Financial Services (105)
M-Commerce made easy
With the rise of mobile penetration, brands are trying to tap into M-commerce, but finding a seamless user experience has been difficult to achieve.
A start-up named Clover may have found a solution. They’ve created a one-click mobile application payment system which only requires entering your phone number and a PIN to authenticate the user and purchase.
Why it matters
Perhaps this solution is not the panacea for m-commerce, but it seems to take the right direction by easing its use and simplifying security. How could this innovation be used by brands to open new streams of trading?
To understand the growing Gen Y segment, DBS bank in Singapore decided to ask them what they wanted from their banking experience by creating the ‘I designed a bank’ competition. The winning designs included cutting-edge 24-hr banking services and a dynamic space that transforms from a day banking lounge into a youth hangout at night. DBS will be incorporating elements from the various design submissions into a special youth branch, set to open in 2011.
Creditors are using a new tool to find out who’s worthy of credit offers and who’s not – your social networks. Banks and credit issuers are taking advantage of the personal conversations made public by sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. But don’t rush to change all of your privacy settings right away. Most of the information is used inform creditors of offers you would be a good candidate for, or things you might be interested in because your friends are. But it can be used as a risk-management tool. Creditors find that people with good credit attract the like, while people with poor credit are often linked to others with a similar rating.