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More Things to Bank on

Mobile has been the key driver for innovation in the digital space, and banks have long since moved from the "mobile-also" to "mobile-first" strategy. While this strategy has helped banks to transform for their digital journey, nowadays with the rapidly evolving capabilities of mobile phones, technology has proved to be somewhat of a moving target to keep up with.

Tracking Mobile Banking Innovation - II

The emerging markets have the numbers and the ambition, but innovation is not necessarily or innately indigenous. That was where I signed off in my last post, so let me pick it up from there.

What works for the developing can also work for the developed. Emerging markets typically innovate around constraints - like weak infrastructure or low literacy for example - that may not be applicable to more mature markets. The innovation process in emerging markets is often defined by a search for fundamental utility rather than indisputable excellence, which has driven frugal innovation in many of these countries.

Tracking Mobile Banking Innovation - I

On one side, a premium tablet, a transit app, an enterprise mobility management solution and a wearable phone/locator for kids. On the other, a cellular base station-powered vaccine cold chain, a global mobile education platform, and a mobile money transfer service.

Mobility's Shifting Landscape

The digital revolution is beginning to look more and more like a mobile revolution, at least in banking. The maturity of a bank's mobile services portfolio is increasingly becoming the metric that drives customers to choose or switch service providers. And banks are returning the favor by placing mobility right at the top of their innovation priorities.

Banking in the Mobile Economy

Mobility is no longer a concept whose potential can be defined merely by enumerating handsets shipped, connections created, apps launched or data consumed. It is a phenomenon that is estimated to have generated a total economic value of almost US$ 10 trillion last year, which makes it the third largest economy in the world after the U.S. and China. I should also probably mention the 11 million jobs that it was directly responsible for creating around the globe.So, how has the mobile phenomenon changed banking and other financial service verticals?

Retail Banking Goes Upwardly Mobile

If the Internet was instrumental in transforming the fundamental dynamics of banking interactions, mobility promises to push the envelope even further. Innovative technologies, from Near Field Communication to Augmented Reality to Social Analytics, are not only simplifying transactions by eliminating traditional pain points, but are also playing a significant role in making banking an immersive experience.

Retail was one of the first industries to be disrupted by the power of mobility, which compelled it to introspect on the role of physical stores in the context of channel-agnostic digital consumers. It's a situation that retail banking is now grappling with as the relevance of the branch continues to come under scrutiny.

It may be a bit too early to write off the branch completely. But it is indeed time to reassess and recalibrate the function of the branch given changing banking dynamics and customer behaviors in the age of mobility. Here then are three trends that will have the biggest impact on the future of retail banking.

Mobility will compel banks to further hone their focus on customers. Early conversations on mobile banking invariably evangelized digital natives over older demographics. But the realization has since dawned that technology adoption is driven by utility rather than age. Mobility not only challenges generalizations but also gives banks the opportunity and the analytic tools to unambiguously establish expectations, motivations and behaviors at the level of individual customers. One example is the mobile Personal Financial Management service from German start-up NumberS that consolidates all user financial transactions from multiple service providers into a unified view to help customers build a comprehensive and personalized financial roadmap.

Mobility has already cut down the need for person-to-person interactions for a whole range of routine banking transactions. This trend will soon extend to complex transactions as developments in mobile biometric technologies deliver more sophisticated and secure alternatives to traditional methods of identification and authentication. Even traditionally high-touch practices like wealth management or advisory, could soon use technologies like augmented reality and video conferencing to make remote interactions as productive and compelling as face-to-face meetings. For instance, IndusInd Bank not only has a digital branch featuring a facility for videoconferencing but has also launched a Video Branch smartphone app that allows customers to connect directly with their relationship managers.

Mobility's biggest impact has been in the area of payments where it has not only delivered explosive growth but has also enabled maximum disruption while significantly raising the risk of disintermediation for traditional banks. Innovation is what distinguishes payment disruptors from conventional banks and this is what banks must focus on if they are to be a part of this huge opportunity. Banks like Turkey's Denizbank are already delivering innovative services to their customers by bundling merchant offers with geo-locational capabilities and payment applications in a comprehensive and engaging solution.

Mobility is both an opportunity and a challenge for traditional banks. Mobile banking is triggering more frequent interactions between customers and their service providers, each of which is an opportunity to build engagement. The challenge for banks is to optimize each interaction to the needs and expectations of that individual customer so as to realize mutual value.

The evolution of banking channels in India - I

The banking sector's first ATM debuted in the late sixties, nearly five-and-a-half centuries after the world's first modern bank. From there, the pace of automated customer interfaces really stepped up - online banking in the mid-nineties, mobile banking in the early aughts and social media access in 2012. Today, banks are already in a race to conquer the wearables market even though the concept itself is yet to completely break free of the proof-of-concept stage.

"Groupon" Banking

Who does not love a deal? Companies, such as Groupon have made a global business around deals, local ones in particular. Combine that with social media, deliver deals on mobile and analyze the resultant Big Data, and we are talking about an interesting opportunity for banks.

Mobile Wallet - A long way to go

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Last evening I threw a party at a popular pizza joint, in celebration of my promotion. At the checkout, I realized to my horror that I had left my wallet at home and had neither cash nor card to pay with. I had to borrow money from a friend to settle the bill. Had this restaurant signed up for a mobile wallet service, I wouldn't have faced such embarrassment. With the growing numbers of smart phone users and tech-savvy population across the world, mobile wallet adoption should have been a done deal; yet, we continue to carry physical wallets. The reason is that there are a number of bottlenecks hindering adoption by both merchants and consumers.

Do's and Don'ts for Secure Mobile Banking

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On my way to the office, I met an old friend on the train today. During the course of our conversation, I learnt that despite owning a smartphone, she does not carry out banking transactions through it. She doubts if her bank has made mobile transactions completely safe and is biding her time, waiting for the day when mobile banking becomes foolproof.

Circa 2000 A.D. A guarded enthusiasm greets the new gadget which goes by the name of "cellular" phone. A pocket-sized wonder which promises to take communication to an altogether new level. Mankind treats it with skepticism - paying money to "receive" calls is not such an attractive proposition, after all.

Internet today, mobile tomorrow

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The recent Finextra article, "Consumers remain resistant to digital banking aspirations" resonated well with what I think about social media, mobile banking, Internet banking and branch banking. But I will not dwell on that; I will instead concentrate on what the research and the article say about mobile banking.

Are we ready for m-banking?

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I became the proud owner of the coveted iPhone and straightaway got down to business, enabling M-banking on my bank account. After installation I was mighty pleased at the prospect of being able to transact from the comfort of my home or office. The actual experience, however, was a different story altogether.  The extremely classy and stylized WP7 app doled out information on branch locations and foreign exchange rates with √©lan, but when it came to basic account balance information, it was back to the drab old browser screen.

The Mobile to Bank the Unbanked World

Today, mobile banking is the toast of the banking world. 

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Why? Because it is more than just a channel, an interface, another window to customers. Indeed mobile banking has the potential to change the future of banking itself. And the lives of those excluded from the mainstream of branch banking. 
Consider a market like India, where 40% of the population is unbanked, but 70% will have access to a mobile phone by 2016, as per Gartner. The mobile has emerged as a viable tool of financial inclusion. What it needs is support, in the form of government policymaking and product innovation, to realize its potential.

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