Beyond “Products & Services” in Banking

No industry has more commoditized itself over the past three decades than banking. Banks pushed people out of branches to use automatic teller machines in order to reduce personnel costs. They pushed them out of branches – the one physical space where they could actually control the experience provided to customers – to use telephone response systems, again in a bid to save money. They pushed them out of branches and onto the Internet to further reduce transaction costs. That’s no way to create a lasting relationship. Is it any wonder consumers treat financial offerings as mere commodities to be bought and sold on price, price, price?

Consider, however, a true commodity: the coffee bean. If you convert its commodity price from a per ton to a per cup basis, you will find that a cup of coffee costs just two or three cents for those who treat it as a commodity…

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About The Author, B. Joseph Pine II

B. Joseph Pine II is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and management advisor to Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups alike.

Joe specializes in helping people see the world of business differently. He did that first with the award-winning book Mass Customization: The New Frontier in Business Competition, which detailed how organizations didn’t have to provide the same thing to everybody, but could give customers exactly what they want, at a price they’re willing to pay. The Financial Times chose it as one the seven best business books of 1993.

Joe did it again with the best-selling book The Experience Economy: Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage, co-written with his Strategic Horizons’ partner Jim Gilmore, which showed how organizations must go beyond goods and services to staging engaging experiences. Published in fifteen languages and named one of the 100 best business books of all time by 800-CEO-Read, in July 2011 it came out for the first time in paperback as an Updated Edition with new ideas, new frameworks, and many new exemplars.




Known in the industry as “experience creators”, the Senteo team has delivered more than 250 successful projects around the world, including projects for 14 of the top 100 brands and 18 of the top 100 banks in the world.

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