Category Archives: Customer Acquisition & Retention
Since I joined Informatica over a year ago, I’ve received a daily stream of unsolicited emails from vendors selling “marketable user email/contact list databases” of myriad software and hardware technologies ranging from enterprise apps, business intelligence, Cloud computing, networking and infrastructure, etc. You get the idea – and I’m sure many of you experience a similar phenomenon on a daily basis.
My catalyst for writing a post about this is when I considered the relevance, transparency and quality requirements that data governance leaders strive for –and how these vendors seem to dismiss all of the above. (more…)
Earlier in the week we talked about the first steps to “How A Single View of Your Customer Helps You Better Manage your Customer Service”
Now we will be continuing our steps by taking you from point of delivering your product/service all the way through to renewal/returns. (more…)
The need to be more customer-centric in financial services is more important than ever as banks and insurance companies look for ways to reduce churn as those in the industry know that loyal customers spend more on higher margin products and are likely to refer additional customers. Bankers and insurers who understand this, and get this right, are in a better position to maintain profitable and lasting customer loyalty and reap significant financial rewards. The current market conditions remain significant and will be difficult to overcome without the right information management architecture to help companies be truly customer centric. Here’s why:
- Customer satisfaction with retail banks has decreased for four consecutive years, with particularly low scores in customer service. Thirty-seven percent of customers who switched primary relationships cited in an industry survey showed poor customer service as the main reasons.
- The commoditization of traditional banking and insurance products has rapidly increased client attrition and decreased acquisition rates. Industry reports estimate that banks are losing customers at an average rate of 12.5% per year, while average acquisition rates are at 13.5%, making acquisitions nearly a zero-sum game. Further, the cost of acquiring new customers is estimated at five times the rate of retaining existing ones.
- Switching is easier than ever before. Customer churn is at an all-time high in most European countries. According to an industry survey, 42 percent of German banking customers had been with their main bank for less than a year. As customer acquisition costs running between of €200 to €400, bankers and insurers need to keep their clients at least 5 to 7 years to simply break even.
- Mergers and acquisitions impact even further the complexity and risks of maintaining customer relationships. According to a recent study, 17 percent of respondents who had gone through a merger or acquisition had switched at least one of their accounts to another institution after their bank was acquired, while an additional 31 percent said they were at least somewhat likely to switch over the next year.
Financial services professionals have long recognized the need to manage customer relationships vs. account relationships by shifting away from a product-centric culture toward a customer-centric model to maintain client loyalty and grow their bottom lines organically. Here are some reasons why:
- A 5% increase in customer retention can increase profitability by 35% in banking, 50% in brokerage, and 125% in the consumer credit card market.
- Banks can add more than $1 million to the profitability of their commercial banking business line by simply extending 16 of these large corporate relationships by one year, or by saving two such clients from defecting. In the insurance sector, a one percent increase in customer retention results in $1M in revenue.
- The average company has between a 60% and 70% probability of success selling more services to a current customer, a 20% to 40% probability of selling to a former customer, and a 5% to 20% probability of making a sale to a prospect.
- Up to 66% of current users of financial institutions’ social media sites engage in receiving information about financial services, 32% use it to retrieve information about offers or promotions and 30% to conduct customer service related activities.
So what does it take to become more Customer-centric?
Companies who have successful customer centric business models share similar cultures of placing the customer first, people who are willing to go that extra mile, business processes designed with the customer’s needs in mind, product and marketing strategy that is designed to meet a customer’s needs, and technology solutions that helps access and deliver trusted, timely, and comprehensive information and intelligence across the business. These technologies include
Why is data integration important? Customer centricity begins with the ability to access and integrate your data regardless of format, source system, structure, volume, latency, from any location including the cloud and social media sites. The data business needs originates from many different systems across the organization and outside including new Software as a Service solutions and cloud based technologies. Traditional hand coded methods and one off tools and open source data integration tools are not able to scale and perform to effectively and efficiently access, manage, and deliver the right data to the systems and applications in the front lined. A the same time, we live in the Big Data era with increasing transaction volumes, new channel adoption including mobile devices and social media combined generating petabytes of data of which to support a capable and sustainable customer centric business model, requires technology that can handle this complexity, scale with the business, while reducing costs and improving productivity.
