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  • 3 Ways to Keep Your Business Customers Cyber-Safe

    With words like “trust” and “security” ranking among the top reasons people ultimately choose to do business with a financial institution, today’s banks are now in a circumstance that requires them to be ever-vigilant with their cybersecurity practices. The cybersecurity landscape of today seems to be continually worsening. Hackers are... Read more →

    Preparing for a Cyber Attack: A How-To Guide for Financials

    A study performed by Kaspersky Lab in Woburn, Massachusetts revealed that, of businesses surveyed (including financial institutions), 40% are not confident that they are protected against cyber threats. The survey shared that businesses are most vulnerable to threats such as targeted attacks (using malware) and DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service)... Read more →

    FinTech Provider Truebridge Introduces New Way for Banks & Credit Unions to Protect Their Business Customers From Bankruptcy

    January 7, 2019, BOSTON, MA – Truebridge, a content marketing technology provider for financial institutions, today announced the launch of a new product that enables banks and credit unions to protect themselves from commercial bankruptcy in order to continue to provide their services to customers and customers’ employees. Called “CyberSmart,”... Read more →

    Building a Human Firewall: The First Line of Defense

      Training and preparation have never been more crucial in the financial services industry. Updated privacy regulations from Europe, China, and the US have both risk management companies and cyber insurance brokers racing to provide institutions with the best tools to prevent harmful cyber threats. However, most organizations today aren’t... Read more →

    The Evolution of Risk Auditing for Cyber Behavior

    90% of corporate cyber-attacks involve human error. A new audit tool has been developed to allow auditors to go deeper into the qualitative aspects of these risks. The perception of risk auditing today has shifted from, “did it occur?” to, “did it work?” It’s no secret. Businesses are becoming far... Read more →

    Truebridge Launches New Financial Education and Cyber Security Services

    Contact: Stewart Rose, President, Truebridge 781-820-7476 Plymouth, Mass., May 17, 2019 – Truebridge Integrated Content Marketing, an industry leader in providing consumer financial education content for financial institutions, is excited to announce the launch of its new Educate First® and CyberSmart services for all banks and credit unions. Over the... Read more →

    Treating Content as Your Differentiator

    A while back, an article was published by Entrepreneur magazine titled “4 Key Content Marketing Lessons to Learn from Netflix.” The article was both informative and a great read, expanding on concepts that the author has observed Netflix using in their strategy to dominate the video streaming content space. This... Read more →

    Achieving Data Driven Content

    The ultimate goal for marketers with any type of content – traditional, digital, social, etc. – is to find the optimum place where content meets consumer behavior, often driven by different data points. Doing so makes more efficient use of your marketing dollars and creates relevant, one-to-one marketing between you... Read more →

    Designing Consumer Choices

    As professionals in the financial industry, we work with complex products, services, and tools in order to meet the demands of customers. Often times, the greatest challenge is being able to boil down all of the complexity in the consumer financial marketplace to simple terms so that all customers can... Read more →

    How Content Can Be the Center of Your Bank

    Recently, Truebridge attended a major financial industry marketing conference, visiting with financial marketing professionals of all levels in the industry.  Through visiting at the conference, we learned a great deal about where professionals see the role of content in their organization. We learned that there is a strong understanding for... Read more →

    Using Marketing Signals Correctly

    Marketing signals, or better known as data points that allow you to predict consumer behavior, have had a prominent role in financial marketing for some time. These seo signals allow you to better predict your customer’s behavior, such as when people are moving (requiring a new mortgage) or are showing unrest... Read more →

    Create More Mindful Cross-Selling

    At our core, Truebridge is a provider of financial education content and a platform by which to distribute content in ways that create cross-selling opportunities. Our company’s mission is to enable financial institutions in engaging their customers in more meaningful conversations, approaching the customer with a needs-based experience in order... Read more →

    Create Next Best Product Solutions

    Using analytics to decipher consumer behavior has been at the core of the retail industry for decades. Financial institutions are no strangers to this market, either, using behavior and predictive analytics to automate many of their processes. Many applications of analytics for financial institutions began with, and are still centered... Read more →

    The Branch of the Future Leads to Content of the Future

    An article from a while back published by The Financial Brand attempted to answer the question “what will the bank branch of the future look like?” While it’s hard to fully anticipate what bank branches will look like in the future, there were many common themes that ran through the... Read more →

    How Frequent Does Your Content Strategy Need to Be?

    There is a constant conversation taking place about the saturation of messages and the threshold by which consumers begin to tune out your messaging due to too much frequency. The challenge for any marketer is to find the sweet spot between being able to relay your message effectively while not... Read more →

    What Will Content Look Like in 2020?

    A lot has changed in the past three years, hasn’t it? Just 1096 short days ago, we sat just past the middle of 2014, not knowing how drastically our world could change in a short amount of time. Think about it. In 2014, (if you’re an Apple user) the hottest... Read more →

    How to Map Your Content Marketing into Sales

    If your bank has a content marketing program currently running, and your bank is like most, executive management is asking about the return on investment for this program. Tracking ROI on initiatives such as content marketing and social media selling can be a tricky proposition. Limo marketing provide services like... Read more →

    Your Bank Should Own Your Content

    The world of brand influencers continues to grow and change in the digital age. For years, brands have looked to influencers to promote their products, encourage people to feel as though they are part of a community, or see themselves in other’s shoes by way of celebrity endorsers. Authenticity Reigns... Read more →

    How to Make Your Content Go Visual

    Let’s take a moment to think about Facebook. While we’re thinking about it, if you have a personal Facebook page, let’s focus on that instead of the Facebook page of your bank or credit union. Now, thinking about posts on your Facebook News Feed that you ‘Like’ or ‘React’ to,... Read more →

