Combined with the statistic that more than 30% of U.S. consumers are either using or considering using mobile financial services in the next year, and it is understandable why the best quote from Hedges at the conference was that, "Making a business case for mobile banking is like making a business case for oxygen"!
Other findings shared by Hedges at the conference included that mobile financial services users have higher incomes than traditional customers, use more services and have up to 12% lower attrition (which has been supported by other findings provided by banks recently at other conferences).
Finally, Hedges emphasized to the more than 300 bankers in attendance that the rate at which consumers are adopting mobile banking is must faster than originally anticipated, with an expectation that the number of mobile banking consumers could surpass those who use online banking by 2015.
Given the positive impact that introducing the mobile channel could have on acquisition efforts, servicing costs, utilization of services and attrition, there is no doubt that mobile banking will be emphasized by banks over the next 18 months. Obviously, the spoils will go to those fast moving banks that can introduce mobile banking to their customers and prospects the quickest and who can continue to promote and enhance their offerings to a increasingly technology driven target audience.