Epic surveyed 1,339 consumers across the U.S. and found differences in checking account preferences for consumers with “Local”, “National”, and “Online” banks
Other areas of difference include:
Online Bank checking customers are twice as likely to have a personal loan, student loan, or investment account with the same bank than customers at their National and Local Bank competitors
Local Bank checking customers put less importance on digital capabilities than others, with only 14% of Local Bank customers having chosen their banks for that reason vs. 28% for National Bank customers and 44% for Online Banks
Advertising Spend Down Across Channels and Products
The Epic Marketing Intensity Index (EMII) – which measures advertising spending across direct mail, online search, and paid digital channels – shows a consistent spend drop across most products through the end of Q2
Student loans are the exception, given the seasonal nature of the product
Both direct mail and online search were down 60%, with paid digital faring somewhat better, down only 14% from Q2 2019
Auto Insurance Acquisition Spending Won’t Slow Down
Unlike consumer loan products, insurance and investment mailings are growing year-over-year, with insurance mailings leading the pack with a 13% increase over last year and investments up 75% (on a much lower base)
Given the number of insurance ads we’re seeing on TV (Liberty Mutual, GEICO, Progressive, State Farm, Allstate, USAA, etc.), this doesn’t come as much of a surprise – GEICO auto insurance alone mailed 10.4 million mail pieces in June
As noted above, Student Loan demand always picks up in mid-summer, however the shape of the curve has been lower this year due to uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and back-to-school plans
The question remains as to whether the curve is elongated, or if there will simply be less loan demand this year – to date, anecdotal data shows fewer loans at higher average balances
Consumer lending executives are currently in a similar situation as educators when planning for the fall, with most waiting to see if they will execute on their “normal” or “hybrid” plans
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