Nathaniel Harley
May 19, 2022

There’s a big opportunity for community banks to capitalize on the trust and goodwill they built with SMBs during the pandemic.

Building out or improving remote delivery channels, such as online banking, mobile banking and electronic bill pay, with new products and systems represents one of the greatest opportunities a bank can face – and one of the greatest challenges, as well.

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Financial institutions, and for that matter, all service-oriented businesses, tend to struggle with customer service.

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With the expansion of digital channels, a decline in branch traffic and the current industry focus on controlling costs it’s not surprising that some financial institutions are reducing their branch network.

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In 2012, the average mobile user made at least one video call per month and by 2017 it is predicted that at least five video calls will be made each month, according to Cisco’s recent Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast.

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Online account opening (OAO) presents a frustrating irony for many banks: The great service they are prepared to offer after they get a customer on board is belied by an often inferior, frustrating OAO process.

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The notion that only the largest banks pay a lower annual percentage yield (APY) in return for the perceived status of “too-big-to-fail” is not entirely accurate.

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In the intensive search for new sources of profitable revenue, many financial institutions are missing one untapped source: cross-selling and upselling to existing retail consumer customers who also are small business owners.

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2012 saw the most bank mergers since 2007 as beleaguered institutions look for a way out.

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Consultants and other industry experts frequently offer their solutions for success in small business banking.

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Tablet usage is growing exponentially, with important implications for retail banking.

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With many financial institutions (FIs) facing another year of declining average retail branch transaction activity and rising payroll costs (40.

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Banks have little to do with physical space anymore; it’s all been digitized.

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Bankers have grown accustomed over past decades to a plentiful supply of low-cost time deposits from senior citizens that help to properly fund fixed-rate long-term loans.

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If you ask bankers in the C suite about their New Year resolutions, you won’t find many who fail to mention time.

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Branch closures are never easy work, but U.

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For retail banks, an effective loan origination and servicing operation is a key contributor to long-term profitability.

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There are sound reasons why midsized and large banks want to stake a claim to the wealth management business.

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Lack of timely information about changes in deposit rates can saddle a bank with a relatively higher cost of funds.

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It is accepted wisdom throughout the industry that small businesses represent banks’ best opportunity for higher spreads, improved fee income and superior relationship profitability.

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