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Is Trust a Barrier to Mobile Retail and Payment Services?

Only thirty per cent of British consumers trust the safety of their data with major retailers.

29th May 2013 – LONDON (UK) – As retailers endeavour to adopt multichannel customer interaction strategies, new research into British consumer behaviour and attitudes towards mobile interactions reveals that “trust” is the biggest barrier to the adoption of mobile retail and payment services.  Only 30 per cent of British consumers trust major retailers to keep their personal information safe.


Sponsored by European customer interaction, payments and insights specialist, The Logic Group, the independent research was conducted by leading market researcher, Ipsos MORI among 1,010 GB consumers aged 16-75, during March 2013.


The Subconscious Consumer Dichotomy – Internet vs. Mobile Technology

While a majority of British consumers have Internet access (85 per cent), browse websites for products they are considering to buy (63 per cent) and over half (58 per cent) will even purchase products/services online, consumer mindset towards mobile technology for retail and merchant services is distinctly cautious:


  • 33% would be happy to house their loyalty cards on their mobile phone, enabling them to collect and redeem points without cards, but, rising to 54% among consumers who trust retailers to keep their personal information safe
  • 26% would be happy for their mobile’s location to be used to provide them with loyalty offers which are relevant to them and their family, but, rising to 46% among consumers who trust retailers to keep their personal information safe.
  • Only 13% would be happy for their mobile to house their credit/debit cards, enabling them to pay for things without cards, but rising to 29% among consumers who trust retailers to keep their personal information safe.


Jon Worley, Director of Customer Interactions at The Logic Group observes, “Retailers and merchants are faced with a chicken and egg situation when it comes to implementing mobile services as part of their multichannel customer interaction strategy.  Consumers are reluctant about the safety of their data and they also don’t want to be bombarded by untailored offers on their mobile.  Retailers and merchants are keen to find the sweet spot for mobile customer interaction to boost their bottom line.”


The ‘Trusters’

The Logic Group’s research has found that younger people tend to be more trusting, with 34 per cent of 25-34 year olds being comfortable sharing their data with companies compared to 26 per cent of those aged 55-75.  Also, those in the DE socio-economic category are likely to be more trusting with their data (37 per cent) than average (30 per cent), as are those with children (35 per cent).


Honey Kirtley, Head of Insight and Loyalty at The Logic Group comments,  “Retailers and merchants should be looking to engage this segment of ‘trusters’ first and foremost.  Mobile in the retail strategy mix should not just be about payments and transactions.  Retailers should look to incorporate mobile as a customer interaction tool – to drive traffic in-store and online, allow price comparisons and promote loyalty.”


Act Now! Let’s Build Trust

By acting now to build up trust among consumers, retailers can grow the potential for mobile technology in their overall customer interaction strategy; and, as the number of ‘trusters’ grows and matures, continue to innovate to provide new and engaging ways to attract customers.


Worley adds, “Every new technology has a slight level of resistance from consumers.  When chip-and-PIN was first introduced in the UK, there was a slight apprehension from consumers as to its security.  Now it is de facto in the retail payments system, moreover with NFC-enabled cards.  The industry stakeholder ecosystem needs to align its efforts in educating and evidencing to the consumer the benefits, convenience and safety of using mobile technology.”


Simon Atkinson, Assistant Chief Executive at Ipsos MORI said: “The experience of QR codes is a reminder that it’s not just a matter of rolling out new technology when it’s ready and expecting consumers to get excited.  If there isn’t a tangible benefit to them, they won’t be interested.”


You can read the full details of the report here: The Mobile Consumer Survey Report.


About Ipsos MORI

Ipsos MORI, part of the Ipsos Group, is a leading UK research company with global reach. We specialise in researching Loyalty (customer and employee relationship management); Advertising (brand equity and communications); Marketing (consumer, retail & shopper and healthcare); MediaCT (media and technology) , Social & political research and Reputation Research.


Technical note

The Logic Group survey was conducted via Ipsos MORI’s online omnibus between 8 and 12 March 2013.  1,010 British adults aged 16-75 and from a variety of social grades took part.  Data are weighted to be representative of the British population as a whole.


The Logic Group survey data is supplemented by additional findings from Ipsos MORI’s quarterly Tech Tracker.  Ipsos MORI interviewed a quota sample of 1,024 adults aged 15+ in GB, face-to-face, between 8 and 15 February 2013.  Data are weighted to a nationally representative profile.

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