Melbourne, Australia – March 21, 2012 — ANZ Private & ANZ Trustees has simplified and greatly expanded client access to its team of experienced, highly respected and industry qualified wealth managers and specialists. Having recently completed a successful trial of the technology, ANZ Private & ANZ Trustees is now announcing the launch of Wealth Presence, an exceptionally life-like video meeting experience. Wealth Presence makes it far more efficient and convenient for clients to have life-size face-to-face meetings with experts from across a wide range of disciplines, who may be located hundreds or thousands of kilometers away, yet feel as if they are sitting across the same conference table.
"Wealth Presence is another example of how ANZ Private & ANZ Trustees is taking advantage of innovative technology to differentiate and deliver unique and superior service to clients who can now virtually tap into the deep experience of our team of experts located nationwide & globally - in sites such as Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand. As ANZ Private & ANZ Trustees places strong importance on building relationships with clients, we believe the realistic face-to-face experience Wealth Presence creates is a natural extension of this and transforms the flexibility and convenience of the client experience," said Catherine McDowell, Managing Director of ANZ Private Wealth.
Face-to-face interactions with clients, private wealth managers and specialists on more complex and abstract transactions such as portfolio planning, investment opportunities, complex banking, capital markets, personal insurance, estate planning and wealth management are easier to coordinate through these tailored on-demand video conversations. Clients, particularly those that are time-stretched, will benefit from the convenience and flexibility in scheduling Wealth Presence meetings to suit their schedules and location.
Clients who used the service during the trial were impressed by the experience. An Adelaide based client, John Savva, says he was "blown away" by the technology. "I have always found the best way of doing business is face to face and this tool gives you the opportunity to do that with people who work in another city. As a client [Wealth Presence] certainly made me feel valued. Without doubt I would refer to the person I linked with on wealth Presence as somebody I have now met as opposed to somebody I have spoken to on the phone."
"I was impressed with the clarity of picture, sound and most of all the lack of delay in exchanging comments. A very dynamic experience for me and a great look into globalization at its best. I think it is a quality product that helps continue to set ANZ Private & ANZ Trustees above the rest of the banks for service and I would absolutely use Wealth Presence again."
Not only is it the first instance ANZ has used this type of technology to connect with its clients, ANZ is also one of the first banks globally to use life-like video meeting technology to better support private banking customers.
Wealth Presence is now available in six locations — Queensland (Brisbane), New South Wales (Sydney and Newcastle), South Australia (Adelaide), Victoria (Melbourne) and West Australia (Perth) — to ANZ Private & Trustee clients.
ANZ Private & ANZ Trustees partnered with Cisco and Singtel Optus to design and deploy the Wealth Presence service. Leveraging innovative Cisco TelePresence™ technology it allows ANZ Private to achieve the following client benefits: