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Mobile Banking and Social Media: What’s Next?

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A recent report shared that 173 million Americans own smart phones, and CNN reported that mobile apps overtook desktop usage for the first time ever in February 2014. While mobile adoption rates continue to grow amongst consumers, a recent study by Capgemini found that financial institutions are relatively slow to adopt mobile banking capabilities – much to the chagrin of their customer base. So what can banks do to increase customer satisfaction and expand on their mobile offerings? (more…)

Marketing to the Generations: 3 Ways To Close The Deal With Baby Boomers

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If you’re a fan of the AMC show Breaking Bad, you are familiar with the meth slinging antihero, Walter White. The day after his 50th birthday, Walt found out he had terminal cancer. And in an effort to leave savings for his family after his death, he turned to a life of crime and drug dealing. But what if Walt had a bank or financial advisor who could have given him options? He had a credit union, but how could they have reached out to Walt sooner so that he would have had a solid financial future in place, even before his diagnosis? More to the point, how would they have reached him? (more…)

Marketing to the Generations: How to Connect With Gen X

Ask yourself: who is your audience? All financial institutions are not created equally, so it is important to have a grasp on to whom you are selling your services. Previously, we discussed how to reach out to millennials, those born between the years of 1980-1999. Now it’s time to talk about their predecessors, the group born between 1960-1979 who Douglas Coupland famously coined as Generation X.

Generation X presents an interesting challenge for marketers because there is no slam dunk way of appealing to them. They are tech savvy, but not as likely as millennials to look for their banking solutions online. They have a bit of money, but quite a bit more debt than Boomers; not that Gen X are frivolous spenders. The debt is a result of their position as the most educated generation, and consequently, the generation who owes the most in student loans. Let’s take a look at what else you can expect from Gen X, and how to close the deal with them. (more…)

Marketing to the Generations: How to Connect with Millennials

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Millennials are an increasingly sought-after group when it comes to financial services. According to a report by Nielson, the Millennial generation, or Generation Y as they’re also known, consists of 77 million individuals born between 1977 and 1995 – that’s close to 24% of the population. And while they may not have the affluence of the Baby Boomers just yet, their burgeoning careers and bank accounts make millennials a prime audience for the financial services sector. In the first of this series on connecting with different generations, we will talk about what makes Millennials tick. (more…)

Understanding the FDA’s Draft Guidance on Social Media

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Now that the FDA has released two draft guidances clarifying social media use, it’s time to determine how to apply it in a real world scenario. First, let’s define what the guidances apply to.

The first deals with the dissemination of information regarding prescription drugs and medical devices. The second makes recommendations on how to correct third party misinformation about prescription drugs and medical devices. The FDA has issued these guidances in response to requests for social media best practices, and to ensure that information given to patients about prescription drugs and medical devices is accurate and balanced.

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Company Update: Gremln Gets A Makeover

You talked, we listened! Gremln has a new and improved look, plus additional features to help you succeed even more with secure social media management. Some of the additional functionality includes:

alert_newnavNew Navigation – The new streamlined navigation menu helps you find your favorite Gremln features quicker and easier.

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Your Bank is Social, Now What? 11 Ways to Protect Your Online Rep

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Have you Googled yourself lately? What comes up on search engine results pages (SERP’s) can make or break your online reputation.  Harvard University research on Yelp shows that a 1-star difference in reviews on Yelp may result in 5% to 9% in business gained or lost. Review sites aren’t the only place customers can let you know their opinion. A  study by Brandwatch found that customers of financial brands are more likely to use social media and online forums to air grievances . There is also the issue of poor reputation for the financial services industry overall. The 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer found banking and financial services to be the least trusted industries globally. Add to that the challenges of balancing personality and regulatory responsibility, and having an online presence might make you ask – why bother? Use these tips to change public perception and control the conversation about your financial brand.

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How to Drive Engagement: 8 Ways to Win at LinkedIn for Financial Services

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In the first two installments in our Driving Engagement series, we covered 6 ways to leverage Facebook to build relationships with your customers and then tackled Twitter by sharing our 10 tips to tweet safely and compliantly in 140 characters or less. In this installment, we’ll cover the social network with the most “professional” reputation: LinkedIn. 

Financial services professionals have been gaining leads, developing customer relationships, and connecting more authentically with their audiences on LinkedIn – in fact, 62% of financial advisors report getting new clients thanks to the social network! We’re sharing eight great ways to help you drive more engagement – and win more clients – by boosting your presence on LinkedIn.   (more…)

How to Drive Engagement: 10 Twitter Tips for Financial Services

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In the first installment of this series, How to Create Engagement – Facebook for Financial Services, we discussed 6 ways to leverage Facebook to build relationships with your customers. Next we’ll tackle Twitter and unveil 10 tips to tweet safely and compliantly in 140 characters or less. That’s right – while Facebook lets users to be as verbose as time and attention spans allow, tweets must get the job done in 140 characters. In fact, best practice is to leave 20 or 30 characters of space for followers to retweet and add comments. Therefore, a tweet is reduced to a brief 110-120 characters, including links. (more…)

Gremln Get Started Guide For Banks: 3 Key Steps For Social Media Strategy

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So you have decided your bank needs a social media presence – great – now what? Before creating your social media accounts, the Gremln Get Started Guide outlines 3 key steps for a successful social media strategy:

1)     Determine Your Purpose & Voice – Decide how you plan to use social media to further your organization. Is it for brand awareness? Building relationships within your community, customer service, or all of the above? The goals you set for your brand on social media will determine the direction of your strategy. Additionally, you will need to define the “voice” of your social media to ensure your messages have the same tone across the board. Are you casual and fun, friendly, or more professional? Know your audience and choose the voice most representative of your brand. (more…)