Leading Mortgage Servicer Uses Ushur to Convince Customers to Go Paperless 

Customer Story

Top Mortgage Lender & Servicer who can help buyers purchase a home, get cash from their home's equity, or refinance. They provide exceptional mortgage servicing to more than 2 million homeowners.

One of the largest mortgage servicers in the United States faced a significant challenge. For cost reasons, it needed to convince customers to opt into receiving paperless statements instead of printed (and mailed) documents. Founded in the early 1990s, and licensed to operate in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, this mortgage servicer offers a broad range of mortgage options, including conventional loans, refinancing, and programs for first-time homebuyers such as Federal Housing Association (FHA) loans.

Despite a difficult financial lending climate in 2023, the company had a solid fiscal year, helping almost 80,000 borrowers secure financing for their most important assets—their homes. The firm also raised more than a billion dollars to fund its own corporate growth objectives.

But when trying to convince customers to drop conventional U.S. mail correspondence in favor of paperless notices, the firm struggled. Traditional email marketing campaigns that encouraged customers to call its contact center or log onto its online portal and set up paperless mailings failed to motivate customers to act. 

The financial implications were serious: Each statement mailed to each customer cost the mortgage business $14, once the cost of ink, printing, stuffing envelopes—a big personnel administrative expense right there—and postage were taken into account. Yet customer response rates were dismal. The mortgage servicer had to assume that most of these solicitations went straight into the trash, unread. 

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Ushur leads the way to personalized, mobile communications that had an immediate impact

To address this challenge, the company asked Ushur for help. 

The Ushur team suggested a much more proactive engagement strategy using mobile communications. By leveraging SMS because of the ubiquitous use of mobile devices throughout its customer base, the mortgage servicer was able to speed immediate, personalized SMS messages to customers that showcased the benefits of paperless statements, including the tremendous efficiencies gained and—especially—the positive environmental impact. 

The Ushur technology made switching from paper statements a breeze. Mortgage customers could click directly on the SMS to sign up instantly for paperless statements via email. To ensure accuracy, they were simultaneously prompted to verify that their email addresses were correct.

Because Ushur is so easy to learn, the mortgage servicer’s business users were able to create this automated workflow without any help from IT in just a matter of weeks.  

Among other successful results reaped from this particular Ushur initiative:

  • Increased conversion rates: The proactive SMS campaign boosted conversion rates by 150% within the first month alone, far surpassing traditional approaches
  • Enhanced customer engagement: Customers loved the personalized and convenient nature of the SMS messages
  • More accurate customer data: Sending a confirmation email as a part of the automated workflow significantly enhanced data accuracy, reducing errors and improving communication efficiencies
  • 150% rise in ROI: The Ushur campaign was also much more cost effective than the previous, manual ways of attempting to convert customers to paperless statements
  • Rapid deployment: Ushur’s ease of use and built-in Agile development methodologies meant the SMS campaign was in production within a month
  • Opt-in success: The campaign achieved 22,000 opt-ins, with customers overwhelmingly choosing to embrace the paperless statement option over the status quo

Building on other Ushur successes

Ushur’s Invisible App was a cornerstone for the paperless statement initiative as well as other Ushur workflow automation projects at the mortgage servicer. 

Until collaborating with Ushur, the mortgage servicer did all customer outreach manually. This caused delays, increased operational costs, and limited its ability to provide timely and personalized responses to customer inquiries. 

By automating other customer engagement processes, the firm’s team could handle a larger volume of inquiries while providing timely and accurate responses.

For example, with Ushur’s automation platform, the mortgage lender got a response rate that was up to 30 times higher than it could achieve through traditional email. It also saved significant amounts of money that allowed it to use its operational budget and resources more wisely. 

Ushur also helped the company eliminate operational delays due to “trailing documents”—necessary customer paperwork that had to be collected and processed in a timely manner. 

Take homeowners’ insurance. The firm’s challenge in this area was twofold: ensuring homeowners maintained continuous insurance coverage, and communicating with them if such policies lapsed. The traditional methods of snail mail, email, and phone calls just didn’t hack it. This raised financial risks for both the mortgage servicer and its customers. 

The mortgage servicer’s ability to work seamlessly across multiple customer communications channels—including email, SMS, and secure messaging—enabled it to deliver tailored messages, updates, and offers to individual customers based on their individual preferences. Finally, the agility of Ushur’s easy-to-use solutions enables the testing and iterating of customer engagement strategies much more swiftly. This allowed them to continuously improve results of ongoing campaigns.

Ushur leads the way in multichannel customer engagement

By embracing a proactive SMS engagement strategy in its paperless statement process—and taking advantage of Ushur’s multichannel automation capabilities—the mortgage servicer successfully overcame the potential downsides associated with sticking to traditional channels.  As the company and Ushur continue to move forward together, the success of all these initiatives testifies to the effectiveness of proactive and multichannel variety in customer engagement. The financial institution is now well-positioned to continue fostering positive customer relationships and adapting to the ever-changing landscape of customer communication.

Success by the Numbers

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