    3 Ways to Capture Millennial Market Share

    Capturing market share – through new customer acquisition or existing customer cross-sell – has been at the forefront of financial institution’s goals for years. In fact, the 2016 State of Financial Marketing Report ranks this goal as number one among those polled. A staggering 49% rate this as their top... Read more →

    Four Financial Marketing Trends for 2017

    As 2016 winds down, many of us in the financial industry are busy diligently planning our “next steps” for 2017. Part of the strategic planning process for any bank or credit union is find the answer to this difficult question: Of all of the things you CAN do next year,... Read more →

    How To Give Your Content Staying Power

    The amount of content being written about content marketing these days is astounding. While the  term “content marketing” has evolved to mean many different things on many different levels in the marketing space, one thing has not changed: CMOs across all industries, all over the world, are allocating time, energy... Read more →

    Content is Everything

    You’ve heard the phrase “Location, Location, Location!” when it comes to brick and mortar buildings. Building branch offices is no different. However, when it comes to digital marketing, it’s all about “Content, Content, Content!” When you think about it, content is what keeps the internet relevant and moving forward. Think... Read more →

    3 Ways to Avoid Wells Fargo Cross-Selling

    Wells Fargo’s recent headlines regarding their bank-wide account opening scandal, resulting in numerous fines, staff replacements and goal reorganizations, has effectively changed the conversation about cross-selling across the financial industry. As cross-selling and customer share-of-wallet continue to top the list of organizational goals for financial institutions, there is now a... Read more →

    Effective Branch Strategy for 2016

    How have the times changed? Within the Financial Marketing world, there are a few interesting trends. Some of these are direct impacts from the changing consumer landscape. One of those impacts is the (sometimes contested) necessity and functionality of physical branches. More and more, transactions that would normally take place... Read more →

    Maximal Delivery, Maximal Impact

    Content marketing is part of every marketing plan, whether or not it’s recognized as such. Content is the way we connect. When we learn or teach, we use content. As important as the message that we distribute is, a key component of content is the way by which it’s distributed.... Read more →

    Mobile and Expanded Delivery Channels

      Previously, we’ve discussed how mobile usage has become more and more widespread, and how we best should utilize mobile apps and mobile sites to connect with our customers. Today, we will wrap up our discussion about the trend in mobile with a discussion about where it fits in as... Read more →

    Mobile Efficacy Explained

      Last week, we started a discussion about the benefits of mobile apps, mobile sites, and the increasing importance of utilizing these delivery channels. Today, we look more in-depth into what factors contribute to increased audience engagement, and what the current and future landscape of mobile might look like. Simplicity... Read more →

    The Exploding Age of the Mobile Customer

    Last week, we started a discussion about the mobile trend in content marketing. Today, we are going to continue that discussion for a more in-depth look at what this trend towards mobile actually looks like. Our Mobile Customers What should be apparent to each and every one of us is... Read more →

    Trends in Content Marketing: Mobile

    Most of us check out phones constantly. We use them to message and call our friends and family, but also to play games, listen to music, watch videos online, read, and surf the web. While these acts are ubiquitous now, ten years ago this was uncommon. Our constant connections to... Read more →

    Building Credibility: The Importance of Accessibility

    A multitude of factors unite to help us decide who we will give our financial business to. One of the big factors are credibility and trust. In the age of the internet, when most of the people in the world we live in are savvy enough to create a web... Read more →

    Knocking Out the First Impression

    Hello. Good afternoon! How are you? How have you been? How do you introduce yourself? At one point or another, we’ve all tried to win that first impression. Especially when we navigate our way through business, we all want to appear professional, intelligent, easy to work with… the list goes... Read more →

    Connecting with Clients

    Finding effective and efficient ways to connect with bank customers can be difficult. Branch traffic has been slowing on a consistent pace over the past few years. Website is traffic has made up for this slow down, especially on the mobile side. There’s an efficient & economical cloud-based telephone system... Read more →

    Content Marketing Strategy

    A smart marketer is someone who has the ability to capture a person’s attention with content that is relevant to their situation while also benefiting their organization’s strategic plan. Content marketing, still considered somewhat of a new kid on the block, it is still rooted on the same principles of... Read more →

    Generate More Referrals with Education-Based Marketing

    We all know it’s a problem and everyone has their own opinions on why the referral pipeline has yet to be turned on or is just leaking. So we’re here to help uncover what’s really going on at the front lines of your branches, and why referrals are lacking across... Read more →

    Taxes & Student Loans: Educate to Create Opportunities

    It’s that time of year again. People are hurrying to get their tax returns processed. Others, with their sights set on college, are going through Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) materials. In both cases, customers or potential customers, are bound to need a little clarification. In fact, as... Read more →

    Social Platforms/Content Marketing for Banks and Credit Unions

    A popular sales consultant once said that when all you do is talk about your product you’re only engaging 3% of your audience. But if you talk about how your product can solve a problem that affects everyone, you’re connecting with 100% of your audience. This mindset falls right in... Read more →

    6 Features of a Successful Content Marketing Strategy

    To ensure that your content marketing strategy is implemented correctly, and by correctly we mean strategically, here are a few basic questions you should answer and steps you can take to start off on the right foot. The first step is to identify your business goals. Additionally, you should determine... Read more →

    Live Chat: The Personal Touch

    While some of the ways we provide customer service have changed over the years, the importance of good customer service has not. It remains one of the critical keys to keeping customers happy. As customers interact with your financial staff, they not only expect a friendly smile when they walk... Read more →

    Three Ways to Keep Customers in the Digital Age

    Think about something for a moment: Would you rather take time out of your busy day and run to the bank to cash and deposit a check, or would you rather simply take a picture of the check with a mobile bank app and have it instantly deposited? If you... Read more →

    The Top 3 Fringe Benefits of Content Marketing

    If you’re reading this blog, you probably know by now that there are some direct benefits of implementing a content marketing strategy for your bank or credit union. If you propose on challenging the deceased’s will or would really like to possess the executor or trustee faraway from the estate,... Read more →

    Digital Millennials: Get Your Mobile App Now

    Let’s talk about digital millennials. They make up one of the fastest-growing market segments these days. A recent article highlighted some key findings about this demographic. Namely, there is a seismic generational shift underway, with the millennial demographic now capturing over 25% of the U.S. population. The millennial population is... Read more →

    Budgeting Basics: a big opportunity with Millennials.

