Throw all the facts that you want at someone, and you won’t move them to a position anywhere near the effectiveness than if you can work the facts into a story. From the dawn of man, our brains have become hardwired to place facts in context, and a story helps get us that context in the most efficient manner possible. Recently seeing the Irishman, reminded us what a good story is all about. In this article, we layout our checklist of elements that we use to tell stories during our sales process, in marketing, and as we sit around a table to explain things to ourselves.
Tag: Bank Marketing
While last week we focused on bank mobile app usage, in this article we take a look at how mobile and online usage compares to see what insights we can glean for bank marketing and customer experience management. Because your phone is always close-at-hand, mobile banking usage tends to be more stable and regular throughout the week and day. Mobile app banking usage tends to peak around lunch and stay steady until the late evening.
If you think the average American is on their phone throughout the day you are largely right. However, they may not be on your bank’s app. While the usage of the average app on your smartphone peaks at 8 pm at night, largely driven by social media, the average banking app peaks around lunchtime. In an attempt to better understand the banking customer, both retail and commercial, we charted the average banking app’s usage to uncover some actionable insights.
Few bankers doubt the power of great storytelling. Instead of advertising, many banks have evolved into showcasing a customer, employee, or creative narrative that walks the reader to some point of conflict and then tells of a resolution. A story gets the reader or listener emotionally connected to the bank in ways that traditional, single message advertising can’t. Over the past three years, banks have learned that it is not just about telling a story but how to construct marketing around the story that makes a difference.
“What do I need to open a checking account?” and “What is the best savings account?” are two trending bank-related searches that are becoming popular. In years past, potential bank customers used to put in a utilitarian “checking account” to search banks offering checking accounts. Now, given changing search engine algorithms, better content, and more comfort using conversational searches people are using complete sentences in their search query. As a result, some banks are leaping ahead of the competition by leveraging this trend.
Put a rat in a maze, and they will speed up as they get near the end as can smell the reward. Forget rats, human sprinters also run the last 15% of a race faster than the previous 30%. Forget athletes, citizens make more donations to a charity as that charity gets closer to its fundraising goal. Forget citizens, bank customers also complete more new account applications, hit savings goals, and complete conversions if they can view a goal that is close.
If you are getting up there on loans-to-deposits and you are worried about bringing in more deposits the first question to ask yourself is, are you devoting enough resources to gathering deposits? Do you have a Chief Deposit Officer? Do you compensate for deposits? Do you have an effort around creating new deposit products? Do you have a marketing plan for deposits? The likely answer is “No” to most of those questions, which is why you probably have an issue in deposit generation. In this article, we highlight the webinar that we recently did on marketing for deposits.
You have probably heard that digital display ads, those small billboards that pop up on mobile, social channels and websites are worthless. While they are some of the least effective advertising we do, since you are buying attention, bankers need to consider display ads for every marketing campaign.
If you are still spending money on print and direct mail, we ask you why? Not only is it hard to track, but it is likely the least effective form of marketing that you can do. While building a brand is good, generating an emotional connection is better. Banks that do a great job at marketing such as Umpqua, Citizens Bank of Edmonds, Bank of Ann Arbor, and many others know that it is all about gaining some level of engagement. It is hard to engage with a statement stuffer or print advertisement.
Send a bank marketing email out, and chances are 15% never reach the prospect’s inbox. That is not bad considering that it used to be above 25% just a couple of years ago. Bankers have been working hard at collecting email addresses and managing the distribution list. The work is starting to pay off. Email is one of the most effective forms of marketing we do, and the plan is to do more of it in the next year. In this article, we take a look at email marketing benchmarks in order to help your bank gauge your current level of effectiveness.