Friday, April 4, 2014

Bank Marketing Strategy Joins The Financial Brand

Beginning today, Bank Marketing Strategy will be known as Retail Banking Strategies and will become part of The Financial Brand.


Go to the new site


When I launched Bank Marketing Strategy over four years ago, the financial services industry was a lot different than it is today. We were in the middle of a huge financial crisis, the first iPad was just introduced, and banking customers were still more likely to go to branches than to bank on mobile devices.

My website began as a quest to better understand social media and content creation, with early posts generating less than 100 page views. Today, most articles published are viewed by more than 5,000 people, with the most popular article generating more than 35,000 page views. Boy, have times changed. And my website has evolved as well.

For the last two years, I’ve been talking with Jeffry Pilcher, publisher/founder of The Financial Brand about ways we could partner and work together. After careful planning and months of preparation, I’m pleased to announce that The Financial Brand will be my new publishing home.

Subscribe TodayEffective today, I’ll be sharing my insights at the Retail Banking Strategies section of The Financial Brand. Articles from my this site will be moved to the new location as quickly as possible (it is a manual process). The most popular articles have already been migrated, with the complete transition expected by June 1. Until articles are migrated, they will still be available on Bank Marketing Strategy.

By combining forces, we will be able to dig deeper into the opportunities and challenges banks and credit unions face. While The Financial Brand will continue to deliver the marketing, branding and advertising coverage you’ve come to expect, my Retail Banking Strategies section will provide a deeper level of analysis and perspectives into the issues confronting CEOs, CMOs, COOs and retail bankers at financial institutions around the world such as:

  • Distribution strategies
  • Customer experience management
  • Online and mobile strategies
  • Payments
  • Retail banking technology
  • Product development
  • Innovation
  • Sales/marketing strategies
As in the past, my Retail Banking Strategies section will combine my personal views and analysis with guest posts from some of the brightest minds in the industry. I will also continue to include crowdsourcing articles that provide views from dozens of financial industry followers worldwide.

I want to thank all those who have read and shared the hundreds of posts I’ve written over the last four years. Your loyalty and readership has transformed my modest website with humble beginnings into one of the most popular digital publications in the industry, with over 1 million pageviews annually. Without your continued support, the opportunity to launch Retail Banking Strategies at The Financial Brand would not have been possible.

I also want to thank the many people who have been instrumental in my growth. To Brett King, Ron Shevlin, Chris Skinner, Matt Wilcox, Deva Annamalai, Rob Findlay and Scott Bales, and Bradley Leimer, I offer you my deepest gratitude. You are some of the foremost visionaries in the financial industry, and I consider myself the fortunate beneficiary of your insight and friendship.

To the many bloggers and tweeters who I communicate with regularly, your continuous support and insight is also valued beyond measure.

And most of all I’d like to thank my wife, son and the rest of my family. If it weren’t for their patience as I write on weekends and late at night, their confidence in me and their ongoing encouragement, I wouldn’t be where I am today.


7 comments:

  1. Jim,

    Congratulations on the big (blog) move. It's a great combination and a powerhouse of information. I look forward to reading and contributing to collectively move financial services to a higher level. Congratulations to you and to Jeffrey - continued success to you both.

    Bradley @leimer

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  2. Big changes! Happy to hear you are continuing on. Jeffry is a good guy to be working with.

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  3. That's an exciting change! Congrats.

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  4. Congratulations! Well done. Nice move with hopefully extra pageviews for all your hard work.

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  5. That is a very intersting step. Looking foward to the new Mega Blog.

    Beste regards from Germany

    Hansjörg Leichsenring

    www.der-bank-blog.de

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