    When I decided to go to college, I knew places like Lainanvertaaja which’d get me access to loaners, but nonetheless, I turned to my parents for help when it came to figuring out how to get a loan and how Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) even worked. Four... Read more →

    Engaging Your Customers on Multiple Platforms

    Chances are pretty high that a significant part of your morning routine involves picking up your phone and checking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pintrest. (Maybe even before you reach for that first cup of coffee!) That’s life in in the digital age, though. People are attached to their phones and... Read more →

    Story-telling Content: Heart and Soul Help You Sell

    Once upon a time, your bank or cu’s marketing strategy was all about product pitches, and lobbing rates and special offers at your customers and counting on this barrage of messages to bring them in to your branch for face-to-face inquiries. As we all know, that story has pretty much... Read more →

    Educated Answers Your Customers Need

    Information and answers. Without question, they are the currency of the day. Customers want to be educated and informed on the financial topics that matter most to where they are in life. You want to write their home improvement loans? Educate them on the home buying process. You want to... Read more →

    When It Comes to Inbound Marketing, Content Is Key

    According to this infographic from Openview Labs, content marketing is on the rise among B2B marketers: 91% of B2B marketers use content marketing 44% of B2B content marketers have a documented content strategy 55% plan to increase spending on content marketing in the coming year 72% think branded content is... Read more →

    Building a Bridge from Transaction to Engagement

    Banks may fear that the rise in digital and mobile banking will drive people away from their bank due to a lack of personal connection. After all, people don’t wander into the branch anymore looking for a friendly face. Instead, they bank on the go, paying bills, making deposits, checking... Read more →

    Translating Content Into Sales: It’s All in the Delivery

    According to an infographic from the Consumer Marketing Association, consumers spend an average of eight seconds looking at a billboard and 30 seconds viewing a TV ad. However, they spend 25 minutes on average reading a content marketing article. These statistics suggest that providing a wealth of content for people... Read more →

    The Most Obvious Opportunity on Investment Today

    Homes with high curb appeal command higher prices and take less time to sell. But which projects pump up curb appeal most? Here are financially smart ways to boost your home’s equity while you can also consider getting a home warranty plan from First American. #1 Wash Your House’s Face Before you... Read more →

    Measuring and Defining Customer Loyalty

    How does your FI define, and more importantly, measure customer loyalty? A very interesting blog came across my desk today on this topic. Generically, it seems as though most FI’s define customer loyalty as customer satisfaction. Also, a huge amount of importance is placed up that always present survey questions:... Read more →

    Mystery Shopping Banks. How Do You Stack Up?

    MYSTERY SHOP! Ah, two words that strike fear into the heart of customer-facing professionals everywhere. For those unfamiliar, mystery shopping is a tool used externally by market research companies, watchdog organizations, or internally by companies themselves to measure quality of service, or compliance with regulation, or to gather specific information about... Read more →

    TurboTax Fraud, What Bank Marketers Need to Know

    John has just received a ‘notice of duplicate filing’ from his state’s tax office. A million questions run through his mind (and your customers’ minds) when he gets this letter. “What happened? Did I make a mistake? Did someone steal my identity? Should I have used tighter security? How did... Read more →

    Fake Vacation Home Scam Ads - Photo by Martin Robson

    524 Million Scam Ads Got Removed by Google Last Year

    It wasn’t Google AdWords’ security software that was out of date. The ads they promoted didn’t contain malware and had every pretense of being legitimate. It would take some digging to find out that the advertisers were running scams. Google AdWords would serve up an ad that had been vetted... Read more →

    The new economy behind hiring hackers

    Hiring Hackers Is Easier than You Think

    It’s not just big retailers like Target or Kmart who are being hacked. “Hacker’s List” proves that there’s a market for attacks against individuals. People need a place to go to get answers and guidance when it comes to their cybersecurity. If you can provide that guidance, it can be... Read more →

    State of the Union 2015: The Cybersecurity Factor

    During last night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama took a moment to address threats to our cybersecurity and particularly to Boston’s IT firms, asking Congress to pass legislation that could help prevent and combat cyberattacks on our nation, people and businesses. The president has been emphasizing his cybersecurity... Read more →

    Ransomware: What Bank Marketers Need to Know

    In a recent New York Times op ed, Alina Simone tells the story of getting the call that no kid wants to get: Her mom had been hacked and she needed her daughter’s help. Her mom was targeted with a ransomware virus. This type of malware infects a computer by... Read more →

    Shifting Patterns of Content Consumption – How to Drive Sales

    Patterns of content consumption are shifting. YouTube attracts more Millennials than any cable network (and they watch billions of hours of content each month). Physical newspapers are declining as people get their info from social feeds and online news aggregators. And even a good old-fashioned paperback can’t beat the convenience... Read more →

    Financial Content Marketing Tips, Series 1

    Presenting the first set of our 1,000 content marketing tips! Click the thumbnails below to see individual tips at higher resolution.   Go in-depth on content marketing and generate more leads. Check out our next 30-minute workshop!   Read more →

    Facebook at Work – Boon or Doom?

