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Written by
AskNicely Team
Published on
Jan 27, 2024

First Commonwealth is a consumer-friendly alternative to banking, cooperatively owned and customer driven. Their mission is to improve the financial lives of their neighbors and their businesses through customer centricity, integrity, excellence, accountability and inclusion.

Today, First Commonwealth is the largest credit union in the Lehigh Valley with 11 financial centers serving more than 70,000 members and 1,300 employer groups.

First Commonwealth attributes their growth and success to their ability to deliver exceptional member experiences. They know that member experience is what brings customers through their doors and keeps them there.

Members who receive the full First Commonwealth experience not only become loyal members of the union, but also go on to refer to their friends, family and colleagues.

The tricky part? Ensuring all of their members received that *full* First Commonwealth experience, every time.

First Commonwealth had always collected member feedback, but frontline members were often left in the dark, only receiving minimal data without any details or actionable steps to improve.

As a result, First Commonwealth were struggling with two key challenges:

  1. Inconsistent service delivery: Frontline teams didn’t have enough support, feedback or coaching to deliver a consistent level of service to their members across various locations.
  2. Member churn: Members who didn’t receive the level of service they were expecting were at risk of leaving.

Gathering feedback is just the tip of the iceberg. Distributing feedback successfully and making that feedback actionable is what was truly needed to make an impact. What First Commonwealth needed was useful data on what was driving their current NPS score, easy ways to improve it, and most importantly: to turn things around for members who were at risk of leaving.

Enter real-time feedback and coaching with AskNicely!

With the implementation of AskNicely, First Commonwealth started capturing more meaningful feedback from their members, while automating a lot of their low impact work.

They then delivered that goldmine of information to the people who could make a real difference: their frontline teams. First Commonwealth were able to identify key gaps in the service experience and then quickly implement new strategies across all levels of the business.

After implementing AskNicely:

  • Each financial center began scoring on member experience, so leadership can view trends by location or team.
  • An incentive program was added for frontline staff based on their member scores.
  • Member Experience Associates receive personalized praise and coaching straight to the app on their phone.

By utilizing AskNicely’s automated survey tools and customer feedback platform, First Commonwealth was able to provide teams with the direct voice of the customer giving them a deeper understanding of what their customers care about.

Exceptional member experience fueled by feedback

Over a five month period, First Commonwealth saw their NPS boost to more than 70 (an 11 point gain!)

They soon started to receive detailed testimonials from promoters who were so delighted they wanted to share their experience. These 'love letters' gave them the blueprint for incredible member experience, which they now use to coach for continual improvements.

“AskNicely has helped us understand members' perspective of their experience. We can now coach and develop our teams to excel at service delivery, based on what actually matters to our members.” — Damaris Sirop, VP Director Member Experience.

First Commonwealth is now able to use an excellent member experience to differentiate themselves, and truly live their value of being customer centric and community driven. With AskNicely, they have confidence that their member experience associates live the service promise every day, in every location, in every interaction, and with every customer. Goodbye member churn, hello member loyalty, repeat business and referrals. Go team!

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Before using AskNicely, First Commonwealth Credit Union needed help providing consistent service resulting in member churn. Once they implemented AskNicely’s customer experience management platform they were able to create a better experience for members. 
Using AsKNicely allowed them to identify gaps in the service experience they were providing. 
They quickly implemented automated surveys to collect customer feedback and share it directly with the teams that could action on it.
They added an incentive program for their frontline staff based on member scores. 


point increase in NPS

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