SUMMARY: 7% of U.S. adults say they would consider getting a Wells Fargo account in order to to access the bank’s new smartphone-savvy ATMs. These persuadable consumers are more likely to be Republicans from 35-54 years old. In addition, 59% are parents.

Left your debit card at home and need cash? No problem. Wells Fargo has announced its new service, which will allow customers to access Wells Fargo ATMs with just a pin, and an eight-digit code provided by the Wells Fargo app.

Though similar technology is being developed by other major banks, such as Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo is the first to make this futuristic technology a reality, and will be equipping all of its 13,000 ATMs nationwide with smartphone capability.

It turns out, the added convenience of smartphone ATMs may be enough to bring in new customers:

7% of adults would switch to Wells Fargo bank because of its new smartphone ATMs

As you can see, 7% of U.S. adults say they would consider getting a Wells Fargo account to be able to access this service. A sub-teen percentage may seem trivial, but as our CEO says, “in a hyper-competitive industry like retail banking, it’s no joke.”

In and of itself, this is fascinating, but we begin to see an even more complex story when we delve into the profile of this 7%.


Gen Xers are more likely to switch to Wells Fargo because of the new smartphone ATMs

It looks like Gen Xers are most likely to make the switch to Wells Fargo to take advantage of this new service. They are humbly followed by Millennials (39%).

At first we were somewhat perplexed by this data, but then realized, perhaps Gen Xers are swayed by this service because they are more likely to be parents. In fact, we found that 59% of this group of persuadable consumers are parents and/or grandparents.

After all, this new service is meant to be used in emergencies, such as when someone accidentally forgets their credit card at home, but needs cash. Most adults would be less likely to let that happen, but it could be a different story when it comes to their kids. This new service could come in handy if someone’s child were in a tight spot and needed money. A parent could simply retrieve a one-time code, give their child their four-digit pin, and boom – crisis averted.


In our post-election research, we’ve found that Republicans are most likely to switch banks. Therefore, out of curiosity, we looked at this 7% through a political lens – and take a look at what we found:

Republicans are much more likely to switch to Wells Fargo because of smartphone ATMs.

Almost half of those who would consider getting a Wells Fargo account to access this new service are Republicans. Knowing this political affiliation, and previously noted parental status, the bank can realistically guess at many of the causes and issues that these consumers care about.

Note that due to rounding, the numbers don’t add to an even 100.


Just from our preliminary research, we can tell that Republicans from 35-54 years old (Gen X) are most likely to make the switch to Wells Fargo in order to access the bank’s new service. Additionally, many of these persuadable customers are parents.

Wells Fargo may want to continue targeting this group during the service’s roll out, and advertise the convenience and safety of these smartphone ATMs in the event of an emergency. With child safety at the top of parents’ minds (we hope), this may be a way to continue winning them over.

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