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Wealth Management ‘Everything comes with a price’

The Segmentation Discussion in Wealth Management (part 2/2)

My previous blog ‘The importance of a needs based segmentation strategy’ mainly focused on the importance of putting the HNWI customer in the center of the service model of a wealth management firm. Fact of life is that today 99% of the wealth management firms put the relationship manager in the center of their service model. I tried to summarize it as shown below:

from selling to being bought

This article in Wealthbriefing, based on an interview with Celent, describes Segmentation: ‘Product and services based on an increasingly diverse client base’. Firms are addressing all types of customer segments, going outside their traditional investor segment, and therefore require scale and technology. Retail banks are moving to serve the HNW customers, while private banks have lowered their threshold to serve more of the lower-end of the market. They describe exactly the issue if the industry, because lowering a threshold is not the answer on the industry challenge. I would say: A needs’ based segmentation strategy, where segments are built around the needs of the clients, instead of the Assets size of the HNWI’s should drive this change. Continue reading

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What means Customer Experience anno 2014?

…From history to the drivers for change in this year…

For this blog I had the honor to interview B. Joseph Pine II. Author of several best-selling management books around Customization and Experience, speaker at TEDx conferences and contributor to several research papers for the Harvard Business Review. During my last blog I discussed customization of banking services and referred to his thinking already. This blog therefore is an interesting follow-up on that.

I used the inputs from this interview across my blog and want to thank Joe Pine for his contributions at the beginning of my blog.

History

Banking in the past was perceived as something for very smart guys and customers missed the understanding of it. They really needed their bank and its advisors to manage their cash. Today the world looks different. The (product) information is freely available and written in a more understandable way. Customers are looking more at how and when they do their banking. The customers know what is possible and expect it to be delivered in a simple and seamless way. Banks seem to understand that they need not only their customers’ money but the customers in person too!

Although this change is widely accepted and we regularly stepping over to it quickly in our publications, it is interesting to understand how this evolvement took place so quickly. With 2008’s financial crisis and the Smartphone development we have the 2 key components together.

Trust in banks went to an all time low during and after the financial crisis with customers that wanted to be much closer involved in management of their financials. Although we experience a strong increase in customers trust towards banks again, customers will never ever let them act stand alone anymore. They will always be more closely involved than pre-2008 levels.

This is partly due to the fact that they can easily connect with their bank online or by mobile. The ease and speed of those channels make the barriers almost disappearing to do so. What does this mean for customer experience anno 2014?

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