Data quality issues must be dealt with proactively and managed by both business and technology stakeholders. Though technology itself cannot prevent all data quality errors from happening, it is a critical part of your customer information management process to ensure any issues that exist are identified and dealt with in an expeditious manner. Specifically, a Data Quality solution that can help detect data quality errors in any source, allow business users to define data quality rules, support seamless consumption of those rules by developers to execute, dashboards and reports for business stakeholders, and ongoing quality monitoring to deal with time and business sensitive exceptions. Data quality management can only scale and deliver value if an organization believes and manages data as an asset. It also helps to have a data governance framework consisting of processes, policies, standards, and people from business and IT working together in the process.
Lastly, growing your business, improving wallet share, retaining profitable relationships, and lowering the cost of managing customer relationships requires a single, trusted, holistic, and authoritative source of customer information. Managing customer information has historically been in applications across traditional business silos that lacked any common processes to reconcile duplicate and conflicting information across business systems. Master Data Management solutions are purposely designed to help breakdown the traditional application and business silos and helps deliver that single view of the truth for all systems to benefit. Master Data Management allows banks and insurance companies to access, identity unique customer entities, relate accounts to each customer, and extend that relationship view across other customers and employees including relationship bankers, financial advisors, to existing agents and brokers.
The need to attract and retain customers is a continuous journey for the financial industry however that need is greater than ever before. The foundation for successful customer centricity requires technology that can help access and deliver trusted, timely, consistent, and comprehensive customer information and insight across all channels and avoid the mistakes of the past, allow you to stay ahead of your competition, and maximize value for your shareholders.
 2010 UK Retail Banking Satisfaction Study, J.D. Power and Associates, October 2010.
 “Customer Winback”
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Tracking key information across global, regional and departmental levels is often hard enough without considering multiple Salesforce orgs in your business.
If you’re here, then you may already know what a Salesforce org is, but if not, we have a definition available straight from the horse’s mouth:
“A deployment of Salesforce with a defined set of licensed users. An organization/org is the virtual space provided to an individual customer of salesforce.com. Your organization includes all of your data and applications, and is separate from all other organizations.” (more…)
Let me open by stating what I’m not: I’m not one of those psychic data scientists who can predict the future – although sometimes I wish I had gone to the same school that Nate Silver did! However, my hindsight has always been phenomenal! It’s been a year of immense change and one thing I can predict with 100% certainty for 2013 – more change!
It’s become an annual tradition at this time of year to share technology predictions and trends that we should pay attention to in the coming year. They have already started coming through thick and fast – see here for predictions relating to B2B Marketing, Social Media, IDC, Gartner, Tech and even Jim Cramer! I’ve been thinking about this lately and I want to share my top predictions. Read on and tell me what you think. I’d love to hear what your predictions are for 2013 too. Let’s see how close we are on what’s to come. (more…)
I attended Forrester’s Customer Experience conference a couple of weeks ago to get up to speed on how different companies are changing their processes and culture to truly put the customer at the center of their world. Concepts such as voice of the customer, the buyer’s journey, and moments of truth were tossed around like popcorn. The high bar set at the conference was to achieve empathy with the customer in order to deliver true customer experience innovations. Beyond such lofty concepts, there was also a lot of discussion about the underlying practical matter of gathering the relevant data about customers in order to build the knowledge and understanding essential to creating that empathy. (more…)
OppenheimerFunds Dreamforce Story: Lay a Foundation of Trusted and Complete Customer Information for Salesforce
Imagine you are rolling Salesforce out to more than 500 users today. What will be their first impression? Will they be annoyed when they encounter duplicate customer records during their first experience? Will they complain when they need to access other systems to get all the relevant customer information they need to do their job? How will that impact your goals for Salesforce adoption? (more…)
Retail Case Study: Printemps Department Store Builds a Trusted Customer Data Foundation with MDM and Data Quality
If you have never traveled to France, you have missed the unique and exciting shopping experience offered at Printemps, a luxury fashion retailer. Its flagship store in Paris drives 60% of the company’s revenue. More than 1.5 million customers who love fashion visit this store as well as the retailer’s 15 other high-end stores around the country.