    Reuters reports that Facebook is developing a new service called “Facebook at Work”. Positioned as a competitor to LinkedIn, this platform will allow users to develop a professional profile separate from their personal Facebook account. How does that sound to you? LinkedIn is a platform with its share of flaws,... Read more →

    Engagement Marketing 101

    In 2015, financial marketers will be working overtime to increase share of wallet; It’s a top-three priority among 70% of senior marketing executives (Aite Group, Bank and Credit Union Marketing Trends, 2014). Deeper customer engagement can make it happen. To be successful in cross-selling, financial institutions need to engage customers... Read more →

    How Adblock Plus is Driving Creativity in Marketing

    Have you heard of Adblock Plus? With over 300 million downloads it is THE most popular browser extension in the WORLD. Browser extensions are add-on features for your web browser. You might use Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome to browse the Internet. Extensions are kind of like... Read more →

    Top FIs on Facebook Educate

    Is your institution’s Facebook page missing this vital engagement tool? A critical element of the top financial institution pages on Facebook is education. The Financial Brand has posted the Q3 results of the best and brightest financial institutions on Facebook. Who’s generating the most likes? Well, it’s no surprise to... Read more →

    Weekly Wrap-up: Banking Technology and the “iPod Moment”

    Groupe BPCE, the second largest bank in France, has announced a new service. They’re letting any Twitter user in the country send money through tweets. Not just their customers, anyone with a French bank account. Banking technology is a blossoming field with a ton going on. Tech companies like Apple,... Read more →

    Kmart Data Breach: What Financial Institutions Should Do

    Attention Kmart shoppers… By this time we’re all sick of hearing about data breaches. Big retailers are getting hacked, information is getting stolen, it’s like some movie from the 90s come to life. This time, Kmart’s been attacked. Every time this happens it’s the same story. It can be easy... Read more →

    A Content Marketing Lesson On The Failure that Led to Twitter

    If there’s one content marketing lesson everyone learns sooner or later, it’s this: Make good content. This is kind of a generic and obvious statement – we all want our work to be good, or hell, even great! – but there’s a lot of meaning packed into it. The quality... Read more →

    SIS Bank Implements Truebridge’s Content Marketing System

    Boston, MA: Truebridge, a financial marketing company located in Boston, is excited to announce SIS Bank’s launch of Truebridge’s Content Marketing System, the Financial Answer Center. Engaging, educational and branded content is a must have for financial institutions of all sizes. “We are living in a content-driven economy. You cannot... Read more →

    The Great Social Media Gold Rush

    Social media can feel a little like the Gold Rush. Twitter, Facebook et al. are talked about like some kind of digital Oregon Trail that will deliver us all unto vast unknowable riches. The social media boom in the financial services industry is a really deeply American movement and financial... Read more →

    What Is Onboarding? 7 Important Words [Infographic]

    What is Onboarding? Onboarding is more than just acquiring a new customer and sending them on their way. Onboarding is a financial institution’s entire communication process when a customer (new or old) opens a new account or buys a new product. The goal of onboarding is to show customers why... Read more →

    Financial Content Wrap-up: College Planning, Choosing a Major

    In the midst of back to school season, college planning is on the minds of millions. High school juniors and seniors are applying to college (or thinking about it) and freshmen are waking up to the reality of 8 AM classes. If you have someone in your life who’s applying... Read more →

    7-Step Onboarding Checklist

    First impressions are everything. Onboarding is the most important moment in a relationship with a customer. We get asked all the time how financial institutions can improve their onboarding. This onboarding checklist – slimmed down to the bare necessities from a Financial Brand list – will get you started. Here... Read more →

    Financial Content Wrap-up: Apple Pay and the Mobile Wallet Avalanche

    One story has dominated the financial services industry this week. On Tuesday, Apple announced plans to team up with Mastercard, Visa and American Express (along with BofA, Capital One, Chase, Citi and Wells Fargo) to launch Apple Pay. Apple Pay is a mobile payment service that utilizes near-field communication. Here’s... Read more →

    Big Decisions Still Happen in the Branch

    Branches are evolving alongside the burgeoning digital bank experience. They’re in a transitional period, climbing out of the primordial ooze and standing on their feet. The ABA Banking Journal highlights how some banks are rethinking the branch experience with a “laser-like emphasis on cross-selling”. The Mighty Morphin’ Branch Experience [Branches... Read more →

    Financial Content Wrap-up: All Aboard for Onboarding at Banks

    Our white paper, “Onboarding: A Setup for Sales”, recently hit a record number of downloads! To celebrate, this week’s Financial Content Wrap-up brings you a cornucopia of onboarding tactics, strategies and tips. Check out what industry luminaries have to say about onboarding at banks and at large. 21 Tips For... Read more →

    Truebridge Announces Content “Quick Find” Features

    Boston, MA — Truebridge, premier content marketing provider to banks and credit unions, is excited to announce two new “quick find” features. The new features are designed to improve their client’s customer experience – making it easier and faster for customers to find the exact content and sales representative they... Read more →

    How Banks Can Be Proactive About the Home Depot Data Breach

    [UPDATE: Home Depot has since confirmed the data breach -Ed.] Home Depot confirmed on Tuesday that they’re investigating the possibility of a data breach at almost 2,000 locations. While I want to stress that a breach has not yet been confirmed, the possibility has a lot of people concerned. A... Read more →

