Millennials will push the transition to new methods of payments.

As outlined in our recent trend report The Future of Payments & Currency, Millennials will push the transition to new methods of payments—they’re significantly more open to new transaction technologies and more apt to see the potential benefits. A July survey we conducted in the U.S. and U.K. found that among people who have not used a mobile wallet, 18- to 34-year-olds are the most enthusiastic when asked about potential benefits. These consumers are more interested than others in using a phone to pay if it makes transactions faster, makes splitting bills easier, can replace cash in low-denomination payments and helps keep track of purchases.

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Still, around half of Millennials don’t yet express interesting in using mobile payments, regardless of the benefit. By addressing Millennial needs initially, brands can establish utility, trust and reliability with a generation that will eventually bring more reluctant consumers into the fold. Peer-to-peer payment app Venmo, for instance, is popular among Millennials in part because of its social element. The app is seeing rapid growth: In the third quarter, Venmo recorded a payment volume of $700 million, a jump of 50 percent from Q2, with parent company Braintree saying this makes it one of the most successful mobile payment apps in the world.