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Whats Critical in the Vertical |

IN THE

WHATS CRITICAL

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retail BaNkiNg in AustrAliA

Meeting the Needs of a New, Demanding Customer

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Contents
1 10 22 30 34 35 Findings Consumer Detailed Findings Marketer Detailed Findings Expert Perspective About the CMO Council About InfoPrint / About Computershare

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retail Banking in australia


Global headlines have reported bank collapse, corporate ruin and government bail-outs. Yet, this recession has not battered the markets in Australia. Customers have enjoyed a level of stability with their banks, allowing many to focus on financial growth and savings. Marketers, on the other hand, are enjoying record breaking customer satisfaction numbers, bringing a sense of security and stability to the market for both sides. But it is this sense of security that, in the wake of recovery, may pose a greater challenge to retail bank marketers. Just as marketers need to boldly seek out new routes to revenue, only 13 percent of marketers surveyed by the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council are confident in their knowledge of customer profitability, value and retention. And customers, based on their responses to the CMO Councils consumer audit, are increasingly frustrated by their perception that they pay higher fees yet receive lower value and service in return. They are setting out, often on their own, to take charge of their financial futures, placing the need for service, stability and return ahead of long-time bank relationships. Because of these major trends in the marketplace, the CMO Council set out to better understand the needs and expectations of both the customer and the marketer. As part of the global research initiative, Whats Critical in the Vertical, insights have been drawn out of the banking industry in Australia and measured against insights from Australian consumers with at least one retail bank account. The combined research has underscored the challenge and opportunity marketers face as needs of the business and needs of the consumer amplify the need for change in how marketers look to impact the business. Among the key findings, unmet expectations, the demand for enhanced digital engagements and the calls for enhanced service are just a few of the key challenges facing marketers. As customers seek new, digitally driven engagement options, they are also demanding higher levels of personalised, white-glove service akin to a ritzy department store or personal banker, without the fees or premiums one might expect for this service. For their part, marketers share a common mandate to grow the business, better support sales, and provide more robust and rich customer insight into front line resources. And, at least on the surface, marketers are quite accurate in their understanding of customer desire and expectation, and the realisation that the stability of the industry and even the lack of competition in the commercial banking market cannot stop customer churn. This is clear as an albeit small minority of customers have opted to move accounts, looking to partner with institutions that can better meet their needs and offer lower interest rates. Yet this market still provides fertile ground for those marketers looking to identify new revenue opportunities. From global markets to expanded offerings, the opportunity to reach new customer segments exists. The challenge lies in how quickly marketers will be able to react and take action. Through the end quarter of 2010 and into early January of 2011, the CMO Council conducted two online surveys, the first targeting bank marketers in Australia, and the second targeting consumers. Among the 113 marketers audited, 36 percent hold the title of vice president of marketing, 29 percent are directors of marketing while 23 percent are either EVP or SVP of marketing within their organisation. On the consumer front, among the 1,270 consumers tapped for the online survey, 68 percent does their banking with a retail bank, eight percent through a credit union, while 11 percent have accounts with both.

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The Consumer Perspective:


Service and Value over Fluff and Puffery
For over 16 years, surveys have demonstrated a steady rise and significant health in satisfaction levels of consumers specific to their banks. According to the latest poll by market research group, Roy Morgan, satisfaction levels soared at 76.7 percent, its highest level since 1996. But when you scratch below that surface of satisfaction, a picture of unrest, frustration over unmet expectations and a general cry for service to match fees and rewards for continued patronage emerge. In fact, while the majority of the Australian consumers surveyed value their banks as a trusted financial institution, a sizeable group voices a distinct apathy towards the relationship, viewing their bank partners as nothing more than simple service engines. In fact 18 percent of respondents indicate that their sentiment is neutral or indifferent looking for banks to do what I want them to do but not really thinking about them with any regularity. But consumers also admit to holding multiple accounts across the service offering, but not necessarily looking to work with multiple banks to optimize their financial portfolios. While 64 percent of consumers hold transaction or deposit accounts, 75 percent hold some form of savings account. Twenty-eight percent of consumers manage a home loan, while 19 percent have some form of personal loan. Credit cards are also in demand in this group as 47 percent hold some form of credit card, with nine percent holding some form of business credit card. Superannuation and retirement is also a valued service, with 12 percent of our survey pool managing a programme. While the spread of services is quite wide, consumers tend to keep their accounts within a tightly clustered group of banks, with most customers keeping their transaction accounts with the same primary bank as their savings. However, 24 percent of respondents actually look to an alternate banking institution for their retirement or superannuation accounts. Consumers, who indicate they are really only doing business with one to two banks, are also looking to alternative banks for their home and personal loans, with only a slim margin looking to keep their loan business with their primary bank. As the economy shifts and changes, so do the needs and requirements of consumers. While the vast majority of consumers feel the relationship is the same and has not being impacted by the economy (51 percent), there is a growing group of consumers who are working hard to just keep up, as 12 percent feel savings are simply not a priority today. Seven percent are struggling to make ends meet, but nine percent are looking to financial institutions to provide additional insights and advice in order to grow investments and savings. Sadly, in light of new questions around security, fees and ethics in banking, eight percent claim to be questioning the business practices or ethics of their banks. For the coming year, getting bills paid and keeping up are top of mind for consumers. When asked what is most pressing, 71 percent of consumers are looking to pay their bills on time, while 57 percent are thinking about saving for the future. Interestingly, 50 percent of consumers rate making ends meet as a top priority, while 38 percent are concerned about rising interest rates. As wallets tighten, 32 percent of respondents feel they will need to prioritise which bills to pay, 26 percent are seeking greater clarity to their mortgages. But for marketers looking to truly impact consumer mindsets, what is not top-of-mind is almost more important. While online buzz, message boards and chats would indicate that juggling multiple bank accounts is a key challenge for consumers, only 10 percent of respondents felt this was a critical challenge. And, only nine percent were going to seek to consolidate credit cards of high-interest loans. What out-weighs these consolidation concerns are issues around the stability of banks and financial institutions (24 percent) and gaining access to self-service information and resources to help customers manage their money (20 percent).