    Financial Content Wrap-up: Great Recession Aftershocks

    The Great Recession was six years ago, but consumer confidence is still shaken – understandably so, they call it “great” for a reason. Content and digital media move fast – technology seems like it changes almost every other day – but a bad impression or negative brand image can last... Read more →

    Financial Content Wrap-Up: Trends in Banking

    If you’re a “visual learner” you’ll want to check this out. Our friends over at the Financial Brand have got a deluge of statistics on where the financial services industry is headed. See for yourself how their catalog of digital banking trends point to more remote banking experiences over the... Read more →

    Financial Content Wrap-up: 100 Million Members

    Welcome to our first Financial Content Wrap-up where we highlight the most important banking industry and content marketing news of the week! Credit unions nationwide have reached over 100 million members, resource centers are a must for serious content marketers and digital cross-selling can increase your share of wallet. Check... Read more →

    Customer Engagement and Cross-Selling Tips

    1.04 – can you guess why this number is important? It represents the difference between the number of products disengaged customers buy (4.50) compared to engaged customers (5.54). These cross-selling tips while help you generate more share of wallet through content engagement. Three Cross-Selling Tips for Better Engagement 1) Be... Read more →

    Cross-Selling with Content in the Digital Future

    Researchers at Bain & Company estimate that by 2020, 95% of interactions between customers and their bank will have at least a digital component (if not being outright digital). Banks need ways to improve and integrate digital experiences in order to meet their cross-selling goals. In the face of a... Read more →

    Bankie Says Relax! How Banks Benefit from Emotional Branding

    On the Holmes and Rahe stress scale, 24 of the 43 most stressful life events have a financial component. Mortgages made the list three times! These important events – like starting a new job or having a child – have serious financial components and emotions can run high. Financial marketers... Read more →

    The Invisible Hand of Marketing

    We’ve all heard of Adam Smith’s idea of the “invisible hand” before. We take this term to mean that the market will regulate itself (though this may not be what Smith was actually saying). But not only is there an invisible hand of the market, there’s one that can guide... Read more →

    Teenage Financial Literacy – How much do kids today know about money?

    The results are in and this is going on your permanent record! CNBC recently reported on the results of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s global assessment of financial literacy among 15-year-olds. The outlook for teenage financial literacy in the U.S. isn’t so bad, but there’s very clearly room... Read more →

    Chase Bank and the Fantastic Future Branch

    [Update: We misreported a statistic regarding Chase’s branch traffic. We originally reported that only 55% of customers had been to a branch in a given quarter. This statistic actually represents traffic for commercial customers. We’re looking into sourcing a figure that represents household customer traffic and have updated this post... Read more →

    Innovative bank marketing through podcasts - via Wikicommons user: Yagraph

    A Simple and Innovative Bank Marketing Tactic

    If there was ever a marketing idea that was just crazy enough to work, it’s this one. Strangely enough, it’s not a particularly new idea, just one that’s being used by marketers in an innovative way. The podcast is quickly replacing traditional radio and some players are getting on board... Read more →

    Credit Union Marketing and Member Experience

    Credit union marketing is about more than products. It’s about defining the individual identity of each and every credit union based on its own community, its own customers. As CUs look for new ways to expand, grow their share of wallet and further benefit their community, they should be thinking... Read more →

    3 Important Website Tips for any Digital Credit Union

    The role of the credit union branch has been up for debate for some time. Customers will always desire a physical location in some capacity, but the raw numbers show that branch traffic is decreasing while digital traffic is increasing. It’s easy to see how a more connected digital credit... Read more →

    Trusted Financial Advisors are Emotion-Oriented

    Love or hate fast food, you can’t argue that it’s a reliable dining experience. Pull into any drive thru from Florida to Alaska and if you order a number 1, you can trust that it will be prepared the same way every time. If only financial services were that easy!... Read more →

    The Importance of Customer Engagement for Banking Brands

    Commercial or community, bank or CU, everyday, people are interacting with the banking brand that matters to them. But the big question is: Just how much does it matter? Online banking is ballooning the amount of transactions and interactions that customers can have with their bank. It’s easier than ever... Read more →

    Social Media Strategy for Banks & Credit Unions

    Banks and credit unions have a social media strategy problem. Their customers don’t see value in what they’re saying. Right now, 77% of people aren’t following their financial institution on social media. Yet internal data from Facebook has shown that smartphone users check their Facebook feed about 10 to 15... Read more →

    How To Set Your Mobile Banking Platform Apart

    “Approximately 15% of mobile users are mobile-only and have stopped using the Internet banking channel.” A study of almost 200,000 mobile users by CUNA has shown that mobile banking is taking over. People are not only trying it, they’re staying engaged with it.  Financial institutions need to work to make... Read more →

    3 Steps to Make Social Media Work for Banks

    72% of American adults use social networking sites. As more banks move their brands into social media spaces, they need to be sure that they’re participating in a way that builds their brands and drives sales. Since social sites are anything but traditional marketing spaces, there are a few rules... Read more →

    Financial Literacy Month Wrap Up

    With Financial Literacy Month coming to a close, here’s a recap of what we covered. Check out how what started as a financial literacy movement in 2000 became nationally recognized by the government: The History of Financial Literacy Month Learn a lesson or two from the dream team of characters... Read more →

    Your Math Teacher Was Wrong and What It Means For Digital Banking

    In math class, teachers always used to say, “You’ve got to memorize this formula because you won’t always have a calculator in your pocket!” The lesson behind this adage isn’t totally lost today (it’s still important to be able to do things by hand when learning), but the premise is... Read more →

    Financial Content Marketing Gets Buyers To Branches

    Problem Physical stores in every industry have been undergoing change for some time. These days you can even buy your groceries online. For banks and credit unions, as more and more people adopt new online technology, branch traffic is declining, leading to fewer, smaller and more automated branches. The branch... Read more →

