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Cross-selling in the crosshairs of regulators and consumers

Cross-selling is in the crosshairs of anyone who has anything to say about financial services these days—from Congress, to the media, to consumer protection groups. But at the BAI Beacon conference in October, cross-selling was a hot topic. So is cross-selling doomed or is it here to stay? This conflict epitomizes the two planets banks straddle these Read More

By |2020-05-27T17:59:51-05:00January 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Cross-selling in the crosshairs of regulators and consumers

Happy ‘grew’ year: Five best sales practices for banks in 2017

With just a few weeks left in the calendar year, 2016 has presented financial institutions with a multitude of growing-edge challenges sure to spill over into 2017. Like: How should banks partner with emerging FinTech players to attract and keep new customers? And: How do financial institutions address their growing concerns over personalized customer experience in an Read More

By |2020-05-27T18:00:04-05:00November 9th, 2016|Comments Off on Happy ‘grew’ year: Five best sales practices for banks in 2017

Automating loan decisions for small businesses

It’s no secret that small business loans historically offer small profit; in fact, there is little economic difference in funding a $100,000 loan versus a $1 million loan. However, even though these loans may not always be the biggest movers to a bank’s bottom line, this type of lending is essential to establishing and building lasting relationships Read More

By |2020-05-27T18:00:08-05:00July 15th, 2016|Comments Off on Automating loan decisions for small businesses

Three tips for growing core customer relationships

Have you heard this from a community banker? “We are uniquely positioned to service the affluent customer.” And, “Our service is second to none.”Don’t fool yourself. Your prospects don’t know about your service unless it causes problems for them. And, very few community-based financial institutions are more uniquely positioned to serve the affluent class than are their Read More

By |2020-05-27T18:00:09-05:00June 27th, 2016|Comments Off on Three tips for growing core customer relationships

Linking private and business banking

One way for banks to increase banker productivity and per-customer profitability is to better link their commercial and private banking/ wealth management efforts. Serving both the commercial and personal wealth requirements of a business not only builds revenue but also increases account stickiness and improves client retention.Only after starting my own business did I realize how intimately Read More

By |2020-05-27T18:00:09-05:00June 24th, 2016|Comments Off on Linking private and business banking

Marketing’s role in revenue growth

Many bank executives still view marketing as the champion of brand building, essentially a middleman that funnels leads to sales and adds little value to the bottom line.But new digital capabilities are dramatically expanding marketing’s role in banking, which is morphing from a cost center into an engine for top- and bottom-line revenue growth. Perhaps more than Read More

By |2020-05-27T18:00:09-05:00June 13th, 2016|Comments Off on Marketing’s role in revenue growth

From customer friendly to customer intimate

In any company, rigorous strategic planning is bound to cause discomfort as old assumptions and long-held mindsets are challenged and re-examined. This was certainly the case for Billings, Montana-based First Interstate, an $8.7 billion community banking organization operating over 80 offices throughout Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota.Our strategic planning process explored new terrain and definitely shook things Read More

By |2020-05-27T18:00:10-05:00June 6th, 2016|Comments Off on From customer friendly to customer intimate

A closer look at alternative lenders

Over the past year, the alternative lending industry has taken several steps forward and, then, a big leap backward. The most notable step forward centers on the relationship between OnDeck Capital and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chase now leverages OnDeck’s technology for its small business loans. This relationship, among others, has helped to focus senior bank managers Read More

By |2020-05-27T18:00:10-05:00June 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on A closer look at alternative lenders

Transforming branch staff with predictive analytics

In recent years, banks have been focused on driving costs out of the branch network with self-service technology, branch closures and staff reductions. Yet, there is a genuine risk that driving any more cost out of the branches with across-the-board staff cuts will drive customers out of the bank altogether.“Workforce is the lifeblood of any organization,” according Read More

By |2020-05-27T18:00:10-05:00May 15th, 2016|Comments Off on Transforming branch staff with predictive analytics

Nine tips for improving branch lobby performance

At one end of the continuum for branch lobby services and sales are those banks whose frontline staff are well trained and equipped to combine prompt, knowledgeable and courteous service with enviable cross-sale rates. At the other end … well, let’s just say no financial services provider wants to be there.Where does your branch performance land on Read More

By |2020-05-27T18:00:11-05:00May 12th, 2016|Comments Off on Nine tips for improving branch lobby performance