Much of what we cover at NetBanker falls under the traditional "marketing 4 Ps": product, place, price and package. But, there are also hundreds of important things going on behind the scenes that can make or break a company's Web presence. We are lucky to feature two important tools at our upcoming FINOVATE conference Oct. 2 in NYC.
Online Account Opening from Andera
During the past two years, few areas have received more attention within banks and credit unions than the tricky business of online account opening. It's an absolutely critical element of turning a profit online but also an area rife with risk, error, and the potential for turning away potential new business. We are pleased to have Andera on stage, a company we are seeing more and more of as we drill down through the offerings of major credit unions. The company is a major force in online account opening with more than 125 clients including: Alliant Credit Union, Associated Banc-Corp, General Mills FCU, American First FCU, Toyota Federal Credit Union, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, Energy First Credit Union, CSCEFCU, Service Credit Union, and Bank Rhode Island. Its recent alliance with Yodlee (press release here) opens up even more opportunities. We look forward to seeing its account-opening process in action at FINOVATE.
Web-based Collections from Online Resources
I first met Online Resources in 1992, when its national sales rep visited Seattle to show us their cool smartphone-based banking service. I was new in my R&D assignment looking at alternative delivery methods for US Bancorp, and I really thought there would be a market for this hybrid call center/online banking solution. Of course, that was before the Web burst on the scene three years later. Luckily, Online Resources didn't have all its eggs in the telephony-based basket and adapted quickly to become a leader in Internet banking and electronic payments. The company is a two-time OBR Best of the Web winner, in 2003 once for its novel MoneyHQ premium online banking service and via acquisition of InCurrent which, in 1998, took home one of our first awards for its futuristic online credit card management service.
At FINOVATE, Online Resources will be showing its Virtual Collection Agent. I have not yet seen it in action, but from the briefing it sounds like a smart way to improve actual collection yields while maintaining the customer relationship during a very tricky time.