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HSBC launches Apple Business Chat channel

David Murphy

Banking and financial services group HSBC has launched an Apple Business Chat channel to offer its customers a secure, seamless way to message directly with HSBC’s customer service centre via the Messages app on all Apple devices, without the need to download an additional app. The solution is powered by LivePerson.

HSBC notes that the unprecedented economic environment brought on by the current COVID-19 pandemic has limited consumers’ ability to conduct their business in person and has increased phone wait times significantly. It said its launch of Apple Business Chat aims to to ease these burdens and give retail customers the flexibility and security to perform day-to-day banking transactions – including moving money; managing checking and savings accounts; handling credit card transactions; and receiving other digital banking assistance – over messaging.

HSBC customers can begin direct conversations when and where it’s convenient for them, pausing when needed and seamlessly picking up where they left off, as they would when texting with friends or family.

“Digital banking is evolving by expanding into channels that our customers use every day, like messaging,” said Marcos Meneguzzi, head of digital and unsecured lending at HSBC. “This latest innovation using Apple Business Chat to message directly with customers on their Apple devices complements our mobile banking with a low-friction way to provide extra help for our customers when they need it. During this difficult time, it’s important for us to give our customers even more choices on how to bank where and when they choose.”

HSBC’s Apple Business Chat channel everages LivePerson’s Conversational Cloud Platform, which enables brands to message with consumers at scale on the channels they prefer. The service also incorporates Apple’s new Chat Suggest feature, which offers the option to start a messaging conversation when a customer taps to call HSBC. If the user chooses to message instead of call, a conversation with an HSBC agent will open in the Messages app. With Business Chat, customers can still reach a live person and are always in control of whether they share any contact information. Once the user deletes the message thread, they cannot be contacted again until they start another conversation.

“Many of our customers, including those who prefer phone or other means of communication, are finding this new channel very easy to use as they stay close to their money, even while social distancing,” said Katie Jenkins, head of direct banking at HSBC. “Using Apple Business Chat creates an easy, secure connection to our service centre, where clients dip in and out of the conversation at their own pace and avoid call wait times. Whether accessing our relief programs or managing a wide range of day-to-day banking, our skilled conversational banking team is ready to help.”

HSBC’s Apple Business Chat is available in beta for users and businesses worldwide, and is built into iOS 11.3 and higher. The new Chat Suggest feature is available starting with iOS 13.

To start messaging with HSBC, you begin an Apple Business Chat conversation here.

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