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Our humanity, as individuals and as consumers, continues to fascinate me, particularly as it relates to our irrationality. My dad would drive miles out of his way to save 2 cents per gallon of gas, just for the principle of it (whatever that principle was!). Behavioral economists, of course, have been onto this for years. […]

Aug 21st, 2014 | Filed under Banking, Retail Banking

You may have noticed that our blog has been rather…inactive…over the last several weeks. We were hit by a virus and it (of course) took longer than we thought to get back up and running. The complexities involved in fixing what would seem to be a relatively innocuous problem serve as a not-so-gentle reminder of […]

Jul 22nd, 2014 | Filed under Banking, Corporate Banking, Retail Banking
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It’s been a whirlwind week for service provider analyst days and client conferences: Friday with Genpact, Tuesday and Wednesday with FIS, and Thursday with IGATE. Each firm is trying to differentiate itself amidst all the market noise; like banks, they’re constantly resisting the grind of commoditization. And while interaction was unique and fascinating, four common […]

May 16th, 2014 | Filed under Banking, Corporate Banking, Retail Banking

NetFinance 2014 just finished in Miami.  Celent spoke on “Engaging Mobile Customers through Content, Display, Alerts, and More,” which generated a number of follow-on conversations on how to execute on the notion of engaging with customers, and a great question on how long today’s innovation stays differentiated. Our answer: “not very.” I’ve mentioned before that […]

May 5th, 2014 | Filed under Banking, Retail Banking, Uncategorized

Celent held a client roundtable on the subject of “Digital.” We had a sneaking suspicion that there wasn’t a lot of consensus on what that word actually means, so just prior to the event we asked participants “to list three words or initiatives that you associate with digital in your organization.” Here’s what we found: […]

Apr 15th, 2014 | Filed under Banking, Retail Banking, Uncategorized

I’ve just spent an extraordinarily useful day at a banking conference, Source Media’s Retail Banking 2014, in Orlando  (http://www.americanbanker.com/conferences/retail/).  Great sessions and great attendees (plus the chance to get out of Boston’s snow) made the journey worthwhile. Many of the memes of the day  (in no particular order, and with no claims to exhaustiveness) reinforced […]

Mar 14th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

Celent thinks that banks can learn a lot from other industries.  Since I spend a lot of time on planes, I’ve gotten to thinking about the similarities between banks and airlines.  They have a lot in common when we think about the way that they interact with their customers.  They are both: 1. A means […]

Feb 18th, 2014 | Filed under Banking, Retail Banking

We just held our 3rd Innovation Roundtable in New York City and the event further underscored how important this area is to financial services institutions.  The format of these gatherings is discussion-based and senior leaders from banks and insurers share their experiences in building innovation capabilities in their firms. The New York group included large […]

Feb 4th, 2014 | Filed under Corporate Banking, Events, Retail Banking

I looked at 2013 to see what the readers of Celent’s banking reports were most interested in. Here are the top 10, ranked by the number of downloads, and the date they were published. Innovation is clearly of interest to our subscribers, as are top trends. What do you think will be hottest in 2014? […]

Jan 21st, 2014 | Filed under Banking, Corporate Banking, Retail Banking, Uncategorized

This is a story about bad customer service and lessons it holds for financial services firms. At the risk of disclosing more than anyone might want to know about my personal finances, my last round of home refinancing brought me to Charles Schwab, where I took out a conforming first mortgage and a HELOC.  Schwab […]

Jan 7th, 2014 | Filed under Banking, Retail Banking