Friday, April 30, 2010

Online and Social Media Emphasis Grows

As the focus on marketing spend is magnified and marketers are asked to do more with less, marketers are continuing to increase their online and social marketing strategies, according to the CMO Council's 2010 State of Marketing report.

The global affinity network, which surveyed 600 of its members from across the world and representing most industry verticals, found that 46% of its members ranked investing in digital demand generation and online relationship building as a top initiative for 2010. The survey also found that 62% will be crunching customer data to improve segmentation and targeting. Most of the respondents plan on doing much of the heavy lifting internally or by specialized outsourced providers.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Cardlytics Introduces Bank Statement Innovation

At a time when banks are looking for ways to generate new revenue and increase customer loyalty, Cardlytics has developed a way for banks to leverage transaction data to deliver targeted offers to clients on their online bank statements.

Since the privately held company launched the innovative product last November, more than 100 marketing campaigns have been run, reaching half a million bank customers. According to a recent AdvertisingAge article, the company expects to have 50 to 70 financial institutions on board by the end of the summer, reaching some 10 million customers by the end of the year.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wells Fargo Promotes Online Statements

Emphasizing the potential positive impact on the environment and the reduction of risk from mail fraud and identity theft, Wells Fargo just introduced a sweepstakes program for customers who move from paper to online monthly statements.

For every personal or business statement selected to move to a paperless option, the customer will receive a sweepstakes entry with a chance to win $25,000 or one of ten $2,500 prizes.

This newest effort is consistent with what is offered by Wells Fargo Advisors, whereby clients have the opportunity to reduce their annual fees by $30/yrs. by opting for online statements.

Monday, April 26, 2010

SIFMA Asset Management Account Roundtable Recap

I would like to thank the people from the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) as well as co-chairs Jennifer Byrd from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Steve Newcamp from Federated Investors. As always, the event was well attended and the sharing of ideas and insights from the speakers and participants was great. I would be remiss if I didn't also thank my own company, Harland Clarke for the amazing dinner at the Battery Park Gardens Restaurant where, even with the rain, the view of the Statue of Liberty was super.

Some interesting takeaways from the meeting:

Friday, April 23, 2010

Chase Uses Safety Message to Promote Signature Debit

Chase Bank has recently reached out to their converted WAMU customers who are receiving a newly branded debit card asking them to "always select 'credit'" when paying for their debit card transactions, stating that the transaction is actually safer than entering a PIN.

The slightly confusing message has not gone unnoticed by industry experts who have come out on both sides of the argument around safety. According to an article in the April 21 edition of American Banker, consultants from Gartner and Aite believe that the PIN provides an added level of security, and that the Chase message may be driven more by the opportunity to generate the higher interchange income associated with a signature based transaction as opposed to a PIN transaction.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

BAI Checking 2.0 Executive Forum Recap

I just finished presenting at the second BAI Checking 2.0 Executive Forum in Chicago where close to 50 financial institutions learned about legislative changes, customer perceptions, new product development and marketing opportunities around the checking account. While only a month has passed since the first Checking 2.0 Executive Forum held in Atlanta, it is obvious that there are a number of changes occurring in the marketplace.

There was consensus among the participants that while consumer trust and confidence in banks has been negatively impacted by the events of the past two years, there may be some uptick in these measures over the next few months if financial results continue to improve and if banks continue to focus on the customer experience.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Banks Introduce New iPhone and iPad Applications

As was predicted late last year at the Mobile Financial Services Congress held in Miami, not a week goes by without another bank introducing a smart phone mobile banking application. And with the introduction of the Apple iPad, many banks have expanded their mobile innovation to include the new device.

For instance, TD Bank has recently introduced TD Mobile Ap for both personal and small business customers covering banking, insurance and wealth management products. In addition to providing a mapping tool for branches, ATMs and TD Waterhouse Investor Centers for both the iPhone and iPad, there are must-have applications for viewing balances and activity, paying bills and transferring funds. TD also provides a way to access TD Waterhouse Investment Reps and TD Insurance Agents and provides a seamless link to their Easyline telephone banking services.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

U.S. Bank Introduces Customizable Small Business Rewards Card

Looking for a way to help small businesses improve their business, U.S. Bank has teamed up with online print and personalization supplier Vistaprint to provide credit cards that can support the brand of the small business while helping the business earn rewards on their purchases.

Once a small business enters the new custom credit card area of Vistaprint, a small business can select from one of hundreds of industry specific template designs already provided or they can design a credit card from scratch. By following easy directions, the small business can expand the impact of their brand every time they make a purchase.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Five Steps to Improved Customer Engagement Through Email

According to Peter McCormick, co-founder of one-to-one communications firm ExactTarget, there are five steps for engaging customers via email.
  1. Express Gratitude: According to McCormick, fewer than 50% of marketers send a welcoming email thanking a customer for accepting communication from a brand. This should be the first step after a customer provides their email address. This communication also sets the tone for future dialogue so this is a great time to include a coupon for expansion of the banking relationship and/or a research report or white paper for a B2B client.
  2. Take a Genuine Interest: Let the customer tell you about their communication needs and interests to enable more relevant content delivery. A preference center can achieve this where a customer expresses what they want to know going forward.