggie. Not only do on-premises hardware and the required software upgrades cost big bucks, but you also have to pay for someone to install and update software, install and manage servers and run backups. With the cloud, those expenses are the responsibility of the vendor; you only pay for what you need.
  • Security
    • For too long, financial institutions were afraid the cloud posed a security threat. Yet research has consistently shown that human error is a greater risk. The cloud doesn’t require in-house physical access security and deployed security protocols. Encryption can be deployed across a wider network quickly, and cloud servers are located at secure locations that are rigorously tested and have multi-factor security.
  • Ongoing education
    • Cloud service providers take the guessing out of getting a new solution to work for you. Rather than relying on in-house expertise, which will require you to pay for educational courses and conference to keep current, your vendor will be your expert.
  • Flexible scalability
    • The cloud is scalable as you grow. If you need more licenses, you can get more licenses. If you need to take some away, go right ahead. As your business grows or slows, the cloud will adapt with you.
  • Mobility
    • Cloud-based services are internet based, so you can access your systems from wherever you or your remotely-based staff have an internet connection.
  • Competitive
    • The cloud allows you to disrupt your market with enterprise-class technology and speed while staying lean and nimble.
  • Environmentally friendly
    • Not only will you reduce the space required in branches and your headquarters to store and access servers, but cloud protocol is also greener than onsite technology because you only use as much as you need.
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How to Slay FOUR Common Convenience Killers

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Mobile channels are supposed to improve convenience, but most mobile banking apps have fallen flat. According to a recent Magnify Money report published in The Financial Brand, consumers gave mobile banking apps an average rating of 3.7 out of 5, a merely average 74% score.

The culprit is friction – all of that red tape that kills convenience. Eliminating friction is the primary objective of POPi/o Mobile Video Cloud’s video banking solution. We’ve been thrilled to hear how our clients have utilized mobile video to reduce friction and create a better experience that builds sales and brand loyalty.

Here are four common convenience killers and ways mobile video can eliminate them.

#1 Onboarding

We’ve all seen the dismal online and mobile loan application abandonment rates, which can be as high as 98%. When Southwest Financial FCU launched POPi/o in September 2017, its primary goal was to increase loan volume by decreasing friction in the lending process due to the credit union’s largely remote membership. In particular, Southwest Financial was still asking consumers to fax signed loan documents to complete applications. The result was a frustrating 80% loan application abandonment rate. Consumers were put off by the inconvenient process, and employees were wasting time calling to follow up on docs that never arrived. With POPi/o video banking, loan apps are signed, sealed and delivered with just one call.

#2 Authentication

Wire fraud is a big problem for financial institutions, with losses at mid-sized banks and credit unions running as high as tens of thousands of dollars per month. In July, the FBI issued an alert warning against a new scam in which a bad actor accesses a legitimate email account to request unauthorized wire transfers. The FBI reported that there have been more than 41,000 victims in the U.S. alone, accounting for a total of $3 billion in fraudulent wire transfers. Many of our clients use video banking to verify wire transfers. Not only does video banking make verification compliance more convenient for consumers, the institution can also use facial identification to confirm it’s really their consumer requesting the transaction.

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#3 Navigation

As consumers, we’ve all experienced poorly designed apps that aren’t intuitively organized and don’t provide the information we need. We may spend a few moments trying to navigate around the app to find what we want, but it doesn’t take long before we abandon the effort. Video banking isn’t an end-all solution for a poorly designed banking app, but it can reduce friction by providing quick and easy access to subject matter experts. South Bay Credit Union uses POPi/o video banking to provide fast, face-to-face access with experts, who may be located centrally or in a branch. No matter where consumers are, they can connect instantly, with no navigational friction involved.

#4 Communication

Taking navigation one step further, if a consumer experiences a technical problem or questions a transaction using a mobile banking app, immediate access to a service representative isn’t always available. POPi/o Video Banking not only provides immediate face-to-face service, representatives can utilize the app’s screenshare feature.  This enables your employees to show – not just tell – consumers how to resolve issues. POPi/o Video Banking is also very helpful when assisting consumers who don’t speak English. Pioneer Federal Credit Union uses POPi/o Video Banking to assist Spanish speaking members, who often want branch service but sometimes arrive to find no bilingual employee on duty. Video banking allows the credit union to draw upon its centralized staff to quickly find a bilingual employee, providing clear communication to non-English speakers in any branch, or wherever they may be.

