Top Trends in Retail Online Banking
Bank customers have started to demand that their banks’ online offerings keep up with the times.
The online banking space has stagnated for far too long. The evolution of the Internet has provided consumers with rich and interactive experiences online. Unfortunately, the banking industry has not kept pace with the evolution of the Internet, and customers have started to demand that their banks keep up with the times. For the most part, financial institutions recognize their online shortcomings. The question is: Why haven’t they acted on them, what can they do about it, and how can they keep up with ever-increasing customer demands? These questions become even more difficult to answer because financial institutions have just started to emerge from the impact of the financial crisis and are under extreme pressure to run sustainable businesses in the wake of increased regulatory pressures.
The good news is that next-generation online banking is on its way. A new report, Top Trends in Retail Online Banking, examines and analyzes the top trends in retail online banking. Some of these are in full swing; others are just emerging or expected to impact the space within the next three to five years.
"Online banking isn’t an alternative channel any more. It’s a mainstream channel," says Jacob Jegher, Senior Analyst with Celent’s Banking group and author of the report. "This channel, however, requires a lot of attention. If banks don’t act swiftly, they risk critical customer relationships and revenue. It’s important that banks harness technology but don’t use it as their best foot forward."