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Insight Report: Best Practices for Credit Cards for Mass Affluent Consumers

Published By :

Timetric

Published Date : Apr 2014

Category :

Cards & Payments

No. of Pages : 79 Pages

 

Synopsis

 

The report provides insights into premium credit cards offered to mass affluent 

customers in key markets. It provides:

 

  • A global snapshot of current market dynamics for premium credit cards and their future outlook
  • Insights into the key factors driving increased focus on mass affluent customers
  • Insights into best practices and key strategies adopted by card issuers across key card markets
  • Information on value-added features offered by premium credit cards to attract customers
  • Case examples which highlight the successful enactment of best practices and strategies in key markets

Summary

 

Banks and other card issuers are increasingly focusing on credit cards designed to target mass affluent consumers. Even though mass affluent consumers represent a relatively small percentage of their total customer base, the revenue generated from them is high - mainly due to their deeper banking relationships that involve deposit accounts, mortgages, investment, and asset and wealth management, among others.

 

Mass affluent consumers spend more while shopping, traveling and purchasing services than mass market consumers. Moreover, the spending patterns of mass affluent consumers are generally less impacted during economically difficult times. Mass affluent customers are also traveling more than ever, and forecasts for outbound trips indicate that this trend will continue over the next five years in key economies. Consequently, both issuers and card schemes are partnering with airlines, hotels and resorts, and luxury brands to offer enhanced benefits on credit cards. Mass affluent customers are often offered lounge access at airports, free and discounted air tickets, preferential treatment at hotels and resorts, free valet parking, discounted limousine services, and insurance cover that ranges from travel accident to lost and delayed baggage, to trip cancellation. Card issuers and schemes also frequently offer roadside assistance, emergency legal and medical referrals, cash help in cases of loss or theft, and emergency card replacement services.

 

Capitalizing on private banking and wealth management relationship, the use of mass affluent brands such as Visa Infinite, and issues of ?black\' card editions are general strategies for card issuers, key markets such as South Korea and Brazil also have their own segmentation strategies. Issuers in South Korea use alphabets and numbers to distinguish their card offerings, while the use of other colors such as purple and red, which reflect royalty and wealth, have also gained attention. Issuers in Brazil often focus on sports events and limited-edition cards, and some segment their card offerings based on monthly income. In Russia, preset credit limits are a key segmentation strategy.

 

Scope

 

  • This report covers the market size of mass affluent consumers in eight key card markets.
  • This report provides a comparative analysis of benefits and services offered by 45 premium credit cards in key card markets.
  • It covers key business drivers for card issuers to issue credit cards for mass affluent customers.
  • It covers key strategies adopted by card issuers for all eight countries covered in the report.
  • It also provides case studies based on best practices adopted by the card issuers in these countries.

Reasons To Buy

 

  • Gain insights into market potential for mass affluent customers in eight key markets.
  • Gain insights into the product proposition strategies of card issuers in key markets.
  • Gain insights into the current and future dynamics of premium credit card markets.
  • Understand emerging trends and drivers for premium credit cards.

Key Highlights

 

  • Consumers are moving away from conspicuous consumption to more considered consumption, and access to special or unique experiences through their card has gained importance. In this altered environment, banks and other card issuers are adopting various strategies to decrease operating costs and increase revenue potential.
  • Banks and other card issuers are increasingly focusing on credit cards designed to target mass affluent consumers driven by the relatively high profitability offered by this segment. At times, banks may run the cards at a loss, but benefit from the rest of their relationships with mass affluent clients through deposits, investments, savings, mortgages, and asset and wealth management, among others.
  • The rising commoditization of benefits and the devaluation of the prestige and status associated with cards emerged as a risk for issuers, as it necessitates additional effort to attract and retain clients. To overcome this, organizations are investing in new branding strategies and product features, despite falling profit margins.
  • Card issuers targeting mass affluent customers have increased their focus on issuing credit cards with travel benefits. Many issuers across the world, including Bank of America, Chase, Citibank, HSBC, Commonwealth Bank, Lloyds, Capital One, Hyundai Cards, Samsung Cards and Amex, among others, issue premium cards which specifically focus on travel-related services.
  • Banks and other card issuers are expanding their operations on social networks through partnerships with merchants such as retailers, restaurants, leisure centers and travel operators. The partnerships provide opportunities to engage customers through additional content, offers and discounts. These expansionary moves are driven by a desire to improve consumer offerings and increase revenues.

