UK organisations set sights on affordability and unstructured data

Callcredit Information Group's New Affordability report has shown that most risk leaders (86%) are looking towards high-quality, affordable data as an opportunity to improve the customer experience.

The report by the consumer data specialists showed that unstructured data (48%), such as social media; socio-economic data (48%), including age; and socio-demographic data (42%), such as geography, sit at the top of the list of data sources that experienced lenders are accessing to optimise the customer journey.

The report highlights that risk professionals are looking beyond meeting compliance requirements (93%) and treating customers fairly commitments (86%) when it comes to maximising the insight available to them and improving customer management.

The key data points that risk professionals are using include:

•    Internal data (marketing and CRM data) (70%)
•    Positive credit data (51%)
•    External data (49%)
•    Transactional data (42%)
•    Socio-economic data (39%)

Steve McNicholas, managing director of credit and marketing data at Callcredit Information Group, said: “Lenders are starting to recognise the opportunity in using more informed affordability assessments to enhance the customer experience.

“However, our research reveals there is more they can do to leverage the technology that exists today to draw on robust customer data without interrupting their journey.

“It’s also encouraging to see that organisations are exploring increasingly diverse data sources as part of the customer experience and risk management process.

“But, with so much now available, the challenge is in translating this into useful insights that truly enhance the customer journey and risk management.

“Combined with regularly evaluating and updating affordability assessment, will help to protect and strengthen relationships with customers in the long term.”

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