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Feb 13, 2020
In this webinar, we look at the benefits of generating upfront fee income through hedging and discuss how most loans, including those already on your books qualify.
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Dec 8, 2022
Baby boomers are retiring at a rate of 10K per day, and along with those retirements will be a wave of small businesses passing on to younger generations. CFIs should identify small business customers likely to be impacted by baby boomer retirements and preemptively take steps to ensure those businesses will remain with their organizations long after their current owners have left the workforce.
Oct 18, 2022
The US dollar is at parity with the euro for the first time in 20Ys, and up against numerous other foreign currencies. That’s not necessarily a good thing for companies that do business overseas. American goods are more expensive, and the dollar’s strength deflates the value of funds earned overseas. We discuss ways you can support your commercial customers who have international business ventures.
Sep 14, 2022
Financial institutions enjoyed client deposit surges through the end of last year, but extreme rate hikes from the Fed may change that. As CFIs feel pressure to raise their rates on deposits to keep customers, it’s important to consider what other strategies CFIs can deploy to retain deposit levels and client relationships.
Aug 24, 2022
In the competitive small business lending market, a clear understanding of business owner needs can go a long way to drive an institution’s loan portfolio growth. Gaining that edge takes hard work and sophisticated data mining. Here are four steps to make your SME loan strategy more holistic, ultimately resulting in increased revenue.
Jul 28, 2022
This past spring, the US bond market flashed a key recession warning with the yield curve briefly inverted and short-term debt paying more than longer-term loans. No one can know for sure when the next economic recession will begin, but CFIs may be able to take advantage of two potential opportunities that the inverted yield curve offers.
Jun 23, 2022
There are 32.5MM small businesses in the US, generating 44% of economic activity — an attractive opportunity for financial service providers of all sizes. CFIs have a strong connection with small business customers and could leverage their understanding of the customers’ unique needs in order to create compelling propositions for them. We give you four strategies to help get you off to a good start.
Jun 8, 2022
When CFIs create “green niches” that support fast-growing companies with environmental-friendly business models, it can prove to be quite profitable. Then add the bonus of delighting investors and satisfying regulators, well then, the trifecta can bring great dividends indeed. We share several ways that your institution can create a green niche through real industry examples.
May 31, 2022
Some community financial institutions may not know the benefits of interest rate swaps. Not only do they help you manage interest rate risk, but they also help you retain customers. Your customers want fixed rates, especially as rates rise. You can help them with interest rate swaps — and you gain noninterest income too. We explain how.
May 26, 2022
According to the FDIC, there are approximately 7MM US households that remain unbanked and over 50MM that are underbanked. These groups have received more attention from regulators lately. While we know you are reaching out to them in your communities, we give you five strategies to help engage these potential customers.
May 25, 2022
Is construction ebbing or flowing? It depends. Commercial construction spending was down in March. Yet, architecture backlogs are full. Community financial institutions having construction loans in their portfolios will need to firm up risk mitigation, as they closely watch economic indicators. Here are three reminders to lower the risk with these loans in your portfolio.
May 23, 2022
Many farmers have been reaping the benefits of rising commodity prices, some higher than 140% over the past 18 months. Yet, the Russian invasion of Ukraine changed the direction of the wind for many farmers. How will your agricultural customers fare through the geopolitical turmoil?
May 11, 2022
Bankers have long been waiting for interest rates to increase so that net interest margins would rise. Yet, there are other factors in play today, such as high inflation, labor shortages, and credit risk. We review the current rising rate landscape and provide approaches to manage through it successfully.
May 9, 2022
Virtual payment cards have been around for a while. But, their use is increasing. Global virtual card spending is expected to reach $355B in 2022. Businesses are finding several uses and benefits in using virtual payment cards. Community financial institutions will want to take note, so that they can be prepared to best support them.
Apr 29, 2022
While the yield curve is flat to inverted, community financial institutions are looking for fee income. Hedging loans for your customers provides you with upfront fee income, immediately recognized as earnings. Is this a good time to consider hedging for your institution and gain extra income? While some may feel hedging could be cumbersome, it can be easier than you think. Join us as we explore how it works.
Apr 14, 2022
Minority-owned businesses play an increasingly important role in the US economy, generating $1.7T in revenue and providing more than 8.9MM jobs. Yet many are still finding it tough to access finance to grow and expand. Recently, the government increased its efforts to improve the situation. Here are five efforts that community financial institutions can do to help address this challenge.
Mar 14, 2022
With interest rates set to rise in the coming months, some banking customers may be tempted to shop around for the best deals. Effective customer profitability analysis allows community financial institutions to better retain and target new customers, while increasing overall customer profitability. We share some lessons from institutions that have successfully implemented these models along with three ways to increase customer profitability.
Mar 8, 2022
Some community financial institutions may not think that cross-border remittances are in demand in their communities. Yet, in its November report, the World Bank projected growth of 7.3% of remittance payment volume in 2021. Could some of this spill over into your footprint? Here are three ways to successfully provide remittance services.
Mar 4, 2022
Customer loyalty is considered the key to customer retention. An important part of that loyalty is customer effort. Do your customers have to work hard to access your products and services? Unhappy customers cost companies $75B globally, so it is important to minimize your customers’ efforts. We show you five areas to be especially watchful.
Mar 2, 2022
TikTok is one of the most popular social media platforms and community financial institutions should strongly consider using it for marketing. With 689MM users worldwide, opportunities abound to reach new customers and expand brand awareness. We offer more reasons to consider this platform, along with TikTok’s content creation guidelines.
Mar 1, 2022
Looking for international business customers? You don’t need to look far. Many reside in your communities, but in places that you may not consider. According to JPMorgan Chase, 14% of SMBs plan on expanding beyond US borders in the next 3Ys. We uncover three places to find SMBs needing international services.
Feb 25, 2022
As small and midsize businesses are optimistic, 90% anticipate their business will expand successfully. Many of these businesses will need funding to fuel this expansion, especially with increasing costs. Here are three ways to tap into business optimism and growth.
Feb 22, 2022
Despite an unprecedented need to help victims of natural disasters and wars around the world, humanitarian aid nonprofits and other organizations — along with their financial institutions — often face challenges transferring funds for aid to certain countries. This is primarily due to the risk of money laundering or terrorist financing. We review the government’s findings on how to improve this situation and what this could mean for community financial institutions.
Feb 1, 2022
With the explosion of gig workers, the needs of some small businesses have changed. Many self-employed business owners are looking for time-efficient, digital financial services so that they can focus on growing their businesses. Here are five important areas to address in successfully appealing to these businesses.
Jan 31, 2022
Around 55Ys ago, the USPS ended its postal banking services. Yet, a new USPS check-cashing pilot program seems to be indicating a possible resurgence. The stimulus checks from the pandemic shined a light on the issues for the unbanked in accessing these funds. Now, with some bipartisan momentum, USPS could become a competitor to many community financial institutions. We unpack the details and give some insights.
