Rising Mobile Usage Will Transform Financial Services


The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need to implement much-needed improvements in mobile channels. Now more than ever, companies need to focus on the mobile customer experience, improve mobile identity and authentication processes, and create new ways to better serve customers in mobile channels.

Out of necessity, consumers rely more on mobile apps for services. A recent survey by J.D. Power asked consumers how they envisioned interacting with their banks or financial services providers after the COVID-19 pandemic ends. About 32% of the consumers responded saying that they planned to use mobile banking more than they did during pre-Covid times, and another 5% said they planned to switch to a bank with better mobile capabilities.

Mobile Connectivity Is Improving by Leaps and Bounds

Mobile channels will also naturally become the medium of choice, as mobile connectivity itself continues to grow exponentially. According to Cisco’s 2020 Annual Internet Report, by 2023, more than 70% of the global population (5.7 billion people) will have mobile connectivity (2G, 3G, 4G, or 5G). The prepaid customer segment, e.g., TracFone, also continues to grow and will be a segment that financial services companies need to include in their plans and find ways to serve them in all experiences. 

Onboarding the Mobile-First Consumer 

Many financial services companies are unable to support mobile consumer needs. Want to open a basic checking account? One top-tier bank asks for 15 pieces of information on a mobile browser session, including a state-issued ID. Due to the length of these cumbersome forms, it’s understandable why customers abandon their applications. According to SaleCycle’s Remarketing Report, financial application abandonment rates averaged 75.7% across all channels. 

Pre-fill techniques remove the customer burden of application data entry by populating applications with verified data and delivering authenticated digital identities to supercharge application velocity. Pre-filled identities can be sourced and verified using phone identity information and other sources that create ‘bank-grade’ data that meets regulatory requirements. A customer can provide a phone number and one more piece of identifying information, and their application is complete. 

Pre-filling reduces consumer abandonment and thereby increases revenue. By boosting consumer pass rates for immediate approval of digital cards or deposit applications, financial institutions can increase revenue by hundreds of millions of dollars.

How to Keep Mobile Experiences Secure?

Fortunately, for security purposes, mobile devices offer the ability to mitigate risk without creating friction. Phone-Centric Identity and phone intelligence technologies synthesize and analyze a robust set of phone, mobile, and other authoritative signals to deliver unparalleled insights for authentication and fraud prevention. The ability to create a trust score on a mobile device allows more good customers to transact while focusing on a rich set of data attributes to detect bad actors.

COVID-19 has acted as a catalyst for increasing mobile usage. Companies need to improve their customer experience for mobile channels to become industry leaders. One way to enhance experiences is to invest in new technologies and innovative identity verification and authentication processes to support the mobile-first consumer.

This article is a synopsis of a full-length article originally published by Prove.