MARLBOROUGH, Mass., June 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- In reviewing the results of two e-Delivery surveys conducted by DALBAR, one investor facing and one completed by financial firms, comparisons were made between the responses provided by the two types of respondents. Expecting to find a trend toward agreement or complete disagreement between the two groups, we instead found a mix of both.
Investors who actively choose paperless identify website promotions as the top driver in their decision to enroll. Build-up of paper piles is a close second with statement promotions and a charge for paper tied for third. With 90% of firms utilizing Web promotions and 87% displaying statement promotions, firms are in synch with investors in their promotional tactics. Where firms have trepidation is hitting investors' wallets for paper documents. Only 10% of firms report charging for paper, although being charged for paper was among the top 3 drivers identified by investors.
Top Drivers of Paperless Election
Top Tactics Used by Firms
Charge for Paper Statement Promotion
Promotion on Envelope Pop-up Page
Intentionally Seek e-Delivery and
Pop-up Page (tie)
With regard to notification, alignment between the two audiences varies. 82% of investors prefer notification by email and 100% of firms offer this notification method. However 48% of investors would prefer notification by text, yet only 6% of firms offer this. Investors and firms have similar views about the value of social media notifications; few investors identify this method as their preference and no firms oblige.
Among those refusing paperless, preference for paper is the top reason (53%). In synch with that sentiment, 40% of firms identify the same obstacle as their greatest. Firms and investors' alignment then dissipates as investors' #2 reason for rejecting paperless is the inconvenience of documents in multiple locations, while internal inefficiencies, missing or incorrect email addresses, are firms' next greatest obstacles.
Top Reasons for Not Electing Paperless
Firms' Perceived Obstacles to Paperless Adoption
Preference for Paper
Preference for Paper
Resistance to Visiting Multiple Websites for Documents
Missing Email Addresses
Distrust of Internet
Incorrect Email Addresses
Concern about Missing Notifications
Unreliable Internet and
Refusal to Visit Multiple Sites to Sign Up (tie)
Too Many Emails
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