Jan 18, 2022
Community financial institutions know their customers well. Yet, this is no time for complacency as competitors abound. Technology is an important tool in understanding your customers’ shifting needs. Here are three key areas to use technology to more effectively respond to your customers.
Jan 6, 2022
The agriculture industry appears to have experienced a turnaround during 2021. The USDA expects 2021 net farm income to increase by 23% YoY. We take a look at what has driven the recovery this past year, review the outlook for 2022, and suggest three ways in which community financial institutions could reap the most from this boom.
Jan 5, 2022
The hike in inflation to 6.8% in November and the arrival of the Omicron variant have applied pressure for the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates. What will this do to deposits? While rates are still low, it’s critical for community financial institutions to retain their customers and their position as primary bank. Here are some tips to help increase customer stickiness.
Dec 16, 2021
Middle-market businesses ($10MM to $1B) may be overlooked by community financial institutions for a variety of reasons. However, now may be the time to reassess these customers. The Harvard Business Review found that many of these companies experience 10% growth YoY. We lay out the profile of this business, the competition, and three reasons why your institution should consider wooing these customers.
Dec 2, 2021
Supply shortages have been affecting all businesses to some degree since the start of the pandemic. But, with the holiday season upon us, small businesses are finding supply chain issues especially difficult. We lay out the current situation, how it specifically affects small businesses, and what community financial institutions can do to help.
Nov 16, 2021
Community financial institutions know all about customer service and customer research. However, there are many ways to use this research. Are you ready to use it for your larger business goals? ROI could be as high as 7x when coupled with analytics tools. We highlight three areas to effectively use customer research.
Oct 22, 2021
Nearly 40% of American adults are now using mobile banking apps. With the pandemic accelerating existing digital trends, many community financial institutions may be wondering if expanding technology threatens their highly personal customer relationship model. But digital technology can be a powerful way to enhance the personal touch. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Oct 7, 2021
Credit unions have now acquired more than 100 community banks since 2013. We have seen this M&A activity ebb and flow, but right now it seems to be flowing. Here is an update with some of the advantages and disadvantages of these deals, while discussing the credit union tax exemption.
Oct 6, 2021
The federal eviction moratorium has ended, which gives landlords more control over their income flow. Yet, the situation is still complicated for landlords and the community financial institutions that lend to them. We explore the economic landscape and provide three strategies for lenders to use with their landlord customers.
Oct 1, 2021
America’s 72MM baby boomers are starting to retire. Given that they own approximately 40% of small businesses, is your community financial institution prepared for the resulting shift in ownership and transfer of wealth? We provide three strategies to pave the way for a successful transition — start the conversation with your clients early, establish a relationship with the new owners, and onboard them seamlessly.
Sep 29, 2021
Nonemployer firms, which consist of only the owner, have had a hard time with funding, according to a recent report from the Federal Reserve. While 41% of these small businesses reached out to big banks for PPP loans, only 52% of those received the funds they wanted. Community financial institutions have an opportunity with this sector.
Sep 20, 2021
As big banks JPMorgan Chase and BBVA pulled the plug on their “digital-only” brands, Finn and Simple, you would think community financial institutions would stay away from this endeavor. Yet, a peer in MA recently launched its own “digital-only” brand. Is this something for other community financial institutions to consider? Here are some of the advantages for your consideration.
Sep 8, 2021
Planning for natural disasters is not new. But, with 100 climate- and weather-related global disasters happening between March and October 2020, the stakes have been raised. Since September is National Preparedness Month, it is a good time to review your business continuity plan with fresh eyes and communicate the steps to prepare with both employees and customers.
Aug 25, 2021
The US real-time payments market is expected to reach $4.2B in transaction volume by 2024. With this level of growth, more players are entering the field. Barclays recently partnered with Mastercard to launch a real-time payment system in the UK and Europe. This could be important even to community financial institutions in the US.
Aug 24, 2021
With 8MM minority-owned businesses in the US, many are having a hard time finding funding. Financial institutions, large and small, are stepping up to help them. While we know that community financial institutions are masters at assisting their communities, we highlight four important ways financial institutions are supporting minority-owned businesses.
Aug 23, 2021
The hospitality industry was hit hard by the effects of the coronavirus. Yet, community financial institutions that lend to hotels and other hospitality-industry businesses are seeing a drop in loan delinquencies. With the recent Delta variant and increasing rates of infection, will loan delinquencies change course and do a U-turn?
Aug 18, 2021
Your customers rely on you for effective communications. Yet, there are many ways to send customer communications, including email, text, website chats, and even social media. So, which channel is the right one? Email is the most prevalent, but about a quarter of customers value communications from their financial institutions through other channels. There are three important tips for effective customer communication.
Aug 16, 2021
Many SMBs are still using manual AP processes, which are inefficient and more costly. As a trusted advisor to your customers, you can help them automate their AP systems. Three ways to do this are: helping them streamline cash flow, reminding them of the cost savings, and providing them with a white-label solution.
Aug 12, 2021
Bank of America recently projected that Gen Z will be the “most disruptive generation ever.” Not only is their income expected to exceed that of millennials in 10Ys, but they are also more highly educated than their cohorts. Let’s explore three approaches to engage them and gain a competitive advantage.
Aug 10, 2021
During the pandemic, Coalition Greenwich estimated that 3x as many small and midsize businesses likely switched financial institutions due to their dissatisfaction. Since many CFIs were on the receiving end of this switch, it is important to retain these new customers. We discuss two important customer retention strategies to use in your upcoming customer discussions.
Aug 6, 2021
Do your business customers include artists? If not, you could be missing out on an opportunity. Reaching out to artists not only helps them, but also expands your business and solidifies your commitment to your community. We lay out five ways that you can support artists and generate business, including displaying artwork, sponsoring shows, and financing the development of “art communities.”
Jul 23, 2021
Millennials seem to be lagging behind their generational cohorts financially. Yet, there are indicators that this could be changing. Compared to baby boomers, millennials had higher incomes and more financial assets at 40. Let’s look at the financial challenges this demographic faces and the traits that make them solid, profitable bank customers.
Jul 20, 2021
The FDIC’s technology lab, FDITECH, recently announced its launch of a tech sprint to provide the right tools for community financial institutions to engage with the unbanked. We give you an update on this project, along with the current costs for the unbanked and the opportunities for institutions that can connect with them.
Jul 19, 2021
With the recent cyberattack on Kaseya, cyber concerns remain high among many businesses, especially small businesses. For good reason, as 43% of cyberattacks target small businesses. Community financial institutions may want to familiarize themselves with cyber insurance basics to help guide their business customers as more may turn to insurance to protect themselves. We provide four cyber insurance considerations.
Jul 12, 2021
Lending is at an all-time low for many financial institutions. Using data can expand your SBA lending and supplement your loan portfolio with the lower risk of government-backed loans. We explore three data strategies to increase your lending efforts, including using third-party data, leveraging your CRM data, and even mining your loan data.