Printemps’ goal is to cultivate long-term personal relationships with their high value customers by delivering exceptional services. Their strategy to accomplish this goal is to continuously meet their high value customers’ needs and expectations and create compelling incentives for customers to visit their stores.
Printemps’ marketing team is continually striving to be more customer-centric and improve campaign effectiveness. They are using customer analytics to segment their customers and better understand their preferences. For example:
- Which customers prefer fashion, beauty or accessories?
- Which customers prefer communications through the mail, email, mobile phone, social media channels?
Printemps has plenty of information about their 1.5 million customers. So what
was standing in their way? They lacked a 360-degree view of their high value
customers. The key culprit was duplicate customer information across multiple
I had the honor of introducing Olivier de Compiègne, who is responsible for Project Services and Customer Relationships at Printemps at Informatica World. Olivier’s main message: if your goal is to attract high value customers and boost customer loyalty, first you must invest in a solid customer data foundation.
To build their solid customer data foundation, Printemps’ team is leveraging Informatica Data Quality to ensure their customer information is as accurate and complete as possible across all key sources. They are using Informatica MDM, master data management (MDM) technology to rationalize customer information from numerous data sources to create a single customer view as well as a 360-degree customer view, which includes each customer’s purchase history.
Printemps’ solid customer data foundation is maintained on an ongoing basis, which allows Printemps’ marketing team to have confidence in the data they use for customer analytics and campaign management. Now they can truly support personalized relationships with customers and optimize their marketing by sending tailored messages to targeted customer segments.
If you are trying to cultivate long-term personal relationships with your customers and lack a 360 degree customer view, I hope Olivier’s story was helpful. Do you have similiar goals? Please share your thoughts. I’m interested in hearing from you.
- Watch the video: Printemps’ Trusted Customer Data Foundation Powers Customer Centricity Strategy.
- Review Olivier de Compiègne’s Informatica World presentation slides about how Printemps is using Informatica to build a trusted data foundation. Go to Informatica World Breakout Sessions (Return on Data) to find his presentation as well as others including: Condé Nast, a magazine publisher that uses MDM to boost subscription revenue and customer loyalty.
- Read this Blog: New Aberdeen Survey Confirms MDM’s Value For Customer Centricity, which outlines how best-in-class companies are using MDM to achieve these results: 88% customer satisfaction vs. 32% for laggard companies, 91% customer retention vs. 62% for laggard, 6% increase in net client value vs. a 9% decline for laggards available.
- View this 5-minute video, 3 Key Steps to Attracting & Retaining Customers, which explains the three key customer views needed by sales, marketing and customer service to attract and retain customers: single customer view, 360-degree view of customer relationships and the complete view of customer interactions.
Salesforce.com – a company that has become synonymous with the cloud – acquired over 100,000 customers and one million users within a span of just 10 years. Compare that to a traditional company like General Electric, the only company to be on the Dow Jones Index for over 100 years – it took them over five-times that many years to acquire the same number of customers. This goes to say that customers have been enamored by the cloud and its benefits – no software maintenance, rapid time-to-value, and subscription pricing – to name a few. No wonder, there are thousands of cloud applications and millions of users out there now. I’ve seen projections that the cloud computing market will grow to $241 billion by 2020. This might be a conservative estimate.