The proliferation of digital brands in the world of financial services has led many big banks and investment firms to rethink their strategies when it comes to acquiring and retaining customers. Here, we take a look at the consumer's perspective in order to understand how these institutions can position themselves to win over the next generation of consumers with a shifting set of priorities.
Here are four things you need to know about the future of financial services:
Influence of Friends and Family
43% personal references
13% comparison websites
11% traditional marketing
9% google search
5% digital marketing
Did you know? Fifty-three percent of consumers said they chose not to use a company because of negative feedback from family and friends.
Rates and Fees Take Precedence
42% of consumers say that the biggest consideration is how their rates and fees compare to those of rival companies
22% the services provided (direct deposit, online bill pay, investment services, mortgage loans, student loans, card loans)
13% trust that the company will protect their information
10% proximity of physical branches
5% ability to manage services via a mobile app
4% reputation for good customer service
3% convenient enrollment or application process
While mobile applications appear to rank as a low priority for most consumers, they're gaining steam with younger generations who are looking for quick, convenient banking without visiting a branch. What percent of each age group ranks mobile apps in their top three?
42% of ages 18-21
37% of ages 21-37
34% of ages 38-52
18% of ages 53-71
What Leads to Loyalty?
43% how rates and fees compare to other financial services companies
19% variety of services available
9% proximity of physical branches
9% trustworthiness of the company
8% quality of customer service
Once a consumer has chosen a financial institution, there's some serious reluctance to switch. In fact, 72% of consumers say they have no plans to switch to a new financial services provider. However, there's a clear relationship between age and willingness to do so.
40% of 18-21 year olds considering a move
35% of 22-37 year olds
Transparency Leads to Trust
What do consumers value the most?
57% comprehensive, up-front information about a company’s services, rates, and fees
26% company proactively communicates that their information will be secure (fraud preventing services, etc.)
11% seamless enrollment / application process
6% user-generated content or testimonials
Experiential marketing can serve as a valuable tool for marketers looking to educate consumers and build trust through in-person interactions.
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