Jul 1, 2021
Small business optimism is up from last year. Yet, small businesses are still facing several challenges, including labor shortages and supply chain disruptions. So, they will likely continue to lean on community financial institutions for support. These approaches help your institution get them back on their feet quickly.
Jun 22, 2021
With Square officially becoming a bank and Google and Amazon intent on staying active in the financial services industry, competition is heating up. What are these technology vendors doing and how should you ensure your customer relationships are solid so you remain competitive? We answer those questions for you.
Jun 10, 2021
A neo bank in Spain created its own private social network for its customers. While community financial institutions don’t compete with this bank, we thought this approach to customer engagement provided a fresh perspective on how we can interact with our customers. We explore what this private social network does, how it adds value, and why content is always king.
Jun 8, 2021
Businesses are opening up countrywide. But, with the ongoing supply chain issues and price pressures, many small businesses are struggling. There are several opportunities for community financial institutions to assist these businesses in their community, including the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, short-term funding, and advisory expertise.
May 28, 2021
Complaints on social media have risen as people become more comfortable airing their grievances online. Not only that, 48% of consumers use social media before buying products or services. Solving the problem is important, but doing so privately is key. Otherwise, you could run into overshadowing of other customers’ positive comments and even the loss of social media engagement with your customers.
May 27, 2021
Did you know that gig workers make up over one-third of the workforce in the US? Yet, their financial needs are mainly addressed by fintechs. We bring you up-to-speed on this labor sector including the reasons they want to work independently, why conventional risk assessment may not work, how fintechs are courting gig workers, and what financial services gig workers need.
May 26, 2021
The CDC reports that 25% of Americans live with a disability. So, it is important to provide accessible digital options for all. The key drivers include compliance, but also greater inclusivity and the best user experience. What accessibility features are available? Talk to your core provider to ensure you can support all of your customers now with the digital tools they need.
May 25, 2021
As the economy opens up more and more, community financial institutions will be looking for ways to use their liquidity and boost SMB lending. We give you a few ways to do that: leverage automated processes, continue to offer SBA loans, boost construction lending (in the right markets), and create new lending niches.
May 17, 2021
Podcasts are smart marketing. They have a recall rate 4x higher than other digital channels and the number of US podcast listeners is expected to grow 16% YoY to over 106MM. If you want to start a podcast, the steps include planning a series, reviewing other podcasts, and finalizing your podcast format.
May 14, 2021
The annualized GDP rate for Q1 was 6.4% putting us on track for recovery, as vaccinations continue to roll out, infections are down, and businesses open up. The CRE industry is getting a boost too. We share the latest trends affecting retail, hospitality & travel, office space, and industrial industry segments.
May 6, 2021
The pandemic has changed many things for bankers, including their marketing. As businesses reopen and consumers start spending, we enter into the “new normal” which is a time to reassess marketing plans, as customer needs change. We provide you with four ways to effectively reach your customers for the biggest bang for your marketing buck.
Apr 21, 2021
The Paycheck Protection Program has been a lifesaver for many small businesses. With some recent changes, both your current business customers and new ones could still receive much-needed assistance. The program has been extended, proceeds have potentially increased for Schedule C filers, eligibility has been expanded, and new forms facilitate streamlined processing.
Apr 16, 2021
The cross-border payments market is valued at $21T and is growing at a 90% compound annual growth rate. This is one big reason to consider providing cross-border payments to your business customers. We have four more: small and medium businesses are engaging in more foreign trade, they trust their banks for help, you generate more fee income, and you can strengthen your relationship with your customers.
Apr 13, 2021
According to one estimate, tenants now owe more than $70B in back rent and utility bills and are on average nearly four months behind on rent. While the recovery seems to be gathering steam, how can community financial institutions help their landlord clients stay on track? We provide four ways: defer payments, obtain federal assistance, provide short-term loans, and educate landlords.
Apr 9, 2021
Research has found that people who take care of themselves physically, are also more financially fit. Having all-around healthy bank customers can increase a community financial institution’s profitability. So, we bring you three examples of financial institutions that are incentivizing their customers to stay physically fit and financially healthy.
Apr 8, 2021
Generation Z’s spending power is $3.4T globally and $143B in the States alone. They are becoming a powerful force, yet they welcome guidance and advice. Community financial institutions have an opportunity to reach these 78MM Americans by offering entrepreneurial guidance, providing financial education, and connecting with their altruism.
Apr 1, 2021
The Federal Reserve is making good progress on its FedNow Service – it expects to launch it in 2023. Before we know it, 2023 will be here. So, to keep you informed, we are providing you with the program details, ISO specs, program advantages, and some information on the pilot that is underway. Since we are participating in the pilot, we will give you these updates regularly.
Mar 31, 2021
Financial institutions are awash in cash these days. How long will this situation last and what is a banker to do about it? We cover the economic indicators affecting liquidity, such as inflation and employment, and how to manage the effects of inflation with revenue protection.
Mar 26, 2021
Community financial institutions have used customer referral programs successfully for years. But now that things are starting to feel more normalized, maybe it is time to take it up a notch. We address how to do that by automating your referral program and testing rewards.
Mar 25, 2021
The WTO forecasts trade volumes will increase by 7.2% in 2021, bringing back robust global commerce. With that, community financial institutions will want to support their international business customers and trade finance is one way to do that. Not only does this help your customer, but your institution benefits as well with good returns, resilient assets, low defaults, and more.
Mar 24, 2021
Going viral may only seem relevant for those on TikTok or teenagers, but some community financial institutions could use this marketing tactic to entice the ever-increasing Gen Z bank customer. We highlight how video clips and posts can go viral using popularity, trust, shared identity, and fear factor drivers.
Mar 22, 2021
It appears that we are nearing the tail-end of the pandemic and so it is an important time to review customer profitability. To guide you through this assessment, we cover three key areas that impact customer profitability: interest income, noninterest income and expenses, and credit costs.
Mar 17, 2021
The percentage of immigrants as a share of the population has grown in the last 40Ys to 13.7% vs. 4.8% in 1970. We found 5 interesting ways that your peers are supporting their foreign-born community members, including alternative credit scoring, microbusiness loans, small-dollar loans, and more.
Mar 12, 2021
According to the CFE Fund, 36MM adults are underbanked or unbanked. Not only that, $66MM in check-cashing fees was spent by Americans to access their stimulus funds. Bank On is an important initiative that is now available at more than 28K bank and credit union branches nationally. We explain why this initiative is catching on and how you can participate.
Mar 11, 2021
As your small business customers expand to Canada, Mexico, and beyond, you will want to grow with them. If you provide international payment services, you can support them and gain valuable fee income. We map out what these customers are looking for in international payment solutions.
Mar 8, 2021
Community financial institutions are always thinking of their customers. Yet, with banking behavior changing and banking options exploding, it is especially important to stay focused on the customer experience. To keep you on track, we highlight three areas of focus: accessibility, security, and real-time assistance.
