The pre-due collections period: The 'how long and short' of it!
Welcome back to the second edition from our brand-new blog series ‘6 Key Phases of Debt Collection’ where we’ve pulled together data from thousands of clients (and over 2 million live customer accounts) so you can measure how your timelines stack up against the 6 main phases in Collections:
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Last week we started with, what we consider, a crucial part of the collections process; Setting Up for Success when considering using a DCA and the critical questions you should ask them to make sure they’re the correct fit for your company.
Through our data mining and direct conversations, we understand collections management and their teams are faced with many moving parts which makes their roles ever more difficult. Such as: the speed of changing technology, customer habits and then with the latest ‘curve-ball’ the global Coronavirus pandemic. We all know it’s never been more important to make sure what you are delivering is not only relevant but also appropriate.
In this week’s post, we discuss the first phase of the collections timelines process: Pre-Due. We explain the average length of time, the approach and tone a collections teams should use and also give a sample of the actions we would take during this phase. We hope you enjoy…
Our data shows us that the pre-due period is between the minus 3-day and day 0 of payment becoming due. During this time teams can either do nothing or be proactive and send a reminder to the customer about the upcoming payment.
Proactivity can catch any early issues and gives the Customer time to make any last-minute changes to their finances.
Tone and language are incredibly important if a notification is sent – it needs to be friendly and clearly presented as a reminder. The best way to do this is digitally and, if possible, we’ve found push notifications on our customer app have been an incredibly productive channel.
The CRS Way
Here at CRS, an example of how we use these pre-due notifications would be to alert a customer if the card used for their payment arrangement is due to expire before the next instalment being attempted. This helps us to reduce arrangement default rates and encourages customers to contact us to update their details and to check their current circumstances haven’t changed since they last engaged with us.