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MWC 19 SHOW PREVIEW New technologies and biometrics drive conversations on payments, says Mastercard

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Want to grab that purchase and go? You’re not alone. Today more than ever, people are living a digital – and mobile – life and they expect their ability to pay to match that same “always on” mindset, according to social media conversations identified in the 2019 edition of the Mastercard Digital Payments Study, published to coincide with Mobile World Congress.

Mobile payments represented more than 27% of the total social media conversation around payments, with total mentions increasing 20% over the prior year. Mentions of mobile wallets more than doubled since 2017.

Now in its sixth year, the study, developed in partnership with PRIME Research, analyzed more than 3.3 million conversations from the past year across several social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Weibo.

“On-demand isn’t just an expectation for cable and content provider; it’s a reality for how people say they want to shop and pay every day,” says Rose Beaumont, senior vice president of European communications and sales enablement at Mastercard. “In this year’s study, we see just how much these fast, convenient and secure ways to pay are being embraced across all markets. And, it points to the continued interest and demand for years to come.”

Interest in New Technologies

People are looking to newer technologies to have an impact on their lives. In the past year alone, such mentions on social media increased 30% since the last study. Today, nearly 20% of all mobile commerce payments are focused on contactless payments and mobile wallets. Beyond these primary focus areas, consumers are interested in how artificial intelligence, QR payments and wearable payments will impact their lives.

Overall, people are increasingly positive toward these newer technologies. Virtually all (95%) mobile wallet conversations were favorable, with 30% of posts praising the speed, efficiency and simplicity of the current products.

The adoption of mobile payments is seen in markets across Asia and Africa. India was the most dominant market – 30%– in discussing the use and potential of mobile wallets, particularly around public transit and the use of QR-based payments, led by specific references to MasterpassQR and PaytmQR in India. The US was a distant second in consumer’s discussions on mobile wallets (10 percent).

Primed for Action with Peace of Mind

Among the conversations analyzed, consumers clearly continued to be focused on the security of their money and their data as a foundational requirement. In their posts, people recognize the value of new technologies on delivering this peace of mind across mobile payments.

Looking at the newer technologies:

  • Biometrics reached a potential 111 million, driven primarily by an interest in voice payments and fingerprint scanners
  • Tokenization – and its critical role in supporting and protecting payments of all type – was featured in conversations reaching a potential audience of 11 million viewers

While breaking news around data breaches drove one-fifth of data-related conversations, another 13% of these conversations noted the potential of digital security technologies, including blockchain, tokenization and biometrics.

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