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Study finds customers using tellers, ATMs less for deposits

Branch strategies may need to be reevaluated

Study finds customers using tellers, ATMs less for deposits

Remote deposit capture, despite its relatively short history, has already had a notable impact on consumers’ deposit behavior and—as an aspect of mobile financial activities—may have a long-lasting effect on financial institutions’ channel strategies.

According to a recent survey by Synergistics Research nearly one-fifth (19%) of internet households have used RDC. Among these users, somewhat more than four in ten report they make branch deposits less often as a result.

A similar number of RDC users indicate making deposits at ATMs less often since they started using RDC. Using other unspecified deposit methods less is indicated by three in ten. Overall, three-fourths of RDC users report some impact on other deposit channels.

Genie Driskill, COO, Synergistics, says, “Although the long-predicted demise of the branch due to innovations in remote banking technology has yet to come to pass, adoption of RDC is chipping away at consumers’ branch activity. Interestingly, deposit making at ATMs is also being impacted—at a time when many financial institutions are undertaking serious initiatives to reinvigorate their ATM strategies with enhanced activities. This will necessitate careful and deliberate formulation of strategies and objectives within depository institutions in regard to channel planning initiatives, particularly with regard to branches and ATMs. Increasingly, branch strategies are focusing on transforming branches into sales centers and moving routine activities to remote methods, while ATM initiatives are focusing on enhanced functionality.”

These are among the findings from the Synergistics study, “Marketing Remote Deposit Capture,” featuring1,000 online interviews with consumers age 18 or older. This study examines consumer reaction to remote deposit using a PC or mobile device, as well as consumer issues related to pricing, security and privacy.

John Ginovsky

John Ginovsky is a contributing editor of Banking Exchange and editor of the publication’s Tech Exchange e-newsletter. For more than two decades he’s written about the commercial banking industry, specializing in its technological side and how it relates to the actual business of banking. In addition to his weekly blogs—"Making Sense of It All"—he contributes fresh, original stories to each Tech Exchange issue based on personal interviews or exclusive contributed pieces. He previously was senior editor for Community Banker magazine (which merged into ABA Banking Journal) and for ABA Banking Journal and was managing editor and staff reporter for ABA’s Bankers News. Email him at [email protected]

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