With Amazon Echo – and its friendly virtual assistant, Alexa – now a staple item in many homes across the UK, it seemed only appropriate to explore the latest Smart Speaker technology and what it could do and thus, the first UK Amazon Echo Mortgage Skill was born.
Developed to ultimately support consumers and drive business to our mortgage adviser customers, our UK Mortgage Skill is an industry-first. Now through a Smart Speaker device, consumers are able to search for a suitable mortgage and find mortgage advisers local to them to help them purchase their new property, simply by asking Alexa.
Ground-breaking mortgage sourcing
The new Skill combines our mortgage data and Amazon’s technology, allowing users to ask Alexa to find a mortgage that fits their needs.
Alexa will ask the user a few questions before searching through over 10,000 mortgage products and then will verbally provide details of the headline product – the mortgage product deemed most suitable based on their answers. Alexa will also send a summary of the most suitable Fixed, Variable and Tracker mortgage products to the user’s Alexa app.
Connecting consumers with advisers
Users can also ask Alexa to find them a local adviser. The Skill can either use the postcode registered to the user’s device – or an alternative one can be provided – to search through thousands of mortgage advisers to find businesses closest to them. All the mortgage advisers listed use Mortgage Brain sourcing software so they have access to all the mortgage products provided by Alexa during her mortgage product search.
Alexa will then provide the name and phone number of the user’s nearest adviser, and send a further list of up to ten local advisers directly through to their Alexa app.
How does it work?
There’s no need to register for the Skill to use it – simply say “Alexa, open UKMortgages,” and Alexa will then offer the option of searching for a mortgage or finding an adviser.
Users will need to provide the amount they wish to borrow, property price and whether they are a first-time buyer, moving home or remortgaging. Alexa will then search through a comprehensive list of whole of market mortgage products and 1,000s of mortgage advisers to find the best products and nearest companies.
Be in it to win
It comes at no additional cost to your licence fee to be listed as a mortgage adviser in the Mortgage Skill, but you do need to be a Mortgage Brain sourcing customer.
In order for your company details to be included, you need to provide your company’s name, address, phone number, email address and website (if applicable). You’ll also need to provide a short company description, which you can do easily on our website.
You can check for yourself that your business details are correct within the UKMortgages suite of products by asking Alexa on an Amazon Echo device to “open UKMortgages,” or on the website www.ukmortgages.uk.com or by downloading the UKMortgages app from either your Apple or Android play store.
So don’t miss any potential customer leads and be part of the UK’s first ever mortgage Skill. Your company listing will appear both on the UKMortgages app, website and Skill – hope to see yours soon!
If this sounds appealing but you are not a sourcing customer yet, you can start a free 30-day trial here.
Take a look at our full press release for more information on this exciting announcement, and make sure you tweet us @Mortgage_Brain when you or one of your customers have tried it out!