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These are all critical insights as marketers look to deliver targeted messages and promotions to customers with the goal of up-selling or cross-selling products or services. One popular service being promoted across most banks today is the availability of overdraft protection on deposit accounts. Yet of the consumers audited, only five percent were utilising these money management services to compensate for over-stretched finances. This is not to say that services are not being used. In fact, alternative banking channels like online, eAccounts and the partnership programs like Bank@Post are increasingly popular. Sixty-six percent of consumers are readily turning to these next generation solutions, with 61 percent of that group indicating they will continue to use these solutions. What is of note is that seven percent of those consumers who are using alternative channels provided still value the option for a live engagement as their primary mode of banking, indicating that a live-banking is still a strong portion of the customer experience. Of those customers who are not using alternative channels (representing 34 percent of the total consumer audit base) 31 percent do not trust the solutions with their money. But what is more distressing for the marketers is that 30 percent simply did not know about the new options, indicating that information is not being provided, or that messages hold little attention or relevance to the consumer. Access and preference are minor issues, but nonetheless impacting the customer experience as 18 percent of those not using the solutions simply didnt like the experience, while 21 percent just dont have access to the solutions. But for those customers who are opting in for added value services, the response has been positive. Specifically looking at those customers who opted in for upgraded or premium accounts, about 28 percent of the respondent pool indicated the primary value of these programs were the rewards and points that could be used for travel, gifts or products (57 percent), cash back savings (35 percent) and special offers or priority access to events or offerings (31 percent). Personal banking services (6 percent) rated relatively low in comparison to gaining access to online, paperless or eStatements (21 percent), while lower fees and percentage rates (20 percent) and higher interest rates for savings accounts (16 percent) attracted more attention and approval. Fees are central to the adoption of service, but are also at the heart of several key complaints that customers have with their banks. High fees and unexplained costs are the top complaint (41 percent) levied by customers, while billing errors (39 percent) and higher or even hidden fees for in-person service (34 percent) also rate very high. What is interesting is that customers are more irritated by spam and junk mail (18 percent) than they are by a lack of paperless or eStatements (6 percent) or even limited access to online account information (8 percent). But what is an issue is the lack of service solutions, both online and off, including customer service and support online (12 percent), the rude behaviour of employees (16 percent) or bank branches that are too far away or inaccessible (14 percent). If there is a wake-up call for bank marketers in this list of grievances, it is that service, and the expectation that customers should pay for better service, is largely being rebuffed. In fact, according to 22 percent of respondents, their greatest concern is the banks increase in fees without an increase in service value. Customers, who are growing accustomed to higher levels of service across retail, hospitality, and even communications sectors, will continue to analyze this service to value ratio as banks look to offset service costs through fees. The implications of these complaints and negative experiences go far beyond a few irritated customers. The challenge is that customers, when confronted with a negative experience, have found channels to vent their frustrations. While some limit their rants to family and friends (22 percent), there is a vocal and potentially viral group that is looking to take to the web and let the world know about their issues. What should be noted by any bank executive is how few consumers will give the bank the opportunity to correct the issue as only eight percent of consumers surveyed felt they would call the bank to complain.

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The more severe implication of a negative customer experience is, of course, customer defection. While it is very difficult for Australian bank customers to transfer or move accounts, it is being done as 12 percent of respondents indicated they moved accounts in the past 12 months. Of those customers who changed banks, 50 percent did so to take advantage of lower rates or fees, 32 percent were in search of access to more services, and 31 percent were looking to access more services without surcharges or fees. In light of the new proposal to create a more competitive banking environment where customers can more easily transfer accounts, the fact that so many customers were in search of new services should concern marketers especially in light of the fact that 10 percent of customers claimed they did not use additional services or points of access because they simply did not know about them! Clearly, bank customers, while indicating in research that they are satisfied with their banking relationship, they are not complaint-free or completely satisfied with the overall experience. Leveraging points of positive advocacy and value will be key to increasing market-share, and not just maximizing individual customer wallet-share. The reality is bank customers in Australia trust their banks. They value the reputation and dependability of their financial institutions. And while they are not as concerned with issues around corporate social responsibility going green was only valued by 4 percent of respondents -- responsiveness to issues, tips and solutions to help build more robust financial futures are key.

The Marketer Perspective:


Challenged to Change in a Competitive, Multi-Channel World
Marketers in the banking industry in Australia are facing some real challenges, both operationally and with the customer market as a whole. But, as often times is the case, marketing has had to make a choice between actioning in the interest of the company versus actioning in the sole interest of the customer. It is this gap in creating a truly customer-centric culture within the banks in Australia that causes the greatest concern. According to the 113 bankers surveyed, the ability to identify market fluctuations, obtaining insights to better segment markets, and the ability to action on market demands are the top drivers shaping marketing operations and directions. But, it is important to note the issues bubbling just below this surface. Marketers feel they are working to adapt to new channels of customer engagement and insight gathering (50 percent), are constrained in what they can sell to customers and how they can market services (42 percent) and feel they must create a more customer-centric culture through front end and back-office alignment (41 percent). Some critics say that bank marketers have long paid lip service to customer centricity, while enacting demand-generating programs that are often aimed at ignoring the needs of the customer in lieu of the need to boost wallet-share figures. However, as competition becomes tougher and new competition encroaches from overseas market newcomers, customer centricity is the differentiator that could mean success or disaster. For many marketers, serving as the voice of the customer the primary advocate that represents the needs of the customer while strategy is developed in the boardroom is the hardest part of the job. While the marketing team often advocates on behalf of the customer, banks are hardwired with these financial systems and product systems that revolve around the products, rather than the customer, explains the general manager of marketing for one of Australias Big Four banks. This predisposition to focus on the products, finances or services can make marketings road to customer centricity and relevance all the more difficult.

