Financial Services (105)
From Facebook like to interest rate hike
Fidor Bank from Munich promises their customers they will increase their interest rate depending on the amount of likes they get on their Facebook page. The rate will go up by 0.1% for every thousand fans, though the maximum increase is set at 1.5 per cent in 2012.
Why it matters
The bank is seeking to gain attention, especially from potential new customers via social networks. But apart from this, is this a good way of getting a real return on investment for both customers and the bank?
The French bank BNP Paribas launched an online bank called “La NET Agence”. This virtual bank enables clients to keep the same financial advisor without having to go into a bank branch in person. BNP goes further and also allows clients to open a bank account by tweeting to the online bank’s dedicated Twitter account.
The Gitanjali Group has set up a vending machine in an Indian luxury shopping mall that dispenses jewelry made from gold and diamonds. The products are sold at a retail price ranging between $US200 – 600.