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(New York, NY):  Mobile pay usage among eligible consumers is down 5% compared to this time last year (25% vs. 30%). And the decline in adoption is expected to continue into Q4 – a period that has seen seasonal dips in Mobile Pay usage the past two years, according to Auriemma  Group’s Mobile Pay Tracker. This new research reveals a myriad of reasons why consumers aren’t adopting mobile payments quickly, including a lack of need and interest, and that Net Promoter Scores (NPS) are seeing significant declines. But some barriers are directly influenceable by merchants and issuers alike, namely security concerns and problems at the Point of Sale (POS).

Nearly one-third (32%) of consumers cite security concerns as a top barrier for using mobile payments. A slightly smaller proportion (21%) actually believe the method is unsafe. Auriemma’s research identified specific ways mobile pay providers could alleviate concerns that block the trialing of mobile payments.

For one, 58% of consumers want issuers to assure them that mobile payments fraud will be covered by the bank, similar to card-based payments. And 57% of customers would like to see data demonstrating the security of mobile payments, with 43% wanting direct comparisons to more common payment methods such as magnetic stripe and chip cards.

“Issuers who do these things could find themselves at the top of the mobile wallet for new adopters within their customer base,” says Jaclyn Holmes, the Director of Auriemma’s Payment Insights. “In an environment of heightened consumer anxiety regarding data breaches, it is critical to clearly communicate mobile payments’ security to customers.”

Confidence with security alone, however, isn’t enough to grow mobile pay adoption. Merchant acceptance is crucial for establishing habitual use, but many Pay users run into problems at checkout. These issues at the POS are a great risk to the most active mobile pay users, who experience the highest incidences of disrupted transactions.

The majority of Samsung Pay (74%), Android Pay (63%), and Apple Pay (52%) users consider themselves to be at least somewhat active. A notable proportion of each have said they encountered a problem at the register (44%, 33%, and 37%, respectively). The top reason for the issue, however, is unfamiliarity of store personnel (55%) followed closely by problems with the actual terminal, including “transaction did not go through” (46%) and “terminal took too long” (35%).

These issues have a clear impact on Pay user’s likelihood to recommend the service. Auriemma research reveals sharp declines between Q4 2016 and Q3 2017 in the Net Promotor Scores (NPS) of Apple Pay (from 22 to 4), Android Pay (from 18 to 13), and Samsung Pay (from 46 to 21). While Samsung Pay’s technology should render it mostly immune to problems at the POS, even it has had difficulty staying away from issues.

“One of the key benefits of Samsung Pay is that it can be used anywhere that accepts cards,” says Holmes. “But even its enthusiastic user base risks becoming disenchanted by recurring issues at the POS.”

Problems at the register don’t just impact behavior at the transaction-level. Half of those who had problems at a retail location that accepts mobile payments say the issue made them use the service less often overall. Problems at POS are particularly perilous for cards at the top of the digital wallet, who have the most to lose if the Pay transaction is unsuccessful. In fact, 45% of in-store Pay purchasers quit trying to use mobile payments entirely, and use a physical card instead.

There are many ways to educate those wary of the method, but the real question is whether issuers and merchants are willing to put in the time to train their customers and employees. While merchants may want to offer their customer’s preferred payment method, offering it without the proper employee training and support stops mobile payment adoption in its tracks. Likewise, issuers who make their card compatible with a mobile wallet without educating customers of its benefits are forfeiting potential utilization. Issuers who want to remain or become top of the mobile wallet, and merchants looking to provide a seamless payment experience for those Pay-preferred, play a pivotal role in getting them off the ground.

Survey Methodology

This study was conducted online within the US by an independent field service provider on behalf of Auriemma Consulting Group (Auriemma) in July/August 2017, among 1,505 mobile pay eligible consumers. Respondents were screened to own an iPhone 7/7+/6/6+/6s/6s+ or Apple Watch (in combination with an iPhone 5/5C/5S) – a Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Edge/Edge+, S7, S7 Edge, S7 Active, a Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge/Edge+, S6 Active or Galaxy Note 5, Note 7 – Gear S2 or S3 watch (in combination with an Android/iPhone smartphone) – and/or other Android phone with KitKat (4.4) OS or newer. All respondents also have a general-purpose credit card in their own name. In addition to the quantitative web survey, eleven in-depth interviews (IDIs) were conducted in August 2017.

