September 30, 2020

Denim Social Recognized in “2021 Best Tech Startups in St. Louis”

ST. LOUIS, Missouri (September 29, 2020)Denim Social, a social media management tool compliantly scaling the publishing, paid advertising, and landing page experience for financial services, was recently named to the list of “2021 Best Tech Startups in St. Louis” by The Tech Tribune.

The Tech Tribune took four factors into consideration when creating their list including revenue potential, leadership team, brand/product tractions, and competitive landscape. They also stated that all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

“We are excited to be recognized by The Tech Tribune as one of the best tech startups in our local community of St. Louis. At Denim Social we are working to humanize the social media experience at scale for financial services by providing solutions for brands, branch locations and advisors from one highly intuitive platform. We are in great company with the other companies recognized and it’s an honor to be included in this list,” said Doug Wilber, CEO of Denim Social.

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ST. LOUIS, Missouri (September 29, 2020)Denim Social, a social media management tool compliantly scaling the publishing, paid advertising, and landing page experience for financial services, was recently named to the list of “2021 Best Tech Startups in St. Louis” by The Tech Tribune.

The Tech Tribune took four factors into consideration when creating their list including revenue potential, leadership team, brand/product tractions, and competitive landscape. They also stated that all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

“We are excited to be recognized by The Tech Tribune as one of the best tech startups in our local community of St. Louis. At Denim Social we are working to humanize the social media experience at scale for financial services by providing solutions for brands, branch locations and advisors from one highly intuitive platform. We are in great company with the other companies recognized and it’s an honor to be included in this list,” said Doug Wilber, CEO of Denim Social.

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Denim Social is proud to announce that its platform now offers customer relationship management (CRM) capabilities through a new integration with top-rated mortgage CRM and mortgage marketing engine, Surefire, one of the innovative solutions offered by industry leader Black Knight, an award-winning software, data and analytics company that drives innovation in the mortgage lending and servicing and real estate industries, as well as the capital and secondary markets. Denim Social users can automatically capture leads generated from Denim Social Pages in their Surefire CRM system.

Mortgage marketers know better than anyone that relationships are the heart of their business. Social media marketing can help mortgage loan officers engage customers to deepen relationships and identify business opportunities using the new Surefire and Denim Social integration. Marketers can now capture, track and automate relationships at every step – from social posts to CRM records.

“Relationships matter more than ever in a competitive mortgage market,” said Doug Wilber, CEO of Denim Social. “Using the fully integrated social media and marketing automation with Denim Social and Surefire, mortgage loan officers can make the most of all that social media has to offer, while maximizing their time and relationships.”

Here’s how the integration works:

- Mortgage marketers who use both Denim Social and the Surefire CRM can connect the platforms.

- When a prospect completes a form on a Denim Social landing page, the lead will be automatically distributed to the Surefire CRM.

- With the Denim Social integration, Surefire records will be created, updated, assigned and marketing automations triggered – with no emails or manual updates needed.

Mortgage lenders that are ready to maximize your social impact and supercharge your CRM can connect with their Denim Social or Surefire CRM Customer Success representatives to discuss and activate the Surefire integration. Those interested in becoming Denim Social or Surefire customers should contact visit www.denimsocial.com/demo.

I was beyond excited to attend Adweek’s Social Media Week in New York City this week with some of my Denim Social teammates. Social Media Week is one of the world’s premier conferences covering the most up-and-coming trends and topics in the social media industry, and includes workshops on creating content, paid social advertising, and how to thrive in an ever-connected era from industry leaders. The team and I were excited to learn about the latest trends and best practices to bring it back to our customers in the financial services industry. 

Some of the latest social trends can feel unreachable within a regulated industry but there was a clear theme from all thought leaders that unified everything we heard: authenticity.

Authenticity will always resonate and it’s what audiences are craving in our overly-curated world. The pandemic taught us to focus on what matters most and consumers are expecting to see what matters most to them in their social feeds. 

So what does that mean for financial services? It’s simple. The same authenticity that financial services professionals have used to build relationships and trust with customers over the years is the same authenticity that will resonate on social media. Regulations can make social seem hard to conquer but if you show up as yourself, the trusted professional you already are, your social presence will become a natural extension of you and your business.

Beyond authenticity, here are a few other key takeaways from our time at Social Media Week:

  1. Find the platform mix that works for you; if your customers aren’t on a particular social platform, you don’t need to include those platforms in your mix
  2. Listen to what is resonating with your social audiences and consistently weave that into the content you’re sharing.
  3. Content should be differentiated across social platforms but your core message should stay consistent; even though content might look different from LinkedIn to Instagram, your message should stay the same.
  4. Attention spans have drastically decreased over the last 15 years (from 11 seconds to 2.5); let this drive what you say on social to keep your audience’s attention, make it matter!
  5. People trust people over brands; empower your localized sales forces (agents, advisors, loan officers, etc.) to be active on social and help them weave it into their everyday processes.

As we move forward in an age of technology, Denim Social is here to support financial institutions as they navigate all the new ways to reach customers and connect with them on a personal level. While the multitude of avenues for networking can seem overwhelming, it actually just means that there are more opportunities than ever for your business to provide value to meet your customers wherever they are. Keep following along with us for more social media news updates and insights on Instagram and LinkedIn.

