Customer Acquisition

Another Milestone: ATM’s Reach the Half-Million Mark

A new analysis of industry data by the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) reveals that there are now between 475,000 and 500,000 ATMs operating out there in the U.S. market. This achievement comes after years of what can be characterized as fairly stagnant growth (attributable to a struggling economy, Windows updates, and a complex EMV migration, among…

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Financial Industry Tech – Think LONG Term

The story of Eastman Kodak’s fate is often used to illustrate the danger of late adoption of new technology. Even venerable and ostensibly rock-solid entities can find themselves marginalized and, ultimately, pushed out the picture (so to speak) if they don’t keep up with emerging tech. An article in the Harvard Business Review uses the…

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How Banks Can Embrace Technology Through “Fintegration”: Podcast Summary

Here’s a terrific podcast interview via BAI Banking Strategies that you should listen to during your commute. In it, Andres Wolberg-Stok, Citi FinTech’s global head of policy, talks about best practices and approaches to incorporating financial tech – FinTech – in financial organizations. An important point Wolberg-Stok makes early in the conversation is the fact that,…

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People Twice as Likely to Trust a Robot to Perform Heart Surgery Than Open a Bank Account for Them

Artificial Intelligence, chatbots and robo-advisors are coming. Here’s an interesting example of how perceptions can yield crazy statistical results. A “Trust in Technology” report published by HSBC found that consumers are leery of allowing chatbots and robo-advisors to help them open a savings account or provide mortgage advice – – but they would trust them more for heart surgery! In an article…

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Switching Banks is in Fashion Again for the Small Biz

The American Banker podcast is a pleasant way to spend your commute. Their latest segment features a conversation from our business partners FIS, Doug Brown, senior vice president. He examines a recent survey that shows 14% of small and medium-size businesses switched banks last year and 18% are considering switching this year. “Business owners gravitate toward things that make…

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Mobile RDC: Banks Driving Volume, Managing Risks

Mobile check deposit rolled out almost five years ago, and at that time it was used mainly by tech-savvy leading-edge early adopters. The “mainstream” bank customer, however, felt intimidated by the tech, or was discouraged by the limits set on deposits. Undaunted, BBVA Compass aggressively addressed theses concerns over the past year. The bank increased its check amount limits,…

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Has Technology Stripped Our Banks of Human Values?

Recently we looked at whether or not the bank teller and associated “human touch” was disappearing from the banking experience (Verdict: happily, bank tellers are not yet “endangered species.”) In this interesting take from India, the writer, a sociologist, wonders whether the very same tech that makes transactions quick and easy – – mobile apps,…

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Orbograph Client Conference Summary: Payments and Check Update

To say the 2017 Orbograph Client Conference in Atlanta turned out to be a great event would be shameless self promotion, which we would never do.  So speaking objectively, it all started with a must-see introduction movie trailer. Then, on the check and payments side, we recruited a number of the best companies and speakers in…

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Orbograph 2017 Predictions for Check Payments

Within the first months of 2017, there will be a number of important market studies released related to check volumes via FED research, fraud losses (ABA Deposit Account paper), and retail banking (BAI).  As OrboGraph looks to the future in check payment innovation, we believe the following trends will feed market innovations. Check volume declines…

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Banking in the Next 5 Years: Video Interviews

Recipients of the 2016 FinTech Forward awards discuss how evolving technology will reshape banking in the next five years. Some of the key takeaways: Data, data, data. Huge value in data analytics for those who efficiently gather it. It will be crucial to respond to the shift occurring in the next five years toward “banking where and…

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