Thursday, October 20, 2011

Potential for promoters and brands in co branded Credit cards Part.II

The co-branded cards allow, a technical point of view, to combine:

    * The functions of a card "private" (when used one mode "on us", that is to say in a shopping partners). It opens all the specific services: credit, loyalty ...
    * The functions of a card "banking" (when used on mode "on them", that is to say, outside partner stores). It can then pay for purchases at any merchant equipped with an electronic payment terminal (EPT) or remove hope in vending machines (ATMs).

This device should allow going further in terms of loyalty. Besides disseminating the image of the brand with every new spending set by the wearer, the method allows to increase the accumulation provisions of points and possibly create a new need among customers not yet equipped cards.

More discrete, the arrival of co-branding will also allow retailers to renegotiate rates and commission charged plates with company’s consumer credit outstanding that manage card or to change partners.

Uncertain scope

Many uncertainties remain about the success of this system:

First, the process of replacing a store card with a Visa or MasterCard co-branded (or the systematic use of it if replacement is required by the sign) does not always value added significantly to the holders. This determination should be largely influenced by the potential affinity with the brand or the provision of fringe benefits.

This trend may be in favor of high-potential brands identification of dream or ostentatious (luxury, automobile, travel ...) but less favorable to the everyday consumer brands (supermarkets, health, fast food ...) they may have to pay more benefits to customers will finally convince a "subprime" (involving an increase in the cost and risk is a decline in the commission of the sign by the company credit ...)


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