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To gain some insight into ways to enhance your communication with your customers, we highlight the findings of a survey by Yes Marketing of financial services customers.
Referrals are key. Markedly, 43% of respondents said they first heard about the financial services provider they most recently started using through a recommendation from friends or family. This is important to note as we know it is easy to focus on marketing externally. Perhaps a better course of action could be to look internally first and focus efforts on friends and family of existing customers. Also notable is that 53% of respondents say they chose not to use a company because of negative feedback from family/friends.
Transparency breeds trust. When asked about the factors that most influence their trust in a financial services company they'd never used before, 57% of respondents ranked comprehensive, up-front information about a company's services, rates and fees as their top choice. This is worth noting, as it is not always easy for customers to know the actual cost of certain products and services. Details matter, so anything a bank can do to make things clear is a step in the right direction.
Inertia often rules. A whopping 72% of respondents say they are not considering switching to a new financial services provider. While this may deliver some peace of mind for your existing customer base, it also signals that you may have to work harder to woo customers away from competitors.
Focus the content. When marketing, be sure to make the content relevant to your target audience. Consider that 52% of respondents ranked relevance as the most important factor when assessing the marketing efforts of financial companies they're currently not using. They also value unique or exciting messaging. Here some 15% rank it as the most influential factor, while 14% cite messages that build trust with the company as their No. 1 influential factor.
Practicality wins out. When considering a new financial institution, respondents put heavy emphasis on practical metrics like interest rates, fees, and providing a range of services. Indeed, 42% of respondents said competitive rates and fees are the most significant factor when considering new financial services companies and 22% named the variety of available services. The study also found factors like customer service and convenient enrollment or application processes are less important in ranking a financial services provider they've never used before.
Good luck out there, as you keep serving your community and your customers - no matter their preferences!