    New Tool Means More Sales in the Branches

      Boston, MA: Truebridge is pleased to announce the revamp of Branch LeadMaker, a tool that greatly facilitates the generation of referrals and sales appointments. Truebridge has created this tool to help banks realize the enormous opportunity they have to leverage frequent customer contact into stronger and more profitable relationships.... Read more →

    How to Become an Everyday Bank – Financial Literacy Month

    Banks want more share of wallet and to get it they have to be a bigger part of their customers’ lives. A recent report from Accenture suggests new ways to accomplish this goal. Everyday Bank The Everyday Bank philosophy is essentially about extending the banking ecosystem and creating connections. With... Read more →

    3 Stats on Millennials’ Banking Behavior You Need to Know

    The way people talk about Millennials sometimes makes them seem like a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Everyone’s trying to figure out how to best engage with this demographic. There might just be a simple solution. In the words of Charles Bukowski: “Don’t try.” Let’s look at... Read more →

    Banking Technology Pitfalls and New Content Solutions

    Technology is changing the way consumers deal with their bank. Fewer, smaller and more automated branches looks like the trend. Take, for example, this 3d printing service UK. This service automates the request of a customer and processes the demand to other machines. Banks would like to turn their branches... Read more →

    The CFPB and Financial Education Benefits

    There’s a push from regulators to educate consumers. If you’re in banking you’ve heard of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB). It was set up as a response to the recent financial crisis and began operation in 2011. Financial education doesn’t just need to be a nicety that you provide... Read more →

    Bank Marketing 101 – How to Be There When They Need You

    The impact of life event marketing in the financial services industry has been known for years. When a couple gets married, they may be looking to buy a house. When someone has a baby, they may be in the market for life insurance. When someone changes jobs they may be... Read more →

    Financial Literacy Month Extravaganza!

    Financial Literacy Month is just a week away and we’ll be going all out for it. Be sure to check back with our blog every week for new articles, interviews and insight through the month. We’re looking to promote the best of what banks and credit unions can offer in... Read more →

    Branch Efficiency In The Internet Era

     Online and mobile banking are changing the game dramatically. There will always be a role for the physical branch, but foot traffic will never be as reliable as it once was. Rethinking branch efficiency is something that all banks and credit unions will have to do. We recently highlighted three... Read more →

    Mobile Banking Switcheroos and Generating Mobile Leads

    Last year the primary bank switching rate spiked by 40%. Millennials cited a lack of mobile and online services as a big reason for changing banks. Banks that can’t adopt these technologies are going to be in trouble soon. Mobile banking is only going to get bigger. Applications and services... Read more →

    10k Boomers Turn 65 Every Day: Banking Social Media Statistics

    10,000 birthday parties a day–besides the gargantuan amount of cake, there’s a lot we can infer from this statistic. For one thing, this stat reveals a lot about the direction in which banks and credit unions need to start taking their marketing. Here’s a simple way to understand banking social... Read more →

    How 3 Banks Are Coping with Changes in Branch Traffic

    With a decline in branch traffic the future of banking is on everyone’s mind. A recent piece for Bank Investment Consultant by American Banker reporters Chris Cumming and Jackie Stewart highlights three strategies that banks are pursuing. Cuts, Caution, or Acquisition, which do you think is best? At the Keefe,... Read more →

    Email & Content: A Supercharged Sales Machine

    I’m excited to tell you about a new offering for Truebridge customers. We wanted to make content delivery easy, user-friendly and personal. We looked around and saw that no one else was offering this kind of content delivery system and so we built it ourselves. Truebridge’s eConnect technology allows our... Read more →

    Best Practices On Twitter For Banks and Credit Unions

    Online banking is eating the branch’s lunch as people utilize the Internet to bank wherever they are. Since we’re more reliant on the Internet than ever, having a presence on Twitter for your bank or credit union is a necessary part of competing today. Twitter can help you promote your... Read more →

    Staying Out of the Spam Folder with Financial Content Marketing Emails

    Customer behavior is changing at financial institutions. According to SNL Financial there were 7 branch closures per day last year. While some banks did open new branches, it’s clear that branches aren’t getting the draw that they used to. So what channels have marketers shifted their focus to? Let’s take... Read more →

    Financial Content Marketing For Banks and Credit Unions 101

    Content marketing for banks and credit unions 101 from TruebridgeFinancialMarketing  Are you providing the answers that your customers are looking for? Chances are, your competition is. Here is the best advertising for roofing companies, which proved to be creative, free, and downright effective. Content is a necessity in our digital era... Read more →

    The Branch Traffic Problem And What To Do About It

    What do modern movies and banking have in common? It seems like every other Hollywood movie that comes out is about the Apocalypse and while the world isn’t ending for banks, it sure is changing. You can do stuff like take a picture of a check with your portable phone/Internet... Read more →

    The Story Of 5 Core Values: An ABA Content Marketing Case Study

    Fairfield County Bank has five core values that guide their actions and they’re simple standards that anyone can relate to. They seek to Provide the highest level of customer service. Provide their employees with meaningful careers and equitable compensation. Make a reasonable and fair profit to ensure their long-term existence... Read more →

    How Involved can Banks and Credit Unions be on Social Media?