What happens next? You slay even more. 

POPi/o Video Banking eliminates nearly all mobile convenience killers. Our bank and credit union clients continue to impress us with the innovative ways they’re using our solution to reduce friction and improve their consumer experience. If your brand loyalty is on the ropes because of a convenience killer, give us a call. We can bring your mobile service experience back to life.

Read more in this CU Times Article by Gene Pranger

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The Science of Friction

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For months, financial services leaders have been wondering if Amazon will enter the mortgage market. Perhaps they’re asking the wrong question.

Whether or not Amazon offers mortgages doesn’t even matter because Quicken Loans’ Rocket Mortgage has already upended the financial services market. Quicken Loans is currently the nation’s top mortgage lender by volume, originating $20.5 billion in the first quarter of 2018. Rocket Mortgage not only streamlined the application process to eight minutes, it has reduced closing time on purchases to just 16 days.

Quicken Loans isn’t the only mortgage lender that has reduced friction for borrowers. In fact, so many lenders provide such an advanced mortgage lending experience, Amazon may take a pass on the mortgage market because they currently don’t see enough opportunity to gain a competitive advantage.

Most agree that credit unions and banks need to upgrade technology to provide a customer experience that competes with these fintechs. However, financial services leaders are wrong when they think better hardware, more digital delivery channels and improved efficiency are the answer.

Fintechs approach technology differently, baking in innovation instead of just bolting it on. They are organized around customer needs; the customer experience drives operational strategy. Traditional financial institutions, in contrast, are still focused on product and functional silos. Instead of supporting innovation by dynamically adjusting operations, most FIs change one process, function or technology at a time.

Digital channels have eliminated the curtain between front and back office operations. Customers expect automated applications that fill personal information fields from their account data and other sources. They expect tracking tools that keep them informed of exactly where their mortgage loan approval stands in real time.

This back office emphasis has produced a dramatic increase in application abandon rates. According to a 2016 SaleCycle blog,  consumers abandon a whopping 80 percent of online financial applications.

A common reason cited is the application process takes too long. According to a 2016 study by Signicat, the average online app took nearly 18 and a half minutes to complete.

Consumers also say too much personal information is needed when they apply for accounts or credit, a complaint that will continue to increase as data is more easily shared among connected organizations.

Financial institutions must reduce digital friction to maintain market share. The Financial Brand identified five ways banks and credit unions can improve their application process to reduce friction and improve abandonment rates. They include:

  1. Use mobile first design. That means minimizing fields, reducing keystrokes and minimizing scrolling because they take effort on mobile devices. Mobile is how your customers are increasingly interacting with your institution.
  2. Offer save and multichannel functionality. Requiring a restart always leads to high abandon rates.
  3. Make the experience 100% digital. It’s hard to believe this needs to be said in 2018, but requiring consumers to visit a branch to finalize an application makes abandonment rates skyrocket. All processes should support digital signatures and support electronic document submission.
  4. Onboard the requested product first. Resist the temptation to cross sell until after the application is complete.
  5. Recover abandoned applications. Collect the important information first, like name, email and phone number. Then, follow up on abandoned applications as quickly as possible. Not every abandoned app means the consumer changed their mind.

By the way, just because you offer amazing digital service doesn’t mean consumers will be satisfied. According to April 2018 research from J.D Power, digital-only customers are far less satisfied than customers who use both digital and face-to-face service. That’s because communication is where banking relationships typically fall short, the research revealed. The solution is to include highly personalized digital interactions along with transformed branch experiences that serve the needs of both digital-centric and branch-dependent customers. Which is exactly why we invented POPin Video Banking, to bridge that gap, improve communication and reduce friction.

So back to Amazon entering the mortgage market. If the market is already saturated with fintechs that provide frictionless service that rivals Amazon, tomorrow is too late to transform your innovation culture. You must begin today.

See how friction is directly affecting your business by clicking here to download the The Science of Friction Infographic.

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The Engagement Gap is Digital Delivery’s Biggest Challenge

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Losing the Relevance of Bank Branches

The migration from branches to digital channels continues. According to a Feb. 8 report in The Wall Street Journal, the banking industry closed 1,700 branches in the 12 months ending in June 2017, this was the largest one-year decrease ever.

