Finding the balance between website consistency and meeting the consumers’ needs

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There are many reasons why a consumers put a brand on their consideration shortlist, but they generally fall into three categories:

  • Previous experience/impressions of the brand
  • The range of products/deals
  • How easy the website made the research experience

Looking at the reasons why consumers shortlisted various brands for current accounts, mortgages and savings – these categories certainly come into play. However, we start to see some distinct variances in how important each area is depending on the product they are researching.

The following graph highlights some of the differences in the top reasons why consumers consider a brand depending on the product they are looking to apply for.

reasons for consumers shortlisting a brand banking uk*Source: Global Reviews Fruition UK Q4 2018 Research. Current Accounts n=151. Mortgages n=166. Savings Accounts n=151

Previous experience/impressions of the brand seems to be more important amongst those looking for a mortgage.

The range of products/deals is important across the board, but more so for those seeking a new savings account.

How easy the website made the research experience is always important, but consumers specifically think so when looking for a current account.

By understanding the primary drivers behind consumer decision making in relation to various products, brands can tailor their SEO/SEM and landing pages accordingly in order to speak directly to the mindset of the consumer.

For example: the SEO/SEM and landing pages for savings accounts should be centered around product offers and the ability to compare options. Meanwhile for mortgages, the focus should be on brand reputation, instilling a sense of trust and meeting consumer needs. For current accounts the focus should be around making the offerings easy to locate and understand.

It’s not enough to know the differences in how consumers research according to industry, it’s also important to be able to break it down by product – but at the same time ensure a sense of consistency across the site. It can be a challenge to find the right balance, but with thorough research and a broad understanding of consumer drivers, this balance can be met.

 

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UK Banking Webinar Series: Learn from competitors’ mistakes

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Over the past 12 months, Santander has been steadily losing prospective mortgage customers. They have gone from having a 12% preference rate amongst consumers, down to just 6%. Meanwhile, HSBC have recently increased to 16% and Nationwide is maintaining a strong lead with 23%.

Why are Santander losing so many potential customers and how can you learn from their mistakes?

A recent study with 150 consumers looking at website user experience across UK mortgage sites revealed that one of the reasons Santander is rating poorly is because their website is not working as strongly as other brands.

Our recent webinar looked at where along the online customer journey consumers are struggling to connect with Santander’s website. These insights will not only help you to avoid making these same mistakes, but also show you what the top performing brands from around the world are doing to ensure they aren’t losing prospective customers.

Presented by: Rebecca Jennings – Principal Client Advisor

If you enjoyed this webinar you might also be interested in our following webinar: The advancing & stalling of banking mobile sites (& why Tesco Bank needs to change their site)

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Share of Wallet: Best Practice in Cross-selling

Global Reviews has now launched Share of Wallet, a unique data and insights solution that helps your digital and marketing teams to understand the opportunities for a better cross-sell experience for desktop web, mobile web and native app. We’d like to share some information on our methodology with you and show you a few best practice examples.

We conducted research in the banking industry in which we evaluated the current experience and offering of key brands cross-selling within their digital assets and identified best practice in this area across all their products.

With Share of Wallet, we found a solution to:

  • Align/contrast share of wallet performance against the promotion of cross sell opportunities
    • Measure the consumer share of wallet allocation of key brands within banking and insurance industries
    • Audit the implementation of feature and function best practice on digital assets across the same brands
    • Correlate share of wallet performance against the promotion of best practice digital cross-sell strategies
  • Identify best practice in this area across all industries
  • Provide recommendations to improve cross-sell features and functions

Our research shows that there is no correlation between volume of sales a customer has with your company and the volume they have with a competitor. Someone with a current account at one bank, could easily have a home insurance with another bank.

We also can’t focus on absolute satisfaction as a means of understanding share of wallet, for what drives share of wallet, is not what drives the Net Promoter Score (an index that measures the willingness of customers to recommend a company’s products or services to others, used as a proxy for overall customer satisfaction and loyalty to the brand).

Our study on Australian banks shows that the satisfaction rank has no impact on the number of brands customers use.

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So, despite high satisfaction with one product, we found that these are the main reasons for customers to choose a brand for another product they’re interested in:

1. They have the best deals/ offers for my needs (48%)
2. They look like they have good customer service and support features (45%)
3. Their products/ offers were easy to understand (43%)

After our extensive research, our recommendations are:

  • Facilitate quote and applications: This must be a function that is prioritised and provides a good user experience within secure areas, as this is where the existing relationship can play a big part in decision making and ease of completion
  • Help me complete the form: If a current customer is getting a quote or applying, within the customer services area or app, their information should be provided and merely confirmed by the customer (name, address, date of birth, email address, income, employer, assets, debts etc.)
  • Help me understand: Use customer data to provide product recommendations, such as the optimal credit card or loan for them
  • Communication: If you are handing the customer off from one channel to another, ensure that the customer is informed but also that their details are passed on
  • Manage applications and quote: Allow visitors to view and manage applications from within the app, updating them on the progress and status of the application form, and promoting if incomplete
  • Contextual offering and solution approaches: Consider information architecture and content approach, promoting other products softly, in areas where ideal prospective customers may be
  • This content should be shown in a solution/ content manner, rather than an advertisement, in order to be viewed as helpful, UNLESS a strong offer or proposition is available
  • Checking out and quoting functionality: Promote the ability to add, combine, upsell options when quoting or checking out – it is important that cross-buy doesn’t have a negative impact on those who wish to only buy one product
  • Recalling customer data: If an existing customer is following the journey on the public site, they should be given the option to complete in the secure area or recall their details via a policy number etc. to reduce effort required

So how are providers helping existing members to buy more products? Some best practice examples:

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Global Reviews specialises in helping top brands worldwide convert more of their ideal customers online, through the use of the most advanced research methodologies. To find out more about how we can help you and your digital teams, or if your brand would like to be included in our next round of Share of Wallet research, please contact: 

Hannah-Rose Farrington – Commercial Director
T:         +44 (0) 203725 8260
M:        +353 (87) 1263043
E:         hannah.farrington@globalreviews.com

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How to optimise cross-sales conversion: a new solution (webinar)

Global Reviews is delighted to announce the launch of SHARE OF WALLET, a unique data and insights solution that helps your digital and marketing teams to understand the opportunities for a cross-buy experience for desktop, mobile, mobile app and public websites.

