Comscore Analysis Reveals Usage of Online Banking and Bill Payment Have Grown Dramatically in the Past Year

Study Ranks Nation’s Top Banks by Online Adoption, Engagement and Loyalty

RESTON, Va., June 17, 2004 – Comscore Networks, industry leader in the measurement and analysis of consumer behavior and attitudes, today released an analysis of the state of online banking in the U.S. Comscore found that more than 22 million users logged into accounts at the nation’s top ten banks in the first quarter of 2004, representing growth of 29 percent versus Q1 2003. During this same period, usage of online bank bill payment services has grown by 37 percent.

“Online banking and bill payment continue to be among the fastest growing applications on the Internet,” said Jim Larrison, vice president of Comscore Financial Services Solutions. “The continued proliferation of broadband access, coupled with heavy online and offline promotion, have helped the nation’s largest banks bring more than 5 million customers online in the past year.”

More than 4.6 million consumers, or about 20 percent of the online banking population, actively used online bill payment services offered by the top ten banks. These consumers paid an average of 14 bills online during the quarter, with an average value of approximately $250. The total value of bills paid by consumers though the top ten banks in Q1 alone was nearly $17 billion.

“Previous Comscore research has shown that consumer use of online bill payment is correlated with greater loyalty to a bank and higher account balances,” continued Mr. Larrison. “These benefits, along with the significant cost savings that come with processing transactions online instead of on paper, have led top banks to offer their customers compelling incentives to use such services.”

“Offering our customers free and innovative online bill payment services continues to be an important area of focus for Bank of America," said Sanjay Gupta, e-Commerce executive for Bank of America. "The adoption rate among our customer base is a clear indication that consumers value the convenience and security of online bill payment."

In addition to its assessment of online banking, bill payment and customer acquisition growth in the past year, Comscore’s Q1 2004 Online Banking Report also includes an analysis of the competitive landscape. With the Q1 report, Comscore launched the Online Banking Development IndexTM (BDI) to serve as a composite benchmark of a bank’s performance in engaging its customers online. The Index is comprised of ten components across three major categories: Adoption, Engagement and Loyalty.

In Q1 2004, Bank of America led the top ten banks with a BDI of 118, followed by Citibank (115) and Fleet (114). While Bank of America is strong across the board, its greatest strengths were in the Adoption and Engagement categories. Bank of America continues to grow its online customer base at impressive rates, despite an already large foundation of users. Moreover, Bank of America is second only to Citibank in the percentage of its online customers who use bill pay services.

Comscore Online Banking Development Index (BDI)
Source: Comscore Networks
Q1 2004
  BDI
Bank of America** 118
Citibank* 115
Fleet 114
Washington Mutual 97
Bank One 97
Wachovia*** 96
Wells Fargo 93
Chase 92
Sun Trust 91
USBank 89

*Leader in Adoption category
**Leader in Engagement category
***Leader in Loyalty category

Comscore’s Q1 2004 Online Banking Report includes:

  • Quarterly online banking growth statistics
  • Online banking usage profile (top activities, average number of logins, time spent, etc.)
  • Demographic analysis of online banking users
  • Quarterly online bill payment statistics
  • New account acquisition statistics
  • Online Banking Development Index rankings

Banking industry professionals and members of the media may request the Comscore Networks Online Banking Report by sending an e-mail to banking@comscore.com.

About Comscore Networks
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