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Bo Harald - ZEF, Transmeri, Demos, Real Time Economy Program

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Innovation in Financial Services

Innovation in Financial Services

A discussion of trends in innovation management within financial institutions, and the key processes, technology and cultural shifts driving innovation.

Half baked efforts..

09 June 2009  |  3990 views  |  1

We live in an increasingly fragmented reality and often enough it is difficult to see the full picture when trying to turn inventions into innovations. Very strong focus can be put on the many aspects needed to make new services take off - like general utility, clinically simple user interfaces, reusing excisting user experience and stressing environmental and other societal importance.

Still - far to often - the most important aspect - transparent pricing showing users that present practises are expensive -  is not implemented. This half baked effort happens despite us knowing that this "negative carrot" is needed to make users move - act logically in their own interest. My own experience is that we would never have been able to move fast into e-banking without charging more for manual processes in branches. The result was that total cost of banks (not really costs for banks - but costs for bank customers - who pay every cent..)  in Finland was cut in half.

Why is it so difficult to add the most effective tool - transparent pricing? It takes some bravery - as media and most consumer organisations (sic!) oppose visible pricing and politicians thus do not have the guts to protect consumers real interest and further more dimensions in competition.

But we are seeing a new trend now as invoice senders in many countries already are starting to charge extra for paper invoices. For every logical reason the best thing for the customers - also for those who are prepared to pay for the privilage as the lower total cost will give space for lower service charges.

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A Finextra member | 11 June, 2009, 10:06

Airline transport industry example.... Why does Ryanair regularly get slammed over what is essentially a "you get what you pay for, you want more , you pay more" approach....

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Bo Harald - ZEF, Transmeri, Demos, Real Time Economy Program - Helsinki Region | 12 June, 2009, 13:33

I have always thought that Ryan Air is doing the right thing - showing the cost and making the customer using it pay for it - not all customers - without knowing.

This also lowers costs for all as unnecessary baggage is not dragged onboard...

Why is this so difficult to see? Must take it to Facebook..

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