Banks are reimagining how financial advice works in a mobile world, and innovations by Capital One and other big banks are beginning to make digital assistants a new standard for how people can interact with their finances.
By out-marketing and out-innovating retail products, larger banks know the battle is on to attract profitable or quick to be profitable customers, traditional ones right down to millennials, by offering an attractive “earned” incentive to move and providing better mobile products along with a wider variety of other retail products and services.
Big banks have been committed to working out their mobile strategies over the past two years and are now unveiling the dramatic results they’ve achieved. According to AlixPartners, big banks controlled 67 percent of the primary banking relationships by the second quarter of 2014, while credit unions had 14 percent. Mid-size banks controlled 11 percent, community banks 4 percent and all others at 4 percent.
The five biggest retail banks — recognized by the brand names U.S. Bank, Chase, Bank of America, Citi and Wells Fargo — control over 50 percent of total assets in the U.S. and are driving the mobile banking agenda. In a race to meet the mobile transaction needs of their customers, these banks have all conquered the most basic services that soon almost all banks will have—mobile banking, mobile bill pay, mobile deposit, ATM and branch locators and P2P payments. Now in phase two of mobile banking, these banks are in an arms race to further engage with customers’ mobile lifestyles, particularly by helping people save money when they shop.