Financial Services (105)
Credit for the crowd
The new Barclaycard Ring Mastercard is the world’s first ‘social credit card’, designed through its user community. The simple low-rate card combines social media, online banking and financial education tools to create a credit card managed and optimized through its user community, where its profits and losses as a card are made public.
Why it matters
Barclaycard applies extreme transparency to what is typically a highly guarded category. The card depends on a single behavioural principle - the better users are about paying their bill, the more the card profits. The card’s Giveback programme lets users have a portion of the earnings as thanks for their participation. How can murkier categories like finance start using this type of high-transparency model as a means of creating consumer trust? What are other behavioural-driven solutions like this one can create consumer investment not only in the brand, but also in its profitability?
‘Yunoo’ is an online personal finance management application that has launched in the Netherlands. By incorporating a social networking element to the platform, consumers can contact users with similar issues and share their experiences, as well as analysing and keeping track of their spending.
Microcredit company Fair Finance in the UK is the first in Europe to secure financing from commercial banks to expand its business model. credit and payment solutions for exporting companies, limiting the risks of business abroad, helping the country to reduce its deficit. But will this campaign be enough to restore the public confidence in financial institutions and banks - widely perceived as being accountable for the crisis?