Mar 2, 2021
Peak oil, where demand and production stop rising and start to decline, may begin in the next few years. Even though many community financial institutions are not directly lending to oil producers, they could still be affected. Three areas where they should keep watch: in the oil patch, near the oil patch, and around oil industry-impacted businesses.
Feb 26, 2021
The IRS recently provided guidance on certain tax breaks for forgiven PPP loans. With a large number of community financial institutions providing these loans, it is important to pass this information on to borrowers. We give you a short summary of the allowed deductions and how the reporting rules were modified for financial institutions providing these loans.
Feb 25, 2021
As the pandemic continues and tenants struggle to pay rent, small landlords could suffer, and with them, their lenders. Yet, there are several ways community financial institutions can help their borrowers, and themselves, including government-backed loan forbearance programs, additional PPP or SBA loans, and new customized ways to work with your borrowers.
Feb 24, 2021
The roles of financial institution CEOs have changed over the past years. The evolved leader embodies characteristics of being purpose-driven, accessible, and vocal. These traits along with more targeted and transparent messaging and digital visibility help community financial institution leaders to better guide their communities through this economic recovery.
Feb 23, 2021
The global biometrics market is expected to hit $68.6B in 2025. While community financial institutions should be incorporating biometrics to protect customer data, they also need to mitigate the risks associated with biometrics. Data breaches, AI use to mimic behavioral biometrics, and security system workarounds are a few risks that need to be mitigated to stay safe as biometrics are integrated.
Feb 22, 2021
Savings rates soared to a high of 33.7% in April of last year. While we are still waiting for a full recovery and more normalized savings rates, you will want to proactively plan to retain deposits for when that time comes. To get you started, we lay out some ways to do this with savings-as-a-service and savings apps, whether in-house or through a partnership.
Feb 18, 2021
Digital disbursements give businesses a smooth and immediate payment process. With global digital payments expected to hit $7.64T by 2024, opportunities for businesses to seamlessly make payments is ramping up. Community financial institutions can help them while finding benefits, such as reducing expenses, increasing transparency, generating fee income, and assisting with customer profitability.
Feb 16, 2021
Partnerships with fintechs have been increasing, due to the digitization spurred by the pandemic. Several community financial institutions are among those institutions engaging more with fintechs. We have three secrets for successful fintech partnerships to share, some of which came from your peers: fintech flexibility, removing internal barriers, and involving staff.
Feb 11, 2021
Customer profitability is even more important these days as CFIs are squeezed on margins. Knowing what your customers want and providing them with creative offerings to help will cement their relationships with your institution. Taking a holistic view of your customers will then allow you to more effectively value price the relationship for the greatest customer profitability.
Feb 9, 2021
Influencer marketing, asking people with a large social media following and high credibility in the field to spread your message, is a big deal right now and bankers are taking notice. It is one way to attract more customers and new talent. A few of your peers have broken ground with influencer marketing. We share their stories and give you information on paid and earned influencer marketing.
Feb 5, 2021
The pandemic has harmed many businesses and shuttered many for good. Yet, eager startups are finding opportunities as well. We cover the elements of the economic environment that are fueling these startups (and potential new customers) and highlight areas that have done especially well.
Jan 25, 2021
By segmenting your PPP customers based on their needs for the funds, you can better determine customer profitability. We explore the different approaches for 3 customer segments, based on the intended use for PPP funds.
Jan 22, 2021
Javelin Strategy & Research finds that businesses accepting digital payments of all kinds increased to 53% during the pandemic. This creates five opportunities for community financial institutions.
Jan 15, 2021
Landscaping at your branch can help to engage your community and convey a message. We give you some examples of how your peers did this successfully.
Jan 14, 2021
First Uber and now Goldman Sachs. Embedded banking is growing with Goldman Sachs recently joining this market. We lay it out for you so you can consider its effects and start to prepare.
Jan 13, 2021
Do you want to acquire new customers? Merchant businesses can provide you with more revenue and are cross-sold on more products faster.
Dec 28, 2020
While the BID takes a rest for the holidays, we revisit some of 2020's most popular articles.
Dec 30, 2020
While the BID takes a rest for the holidays, we revisit some of 2020's most popular articles.
Dec 22, 2020
Bankers have been hesitant to support cannabis merchants despite the legal status of marijuana in many states. We give you an update on legislation, payment solutions, and trade group support that may indicate a changing tide.
Dec 23, 2020
Community banks have many challenges these days. Hear from two of the oldest community banks, as they share lessons in longevity to inspire you.
Dec 17, 2020
According to IBM, baby boomers are expected to increase online holiday shopping by 116% this year. We share four ways to keep your senior customers safe from cyber thieves.
Dec 16, 2020
Commercial real estate (CRE) has been hit hard. Your CRE borrowers are exploring creative opportunities to sublease their properties. Here are three innovative options that have sprung up.
Nov 25, 2020
Credential stuffing is a common cyberattack that can lead to account takeover. What you should know to stay safe.
Nov 17, 2020
While the coronavirus had thrown import and export business for a loop, trade is starting to normalize. So, it is a good time to think of how to serve international business customers.
Nov 18, 2020
There have been several studies on millennials. We bring you some highlights so you can create more connections with these customers.
Nov 12, 2020
Wealth management services may be the way to generate more fee income for your customer base. Here are three proven success tips for launching wealth management.
Nov 6, 2020
Pandemic-specific loyalty rewards are popular. We share four of them to consider for your program.
Nov 5, 2020
For our monthly I&I issue, we share questions on women and minority-owned businesses, digital-first credit cards, and remote employee feedback.
Nov 4, 2020
It has been reported that 70% of Americans are stressed about the economy and work. We provide three ways to help your customers through their financial anxiety.
Oct 29, 2020
The majority of bankers these days are working on implementing technologies to keep their customers happy. We give you four mistakes to avoid when doing so.
Oct 26, 2020
Even though the pandemic has sidelined many businesses, 20% of entrepreneurs are launching new business opportunities. Community financial institutions can form new relationships as they help these die-hard business owners.
Oct 20, 2020
Today we share some of the highlights of conversations we have had with bankers on lending and their planning for 2021.
Oct 19, 2020
Many fintechs and merchants now provide aggregated bill payment offerings. Should your institution be offering this to your customers?
Oct 22, 2020
There are opportunities to reach out to diverse communities and cultivate new customer relationships. We give you three ways to do it.
Oct 16, 2020
A number of community financial institutions are participating in the Main Street Lending Program. We show you three strategies to gain market share through it.
Oct 15, 2020
Faster payments are here and the options are expanding. What you need to know.
Oct 9, 2020
After several months of declining optimism, business owners are feeling more positive. We highlight some of the latest signs.
Oct 8, 2020
During the pandemic, child care has become a major issue, as child care facilities closed or were given strict limits. We provide three strategies to assist for a smooth transition back to the office.
Oct 2, 2020
During the pandemic, you can stand out even more with creative ways to thank your customers and support your community.
Sep 29, 2020
Gen Z will represent the largest consumer population in 2026. Four ways to gain and retain them as business customers.
