Customers twice as likely to recommend buy now pay later than banks, survey

South African customers who have used buy now, pay later to purchase goods would overwhelmingly recommend it as a payment method. This is according to a survey by fintech startup Payflex.

In contrast, the survey notes that customers of South African banks aren’t even half as likely to recommend financial services from their banks.

Over 7,300 Payflex BNPL customers surveyed gave the service a net promoter score of +82. Net promoter score describes the likelihood that customers will recommend a particular product or service and is a good indicator of customer retention. In an independent customer satisfaction index released in March 2022 (SAcsi) retail banking received an average score of just 36.

Paul Behrmann, Payflex CEO, says customers like the convenience of making staggered payments for goods at zero interest. “Those surveyed highlighted being able to get their goods immediately without needing to pay for it upfront as a benefit. They say it helps them budget better. In addition, Payflex has one of the highest customer retention rates in the South African financial market.”

Payflex is a pioneer of the rapidly growing BNPL market in South Africa. BNPL allows shoppers to pay for their online purchases in a series of four equal interest-free instalments. Payflex customers can apply in seconds and pay with any Visa, Mastercard or American Express card.

Payflex was recently acquired by global BNPL leader Zip, which has over 11.4 million customers globally. “Payflex’s net promoter score is among the highest in the Zip group” says Behrmann.

Over 89% of Payflex customers who have used the service in the last three months plan to continue using Payflex BNPL in the next six months. Payflex is seen as being easy to use and trustworthy, which also contributes to the higher NPS score.

“Payflex is available at over 1,500 online merchants and is moving into the physical retail space, with a pilot project currently underway. The timing is good as the most common request from customers surveyed is availability at even more merchants,” says Behrmann.

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