Denim Social is proud to announce that its platform will now offer integrated customer relationship management (CRM) capabilities through a new partnership with leading CRM and customer engagement platform, Total Expert. Denim Social users are now able to automatically capture leads generated from Denim Social Pages in the Total Expert platform.

Mortgage lenders and financial institutions understand the power of human-first connections and social media can help loan officers build relationships. Together with Denim Social, Total Expert users can deepen customer relationships and create customers for life by capturing, tracking, and automating relationships at every step – from social posts to recording interactions in the industry-leading CRM.

“In a competitive marketplace, a loan officer’s success hinges on connection and relationships,” said Doug Wilber, CEO of Denim Social. “Together, Denim Social and Total Expert can help busy loan officers use social media to stay connected and in front of  their customers and prospects.”

Here’s how the integration works:

  • Mortgage marketers who use both Denim Social and Total Expert can connect the platforms.
  • When a prospective customer completes a form on a Denim Social landing page, the lead will be automatically distributed to track in Total Expert and trigger engagement via intelligent automation.
  • With the Denim Social integration, Total Expert records will be created, updated, assigned, and marketing automations triggered – no emails or manual updates needed.

“In today’s market, every lead counts, and social media has become a powerful tool for financial institutions to deepen customer relationships,” said Joe Welu, founder and CEO of Total Expert. “Through Total Expert’s integration with Denim Social, we’re excited to better enable marketers to harness the power of social media to engage, convert and retain customers."

Ready to maximize your social impact and supercharge your CRM? Connect with your Denim Social and Total Expert Customer Success representatives to discuss and activate the integration today.

New to Denim Social? Let us show you how the integration works.

We’ve been busy here at Denim Social. Maybe even as busy as the financial marketers we serve! We get it. With wide-ranging responsibilities and pressing business goals, marketers need to make the most of their time and tools of the trade. That’s why we’re so excited to share Denim Social platform improvements that will make your life easier.

Denim Social is making our platform even more efficient with new platform integrations that connect the dots between marketers’ most used tools and make content-sourcing easier than ever before.

Users can now integrate their Denim Social platform with:

  • Experience.com: Share positive reviews on social media channels through an integration with Experience.com, the world’s most impactful experience management platform.
  • SureFire: Automatically capture leads generated from Denim Social Pages in SureFire, the top-rated mortgage CRM and marketing engine.

Denim Social customers know the power of social media, but many still struggle with the time-consuming process to source interesting and timely content. Denim Social now offers Shared Content Libraries specifically developed to meet the content needs of Finlocker and Homebinder users, as well as American Bankers Association member banks.

These enhancements are part of our commitment to continually improve our platform to meet the needs of our users. In addition to improving our platform, our Customer Success team is here to help you make the most of our tools and refine your financial institution’s social strategy. We’ve also brought on industry leaders to lend their expertise to your strategy. In case you missed it, the team was recently named a G2 Best Mid-Market Support Team. From our products to our award-winning Customer Success team, we’re here to help.

Denim Social Reports Growth

Key client contracts, strategic partnerships, team expansion and platform improvements in the past year have fueled Denim Social to grow 100 percent year-over-year.

“Strengthening the Denim Social platform is propelling our growth,” said Doug Wilber, CEO of Denim Social. “Deep client relationships and continual improvements to the platform are helping us drive meaningful business results for the financial institutions we serve.”

Additionally, Wilber was recently recognized as a 2022 Dealmaker of the Year at the Smart Business Dealmakers Conference - St. Louis.

More to Come

So what’s next for our team? Well, after a much-deserved nap… ha, who are we kidding? Our team is hard at work developing the next generation of Denim Social tools. Next up, Denim Social will release a new Analytics tool to select beta customers. The platform will enable users to tag select posts, report at the post and network level, analyze organic and paid campaigns and generate usage reports. Look for more news from us in the coming weeks about improvements to our Analytics tools. We can’t wait to tell you more!

Interested in accessing our new platform integrations or Shared Content Libraries? Talk with your Customer Success representative.

We’re proud to share that Denim Social CEO, Doug Wilber, was named a 2022 Dealmaker of the Year at the Smart Business Dealmakers Conference - St. Louis. The award recognizes the owners and C-Suite executives of companies for “Deals” they have closed in the past two years.

Denim Social has grown rapidly since the 2020 merger of Denim Labs and Gremlin Social. Notably, in late 2021, the company closed a $5 million Series B investment round.

Wilber joined industry leaders at the conference in a panel discussion, “Demystifying The Factors Impacting Your M&A Transaction.”

Today, Denim Social is proudly growing our ranks with top talent from the best of our industry (not to mention our competitors). Interested in hopping on this rocketship? Check out our Careers page.


Insurance industry veteran and Social Selling expert, Nola Morris, has joined Denim Social as vice president, strategy. In the newly-established role, Morris will serve as a strategic resource for Denim Social’s clients and guide the Social Selling platform’s future. Morris joins a quickly-growing team at Denim Social, hand-picked from the best of the industry and competitive set.

