First Bank’s Chat Bot is Launched on WAY4 Messenger Banking

B1NK, a digital only bank for new generation in Kazakhstan, is now chatting with customers via Telegram. This is the first bank bot in the region where customers can send money to friends, manage their cards and keep up-to-date on B1NK promotional offers – all via a popular messenger service.

August 30, 2016 - Almaty, Kazakhstan

Friendly chat bot B1NK (@b1nkbot) speaks three languages – Kazakh, English, and Russian. It answers user’s questions about ATM and branch locations, currency exchange rates, and even how bots spend their free time. Users can also request a call-back via the @b1nkbot. 

For customers, messenger banking means they have an always-on digital finance assistant. After they sign in, @b1nkbot can show them their transaction history and card balances, help them to block cards, set card transaction limits, and even to make mobile money transfers to friends. To send money, the user simply chooses the contact and specifies the transfer amount — no other information is required. The recipient receives a message confirming the transfer and is asked to choose a convenient way to receive the money (for example, transfer to a card or to a mobile phone account). 

‘Today only a couple of tier-2 banks in Kazakhstan offer mobile banking services. There’s definite potential for growth in this area, because people in Kazakhstan are tech-savvy and ready to embrace technological innovations. B1NK’s aim is to simplify banking, and to make finance management more convenient’, - Gani Uzbekov, CEO, Capital Bank Capital Bank Kazakhstan (B1NK) says.

The service is based on WAY4 Messenger Banking, an innovative white-label solution which facilitates customer service via messenger applications. The solution is developed by OpenWay, a recognised leader in software for bankcard issuing and acquiring, payment switching, digital banking and omni-channel. The solution supports customer service via all popular messengers, including Facebook messenger, Viber, WeChat, Telegram and Line. It can be integrated with any card processing system. 

‘We are happy for our creative partners at B1NK. The bank’s team is always open to discuss new ideas and is not afraid to experiment. The launch of @b1nkbot is a first for both our companies. B1NK is OpenWay’s first client to use the WAY4 platform for a completely digital bank, which focuses on serving customers via online channels only i.e. mobile banking and social networks’, - Dmitry Dovgal, depute business development director, OpenWay, notes. 

Messengers are friendly environments. Banks are beginning to realise the potential of interacting with customers in a new way, in the customer's language, using a familiar chat format. Banks are always available to their customers, irrespective of their location and device. Messenger banking is an automated alternative to more expensive SMS channels and supplements the service from call centres. Additional features, such as p2p money transfer and interactive photo, video and audio content, can also be used to attract new customers. According to statistics, messengers are an extremely popular communication channel for those aged 16-44.