Table of Contents

 

1 Executive Summary

 

2 Global Premium Credit Card Sector Dynamics

2.1 Industry Snapshot and Future Outlook

2.2 Key Trends and Drivers

2.2.1 Emerging trends

2.2.2 Market drivers

 

3 Credit Cards for Mass Affluent Consumers in Key Markets

3.1 The US

3.1.1 Market potential - number of mass affluent customers

3.1.2 Product comparison

3.1.3 Strategies

3.2 The UK

3.2.1 Market potential - number of mass affluent customers

3.2.2 Product comparison

3.2.3 Strategies

3.3 Canada

3.3.1 Market potential - number of mass affluent customers

3.3.2 Product comparison

3.3.3 Strategies

3.4 Australia

3.4.1 Market potential - number of mass affluent customers

3.4.2 Product comparison

3.4.3 Strategies

3.5 South Korea

3.5.1 Market potential - number of mass affluent customers

3.5.2 Product comparison

3.5.3 Strategies

3.6 Brazil

3.6.1 Market potential - number of mass affluent customers

3.6.2 Product comparison

3.6.3 Strategies

3.7 Russia

3.7.1 Market potential - number of mass affluent customers

3.7.2 Product comparison

3.7.3 Strategies

3.8 Kuwait

3.8.1 Market potential - number of mass affluent customers

3.8.2 Product comparison

3.8.3 Strategies

 

4 Best Practices and Case Studies

4.1 Best Practices

4.1.1 Customer engagement using social media

4.1.2 Partnerships with merchants and service providers

4.1.3 Product segmentation and rebranding to offer simplified products

4.1.4 Building wider banking relationships with customers

4.2 Case Studies

4.2.1 Customer engagement through social media - Amex\'s growing presence on social networks

4.2.2 Product bundling - HSBC\'s linking of the Premium credit card with Premium banking

4.2.3 Branding strategy - Hyundai Card\'s use of letter and number cards

4.2.4 Customer segmentation - KFH offering different packages to target a wider customers base

 

5 Appendix

5.1 Methodology

5.2 Contact Timetric

5.3 About Timetric

5.4 Timetric\'s Services

5.5 Definitions

5.6 Disclaimer

List of Table

 

Table 1: Premium Credit Cards - Current Developments and Future Outlook

Table 2: Premium Credit Cards - Industry Dynamics by Country

Table 3: Mass Affluent Populations in Key Premium Card Markets (% of Total Population)

Table 4: Social Media Across Retail Banking Functions

Table 5: Outbound Business or Leisure Trips (Million)

Table 6: The Mass Affluent Population in the US (Million), 2009-2018

Table 7: The US - Credit Card Fees and Credit Limits

Table 8: The US - Credit Card Benefits

Table 9: The Mass Affluent Population in the UK (Million), 2009-2018

Table 10: The UK - Credit Card Fees and Credit Limits

Table 11: The UK - Credit Card Benefits

Table 12: The Mass Affluent Population in Canada (Million), 2009-2018

Table 13: Canada - Credit Card Fees and Credit Limits

Table 14: Canada - Credit Card Benefits Offered

Table 15: The Mass Affluent Population in Australia (Million), 2009-2018

Table 16: Australia - Credit Card Fees and Credit Limits

Table 17: Australia - Credit Card Benefits Offered

Table 18: The Mass Affluent Population in South Korea (Million), 2009-2018

Table 19: South Korea - Credit Card Fees and Credit Limits

Table 20: South Korea - Credit Card Benefits Offered

Table 21: The Mass Affluent Population in Brazil (Million), 2009-2018

Table 22: Brazil - Credit Card Fees and Credit Limits

Table 23: Brazil - Credit Card Benefits Offered

Table 24: The Mass Affluent Population in Russia (Thousand), 2009-2018

Table 25: Russia - Credit Card Fees and Credit Limits

Table 26: Russia - Credit Card Benefits Offered

Table 27: The Mass Affluent Population in Kuwait (Thousand), 2009-2018

Table 28: Kuwait - Credit Cards Fees and Credit Limits

Table 29: Kuwait - Credit Card Benefits Offered

Table 30: Kuwait Finance House - Credit Cards Offered

List of Chart

 

Figure 1: Relationship Pricing Models

Figure 2: The Mass Affluent Population in the US (Million), 2009-2018

Figure 3: The Mass Affluent Population in the UK (Million), 2009-2018

Figure 4: The Mass Affluent Population in Canada (Million), 2009-2018

Figure 5: The Mass Affluent Population in Australia (Million), 2009-2018

Figure 6: The Mass Affluent Population in South Korea (Million), 2009-2018

Figure 7: The Mass Affluent Population in Brazil (Million), 2009-2018

Figure 8: The Mass Affluent Population in Russia (Thousand), 2009-2018

Figure 9: The Mass Affluent Population in Kuwait (Thousand), 2009-2018

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