Key recent hires include:

  • Michael Dalley, chief revenue officer, formerly of Gainfully and HearSay Systems
  • Christina Trapolino, vice president, Solutions Engineering, formerly of Reputation and Sprout Social
  • Andrew Newbury, product manager, formerly of Guardian Life and Stifel
  • Connor Phillips, marketing manager, formerly of Moneta

“With the addition of our rock star new hires, Denim Social brings unparalleled expertise to the regulated industry clients we serve and tremendous energy to compete in fintech,” said Doug Wilber, CEO at Denim Social. “Nola is passionate about helping agents, advisors and industry intermediaries unlock the power of Social Selling.”

In her new role, Morris will work with Denim Social clients to develop impactful social media strategies, advocate for the needs of marketers in regulated industries and shape the future of Denim Social’s platform. She comes to Denim Social after serving in key leadership roles at Sprinklr and Nationwide.

“I’ve been watching Denim Social’s rapid growth for years and am thrilled to join the team,” said Morris. “Regulated industries are underserved and misunderstood, but Denim Social is uniquely positioned to support client success.”

Denim Social’s recent hires come just months after Denim Social completed a $5 million Series B round of financing with FINTOP Capital and partner, JAM FINTOP BankTech, an investment fund designed to help develop and accelerate technology adoption at community banks across the United States.

The Denim Social team continues to grow with hires in St. Louis and around the country. Ready to join the team? Check out our open positions here.


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Denim Social Recognized in “2021 Best Tech Startups in St. Louis”

ST. LOUIS, Missouri (September 29, 2020)Denim Social, a social media management tool compliantly scaling the publishing, paid advertising, and landing page experience for financial services, was recently named to the list of “2021 Best Tech Startups in St. Louis” by The Tech Tribune.

The Tech Tribune took four factors into consideration when creating their list including revenue potential, leadership team, brand/product tractions, and competitive landscape. They also stated that all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

“We are excited to be recognized by The Tech Tribune as one of the best tech startups in our local community of St. Louis. At Denim Social we are working to humanize the social media experience at scale for financial services by providing solutions for brands, branch locations and advisors from one highly intuitive platform. We are in great company with the other companies recognized and it’s an honor to be included in this list,” said Doug Wilber, CEO of Denim Social.

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It’s no surprise that social media can help drive results for your mortgage business. In fact, the question for most marketers at mortgage lending institutions isn’t IF they should be doing more social media marketing - it’s HOW. Download to learn how to:

  • Scale your social selling program
  • Plan your content strategy
  • Train your loan officers

AnnieMac is one of the fastest-growing mortgage loan providers in the U.S., serving clients in 42 states. Learn how Denim Social helped their team to streamline its brand’s social media strategy and activate social selling for hundreds of loan officers in just four months.

Instant Download

Find out how more than 400 financial institutions across asset classes, geographies, and more used social media in 2020 to effectively support their business objectives. We’ve also outlined key trends to inform your social media future.

As mortgage demand surges to historic highs, home purchase and refinance markets remain hot. This is excellent news for loan officers, but it also means the environment is more competitive than ever.

So how can marketers ensure that their loan officers stand out? The answer is social media.

Read this guidebook from Denim Social to learn how you can help your loan officers build strong relationships, stand out from the crowd and win more business using social media.

Every Mortgage Marketer Should Ask Themselves

Compliance is complicated, but don’t let it stop your lending team from making the most of social media. Think you’re ready to start social selling? Ask yourself these five questions!

Download this guidebook to learn how marketers are using social media to:

  • Drive business with the lowest digital spend compared to traditional media
  • Position employees as thought-leaders while leveraging their collective reach of their social media presence
  • Ultimately, build trust with their communities and customers that translates to positive business results

Read this guide if you’re asking yourself:

  • Is my social media policy current and comprehensive?
  • How do I ensure social media compliance during M&A?
  • What do I need to consider for direct messaging compliance?

In this guide we will help you think about your all important social media policy and thoughtfully consider how changes in social media tech and even your bank’s structure may impact compliance.

Download this guidebook to learn how marketers are using social media to:

  • Drive business with the lowest digital spend compared to traditional media
  • Position employees as thought-leaders while leveraging their collective reach of their social media presence
  • Ultimately, build trust with their communities and customers that translates to positive business results

Every Financial Services Marketer Should Ask Themselves

Compliance is complicated, but don’t let it stop your lending team from making the most of social media. Think you’re ready to start social selling? Ask yourself these five questions!

Stronger Customer Relationships on Instagram

Financial Services companies should be marketing and advertising on Instagram. We break down why, and help you create a strategy to reach new customers- while continuing to build trust in your brand.

How 6 Financial Marketers Are Creating Value in Social Media

Ever wonder what everyone else is doing in social media? We talked to six leading financial marketers about how they’re succeeding today and planning for the next big thing.

Get their insights on strengthening your social strategies, unlocking the power of employee networks and creating next-level content that drives engagement.

Download this guidebook to learn how 3 mortgage lenders are using social media to:

  • Position themselves in a place the community is already looking ... their social media
  • Empower loan officers to engage in local conversations
  • Turn their institution's loan officers into the voice of their brand
  • Build trust within the community

Which roles do you fill when building your bank's marketing dream team? This guide will show you the following:

  • Who does what
  • The right structure to execute strategy
  • How compliance software can help

Enjoy!

