Digital initiatives are gradually enabling banks to close-in o the customer digital-divide as well as developing a more sustainable banking ecosystem.
When it comes to fintech, banks and financial situations are ramping up their facilities to meet the immediate needs of the growing population. With advanced digital initiatives, several banks have managed seamlessly reach its all customers while mitigating the disruption in the provision of products and services.
The financial inclusion of all unbanked and the underbanked doesn’t seem so distant with the ever-developing banking ecosystem. Pankaj Gulati, chief marketing officer at Fincare Small Finance Bank gives his views on the various tools and applications that have helped cater to a wider network.
[box type=”shadow” align=”” class=”” width=””]How has the changing banking ecosystem with the advent of fintech affected your brand’s status quo? [/box]
Tech is enabling all businesses and it is clearly changing the paradigm of banking as well. Businesses across sectors are leveraging the pandemic-induced shift to the digitalisation and Fincare Small Finance Bank is an early adopter of modern, cutting-edge tools and applications that enable people access banking in a seamless manner. The advent of fintech has in fact enhanced the brand since Brand Fincare already represented high-tech & high-touch friendly service provider and is clearly positioned to navigate the disruption very well.
[one_half]Digital bet pay-off: From the onset, the bank had the vision of creating a digital-first ecosystem for parts of the bank, from front-end activities such as customer acquisition, credit decisioning, onboarding and servicing to back-end processes such as reconciliation, reporting etc.
[/one_half][one_half_last]Online media buzz: Social media has been an important tool for us to stay engaged with customer. Fincare used social media for brand building, customer education, retention and relationship deepening. The bank has launched several campaigns leveraging sms, e-mail, in-app notifications and social media to generate strong brand buzz.[/one_half_last]
[box type=”shadow” align=”” class=”” width=””]What technologies have you adopted in the past 18 months? How has digitalization helped foster greater innovation for your products and services? [/box]
Fincare Small Finance Bank has made a strategic investment in technology and taken swift action to accelerate tech modernization during the pandemic.
Innovation-led growth: Fincare Small Finance Banking, with a Digital-first DNA, is focussed on unbanked and underbanked consumers, in rural and semi-urban areas. Customers could take advantage of the latest banking services through banking outlets, ATM, WhatsApp, Mobile and Internet Banking and BOTs.
[box type=”shadow” align=”” class=”” width=””]What challenges have you faced in recent times? How has it impacted your business model and brand strategies? [/box]
During the pandemic, being an essential service provider, the bank had the tough ask of ensuring continuity of banking services for its customers while following all guidelines and protocols to ensure safety of its people. Given the severe disruption of life and livelihood, the bank adopted a Mission-mode with task force at local, regional and national level to handle all contingencies. The bank also conducted COVID-awareness drives in rural centers to help contain the spread of the virus. The bank also whole-heartedly participated in COVID-relief activities. The bank made special efforts to provide food relief to lakhs of families across several states. During these trying times, the bank also conducted several financial and digital literacy camps to help rural customers adopt digital channels of banking.
Through these efforts, the bank was able to contribute to the accelerated adoption of digital in rural centers across India. Overall, the bank saw the increased use of digital channel by customers, higher customer loyalty and superior operating performance.
[box type=”shadow” align=”” class=”” width=””]How do you expect your brand to evolve in the next few years? [/box]
The bank continues to enable financial inclusion of unbanked and underbanked customer segments across 19 states/UTs across India. The bank is building a tech-enabled ecosystem in order to make banking seamless and convenient for the masses. Customers can conduct their banking transactions using the mobile, in the language of their choice and in a self or assisted mode.
The bank is using both traditional and new-age mediums for communicating its brand purpose. At one level, the bank is engaged in high-touch marketing such as on-ground activation drives and events and on the other, it is creating high-tech engagement through social media and digital channels.