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Give business a personal touch with Video PD

If there’s anything 2020 has taught us, it’s that customer engagement goes a long way when you add a personal touch to it. Be it a phone call, visiting a potential client’s office, or engaging with them over video, a personal discussion is what everyone looks forward to while doing business.

Right before the pandemic hit, most companies and employees chose an offline personal discussion, especially lenders and banks who needed to assess the creditworthiness of the borrower. Come 2021, everyone now chooses a video personal discussion, to ensure the same business is done online, just as smoothly as it was in the offline era. 

Who needs a video personal discussion?

Most often it is lenders and financial institutions that choose to have a video personal discussion with their potential customers. Here’s why:

  1. It gives them access to business worthiness
  2. Helps assess borrower’s income and creditworthiness
  3. Gives clarity as to where loan funds will be utilised
  4. Helps track existing loans and obligations

Moreover, with the surge in digital business over the past year, organisations have harnessed the potential of technology and tools like never before. Most video tools today are AI-powered and offer plenty of features that include AI Facematch, low bandwidth video, omnichannel borrower experience, video call recording, instant customer metrics, and video encryption, too, for maximum security. Here’s how a video personal discussion can benefit your business:

Eliminate geographical barriers: With agents not having to visit customers personally, your organisation can consider widening horizons and reaching out to more customers far and wide, over video. All document authentication can be done while away. This works well not only for agents, but for customers too, because they don’t need to make any more trips to the bank/ institution for manual verification.

Meet your targets faster: Video, as an alternative to offline personal discussions, proves to be a game changer because it is equally, (or more) efficient at getting the job done. When done faster, it boosts sales and helps you cover more targets, while maintaining complete security, as well. This doesn’t just improve targets, but the overall customer experience too.

Personalised experience: As much as chatting online or over the phone can be an effective means of communication, it does have its limitations that a video discussion can rule out. To begin with, a video PD allows you to understand the customer’s body language and make the process more comfortable by adapting to their non-verbal cues. You can guide them step-by-step through the whole process and resolve their queries, which they might otherwise hesitate to ask over a phone call.

Reduces operational cost: All this while you couldn’t send agents to customers’ homes and now, you might never need to because of video interaction that has made life easier for everyone. The time spent by agents in visiting customers can now be optimised and limited to quick onboarding and lending.

What we are trying to say is, video PD is the next big thing, and the next is now! Most organisations and institutions have already begun integrating customer video interactions in their day-to-day business processes. How about yours?

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Hospitality and Tourism, the Next Frontier for “Video” Experiences

Hospitality and tourism, like other retail establishments, have been deeply impacted by the ongoing pandemic, with thousands and more losing their primary livelihood.

Recently, I took a flight (after a long hiatus). And stayed at a hotel. Different establishments and airports offered different experiences. One had a thermal scanning followed by holding up the boarding pass for verification. The other had me take off the mask momentarily for identity verification. A hotel staff asked me to email them my ID while I was standing at the check-in counter.

Bottomline—identity checks are important. And frustrating.

Hospitality and tourism, like other retail establishments, have been deeply impacted by the ongoing pandemic, with thousands and more losing their primary livelihood. These sectors have been adversely affected due to their high-touch, high capital-expenditure and inventory-driven model. And the falling footfalls.

Across most companies, 2020 is the year, most employees did not avail their full quota of leaves. Reasonwhere will we go? Even so, it would be cavalier to say that people have lost their desire to be out and about.

In fact, they are exploring novel ways to do whatever can be done safely—ordering food (instead of dining out), video-conferencing (instead of physical meetings), online learning (instead of physical classrooms), digital banking (instead of branch banking), and so on. Offices have implemented rotas and safety measures to bring staff back to the workplace, in a staggered manner. There are surveys that discuss how people want to come back to the workplace, for instance.

All this makes us wonder if it is time that customer-onboarding and check-in processes evolved in these industries. Just as banks use Video based KYC identification (Video KYC) and video interactions for personal discussion (PD), perhaps customer-interaction heavy industries, like retail, hospitality, travel and food services, should adopt these too.

For instance, it would be easy to set up auto-check-in kiosks at airports that link identity and ticket information together to issue boarding passes—with provisions for agent assistance (over video) if required. The security apparatus can maintain a safe distance while keeping us safe.

Similarly, it could be quite easy for restaurant guests to interact with the chef or the server/waiter from a distance over an assisted video conversation (to complement the QR-based ordering menus that have popped up recently).

