Below are interesting stories the Banking.com staff has been reading over the past week. What have you been reading? Let us know in the comments section below or Tweet @bankingdotcom.
- The Case for Keeping Mobile and Online Banking Separate
Some people expect to be mobile-first customers. To date, however, many banks require customers to first enroll in online banking – partly due to security and compliance concerns, partly due to integration challenges. Even so, some banks are separating mobile from online. U.S. Bank, for one, already lets people enroll in mobile directly and activate some services without needing additional online setup. (The bank also offers imaging technologies that simplify the deposit and payment process, including mobile photo bill payment). “Experience is king,” said Chris Peper, U.S. Bank’s vice president of mobile channel management.
- Mobile Banking Best Practices Highlighted at BAI
Several leading banks shared some of their experiences, challenges and lessons learned at BAI Retail Delivery 2013 today at a panel discussion titled “Mobile Influencers: Lessons Learned, Mobile Today, Mobile Tomorrow.” Some of the key themes that emerged from the discussion included the evolving relationship between online and mobile banking, the growing value of mobile check deposit and the use of mobile coupons and shopping offers.
- Banks Should Act Like Startups When it Comes to Innovation
A session at BAI Retail Delivery 2013 emphasized creating new ideas and having deep customer empathy. When it comes to pursuing innovation, banks need to adopt the mentality of a startup. That was the theme of a session titled “Creating an Innovation Framework that Works” at BAI Retail Delivery 2013 featuring Nicole Lorch, SVP Retail Banking at First Internet Bank and Jeff Lauterer, Leader, Product Operations for online banking services provider Digital Insight. According to Lauterer, innovation occurs in any industry not just by creating new products, but by tweaking existing products in such a way that demand increases so much a company needs to hire extra employees just to handle that product. He cited Taco Bell’s “Taco Loco” — a recent addition to the fast food chain’s menu featuring a Dorito as a taco shell — as one prime example of this. “Innovation can happen anywhere,” Lauterer noted. “The key is bringing in a culture of innovation that is sustainable and continuous.”
- Mobile banking without a phone: Here comes the bank van
With the rise of tech-driven banking in developing nations, why is this rubber-to-the-road method of reaching customers gaining traction? In Uganda, many of the rural unbanked still prefer the physical presence of a banker, even though they have access to the technology for mobile banking. “The market reality is that people want bank services closer,” according to Tonny Miiro, managing director of Uptime Solutions Uganda, one of the banks in Uganda that is using vans to reach more far-flung residents. “That is what we are doing. It is important that government comes up with more policies that call for more inclusive bank services provided by financial institutions, as there is demand.”
- Google Data Reveals 2013 Banking Trends
Seven years ago, practically no one searched Google for anything related to mobile banking. And then… the iPhone came along. Now consumers see smartphones as an integral part of the financial toolbox. Consumer interest in mobile banking is climbing at a sustained 30° angle, with no signs of letting up.
- Are mobile wallets being made by the wrong people?
The leaders in mobile wallet technology? Undoubtedly retailers. Starbucks and McDonald’s are already building these wallets in response to customer demand. But with mobile wallet use predicted to rise in 2014, should banks or mobile operators—who are better positioned to offer levels of security customers expect—be building them instead? The challenge is that the business case for building a mobile wallet shows little direct financial benefit on its own to a bank or MNO (mobile network operator), while a retailer can leverage the wallet to drive loyalty. But there’s actually no reason why banks should ignore the potential gains that will come from customer spending data and loyalty programmes that can be launched based on this information.