With recent events at some Australian companies and a significant amount of data now available in the open market, it’s important to recognise not all onboarding flows are created equal. Traditional electronic verification processes simply validate that the set of personal information provided exists at a central bureau.
There is limited proof the actual person is in possession of the document holding this information, nor that the information belongs to the person accessing it. This means if your personal information falls into the wrong hands, it provides a pretty good key to a bank’s front door.
At ANZ, we’re looking to better protect our customers by asking them to provide a snap of their passport or their license to prove it is in their possession - and to take a quick selfie, which we match to the document to ensure it is legitimately theirs.
In addition to a range of layered fraud detection controls, it means we’re well-placed to prevent any one that’s not you opening an ANZ Plus account in your name (even if your data happens to have been compromised in a data breach somewhere else).
It’s just a few more clicks to ensure your safety.
Speed of onboarding shouldn’t come at the expense of completion rates.
When thinking about a new onboarding experience, it’s easy to push things aside in the quest for speed. But if you’re not careful, you’ll set up certain customer segments to fail.
For example, many banks attribute their low click-rate to requiring only one identity document or a single residential address. This approach can reduce the number of clicks but can also decrease the likelihood someone newly arrived in the country or under the age of 18 successfully passing verification.
Adding a secondary residential address or taking a copy of an ID document means we’re able to proactively address failed electronic verification attempts, without the need for the customer to leave their couch. We have one of Australia’s highest digital verification rates thanks to adding just a small number of additional clicks - resulting in more customers getting active with ANZ sooner and eliminating the need to visit a branch.
Speed of onboarding shouldn’t be at the expense of getting the job done.
It’s also clear from the research that not all onboarding processes are defined equally. The start and end points differ hugely. Some enable accounts to be funded, others don’t. Some provide card activation and PINs, others don’t. And some allow for higher-value payments to be made upon joining, while others don’t.
Of course you can finish the race more quickly if you draw the finish line earlier. However, we believe customers open bank accounts with an expectation of being able to use them straight away. That means being able to pay someone or purchase something as soon as they’ve joined.
We’ve worked hard to design an onboarding process that’s not only quick but allows customers to have a fully-funded account in just a few minutes and a virtual debit card ready for immediate use. There’s no requirement to register multi-factor authentication for higher-value payment transfer or wait for a card to arrive.
Secure, speedy and simple.
Our ANZ Plus onboarding flow is fast. Customers can join the bank from anywhere, at any time, without visiting a branch in a safe and secure way in just minutes.
However success goes well beyond speed. We want to go as fast as possible without jeopardising first-time user completion, without putting customers identity at risk and without deferring customer effort to later stages.
In short, onboarding success means more than clicks. It demands a design that promotes security, speed and simplicity.
Gabe Steele is Join Value Stream Lead at ANZx.