Last week Moven announced an expanded strategic partnership with MoneyDesktop. The two companies have been dancing together for a while. However, this recent move changes their dance from a waltz to a passionate tango. To refresh memories, Moven is a disruptive and leading innovator in the mobile banking space. MoneyDesktop is a cutting edge developer of personal finance management (PFM) tools and eye-popping UI. Together, Moven and MoneyDesktop bring unique and compatible assets that when combined will ignite the FinTech “dance floor.” Vavoom.
The recently announcedpartnership is focused less on providing a dazzling user interface and more on a back-end feature that will make the Moven value proposition even more relevant for consumers. Moven will use MoneyDesktop to aggregate financial information from external accounts. Conversely, MoneyDesktop will gain access to a growing consumer audience who is willing to leave their current bank for a financial institution that provides a better mobile banking experience.
MoneyDesktop continues to win awards at several FinTech conferences for their innovative solutions and clean functional user interface design. The primary buyer groups of their technology are online banking executives at mid and small tiered financial institutions. MoneyDesktop is boasting that over 400 financial institutions and 29 online banking, core and payment network providers use their technology. However, each of their clients is an “old school” FI striving to update their online and mobile banking experience to avoid losing customers. A relationship with Moven enables them to partner with an innovator who is proactive in acquiring new customers by building a strong mobile banking experience from the ground up. MoneyDesktop is well positioned to benefit from the mobile banking revolution.
Moven also continues to win awards and provide groundbreaking mobile banking technology and services. Moven’s solution is driven from the mobile device and offers features of major banks….without the fees. However, like the other mobile bank innovators, like GoBank, they face the hurdle of acquiring enough users to scale their business. Let’s face it, all of us have accounts with the major banks. Telling a customer to drop any current banking relationships they have to join a mobile driven bank is a tough sell. Moven’s partnership with MoneyDekstop helps address this hurdle.
MoneyDesktop’s aggregation technology is as much a product feature improvement as a customer acquisition tool for Moven. Consumers can now join Moven and use the solution to track their banking activity with all financial institutions. Moven becomes the financial hub. Well-planned cross-sell marketing from Moven will inform users of other great features and tools. Eventually, the consumer will start to fall in love with the Moven solution and will depend on it more as a primary banking tool. Well, at least that is the goal.
The key for this strategic partnership will be how well both parties can execute and take advantage of the open opportunities to deliver customer value. If they do it right, their tango will catch the attention of the millions of unsatisfied big bank customers. I hope Moven and MoneyDesktop have a big dance floor.