Sep 21, 2020
The coronavirus has prompted the revival of the drive-through teller. Should you consider expanding this banking channel?
Sep 22, 2020
A strong complaint-management program is essential. We cover four key areas as a refresher.
Sep 16, 2020
Disasters keep striking. Take the time to review your disaster recovery strategies before you might need them.
Sep 1, 2020
AI decision-making systems can help community financial institutions to eliminate bias in credit decisions. We explain how to do it.
Aug 31, 2020
Decision trees help employees handle customer issues. We have six tips to use this tool successfully.
Aug 26, 2020
As you work with your customers during these tough times, we have five strategies that may help mitigate the credit crunch.
Aug 24, 2020
Google recently announced an expansion of its banking partnerships in digital banking services. We explore some of the benefits to consider in fintech partnerships.
Aug 20, 2020
The move to increasingly high-speed networks with 5G is a potent change. We give you four areas in banking that will be affected.
Aug 14, 2020
Though you are likely cooking up all sorts of activities to de-stress your employees and customers, we wanted to offer some creative ways to help.
Aug 13, 2020
With PPP loans on your books, is it best to keep them, sell them, or hire a vendor to help? We run through these options.
Aug 11, 2020
Customer review sites are now being used to inform on businesses' safety efforts. This could be another channel for your institution to assure customers about safety measures during COVID-19.
Aug 10, 2020
The Main Street Lending Program is one government program that hasn't received much attention. We share some of the experiences from your peers who have begun to offer loans through this federal program.
Aug 4, 2020
Coins are in short supply due to the pandemic. Here are a few strategies for community financial institutions and their businesses to manage through this shortage.
Jul 31, 2020
Gig work is growing, both in the number of jobs and revenue. We explore how you can potentially acquire this customer segment.
Jul 30, 2020
Women have been hit hard financially during the pandemic. We give you four strategic elements to include in your efforts to attract and retain women customers.
Jul 27, 2020
After the global slowdown ends, international business will expand again. We offer you steps to guide your international customers when this happens.
Jul 14, 2020
Twenty percent of small businesses said they were likely to switch financial institutions after going through the PPP process. This could be good for community financial institutions.
Jul 9, 2020
As businesses reopen and change gears, it may be time for community financial institutions to refine some of their lending processes. We give you three ways to do that.
Jul 8, 2020
As coronavirus cases rise, there is renewed concern of a second wave. With this in mind, we give you some actions to consider to fine-tune your operations during this time.
Jul 6, 2020
As bankers get back to work in the branch, there are questions to answer. Today, we discuss how to make both customers and employees comfortable in the branch and how to hire virtually.
Jun 19, 2020
As states start reopening widely, financial institutions are beginning to resume full operations and reopen some branches. We have a short checklist to get you ready.
Jun 24, 2020
Some of your customers will need PPP loan forgiveness. We provide you with six pointers to help them through the process.
Jun 23, 2020
Community financial institutions are always supporting their communities. Yet, with the recent shift in public sentiment, it could be worthwhile to ensure your community alignment.
Jun 22, 2020
A new bankruptcy code, Subchapter V, recently took effect and is available to small businesses. Could this be helpful for your customers?
Jun 17, 2020
As the PPP deadline draws near, opportunities still exist to help small businesses. We explore where to locate more customers, new legislation, and looking beyond PPP.
Jun 16, 2020
Due to COVID-19, more seniors have been using digital banking. We provide ways to keep them engaged as digital users.
Jun 9, 2020
Not every community financial institution counts wealth management services among its offerings. Yet, if you do, now may be the right time to review this service for greater fee income.
Jun 8, 2020
Financial institutions that participated in the PPP should celebrate their successes. Yet, there are also some post-lending tasks to stay on top of.
Jun 3, 2020
CRE loans are being impacted by COVID-19 depending on the type. Let's discuss the latest stats and how it may impact your business.
Jun 2, 2020
Besides helping out businesses in need, community financial institutions using the PPP for their customers will likely reap other long-term benefits.
May 29, 2020
Reopening businesses require new protocols -- and it looks like technology will play a major role in these efforts.
May 28, 2020
Many banks have been assessing their lending criteria and tightening their standards. To show what your peers are doing, we provide you with some highlights of the Fed's latest bank lending practices report.
May 26, 2020
With COVID-19 and its lockdown effects, acceptance of mobile apps for credit cards has certainly increased. We provide you with some insights to prepare for this trend.
May 22, 2020
Returning back to the office after the pandemic might not be far off. We share several tips to consider in reopening your branches.
May 19, 2020
In continued support of businesses, the Fed announced its Main Street Lending Program. We give you the important highlights.
May 15, 2020
There seem to be physical, economic, and social differences in the way the coronavirus is affecting men and women. We lay some of them out for you.
May 11, 2020
Small businesses account for about 50% of US GDP. Today, we review the state of small business during this crisis.
May 8, 2020
Consumer behavior has changed due to the coronavirus. We give you the highlights.
May 4, 2020
We answer more important questions today on the coronavirus, including remote customer support, anti-fraud preparation, and PPP assistance.
May 1, 2020
Some businesses and companies have already started reopening, but things will be different. Office design and practices will change due to COVID-19.
Apr 29, 2020
In this 2-part series, we discuss customer and financial institution shifts due to COVID-19 and which ones will last. Today, we look at the customer.
Apr 22, 2020
What is the economic outlook for the next three to nine months? Join us as we summarize key elements of job loss and economic recovery and provide tips to translate these conditions into your financial reports.
Apr 24, 2020
Social media may not be top of mind right now, but, it is a useful communication channel for many of your business customers. We have three effective ways to use social media during COVID-19.
Apr 23, 2020
Keeping investments together these days isn't easy for your CRE borrowers. Top three things to do to protect your CRE loan portfolio.
Apr 17, 2020
During this pandemic, communication has focused on being immediate, urgent and short. As things start leveling off a bit, your communications will change too.
Apr 8, 2020
Today we answer some important questions around the coronavirus, your customers and your employees.
Apr 3, 2020
We like to look at what the big banks are doing to learn what could be done on a smaller scale. So, today, we share how the big banks are managing COVID-19.
Apr 2, 2020
Today we continue with the feedback we received from bankers on the most important regulatory concerns due to the coronavirus.
Mar 23, 2020
During this tumultuous time, we wanted to provide you with some initial insights into how the coronavirus may affect housing, jobs and ultimately your business customers.
Mar 25, 2020
The FOMC made drastic decisions in response to COVID-19 to support the economy. We capture the key points.
Mar 24, 2020
The FDIC FAQs for you and your customers are important to review. We give you the highlights.
Mar 31, 2020
A joint statement of the regulatory agencies provides extra considerations for CRA points due to the coronavirus. We give you a summary.
Apr 1, 2020
We recently asked community bankers for their top three regulatory concerns with COVID-19. Today is the first of a two-part series highlighting these paramount issues.
Mar 20, 2020
Loan growth is expected to be challenging this year. We help you whittle down some of the obstacles.