Download this guidebook to learn how marketers are using social media to:

  • Drive business with the lowest digital spend compared to traditional media
  • Position employees as thought-leaders while leveraging their collective reach of their social media presence
  • Ultimately, build trust with their communities and customers that translates to positive business results

ABA Study: The Current State of Social Media

See what nearly 430 bank marketers had to say when asked questions such as:

  • Is it important to equip your sales personnel with social media accounts?
  • Does your bank measure the impact of your social media use?
  • COVID-19 & Bank Social Media

    Times are different and how you connect with customers and potential customers has changed drastically. In a socially distant world, learn to still build lasting relationships.

    Download and learn the guiding principles for using social media to serve both your customers and communities in the midst of a pandemic.

    Evolve Bank & Trust (“Evolve”) is an $700M+ asset institution with nearly 40 Home Loan Centers (HLC) and nearly 500 employees nationwide. See how Denim Social helped Evolve activate Home Loan Center Facebook pages over the course of just a few months.

    Download Here
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    Denim Social Recognized in “2021 Best Tech Startups in St. Louis”

    ST. LOUIS, Missouri (September 29, 2020)Denim Social, a social media management tool compliantly scaling the publishing, paid advertising, and landing page experience for financial services, was recently named to the list of “2021 Best Tech Startups in St. Louis” by The Tech Tribune.

    The Tech Tribune took four factors into consideration when creating their list including revenue potential, leadership team, brand/product tractions, and competitive landscape. They also stated that all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

    “We are excited to be recognized by The Tech Tribune as one of the best tech startups in our local community of St. Louis. At Denim Social we are working to humanize the social media experience at scale for financial services by providing solutions for brands, branch locations and advisors from one highly intuitive platform. We are in great company with the other companies recognized and it’s an honor to be included in this list,” said Doug Wilber, CEO of Denim Social.

    Download the Guide

    Thank you! Your submission has been received!
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    Download Guide
    ALL GUIDES:

    It’s no surprise that social media can help drive results for your mortgage business. In fact, the question for most marketers at mortgage lending institutions isn’t IF they should be doing more social media marketing - it’s HOW. Download to learn how to:

    • Scale your social selling program
    • Plan your content strategy
    • Train your loan officers

    AnnieMac is one of the fastest-growing mortgage loan providers in the U.S., serving clients in 42 states. Learn how Denim Social helped their team to streamline its brand’s social media strategy and activate social selling for hundreds of loan officers in just four months.

    Instant Download

    Find out how more than 400 financial institutions across asset classes, geographies, and more used social media in 2020 to effectively support their business objectives. We’ve also outlined key trends to inform your social media future.

    As mortgage demand surges to historic highs, home purchase and refinance markets remain hot. This is excellent news for loan officers, but it also means the environment is more competitive than ever.

    So how can marketers ensure that their loan officers stand out? The answer is social media.

    Read this guidebook from Denim Social to learn how you can help your loan officers build strong relationships, stand out from the crowd and win more business using social media.

    Every Mortgage Marketer Should Ask Themselves

    Compliance is complicated, but don’t let it stop your lending team from making the most of social media. Think you’re ready to start social selling? Ask yourself these five questions!

    Download this guidebook to learn how marketers are using social media to:

    • Drive business with the lowest digital spend compared to traditional media
    • Position employees as thought-leaders while leveraging their collective reach of their social media presence
    • Ultimately, build trust with their communities and customers that translates to positive business results

    Read this guide if you’re asking yourself:

    • Is my social media policy current and comprehensive?
    • How do I ensure social media compliance during M&A?
    • What do I need to consider for direct messaging compliance?

    In this guide we will help you think about your all important social media policy and thoughtfully consider how changes in social media tech and even your bank’s structure may impact compliance.

    Download this guidebook to learn how marketers are using social media to:

    • Drive business with the lowest digital spend compared to traditional media
    • Position employees as thought-leaders while leveraging their collective reach of their social media presence
    • Ultimately, build trust with their communities and customers that translates to positive business results

    Every Financial Services Marketer Should Ask Themselves

    Compliance is complicated, but don’t let it stop your lending team from making the most of social media. Think you’re ready to start social selling? Ask yourself these five questions!

    Stronger Customer Relationships on Instagram

    Financial Services companies should be marketing and advertising on Instagram. We break down why, and help you create a strategy to reach new customers- while continuing to build trust in your brand.

    How 6 Financial Marketers Are Creating Value in Social Media

    Ever wonder what everyone else is doing in social media? We talked to six leading financial marketers about how they’re succeeding today and planning for the next big thing.

    Get their insights on strengthening your social strategies, unlocking the power of employee networks and creating next-level content that drives engagement.

    Download this guidebook to learn how 3 mortgage lenders are using social media to:

    • Position themselves in a place the community is already looking ... their social media
    • Empower loan officers to engage in local conversations
    • Turn their institution's loan officers into the voice of their brand
    • Build trust within the community

    Which roles do you fill when building your bank's marketing dream team? This guide will show you the following:

    • Who does what
    • The right structure to execute strategy
    • How compliance software can help

    Enjoy!

