Banks Need A Youthful Overhaul

In a post from late last year, Banks Have A Gen Y Blind Spot, I discussed that banks aren’t serving young consumers very well. Well, we found the same thing in a recent research effort, Customer Relationship Snapshot: Banks.

This analysis examined feedback from 5,000 consumers across 5 generations (Gen Y, Gen X, Younger Boomers, Older Boomers, and Seniors) on overall customer experience; satisfaction with Web, branch, and phone interactions; as well as consumer plans to stay loyal to their current banks. Here’s some of what we found:

  • Seniors have their needs met most frequently
  • Seniors are the most satisfied with phone and in-branch interactions
  • Gen X are the least satisfied with phone, in-branch, and Web interactions
  • Seniors are the least likely to switch banks
  • Gen Y are the most likely to switch banks; Gen X the next most likely

The bottom line: The battle for the next generation of banking customers is wide open (check here for some ideas: Gen Y Design Guide).

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I am an experience management transformist, helping organizations improve business results by engaging the hearts and minds of their customers, employees, and partners. My "job" is Head of the Qualtrics XM Institute. The Institute is still being established, but our goal is to help organizations around the world thrive by mastering Experience Management (XM). As part of this focus, I examine strategy, culture, interaction design, customer service, branding and leadership practices. And, as many people know, I love to speak about these topics in almost any forum. Prior to joining Qualtrics, I was managing partner of Temkin Group (leading CX research, advisory, and training firm), co-founder and chair of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (, and a VP at Forrester Research. I'm a fanatical student of business, so this blog provides an outlet for sharing insights from my ongoing educational journey. Check out my LinkedIn profile:

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