About Auriemma Group

Auriemma is a boutique management consulting firm with specialized focus on the Payments and Lending space.  We deliver actionable solutions and insights that add value to our clients’ business activities across a broad set of industry topics and disciplines.  Founded in 1984, Auriemma has grown from a one-man shop to a nearly 50-person firm with offices in New York and London.  For more information, contact Jaclyn Holmes at 212-323-7000.

New York, NY):  Back in October of 2014, Apple Pay was launched with great fanfare, and for almost a year it was the only game in town for consumers who wanted to pay with their smartphones. Since then it’s been joined by Android Pay and Samsung Pay, with more branded mobile payment solutions, such as Walmart Pay and Chase Pay, waiting in the wings. But is anyone using them?

The answer, according to the latest Mobile Pay Tracker survey from Auriemma Group, is a qualified yes: about 7% of all smartphone owners* claim to have at least tried mobile payments. “It’s important to remember that less than half the smartphones that US consumers carry are capable of mobile payments,” says Marianne Berry, managing director of Auriemma’s Payment Insights practice. “Among those with an eligible phone, 27% of consumers we surveyed say that they have used Apple, Android, or Samsung Pay.”

However, that doesn’t mean they can leave their wallets at home yet.  Mobile pay users still put the lion’s share of their purchases on old-fashioned plastic, since stores that accept mobile payments are still hard to find in the US: 39% say they would use mobile payments more if more stores/apps accepted it. 61% say their mobile pay usage is supplanting cash transactions, suggesting that the phones are being used for smaller purchases, confirmed by average ticket size—-one-third of those who have used mobile pay in the past week made a purchase of $25 or less. These transactions are made both in-app and in-store, except for Samsung Pay, which has yet to offer in-app payments. On average, users report that 17% of their discretionary spending was done with mobile pay.

Even when they find a store that accepts mobile pay, only one-third of mobile pay users (31%) pay that way every time they know it is accepted, most frequently citing that they simply forgot. “Reaching for the phone instead of the wallet isn’t an automatic reflex, even for mobile pay enthusiasts,” said Berry. “And even if they do remember, many will give up and use their plastic cards if they encounter friction at the point of sale, particularly if there are other shoppers in line behind them.”

Mobile payments have been around for only a year, a fraction of the many decades that plastic cards have dominated. As the upgrade cycle puts the newest smartphones into the hands of more consumers, increasing numbers of them will have the opportunity to try out this new way of paying. “Overall satisfaction with mobile payments is quite high at 80%, despite complaints about low merchant penetration and inconsistent customer experience at point of sale,” Berry stated. “But mobile payment has yet to reach the tipping point that will take it from novelty to norm.”

Survey Methodology

The study was conducted online among 2004 consumers in the US with Apple Pay eligible (n=1,000), Android Pay eligible (n=838), and/or Samsung Pay eligible (n=327) smartphones between March 3 – April 7, 2016. Respondents were screened to own an iPhone 6/6+/6s/6s+ or Apple Watch (in combination with an iPhone 5/5C/5S) – a Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge/Edge+, S6 Active or Galaxy Note 5 – and/or other Android phone with KitKat (4.4) OS or newer.  All respondents also have a general purpose credit card in their own name. In addition to the quantitative web survey, twenty in-depth interviews (IDIs) were conducted March 21, 2016 – March 25, 2016 via telephone with Android Pay and Samsung Pay users recruited from the quantitative web survey. For this round of IDIs, the focus is or was on the Android and Samsung Pay users, and their usage and experience thus far.

* Auriemma conducted a standalone market sizing study in March 2016 among 1,100 US adults. Data was weighted by gender, age, race/ethnicity, household income, and education to be nationally representative of the entire US adult population (aged 18+).

About Auriemma Group

Auriemma is a boutique management consulting firm with specialized focus on the Payments and Lending space.  We deliver actionable solutions and insights that add value to our clients’ business activities across a broad set of industry topics and disciplines.  For more information call (212) 323-7000.

(New York): Apple Pay usage in the US is growing, driven by both increased frequency of transactions and the expanding base of iPhone 6 owners, according to Auriemma Group’s Apple Pay Tracker, which interviewed 500 iPhone 6 and 6+ owners between May 29 and June 15, 2015. Forty-two per cent of Apple 6/6+ owners reported having used Apple Pay, virtually identical to the proportions reported in two previous waves of the study conducted in February and April 2015. “While the proportion of users has remained stable, the denominator has grown through new iPhone and Apple Watch sales and the upgrade cycle. We’ve also seen the average number of transactions increase both in-store and in-app,” says Marianne Berry, Managing Director of Auriemma’s Payment Insights practice.