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One manifestation of this challenge can be seen when you consider that only six percent of marketers feel they are assuming a leadership role in the delivery of financial planning information and education. But with internal pressures including a mandate to better understand customer lifetime value and identifying high-yield customers, delivery of educational content that does not directly relate to a dollar-earned value can be difficult to prioritize over direct demand generation programs that can deliver higher value leads into sales. Yet 54 percent of marketers are being pressured to develop more effective retention marketing campaigns in order to secure the loyalty (and accounts) of current customers. Coupled with the ability to identify higher-yield customers through an understanding of customer lifetime value, marketers are looking to better segment, target and engage with customers who can truly drive the bottom line and maintain higher levels of wallet-share. Customers are taking control of customer engagements, challenging marketers to listen, adapt and deliver more return. In the bank industry, marketers are aware that customer demands revolve around service and more specifically the disparity between services offered compared to service fees charged. Some marketers have chosen to message their way out of this complaint, adopting tag lines and advertising campaigns that affirm how much service customers have access to and how hard the bank is working for the customer. Among the top issues impacting the industry as a whole, regulatory controls and needs for transparency policies are reshaping banking in Australia according to 34 percent of marketers surveyed. Increased competition is also impacting the bank industry; marketers are now in the position to increase marketing and advertising spend to amplify brand awareness to order to regain wallet-share. These issues are reprioritising customer engagement strategies in the coming year. As marketing looks for better ways to engage, customers are demanding low/no-fee services expecting high-touch, white-glove service for their fees. This expectation is often forcing organizations to invest in often costly resources to manage these customer expectations including additional resources in customer service, support and the creation of personalized marketing engagements. To make these new services more effective, marketers intend to gain a deeper understanding of customer needs and expectations (66 percent), improve the relevance and value of communications and content (64 percent) and drive more customers to online, automated, self-service features (47 percent). But even as marketers say they are being pressured to develop more robust retention strategies, only 26 percent plan on making retaining relationships and building stronger affinity with existing customers a priority for the year. These commitments to priorities seem irrelevant when you look at the low levels of confidence marketers have in their knowledge of customer retention, profitability and lifetime value. Marketers simply lack the confidence to effectively engage with their customer as only 13 percent claim to know their customer. To improve this murky view of the customer, marketing is hoping to have better access to real-time customer data and analytics, more robust technology infrastructures, and closer alignment between cross-functional teams. Yet, there is still a missing piece to this improvement equation, namely management support for transformational programs. Marketers also recognise a need to breakdown functional silos that can often limit access to vital resources and customer data. But, to date, marketing has not invested in customer data aggregation, segmentation or analytics platforms. This point can translate into a positive or a negative outcome, depending on the action taken in response to this inaction. For those marketers who have invested in data platforms of programs, the outcome delivered an improved ability to target customer communications. But often times, marketers feel paralyzed by their data, making costly investments to cleanse, segment and organize data, effectively depleting the

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budget required to execute on personalization campaigns. Others look with operational pride at their fully segmented data, but lack the strategies or programs designed to retain customer relationships or even up-sell or cross-sell products or services. For the 73 percent of marketers who have not invested in data programs and platforms, forward momentum is still critical and completely possible. Marketers investing in Precision Marketing strategies those programs that look to provide data-driven engagements that deliver highly relevant experiences to the right customer leveraging the appropriate medium can begin with even the most basic, demographic or location-based data to enrich engagements with personalization. Personalisation is, in fact, a key strategy bank marketers will turn to in an effort to add value to customer communications and engagements. While 24 percent of marketers will look to leverage customer data to personalise communications to reflect specific opportunities to save or invest, the vast majority of marketers will focus on providing tips and ideas for personal finances or savings (76 percent) while also looking to cross-sell or up-sell services to increase customer lifetime value (64 percent). Marketing must seize the opportunity to combine relevant communications in a personalised, targeted engagement that can educate AND cross-sell services. Customers want to be known, valued and rewarded for their years of loyalty. But in a highly regulated, low-competition market, loyalty is expected, and rewarding the customer can come in the form of reliability and dependability. But in this new market that will increase the levels of competition for customer attention, with newcomers to the Australian bank market leveraging low rates, added services or new engagement channels, marketers cannot afford to be ill-informed of their customers and demonstrate this intimacy and understanding through personalised, targeted and relevant engagements. This delivery of relevance to the customer, meeting the deeper expectations and demands of the consumer, will activate a level of advocacy and loyalty with customers that will have a more distinct bottom-line payoff than satisfaction, helping to retain and acquire new business. But there is a need for marketers to focus less on the channel or medium, disengaging from the online versus print delivery debate, instead focusing on delivery value through data-driven relevance. Specific to new business acquisition, digital is at the core of the strategy. The majority of marketers will introduce or improve ecommerce solutions (62 percent) while nearly half of the respondents will establish new partnerships to open new revenue streams and opportunities. Bucking the fact that it is more costly to acquire new business than it is to retain business (and also ignoring that existing customers can be up to 15 percent more profitable than a new customer), marketers will step up individual demand generation programs to acquire new business. There is also a drive to increase marketing spend in order to reach the harder to service, more rural customers. Some of the most profitable partnerships we have combine banking services with local businesses, making it easier for customers to do business with us, said one vice president of marketing for a global bank brand looking to make a dent in the Australian bank market. As the newcomer, and especially as the overseas option, we must leverage the trust in the partner. There has to be a personal connection, at the local level, servicing the big city and the rural outpost, but there needs to be a person, especially since we could be seen as a face-less overseas giant. But marketers are missing a key opportunity to leverage their existing customers to gain new business as only 10 percent plan on leveraging the word-of-mouth advocacy of loyal customers to provide recommendations to new customers. In this interconnected, digitally-social world, word of mouth advocacy is essential as customers are turning to their peers for recommendations, not turning to advertising or marketing messaging to learn more about services.