      As someone who works in client services at a marketing company that caters exclusively to financial institutions, this is a question I hear a lot. The answer is: Very! In our view, there are two main roadblocks in this industry: Privacy- who wants to tweet about their loan? Not... Read more →

    The Lollipop Effect And Bank Marketing

    Did your parents ever drag you to the bank as a kid? What made it tolerable? After you got to the front of the line, maybe you got a lollipop or two and that made the trip not so bad. That’s the essence of content marketing right there and it’s... Read more →

    More Leads With Fewer Branches: Content Marketing Workshop

    You hear about branch closures a lot these days. People are doing so much of their banking online that branch traffic is low and looking to stay that way.  But this doesn’t mean that the branch is dead, just that we need to rethink its role a little.  Since your... Read more →

    A Model For Super Content Marketing

    We all know more than a few of these people: They aren’t big football fans, but they tune into the Super Bowl. Why? To watch the commercials. At no other point during the year do people get fanatic about commercials in this way. Commercials aren’t usually enthralling, they’re interruptions that... Read more →

    What Experts Have To Say About Content Marketing For Credit Unions

    Content marketing is continuing to take over the marketing landscape as more and more businesses adopt content strategies. Credit unions should be getting on board.   One size fits all ads don’t cut it any more. People want relevant and engaging content, information, and education, especially on financial topics. Content... Read more →

    Defining Content Marketing For Financial Institutions

    What Is Content Marketing?   Excuse the tautology, but a content marketer provides–you guessed it–content! For financial institutions this means compliant articles, tweets, or blog posts focused on life events. Not only that, but you can utilize content in your branch and call center too!   Say a couple has... Read more →

    How To Innovate With Content In 2014

    State Bank and Trust Co., a $2.5 billion bank in Macon, Ga, had no plans to build an iPad app last year. But it wound up happening. American Banker recently put up a fantastic post detailing Big Ideas for 2014. Budgeting for innovation is a big idea that goes hand... Read more →

    Target Breach Hits 70 Million, Do You Have Answers?

    The data theft at Target just got worse. Not only is Target now estimating that 70 million shoppers have been affected (up from 30 million), but more than credit card numbers have stolen. NBC News Reports, “The stolen information includes names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses for up... Read more →

    Starting 2014 Off Right With A Content Marketing Workshop

    Want to learn how your financial institution can use the marketing tactics that companies like Home Depot, Nikon, and Apple have been capitalizing on for years? We’re excited to announce our first Content Marketing Workshop of the new year, airing January 23! We’ll cover all the basics on how you... Read more →

    How To Build Your Bank’s Reputation As A Content Provider

    People like teachers. Or more accurately, people like teachers who are passionate, have something to say, and have a genuine interest in their students.   Teaching is what content marketing is all about. Traditional ads just sell a product, but content marketing teaches while it sells. It’s through teaching and... Read more →

    Content Marketing for Banks and Credit Unions

    Content marketing means providing consumers with helpful information, oftentimes educational in nature. Traditional marketing is about promoting the features and benefits of the products you have for sale. But today more and more of these messages are falling on deaf ears.   Quite simply, people don’t want to be sold.... Read more →

    Getting Content Off The Shelf

    Did you receive any books as presents this year? Have you started reading them or did you throw them on a shelf? My bookshelf is a little bit like a graveyard. Books go there when I’m done with them and only very rarely do they come off the shelf. There... Read more →

    Content Equals Brand Loyalty And Sales

    Content is king. Discover the untapped potential of putting educational content at your customers’ fingertips. WHAT IS CONTENT MARKETING? Content marketing is teaching, not selling. People buy from companies that educate. If you’ve ever been in an Apple store, you might have seen them hosting workshops and one-to-one training sessions.... Read more →

    When it Comes to Bank Marketing, Service is What Sells

    For years the financial services industry has researched over and over again what their customers are looking for. What are the most important attributes to the relationship they have with their customer? What promises would be most likely to attract new customers? The word service is always at the top... Read more →

    Banks in a Squeeze – Need for Marketing Innovation and Efficiency

    Dodd Frank legislation will undoubtedly translate into less fee revenue. So how are banks going to make it up?  With rates so low and flush with deposits, many banks are focusing on lending, especially to small business.  But right now there doesn’t seem to be enough demand from qualified borrowers to make... Read more →

    Life Event Marketing Drives Sales at Banks and Credit Unions

    The impact of life event marketing in the financial services industry has been known for years. When someone gets married, they may be looking to buy a house. When someone has a family with children, they may be in the market for life insurance. When someone changes jobs, they may... Read more →

    Banks and Credit Unions Cross Selling to the Mass Affluent Market

    Let’s start with a definition. What is the mass affluent market? Various financial organizations define it differently, but I will use a definition and data from Forrester Research published in a March 10th article in The New York Times by Nelson D. Schwartz entitled, “Got $100,000? Have a Cookie: Banks... Read more →

    Onboarding, First Impressions, and Successful Cross Selling

    We all know the phrase “you only get one chance to make a first impression.” This is never more true than with banks and credit unions today. Based on research completed by Truebridge, one of the biggest problems that financial institutions face when it comes to cross selling is that... Read more →

    Bank Cross Selling in Times of Limited Budgets

    At Truebridge, we have done research to identify the barriers to cross selling. In a nutshell, we identified the need for banks to shape their image as the place to go for more of their customers’ financials needs beyond deposits and loans. Here is the budgeting loan contact number to... Read more →

    Creating Cross Selling Opportunities

    In a recent article from the Financial Brand, Datamining Social Media Profiles for Actionable Results, the first paragraph talks about the biggest challenge to cross selling. ”If a financial institution could know that one of its customers just got married…Or had a baby…Or got divorced with the right resources for this,... Read more →

    How Social Media is Changing Bank Marketing

    Essentially, “Social Media” is really just a buzz word that has come to be used to describe the ever changing landscape of the internet that we’ve all grown to know so well. The phrase simply refers to all the social networks in existence and the way we, web users, customers,... Read more →

    How Can Banks Use Social Media to Improve Customer Service?

