With the Consumer Duty deadline less than 125 days away, fintech innovator Nivo is extending a helping hand to brokers and other businesses who may be struggling to tackle Consumer Duty pain points which its innovative technology can help them to easily overcome.
With immediate effect, Nivo is offering firms wishing to benefit from its secure instant messaging, facial ID recognition and instant document scanning and transfer solution for up to 5 users per firm and 50 ID verification checks completely free.
The FCA’s Consumer Duty represents a significant change in what it expects firms in retail financial markets to deliver to customers. It introduces a new Consumer Principle, which requires firms “to act to deliver good outcomes for retail customers”. The FCA wants to see firms deliver a higher standard of customer care and go further to equip consumers to make good decisions in their interests. Firms are required to implement the rules for open products and services by 31st July 2023 and many brokers and lenders are racing to improve their services and processes ahead of the deadline.
Key aims include:
- The quality of any post-sale support envisaged in the customer relationship should be as good as the pre-sale support - For example, firms should consider their call waiting times. Customers should not be waiting significantly longer for their call to be answered in relation to a post-sale issue than to take out a product or service.
- Firms should also make sure that the support they provide is effective, regardless of the channel used to provide support – This means that firms should ensure their support processes avoid causing foreseeable harm and enable and support customers in pursuing their financial objectives.
The FCA have also highlighted that consistently poor or excessively slow service channels of support that do not meet the needs of customers, including customers dealing with non-standard issues, and customers with characteristics of a vulnerability, will not be tolerated.
This may include:
- Under-resourced customer helplines, for example where firms disproportionately focus on pre-sales, over after-sales, support.
- Phone systems, menus or webchats that are difficult to navigate.
- Badly designed websites or portals that make it difficult for customers to find key information online.
- Uncertainty around how or where to access support and poor hand-off processes, including where third parties are involved in its provision.
The Nivo mobile app can enable customers to engage with brokers and lenders 24/7 helping them to deliver all the information they need to progress their mortgage, second charge, bridging loan or other financial product quickly and easily.
The system is built around Verified Identity Messaging and it enables providers to shift from cumbersome email, phone and paper processes, to a smooth, automated, digital journey which accelerates processing and frees up staff time to concentrate on adding value and converting more business.
Nivo’s mobile app, enables customers to engage using secure instant messaging along with a range of Fintech features such as remote biometric Identity Verification, E-signing, secure document gathering and automated workflows.
Many of Nivo’s customers have found that the traditional way of working requires considerable human interaction, use of legacy channels, and repetition, and that staff don’t always follow processes consistently. This can lead to lots of skilled staff time being wasted that could be much better used for higher value activities that really help customers. These inefficiencies not only harm the customer experience but also impact conversion and limit the company’s ability to grow without a reliance on hiring additional staff, a decision some businesses may have to make to meet their Consumer Duty obligations if they do not adopt new ways of communicating and working.
Nivo estimate that the 600 agents using Nivo daily are completing double what they were before. Or to put it another way, firms are operating as if they had collectively hired an additional 600 full time employees at a cost of around £24m.
Damon Williams, Sales Director of Nivo, said: “Consumer Duty is at the top of many firms’ worry lists but a digital and largely automated communication and workflow solution such as Nivo can very easily transform a business from one struggling to meet the demands of the new regulation to one at the cutting edge of broker/customer/lender communications.
“Brokers now have around 125 days to get prepared for Consumer Duty and many will be thinking that the answer to better customer outcomes is more customer service agents when actually technology which simplifies, automates and accelerates many of the routine processes required for a loan application is very likely going to be a quicker, cheaper and a more scalable solution. We expect that most firms which choose Nivo will not only solve their Consumer Duty worries, they will increase their effectiveness and improve conversions too.”