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What Does a Gorilla Have in Common with Emerging Payments Trends?

Posted by Deborah Matthews Phillips

Wed, Sep 11, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

What does a gorilla have in common with emerging payments trends? The answer to this riddle is rooted in a well-known phenomenon in neuroscience called “inattentional blindness” – the failure to notice visible but unexpected objects because attention is being focused somewhere else.

The concept of inattentional blindness emerged in popular culture in 1999, when Harvard University psychologists Daniel Simons, PhD, and Christopher Chabris, PhD, conducted a study where participants were asked to view a film of two basketball teams, and count how many times a basketball passed between members of one team. Half failed to notice a person wearing a gorilla suit walking across the floor mid-game.[1] (If you’d like to test your attention skills, you can view the video.)

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Topics: Financial Institution, Payments, Digital, Future Ready

The Power of Credit Cards: Drive Satisfaction and Competitive Value

Posted by Rich Dambra

Wed, May 08, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

As a community bank or credit union, you may be used to hearing that you’re important to your accountholders, not just in terms of product offerings, but to their overall financial well-being. But what if the value you bring to them could be further enhanced and solidified by issuing credit cards?

Credit cards have evolved beyond a simple payment. Today, they include purchase protection insurance and real-time alerts for worry-free purchasing, financial flexibility to cover unexpected expenses, and rewards programs for consumers who like to earn cash back or miles towards their next vacation.

As your cardholders continue to embrace credit as a tool to reach their financial and lifestyle goals, how are you supporting them?

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Topics: Credit Unions, Payments, Community Banks

Oh, the Humanity! Keeping Your Personal Touch While the Industry Goes Digital

Posted by Kevin Moland

Wed, Apr 17, 2019 @ 08:05 AM

In the middle of his emotional description of the horrific Hindenburg disaster, American radio journalist Herb Morrison blurted out, “Oh, the humanity!” That phrase has since become a meme used to caricature highly emotional responses to not-all-that-tragic events.

During conversations with my software company peeps, I frequently refer to the humanities degree hanging on my wall to alert them to my lack of technical training. In college, I caught a lot of flak for my choice of major. My left-brained fellow students didn’t see much use for my right-brained education. Over the years, however, the things I studied in school have gained in value. A very positive stint in banking led to a successful financial services software career. Along the way, I picked up a good bit of technical knowledge, but my primary value was always an ability to deal with people in a technical context.

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Topics: Credit Unions, Payments, Digital, Community Banks

Tap and Go: How Contactless Cards Could be Shaping the Future

Posted by Keri Crane

Wed, Jan 30, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Next-generation contactless cards are getting a lot of press these days. Contactless cards were unsuccessfully attempted years ago, but there are several reasons to believe that they will be a success over the coming years – from merchant and issuer adoption to increased security and quicker transaction times.

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Topics: Payments, Community Banks, Future Ready

Mobile Wallets: Where are we Now?

Posted by Jennifer Geis

Wed, Jan 02, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

 

Big Hype Low Volume

The biggest names in Fintech, such as Google, Apple, and Samsung, have invested millions of dollars in mobile wallet technology. Big Banks like Citi, Bank of America, and Chase have followed suit. Yet if we look at the mobile wallet market today, usage has been meniscal, and adoption has been slow. After years of disappointing wallet growth, mobile wallet providers are desperate to make their investments pay off as even more competitors are entering the field fighting for market share. Which mobile wallets are ahead of the pack?

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Topics: Credit Unions, Digital and Community Banking, Payments, Cybersecurity, Digital, Community Banks

Holiday Shopping Safety

Posted by Strategically Speaking

Wed, Nov 14, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Naughty or nice! A perfect holiday line to summarize what cardholders, financial institutions, and merchants wonder about each credit and debit card transaction this time of year.

We know once fall arrives that the holiday season is close behind. Physical stores and online sites begin promotions and holiday décor early, well before Thanksgiving arrives. Consumers start shopping early. We move fast. Fraudsters count on that.

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Topics: Financial Institution, Payments, Information Security, Cybersecurity

Reinventing Your Card Strategy for the Digital World

Posted by Jennifer Geis

Wed, Oct 24, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Cards Come First as Payment-Of-Choice

When is the last time you used your credit card? Most likely, you used it within the last few hours – or at the very least, within the past couple of days. Consumers worldwide are depending upon and using card payments at increasingly higher rates. What’s the reason for the hike in card usage? Cards are convenient. Cards allow us access to a trail of our purchase history. We’re rewarded when using our cards with points, cash back, or other items. And lastly, cards offer a “buy now pay later” benefit that we all can appreciate. According to a study done by VISA and Pymnts.com titled How We Will Pay, 61% of all consumers say speed or trust is the most important reason for using credit or debit cards. Two-thirds of people prefer to use cards or mobile options over cash. And 77% of people would still patronize stores if they dropped cash.

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Topics: Credit Unions, Financial Institution, Payments, Digital, Community Banks, User Centricity

Conversational Payments: How Voice Technology is Changing the Way We Pay

Posted by Jennifer Geis

Wed, Aug 15, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Communication and conversation have come a long way within the past decade. I realize I’m totally dating myself, but in talking with my 15-year old daughter, who was frustrated because her iPhone battery didn’t last as long as she’d like, I explained that phones used to be connected to the wall. In horror, she asked, “How did you get in touch with people when you’re not at home?” I then explained further that someone could actually pick up another phone in the house and listen in on your conversation. After a huge gasp, she said, “Wow, that must have been a long time ago!” In reality, it hasn’t been that long ago, yet it seems like ages when comparing how far technology and the way we communicate has progressed.

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Topics: Financial Institution, Fintech, Payments, Future Ready

Should We Pay More Than Lip Service to Voice Banking?

Posted by Nicole Harper

Wed, Jun 06, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

 

Talking is easier than typing (thanks, Captain Obvious). Voice assistants aren’t new, but there seems to be growing chatter about smart speakers and voice banking. Is it all just hype or should banks and credit unions be taking this seriously? To help answer this, let’s challenge some common assumptions.

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Topics: Financial Institution, Fintech, Payments, Digital, Future Ready, User Centricity

An Opportunity to Help Advance the Future of Faster Payments

Posted by Deborah Matthews Phillips

Wed, May 23, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

“Life moves pretty fast.” Sage wisdom from one of my favorite movie characters. Who knew that a movie made 32 years ago – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off - would be so enduringly prophetic?

Technology has fueled today’s expectations of immediacy. I am too busy to wait in line for my latte so I order ahead with an app. I expect to pick up my ecommerce order at the store within an hour or two. I use messaging services to communicate with family and friends and usually receive a prompt response. 

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Topics: Fintech, Payments, Digital, Community Banks, FI Operations, Future Ready

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