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Cost-of-living pressures drive consumer adoption of embedded banking, fuelling brand loyalty

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Jul 17, 2023
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LONDON, July 17, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — A new independent survey from Vodeno/Aion Bank of 3,007 European consumers based in the UK, Belgium and Germany has found:

  • Two in five European consumers will only stay loyal to brands that offer embedded banking products like Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL)
  • 37% are more likely to use BNPL and flexible payment options due to the cost-of-living crisis
  • Embedded finance increased customer engagement with brands for over a third (36%), who said they return to that brand’s app or website between three and five times vs once a month

New research from Vodeno/Aion Bank has revealed how embedded banking adoption is significantly boosting brand loyalty for companies, with consumers more likely to use embedded banking products from brands as a result of the cost-of-living crisis.

The European Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) provider’s study revealed that over a third (37%) are more likely to seek out brands that offer BNPL and flexible payment options due to the high cost of living, with this figure rising to 50% in the 25-34 age range. Competitive prices are cited as the most important factor to 44% of consumers when it comes to their brand loyalty, closely followed by a good selection of products (43%).

The results highlight that the availability of embedded banking products directly in the websites and apps of consumer brands are starting to make an impact on customer loyalty, with two in five (40%) consumers say they will only stay loyal to brands that offer financial benefits like BNPL and cashback, with this figure rising to 50% among 25-34-year-olds. When it comes to engagement with loyalty programmes, just under half (46%) said they are more likely to use a brand’s loyalty card to make purchases if it included BNPL. This figure was highest amongst the youngest consumers surveyed, rising to 53% for those aged 16-24 and higher still (65%) in the 25-34 demographic.

When consumers were asked how often they shop with their favourite brands, 19% of respondents said ‘monthly’ and a further 16% said ‘once every two or three weeks’. However, among those who have used a brand’s embedded banking product, 36% said they return to that brand’s app or website between three and five times a month, with this figure rising to 43% among the 25-34 age group.

Vodeno/Aion’s research highlights the commercial and loyalty benefits of embedded banking, with just under one quarter 23% saying they are more likely to recommend the brand to friends and family, while the same number (23%) said they are more likely to spend money with the brand over competitors.

Kim Van Esbroeck, Country Head for Aion Bank Belgium and Chief Revenue Officer for Vodeno/Aion said: “The benefits of embedded banking cannot be ignored, and our research offers strong evidence that consumers are not only using these products, but it is also positivity influencing their loyalty to BaaS-enabled brands.

Competition for the consumer has never been more fierce, particularly in these difficult financial times, and brands that offer flexible payment and lending options provide more choice, which can boost consumers’ spending power when they need it most. Embedded banking is also making an impact on brand loyalty, with 43% of 25-34 year olds saying they shop more at brands that offer an embedded banking product. We have already seen how BaaS-enabled embedding banking is helping to innovate customer journeys, and it is clear the next area of disruption will be to supercharge brands’ loyalty programmes.”

About Vodeno and Aion Bank

Vodeno combines a fully API-based, cloud-native platform with services based on an ECB banking licence and a team of banking experts via Aion Bank. Together, Vodeno/Aion are uniquely positioned to offer comprehensive embedded financial services for banks, lenders and merchants across multiple sectors. Covering all areas of the banking ecosystem, from ‘smart contract enabled’ core banking to accounts, onboarding, payments, cards, investment and lending solutions, Vodeno/Aion offer the ability to meet the demands of regulation while enabling innovation at speed. Vodeno and Aion Bank are separate companies and backed by global private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC.

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About the research

The market research was carried out from 16-22 May 2023 amongst 3,007 consumers in Europe by independent market research agency Censuswide. Censuswide is a member of the Market Research Society (MRS) Company Partner Service, whose code of conduct and quality commitment it strictly adheres to. Its MRS membership means that it adheres to strict guidelines regarding all phases of research, including research design and data collection; communicating with respondents; conducting fieldwork; analysis and reporting; data storage.

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