What is pattern recognition and what is it good for?

4 min read|Published February 14, 2023
What is pattern recognition and what is it good for?

Managing utility bills, subscriptions and other fixed costs can be tricky, from tracking to ensuring sufficient funds are on hand as a buffer. Luckily, the capabilities of Tink’s Data Enrichment analyses historical spending patterns – and predicts upcoming costs. Here’s how Data Enrichment presents a solution with pattern recognition.

TL;DR – Quick summary
  • Pattern recognition is a data enrichment tool that analyses historical spending patterns and upcoming costs.

  • Data enrichment with Tink is based on recurring transactions and predicted recurring transactions, giving consumers insight into their spending patterns.

  • Using Tink Data Enrichment helps banks and financial services know their customers better, while personalising the experiences they offer.

TL;DR – Quick summary
  • Pattern recognition is a data enrichment tool that analyses historical spending patterns and upcoming costs.

  • Data enrichment with Tink is based on recurring transactions and predicted recurring transactions, giving consumers insight into their spending patterns.

  • Using Tink Data Enrichment helps banks and financial services know their customers better, while personalising the experiences they offer.

To help their customers better understand their financial habits and future costs, banks can give them a useful overview of spending patterns and recurring expenses within their banking app. This is done by analysing recurring income, expenses and transfers, and future income, expenses and transfers. Two capabilities that are a part of Tink's Data Enrichment product,  and are both based on analysing patterns - i.e. pattern recognition.

Recurring transactions allows consumers to gain a better understanding of their cash flow, by accessing an overview of their fixed costs, e.g. subscriptions, utility bills, loans and transfers. By viewing historically fixed monthly transactions and creating better insight to where their money has gone, they can better understand what they can do about it. For instance gaining insight into subscriptions they might have forgotten or aren’t actively using anymore, provides the opportunity to cancel unnecessary expenses and cut costs. 

What is pattern recognition and what is it good for?

Predicted recurring transactions gives users access to an accurate overview of upcoming transactions for the next 30 days, including charges that typically go unannounced (such as recurring card payments). It gives a full view of all recurring transactions a user has such as subscriptions, gym memberships, loans, utility bills, rent, monthly savings, credit card invoices – and importantly, when these payments will be withdrawn. Since these payments can happen at different times throughout the month, people might be caught unaware and not have sufficient funds – ending up in overdraft on their account. This makes in-app interactions more valuable by also showing upcoming commitments and their impact on the balance available to spend. 

What is pattern recognition and what is it good for?

How pattern recognition benefits businesses

  • Get to know customers

Gain deeper understanding of your customers by easily accessing more complete data on their spending behavior

  • Improve customer experiences

By getting to know your customers better, you can target them with more relevant offers within your digital channels.

  • Build engagement and drive more traffic

Offering valuable services like contracts overview, or identifying where to cut more costs based on historical spending habits, can increase engagement and traffic in your banking app, by activating more customers logging in to reap the benefits.

How pattern recognition benefits your customers

  • Prevent overspending

By allowing users a view over upcoming transactions – and when they will happen – they can prevent overdraft by  ensuring they have sufficient funds.

  • Better insight to spending habits 

By providing customers with a view of transactions that are recurring each month, they get more control of their spending habits and can make necessary adjustments.

  • Overview of contracts

Provide insight to what contracts, such as subscriptions, your customer has – so they can cancel the ones that may be unnecessary and cut monthly costs

Curious about how you can help customers stay on top of their fixed costs, prevent overspending and understand how to improve their financial wellbeing? Get in touch and we’ll tell you more about Tink’s Data Enrichment.

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