Hotels could also decentralize the check-in process through auto-identity verification (with booking reference number) and video-based assistance consoles for support during a stay.

Conducting such a video-driven digital transformation would impact the ecosystem along four key pillars:

  • Personal experiences: It will allow us to return to a sense of normalcy faster. Videos help humanize a digital interaction that often seems impersonal.
  • Cost-effectiveness: The centralized (video-driven) support model creates efficiencies that reduces the operational cost for these establishments, against the popular belief that modernization is expensive.
  • Safety measures: It helps people stay safe in the current time and context, with or without the vaccines.
  • Organizational efficiency: The organization of customer data will eventually lead to reduced data entry errors, better personalization, better business practices, and better customer strategies.

Video embedded experiences are a great reminder of what works for us as humanity. Deeply personal and empathetic experiences that can be human, while being designed in a digital first manner—with all the efficiencies of data-driven execution, and the warmth of “service with a smile” —are something that we all look forward to.

As one of the fastest evolving industries, hospitality and tourism should also ride the digital transformation wave, and start adopting “Video”—Video-based onboarding, Video KYCPersonal Discussion, Concierge Support, Assessment—as the normative model of customer engagement in a socially distanced world.

These industries thrive on creating amazing customer experiences, and video is one of the most potent tools available during the pandemic to reach out and create a-ha moments.

This is a website blog post. Read the original article here at: https://hospitality.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/speaking-heads/hospitality-and-tourism-the-next-frontier-for-video-experiences/80005507

(Amit Das is the Founder and CEO of Think360.ai, the parent company that launched Kwik.ID)

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Stay Connected With Video

We’d begin to tell you about how the tech-driven world has taken on the traditional one, but you already know it. Now, in a socially distant world, not only have businesses taken to tech, but they are making the switch from audio to video to add the in-person feel. From digital loan disbursal to onboarding customers with the best Video KYC tools and updated Video KYC techniques within minutes, everything now happens over video, which clearly means that video channels and video conferencing tools are soon going to be the new norm in organisations. To aid seamless conversations between you and your customers, plugging in an optimal video infrastructure is the need of the hour, because here’s all that a good video conferencing tool has to offer.

  • Free Product Demo: Let’s face it, no matter how much you interact over video with a potential customer, at the end of the day it is your product that’s doing the talking. Fortunately, with video conferencing you can showcase your product too. With the media sharing option, you can choose to share a product demo video right there, right then, with the customer. Or better still, show the functionality of the product, LIVE, so you could even resolve whatever doubts your customer may have about the product.
  • Service call: Selling your product isn’t all you need to do. As a trustworthy brand, you’re expected to provide after-sales services to your customers. With a video service call, you can follow up with customers and ask them for product feedback that helps your brand improve. In case a customer is facing an issue with the product they may also request a service call and the agent can resolve the problem in real-time over video.
  • Context aware content delivery: Helping your customer is great, but showing that you understand their interests and cater to their needs is even better. Using real-time data and analytics you can gather information about your potential customer, right from their previous interaction with your company, their interests, to their location. These insights help you understand and deal better with your customers.
  • CRM Integration: Your CRM isn’t only essential for communicating with customers, but it should also create alignment and streamline communication within your company. Everything from your calendar and emails to your social media platforms and data collection tools can be integrated to ensure that your organisation does quick business with a seamless process.
  • Intelligent routing: Customer service calls are queued based on the product, customer priority, language, location and more to provide an optimal user experience. For instance, if you study the location and spot someone in a weaker network area, you can answer their call sooner before they lose connectivity completely. This feature also shares a wait time with the customer, so that waiting endlessly doesn’t hamper their productivity.
  • Screen sharing: When you’re working as a team you maybe full of ideas that you want to share but can’t verbally explain. The great thing about video conferencing is its screen sharing feature and interactive whiteboard options that not only allow you to share your idea, but let team members brainstorm together as well, while allowing for quick decision making. This feature makes collaborations easy in the socially distant digital age.
  • Chat option: In the event that there is a technical glitch or a language barrier between the agent and potential customer, the chat feature makes it easier for them to interact quickly while being face-to-face as well. Many customers may shy away from asking questions directly but maybe more comfortable using the chat option.
  • In-person interaction: The entire point of a video conferencing tool is to feel like you’re dealing in the offline world even when online, and video aids in doing just that. Regardless of distance, you can enjoy a seamless, productive meeting or collaboration, as you did in your own office space.

Bottom line is, if you’re looking at pushing the envelope for your business and speeding it up, video is a tool that’s here to stay and you should definitely consider investing in it when the time is right.