Not only are branch numbers falling, but the relevance with the consumers is falling too. I’m sure you remember the day when branch location was the primary decision criteria when selecting a new bank or credit union. Now it’s fallen to third place according to Novantas research (2017 Omni Channel Shopper Study). A superior digital banking experience is now number one. In a different study (2017 Account Opening and Onboarding Benchmarketing Study) they found that about one-third of all consumers prefer to open their account digitally.

Looking at all of this research, it would appear that consumers increasingly prefer digital service over face-to-face branch service.

But not so fast.

Digital Channels, still not Engaging

While consumers continue to adopt digital channels, they’re not exactly thrilled about the service they’re receiving. A January poll of more than 1,600 digital banking users revealed that 68% of Americans who have used digital banking in the past year were frustrated by the experience. One-third polled were so frustrated, they told Harris Poll and D3 Banking Technology, they were willing to leave their financial institution in search of a better digital experience.

The report, as well as Novantas research, indicated two digital banking pain points for consumers.

  1. First, many institutions haven’t evolved digital banking beyond basic transactions, like checking account balances or transferring funds. Consumers want more – at a minimum, mobile deposit, P2P and mobile account opening. Savvy consumers are already asking for artificial intelligence capabilities, biometrics, and voice-driven interfaces.
  2. Second, most digital banking solutions don’t provide optional human engagement. In the event of a problem, most systems require the user to abandon the digital channel and seek a phone representative or branch employee.

Creating Digital Engagement

What’s the difference between digital transactions and digital engagement? About an hour. On average, Facebook users spend about an hour each day on the social media platform. Compare that to roughly 54 seconds a day that typical customers interact with a leading global retail bank and it’s clear that financial institutions are missing the engagement mark.

The retail engagement has changed drastically over the last 10 years. Rather than talk at customers, educating them about the benefits of products and services, companies now speak with them. The difference is two-way dialogue that listens to customers’ wants and needs … a lack of two-way dialogue defines the digital engagement gap.

Eliminating the digital engagement gap can seem overwhelming to a financial institution struggling to do it all – provide high-touch service to those who need it and high-tech service to those who want it – all the while complying with myriad regulations.

Is there hope to make Digital more Engaging?

Absolutely. Going forward, banking strategy must partner with third-party technology providers to create two-way conversations and transition from a transactional data mindset to an engagement mindset. Without it, banks and credit unions will be left behind, relegated to little more than transaction facilitators while business models that focus on engagement will win more complex and profitable functions, like lending and wealth management.

POPi/o Video Banking is an excellent way to improve digital banking engagement. Providing an on-demand video representative provides consumer with the reassuring touchstone of human problem-solving they crave in a branch … but with the convenience of having that branch like experience in the palm of their hand. POPi/o Video Banking can expand a financial institution’s footprint in a meaningful way beyond branch locations because the platform supports document sharing, signature capture, and workflow management. We even monitor emotional expressions to give video representatives positivity coaching tips that ensure customer satisfaction.

POPi/o Video Banking is a two-way digital engagement solution. Together, we can advance banks and credit unions into the digital age and transform consumer banking.

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An Open Letter to Bankers About Your Millennial Challenge

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Before we even get started, I need to clear the air. I believe it would be dishonest, disingenuous and even misleading for me to express my opinion without you knowing what I am.

I am a millennial.

I am also a fintech executive.

I will never forget attending BAI a number of years ago. I watched a group of suits, at least 60 years old or older, discussing and hypothesizing why millennials were giving them so much trouble.

The dialogue went something like this: Millennials are lazy. Millennials are entitled. Millennials whine. Millennials have no idea what the world is or what is expected, and they avoid hard work.

No solutions. The takeaway was simply: millennials need to change. The End.


Here’s why that narrative presents a problem and a challenge for the banking industry. According to The Financial Brand, 71% of our diverse and highly educated generation, representing more than 25% of the U.S. population, would rather go to the dentist than listen to what financial institutions are saying.

Millennials also contribute more than $1.3 trillion to the economy in annual spending. By the way, we want to spend money on financial services. A recent Accenture study revealed our top financial goals include building up an emergency fund (64%), saving for retirement (49%), and buying a home (33%). Nearly half of millennials already have $15,000 or more in savings, and 16% have $100,000 or more.

