Marketing methods for banks that want to attract small business owners have changed. In order to reach and do business with this target market, banks now need to utilize digital marketing strategies. Gone are the days when you could rely on strictly print advertising to reliably drive the number of new business checking accounts up. In today's market, companies need to go where their target customers are: online. Most business owners are spending time online, whether for business or personal reasons, and savvy banks are utilizing digital marketing to reach them.
Your vehicle requires gas to get you where you want to go. The same goes with marketing for banks and credit unions. Randomly and inconsistently marketing without a set marketing plan leaves your initiatives stranded.
Here are seven planning tips to build a high-yielding marketing strategy.
Plan your brand. Banks and credit unions that aren't recognizable because of lack of branding lose steam fast. Your logo, marketing material, website, email templates and company voice must be cohesive and uniform. Create a branding guide and make certain everyone follows it to the letter.
Digital advertising – such as social media, email marketing, SEO, AdWords and banner ads – are a virtual requirement for today’s banks and financial institutions. And, tracking and proving ROI is essential to any digital marketing campaign. If you aren’t able to accurately quantify the results of your marketing, it is impossible to make good decision about future marketing expenditures. So the question is – how are successful bank and financial institution marketing executives proving ROI?
Getting potential customers to join any brand can be quite a difficult task, and this is no exception for banks and other financial institutions. However, with the right customer acquisition strategies, a bank can be able to increase its customer base and retain it for the long-run. Today, there is a wide range of modern and digital customer acquisition strategies that are more effective compared to traditional acquisition strategies.
It is no longer possible for bank advertising to simply consist of a brochure given out at the front of the financial institution and print ads in the local publications. Today’s digital world finds banks’ customers online most of the day, staring at ads for a number of different products.
Bank advertising dollars should be spent where they can reap their best return on investment, which, right now, is online. The good news is that digital advertising boasts many benefits, including targeting, analytics and the ability to prove the ROI for the bottom line.