    Download this guidebook to learn how marketers are using social media to:

    • Drive business with the lowest digital spend compared to traditional media
    • Position employees as thought-leaders while leveraging their collective reach of their social media presence
    • Ultimately, build trust with their communities and customers that translates to positive business results

    ABA Study: The Current State of Social Media

    See what nearly 430 bank marketers had to say when asked questions such as:

  • Is it important to equip your sales personnel with social media accounts?
  • Does your bank measure the impact of your social media use?
  • COVID-19 & Bank Social Media

    Times are different and how you connect with customers and potential customers has changed drastically. In a socially distant world, learn to still build lasting relationships.

    Download and learn the guiding principles for using social media to serve both your customers and communities in the midst of a pandemic.

    Evolve Bank & Trust (“Evolve”) is an $700M+ asset institution with nearly 40 Home Loan Centers (HLC) and nearly 500 employees nationwide. See how Denim Social helped Evolve activate Home Loan Center Facebook pages over the course of just a few months.

    Download Here
    GUIDES

    Denim Social Recognized in “2021 Best Tech Startups in St. Louis”

    ST. LOUIS, Missouri (September 29, 2020)Denim Social, a social media management tool compliantly scaling the publishing, paid advertising, and landing page experience for financial services, was recently named to the list of “2021 Best Tech Startups in St. Louis” by The Tech Tribune.

    The Tech Tribune took four factors into consideration when creating their list including revenue potential, leadership team, brand/product tractions, and competitive landscape. They also stated that all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

    “We are excited to be recognized by The Tech Tribune as one of the best tech startups in our local community of St. Louis. At Denim Social we are working to humanize the social media experience at scale for financial services by providing solutions for brands, branch locations and advisors from one highly intuitive platform. We are in great company with the other companies recognized and it’s an honor to be included in this list,” said Doug Wilber, CEO of Denim Social.

    Download the Guide

    Thank you! Your submission has been received!
    Download Guide
    Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
    Download Guide
    ALL GUIDES:

    It’s no surprise that social media can help drive results for your mortgage business. In fact, the question for most marketers at mortgage lending institutions isn’t IF they should be doing more social media marketing - it’s HOW. Download to learn how to:

    • Scale your social selling program
    • Plan your content strategy
    • Train your loan officers

    AnnieMac is one of the fastest-growing mortgage loan providers in the U.S., serving clients in 42 states. Learn how Denim Social helped their team to streamline its brand’s social media strategy and activate social selling for hundreds of loan officers in just four months.

    Instant Download

    Find out how more than 400 financial institutions across asset classes, geographies, and more used social media in 2020 to effectively support their business objectives. We’ve also outlined key trends to inform your social media future.

    As mortgage demand surges to historic highs, home purchase and refinance markets remain hot. This is excellent news for loan officers, but it also means the environment is more competitive than ever.

    So how can marketers ensure that their loan officers stand out? The answer is social media.

    Read this guidebook from Denim Social to learn how you can help your loan officers build strong relationships, stand out from the crowd and win more business using social media.

    Every Mortgage Marketer Should Ask Themselves

    Compliance is complicated, but don’t let it stop your lending team from making the most of social media. Think you’re ready to start social selling? Ask yourself these five questions!

    Download this guidebook to learn how marketers are using social media to:

    • Drive business with the lowest digital spend compared to traditional media
    • Position employees as thought-leaders while leveraging their collective reach of their social media presence
    • Ultimately, build trust with their communities and customers that translates to positive business results

    Read this guide if you’re asking yourself:

    • Is my social media policy current and comprehensive?
    • How do I ensure social media compliance during M&A?
    • What do I need to consider for direct messaging compliance?

    In this guide we will help you think about your all important social media policy and thoughtfully consider how changes in social media tech and even your bank’s structure may impact compliance.

    Download this guidebook to learn how marketers are using social media to:

    • Drive business with the lowest digital spend compared to traditional media
    • Position employees as thought-leaders while leveraging their collective reach of their social media presence
    • Ultimately, build trust with their communities and customers that translates to positive business results

    Every Financial Services Marketer Should Ask Themselves

    Compliance is complicated, but don’t let it stop your lending team from making the most of social media. Think you’re ready to start social selling? Ask yourself these five questions!

    Stronger Customer Relationships on Instagram

    Financial Services companies should be marketing and advertising on Instagram. We break down why, and help you create a strategy to reach new customers- while continuing to build trust in your brand.

    How 6 Financial Marketers Are Creating Value in Social Media

    Ever wonder what everyone else is doing in social media? We talked to six leading financial marketers about how they’re succeeding today and planning for the next big thing.

    Get their insights on strengthening your social strategies, unlocking the power of employee networks and creating next-level content that drives engagement.

    Download this guidebook to learn how 3 mortgage lenders are using social media to:

    • Position themselves in a place the community is already looking ... their social media
    • Empower loan officers to engage in local conversations
    • Turn their institution's loan officers into the voice of their brand
    • Build trust within the community

    Which roles do you fill when building your bank's marketing dream team? This guide will show you the following:

    • Who does what
    • The right structure to execute strategy
    • How compliance software can help

    Enjoy!

