Santander-Serf n: Revitalizing the Payment Systems Business
In June 2001, Ram n Tellaeche, director of products and marketing at Banco Santander Serf n in Mexico, was considering the commercial strategy which the means of payments division should follow over the following months in order to achieve its ambitious commercial objectives. Marcial Portela, general manager of Grupo Santander's Americas Division, had set the objective of doubling the credit card market share in a year and a half, and capturing 250,000 new clients by the end of the year. The management team thought this goal could only be achieved by developing a price-positioned product, with an interest rate 40% below that of the other banks. However, the results of the concept test for the new product showed a low level of interest in the product due to incredulity among potential clients, who suspected that the low interest rates would not be permanent. Tellaeche and his team were reconsidering whether or not to launch this product, and if so, how to launch it in such a way as to minimize responses from the competition.