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As marketers look to enhance the customer experience, there must be a deeper understanding of what truly contributes to a valued experience in the minds and the wallets of the customer, versus what appeases the direction and voice of the boardroom. For their part, marketers believe that understanding the needs and expectations is key to delivering an exceptional experience. They also point to responsiveness and resolution of customer issues (41 percent) and offering tools and solutions that are easy to use (46 percent). But, marketers also admit that they are failing to actually achieve this optimized customer experience, admitting that their customers most often complain about their unmet needs and expectations. Marketers are looking for specific tactics to use to encourage customers to remain loyal and hopefully be vocal by recommending their bank to their friends and colleagues. Addressing specific issues may represent quick wins for marketing as the longer-road to customer centricity may take more time to fully achieve. According the respondents, the primary customer pain-points include poor customer service around queries or problems (52 percent), increases in cost, charges and fees (49 percent), and a lack of convenient branch locations within a reasonable distance to home or work (35 percent). And while adding branches may be constrained by budget, responding to issues and acknowledging customer concerns and needs can be delivered through personalization programs, flagged data that prompts employees to resolve and engage with consumers, or even a simple acknowledgement of an issue. It doesnt take much to make a customer understand that they are valued by our bank, stated the head of marketing from an Australia-based market leader. Sometimes it just takes us admitting we were wrong. Customers are willing to forgive, forget and continue the relationship, but only when there is a relationship based on trust and proven over time. It may not be as sexy as a new iPhone app, or as alluring as a new website chalk full of information and community, but customer-centered Precision Marketing strategies can make a sustainable business growth plan in even the most competitive market. Regardless of data sophistication, Precision Marketing focuses more on what is known about a customer than on what is not available to the marketer. The bank market in Australia is truly at a crossroads, placing added pressure on the bank marketer to develop customer engagement strategies that better reflect the evolving needs of an increasingly demanding consumer. The complacency and apathy of the consumer will melt as competition heats up. Marketers have the opportunity to start to shift focus away from the brand or the product and on to the customer. Those who are able to sharpen that focus will find themselves at the center of a new relationship with the customer.

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Detailed Findings Consumers


Q1. What type of financial institution do you do business with?

8% 11% 13% 68%


Bank Credit Union Both Neither, I do not have any banking or credit accounts

Q2. What type of banking service do you currently use? (check all that apply)
75% savings account 64% Bank/transaction account 47% Credit Card 28% Home Loan 19% Personal Loan 12% Superannuation & Retirement 10% Annuities Managed Funds, Investment Growth
Bonds, etc) Personal Investment (e.g. Education Saving,

9% Business Loan 9% Business Credit Card 6% Business Transaction Account 3% Merchant Services for Business 2% Other

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Consumers
Q3. Based on the services you currently use, please indicate who you primarily do business with: (Primary Bank = the financial institution you consider to be your primary source of financial services, information, etc. alternate = any alternative to your primary bank including a second bank, credit card company, lender, etc.)
Primary Bank alternate Bank

63% 37% 59% 41% 52% 48% 49% 51% 72% 28% 54% 46% 53% 47% 46% 54% 58% 42% 40% 60%

hOMe lOan

PersOnal lOan

BUsiness lOan

sUPerannUatiOn & retireMent

CreDit CarD

BUsiness transaCtiOn aCCOUnt

BUsiness CreDit CarD

MerChant serViCes FOr BUsinesses

PersOnal inVestMents

Other

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Consumers
Q4. how many banks, credit unions, or financial institutions do you currently do business with?

81% 13% 2% 2% 2%

2
3 4 More than 5

None

Q5. how long have you done business with your current bank/banks?
7% Less than 1 year 36% 1 - 5 years 32% 5 - 10 years 11% 10 -15 years 7% 15 - 20 years 7% More than 20 years

Q6. how would you describe the relationship you have with your bank?
44% 18% 15% 15% 5% 4%
trusted partner - always there, ready to advise and advance my finances neutral and indifferent - they do what i want them to, but i dont really think about them much technology innovators - providing me with the latest ways to connect and manage my accounts services center - lots of personal attention when and where i want it Cold and faceless - have not seen a person in a very long time Dinosaurs and Relics - business as usual has slowed opportunities to improve my experience

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Consumers
Q7. how has the economy impacted your relationship or view of your bank?
51% relationship is the same 12% priority
so busy keeping up, investing or savings are just not a

9% Must rely on financial advice more as i look to increase

investment Seriously questioning the business practices or ethics of my 8% bank

7% Struggling to make ends meet and have had to avoid

collection or credit card calls Open to more premium services to access to more benefits, 7% perks or customer service options

5% Tapping into more solutions like overdraft to help manage


my finances

Q8. Do you use alternative banking options or solutions like online baking, eaccounts or Bank@Post?
40% Yes, and will continue to do so 12% Yes, but only in limited situations 11% no, i dont trust these solutions with my money 10% I dont know about these new options 7% primary engagement
Yes, but intend to use tradition in-person channels as my

7% Yes, and will increase usage 7% No, I do not have access to these solutions 6% No, I tried them and didnt like them

Q9. have you changed banks in the past 12 months?

12% 12%
Yes

88% 88%

no

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Consumers
Q10. What was the reason for your move (check all that apply)?
50% lower rates 32% More options and services 31% no surcharge or fees 28% Convenience of branch location 12% Transition from credit union to a bank 12% Consolidation of accounts 8% Transitioned from a bank to a credit union 6% Other

Q11. What is top of mind specific to your finances? (check top five)
71% Paying bills on time 57% saving or investing for the future 50% Making ends meet 38% Interest rates rising 32% Prioritising bills to pay this month 26% Understanding my mortgage or loans 24% Stability of banks and financial institutions 20% Access to resources to help me manage my money 10% Juggling online accounts 9% Pension availability 9% Consolidating credit card or high-interest loans 7% Business loans impacting my personal finances 5% Nothing comes to mind 1% Other

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Consumers
Q12. Do you currently hold any upgraded, premium, choice or reward accounts?

