Helping their community and delivering personalized service is
the foundational differentiation of every community bank. Now more than ever,
customers expect that their community bank understands them and is looking out
for their best interests.

Customers are communicating with their banks every day through their transactions – regardless if they are mobile, in person or online, each interaction tells a story. Are you listening to what they’re telling you? Whether your bank is navigating through today’s COVID-19 crisis or operating in the best of times, data will be key to success today and in the future.

Business intelligence to navigate daily operations is hard
to come by on a good day, much less when things are in a pandemic disarray. Many
bankers are working remotely for the first time and find themselves crippled by
the lack of access to actionable data. A robust data analytics tool enables employees
at all levels to efficiently access the massive amounts of customer, market,
product, trend and service data that resides in your core and ancillary systems.
Actionable data analytics can empower
front-line bankers and risk managers to make data-driven decisions by improving
and leveraging insight into the components that affect loan, deposit and
revenue growth. Additionally, these tools often do the heavy lifting, resulting
in organizational efficiencies that allow your bankers and executives to focus
on strategic decision-making – not managing cumbersome data and reporting

A tool that aggregates transformative data points from various siloed systems and makes them readily available and easy to interpret allows your management team to be better prepared to proactively manage and anticipate the potential impact of a crisis. This positions your bank to offer products and services that your customers need, when they need them.

But most community banks have not implemented a data
analytics solution and as such, they 
must consider how to manually generate the information needed to monitor
and track customer behaviors to assist them in navigating this crisis. Below
are a few potential early warning indicators to monitor and track as your bank navigates
the current coronavirus crisis so you can proactively reach out to customers:

  • Overdrafts, particularly for customers who have
    never overdrawn.
  • Missing regular ACH deposits.
  • Past due loans, particularly customers who are
    past due for the first time.
  • Line of credit advances maxing out.
  • Lines of credit that cannot meet the 30-day pay-down
  • Declining deposit balances.
  • Large deposit withdrawals.
  • Businesses in industries that are suffering the

If your community bank is one of the many that are proactively assisting customers during this pandemic, make sure you are tracking data in a manner that allows you to clearly understand the impact this crisis is having on your bank and share with your community how you were able to help your customers during this critical time. Some examples include:

  • Paycheck Protection Loan Program details: number of applications received, processed and funded; amount forgiven; cost of participating for the bank; customer versus non-customer participation, impact on lending team, performance.
  • Customer assistance with online banking: How did you help those who are unfamiliar with online banking services? How many did you assist?
  • Loan modifications, including extensions, deferments, payment relief, interest-only payments and payment deferrals.
  • Waived fees and late charges.
  • Emergency line of credits for small business customers.

Having easy access to critical customer information and insights has never been more important than it is today, with the move to remote work for many bankers and rapidly changing customer behaviors due to the economic shutdown. Customers are making tough choices; with the right data in your bankers’ hands, you will have the ability to step up and serve them in ways that may just make them customers for life.


Kim Snyder

CEO & Founder

Kim Snyder is the founder and CEO of KlariVis, a cloud-based data analytics platform built by bankers, for bankers that delivers data through interactive dashboards providing immediate insight into key performance metrics that drive revenue, manage risk and streamline operations.

Ms. Snyder is also founder and president of KBS Results LLC, a financial institution management consulting firm.  She was executive vice president and CFO of Valley Financial Corporation/Valley Bank, a $900m publicly traded bank in Roanoke, Virginia for 10 years. She was instrumental in the success of the bank which led to the acquisition by BNC Bancorp at a 173% premium to tangible book value.  

Ms. Snyder is a certified public accountant.