what is killing traditional banks in africa or all over the world
traditional banks are dragging behind in Nigeria and maybe all over the world, and here is what I think is causing it.
The world has moved past the age of robots to humans, you have to sound like a human for people to take you seriously, people don’t care because we are close to the singularity (interacting with tech as if it is human), and it’s obvious. People want to interact with services or programs without obstacles, but the mistake that is common among these traditional banking systems is they try to automate every little interaction with a robot which is not bad if it is done right, but I bet it is.
I cannot count how many times I have sent out an email to my banks, and I always got hit off with auto-response. Even when you call the customer representative, you have to wait in line for nothing less than 20+mins on the phone wasting your precious time away. Plus, that is not sad enough, until you finally have someone attend to you, with a response like;
“We don’t have the authority to decide on our end, and we will be redirecting you to either one of the engineering team or some executives blah blah blah.”
This is very frustrating for the users who are time conscious and are in urgent need, or maybe a life decision or something vital. These organizations might be big enough not to see the effect this is having on their customers, but trust me they will. If you look at the statistic most complaints about these banks is “bad customer service”, and customers are looking for every alternative to ditch the traditional banking (including me).
How can this be the best approach?
I believe it can be solved with proper service design with strong UX, and I know for sure these organizations have the resources to tackle the challenges from the bottoms-up. These will be one of the reasons they lose so bad in this new digital banking era because everything is instant. I have worked on at least more than four digital banking products, and what I discovered from my research was mostly on customer service you can check the play stores or check statistics platforms you’re familiar with to counter this yourself.
Sometimes innovation doesn’t have to be building a massive platform, it can be as little as paying more attention to your customers and focusing on their core needs until that is solved, everything else you build will be half baked — because your existing customers won’t trust you.
And finally, don’t make your products suck so you don’t have your customers on your neck for every little thing. And, we are in the future stop living in the past for heaven sake.