We have more access to information than any prior generation. We have high expectations for digital experiences because technology has been continuously pushed into our hands since we were young. Thank you, by the way. (Sincerely)

We are also a generation looking for a partner who can deliver the help we need in filling our financial education gaps. Two out of every three millennials say they want their financial institution to give them software so they can keep track of transactions, payments and other financial data in real-time, and then use that data to provide better recommendations. When accustomed to living an instant Amazon Prime-level of personalization, speed and service, the lack of evolution in financial services at a bank or credit union can be frustrating.

Admittedly, we are not a patient generation, but we are grateful for the few banking advances that delight.

Remote check deposit. AMAZING.
Pay my friends or businesses without a card. INCREDIBLE.

Give us more to rave about. Here’s what your financial institution can do to meet us halfway.

First, sell me what you have, not what you hope to have. Removing the disparity between those two things will make business with millennials much easier. When you use the words “fully online” or “instant approval,” and then ask me to come into a branch, know that I am walking away. In this day and age, words are more important than ever.

Second, allow more access. Make it easy for me to access the resources I want when it is most convenient for me, without misleading marketing. And give me access to the resource we both love: your employees. Millennials appreciate companies that successfully use technology to conveniently provide face-to-face, personalized service. POPi/o Video Banking is an excellent example of that mix, which is why I sincerely believe in our value proposition.

Third, you know my financial future (just look at Social Security), so help me get to where I need to be. When I am asking questions or evaluating solutions, pay attention and use your product and service knowledge to offer the best match. I take my financial future seriously, and silly upsells that are unrelated to my needs demeans any prior positive experience.

The good news is your employees are the solution. Email. Phone. Video chat. That is how I get access and work actually gets done on my behalf, with the latter providing an in-branch experience at any hour.

Listening, really listening to your millennial market, is the first step to building a better relationship.

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5 Unexpected Video Banking Customers

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Millennials, millennials, millennials.

All financial institutions work hard to attract these young adults born between 1982 and 2000. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, they number more than 83 million and are beginning to represent a significant portion of the economy.

If you want to attract millennials, you must offer top notch digital service – there’s no doubt about that. But what about the rest of your customer base, which prefers face-to-face branch service?

Or do they?

Many POPi/o Video Banking clients have been surprised to discover the digital channel has appealed to far more customers than just millennials. Some of these markets have been downright shocking. Here are five unexpected video banking customers you could potentially serve better with video banking.

  1. Spanish speakers. A sizable segment of the U.S. population – 21%, or roughly 61 million people – speak a language other than English with Spanish topping that list at about 38 million. And those Spanish speakers aren’t only located near the southern border. Pioneer Credit Union, an Idaho institution that has $430 million in assets, refers its Spanish-speaking members to the video call center for immediate assistance when no multilingual branch representative is on duty. This is a huge advantage for staffing and scheduling Pioneer’s 14 branches. And, Spanish speaking members are more confident their questions can be answered anytime during the credit union’s service hours.
  2. Fraud victims. Customers who suspect fraudulent activity involving their account usually don’t have time to drive to a branch to resolve the issue. They need immediate assistance, and mobile video banking is just a click away. Video calls also add an additional element of security, because employees can verify that they are speaking to the account holder through visual identification.
  3. The elderly. Baby boomers and the Silent Generation aren’t often considered when financial institutions estimate ROI for digital technology, but Pioneer Credit Union video call reps have reported that elderly members with limited mobility often prefer to conduct their banking over a video connection from home. Why? Because they feel as though they are burdening their families by requesting rides to a branch to conduct their banking. For some members, video banking has meant the difference between maintaining financial independence and surrendering control to family members. Video banking can also prevent elder financial abuse, which often occurs when seniors trust care workers or people who befriend them with the intention of committing financial fraud. Best of all, POPin Video Banking is as easy to use as FaceTime or Skype, which many retirees already use to communicate with children and grandchildren.
  4. Wire transfer customers. One of the first CFPB regulations required far more work on the part of financial institutions to facilitate wire transfers. One particularly onerous regulation requires verification of the wire transfer from the customer before it can be sent. South Bay Credit Union President/CEO Jennifer Oliver said her employees use video banking to verify wire transfers rather than making the customer visit the branch or returning a phone call.
  5. Loan co-borrowers. Obtaining multiple signatures from parties when a loan has more than one borrower can slow the approval and funding process. Mobile video banking app can obtain signatures from multiple individuals during a live video chat by connecting another call into the conversation, or offline at a time that is more convenient for the second individual. POPin Video Banking’s ability to collect signatures and complete documents within the app can be used in myriad other ways to improve lending convenience and the percentage of loan and new account applications that are successfully completed.

