Yes Marketing survey finds younger consumers are less loyal to their financial services provider than older generations

More than a fourth of financial services consumers (28%) said they are considering switching to a new financial services company, according to a new study by Yes Marketing.

In its “Inside the Lifecycle of the Financial Services Consumer” report, Yes Marketing surveyed over 1,000 consumers on their experiences with financial services companies and found that younger consumers are more likely to consider leaving their current financial services provider compared to their older counterparts. Forty percent of consumers aged 18 to 21 say they are considering switching to a new financial services company, with over a third of consumers aged 22 to 37 reporting the same (35%).

“With the rise in peer-to-peer services and fintech startups, consumers now have more options than ever when it comes to selecting a financial services provider,” said Jim Sturm, president of Yes Marketing. “This trend, combined with consumers’ likelihood to stay long-term with the financial provider they selected, demonstrates how important it is for financial brands to have effective acquisition strategies that engage and build trust with new customers as they progress along their journey.”

Many of the factors influencing consumers’ decisions to use a new financial institution for the first time remained consistent across generations. Overall, 42% of consumers report that competitive rates and fees are the most significant factor when considering new financial services companies, while 22% of consumers ranked the variety of available services as the most important factor. The findings indicate the need for financial brands to provide specific information about rates, fees and services up-front to attract new customers.

When it comes to selecting a new financial institution, 42% percent of Gen Zers and 37% of millennials say the ability to manage services via a mobile app is a top three factor when considering new financial services companies, compared to 18% of baby boomers. This indicates the priority younger consumers give to a convenient and mobile-friendly customer experience.

The findings also reveal that younger customers are influenced less by trust compared to their older counterparts, indicating an opportunity for marketers to emphasize trust in their messaging to older consumers. When asked what service factors influence them to use a financial services provider they’ve never used before, 14% of consumers aged 18 to 21 (Gen Z) and 19% of consumers aged 22 to 37 (millennials) selected, among their top three choices, trust in the company to protect their personal information, compared to 34% of consumers aged 38 to 52 (Gen X) and 47% of consumers aged 53 to 72 (baby boomers).

“In today’s highly competitive and crowded financial services landscape, the pressure is on for all financial institutions to demonstrate their value to consumers through high-quality services and data-driven content,” said Michael Iaccarino, CEO and chairman of Infogroup, parent company of Yes Marketing. “Financial institutions must identify the right service and technology partner to deliver relevant and engaging content that meets evolving customer expectations and creates strong brand loyalty to maximize customer lifetime value across generations.”

Additional findings from the report include:

Fifty-two percent of consumers ranked relevance as the most important marketing factor that influences their decision when selecting a financial services company they’re not currently using.
More than two-fifths (42%) of financial services consumers say they rarely or never receive relevant marketing communications from financial services companies they’ve used before or are currently using.

Nearly a quarter (22%) of consumers say they hear too frequently from companies across channels, while 8% say they do not hear from those same companies often enough.
To learn more about consumers’ priorities as they progress along their journey with financial services companies, download the full report here.

Yes Marketing focuses on enabling marketers to engage, acquire and retain consumers along each stage of the consumer journey with a brand – from awareness through consideration, purchase and lifetime loyalty. This is accomplished through a unique combination of expert marketing services, best-of-breed technology and proprietary data assets that enable brands to create and deliver truly personalized, data-driven customer experiences with the help of a single vendor with an integrated technology and service offering. To learn more, call 1-877-937-6245, email or visit

Infogroup is a leading provider of data and data-driven marketing solutions for salespeople, marketers, and professionals. The company’s solutions are powered by its proprietary business and consumer databases and supplemented by client and 3rd party data. Clients range from Fortune 500 enterprises and local businesses, to not-for-profit and political organizations. Infogroup’s cloud-based Data Axle technology allows for real-time updates to its business and consumer data files, and also provides clients with a real-time API delivery platform for the most accurate and up-to-date information to support their marketing and business needs. Infogroup has 40+ years of history creating its own data and makes 24+ million verification calls per year to ensure data quality.

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