Mar 9, 2020
Credit cards for entrepreneurs could be an untapped market for community financial institutions. This insight comes from a few different studies, which we want to highlight today.
Mar 4, 2020
While many branches are closing, reassessing and maximizing their value based on your customers' needs is the way to go.
Mar 6, 2020
The competition for deposits is fierce, as fintechs and big tech enter an already crowded space. There are many ways to compete here, so we thought we could provide you with some suggestions.
Oct 15, 2018
When community banks evaluate commercial loan risk exposure, a key element is loan grade. Yet, not all banks have a uniform loan grading system. We present some interesting findings from an FDIC examination.
Oct 7, 2019
Bank-at-work programs allow busy customers or prospects to easily engage with your financial experts during work hours. Is this something for your bank?
Feb 28, 2020
A large percentage of consumers are distrusting of the ability of organizations collecting their data to keep it secure. We provide some ways to reassure your customers.
Feb 24, 2020
Data privacy is a big issue these days that seems to be spreading nationwide. We provide you with some insight to help.
Feb 10, 2020
The SEC's inaugural report on small business capital development caught our eye. We provide you with some of the highlights.
Feb 5, 2020
As community financial institutions know, lending to small businesses can be tricky, especially if they are new ones. We provide some insight on the matter.
Jan 30, 2020
Technology can be pretty amazing, but for community financial institutions, it can cause sleepless nights too. We have some suggestions to help.
Jan 28, 2020
Social media presents a myriad of challenges for financial institutions. Yet, as your customer demographics shift, it becomes more important. We have some tips.
Jan 27, 2020
A risk-based pricing strategy can give community financial institutions a chance to improve market share without also increasing risk.
Jan 22, 2020
Some financial institutions are taking a page from Netflix's playbook these days, by analyzing data from individual customers to provide them with extremely tailored offerings. Is this a move for you?
Jan 16, 2020
Many community financial institutions haven't seen the growth in small businesses that they'd like. We have some tips.
Jan 15, 2020
The FDIC and OCC have proposed changes to CRA regulations. We have an update.
Dec 19, 2019
The needs of start-up customers are sometimes different than those of other small businesses. We provide you with some insight on this.
Dec 16, 2019
Many younger people are concerned with financial security. Could wealth management be a gateway for millennial customer acquisition?
Dec 3, 2019
Consolidation is intensifying competition. We provide some practical approaches for this tough market.
Nov 25, 2019
Google recently launched a program for small businesses called Stride. Are they trying to grab your customers?
Nov 21, 2019
Negative interest rates are now in discussion in the US. What you should know.
Nov 19, 2019
The EXIM lets community banks write bigger lines of credit with less risk and stronger profits. What your institution should know.
Nov 15, 2019
Small businesses are the mainstay for community banks. So today, we provide you with an updated small business snapshot.
Nov 8, 2019
Even as branches are closing in rural areas, there are ways to support these customers and increase business.
Nov 4, 2019
Today we provide insight to customer inquiries on bank charters, ADA accommodations and the possible effects of tariffs.
Nov 5, 2019
Congress passed the Family Farm Relief Act, which extends Chapter 12 bankruptcy to more farmers with greater debts. What does this mean for you and your ag customers?
Oct 30, 2019
If you are looking for more customers, the unbanked and underbanked may be worth reviewing. We give you some things to think about here.
Oct 23, 2019
With more SMBs buying and selling overseas as well as traveling internationally, there is a growing demand for foreign bank notes and other international services. Can you meet this demand?
Oct 28, 2019
When it comes to using alternative data, some financial institutions don't trust it very much, while others are tinkering with it. What you should know.
Oct 24, 2019
The NY Fed's most recent survey on nonemployer firms shows 43% have unmet funding needs. This could be an opportunity for your institution.
Oct 18, 2019
Contact EMV chip technology has its feet firmly planted in the US and adoption continues to increase. We provide the latest news.
Oct 17, 2019
McKinsey reports that more people and entities will regularly use international payments in the next 5Ys. Is your institution ready for this?
Aug 16, 2019
A recent study found that 75% of millennials choose their banks based on recommendations from family and friends. We show how to attract millennials through your baby boomer customers.
Sep 20, 2019
Many community banks are looking to increase their back office efficiency and provide faster availability of funds, with checks between the US and Canada. We explain how this can be done.
Sep 10, 2019
Customer fees are a good source of revenue for financial institutions. But, can elective fees work?
Sep 6, 2019
Looking for ideas to enhance communication with your customers? We provide some new insight.
Sep 9, 2019
Small businesses are at the forefront of international trade. We provide tips to ensure they come to you for international services.
Sep 5, 2019
Closing an account is never fun. But, doing it the right way could earn you points with the customer.
Aug 30, 2019
Almost 33% of consumers and business owners agree that new technology will lead to safer payments. Subsequently, businesses are increasingly accepting card and digital payments. Can your bank support them?
Aug 29, 2019
Trust is incredibly important. It makes employees more productive and customers more loyal. We provide tips to help with both.
Aug 23, 2019
"Self-driving" payroll, which is on-demand access to one's pay, is gaining steam, particularly with gig workers, and banks are taking notice.
Aug 22, 2019
CRE lending competition is heating up, mainly due to nonbank lenders. We give you an update.
Aug 20, 2019
Social media audiences have changed. Is your financial institution paying attention?
Aug 12, 2019
Contactless payment has struggled in the US. But, it appears that is about to change.
Aug 7, 2019
According to the findings of a Nobel-Prize winning economist, what people remember about an experience is the end. We explain how this can help your bank.
Jul 31, 2019
There are advantages for farmers and community bankers alike, with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. But much remains unsettled as of yet.
Aug 5, 2019
Community banks do creative community involvement well. We share a few examples.
Jul 26, 2019
Community banks should be among the beneficiaries of a rule change impacting how the biggest banks calculate their adherence to Liquidity Coverage Ratios, We give you an update.
Jul 22, 2019
Banks need to vigilantly train on the signs of elder abuse. We provide additional resources to help.
Jul 17, 2019
A top Fed official has a message for banks that have been slow to start switching from using LIBOR as an index - get cracking. We provide the latest update on the LIBOR to SOFR transition.
Jun 6, 2019
California recently introduced an anti-displacement code of conduct for financial institutions. Here are some of the things you might want to know.
Jul 12, 2019
The findings from a recent study may give bankers food for thought on how they address new products and services. We give you the highlights.
Jul 11, 2019
About $30T in wealth is about to transition from baby boomers to their kids in coming years. As older customers pass away or move, their assets can easily get lost in the shuffle. We provide some tips to avoid unclaimed assets.
May 20, 2019
Chatbots are becoming more sophisticated, and bank customers seem more willing to use them. Is now the time to start using chatbots at your bank?
May 7, 2019
Digital tools have been widely accepted and used by consumers. Are business customers seeing any benefits?
