Conversational Banking: Financial Services Firms Must Invest or Be Left Behind

Conversational Banking: Financial Services Firms Must Invest or Be Left Behind

Last year, I wrote about conversational interfaces and how they have the potential to disrupt business and technology paradigms over the coming years. To recap, conversational interfaces are an emerging high-level system design model where interactions occur in the user’s spoken or written natural language. Most commonly they are a voice-driven virtual assistant like Alexa or a text-driven...

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The Four Opposing Forces of Customer Loyalty Programs

The Four Opposing Forces of Customer Loyalty Programs

Many of today’s customer loyalty programs were built for a different, pre-digital marketplace. Once-straightforward tactics such as providing coupons, discounts, or basic points systems to drive card usage are no longer enough to move the needle on inspiring true customer loyalty. In an increasingly complex and digital marketplace where “smart” consumers demand real-time, seamless experiences...

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Uncommon Sense: Necessary Conditions

Uncommon Sense: Necessary Conditions

The goal of a for-profit company should be to make a profit now and in the future. That said, there are three other necessary conditions that lead to long-term profit and drive sustainable value. Profit gains can be achieved at the expense of these other three conditions, but rest assured they will be short-lived.…

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Uncommon Sense: Begin with the End in Mind

Uncommon Sense: Begin with the End in Mind

What is the goal of your company? What should it be? How do you know if projects are contributing to the goal? In this blog, I address these questions and more. This is the first blog in a series I’m writing called Uncommon Sense: Practical Advice to Creating Value, targeted to those with a stake in creating value in companies.…

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Lean Methodology in Banking M&A

Lean Methodology in Banking M&A

Utilizing Lean methodologies as part of your M&A strategy may  help your bank realize more value. To be expected, acquisitions can cause significant disruption to the day-to-day operations of a bank. Because of the potential change in business processes as well as reallocation of the workforce, this disruption creates a significant opportunity to implement a Lean Culture into the...

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2018 AFP Conference: Will Banks Have Evolved Their Treasury Management Messaging to Reflect ‘Easy?’

2018 AFP Conference: Will Banks Have Evolved Their Treasury Management Messaging to Reflect ‘Easy?’

Treasury management customers have been expressing their need for an easier customer experience with their banks. Our 2018 research with corporate practitioners supports this conclusion, defining 10 criteria for being an easy bank to work with: While easy doesn’t drive bank selection, easier banking absolutely drives subsequent relationship growth. Business grows when the bank is easy and...

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Why Isn’t Treasury Management Customer Pricing Evolving? It Could be ‘Easier’!

Why Isn’t Treasury Management Customer Pricing Evolving? It Could be ‘Easier’!

I learned early in my career that listening to the customer leads to innovations. Those innovations ultimately make a big difference in the relationship between banks and customers. In recent years, through countless treasury management practitioner roundtables and interviews, a key theme I continue to hear is the unnecessary complexity of bank treasury management pricing. …

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Easy Banking Wins Treasury Client Profits   

Easy Banking Wins Treasury Client Profits   

Treasury management services are a key source of profitable fees and low-cost deposits. In an industry that is more than 40 years old and increasingly commodified, product is important, but the overall quality of the customer experience is driving the difference between one bank and the next. The bells and whistles of yesterday are table stakes in today’s mature market.  …

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Debunking RPA Myths

Debunking RPA Myths

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has paved the way for significant changes to the marketplace and will continue to do so in greater scale as it takes hold throughout the industry as companies seek low cost efficiency gains. Through automated ‘bots’, companies can save time, money, and valuable human talent as they leverage this developing technology.…

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The Importance of Governance with RPA

The Importance of Governance with RPA

In a recent blog, I suggested that RPA technology is a tool, not a full-blown strategy. It is not an uncommon sentiment, however, for banks and other organizations to believe that tools are less complex than strategies and require less upfront consideration. This post highlights that, regardless of whether companies believe tools or strategies are more complex to design and implement...

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The State of CRM in Banking – Where We Are and Where We’re Going, Part 1

The State of CRM in Banking – Where We Are and Where We’re Going, Part 1

Last fall, I attended Dreamforce with a mission to review the state of CRM in Banking, and thus, immersed myself into all things Financial Services throughout the week. What I found was similar to what we wrote about last year and in 2016. Banks are still addressing the same overall types of challenges: building modern platforms to use the data in their legacy systems and building a culture of...

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