Case study

What is data enrichment and why is it so important?

Case study

What is data enrichment and why is it so important?

The results
A major international bank found gini to be the most efficient data enrichment provider for its digital banking upgrade initiative.

In a pilot project with gini, the bank ran 50,000 transactions through our data enrichment engine.  Within 72 hours, gini had enriched 95.7% credit card transactions and 92.7% EPS transactions. 

“We were surprised just how fast gini’s enrichment capabilities are. What we expected to take 3 weeks took them only 3 days,” said the bank’s Head of Innovation and Strategy. “On top of that, they even enriched EPS transactions, which no other provider has achieved.”
Credit card
transactions enriched
transactions enriched
The results
gini introduced a successful Savings Goal feature in our PFM app that was adopted by 60% of users within 30 days of launching.
Our users engage with the Savings Goal feature an average of 7.4 times a month, which when compared to the once-a-month engagement of most banking apps, is a testament to its value. 

And the reviews were overwhelmingly positive, with comments such as, “Congrats on the release of the saving function, it’s very helpful and motivates me to save more!” and “Makes saving and budgeting a lot easier.”

Makes saving and budgeting a lot easier.
The challenge
Our research showed that users wanted a savings feature that automates their budgeting calculations, and shows how much they have left to spend after putting their savings aside every month.

However, no PFM apps in Hong Kong had a feature like this because it requires complicated algorithms and enriched transaction data. Without merchant names for example, it’s difficult to label recurring transactions accurately, and give the user a clear, comprehensive overview of their finances.

The solution
With data automatically enriched by our machine learning models, gini was able to build a fully functioning Saving Goals feature that resonated with users and increased engagement.

The new feature automatically calculates a monthly OK to Spend amount by subtracting the user’s total monthly expenses (past and upcoming) and Savings Goal from their total monthly income. It also has a traffic light system that warns users when it’s time to reign in their spending.

None of this was possible without first enriching the transaction data with accurate merchant names and categories.
The challenge
A recent digital banking survey showed low levels of satisfaction, with 87% of customers finding it hard to understand their transaction feeds.
My current spending history is confusing. I want to see the ACTUAL shop name.
To address this — and reduce queries — the bank planned to first replace standard transaction codes with clear merchant names and categories throughout its digital banking services. And then to increase loyalty with a personal finance app, built on the foundation of enriched data. 

However, developing the technology to transform such large volumes of transaction data was proving to be a Herculean task — one that would take years. So they looked for an external provider to help clean, structure and enrich the data accurately and quickly.

The solution
Impressed by the quality and speed of gini’s enrichment engine in the pilot project, the bank plans to integrate our scalable software into their own systems to allow for real-time data processing and enrichment. The best part is, gini’s technology is easily accessible as a SaaS solution on AWS Marketplace, avoiding the need for lengthy tech stack integration processes.

Soon, the bank’s entire customer base will have their transaction feeds transformed from confusing codes to recognisable merchant names, logos and categories. This is predicted to have a significantly positive impact on NPS scores.

Equipped with enriched data, the bank’s development team will then be able to build a competitive personal finance app with much richer features than otherwise possible.
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gini COO Victor Lang explains what data enrichment is and why it is so important for the finance industry today

What is data enrichment and why is it so important?

Jul 21, 2020

Our COO Victor Lang explains data enrichment and why it’s so important for the finance industry today. 

Watch the interview or read the transcript below!

What is data enrichment?

Transaction data is really valuable, but it’s a really difficult thing to make use of. Raw transaction data is essentially just a string of unintelligible text and numbers. It’s messy, it’s dirty, it’s unstructured. 

Our data enrichment process uses powerful algorithms to match each transaction to a merchant, category, location and other attributes, helping banks and customers make sense of their own transaction data.

What problem does it solve?

Many people have difficulty knowing where their money goes. And one of the biggest reasons is that they don’t recognise the merchant names — the holding company names — that show up on their transaction statements. 

For example, no one really knows what “RICH*JOY* (ASIA)” is, but if you ran that transaction through the gini data enrichment solution, you’d know that it’s a Teppanyaki restaurant. Or that “JB LIVE” is actually the famous Joe Bananas bar in Wan Chai that people often forget they went to on Friday night, and have to call [the bank] for clarification.

Knowing this information helps your customers understand their bank statements, so they don’t have to call you. And you, as a bank, get a much more accurate, much better understanding of customer spending behaviour.

Why is it so important?

Banks are facing an unprecedented challenge today. 

All the intelligence they need to gain efficiencies, retain customers and drive revenue growth is hidden in the transaction data. But without enrichment, they can’t use it fully and they’re leaving money on the table.

gini’s data enrichment solution is the fastest, easiest way for banks to profit from their data today.

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