Why Agent Banking Is a Win-Win-Win

In emerging markets and rural areas, traditional banks have a hard time reaching customers. Opening and operating traditional bank branches is often not cost-effective. Operating a bank branch entails having at least one teller at the front desk, a bank manager, bank employees specializing in e.g., mortgages and loans, and security. This is one of the reasons that banks are closing rural branches. In the Philippines, the number of rural banks has dropped from 778 in 1999 to 514 in 2015. Rural bank customers also have to travel extensively to visit their bank branch. For example, the average rural customer […]  More >>

Set Up Your Agent Banking Network in 5 Easy Steps

Agent banking – the new frontier According to CGAP and the World Bank, only about one-quarter of households in developing countries have any form of financial savings with formal banking institutions: 10 percent in Kenya, 20 percent in Macedonia, 25 percent in Mexico, 32 percent in Bangladesh. But access to finance institutions is more than being able to get the occasional loan. Access to financial services really involves being connected to a national payments system, much like the national electricity network. To allow many of these unbanked individuals to finally become financially included and be given universal access to a […]  More >>

Asia’s growing middle-class is becoming the key consumers of mobile-first economy

Keen to find out how you might be able to leverage 66% of the world’s growing middle class in Asia as they become the key consumers of the mobile-first economy?  Care to learn about how both the developed and emerging markets in Asia and other markets are embracing the convenience, simplicity and ubiquity of mobile in all facets of payments, commerce and finance? Hear from one of the pioneers of mobile money, our insightful keynote speaker, Vice President of Amdocs MFS, Justin Ho, as he discusses how an MFS solution can offer both the banked and unbanked a new type […]  More >>

Infographic: the impact of MFS loyalty programs on consumer usage

Many MFS providers are grappling with the unyielding challenge of how to accelerate usage and adoption 2-3 years after deploying an MFS solution. Often times, many forget the Pareto Principle –  whereby 80% of your revenue comes from 20% of your loyal customers  Many tend to neglect this key target audience- which can be a gold mine if catered to appropriately. In a recent joint Ovum & Amdocs survey, both consumers and services providers were asked about MFS loyalty programs from their perspectives – the results were surprising. The survey clearly shows MFS providers are missing out- either by not […]  More >>

Video blog: 5 misconceptions service providers have about MFS loyalty programs

We recently partnered with Ovum to measure the impact of loyalty programs linked to mobile financial services (MFS). Consumers and services providers were asked about MFS loyalty programs from their perspectives – the results were surprising. The survey clearly shows MFS providers are missing out- either by not offering a robust enough loyalty program or by not offering one at all. When it comes to specific loyalty program features or incentives, consumers are clear and explicit about what will drive them to use their mobile wallet more often. Yet, service providers are not capitalizing on that, and are either offering […]  More >>

Focus on Loyalty or Lose

In Game of Thrones, loyalty is frequently earned through conquest, arranged marriages, or fighting with powerful friends. Mobile wallet service providers, on the other hand, don’t have to take such extreme measures to get their customers to “bend the knee.” They can foster loyalty through more socially acceptable means, such as reward points, discounts, or cash back. So why aren’t they doing more to develop customers like Ser Davos Seaworth, the most loyal knight in the seven kingdoms of Westeros? We commissioned Ovum, a leading analyst firm to conduct two parallel surveys and try to better assess where the gaps […]  More >>

The Ovum Decision Matrix – A Must Read When Seeking a Mobile Wallet Platform for your business

Traditional bank services are not enough to retain customers, and fall far short in onboarding new customers. Successful banks are providing seamless, easy-to-use mobile wallets that provide customers with the mobile services they need. However, mobile wallet platforms are complicated to develop, driving backs to implement cost effective white-label platforms. However, selecting the right platform vendor poses new challenges for banks. To assist in this critical decision-making process, Ovum developed the Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a White-Label Mobile Wallet Solution, 2016–17. The report helps banks understand and analyze the capabilities and strengths of various leading vendors of white-label digital wallet platforms. Ovum’s […]  More >>
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A Wallet Platform Worthy of my Mobile Phone

When I was around 14, my grandfather gave me a really nice wallet. What I remember most about it was the feel of the smooth leather on my hands when I touched it. I had a similar tactile experience when I got my first iPhone.  Simply touching that smooth black back phone made me happy. Ironically, nearly thirty years after getting my first really nice wallet, my really nice phone is turning into a wallet. And one of mobile wallet platform leaders, according to Ovum, is Amdocs. It’s great to be recognized by Ovum, especially considering they are grouping us […]  More >>
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Channeling 2017 – what does the MFS crystal ball predict?

In 2016, we saw some creative MFS initiatives, such as chatbots for making digital payments, and payment rings. Looking ahead, 2017 promises to be even more exciting. Let’s have a look at some hot trends for the coming year. Banks are embracing BoT (Bank of Things) For the last few years, we have seen that banks have started offering their customers a multi-channel experience, providing mobile financial services such as mobile wallets and mobile banking including loans, credit lines and insurance. Improving integrated multichannel delivery will therefore be a main trend in 2017. To make the customer journey run as […]  More >>
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Amdocs Helps Establish Global MFS Standards at United Nations

ITU (originally known as the International Telegraph Union) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs. Founded on the principle of international cooperation between governments (Member States) and the private sector (Sector Members, Associates and Academia), ITU is the premier global forum through which parties work towards consensus on a wide range of issues affecting the future direction of the ICT industry. One of its most prominent and popular groups is the FG DFS – the focus group – in which our very own Sharath Dorbala was chosen to participate as an SME on the world of […]  More >>