Customer Intelligence Supports Revenue Growth for UBS
Building long-term client relationships
To deliver effective wealth management services in a client-driven marketplace, profound knowledge of financial markets alone isn’t enough. You need to understand what makes customers tick, so you can deliver products and services that meet their precise needs and help them achieve their financial objectives.
UBS is the world’s biggest wealth manager, a top-tier investment banking and securities firm and a leading asset manager. In Switzerland, the company is the market leader in retail and commercial banking. UBS believes in taking a systematic, fact-based approach – which extends to how it interacts with existing and prospective clients.
Business challenges faced include a fast-moving market environment that demands the ability to anticipate and respond to change. Increased competitive choices imply less client loyalty, while margins are being squeezed, leaving less room for error. “This is no longer the ‘big seller’s market’ – client desires are driving the market,” says Dr. Daniel Rüegge, Head of Client Analytical Services, Market Strategy and Development at UBS.
UBS is profiting from an integrated service approach that extends from strategic opportunity analysis through execution to monitoring of outcomes. Customer intelligence, provided by SAS analytics, gives insights into UBS clients and their behaviour, revealing new opportunities for sales, marketing and product development. Analytical CRM units drive activity in key areas such as client book development and delivering flexible sales force support.
Indeed, SAS supports the activities of several thousand client advisers across Europe, while the sister unit in the United States, Client Analytical Services, also uses SAS. “Independently, we came to the same conclusion: SAS was the right solution,” adds Rüegge. “Now, it’s very easy to exchange knowledge.” The use of SAS has become part of the following process:
Dr. Rüegge says that, with SAS’ help, UBS has an opportunity to “continually leverage client, market and competitive insights to build compelling, differentiated and sustainable business strategies to drive future revenues and profits. We have information on what different client groups are doing, across local geographical areas and in terms of our products and solutions. Our local managers have lots of freedom, and we can support them. This is all about revealing best practice and sharing the knowledge gained.” UBS can see what’s working in certain areas and replicate this success elsewhere.
He says, "SAS is the only approach that ticks all the boxes. You can achieve 'quick wins' and gain proof of concept very fast. You can then very quickly scale up. The sheer speed and power of SAS, combined with its other functionality, is something you don't get anywhere else. It's also easy to use: Our analysts can get on with their work rather than fighting with the technology. We can test business hypotheses by mailing to target samples and ensuring we have the right offers. We are able to focus on client needs rather than spending all our time on issues like data preparation."
With SAS, UBS has seen data preparation time decrease by up to 60 percent, while take-up rates for targeted mailing samples have increased by 30 percent to 40 percent for selected segments.
“The last step is measuring performance: We can quantify the impact of SAS on sales performance, focusing on products and campaigns that give the best returns. Analysis can also reveal things not to do, like changing pricing structures in a certain area. This sort of knowledge underpins our entrepreneurship. Having all these things in combination is the main advantage of SAS.”
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Building long-term client relationships underpins UBS’ success: Its goal is to deliver segment-tailored solutions and to meet customer needs through a client-oriented advisory approach.
SAS Customer Intelligence provides new customer insights, actionable knowledge for marketing campaigns and business decision making, with data derived from multiple sources.
With SAS, UBS can drive increased revenue and save costs by making differentiated offers, reducing waste, capitalizing on new business opportunities, improving customer loyalty and using a feedback loop to improve performance.
“Client focus is the main driver of our expansion and innovation. SAS helps us develop a long-term relationship with clients, with customer intelligence enabling us to execute our strategy.”
Dr. Daniel Rüegge
Head of Client Analytical Services, Market Strategy and Development, UBS