28%
Yes no

72%

Q13. if you answered Yes, what is the primary value of these programs? (check top three)
57% rewards points that can be redeemed for travel,
gifts or products

35% Cash back savings 31% special offers, priority access or early access to
events, services or unique opportunities

21% Online access, paperless options and eStatements 20% Priority service 20% Lower fees or percentage rates 16%
Better access to tools and resources to help meet my financial goals

16% Higher interest rates for greater savings 6% Concierge and personal banking service 3% Special resources, content or information

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Consumers
Q14. What are your greatest concerns or complaints about your bank or financial institution? (check all that apply)

41% hidden fees or unexplained costs 39% Billing errors 34% for in-person service
high fees and additional service charges

29% Data loss or security breech 23% Poor quality of service in branch/office 22% in service value
Increase in service fees without increase

18% Payment problems 18% Spam or junk mail overload 16% Rude behavior of employees or workers 14% Branch or office too far away 14% or statements 13% whole
Complicated or hard to understand bills Lack of trust in backing industry as a Poor or unavailable real-time online Hard to locate information on

12% customer service

12% payment or accounts

12% No way to bank online 10% Limited services of account options 8% No access to account information online 8% available
policy Peer-to-peer payment solution not

6% Green-washing or lack of environment 6% No paperless or eStatement option 3% Other

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Consumers
Q15. have you ever told others or passed along information about your complaints or concerns?

39% sometimes i do, when the complaint is big enough 25% no 22% Yes, i tell all of my friends and family about it 8% Yes, I call into the bank and complain 5% Yes I post online blogs, complaint forums or on my
own blog or social network

Q16. What do you value most about your bank or financial institution?
40% trusted, reliable and accessible 18%
helps me save money with tips and conservation ideas

14% reputable and dependable 12% Responsive and easy to do business with 7% or crisis
Keep me updated and informed, even in a disaster

4% Community minded and neighborly or residents 4% more enviromental 1% Other


Committed to green practices and helping me be

Q17. Basic background information: Gender

32% 68%

Male Female

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Consumers
Q18. Basic background information: age
1% Under the age of 18 45% 18 - 24 33% 25 - 34 14% 35 -44 5% 45 -54 1% 55-64 0% Over the age of 65

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Detailed Findings Marketers


Q1. how would you describe the current state of your business? (check those that apply most)
89% striving to better segment, profile and address current
and future market needs

50% adapting to new channels and methods of customers


engagement and insight gathering we market our services

42% Constrained in what we can sell to customers and how 41% Creating a more customer-centric culture with both
back-end and front-end fully aligned marketing world

34% Struggling to keep pace in a rapidly evolving digital 29% Looking at global market expansion opportunities 26% Enhancing transparency and visibility in business
operations to secure customer trust

24% regulations and government mandates


and activate word of mouth managed personal finances

Constantly responding and conforming to new

23% Innovating new ways to increase customer satisfaction 23% Developing more programs to assist customer14% Diversifying and looking for new sources of revenue 12% Little changed from years past 6% Assuming leadership in financial planning education
and resources in the marketplace and frugality

6% Dealing with the new normal of economic constraint 5% Working hard to evidence corporate social 0%

responsibility and community commitment Challenged to become more environmental and green

1% Other

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Marketers
Q2. What factors are impacting and influencing your marketing operations? (select top 3)
57% increased pressure on marketing to produce leads
and qualified business opportunities campaigns to secure accounts

54% need for more effective retention marketing 54% More comprehensive customer lifetime value
to justify investments analysis to better understand high value customers

38% Management mandate for measurement and metrics 34% Tightened marketing budgests, and doing more for less 18% target key customer constituencies
Embrace of data analytics to better segment and Making the shift to digital marketing platforms and Embrace of marketing automation tools to increase

15% models; attracting the right talent to support this 6% marketing effectiveness

6% Higher cost to connect and engage with customers 5% Restructuring and realignment of functions to better
intregrate with sales

1% Downsizing of markting staff 0% Tighter budgeting, procurement policies and controls


to increase yield and value of spend

0% Not much change at all 2% Other

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Marketers
Q3. What issues or developments are impacting the banking industry today? (select top 3)
78% Customers demand low/no fee service with high-touch, personalized service 68% experience, forcing increased investment in support,
service and marketing engagements Customers expect higher levels of service and

51% has required increased marketing and advertising


spend to engage and increase brand awareness requirements reshaping our business

increased competition for wallet and market share

34% Regulatory controls and disclosure/transparency 23% and advancements


Customer expectation for technology innovations New digital technologies that enable payment,

9% customer self-service and require always on

connectivity has increased costs Employee lay-offs and cutbacks impacting continuity 7% of service and revenue growth

7% Digital privacy regulations and laws limit how much


data we can mine from customer engagements

5% yet fees are hotly contested, creating negative


feedback from customers operations

Overdraft and protection services are heavily used,

4% Deregulation shakeout still impacting business 1% New demands for service require new talent and
resources be brought into the company perceptions of Australian consumers

1% Global financial news and issues impacting 0% Customer desire for green corporate practice has
raised greenwashing questions service more challenging

0% Largely dispersed, rural community makes providing 1% Other

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Marketers
Q4. What are your top customer engagement priorities for the year ahead? (select top 3)
66% Gaining a deeper understanding of customer needs and
expectations and content

64% improving the relevance and value of communication 47% self-service models
Driving more customers online to use automated, Retaining relationships and building stronger affinity Educating customers through relevant and easy to Developing new points of engagement in order to Unifying message, value and communication across Increasing frequency of communication beyond Enriching and enlivening interactions and content Providing more personalized, targeted engagements Providing greater levels of transparency to grow and Eliminating unnecessary mailings, communication, eliminate clutter for the customer cultural local community advocacy programs

25% with existing customers 23% understand content

20% grow loyalty and advocacy

14% multiple, disparate service lines 9% billing and service issues

7% delivery through digital channels 6% and experiences

5% improve customer trust

5% collateral, materials, regardless of channel to

5% Diversifying to satisfy a growing, diverse ethnic and 1% Creating word-of-mouth referral and customer 0% Streamlining communications to deliver a better
customer experience

0% Other

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Marketers
Q5. are you confident in your knowledge of customer retention, profitability and lifetime value?

