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(New York, NY):  Older millennials are increasingly eschewing cold hard currency for budget-friendly alternatives, considered to be even more secure than credit, debit, and store cards. This older millennial population, and other desirable demographic groups, are increasingly turning to P2P payments and reloadable prepaid cards when transferring funds. In fact, over one-third of cardholders have used P2P payments (42%) or a reloadable prepaid card (36%), according to a new study from Auriemma Group, which was conducted in partnership with the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association (NBPCA). The study highlighted use cases for P2P payments and prepaid among the banked population, shedding new light on who uses them and why they are an attractive payment alternative.

The results point to an opportunity for prepaid card issuers to integrate their offerings with P2P to better capture market share. The commonalities between these user groups make a compelling case. Most current P2P payment users and prepaid cardholders are male (57% and 53%, respectively), college-educated (62% and 53%), parents of minors (56% and 50%), and report a household income over $50,000 (67% vs. 55%). While these attributes register most strongly with the P2P payment users, their similarities highlight the connection between both groups.

“Our previous research tells us that those who use P2P payments are about twice as likely to currently hold a prepaid card than their non-using counterparts,” said Jaclyn Holmes, Director of ACG’s Payment Insights. “This cross-section of users could create increased engagement with prepaid cards should they be accepted by P2P payments.”

Users of both prepaid cards and P2P payments are more than just demographically similar. When looking at the perceived benefits of both methods, users of each report comparable advantages, namely security, budgeting, and convenience.

Reloadable prepaid cards are a particularly attractive payment alternative for consumers for whom security and budgeting are top of mind. Despite having a banking account, those who have used prepaid cards believe the most beneficial aspects are that they don’t link to a bank account (44%), offer a secure payment method (33%), and help with budgeting (33%). Prepaid cardholders aren’t the only ones who think the method is secure—most consumers believe prepaid cards are more secure than credit (59%), debit (60%), and store cards (58%). And unlike cash, prepaid cards bring these benefits to the digital shopping experience.

“The payment method allows cardholders to purchase online worry-free, as doing so will not compromise their checking account,” said Holmes. “And prepaid cardholders can set limits for category or everyday spend, allowing them to more easily maintain a budget.”

The perception of security is also high with P2P payments. Although users have a more positive impression of the method’s security than non-users, both believe the method is secure (88% and 65%). And this isn’t the method’s only similarity to prepaid cards.

“A small group of consumers utilizes P2P as a budgeting tool,” Holmes said. “About half of those who leave money in their P2P account do so because it helps them save money.”

Convenience and speed also earn top marks with P2P, with about nine in ten users reporting P2P payments make it easier to pay people far away (92%), that payments clear faster than checks (90%), and that splitting checks or bills is easier (87%).

“It’s safe to say we aren’t moving towards a cashless society, but we are certainly using less cash than before,” Holmes said. “By themselves, P2P payments and prepaid cards provide more flexibility, convenience, and a greater sense of security.”

The collaboration with the NBPCA marks the first time ACG has partnered with an industry association to conduct custom consumer research and signals ACG’s ongoing commitment to work with industry associations to illuminate solutions in an evolving environment.

“The findings of this study affirm what we in the industry have long known, that consumers turn to prepaid for the security and convenience the products provide,” said Brian Tate, president and CEO of the NBPCA. “From budgeting to safety to digital access to funds, it is clear that prepaid products are meeting the needs of our consumers, and prepaid providers will continue to build on the long tradition of evolving our products to continue to do so in the future.”

While this study focused on the banked population, a potential future study may focus on the unbanked population.

Survey Methodology

This study was conducted online within the US by an independent field service provider on behalf of Auriemma Consulting Group in March 2017, among 800 debit cardholders. The purpose of this research was not disclosed nor the criteria for qualifying. The average interview length was 20 minutes.

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, contact Jaclyn Holmes at (212) 323-7000.

(New York, NY): Person-to-person (P2P) payments are increasing in popularity and diversifying in use, with nearly one-third of consumers currently utilizing the service, according to recent research by Auriemma Group. The firm’s latest Cardbeat® surveys, among 800 US credit cardholders, found that users report several practical uses for P2P payments other than just splitting the check—many citing transaction speed and ease of use as reasons for the preference.

Users agree that P2P payment apps make it easier to pay people far away (94% agree), to keep track of money owed to friends and family (81%), and to split checks or bills (80%). “It isn’t just used to pay for your share at dinner anymore,” says Jaclyn Holmes, the Auriemma senior manager who directed the studies. “The ease of paying people far away suggests users may utilize P2P payments as an alternative to sending checks, money transfers, or providing account information to pay for goods or services.” P2P users also seem to enjoy flexibility in how they pay, with nearly one-half of users linking multiple accounts to a P2P app. Most users link credit rather than debit cards to their P2P apps, consistent with consumers’ preference for using credit cards for online purchases.

Among all respondents, familiarity was highest with PayPal Me (27%), Square Cash (17%), and Facebook (14%). While Venmo was the fourth most familiar among cardholders overall (12%), more than a quarter of Millennials (26%) cited familiarity with the brand. Those familiar with a P2P payment app commonly cite online advertising, word of mouth, and social media as how they first heard of the payment platform. “From a marketing standpoint, the very nature of P2P is that it encourages you to promote it to your friends,” said Marianne Berry, Managing Director of Auriemma’s Payment Insights team. “Users, by necessity, often bring other new users with them: more than two-thirds of users under age 35 reported that they’ve encouraged friends to sign up for a specific P2P app.”

These findings are consistent with a recent issue of Auriemma’s The Payments Report, a survey of 500 debit cardholders, which revealed that 85% of those who used at least one P2P payment app/service were at least somewhat likely to recommend the app/service to a friend. The study also found that 38% of the same population have used the service to pay someone other than a friend, suggesting that P2P payments are not simply just for splitting the bill at dinner, but may prove a more useful form of payment for those who prefer the method over cash or checks.

Survey Methodology
The studies were conducted online within the United States by an independent field service provider on behalf of Auriemma Consulting Group in September and November 2015, among 800 credit card users each (“cardholders”). The number of interviews completed on a monthly basis is sufficient to allow for statistical significance testing between sub-groups at the 95% confidence level ± 5%, unless otherwise noted.

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.

Complementary to our core consulting business, Auriemma facilitates a series of Industry Roundtable groups focused on a variety of industries in which clients exchange information through activities managed by Auriemma, comparing and analyzing industry practices and benchmarks so that each member can optimize its own performance.

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