Global Reviews evaluated five banks in Australia and their audit scores show that they currently achieve between 27% and 57% cross sell success. We were curious to find out why they lost their existing customers, who are looking for another product they offer, to a different brand.

We evaluated the current experience and offering of key brands cross-selling within their digital assets and identified best practice in this area across all their products.

Share of Wallet measures:

  • How many existing customers, who are in market for another product, you are losing to a competitor that you could and should have won
  • Why your cross sales experience didn’t encourage your customers to buy and to which competitor you lost them to
  • The quality and effectiveness of the experience you are providing online with real world conversion metrics

This analysis creates understanding of the competitor and market forces that are influencing purchasing decisions and identifies what changes you need to make to your site and app to impact conversions.

Some examples of best practice we discovered during our research:

  • Promote complementary products within content, with a solution approach (consider scenarios or personas)
  • Utilise customer data to provide detailed examples of their potential opportunities (borrowing capabilities, repayments, loan type)
  • Give the customer the opportunity to buy or find out more – Don’t forget to plant the seed for later

 

To see more research results and find out more about Share of Wallet, sign up to our webinar of Thursday 6 April 2017, 9am GMT

SoW webinarGlobal Reviews specialises in helping top brands worldwide convert more of their ideal customers online, through the use of the most advanced research methodologies. To find out more about how we can help you and your digital teams, or if your brand would like to be included in our next round of Share of Wallet research, please contact: 

Hannah-Rose Farrington – Commercial Director
T:         +44 (0) 203725 8260
M:        +353 (87) 1263043
E:         hannah.farrington@globalreviews.com

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28% of consumers are unable to find the product range on mortgage websites

In June 2016 Global Reviews observed and measured 400 consumers as they sought after a new mortgage provider online and found that 28% of consumers are unable to find the product range on mortgage websites.

The ability to quickly and easily locate and compare product options is an obvious top need for consumers when researching products online. This is no exception for those looking for a new mortgage provider so it’s a concern when so many consumers are struggling to complete what should be a simple task.

Consumers on the ING Direct website had the highest effectiveness rate with 81% for navigating from the homepage to an area dedicated to showing the product range. They were closely followed by CBA with 80% and Heritage Bank with 78%.

Success rate for locating product range

Given their high success rate, it is not surprising that consumers on the ING Direct website had a much higher level of satisfaction in completing the task with a score of 86%, against the industry average of 75%.

Whilst having a direct and clear navigational path from the homepage to the product page is vital, it is equally important to deliver on content once consumers arrive on the page. This includes adequately detailed information, product comparisons and tools to assist the consumer in finding the best product to suit their needs.

Comparing product options

On average, consumers rated the comparison capabilities of mortgage providers at 75%. The ease of comparison was rated at 71% whilst the interactive elements within the comparison tools only averaged a best practice score of 40%.

NAB was the worst performer with a score of just 44% for how easy it is to compare options. Meanwhile, St George and CBA lead the industry with scores of 81% and 80% respectively ahead of an industry average of 71%.

Ease of comparison

Some of the key features the top performers include on their comparison page that help to boost their scores are:

  • Detailed information including whether or not an offset account is available for the product.
  • Information as to whether redraw facilities are available.
  • Displays definitions of industry specific jargon or displays a link to a glossary
  • Ability to compare all accounts in a single location
  • Displays interest rate information for each account
  • Ability to print the comparison table

Minimal tools for matching products to needs

To find the product that best suits their needs, consumers could read about each product individually or look at a comparison table, however, these methods do tend to rely on a certain level of understanding of how the product works. Something that especially those new to the market would have difficulties in doing successfully.

The solution? A needs matching tool.

Five of the eight brands assessed in this study do not offer such a tool and therefore rely on a certain level of knowledge and understanding from the consumer. A risky move given 17% of consumers said they would leave the site and go elsewhere if they faced difficulties on a site.

The three companies within the industry that do use a tool to assist consumers in deciding which mortgage account is right for them are CUA, ING Direct and NAB. By including a tool to assist in needs matching, these brands scored well ahead of the industry average of 36%. CUA scored 67%, ING Direct scored 62% and NAB scored 50%.

Needs matching content scores

A needs matching tool doesn’t have to be extravagant. The use of guiding questions is a simple way of leading consumers towards a product most relevant to their needs. Obviously the more interactive elements and detail the tool includes, the more confident consumers will be in knowing that they have selected the right product to meet their needs. Given how few brands are offering such a tool, even the basics will deliver a better online experience than having no tool at all.

Taking out a mortgage can be a daunting enough task without the added stress of trying to navigate and understand details on a brand’s website. By providing the right information in an easily digestible format, brands can help consumers feel more confident in their decision and therefore instill a stronger sense of trust in the brand.

Mortgages report 2016

 

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