    What does customer service mean to you? Personally when I think of customer service, I can’t help but have my thoughts be overshadowed by frustrating experiences, automated call services and plenty of dead ends. If you provide any product or service, no matter what it may be, you have to... Read more →

    How to Restore Branch Profitability

    Mary Beth Sullivan from Capital Performance Group, in her recent blog article The Future of Branches: Reinvention in the Banking Strategies section of the BAI website proposed an interesting solution to retail branch profitability. It’s called sales. She referenced a huge market that banks can own by leveraging their branch network.... Read more →

    How to Make a Bank Reputation Drive Cross Selling

    A good reputation is undoubtedly important to any financial institution. It translates into more new and more loyal customers. A recent article in American Banker, discussed the results of the American Banker second annual survey of bank reputation. This 30 bank survey was conducted by the Reputation Institute an evaluated... Read more →

    While WE are Cross Selling, THEY are Cross Buying

    It is the classic battle between WE and THEY in the financial banking arena.  You know your consumers (THEY) need the products and services that you offer but you struggle to find a process that effectively allows them to buy multiple products and services.  How can you bridge the gap... Read more →

    Can a Bank’s Brand Image be a Trap?

    Research will tell you that a bank brand attribute as a trusted institution is worth millions of dollars and the envy of so many other types of financial institutions (see recent article from The Financial Brand.) The problem is breadth.  Banks are seen too narrowly, as the place to go... Read more →

    A credit union connects with the local biking community

    When it comes to content marketing techniques, one of the golden rules is to provide content that isn’t always tied to one of your products and services. You have to know when providing content for the pure sense of being informational to the end user is the right thing to do. For example,... Read more →

    The path to more fee income for financial institutions

    It’s been discussed time and time again – banks need more fee income to remain stable in this volatile market.  For the past few years this type of revenue has been mainly based on fees from debit card use and overdraft protection. According to a recent Gonzobanker article, 80% of fee... Read more →

    Improving Your Bank’s Website By Adding Content Marketing

    Web sites are not created in stone. There will come a time when “the old look” doesn’t work anymore or that your site isn’t effectively meeting its overall objectives. If your site looks outdated, you’re not communicating a clear message to potential customers and consequently your company’s value is diminished... Read more →

    The difference between financial literacy and education-based marketing

    The NFCC has announced that April is Financial Literacy month.  They’re pulling out all the stops by making trips to Capital Hill and launching two new websites, one in Spanish – – the other a blog providing debt advice –  Many banks and credit unions should join in with... Read more →

    Wealth Management blog on bank website shows promise

    Overall, First National Bank and Trust Company in Wisconsin has a pretty standard bank site – rates, personal and business banking overviews, about us, online banking login, etc.  However, there is a bright spot with the wealth management blog.  This group has a good start to building a foundation of... Read more →

    Influential bank and credit union marketers of 2009

    What made people on this list so influential is how they’re adopting to the new rules of marketing and PR.  You may have heard us use that phrase on this blog before.  If you’re new to these rules, we recommend reading the book by David Meerman Scott, “New Rules of... Read more →

    Examples of Content Marketing by banks and credit unions

    There are some great examples of banks and credit unions that actively conduct a Content Marketing approach. I’ve chosen two for this post but we’ll continue to highlight the best in the industry on our blog. Example #1: Affinity Federal Credit Union in Basking Ridge, NJ When you visit Affinity... Read more →

    Banks and Credit Unions: An introduction to Content Marketing

    A popular sales consultant once said that when all you do is talk about your product you’re only engaging 3% of your audience.  But if you talk about how your product can solve a problem that affects everyone, you’re connecting with 100% of your audience.  This mindset falls right in... Read more →

    The future of cross selling in banks

    A recent report from the Mercator Advisory Group, Cross-Selling Through Multiple Channels: Soft Selling to the Jittery Customer, highlights the areas where banks have the greatest opportunity to cross sell to their customer base. The two areas that they have narrowed in on are somewhat of an ironic pair –... Read more →

    Developing leads through your bank website

    As more and more bank customers find their way around the online platform, the harder it becomes to drive cross selling opportunities at the branch level.  All signs point to more effective marketing techniques online where customers are spending most of their time. But what does it take to get... Read more →

    Creating customer impulse decisions at a bank

    We all know what target campaigns are. This is where you pull out all your weapons (CRM, MCIF, etc.) to develop the perfect segmentation of your customer base. Knowing who to target when, where and how. And with the technology that’s out there today, the possibilities to create such a... Read more →

    What does “Best Banking Experience” mean to you?

    I was reading the recent ABA Bank Marketing magazine and there was a section interviewing a marketing manager at a small community bank in Pennsylvania. One question asked was, “In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge marketers will face in the year ahead?” Her response, “Maintaining customer’s trust and... Read more →

    Banks Need an Image Fix – Now

    Sparked by a recent article in the New York Times Business Section, our president, Stewart Rose, recently wrote a one page brief.  A full white paper will be available to help banks take the next steps in fixing their image. “Banks Need an Image Fix – Now” It’s not just... Read more →

    What product line presents the greatest cross selling opportunity for banks?

    In a recent poll posted by the BAI Community, members were asked, “What area presents the greatest cross selling opportunity for banks?” I answered by selecting “retirement”.  And I wasn’t the only one.  The percentage was heavily weighed towards retirement.  Another poll asked if retirement products were a priority moving... Read more →

    Creating a Service Oriented Sales Culture

    In a recent GonzoBanker newsletter, Steve Williams makes the case that sales culture in banks is dead and a new chapter of sales culture is about to begin with the hope that banks have the chance to get it right this time. In this well written piece, he states, “Across... Read more →