Many other unexpected markets love video banking, and there are probably plenty more of which we aren’t even yet aware. You can hear more about how POPi/o Video Banking is the new face of service by watching our new POPi/o TV channel, in which we interview executives at financial institutions so they can tell their stories. Click here to view them.

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Video Banking: 6 Surprising Benefits

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According to a new mobile banking study from Citi, 81% of U.S. consumers use their phone to manage their money at least nine days per month. Nine out of 10 said they preferred using apps over visiting a branch, and one-third of Americans use their mobile banking app more than any other on their smartphone.

“If you don’t have a strong digital and mobile strategy, I don’t know if you’re going to be around,” said Lisa Huertas, Chief eXperience Officer at the $166 million Texas Tech Credit Union in Lubbock, Texas. “I don’t say that to be a doomsday person. Right now, today, you’ve got to be building those bridges between the physical and digital experience.”

Video banking can be that bridge, offering face-to-face service in the palm of consumers’ hands. It’s a holistic solution that allows financial institutions to serve larger geographical territories at lower costs while improving the customer experience.

POPi/o Video Banking also provides robust document support, allowing customers to use the app to submit everything they need to open a new account or apply for a loan. From photo IDs and tax documents to signatures, video banking can provide any service offered in a branch, except dispense cash.

Thanks to feedback from our early adopter clients, we’ve discovered some unexpected benefits of video banking. Here are six exciting uses for video banking you may not have considered.

Lower Loan Loss: Southwest Financial Credit Union, a $63 million institution in Dallas, Texas, reported that mobile video banking’s document support has reduced loan loss. Before the credit union implemented the platform, loan applicants often forgot to email or fax required documents.

“I want to unplug the fax machine,” said Luke Campbell, Vice President of Sales and Service. “I don’t want to use it anymore.”

He went on to say, “Having (the ability to get a) guaranteed signature has been the benefit. Our employees are seeing their loan numbers go up because they’re not losing loans anymore.”

Fraud Verification: Customers who suspect fraud on their account are already under stress, and don’t welcome the added inconvenience of being asked to visit a branch to resolve the issue. Mobile video banking offers immediate assistance. And, the fact that the call happens over video adds an additional element of security. Employees can verify they are speaking to the account holder through visual identification.

Wire Transfer Verification: Whether wire transfers are domestic or foreign remittances, regulations and fraud mitigation responsibilities require verification.  Jennifer Oliver, President/ CEO at the $102 million South Bay Credit Union in Redondo Beach, Calif., said her employees use video banking to verify wire transfers rather than using a phone or making the customer visit the branch.

“That was an unexpected benefit of deploying this type of platform,” she said, noting that it resolves a growing business problem experienced by nearly all financial institutions.

Multilingual Access: Branch employees at the $450 million Pioneer Credit Union in Mountain Home, Idaho, are referring Spanish-speaking members to the centrally-located video call center for immediate assistance when no multilingual branch representative is on duty. A sizable segment of the U.S. population — 21%, or roughly 61 million people — speak a language other than English with Spanish. This is a huge staffing and scheduling advantage, particularly for institutions that serve ethnic populations in their market.

Maintaining Customers Who Relocate: Losing customers and accounts due to job transfers or career changes used to feel unavoidable. In the past, customers simply felt they couldn’t take their financial institution with them when they moved far away. Southwest Financial only has one branch, but video banking makes it possible to serve all Kroger employees – the grocer is its primary SEG – no matter their geographic location or where they may relocate in the future.