Dec 6, 2018
Cisco reports that many small and medium-sized businesses can go out of business due to a cyberattack. How to help keep your business customers safe.
Mar 20, 2018
More than half of banks report that they are unable to combat and keep up with the rapidly changing nature of fraud schemes. Other highlights from a recent fraud survey.
Jun 27, 2019
No matter your bank's situation, there are still some ways to hunt and win valuable deposit customers.
Jul 2, 2019
SMBs have converted to many digital services. Yet, e-invoicing still has not taken off. We provide some insight.
Jul 1, 2019
Yield maintenance can be confusing. But, it doesn't have to be. We walk you through it.
Jun 25, 2019
HSBC and Goldman Sachs have invested in a fintech platform which allows banks to offer products from their rivals. This may sound counterintuitive, but could it help your bank and your customers?
Jun 21, 2019
In the business world, checks have been the preferred method of payment for eons. That is definitely changing. How to prepare your business customers.
Jun 19, 2019
It doesn't appear that environmental investing and initiatives are going away any time soon. We show some interesting ways banks are going green.
Jun 17, 2019
Community bankers support medical professional customers already. However, many in this group need special attention, since their education did not include how to grow their practices, let alone just run a business.
Jun 14, 2019
Big data is supposed to give banks' customers exactly what they need at the time they need it. Although this hasn't exactly happened yet, we are making progress
Jun 12, 2019
In this competitive market, it is clear that banks need to focus more intently on customer engagement. We provide you with the top four ways to do this.
Jun 7, 2019
Have you integrated your digital and nondigital marketing? It may be time.
Jun 5, 2019
A B corporation is a business that's been certified for following best practices in balancing purpose with profit. Is this something your bank should pursue?
Jun 3, 2019
Although the top five American banks control most of the US market for deposits, there are still things community banks can do - even without raising rates or decreasing lending.
May 31, 2019
It was recently reported that immigrants to the US now make up nearly one-third of all US entrepreneurs. We provide tips on how to attract and retain this important group of business customers.
May 29, 2019
Opportunity zones from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may provide community banks with new loans and new customers. We give you an update.
May 23, 2019
All banks should have the LIBOR-SOFR transition on their list and move it up in importance, as the 2021 deadline draws near. We give you some helpful tips.
May 22, 2019
Just because some retailers close doesn't mean all of your loans in this sector to all types of retailers are in danger. We give you the rundown on this lending sector.
May 13, 2019
Forty percent of new entrepreneurs in the US are now women. Yet, they often don't apply for loans. Are there ways to help these business owners grow?
Apr 25, 2019
Many customers expect more than great products and services at competitive prices - they expect companies (including banks) to stand for something. Is your bank purpose-driven?
Apr 24, 2019
Hospitality lending can be a good niche for many community banks that do it right. There are definitely unique challenges to the sector, but with the right expertise and technology, the profit on high-yielding hotel loans can outweigh the risks.
Apr 19, 2019
Small businesses are increasingly selling local, but thinking global. Community banks can increase and build deeper relationships by helping these business customers go international.
Apr 10, 2019
Bankers everywhere want to modernize rapidly in order to meet their customers' expectations. To reach that goal, some are seeking fintech partners. What to consider if you find yourself ready for this partnership.
Mar 28, 2019
The popularity of HSAs has exploded and roughly 30% of people within the workforce now have them. They can be an attractive line of business for community banks.
Mar 25, 2019
The demand for commercial and industrial (C&I) loans is alive and well it seems. Make sure your lending team is ready to pounce.
Mar 22, 2019
While 33% of baby boomer business owners plan to transfer ownership within the next 5Ys, 36% have yet to figure out how that will happen. What this means for your bank.
Mar 15, 2019
Small business owners have given up around $43k on average in lost opportunities because of insufficient cash flow issues. Here's how your bank can help these customers.
Mar 14, 2019
Fifty-eight percent of bankers surveyed last year said they expect to begin using or increasing their use of reciprocal deposits promptly, due to the new S.2155 law provisions. We break down the details for you.
Mar 13, 2019
Seniors lose $2.9B annually to financial abuse. We provide ways you can use your ALM process to help protect these customers.
Mar 12, 2019
According to the Kauffman Index, the percentage of "encore entrepreneurs" has risen to 24.3% and is the largest gain of any age group. Find out who these entrepreneurs are and how your bank could help them.
Mar 6, 2019
Improving customer retention can also enhance customer profitability. You may want to consider some of these ways to boost both.
Feb 27, 2019
There are 4.8mm Americans who consider themselves digital nomads. What are they and could there be opportunities here for community bankers?
Feb 21, 2019
A tough trend facing community banks in 2019 is the loan vs. deposit funding and NIM squeeze. Are you ready for this challenge?
Feb 20, 2019
According to one top advertising agency, we have gone from being exposed to 500 ads a day in the 1970s to more than 5,000 a day today. How can community banks break through that level of noise?
Feb 19, 2019
A January 10th survey of economists by the Wall Street Journal finds on average a 25% chance of a recession within the next 12 months. So, what can you do to better prepare?
Feb 12, 2019
A recent study found that women aren't necessarily happy with their bank. Holding 51% of personal wealth in the US, this is an important customer group to keep happy.
Feb 11, 2019
When it comes to targeting businesses that offer hemp products, things are shifting so bankers should be aware. A new farm bill legalizes hemp, but there are still challenges out there for bankers.
Feb 7, 2019
We explain how one bank is using smartwatches to decrease wait times and increase customer satisfaction.
Feb 5, 2019
For community banks focused on a "personal touch," supporting a digital 24-7 world is challenging. We give you some tips to help.
Feb 4, 2019
The latest Financial Stability Report by the Fed provides insight into borrowing by businesses. Some facts you may want to know.
Jan 29, 2019
Banks are starting to take financial literacy efforts to the next level. Is this something your bank should do?
Jan 24, 2019
Banks are paying attention to behavioral economic studies as they seek to understand how people make purchases in order to inspire desired actions among their customers. We have some highlights to help.
Jan 18, 2019
Community banks and their customers are feeling the effects of the government shutdown, now in its fourth week. We give you a rundown of the situation.
Jan 17, 2019
Collections are a hassle for all banks for a host of reasons. Some banks are finding new ways to address this age-old issue.
Jan 11, 2019
Competition is growing as agricultural-focused fintech firms (agtech) are entering the market. We offer some tips to help.
Jan 3, 2019
According to a study by PayNet and Raddon, small businesses are eager for loans. We provide you with some insight from this report to help you win over these eager customers.
Dec 18, 2018
Community banks may want to consider women empowerment programs for a more holistic talent development approach. JPMorgan Chase is leading the way.
Dec 11, 2018
The ability to utilize e-signatures and eliminate a large amount of paper can significantly reduce time and costs. Should your bank be making this shift?
Dec 3, 2018
Vishing, the fraudulent tactic of phone calling for personal information, is on the rise. Make sure your bank customers aren't fooled.