    Download this guidebook to learn how marketers are using social media to:

    • Drive business with the lowest digital spend compared to traditional media
    • Position employees as thought-leaders while leveraging their collective reach of their social media presence
    • Ultimately, build trust with their communities and customers that translates to positive business results

    ABA Study: The Current State of Social Media

    See what nearly 430 bank marketers had to say when asked questions such as:

  • Is it important to equip your sales personnel with social media accounts?
  • Does your bank measure the impact of your social media use?
  • COVID-19 & Bank Social Media

    Times are different and how you connect with customers and potential customers has changed drastically. In a socially distant world, learn to still build lasting relationships.

    Download and learn the guiding principles for using social media to serve both your customers and communities in the midst of a pandemic.

    Evolve Bank & Trust (“Evolve”) is an $700M+ asset institution with nearly 40 Home Loan Centers (HLC) and nearly 500 employees nationwide. See how Denim Social helped Evolve activate Home Loan Center Facebook pages over the course of just a few months.

    Download Here
    GUIDES

    Denim Social Recognized in “2021 Best Tech Startups in St. Louis”

    ST. LOUIS, Missouri (September 29, 2020)Denim Social, a social media management tool compliantly scaling the publishing, paid advertising, and landing page experience for financial services, was recently named to the list of “2021 Best Tech Startups in St. Louis” by The Tech Tribune.

    The Tech Tribune took four factors into consideration when creating their list including revenue potential, leadership team, brand/product tractions, and competitive landscape. They also stated that all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

    “We are excited to be recognized by The Tech Tribune as one of the best tech startups in our local community of St. Louis. At Denim Social we are working to humanize the social media experience at scale for financial services by providing solutions for brands, branch locations and advisors from one highly intuitive platform. We are in great company with the other companies recognized and it’s an honor to be included in this list,” said Doug Wilber, CEO of Denim Social.

    Download the Guide

    Thank you! Your submission has been received!
    Download Guide
    Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
    ALL GUIDES:

    It’s no surprise that social media can help drive results for your mortgage business. In fact, the question for most marketers at mortgage lending institutions isn’t IF they should be doing more social media marketing - it’s HOW. Download to learn how to:

    • Scale your social selling program
    • Plan your content strategy
    • Train your loan officers

    AnnieMac is one of the fastest-growing mortgage loan providers in the U.S., serving clients in 42 states. Learn how Denim Social helped their team to streamline its brand’s social media strategy and activate social selling for hundreds of loan officers in just four months.

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    Find out how more than 400 financial institutions across asset classes, geographies, and more used social media in 2020 to effectively support their business objectives. We’ve also outlined key trends to inform your social media future.

    As mortgage demand surges to historic highs, home purchase and refinance markets remain hot. This is excellent news for loan officers, but it also means the environment is more competitive than ever.

    So how can marketers ensure that their loan officers stand out? The answer is social media.

    Read this guidebook from Denim Social to learn how you can help your loan officers build strong relationships, stand out from the crowd and win more business using social media.

    Every Mortgage Marketer Should Ask Themselves

    Compliance is complicated, but don’t let it stop your lending team from making the most of social media. Think you’re ready to start social selling? Ask yourself these five questions!

    Download this guidebook to learn how marketers are using social media to:

    • Drive business with the lowest digital spend compared to traditional media
    • Position employees as thought-leaders while leveraging their collective reach of their social media presence
    • Ultimately, build trust with their communities and customers that translates to positive business results

    Read this guide if you’re asking yourself:

    • Is my social media policy current and comprehensive?
    • How do I ensure social media compliance during M&A?
    • What do I need to consider for direct messaging compliance?

    In this guide we will help you think about your all important social media policy and thoughtfully consider how changes in social media tech and even your bank’s structure may impact compliance.

    Download this guidebook to learn how marketers are using social media to:

    • Drive business with the lowest digital spend compared to traditional media
    • Position employees as thought-leaders while leveraging their collective reach of their social media presence
    • Ultimately, build trust with their communities and customers that translates to positive business results

    Every Financial Services Marketer Should Ask Themselves

    Compliance is complicated, but don’t let it stop your lending team from making the most of social media. Think you’re ready to start social selling? Ask yourself these five questions!

    Stronger Customer Relationships on Instagram

    Financial Services companies should be marketing and advertising on Instagram. We break down why, and help you create a strategy to reach new customers- while continuing to build trust in your brand.

    How 6 Financial Marketers Are Creating Value in Social Media

    Ever wonder what everyone else is doing in social media? We talked to six leading financial marketers about how they’re succeeding today and planning for the next big thing.

    Get their insights on strengthening your social strategies, unlocking the power of employee networks and creating next-level content that drives engagement.

    Download this guidebook to learn how 3 mortgage lenders are using social media to:

    • Position themselves in a place the community is already looking ... their social media
    • Empower loan officers to engage in local conversations
    • Turn their institution's loan officers into the voice of their brand
    • Build trust within the community

    Which roles do you fill when building your bank's marketing dream team? This guide will show you the following:

    • Who does what
    • The right structure to execute strategy
    • How compliance software can help

    Enjoy!

