In a new regulatory environment, banks are faced with changing the foundation of rewards programs that were previously funded by interchange income from credit and debit cards. With debit interchange funding gone, FIs still need to continue to find ways to improve bank loyalty and drive the desired card behavior. In addition, banks need to leverage “big data” and mobile payments in the hope that they can replace some of the revenue lost as a result of Reg E and the Durbin Amendment.
Optimally, the future of rewards and loyalty will allow banks and credit unions to take advantage of the “Loyalty Trifecta” (my term for bringing together the benefits of 1) payment and transactional insight, 2) targeted offers and personalized communication as well as 3) mobile offers and payments).
To get an insider view of the challenges and opportunities available to banks today in the area of rewards and loyalty, I reached out to the leaders of four companies that provide unique solutions to the banking industry and who also will be co-panelists with me at the upcoming BAI Payments Connect 2012 Conference & Expo in a session entitled “Rewards in a Mobile Banking Environment.”
Thanks to Tom Beecher, CEO, Cartera Commerce Inc.; Rob Heiser, President and CEO, Segmint; Schwark Satyavolu, CEO, Truaxis; and Rod Witmond, senior vice president, Product Management & Marketing, Cardlytics Inc who agreed to participate in the panel and contribute to this interview.
Note: An abridged version of this interview is also located as a BAI Banking Strategies article entitled, Big Data Drives 'Loyalty Trifecta' for Banks.