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Mobile a factor in consumer banking: study – Mobile Commerce Daily – Research

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Mobile banking is quickly becoming the future of banking statements, and a new study found that mobile is now a factor when consumers are choosing banks.

The study, which was conducted by financial consulting and research firm Mercatus LLC, reported that consumers are now using mobile platforms as a major consideration for banking. This study aligns with recent developments in financial banking.

“Where we traditionally saw mobile as only important for a younger age group, this study found that mobile is important to a broader age group than we thought,” said Teresa Epperson, partner at Mercatus LLC, Boston.

“In particular, we saw an increase in ages 26 to 44,” she said.

Mercatus LLC is a strategy and research firm that works with retail financial services.

Engaged consumers

The study demonstrates the increased levels of engagement smartphone owners have with their devices, specifically with texting, emails and Internet access.

Users also spent one-third of their time on social networking sites and almost ten percent watching downloaded videos or movies.

“The level of engagement we see with mobile devices keeps increasing, which signals an opportunity for retailers and shoppers to get engaged with users,” Ms. Epperson said.

The study found that of those consumers who switched banks this year, 39 percent of participants said that mobile was not an important factor in their banking decision – compared to 75 percent of participants who said that mobile was not important to them last year.

The study showed that the percentage of users has decreased by 36 percent – initially 75 percent and now down to 39 percent – which shows that more consumers are banking on mobile.

Ms. Epperson also said that a key theme from this year’s findings show that people who use mobile banking platforms are more likely to stay at their bank.

“We saw increased levels of retention in this year’s study and a switch in consumers using mobile devices instead of automated billing,” Ms. Epperson said.

“Additionally, consumers who are using mobile banking are less likely to switch banks,” she said.

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Written by Kees Winkel

June 23, 2011 at 12:49

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