The Big Tech Threat (Opportunity?)

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In November 2019, Google announced that it was going to launch a checking account. The announcement elicited the typical frenzy in the press about how the Big Tech company and its fellow Gigantosauruses were going to put traditional banks out of business. But — surprise, surprise—that wasn’t the game plan.  The plan was to partner…

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Inside the Digital Bank Insurgency of 2020

The pandemic should get a lot of the credit for this, but 2020 was a good — no, make that a great — year for challenger banks and the broader group of digital banks. At the beginning of 2020, just 3 percent of U.S. consumers considered a digital bank to be their primary bank. By…

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Is Your Financial Institution Feeling the Burn?

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When the first so-called “challenger banks” like Simple and Moven appeared on the scene around 2010 they were heralded as “disruptors” that were going to put traditional banks and credit unions out of business. Why? The asserted logic was that they provided a better customer experience, were more customer-friendly in terms of pricing (i.e., no…

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Dave Crook Shares Three Strategies for Growing Primary Checking Relationships

Even before the coronavirus, there was a passionate renewal of relationship banking’s importance, with a specific focus on primacy — primary versus non-primary households. What’s evident is that all relationships are not created equal: Half your customers see your FI as their bank and about half don’t. It’s the curse of free checking. Free worked…

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Reinventing the Checking Account

Is it “game over” for mid-size banks and credit unions when it comes to checking accounts? Are the threats from deposit displacement, P2P providers, Amazon, and megabanks insurmountable? No.  Despite the prevalence of free checking accounts, many consumers express interest in switching to that hypothetical Amazon-offered bundled checking account we discussed earlier in this report.…

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It’s Time to Kill Free Checking

Why would consumers show more interest in a fee-based account from Amazon than a free account? One reason is surely the value-added services bundled in. But there’s another reason: Consumers have learned (the hard way) that a free checking account isn’t really free.  As one bank customer, commenting online, put it:  “The issue isn’t wanting…

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The Threats to Checking Accounts

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Over the first half of the 2010s, the number of checks written in the United States declined from 41.9 billion to 17.1 billion — a nearly 60% drop. Bad news for checking accounts, right? Wrong.  According to the FDIC, the percentage of U.S. households without a checking account dropped from 8.2% in 2011 to 7% in…

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Use Good/Better/Best for Checking Success

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Shop for a new car, a cell phone plan, a cable TV package, or a major appliance these days, and you’ll find one consistent and very successful product strategy: Good/Better/Best (GBB). GBB is a three-tiered strategy conceptually defined as follows: Good: A basic level of value for price-sensitive customers. Good offers a minimal amount of…

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Can You Honestly Say Your Checking Account is Modern?

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Case in point: the rapid adoption and use of smartphones in today’s world have made consumers aware of two realities:  Those devices break. Bad people are misusing other people’s personal data.  What’s your checking products doing to help your customers/members with these realities? If the answer is nothing, here’s a few research points to start…

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Is Your Checking Account Worth Paying For?

To thrive in today’s financial marketplace and stand out from the pack, you must deliver checking products with benefits that consumers are demanding, many of which they are already buying from other companies, and your competition isn’t providing.  To get started, take a look at what consumers are already using — and, in most cases,…

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