Among the more recent technologies, Artificial Intelligence (AI) could have the most significant impact on the financial services industry.
First discovered about 70 years ago, AI has transformed many industries already. From supply chain to retail and travel to education, AI has completely changed how work is done in these industries. The technology is predicted to have a similar impact on finance.
Common Challenges in Finance Marketing
Although financial service providers face many marketing challenges, most providers struggle with three fundamental problems, namely:
As the financial services market grows (thanks mainly to digitization), so does competition. Today the competition is so high that many financial services providers find themselves offering the same products.
Commoditization is a situation where the products and services offered by multiple market players are pretty much the same. When this happens, products from competing players can become interchangeable. As a result, consumers feel that they can move between service providers without losing value. Where there’s high commoditization, it’s very easy to lose customers no matter the quality of your branding.
Lack of Consumer Trust
For a long time now, financial service providers have complained about the lack of trust among clients. In a 2016 survey by the National Association of Retirement Plan Participants, for instance, over 90% of respondents said they did not have faith in their financial services providers.
Again, the chief contributor to the increased distrust is technology. After witnessing so many cyber-attacks and data breaches in the last few years, the majority of consumers feel that their data and money are not safe. The financial crisis of 2008 also seriously eroded the little trust consumers had in financial companies.
In most of the industries where technology is revolutionizing work, automation is one of the major highlights. In these industries, you’ll find many tasks being automated. You’ll also likely find robotic machines working alongside humans to complete tasks faster and with fewer mistakes.
Unfortunately, the finance industry has lagged in automation for several reasons, one of them being the delicate nature of the landscape. In finance, even one small mistake can have grave and far-reaching consequences. Compliance and regulations also make automation a big headache, often forcing providers to stick to traditional, familiar methods.
How AI Solves the Perennial Challenges
Although it’s impossible to solve all the challenges in finance completely, experts predict that Artificial Intelligence can ease many of the problems. Here’s how;
1 – Smarter Credit Decisions
More than three-quarters of consumers prefer to pay via credit and debit cards. Indeed, only 12% of today’s consumers still prefer to pay in cash. What this means is that the credit card segment is more important to financial institutions than ever.
Artificial intelligence provides for a faster, more accurate assessment of loan candidates – at a lower cost. Better still, AI-powered credit assessment solutions account for a wider variety of factors, leading to better-informed, data-backed decisions.
2 – Risk Management
In financial services markets, risk can be deadly if not given proper attention. Accurate predictions are critical to the protection of businesses.
AI will play a starring role in risk management going forward. Using superfast computers and AI solutions, providers can handle vast amounts of data in a short time. Cognitive computing (a branch of AI) helps to manage both structured and unstructured data, making it possible to catch potential issues early.
3 – Analysis of Customer Behavior
In the financial services industry, institutions find it difficult to develop the same deep relationships with customers that may exist with companies in other industries. Through transactional and behavioral analysis, artificial intelligence is empowering the finance industry with the ability to analyze money movement at scale so F.I’s can anticipate the future financial needs of an individual customer. Service providers such as IFM can work with banks to foster the development of A.I. solutions via IFM’s cutting edge technology that cleans and categorizes bank customer electronic financial transactions in near real-time. IFM’s data analytics service enables financial services firms to offer timely products and services to their clients and strengthens the relationship between a customer and the F.I. With IFM’s capabilities, a financial services firm can analyze client behavior and money movement – in near real-time – and can also trigger security mechanisms if patterns of transaction activity seem unusual.
4 – Personalized Banking
Personalization is the new way to market – even in finance. In multiple studies, consumers have made it clear that they are more likely to buy if the experience is personalized. In one study, for instance, 44% of respondents said they are likely to become repeat customers if a brand offers customized services.
AI currently offers some of the best solutions for personalizing the marketing of financial solutions based on consumer behavior and transactional analysis.
Financial Services firms are faced with three common marketing challenges: Commoditization of products and services, lack of consumer trust, and the ability to automate solutions. Artificial Intelligence will help to solve these perennial challenges by providing an opportunity for smarter credit decisions, improved risk management, and a more in-depth analysis of customer behavior to provide a more personalized banking experience.
What strategy should your institution move forward with to solve these marketing challenges? Data Science experts believe that the key to developing A.I. solutions that guarantee better productivity and ROI rests on access to clean and categorized transaction data that can be utilized to power A.I. related solutions.
Reach out to our team at Insight Financial Marketing today to learn how IFM’s Intelligentsia™ service could have a positive impact on your institution’s ability to market the financial solutions of the future.
Rob Reale is an Associate Partner and National Sales Manager responsible for business development and sales at Insight Financial Marketing. Rob began working in the Mortgage Banking industry in 1990 and currently helps the financial service industry leverage unique and innovative solutions.