UOB: Building purpose-built products for unparalleled customer experience

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Recognising the varied needs of customers across different life stages, United Overseas Bank’s (UOB) focus on customer centricity underpins its innovation drive.

The Bank’s focus on the customer has resulted in the launch of several initiatives, including a one-of-a-kind portfolio advisory tool, an accelerated miles programme and an AI-powered digital banking service. At the Digital CX Awards 2020 by The Digital Banker, UOB brought home 8 major awards, namely:

  • Winner, Best Technology Implementation – Front-End
  • Winner, Best Use of AI for Customer Experience
  • Highly Acclaimed, Best Product or Service Innovation
  • Highly Acclaimed, Best Customer Insight and Feedback Initiative
  • Highly Acclaimed, Best Digital Customer Experience in Wealth Management
  • Highly Acclaimed, Outstanding Customer Experience in Financial Inclusion
  • Highly Acclaimed, Best Digital Customer Experience in Life Insurance
  • Highly Acclaimed, Best Employee Experience

With these 8 awards, UOB is one of the most recognised organisations, standing out against the 200 nominations in various award categories received this year, The adjudication panel that helped select this year’s award winners are longtime subject-matter experts from companies such as Forrester, EY, Fuji Xerox, Bain & Company, Wipro Digital and KPMG.

“Our greatest accomplishments can only be measured by the impact and positive experience we give to our customers. These awards only help to strengthen our resolve to do just that. In UOB, we always anticipate our customers’ needs. If we can come up with a product or service that can enable our customers to track their finances effortlessly, which will guide them to relevant financial solutions that can help them meet their financial needs, then that will be our focus. We truly value our customers’ needs,” said Chung Shaw Bee, Managing Director, Head of Deposits & Wealth Management for Singapore and the region at UOB.

“Our greatest accomplishments can only be measured by the impact and positive experience we give to our customers. These awards only help to strengthen our resolve to do just that.”

Award-winning Initiatives that make a difference

UOB Bond Explorer

UOB Bond Explorer is a first-of-its-kind bond portfolio analytical and comparison tool that contains innovative functionalities from online bond factsheets to interactive interest rate sensitivity analysis and performance analysis. It is a purpose-built digital advisory platform that allows UOB’s customers to make the most informed decisions about their bond portfolio.

With UOB Bond Explorer, the bank’s customer relationship managers can now perform sophisticated analysis and evaluation of portfolio of bonds in the presence of their customers, providing efficiency and convenience to customers.

UOB Mighty Insights

UOB Mighty Insights is Singapore’s first artificial intelligence (AI)-based digital banking service that makes it simpler for UOB’s customers to manage their personal finances. With this digital service, customers are provided insights to help them track their savings and expenses effortlessly and to be guided to relevant financial solutions that can help them meet their financial needs.

Since the launch of UOB Mighty Insights, the number of Monthly Active Users has increased 40% year-on-year, and the average login frequency has increased 20% year-on-year. Of 400 UOB Mighty customers surveyed, 83% stated that they were highly satisfied with their digital banking experience on the UOB Mighty platform – an increase of 16% since the introduction of UOB Mighty Insights.

UOB Mighty

KrisFlyer UOB Account

The KrisFlyer UOB Account enables customers to earn accelerated KrisFlyer miles when they spend on their KrisFlyer UOB card and save through the KrisFlyer UOB Account. The miles earned are credited directly to customers’ Krisflyer account with no conversion fee, making it seamless and effortless for customers to accumulate miles. This industry-first product provides a comprehensive banking solution to customers for whom travel is a lifestyle priority.

UOB Lady’s Card

The UOB Lady’s Card was relaunched on 8 Mar 2019 in conjunction with International Women’s Day and as part of UOB’s 30th Anniversary celebrations. Recognising the evolving and varied needs of women across different life stages, UOB Lady’s Card is the only Credit Card in the market to empower women with the freedom of choice to define how they want to be rewarded and have the flexibility to change their choice of reward category every quarter.

Since the relaunch, total card applications have exceeded the preceding month-on-month average by over 200%. Online card applications exceeded year-on-year performance by more than 300% during the campaign period. The continuous rise in card applications reflects the positive reception of the new UOB Lady’s Card.

UOB Portfolio Advisory Tools

The UOB Portfolio Advisory Tool (PAT) is a first-of-its-kind purpose-built digital wealth management platform that provides customers with portfolio analysis and insights. The suite of digital tools has been designed to enable customers to monitor, manage and optimise their investment portfolios, empowering them to make well-informed decisions to achieve their financial goals.

Within the first three months of launch, the UOB PAT had benefitted more than 5,155 UOB wealth management customers. Out of the 5,155 customers, 1,458 had invested or rebalanced their wealth portfolios based on the review assessments by UOB PAT – this conversion rate of 30% is significantly higher than UOB’s usual closure rate for regular sales appointments, reflecting its relevance and effectiveness for customers.

UOB Fund Explorer

UOB Fund Explorer is the bank’s first-to-market, one-stop shop for reviewing funds. The fund analytical and comparison tool enables users to extract key information pertaining to funds, to analyse and to compare single funds and portfolio of funds across multiple risk parameters, exposures and performance indicators.

UOB Insurance Explorer

UOB Insurance Explorer is a market-first insurance advisory tool that empowers clients to make sound insurance decisions through providing a holistic view of one’s financial plan beyond a single-product perspective. It is an all-in-one digital platform that facilitates policy aggregation, cash-flow analysis, insurance coverage overview, gap analysis and coverage simulations.

Professional Conversion Programme (PCP)

UOB’s PCP is an initiative developed to strengthen the digital capabilities of UOB’s front-line staff. Introduced in November 2017, its aim was to prepare mid-career professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) for future roles and responsibilities in financial services, in line with the nation’s ambition to be at the forefront of technological developments.

The programme covered design thinking, customer journey design, channel management, and scenario analysis and planning, conducted through classroom learning, workshops and on-the-job training. These were supported through the learning journal initiative that involved participatory learning by the staff and coaching from supervisors.

UOB is the first local bank in Singapore expected to complete its PCP for 100% of its customer-facing staff by 2020. Currently. 80% of its branch staff have completed the journey and have been equipped with the right skillsets for their evolving work roles.

UOB is the first local bank in Singapore expected to complete its PCP for 100% of its customer-facing staff by 2020. Currently. 80% of its branch staff have completed the journey and have been equipped with the right skillsets for their evolving work roles.

 

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Read more about the winners at the Digital CX Awards 2020 here.

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