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For credit unions looking to maximize lending efficiency while providing a great member experience, a single origination platform for both loans and accounts is the golden ticket. A single system allows credit unions to ramp up their cross-selling efforts, deliver a seamless account opening process, and eliminate the service gaps that lower net promoter scores.
The global pandemic has altered what consumers consider good service. It must be fast, easy, and on their terms. In other words, digital.
Consider Amazon’s “just walk out” frictionless checkout at Whole Foods stores. Technology has done such a great job of catering to consumer expectations; it has eliminated the need for the traditional checkout. Compare this to a situation requiring a member to provide the same information multiple times while applying for a loan. It’s the antithesis of the “show me you know me” desire that consumers affirm with their wallets.
One example of how an all-in-one origination system improves the consumer experience is its ability to seamlessly text loan updates and process requests instead of using email or phone calls. Many consumers prefer texting and respond faster to this form of communication than emails, rewarding themselves and our lending partners with a faster closing.
The system also improves the consumer experience by offering members a credit card when they open a new account. Not only is it a smart and seamless strategy to encourage loan growth, but the member also sees this as a positive experience with the power to build a long-term relationship.
A complex network of systems might give the appearance of efficiency to your members. Still, if employees must perform operational miracles on the back end to keep up the façade, it’s a shaky foundation for success.
Every lender aiming for digital loan growth must take the time to review all policies, procedures, and processes to uncover pain points that limit staff efficiency. Often, we find strategies still in place for legal or regulatory requirements that no longer exist or the duplication of compliance checks to satisfy two systems.
It’s essential to understand why friction exists and to strip it out instead of unnecessarily shifting the load to your staff. Naturally, this step is much easier when using a single system.
Back office operational efficiency is a gift that keeps on giving. These efficiencies benefit members who want a modern experience, as well as employees who find it easier to close loans quicker. These positive operational experiences power each other.
Most of our lives have moved online. Not surprisingly, cybercriminals have followed. According to data from Allstate Identity Protection, fraudulent new loan accounts grew by 61% from 2020 to 2021 and accounted for more than half of the firm’s identity theft claims. In the fourth quarter of 2021, fraudulent loan applications represented 42% of all identity theft cases.
A single platform system can provide multifactor fraud protection and access to a vast network of best-in-class security applications. These security functions can be configured to meet your organization’s needs. This is one area where saving money with a “bolted-on” legacy system doesn’t pay.
Credit unions have an increasing array of solutions available to digitize operations. The key is to create a tech stack that builds efficiencies, and doesn’t make things more complex. As the world relies more on digital systems, lenders must provide modern origination solutions that satisfy everyone’s expectations.
The Origence Loan and Account Origination Platform has led this movement for a decade through constant evolution and now includes origination for auto loans, auto refinances, credit cards, indirect loans, home equity, and deposit account opening.
Brit Barker is senior vice president of sales and enterprise solutions at Origence.