    Download this guidebook to learn how marketers are using social media to:

    • Drive business with the lowest digital spend compared to traditional media
    • Position employees as thought-leaders while leveraging their collective reach of their social media presence
    • Ultimately, build trust with their communities and customers that translates to positive business results

    ABA Study: The Current State of Social Media

    See what nearly 430 bank marketers had to say when asked questions such as:

  • Is it important to equip your sales personnel with social media accounts?
  • Does your bank measure the impact of your social media use?
  • COVID-19 & Bank Social Media

    Times are different and how you connect with customers and potential customers has changed drastically. In a socially distant world, learn to still build lasting relationships.

    Download and learn the guiding principles for using social media to serve both your customers and communities in the midst of a pandemic.

    Evolve Bank & Trust (“Evolve”) is an $700M+ asset institution with nearly 40 Home Loan Centers (HLC) and nearly 500 employees nationwide. See how Denim Social helped Evolve activate Home Loan Center Facebook pages over the course of just a few months.

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    September 30, 2020

    Denim Social Recognized in “2021 Best Tech Startups in St. Louis”

    ST. LOUIS, Missouri (September 29, 2020)Denim Social, a social media management tool compliantly scaling the publishing, paid advertising, and landing page experience for financial services, was recently named to the list of “2021 Best Tech Startups in St. Louis” by The Tech Tribune.

    The Tech Tribune took four factors into consideration when creating their list including revenue potential, leadership team, brand/product tractions, and competitive landscape. They also stated that all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

    “We are excited to be recognized by The Tech Tribune as one of the best tech startups in our local community of St. Louis. At Denim Social we are working to humanize the social media experience at scale for financial services by providing solutions for brands, branch locations and advisors from one highly intuitive platform. We are in great company with the other companies recognized and it’s an honor to be included in this list,” said Doug Wilber, CEO of Denim Social.

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    OTHER NEWS:

    Denim Social is proud to announce that its platform now offers customer relationship management (CRM) capabilities through a new integration with top-rated mortgage CRM and mortgage marketing engine, Surefire, one of the innovative solutions offered by industry leader Black Knight, an award-winning software, data and analytics company that drives innovation in the mortgage lending and servicing and real estate industries, as well as the capital and secondary markets. Denim Social users can automatically capture leads generated from Denim Social Pages in their Surefire CRM system.

    Mortgage marketers know better than anyone that relationships are the heart of their business. Social media marketing can help mortgage loan officers engage customers to deepen relationships and identify business opportunities using the new Surefire and Denim Social integration. Marketers can now capture, track and automate relationships at every step – from social posts to CRM records.

    “Relationships matter more than ever in a competitive mortgage market,” said Doug Wilber, CEO of Denim Social. “Using the fully integrated social media and marketing automation with Denim Social and Surefire, mortgage loan officers can make the most of all that social media has to offer, while maximizing their time and relationships.”

    Here’s how the integration works:

    - Mortgage marketers who use both Denim Social and the Surefire CRM can connect the platforms.

    - When a prospect completes a form on a Denim Social landing page, the lead will be automatically distributed to the Surefire CRM.

    - With the Denim Social integration, Surefire records will be created, updated, assigned and marketing automations triggered – with no emails or manual updates needed.

    Mortgage lenders that are ready to maximize your social impact and supercharge your CRM can connect with their Denim Social or Surefire CRM Customer Success representatives to discuss and activate the Surefire integration. Those interested in becoming Denim Social or Surefire customers should contact visit www.denimsocial.com/demo.

    I was beyond excited to attend Adweek’s Social Media Week in New York City this week with some of my Denim Social teammates. Social Media Week is one of the world’s premier conferences covering the most up-and-coming trends and topics in the social media industry, and includes workshops on creating content, paid social advertising, and how to thrive in an ever-connected era from industry leaders. The team and I were excited to learn about the latest trends and best practices to bring it back to our customers in the financial services industry. 

    Some of the latest social trends can feel unreachable within a regulated industry but there was a clear theme from all thought leaders that unified everything we heard: authenticity.

    Authenticity will always resonate and it’s what audiences are craving in our overly-curated world. The pandemic taught us to focus on what matters most and consumers are expecting to see what matters most to them in their social feeds. 

    So what does that mean for financial services? It’s simple. The same authenticity that financial services professionals have used to build relationships and trust with customers over the years is the same authenticity that will resonate on social media. Regulations can make social seem hard to conquer but if you show up as yourself, the trusted professional you already are, your social presence will become a natural extension of you and your business.

    Beyond authenticity, here are a few other key takeaways from our time at Social Media Week:

    1. Find the platform mix that works for you; if your customers aren’t on a particular social platform, you don’t need to include those platforms in your mix
    2. Listen to what is resonating with your social audiences and consistently weave that into the content you’re sharing.
    3. Content should be differentiated across social platforms but your core message should stay consistent; even though content might look different from LinkedIn to Instagram, your message should stay the same.
    4. Attention spans have drastically decreased over the last 15 years (from 11 seconds to 2.5); let this drive what you say on social to keep your audience’s attention, make it matter!
    5. People trust people over brands; empower your localized sales forces (agents, advisors, loan officers, etc.) to be active on social and help them weave it into their everyday processes.

