Banking is undergoing enormous change, and whilst the bricks and mortar are the same — the banking sector is a money-making business after all — nothing about the design, or the look and feel have any resemblance to the banks that have been and gone.
Mobile is without doubt the present of banking and a pillar of the consumer’s pursuit for relevant, on-hand amenities. While digital doesn’t just mean good things for the customer; financial institutions are interested in the online model as it is significantly less expensive, more accessible, and can produce more customer intelligence than traditional banking.
But what is the challenge in digital banking transformation? With this shift into mobile, the bank will need to rethink traditional business models, define new revenue sources and above all, keep the customer interacting and engaging in a new way.
That’s exactly when relationship banking comes in.
According to FIS Global's 2018 PACE (Performance Against Customer Expectations) Report, 43% of SME banking transactions in the UK are completed digitally, and 60% of SMEs increased their use of digital transactions in the past year. In the US, the same report shows that 42% of SMEs use their mobile banking app (online and/or mobile) more than a year prior, but interestingly, far fewer small businesses are planning to jump ship, with 8 out of 10 SMEs satisfied with their banking provider.
Engaging the SME customer & Improving Cash Flow
The number one aim of small businesses is to become profitable, and quickly. By nature, a small enterprise will have seasonal ups and downs and a cash cycle dictated by factors beyond their control, so ensuring they have enough cash in hand is critical. Profitable companies might see their cash reserves affected if they are moving too fast, and stagnating companies might find an unexpected liquidity issue unsurmountable.