Sterling Bank, Clickatell partner on ‘personalised’ banking experience

Sterling Bank Plc in collaboration with Clickatell, a global leader in mobile communications and chat commerce, has announced a personalised banking experience for existing customers and prospective account holders through the messaging app, WhatsApp.

According to a statement by Clickatell, customers can now initiate bank transfers, and airtime and bill payments, check balance and BVN enquiries, as well as statement generation directly on WhatsApp with the aid of Kiki, a new personalised financial assistant.

It added, “The financial assistant also connects customers directly to customer service, making dispute resolution seamless.

“Designed to provide personalised service to every customer of the bank, Kiki possesses conversational intelligence and will answer questions related to personal finances once prompted. Kiki makes initiating banking transactions as easy as chatting with friends through the bank’s verified WhatsApp number – +234 906 000 6449.”

Oladipo Alabede, Group Head of Digital Banking at Sterling Bank, said on the latest development, “Delivering banking on WhatsApp for instant messaging is desirous by our customers who want a reliable, convenient, and safe medium to perform basic banking transactions on their mobile devices. It eases the stress of moving between apps before transactions can be concluded.”

According to Alabede, WhatsApp is easy, safe, fast and secure, adding, “It has improved security that prevents fraud and enables customers to have access to all their accounts. The service is designed for self-service registration and the customers can sign on from any location. The current features of the app include Sterling to Sterling and Sterling to other banks’ transfers, airtime top-up, bill payments, balance enquiry, BVN enquiry and statement generation, among others.”

Samson Isa, Director – West Africa for Clickatell, said his company was delighted to be working with Sterling on the project.

“We are pleased to help Sterling Bank enable chat banking on WhatsApp, making banking services available to its customers anytime and everywhere on a channel they use daily.

“Chat banking is the future of financial services with bank customers preferring the channel for conducting routine banking, as it is fast, simple, and secure. We are proud to be leading this shift in financial services, along with customers like Sterling Bank.”

Alabede said customers must use the mobile number registered on their Sterling account to enjoy the service.

He added that a new set of features would soon be enabled, as the bank is exploring ways to serve customers better with the introduction of micro-lending, micro-investment, account opening, card request, and credit rating, among others.

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