Nov 27, 2018
A 2018 ABA report on community bank CEO priorities reports only 17% of community banks currently offer insurance products. Could this be an opportunity for your bank?
Nov 21, 2018
Getting a loan from a large bank can be a challenge for a small business startup. This is good news for community banks.
Nov 7, 2018
How does the sudden rising cost of materials affect construction loans? We offer ways to mitigate this risk, as higher tariffs are absorbed into building projects.
Nov 13, 2018
Half of community banks cite decision speed as a competitive advantage over big banks for small business loans. How to ensure this advantage will last.
Nov 8, 2018
Big banks are 2x as likely to accept online small business lending applications, yet only 23% accept them at all. We dig into this and other details from the latest FDIC survey.
Nov 5, 2018
The most recent FDIC survey found that small business lending by banks has been significantly underestimated. We provide the interesting findings.
Oct 29, 2018
Small business lending is a competitive market. We outline some of the details based on the latest Community Banking in the 21st Century report, including potential opportunities.
Oct 30, 2018
Global digital payments volumes are expected to increase by nearly 11% through 2020. What community banks should know to guide their business customers on the technology and the providers.
Oct 26, 2018
Over 70% of small business owners name one of the top big banks as their primary financial institution. How to grab more SMB lending from big banks.
Oct 25, 2018
As more people are using bank websites or mobile apps to open accounts or apply for other services, bankers need to continue to improve their web forms. We have some considerations to include.
Oct 22, 2018
A community bank's strength is in its customer relationships. So, it seems natural to bring up microsites, to continue enhancing and solidifying these relationships.
Oct 18, 2018
Midwest agriculture has been hit recently. In other parts of the country, however, specialty crops such as apples and avocados are doing fine. We provide details for interested Ag lenders.
Oct 19, 2018
According to a recent survey, SMB usage of digital payments surged 38% from 2017. How can your bank leverage this opportunity?
Oct 11, 2018
Export finance might seem risky to some bankers, yet it can benefit your bank and your international business customers. We walk you through it.
Oct 3, 2018
According to a recent survey, one in five small to medium business clients said they were ready to leave their banks in the next 20 months. We provide you with their reasoning and show ways to prevent it from happening to you.
Oct 2, 2018
Community bankers know they need to prepare for disasters. But, in the wake of Hurricane Florence, we have some important reminders.
Sep 25, 2018
Mobile and branch channels can work together for bank efficiency and customer engagement. We provide some tips on how to do this.
Sep 20, 2018
Vendor-provided, bank-curated client offerings are still relatively new and they may sound costly. However, they could provide you with another way to engage your business customers.
Sep 14, 2018
An ABA survey finds 76% of community banks believe that social media is important to their bank. But, finding the right customers and converting them through social media is easier said than done.
Sep 13, 2018
In an era of rising costs, it can be tempting to look at an underused branch and consider reducing hours. However, you may want to consider these things before you do.
Sep 10, 2018
In 2017, US companies spent $3.6B on self-storage facilities. We provide you with the latest updates on this lending sector.
Sep 6, 2018
Wondering how to keep your deposit customers happy while interest rates rise? Companion deposit accounts may be the answer.
Aug 31, 2018
Eighty percent of surveyed respondents said that the experience with any company is as important as its products or services. How to ensure the experience of your bank customers is exceptional.
Aug 22, 2018
While cannabis is still illegal in the eyes of the federal government, legislative wheels are turning. We give you an update.
Aug 21, 2018
Big banks are bowing to pressure from fintechs and offering fee-free mobile-only accounts. We give you the details on what is happening and how best to compete.
Aug 15, 2018
The new 2018 Farm Bill is expected to help farmers and ranchers, which will facilitate ag lending for community banks. We provide the highlights.
Aug 14, 2018
Corporate CFOs aren't that much different from small business banking customers. A new Corporate Treasury report provides some insight for community banks.
Aug 6, 2018
As competition heats up, keeping the attention of banking customers is critical. Bain & Co. provides a report on "customer episodes". We explain how these episodes may help.
Aug 1, 2018
While digital banking is pushing checks aside, those who still write checks are a financially mighty group. What you need to know to hold onto these customers.
Aug 7, 2018
Lenders are seeing an increased demand for long-term loans. How can community banks satisfy this demand in a rising rate environment?
Aug 3, 2018
While many small and mid-sized business customers focus within their geographic region, an increasing number are extending well beyond that and selling to customers overseas. We provide you with some ways to help them do this.
Jul 30, 2018
Banks are always seeking new customers, but how do you go about doing so outside your geographic community? Some community banks are using internet-only branches to do this.
Jul 27, 2018
A Deloitte study shows customers that can open new accounts easily and relatively quickly are more loyal. We provide the highlights for you.
Jul 26, 2018
Construction lending can be messy and complex. We provide some tips for streamlining.
Jul 19, 2018
Aite Group examined how much time commercial lenders devote to core responsibilities. We provide you with some of the results.
Jul 18, 2018
Some community banks have found a way to appeal to business customers beyond the usual offerings - using mentoring/advisory services. We provide a few examples.
Jul 5, 2018
An annual business banking study found 70% of small firms without a business checking account were denied a business loan in the past 2Ys. We provide insights from this study to help you connect to more business customers.
May 30, 2018
An OFX study found that 58% of small businesses had international customers. Canada provides small business customers with an opportunity to grow their businesses internationally. How your bank can help.
May 8, 2018
Some banks are making other applications available through their bank app to add value and bring in more customers. What you should know before jumping in.
May 4, 2018
Some community banks are shifting from traditional ads to digital ads. Is it worth switching?
May 3, 2018
Farmers are struggling these days with low market prices. Some advice to help you with your agricultural business customers.
May 1, 2018
C&I can be profitable and help diversify your loan portfolios. We look at some ways to capture this business.
Apr 18, 2018
It is difficult for season business customers to manage through each season and it is not easy for their banker either. Fortunately, there are good approaches to minimizing risk when you lend to seasonal businesses.
Apr 4, 2018
Banks in states with legalized marijuana may not want to support these businesses. Tips to spot disguised cannabis customers.
Apr 3, 2018
Seventy percent of Americans use social media today. How to optimize your bank's social media presence.
Mar 28, 2018
Small-business loan delinquency rates have climbed a bit since their 2013 low. Some tips to manage this rising risk.
Mar 7, 2018
Community banks have business customers that lease equipment, but they may not come to their bank for funding. Is this a potential opportunity for your bank?
Dec 19, 2017
Community banks have a history of helping their communities during crises. Some inspiring examples of this support following the recent disasters.
Nov 24, 2017
Lessons learned for community bankers from the recent natural disasters.
Nov 10, 2017
Technology can blur the sense of connection between a bank and its customer. How community banks can stay connected in the tech age.
Nov 8, 2017
Person-to-person payments are hot with small and midsized businesses. A new study gives bankers more insight.
Nov 7, 2017
When natural disasters strike, community banks are deeply affected in the short term. Steps banks can take to assist rebuilding of neighborhoods and strengthening customer loyalty.