What We’re Reading: BAI Retail Delivery, Banking Trends, Innovation

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

American Banker

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.

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Bank Systems & Technology 

  • 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.

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  • Banks Should Act Like Startups When it Comes to Innovation

Bank Systems & Technology

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.”

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  • Mobile banking without a phone: Here comes the bank van

Christian Science Monitor

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.”

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  • Google Data Reveals 2013 Banking Trends

The Financial Brand

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.

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  • 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.

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BAI Retail Delivery 2012: Top FinTech CEOs Talk Retail Financial Services

In October, we tuned into BAI Retail Delivery’s FinTech 100 President & CEO Discussion Panel moderated by Bank Technoloyg News Penny Crosman. Top CEOs shared their insights on retail financial services including Brad Smith, President & Chief Executive Officer, Intuit, Raju M. Shivdasani, President & Chief Executive Officer, Harland Financial Solutions and Gary Cawthorne, President, WAUSAU Financial Systems.

You can watch the full panel discussion below.

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Perspectives from Intuit CEO Brad Smith: Opening up your Platform Requires a Mindset Shift from Ownership to Outcome

The world has shifted from a paper-based, human-produced, brick-and-mortar bound market to one where users understand, appreciate and embrace the benefits of truly connected services. As a result customer expectations are changing. Customers expect products to work seamlessly across devices. They expect to have their other efforts aggregated or harnessed into something you provide so they don’t have to do re-work. Customers want to have a 360 degree view of their lives or business, not just what you provide. And they want it all to be personalized for them.

On top of that new devices are launched every day and the pace of platform change has moved from six years to six months.

We are operating in a world where no one company can solve all of their customers’ problems. We have to shift our mindset from ownership to outcome.

Meeting that demand can be a technological challenge for any provider, especially in financial services. This morning I had the opportunity to join a panel of CEOs at the BAI Retail Delivery Conference in Washington D.C. We discussed the future of financial services and tackled this very topic.

Some bankers may be reluctant to open up their platform. But to remain relevant, they will have to. Opening up empowers a financial institution to incorporate the contributions of others, solve a wider array of specific customer challenges and, ultimately, delight those they serve. And, with higher engagement comes better revenue opportunities for all involved.

Intuit data shows that customers now interact with their financial institution via the digital branch more than any other way. A recent Intuit internal study showed that our financial institutions’ online customers interact with their financial institution’s website approximately 10 times per month.  When mobile is added, users interact roughly 19 times per month. And, those who access using online banking, mobile banking and tablet banking access their accounts approximately 30 times per month.

At Intuit, we’re finding new ways to open our products and platforms so that our customers and third-party software developers can help us add value to our products, even while we sleep. Recently we opened up the APIs to our financial data services and our digital banking platform.

In this new digital world, we’re committed to unleashing the power of many to continue creating innovative solutions that improve people’s financial lives. I encourage you to join us.

*The panel discussion can be viewed online at: http://www.bai.org/RETAILDELIVERY/summits-and-sessions/ceo-panel-live-webcast.aspx