Serving Elderly Consumers: We’ve talked about this before, but it’s such a fantastic use of video banking it bears repeating. Elderly members with limited mobility struggle to maintain financial independence because they must rely on family members to provide transportation to a branch. Elderly consumers have adopted POPin Video Banking more than expected because it provides them with the face-to-face service they prefer, and spares them the embarrassment of feeling as though they are burdening their families by requesting rides. The app has a similar look at feel to FaceTime or Skype, which many retirees already use to communicate with family members.

Here’s something that’s not unexpected: video banking also provides exciting brand differentiation, especially because the technology is still relatively new. South Bay Credit Union CEO Jennifer Oliver said, “Right now it’s a wow factor. People think it’s cool. Down the road, I think they’ll start to think of video first rather than getting in the car and driving to us. And when that happens, that’s when we’re super-convenient.”

Busy consumers are searching for time-saving technologies in all areas of their lives, and banking is no exception. And yet, they also want personalized service. Mobile video bridges that gap between declining brick-and-mortar branches and rapidly rising digital and mobile apps. According to recent research, two-thirds of banks and credit unions anticipate offering both in-store video systems and mobile video platforms in the near future. As more of them provide mobile video capabilities, more customers will demand access to this technology — and the convenience it brings.

Written by: Gene Pranger

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Below you will find a full list of our YouTube videos:

Why Video Banking – POPi/o Customer – Texas Tech Federal Credit Union

Fight Fraud with Face-to-Face Authentication – POPi/o Customer – South Bay Credit Union

Keep Your Members – Video Banking That Moves – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer Federal Credit Union

Video Banking Focus Group Results – POPi/o Customer – Texas Tech Credit Union

Member Reactions to Video Banking – POPi/o Customer: South Bay Credit Union

Video Banking Helps Reduce Loan Loss – POPi/o Customer: Southwest Financial Federal Credit Union

Aside from Cash, Video Banking Can Do It – POPi/o Customer: Southwest Financial Federal Credit Union

We Are in Your Back Pocket – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer Federal Credit Union

POPi/o Mobile Video is Changing the Face of Banking


Collaboration Affordable for All – POPi/o Customer: Texas Tech FCU

Prospective POPio Customers – POPi/o Customer: Texas Tech FCU

How Texas Tech FCU Solves Member Requests with POPi/o Video Banking

POPio Video Banking Integrates into a Single Platform – POPi/o Customer: Texas Tech FCU

Consumer Response – POPi/o Customer: Texas Tech FCU

Video Banking Focus Group Results – POPi/o Customer: Texas Tech FCU

Why Video Banking? – POPi/o Customer: Texas Tech FCU

Fax Machines? Unplug Them – POPi/o Customer: Southwest Financial FCU

Video Banking Helps Reduce Loan Loss – POPi/o Customer: Southwest Financial FCU

Aside from Cash, Video Banking Can Do It – POPi/o Customer: Southwest Financial FCU

Member Acceptance of Video Banking – POPi/o Customer: Southwest Financial FCU

Southwest FCU Closes Houston Branch Replaced with POPi/o Platform

Pricing Not a Barrier – POPi/o Customer: South Bay CU

Member Reactions to Video Banking – POPi/o Customer: South Bay CU

South Bay CU Uses POPi/o to Replace Saturday Branch Hours

Fight Fraud with Face-to-Face Authentication – POPi/o Customer: South Bay CU

Remotely Educate Members on Self-Service Tools – POPi/o Customer: South Bay CU

There’s Something Different About Video, It’s Better Than a Phone Call: POPi/o Customer: South Bay CU

POPio Pricing? Implementing Has Been Worth Every Penny – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

We’re NOT Going to Force Members to Visit the Branch – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

Convenience is WAY Better – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

Multi-Lingual Benefits of Video Banking – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

We Are in Your Back Pocket – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

Start by Fighting Fraud – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

Banking for Busy Moms – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

Keep Your Members – Video Banking That Moves – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

Serving Shut-ins – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

POPi/o TV Episode 1: Pioneer FCU Embraces Mobile Video Banking

POPi/o TV Episode 2: Southwest Financial FCU Video Banking Case Study

POPi/o TV Episode 3: Cook Security Video Banking Point of View

POPi/o TV Episode 4: South Bay CU Video Banking Case Study

POPi/o TV Episode 5: Texas Tech CU Video Banking Case Study

Member Adoption of Mobile Video Banking – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

myPioneer Personal Assistant Demo – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

