Marketing e-mails, provided they make it through Google’s top-notch spam filters, get about half a second of attention from me before they get deleted. I’ll spend a bit more time if they come from my bank, and Chase recently caught my eye with an announcement about “setting your ATM preferences” (especially since a large part of my day job is concerned with designing screens where people set their preferences).
Chase was proud to announce that I can now set up my account so that I spend less time at the ATM. Since I put myself on a strict weekly cash budget, I actually do go to the ATM, now, so it’s cool that I can make presets for:
- QuickChoice withdrawal amount. Select the amount you normally withdraw. The next time you use a Chase ATM, you’ll get your cash and receipt and be on your way.
- Language preference. Select the language you want to use for your future ATM visits and we’ll remember it next time.
- Receipt preferences. Choose whether you want us to “Always Print,” “Never Print,” or “Always Prompt” for a receipt.
Granted, this will probably only shorten the ATM time by maybe fifteen seconds. And I go to the ATM once a week. For me, it’s not a big deal at all, but it is kind of cool. It could possibly be even more beneficial for people with limited motor skills, or eyesight problems.
If you also ignore marketing e-mails, but you’re interested to see if your bank offers this, just try Googling for “atm preferences” and the name of your bank. I found that Bank of America offers a similar service, but it looks so far like Wells Fargo doesn’t.
Does this work for you?
Published or updated April 27, 2010.