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How to Choose and Implement the Right CRM

Posted by Rebecca Key

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Customer relationship management (CRM) platforms continue to be a staple in sales and marketing departments across financial institutions. According to the 2018 Guide to Financial Marketing, 54% of organizations have a CRM, and 22% intend to have one within the next 12-18 months.

For those 22% looking to implement a CRM platform, there are a lot of factors that go into making a decision and then actually implementing the system. In a recent interview with St. Meyer and Hubbard, 360 View Senior Vice President and National Sales Director David Acevedo shared his thoughts on how to select and implement the right CRM for your business.

Here’s what he had to say:

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Topics: Sales & Marketing, CRM

Why Budget for a CRM in 2019

Posted by Keith Twisdale

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The fourth quarter of the fiscal year is half over and that means budget planning is well underway. No, not the most exciting thing to do in the remaining months of 2018, but necessary nonetheless.

There are a lot of factors that go into a bank’s budget, but one thing that’s important not to overlook is your technology investment. And, this starts with a robust CRM platform.

With the right CRM in place, you’ll be equipped to launch strategic sales, service and marketing initiatives that benefit your business and attract the right customers in 2019. Consider the following reasons for including a CRM in next year’s budget.

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Topics: Sales & Marketing, CRM

How to Use Data Analytics for the Right Actions

Posted by Joyce Colin

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Data analytics has come to be a widely accepted and necessary part of any marketing strategy in any industry. In fact, according to the 2017 Big Data Analytics Market Study, big data adoption reached 53% in 2017 for all companies interviewed, with finance and telecom leading the way.

As the finance industry has been quick to adopt big data, now is the time for banks and credit unions to take it one step further and use analytics to guide business decisions. The following guidelines can help you move beyond baseline analytics so you can take the right actions for your business.

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Topics: CRM, Data Analytics

Making Things Simple: How Lakeland Bank Used 360 View to Simplify and Connect Operations

Posted by David Acevedo

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Photo credit: The Sparta Independent

Management gurus tout the value of building successful companies with an eye towards truly knowing not just what they do and how they do it, but why they do it. Lakeland Bank, based in northern New Jersey, already knew the “why” behind their brand: to make banking simple. Each customer transaction is an opportunity to show customers that banking doesn’t have to be a chore. “We connect our customers to all the possibilities in their financial profile, and we make it as simple as possible,” says Ellen Lalwani, Lakeland Bank’s executive vice president and chief retail officer. Through this commitment to connection and simplicity, the bank has built a loyal customer following. In the words of one business banking customer, “…Lakeland is there to do things I really don’t think any other bank would do.” But there was a challenge: Lakeland’s internal business processes were hardly simple — or connected.

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Topics: CRM, Goal and Incentive Plans

How Universal Bankers Break the Silo Culture

Posted by Keith Twisdale

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“Silos of expertise.” “Working in silos.” Given how often we use “silo,” most of us should be walking around with hayseeds perpetually stuck in our teeth. For banks and credit unions, however, silos are disappearing fast. Technology and changing customer demands drive financial institutions to address the isolation that lies at the heart of “silo” culture with new solutions. The “universal banker,” also known as a “universal teller,” has emerged in recent years as a critical linchpin to help financial institutions connect a customer’s mobile, online and in-branch banking experience.

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Topics: CRM, Customer Experience