- With a large majority of respondents to Insider Intelligence’s US Mobile Banking Competitive Edge survey indicating that mobile is their primary banking channel, strong built-in account management functionality is essential.
- Here are three essential features that banks should offer.
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Account management tools are a basic but essential part of a strong
experience, as they give users control and peace of mind when using banking applications.
This is particularly important given the widespread reliance on mobile channels: 79.5% of mobile banking users overall and 92.8% of
Account holders surveyed for Insider Intelligence’s US Mobile Banking Competitive Edge survey said mobile is the primary means of accessing their bank account. Incumbents and neobanks therefore need to meet customers where they are and provide a full range of account management features in the app.
Here are the three most requested account management features by US respondents that banks can offer to improve the convenience and functionality of their mobile apps.
- Offering the option of a temporary virtual card that can be used immediately allows for instant spending. New customers can start spending with their account as soon as they sign up, instead of having to wait for a physical card in the mail. And for existing customers with a lost or stolen card, a virtual card ensures continuity of service. In an age when the postal services in the United States are overwhelmed, these benefits are magnified. The feature is the second most requested in the category, considered “extremely valuable” by almost 36% of respondents. Varo is the only leading neobank not to offer this feature, but challengers still have an advantage over incumbents, as only 28% of FIs surveyed offer it.
- The ability to change an online banking password in the app gives customers more control over the security of their account. Making password preferences more accessible in the app could alleviate barriers preventing consumers from taking a more active role in securing their accounts. And with the pandemic increasing financial fraud, customers are likely to be looking more than ever for features that give them peace of mind. Thirty-five percent of respondents call it “extremely valuable”. Varo is once again the only neobank not to offer this feature, placing the first four neobanks slightly behind the 80% of FIs that support it.
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