13% 45% 42%

no Getting better all the time Yes

Q6. What would improve your visibility into customer retention, profitability and lifetime value? (select top 3)
88% Better access to real-time customer data and
analytics

52% programs around customer revenue optimization 38% greater visibility


robust infrastructure or technology to provide

Management support for transformational

30% Budget to fund programs or projects 29% resources, insight or data across the company 22% who own much of this insight
Breakdown of functional silos that limit access to Closer collaboration between IT and finance teams Formalized mandate for retention marketing

12% programs, not just acquisition

11% Tighter alignment with front-line resources


including sales and customer service

2% Other

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Marketers
Q7. have you invested in customer data aggregation, analytics or segmentation platforms or programs in the past 12 months?

27% 73%

no Yes

Q8.

What was the outcome of the program?

100% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

segmented customers in order to better execute targeted communications Cleansed customer database based on existing accounts and leads collected through demand generation campaigns Unified siloed data across the company into one corporate database Aggregated a mountain of data that nobody really understands how to leverage Pulled marketing-owned data out into its own standalone database Learned that there was incorrect, incomplete or missing information Received a very sophisticated platform, but do not have the internal talent to be able to use it CDI project was abandoned or aborted mid-stream Other

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Marketers
Q9. What strategies are you employing to acquire new business? (select top 3)
62% ramping up ecommerce and customer-direct
communication agreements

46% establishing new partnerships and revenue-sharing 41% stepping up demand generation and customer
acquisition programs

31% Actively promoting additional services products to


up-sell existing customers consumers

31% Leveraging customer data to better target individual 27% Boosting marketing and promotional spend to reach
harder to reach/rural consumers

21% Restructuring or expanding channels of distribution 18% specific or niche market segments 13% younger customers
Testing and launching new products aimed at Adopting more social media channels to reach

10% Leveraging loyal customers to gain recommendations


or word-of-mouth referrals

0% Buying competitors or compatible companies/brands 0% Other

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Marketers
Q10. What do you see as the essential contributors to assuring quality of customer experience? (select top 3)
88% customer
Understanding the needs and expectations of the

46% simplicity and ease of use of online channels 41% responsiveness and resolution of issues 33% Clear definition and value of brand 32% Point of sale (or engagement) knowledge and
responsiveness of agents and partners

18% Quality and reliability of service 15% New products, services and service offerings 15% Availability of self-service options for pricing,
payment and account information

12% Frequency and quality of communication 0% Clarity and accuracy of billing information 0% Accuracy of pricing and coverage information on all
content touch points engagements

0% Customer communities and peer-to-peer 0%


Other

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Marketers
Q11. how are you adding value to customer communications and engagements? (select top 3)
76% Providing tips and ideas for personal finances or savings 64% customer lifetime value
Cross-selling or up-selling services to increase Offering enhanced online service offerings including management

47% online payment, peer-to-peer payments and account


Leveraging data to personalize communications to conserve

24% reflect usage, including specific opportunities to save or 16% Proactively addressing issues, complaints or concerns 13%
Providing additional services to reach more rural customers (like Bank@Post)

12% Complimentary investment tips or resources 6% Educating customers about charges, costs and
service solutions

6% Providing tips and ideas for business finances or


business management

6% engagements

Investing more in point of sale communications or

6% Delivering promotions, coupons or savings for


partners or community businesses

0% Offering clear and easy to understand charges and


billing communications

0% Informing customers of new privacy or legal notices 2% Other

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Marketers
Q12. What are your customers primary sources of pain or most frequent complaints about your brand, service, product or company? (select top 5)
71% Unmet needs and expectations 52% Poor customer service around queries or problems 49% increases in costs, charges and fees 35% work
No local branches within reasonable area to home/

18% Confusing language 18% High prices and little service 16%
Unexpected charges (e.g. billing shock, high fees or taxes)

16% Inflated costs / hidden fees 12%


Limited services through low-cost or no-cost account options representatives

12% Attitude and courtesy of company service 9% Constant flow of up-sell and add-on sales messages 9% Lack of self-service purchase and payment options 6% Hard-to-understand billing statements 6%
Impossible to reach a delivery service agent without fees or upcharges

6% Billing errors 6% Privacy / security of sensitive customer data 3% Difficult to navigate website 0% installation representatives 2% Other
Attitude and courtesy of technical service, support or

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Marketers
Q13. What is your title?
36% VP of Marketing, Marketing Communications, Marketing Operations 29% Director of Marketing, Marketing Communications,
Marketing Operations

23% eVP/sVP of Marketing, Marketing Communications,


Marketing Operations

9% Marketing Manager 2% VP of Customer Experience 1% Other (please specify) 0% CMO 0% VP of Customer Service 0% Director of Customer Experience 0% Director of Customer Service

