Crafting a better experience across channels

Banco Solidario in Ecuador specializes in microloans for Latin America. By digitizing its customer experience with the Genesys Cloud CX™ platform, the bank provided high-quality service on new channels and introduced a virtual assistant — despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

100% remote operations during COVID-19

Lower than 14% transfer rate through Aivo Agentbot use

First bank in Ecuador to develop a cloud contact center

Expanded use of digital channels

At first, we were a little afraid of how safe and efficient it could be to have resources in the cloud. But after a year, we are convinced that choosing Genesys Cloud CX was the right way to go.

Damián Cruz

Digital Channel Consultant

Banco Solidario

A bank focused on progress

Banco Solidario was established in 2013 in a merger with Unibanco; both companies had spent nearly two decades providing credit to economically vulnerable people. Today, the bank focuses on providing services to microbusinesses, a vitally important segment for social progress that’s been neglected by traditional banking.

As the first bank in Latin America to specialize in microcredit with 100% private capital, Banco Solidario is exclusively dedicated to this form of financial operation. To date, it has supported the growth and development of 580,000 small entrepreneurs and disbursed more than $11 million in microloans.

Searching for an omnichannel platform

Banco Solidario is known for its innovative risk assessment and management practices. And its contact center is critical to support its massive credit placement model, which includes sales and collections channels.

Until 2019, the financial institution’s call center was based on an on-premises, internally developed solution. But it became increasingly difficult to keep up with complex and changing customer needs.

“When we saw the need to add more channels, we started the search for a versatile platform with the capacity to manage the omnichannel ecosystem,” said Damián Cruz, Digital Channel Consultant at Banco Solidario.

Achieving digital transformation in the cloud

To better serve its customers, Banco Solidario needed a digital transformation. The IT team analyzed available solutions and, after a demanding selection process, chose the Genesys Cloud CX platform. This move made it the first bank in Ecuador to have a cloud contact center solution.

“I won’t lie. At first, we were a little afraid of how safe and efficient it could be to have resources in the cloud. But after a year, we are convinced that choosing Genesys Cloud CX was the right way to go,” said Cruz.

With the new solution, the bank could organize, monitor and manage the growing volume of interactions in mobile digital channels. And Banco Solidario was able to offer customers the same personalized treatment they receive in physical branches — a key to the bank’s success.

Today, Genesys Cloud CX orchestrates all the bank’s customer service channels: voice, email, chat and an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered bot.

“The truth is that we have taken a burden off our IT team and transferred it to Genesys and its partner Seteinfo,” added Cruz.

Building a smart bot and delivering empathy

Implementing a virtual assistant named Marisol was a new experience for Banco Solidario. Cruz’s team knew that the quality of Marisol’s knowledge base was critical in achieving mass adoption of the Aivo bot.

Part of its strategy was to use call center recordings to grow the knowledge base. In addition, the team developed a set of intermediate services so the bot — present on the web and WhatsApp — could consume these services in a timely manner.

Information from the bot is always encrypted and sensitive data is masked on screen. The customer only accesses the information if they pass an authentication process, which consists of sending a one-time password to their devices.

At first, Marisol’s transfers to contact center operators reached 35%. But after improving integration and refining the knowledge base, Banco Solidario lowered the transfer rate to 20%. And in the last quarter of 2020, it lowered this rate further.

“Of all the people who consult Marisol, only 14% need to be transferred to an agent. As for the rest, we are providing an effective solution in the same channel, in the same session, which for us is a success story,” said Cruz.

Responding to a health crisis

For many companies, the COVID-19 pandemic drove digital transformation. But because Banco Solidario was running a pilot project to test remote work on Genesys Cloud CX, it guaranteed business continuity when the health crisis occurred.

We didn’t do this to be fashionable, nor did we do it for savings or to improve response times. We believe in digital transformation where people’s satisfaction is the central axis of change. That’s why the innovation we introduced with Genesys Cloud CX is here to stay.

Damián Cruz

Digital Channel Consultant

Banco Solidario

And Banco Solidario used digital channels intensively in 2020. For example, the daily contact volume of Marisol tripled, compared to pre-pandemic use. Customers who could no longer visit physical branches soon discovered the bank had opened new channels to serve them with equal quality.

“We didn’t do this to be fashionable, nor did we do it for savings or to improve response times. We believe in digital transformation where people’s satisfaction is the central axis of change. That’s why the innovation we introduced with Genesys Cloud CX is here to stay,” concluded Cruz.

At a glance

Industry: Financial services

Location: Ecuador

Company size: Over 1,500 employees

Challenges

  • Replace an obsolete on-premises solution
  • Add digital tools to optimize customer service
  • Automate customer service with a virtual assistant
  • Innovate with a cloud platform

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