Digital banking: Nearly 50% of UK customers want face-to-face contact

Thirty-three per cent of customers say they don’t trust a bank without high street branches

Nearly half (48%) of UK banking customers are still not comfortable managing their finances solely online or by mobile, according to the 2016 EY Global Consumer Banking Survey.
Although digital banking is on the rise, with around a third of respondents claiming they use online and mobile banking more than they did a year ago, people still want to deal with someone face-to-face for certain banking queries.
A third (33%) claim to actively distrust a bank that has no high street presence, even if they predominantly use digital banking.
The survey also revealed that services and products offered by non-traditional banks are increasingly being seen as competition to high street banks, which typically offer a slicker customer experience, and operate a model that many people feel better understands their needs.
Thirty-seven percent of banking customers claim to have used non-bank providers in the last year for both core banking products and other financial services products such as car loans and insurance products, and 23% of customers are considering using non-banks going forward.
Sue Dawe, EY partner and head of financial services in Scotland, said: “The banking experience for customers continues to transform through the use of innovative technology and this presents a huge opportunity for banks. In a competitive market where consumers find it difficult to distinguish between the various products offered by different banks, customer experience is a crucial differentiator and should be a priority for banks.
“However, it is also clear that face-to-face interaction remains important and customers should not be rushed into online and mobile banking. Similar to the introduction of email and computers in place of fax machines, this is a new approach that customers will want help with from their bank.”
Trust in banks is reserved for safe-keeping of money
Almost half (48%) of UK banking customers trust that both their money and personal details are kept safe, and 41% trust that any fraudulent activity on their account will be protected by their bank. However, 80% of those surveyed worry they do not receive high quality unbiased advice from their bank, and 82% claimed they don’t trust that they are being told if there is a product which better suits their needs.
Dawe added: “Trust is a vital component of strong relationships between customers and their banks, so it is a concern there is such a high lack of faith in the advice given. The number of people taking control and proactively managing their finances is on the rise, but this should not be due to a feeling that banks are not providing the service they desire.”
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Banks still playing catch-up with digital tech developments 
Tesco adds Touch ID and Android Fingerprint to mobile banking app 
Barclays to roll out new digital cash collection service in Scotland 

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