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expert Perspectives
Whats Critical For Bank Marketers: The Time is Right To Activate Advocacy and Loyalty
By lee Gallagher, Director Precision Marketing and Sales, InfoPrint Solutions Company
In recent years, the Australian Big Four Banks have been under deep scrutiny by the sophisticated Australian consumers, critics and government officials. Many believe that the closed competition has hindered the banks commitment to invests in building trusted customer relationships, improving customer service, and word of mouth advocacy within the Australian market. In this research report, Whats Critical In The Banking Vertical Australia Commercial Banking, only 44 percent view their existing bank as a trusted advisor. To add to this, nine percent considered their bank as Cold and Faceless as well as Dinosaurs and Relics. Why all the contention? The audit revealed that consumers are tired of the high costs, and hidden fees, billing errors, and the additional service charges that tend to accompany both. Additionally, according to the poll, the customer banking experience is severely lacking. A surprising 23 percent said they regularly receive poor customer service and a disturbing 16 percent have been on the receiving end of Rude behavior from bank employees. Given this insight, it is not a surprise that the Australian banking customer is defecting at a churn rate of 12 percent a year. Customers are in search of lower rates, more online options, transparency, improved services, and reduced fees. The churn rate will continue to grow unless the current marketing strategies begin to focus less on products and more on the customer experience. Top marketing priorities for the year included: gaining deeper customer understanding of their customers and their expectation, driving relevant communications, and offering more on line services; yet improving the overall customer experience with the bank and brand was a lesser priority. Only six percent of marketers were going to provide more personalized, targeted engagements and experiences, while one percent of the marketers were concerned about word of mouth and customer advocacy programs. In these times of social media immersion, that blind eye may soon turn to a major trip up in their 2011 marketing strategies. The audit uncovered that 88 percent of marketers believe that better access to real-time data and analytics would be the best solution to improve visibility into customer retention, profitability and lifetime value. But only 27 percent of marketers reported investment in data analytics to better segment and target key customers. Those that invested in analytics were able to report a 100 percent improvement in customer segmentation in order to better execute targeted communications. In this new era of customer power, banks can create relevance and revenues by focusing on their customer. The research indicated that when banking competition heightened, 51 percent increased marketing and advertising spend to drive improved brand awareness. The Australian banking marketer may consider a lesser focus on branding and more on bonding. While branding tends to be more of a shout at the consumer from a billboard or television to praise their own products, the smart marketer will level the playing field by creating strategies and campaign that enable key customer conversations about future needs, concerns, and goals. These marketers will then be in a position to then show how their offerings or products satisfy those needs. The good news is the Australian banking marketer clearly understands the need to improve services, retention, and loyalty and they have the data at their fingertip to begin their journey. Over 32 percent of

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consumers indicated they have conducted business with the same bank for 5-10 years. These long standing relationships provide voluminous amounts of information that will provide necessary insight to deliver improved relevance and garner a deeper understanding of their customer needs, wants, andexpectations. We are strong believers that data can drive relevance, and relevance creates loyalty and advocacy. Data enables valuable customer insight that can create a unified, single view of the customer, allowing marketers to create relevant marketing campaigns and strategies tailored to the customers needs. With the right insight, the bank will be able to predict needs with more accuracy such as what product to cross or up sell - cutting through the noise and delivering targeted, relevant communications that benefit both the consumer and the bank. For example, the audit indicated that 81 percent of the consumers were doing business with at least two banks. This means that both banks missed an opportunity to build additional business. For some reason, the customers determined that their requirements may have been unmet by their first, primary bank, driving them to seek business with a second bank that would better suit their needs. Data analytics can help predict what products in checking, savings, credit card, loans and insurance portfolios should be offered to which customers to achieve greatest wallet share. The data now becomes the foundation of relevant, multi-channel campaigns that resonate and encourage the propensity to convert and grow loyalty. Customer loyalty and retention is paramount in the Australian banking. As new and existing market entrants will precisely target the Big Four customer base by offering lower costs products, mobile capabilities, and premium customer service, disrupting the ten year customer base that the current market enjoys. The existing banks do have an advantage they have the data, the customers, existing relationships and the ability to begin growing loyalty and advocacy now.

About the Author:


As InfoPrint Solutions Company Director of Precision Marketing Solutions and US Sales Leader, lee Gallagher directs the development of Precision Marketing strategies across InfoPrints multiple business lines worldwide. He is directly responsible for the solution strategies, advertising, blogs and social media, development of integrated programs, market research, marketing technologies, and data analytics. Additionally, Lee directs the Precision Marketing Sales team for the US. A 17-year veteran in sales and marketing, Gallagher joined IBM Printing Systems in January 2002 as a Regional Sales Account Manager in Business Development. Here Gallagher attained every sales award the company offered, including the prestigious Lou Gerstner Award. After completing 16 consecutive quarters exceeding his quota, Gallagher moved into marketing to deliver the enablement necessary to grow the newly formed joint venture, InfoPrint Solutions Company. Prior to InfoPrint, Gallagher was part of the IBM Global Services Division where he consulted for some of the worlds top brands including: Coca Cola, Marriott International, Inter Continental Hotel, and Macys. He has blogged, written and published many articles on improving top line performance through the implementation of data driven marketing approaches. His research and case studies have been discussed in many of the top publications such as MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, and he is a regular contributor for DM NEWS, B2B, Target Magazine and other industry specific publications. He speaks on a regular basis to marketing teams worldwide on improving the customer experience and growing loyalty.

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Critical in the Retail Banking Sector Personalised Communications to Drive Results


By ross ingleton, Sales Director, Computershare Communication Services
Computershare Communication Services (Computershare) provides Multi-Channel Communications and Business Process Automation solutions. Since 1989 Computershare has worked with many high profile companies across the banking, insurance and superannuation sectors. In seeking to better understand both the challenges and opportunities facing our clients in the rapidly changing world of communication, Computershare was delighted to sponsor the Chief Marketing Office (CMO) Councils, Whats critical in the Retail Banking Vertical research. Through listening to the voice of key industry players, Computershare is better able to understand what clients value most and ensure our services and solutions are aligned to those needs. Our analysis of the research suggests that three fundamental challenges are faced by marketers in the Australian banking sector. Interestingly these three challenges are not new, and in my 19 years of working with this sector, they reinforce the age-old message of know your customer. The digital age has not shifted the fundamentals for marketers, only the platform and speed by which information can be accessed the core challenges still remain: Know your customer (understand their transaction habits and whats motivating them). We can access more data about customers than ever before and thats where that gold dust may well lie for marketers with growth and cross sell opportunities on their radar and lets face it, thats all of us. unleash the power of customer knowledge While we may uncover the data, its a further challenge for marketers to know what to do with that insight how we use the data to increase share of wallet by cross-selling our services. The CMO research reminds us yet again of the value businesses can extract when marketing teams work seamlessly with sales functions to translate customer knowledge into well crafted sales messages that resonate with customers. innovate with Precision Marketing With customer intelligence at the forefront of marketing, expensive and inaccurate hit and miss advertising campaigns and experimental multi-media bandwagons can be avoided. Marketers messages and those of sales teams can only cut through digital and off-line clutter if the communication is relevant based on understanding real customer needs instead of telling them what to think. Precision Marketing is what you can hear successful marketers talking about at the office water coolers today personalised, data driven communication that speaks directly to an individual customer and results measurable outcomes.