Data from the study indicates that users consider Apple Pay to be more than a novelty, Berry notes. “It’s not surprising that the first cohort to own the newest iPhone would be eager to try Apple Pay, so we were particularly interested in comparing trial to adoption rates. Eighty-four percent of Apple Pay users reported having made more than three transactions in stores, and 76% have used it more than three times in-app, suggesting that the abandon rate is low.”

The number of places where Apple Pay is used has also increased. In the April survey only 13% of Apple Pay users had used it in more than six stores, while two months later that number had grown to 24%. During the same two month period the number using Apple Pay for 6 or more apps grew from 1% to 10%.

“It’s likely that the number of retailers accepting Apple Pay will expand, especially as merchants hear from these customers and look at their purchasing power. Seventy per cent of Apple Pay users state that they are more likely to choose a store that accepts Apple Pay,” Berry says, “and this group is even more affluent than the overall Apple phone owner population.”

Indeed, one of the few complaints users have is a lack of opportunities to use Apple Pay. The effect is particularly notable in the burgeoning m-commerce market, as Apple Pay devotees have learned to search the App Store to find apps that accept the payment method. “It’s a rare instance of consumers starting out with a preferred payment method and searching for a place to spend it—like the proverbial hammer looking for a nail.”

Despite the enthusiasm of early adopters, Apple Pay sales volume accounts for only a tiny share of overall credit and debit card sales, and Berry doesn’t expect that to change quickly. “In the early days after launch, we found a high level of intent to use among those who hadn’t tried it yet. As more iPhone owners gain the ability to use the service through the upgrade cycle, we’re seeing a pretty stable proportion of about 30% who are taking a ‘wait-and-see’ attitude, often citing security concerns about a new technology. The introduction of Android Pay later this year may accelerate the evolution of perceptions about mobile payments moving from novelty to mainstream.”

About Auriemma Group

Auriemma is a boutique management consulting firm with specialized focus on the Payments and Lending space. We deliver actionable solutions and insights that add value to our clients’ business activities across a broad set of industry topics and disciplines. For more information, call (212) 323-7000.

(New York, NY):  Auriemma Group announced Thursday the launch of Apple Pay Tracker, a longitudinal study that will monitor adoption and usage of the mobile wallet throughout 2015.

The study, comprising bimonthly surveys of 3,000 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users over the course of the year, will illuminate Apple Pay’s impact on payment providers, retailers, and other industry stakeholders.

“Apple Pay may change where people shop, how they pay, and the overall balance sheet of the payments system,” said Marianne Berry, Managing Director of Auriemma’s Payment Insights practice. “Issuers, merchants, networks, investors—all need to monitor these changes and have the flexibility to respond immediately to challenges.”

Every eight weeks throughout 2015, subscribers will receive a report tracing current levels of Apple Pay activation and usage by a randomized sample of 500 iPhone 6 owners. In addition to measuring growth in the adoption curve, subscriber reports will include information gleaned from in-depth interviews with respondents detailing their reasons for adopting—or bypassing—the service. Each iteration of the research will examine a unique subset of users, ranging from early to mainstream adopters as the market matures. Interviews with respondents will explore:

  • Motivations for usage
  • Changes to behavior and purchasing habits
  • Impacts on the customer relationship and brand attribution
  • The role of social influences in adoption and usage
  • Perceived security benefits and concerns
  • User experience and likelihood to recommend Apple Pay to other

“There is intense interest in both the industry and mainstream media about Apple Pay,” Berry said. “While transaction volumes and other aggregate data will be widely reported, these statistics won’t explain the behavior driving the numbers.“For example, how much growth in transaction volume is being driven by regular users and how much is attributable to growth in iPhone 6 sales? Are consumers changing their choice of retailers depending on the availability of Apple Pay? Do consumers make a conscious choice at point of sale among the cards provisioned in their Passbook, or does the default card become the most frequently used?”

Apple Pay Tracker joins a suite of market intelligence and syndicated research studies offered by Auriemma’s Payment Insights practice. In addition to mobile payments, Auriemma conducts consumer research focused on credit, debit, and prepaid products.

“Whether or not Apple Pay reaches broad acceptance,” Berry said, “millions of consumers will pay with their phones for the first time. This may be the long-awaited catalyst that ignites mobile payments.”

 About Auriemma Consulting Group

Auriemma is a boutique management consulting firm with specialized focus on the Payments and Lending space.  We deliver actionable solutions and insights that add value to our clients’ business activities across a broad set of industry topics and disciplines.  For more information about Auriemma’s research, please call 212-323-7000.

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