How to Optimize the Member Experience at Your Credit Union

According to 93% of consumers in a recent survey, friends and family are the sources of the most trusted brand recommendations. Growing up, you saw firsthand your parents' relationship with their financial institution. If they trusted their credit union, they'd often get an account for you. In fact, 39% of children between the ages of 8 and 14 have a savings account in the U.S., and a solid customer experience can net you generations of customers.

The customer experience (CX) is an essential metric for any business. For credit unions, the member experience (MX) means building deeper connections and more meaningful relationships to increase engagement and product penetration over time.

This involves developing credit union member personas for both your current and ideal customers. In this scenario, a persona is an imagined representation of your ideal user or member and can be created based on research gathered from relevant user feedback. You can utilize personas to better understand your target audience. For example, because your members have unique and individual experiences, wants, and needs, you can create specific personas based on their previous feedback to meet their future needs.

Additionally, financial services customer personas can help you understand your customers and provide the right messages at the right times in their customer journey. This level of customer experience personalization can help you to build stronger relationships with your members, increasing engagement and product penetration. More than anything, 70% of consumers want a personalized experience that fits their current needs and lifestyle. As such, creating personas means you can provide a better member experience and ultimately build lasting relationships.

So how can you use personas to create a personalized and positive experience?

Customizing the Member Experience

Everyone is in a unique place in life with different experiences and perspectives. Because of these disparities, using credit union member data to build member personas and a customer journey is essential. It helps you tangibly map out every interaction throughout a customer's lifetime to create a cohesive story. It also identifies weak points and obstacles in that journey.

Using Member Data and Feedback to Improve Services

As a credit union, you likely already have a wealth of valuable data related to your members, their actions, and their feedback. Anything from transactions and mobile banking transfers to loan payments or savings can help you build the base of your persona customization. However, it is also essential to layer additional member feedback into the mix for a well-rounded understanding of particular pain points or where there is room for improvement.

Making a customer unhappy can forever taint your relationship with them. In fact, poor customer service costs businesses up to an estimated $1.6 trillion each year. Furthermore, you don't just lose one customer, as someone with a bad experience will likely leave a bad review. The average person reads between three and five reviews before frequenting a business, meaning one negative experience can quickly multiply in size.

Measuring Digital Experiences for Credit Unions

Digital channels are essential for credit unions, especially in today's world. With MemberXP, there are two critical digital experiences to measure: mobile and online banking. By nature of our closed-loop technology, credit union MX managers receive real-time feedback on all member interactions and engagements from login through task completion or resolution.

Based on this credit union user data, one of our clients discovered that their newly launched app's login process was too cumbersome and dissuaded members from using it altogether. Working with IT and backed by solid contextual proof of the problem, the credit union worked with the provider to re-engineer the login and maintain security with much less effort from the end user.

At the end of the day, MX molds service standards for your entire company. It supports interactions, provides direct contextual feedback on actions taken by employees, and gives the reasoning to have service standards in the first place. Fortunately, monitoring member feedback can help identify low-hanging pain points, improvements to key products and features, and actionable data. Together help create practical member personas that can generate better customer experience personalization down the road.

How to Maximize Your Credit Union Member Experience With Personas

There are five key steps to assess credit union user data alongside personas. These are also used to fine-tune operations for your members, ultimately leading to better customer experience personalization:

Identify Key Journeys

The critical tactic to start with is accessing the data and determining what to do with it. That requires mapping the member journey. Every credit union has different goals, service standards, and member audiences or personas. Start with identifying the essential journeys that are strategic priorities.

Often, these journeys are things like new members, everyday transactions, consumer loans, and digital transactions. Each of these is a member journey that needs to be optimized for a seamless experience all the way through.

Solicit Feedback

Your members are your most valuable resource. Don't be afraid to mine them for information. Specifically, get satisfaction and effort scores by asking exactly how the business performed compared to expectations. These surveys help build stronger relationships with your members and help them feel involved in the process.

Respond to Members

Don't just solicit feedback and listen — actually use that feedback to do something, whether it's responding to unhappy members in real time or creating policy changes based on this data. Although bad reviews can derail a business, 88% of people are willing to overlook a bad review when the company responds and appropriately addresses the issue.

You can't resolve every problem, but you can at least show you care by creating a service standard that shows you're listening.

Coach the Team

Your team will also need to be trained on how to treat credit union member personas. In fact, your data can help identify not only system inefficiencies but also problems with team members. If a team member falls short of standards, you can more easily coach them to bring them up to expectations.

Prioritizing Improvment

When fixing MX, aim for the low-hanging fruit first by prioritizing and categorizing process improvement opportunities. MemberXP automatically categorizes and attributes sentiment to every experience, providing a framework and reporting to depict what should happen first.

Enhancing the Member Journey

Credit union member data is a valuable resource that can be leveraged to improve the overall member experience, regardless of your persona. This involves systematically addressing any pain points throughout the member journey and removing obstacles that could cause them to have a bad experience. Addressing problems along the way can significantly improve member retention across generations.

That's the difference MemberXP makes for our partners. Find out how we can help your business, as well, by contacting our team today.

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