Hiring Video Call Center Representatives – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

How to Get Consumers Comfortable with Video Banking – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

What Can’t You Do with Mobile Video Banking – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

Video Banking Work Flow Development – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

Employee Adoption of Video Banking – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

Implementation, Video Banking is Easy to Get Started – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

Video Banking Integrations: Are They a Barrier? – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

How Do You Sell Mobile Video Banking Internally? – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

Is POPi/o Affordable? – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

Why POPi/o Video Banking vs Other Video Platforms – POPi/o Customer: Pioneer FCU

Why Should FI’s Consider ITMs? – POPi/o Partner: Cook Security Group

How Important is Convenience to Millennials? – POPi/o Partner: Cook Security Group

Is Mobile Video Banking Optional? – POPi/o Partner: Cook Security Group

What It’s Like Working with the POPio Team – POPi/o Partner: Cook Security Group

Video Banking Roll-Out & Member Response – POPi/o Customer: Southwest Financial FCU

Closing More Loans – POPi/o Customer: Southwest Financial FCU

Unplug ALL Fax Machines – POPi/o Customer: Southwest Financial FCU

POPio Team Support – POPi/o Customer: South Bay CU

The Cost Benefits of POPi/o – POPi/o Customer: South Bay CU

The Possibilities of Separate Apps – POPi/o Customer: South Bay CU

How Members Can Love Your FI – POPi/o Customer: South Bay CU

How to Staff Your Video Call Center – POPi/o Customer: South Bay CU

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Video Banking Is More Than a Cool Science Project

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Video provides tremendous benefits to banks and credit unions, but beware of meaningless “video science projects”. By that I mean a deployment that merely proves that a team can get video to work, to see if people will use it, or to model the branch of the future.

Don’t get me wrong, I get just as excited as anyone when an experiment works. However, technology is only as valuable as the business problem it solves.

I’ve worked with Gene Pranger for 10 years now, and our goal has always been to use video to transform the bank or credit union business. Video banking, when done right, offers much more than a Skype-like experience. It solves business problems.

In particular, video banking can substantially improve operational efficiencies and service. Here are four ways:

1. Convenient branch hours

For most credit unions and banks, providing convenient branch hours is extremely expensive. According to a 2017 Gallup poll, only 30% of Americans work remotely, which means 70% of your consumers find it inconvenient to visit your branch during working hours. That results in heavy branch traffic early in the morning, during lunch hour or at the end of the day. And it’s not just your consumers who are inconvenienced; your branch employees must manage their time around the ebb and flow of branch traffic. POPi/o Video Banking solves this problem by providing face-to-face service from wherever your consumers may be, at their own convenience. You can extend these face-to-face service hours by using employees at a centralized, secure location without incurring the cost of extending or increasing staff in each branch. And, longer service hours can help with recruiting, especially among millennials, who want flexible work hours that don’t conform to typical 8-to-5 workdays.

2. Compliance Assistance

Does your bank or credit union struggle to collect documentation required to process a change of address from remote consumers? What happens when a borrower submits all of their loan documentation… except one last thing? And then there’s Reg D, the dreaded federal regulation that limits account holders to six electronic transfers per month. Complying with regulations, policies and procedures can be difficult for consumers who struggle to visit a branch due to business hours or because they live in another state. POPi/o Video Banking can provide substantial compliance support because the service supports document and signature collection.

3. Loan Workflow

Market research firm Forrester reported online loan application abandon rates were a staggering 97.5% in 2016. POPi/o Video allows you to provide personalized product expertise during the online application process to reduce abandonment rates. We also offer a structured workflow that ensures all forms are consistently signed and completed as efficiently as possible. So not only can POPi/o reduce your online abandon rate, but also provides a superior experience for consumers and your employees.

4. Security

POPi/o Video Banking provides face-to-face service for your consumers without compromising the security of your tellers. Video banking representatives have reported that they provide better service, particularly to irate consumers, because they know they are physically safe. Whether the consumer is angry because of an error, overdrawn account or loan denial, your employees have the confidence to handle the matter calmly and professionally.

As an industry let’s stop video science projects and start deploying video solutions which solve meaningful business problems. POPi/o Video Banking collaboration is a great place to start. Not only will your bottom line experience relief, your employees and consumers will thank you too.