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lets take a look at this more closely.


Know your customer Evidenced in the Report, Marketers believe customers value tips and ideas for personal savings and cross-selling or up-selling services. Efforts have been placed primarily on offering enhanced online service. On the other hand, customers have indicated that they truly value a trusted relationship with their banking institution where their needs are understood. They look to organisations who are reputable and who provide services that are reliable and accessible. Clearly, marketers will be missing the mark in advertising messages if they dont put practices in place to properly listen to what is valued by customers. Given this insight, it is of no wonder that 18 percent of customers would like their bank to do what I want them to do and 71 percent of marketers surveyed said that their customers primary pain point is unmet needs and expectations. unleash the power of customer knowledge Sixty-six percent of marketers surveyed have acknowledged the need for gaining a deeper understanding of customer needs and expectations, indicating this as their top customer engagement priority for the year ahead. 64 percent also indicated that one of their primary focus points is to improve the relevance and value of communication and content when marketing to customers. Given that consumers today are demanding a high touch personalised service, it is good to know that most marketers in this industry at least know what they have to do to retain and/or acquire customers even if they are not sure how to do so. In addition, the Report indicates that as sales relies more and more on marketing to drive leads and opportunities (57 percent), marketers are feeling greater pressure to better gain knowledge of their customers to then understand the best way to market to them. Considering that 42 percent of surveyed marketers do not feel confident in their knowledge of customer retention and associated profitability, marketers need better access to real time data and analytics in order to drive relevancy in personalised messages to their customers to gain cut-through in such a competitive environment.

innovate with Precision Marketing As the CMO Council suggests in their Marketing Perspective address, the delivery of relevance to the customer in meeting their needs will activate a level of advocacy and loyalty with customers beyond satisfaction helping to retain and acquire new business. A further challenge in targeting relevant messages to customers is that marketers need to know how to deliver the message. With many options beyond just print these days, such as online or mobile, messages need to not only be relevant, but to also be easily managed from a multichannel central production platform for timely and effective distribution. The only way to achieve that is by effectively mining the customer data that banks hold. The discipline of Precision Marketing talks to the heart of marketers as it focuses on what a bank knows from the data of a customer (not what is available) and then uses that to drive personalised, relevant messages to improve response demonstrating to customers that the bank is in tune with what it is they value most.

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About the Author


ross ingleton is the Sales Director at Computershare Communication Services. He leads a national team in selling Multi-channel Communications and Business Process Automation solutions to clients. A qualified mechanical engineer with over 30 years of Sales, Operations and General management experience in engineering, logistics and service industries, Ross has spent over 19 years specialising in the communications industry delivering outsource solutions in Australia and Asia for Financial institutions, Telecommunications companies, Government and Utilities. Solutions developed include; essential mail statement and billing applications, archive and retrieval solutions, database marketing and loyalty applications, inbound and outbound contact centres, as well as document capture and image conversion.

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about the CMO Council


the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council
The Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council is dedicated to high-level knowledge exchange, thought leadership and personal relationship building among senior corporate marketing leaders and brand decision-makers across a wide range of global industries. The CMO Councils 5,500 members control more than $200 billion in aggregated annual marketing expenditures and run complex, distributed marketing and sales operations worldwide. In total, the CMO Council and its strategic interest communities include over 12,000 global executives across 100 countries in multiple industries, segments and markets. Regional chapters and advisory boards are active in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. The Councils strategic interest groups include the Coalition to Leverage and Optimize Sales Effectiveness (CLOSE), Marketing Supply Chain Institute, Customer Experience Board, LoyaltyLeaders.org, Online Marketing Performance Institute, and the Forum to Advance the Mobile Experience (FAME). www.cmocouncil.org

about the infoPrint Solutions Company


infoPrint solutions Company
InfoPrint Solutions Company (InfoPrint) is a leading provider of Precision Marketing Services which is dedicated to delivering the right message, to the right person, at the right time. This data-driven marketing approach produces highly targeted and relevant customer communication resulting in improved ROI. InfoPrint works with the worlds leading brands in retail, financial services, insurance, banking, travel and hospitality industries. Precision Marketing Services provided include customer strategy, retention data analytics, campaign design and delivery, and campaign measurement services. The company was created in 2007 through a joint venture between Ricoh and IBMs Printing Systems Division. On July 1, 2010, Infoprint evolved into a fully owned subsidiary of Ricoh and a strategic member of the Ricoh Family Group. Today, InfoPrint is a global company that currently has more than 2,500 employees working across many countries. Its worldwide headquarters are located in Boulder, Colorado. More information is available at www.infoprint.com/precisionmarketing and www.profitwithloyaly.com.

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about Computershare
Computershare
Computershare (ASX: CPU) is a global market leader in transfer agency and share registration, employee equity plans, proxy solicitation and stakeholder communications. The Company also specialises in corporate trust services, tax voucher solutions, bankruptcy administration and a range of other diversified financial and governance services. Founded in 1978, Computershare is renowned for its expertise in data management, high volume transaction processing, payments and stakeholder engagement. Many of the worlds leading organisations use these core competencies to help maximise the value of relationships with their investors, employees, creditors, members and customers. Computershare is represented in all major financial markets and has over 10,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit www.computershare.com. about Computershare Communication services (a division of Computershare) Computershare Communication Services is a leading global outsource technology provider of business process automation and multi-channel communication solutions. The worlds leading organisations depend on Computershare to help them capture, organise and publish business critical documents and payments freeing them up to focus on what is most important about their communications - the content. Computershare is a behind the scenes organisation, yet play a pivotal role in managing and delivering services for clients, of which there are over 10,000 globally. As a business-to-business company, Computershare focuses on responding to the needs of clients. To do that efficiently Computershare relies on outstanding people, trusted technology and a robust global structure to assist clients in responding to everyday activities. For more information, visit www.computershare.com.

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