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RegTech’s Rise Could Be A Watershed Moment In The Way Financial Services Engage With Customers

Banks and Financial institutions operate in a highly regulated environment; these regulations are continuously amended to safeguard the financial systems and various stakeholders, most important of them being the customer. As technology continues to evolve extensively, regulators are often playing catch-up. The balance between a Regulator’s needs and the technology excellence that keeps pushing the industry forward – is the Regulatory Technology (RegTech) space. Product complexity, diversity, evolving compliance landscape, and the need to maintain a competitive edge – demand seamless technological solutions.

Most regulators are wary of the increase in fraudulent activities including money laundering, identity theft, data breaches, cyber hacks etc., that accompany the adoption of digital channels. A personal intervention (meeting the customer in person, visiting their home or office, getting hand-signed documents, etc.) are seen as risk mitigation strategies, expensive as they are. A single customer visit adds Rs. 150-500 to the overall customer acquisition cost, and, sometimes, several days in process turnaround times (TATs). RegTech solutions (involving complex integrations, APIs, computer vision, NLP, OCR, Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning) are focused on solving these challenges, without increasing the cost of regulatory compliance or the associated business risks. Interestingly, RegTech has not received as much investor attention over the last few years, as one would expect in a country like ours. This seems set to change. RegTech is well on its way to becoming the next big thing in the financial space, expected to yield an impressive sector wide CAGR and record revenue this year. 

COVID19 and its consequences have brought specific RegTech opportunities to centre stage – digital onboarding in the wake of social distancing, data privacy, personal data protection, customer interest, identity risk management, online dispute resolution, and much more.

Leveraging Video as the Future of Customer Engagement

Banks and RBI regulated financial institutions started first with Video based customer identification processes, (Video-KYC) to transform customer onboarding processes hindered by the lockdown. VCIP Digital KYC solutions allow customers to undergo a virtual on-boarding journey, without the need of any physical interaction. It also retains the personal empathy of actually speaking to an agent/ service representative over a video call so that a customer can be handheld through the onboarding process.

Extending the learning from this phase, other regulators such as IRDAI, PFRDA, SEBI etc. have also augmented their guidelines to use Video based KYC identification for customer onboarding. Many of these guidelines very clearly ease the challenges faced by the industry, while at the same time standing true to the regulator responsibilities towards protecting end-customer interest.

With Video kyc taking over the traditional methods of KYC and Video KYC India flourishing with premium Video KYC for Banks, insurance companies, Regtechs and other institutions, there is no stopping!

There is a growing school of thought around how video can be the next big thing in customer servicing, assisted/ humanized digital commerce/ and many other industry use-cases.

Filtering Customers for a Healthier Credit Environment via Account Information Service Providers

Regtech can also support Account Information Service Provision, which allows customers to give permission to banks to release account information to the AISP. This information can be analyzed as part of credit scoring, part of the bank’s decision-making process for lending, or for better product offers.

This can be done in real-time and offers a more sophisticated view of the customer’s financial position than a traditional credit check, allowing the bank to make more prudent decisions. This in turn leads to better disbursements of loans and rejection of fraudulent borrowers.

Enabling better compliance with regulatory reporting: Saves costs for banks

An important growth area for RegTech is regulatory reporting. This addresses the problems caused by multiple data sources, systems, and errors arising from manual review. A RegTech solution can compile standard comprehensive reports from multiple data points. This saves banks a considerable amount of time and effort, freeing up the workforce to concentrate on more skilled and value-added tasks. Moreover, standardized reporting is also convenient for the regulators themselves to analyze. 

Regtech not only has immense benefits for customers and regulators, it has the potential to help firms save resources at a time of increased uncertainty. Experts estimate digitising paper reporting could save billions in administrative costs. From a compliance perspective, RegTech solutions also offer Indian businesses the flexibility to and scalability needed to adjust to new global standards like BASEL 3, GDPR, critical as clients become increasingly global.

Although, the pandemic is forcing businesses towards RegTech solutions, it will likely turn into a blessing in disguise in the long-term, as the impacts of systematization, better reporting, and more flexible KYC make themselves known. RegTech is here and it is the future of the Indian finance sector.

The financial sector is all set for their digital journey ahead, being armed with cutting-edge best Video KYC tools. To gain more insight, check out – http://www.businessworld.in/article/RegTech-s-rise-could-be-a-watershed-moment-in-the-way-financial-services-engage-with-customers/29-10-2020-337105/