We’re thrilled to announce that our data enrichment technology is now available as an online software solution on AWS Marketplace. This is the world’s first data enrichment engine that can be deployed instantly to any bank’s private cloud without the need for additional infrastructure, giving banks full control over which instances are exposed to the internet and which remain private.
In the last 8 months, we spoke to more than 40 of the world’s largest financial institutions about their data needs. While they’re all very aware of the need to make better use of their data, they face a major obstacle: their legacy infrastructure is hard to work with — and even harder to replace. On top of this, regulations are strict, and multi-year projects don’t work when KPIs must be achieved within 3 months. In this environment, quick wins are big wins.
No banker has said they want another big data consultant who charges upwards of HK$1 million a year and takes 12 months to deliver results. No client asked for another data aggregation provider who delivers unpredictable results through an API that stores data off premise (which also requires year-long approval processes).
What they did tell us is that they need a quick, private data solution that delivers quantifiable results at a price point even the most scrupulous CFO would struggle to object to.
And that’s exactly what we built.
In one click, our data enrichment engine makes your transaction data usable. It takes those crazy long, unintelligible transaction codes hated by your DevOps, UI/UX and data science teams, and matches them to recognisable merchant names, categories and locations.
This gives you a nice clean dataset that reveals exactly how, who with and where customers are spending.
Banks have tested our engine and seen merchant identification rates of 85–95%. We can deliver these rates because our machine learning models have been trained on more than HK$32 billion worth of transactions across more than 35,000 merchants in Hong Kong.
All this is achieved without changing legacy systems and without any data going off premise, at a price point that’s 90% cheaper than our nearest competitor (you know who you are 😉).*
Also, we don't insist on fixed contracts. Try out our software subscription solution on AWS for 10 days, 100 days or 3 years — it’s all good. Less risk for you, and more incentive for us to stay on top of our game and earn your trust.
Here’s a few of the many ways our technology helps you profit from your transaction data:
Your customers need to know exactly where their money’s going. They shouldn’t have to decrypt their own bank statements. They want you to help them understand their finances.
It makes no sense to show the name of the holding company (“Yedpay * Star Street 1 Hong Kong”) of a restaurant they ate at (“Mana!”). The simplest and most effective way to win the loyalty of your customers is to present their information in a clear, understandable way. You’ll be surprised what a difference this makes.
Just look at UpBanking, Monzo and LunarWay. These challenger banks market their data enrichment aggressively to consumers, and guess what? It works. We’ve seen it with our own app too, which now has more than 65,000 users, most of whom found us by word of mouth. There is a huge service gap here that traditional banks could be — and should be — filling.
An estimated 10% of all calls and branch visits are about transaction queries. Every time a customer disputes a transaction, it launches a chargeback inquiry that costs you HK$1,000 minimum. Imagine how much time and money you’d save if your customers could understand their transactions without your help.
In other markets, banks using enriched data (with the merchant’s “doing business as” name) have reduced unnecessary transaction queries. Even if you’re a mid-sized bank, you’re looking at shaving off HK$80 million in chargeback costs with just this one simple change.
It’s not just your call centre that will gain cost efficiencies with our data solution. Your credit card marketing department will benefit, too. So much time and effort is wasted promoting credit cards to the wrong people, at the wrong time.
This is where you need to tap into your greatest advantage: transaction data. It holds all the intelligence needed to identify exactly who is ripe for which credit card, when. And listen, smarter targeting doesn’t have to involve complex automation models that take years to implement and learn. We know you need a solution that delivers quantifiable results quickly.
Take, for example, this co-branded BOC-ExxonMobil credit card. With enriched data, BOC’s credit card department could set up a simple trigger for holders of other credit cards who spend on ExxonMobil, service stations, auto-repair shops, etc. These transactions could trigger a promotion for the credit card via email, direct mail, a retail offer or even a targeted landing page.
It can really be that straightforward — and that powerful — at the same time.
We’re not stopping at helping you please your customers, gain efficiencies and generate more revenue — we’re helping you cut crime as well. Here’s a real world example:
Vincent checks his bank statement at the end of the month as he always does. This month, he saw several transactions he didn’t recognise, but the amounts were relatively small and since he never understands his statement fully anyway, he didn’t do anything about it.
Then he tried a spending-tracker app with enriched data that shows merchant names, and suddenly it was clear: those transactions were for an airline he’s never flown on. He called the bank immediately.
The bank discovered that his card had been accessed by a criminal syndicate whose MO is to book airline tickets with other people’s cards, then resell the tickets online to clueless participants, who only find out their ticket is fake when they arrive at the airport, ready to fly.
There are millions of Vincent’s out there. Give them the tools they need to protect their hard-earned money, and make your life easier in the process.
Seriously it’s super easy. Go to AWS Marketplace and click “Subscribe”. It’ll spin up an instance with our data enrichment on it, and whatever you use will be added to your existing AWS bill.
If you aren’t quite ready to jump in, but you’re curious to learn more about how data enrichment can fast-track your user engagement and cost-saving initiatives, get in touch today.
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