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?
Banco Sabadell employees have a new way to propose improvements to their bosses. “BS Idea” is a social media platform where employees can submit improvement proposals and new commercial initiatives . Any department of the bank can generate these ideas. With this new platform, users have freedom to register new ideas and classify them in some of the 17 different categories the bank has created. There is a voting system to show the most popular ideas which the bank can then choose from to implement.
The German weekly newspaper ‘Die Zeit’ published an online calculator and infographic generator that shows the management efficiency of various football clubs. For example, it calculates how much a goal in the Premier League costs or how much a single successful pass is worth by taking the club’s spending budget into account.