    As we move forward in an age of technology, Denim Social is here to support financial institutions as they navigate all the new ways to reach customers and connect with them on a personal level. While the multitude of avenues for networking can seem overwhelming, it actually just means that there are more opportunities than ever for your business to provide value to meet your customers wherever they are. Keep following along with us for more social media news updates and insights on Instagram and LinkedIn.

    Denim Social is proud to announce that its platform will now offer integrated customer relationship management (CRM) capabilities through a new partnership with leading CRM and customer engagement platform, Total Expert. Denim Social users are now able to automatically capture leads generated from Denim Social Pages in the Total Expert platform.

    Mortgage lenders and financial institutions understand the power of human-first connections and social media can help loan officers build relationships. Together with Denim Social, Total Expert users can deepen customer relationships and create customers for life by capturing, tracking, and automating relationships at every step – from social posts to recording interactions in the industry-leading CRM.

    “In a competitive marketplace, a loan officer’s success hinges on connection and relationships,” said Doug Wilber, CEO of Denim Social. “Together, Denim Social and Total Expert can help busy loan officers use social media to stay connected and in front of  their customers and prospects.”

    Here’s how the integration works:

    • Mortgage marketers who use both Denim Social and Total Expert can connect the platforms.
    • When a prospective customer completes a form on a Denim Social landing page, the lead will be automatically distributed to track in Total Expert and trigger engagement via intelligent automation.
    • With the Denim Social integration, Total Expert records will be created, updated, assigned, and marketing automations triggered – no emails or manual updates needed.

    “In today’s market, every lead counts, and social media has become a powerful tool for financial institutions to deepen customer relationships,” said Joe Welu, founder and CEO of Total Expert. “Through Total Expert’s integration with Denim Social, we’re excited to better enable marketers to harness the power of social media to engage, convert and retain customers."

    Ready to maximize your social impact and supercharge your CRM? Connect with your Denim Social and Total Expert Customer Success representatives to discuss and activate the integration today.

    New to Denim Social? Let us show you how the integration works.

    We’ve been busy here at Denim Social. Maybe even as busy as the financial marketers we serve! We get it. With wide-ranging responsibilities and pressing business goals, marketers need to make the most of their time and tools of the trade. That’s why we’re so excited to share Denim Social platform improvements that will make your life easier.

    Denim Social is making our platform even more efficient with new platform integrations that connect the dots between marketers’ most used tools and make content-sourcing easier than ever before.

    Users can now integrate their Denim Social platform with:

    • Experience.com: Share positive reviews on social media channels through an integration with Experience.com, the world’s most impactful experience management platform.
    • SureFire: Automatically capture leads generated from Denim Social Pages in SureFire, the top-rated mortgage CRM and marketing engine.

    Denim Social customers know the power of social media, but many still struggle with the time-consuming process to source interesting and timely content. Denim Social now offers Shared Content Libraries specifically developed to meet the content needs of Finlocker and Homebinder users, as well as American Bankers Association member banks.

    These enhancements are part of our commitment to continually improve our platform to meet the needs of our users. In addition to improving our platform, our Customer Success team is here to help you make the most of our tools and refine your financial institution’s social strategy. We’ve also brought on industry leaders to lend their expertise to your strategy. In case you missed it, the team was recently named a G2 Best Mid-Market Support Team. From our products to our award-winning Customer Success team, we’re here to help.

    Denim Social Reports Growth

    Key client contracts, strategic partnerships, team expansion and platform improvements in the past year have fueled Denim Social to grow 100 percent year-over-year.

    “Strengthening the Denim Social platform is propelling our growth,” said Doug Wilber, CEO of Denim Social. “Deep client relationships and continual improvements to the platform are helping us drive meaningful business results for the financial institutions we serve.”

    Additionally, Wilber was recently recognized as a 2022 Dealmaker of the Year at the Smart Business Dealmakers Conference - St. Louis.

    More to Come

    So what’s next for our team? Well, after a much-deserved nap… ha, who are we kidding? Our team is hard at work developing the next generation of Denim Social tools. Next up, Denim Social will release a new Analytics tool to select beta customers. The platform will enable users to tag select posts, report at the post and network level, analyze organic and paid campaigns and generate usage reports. Look for more news from us in the coming weeks about improvements to our Analytics tools. We can’t wait to tell you more!

    Interested in accessing our new platform integrations or Shared Content Libraries? Talk with your Customer Success representative.

    Denim Social is pleased to announce a new platform integration with American Bankers Association, which provides support and representation to banks of all sizes.

    For financial services marketers, social media content curation can be tough. It is time-consuming, and compliance considerations can further complicate the need to produce interesting and timely content to customers. However, it’s an important aspect of any bank digital marketing strategy, with such a wide array of social media benefits for banks.

    With this development, banks that are ABA members and Denim Social customers will be able to easily access social media content through this Shared Library. Bank marketers will be able to select from a wide range of content that can be shared at the brand, branch, or employee level. All resources will be relevant and compliant social media posts, thanks to Denim Social’s approval workflows.

    When it comes to sharing content on social, it’s important to keep posts engaging and shareable, to help increase brand awareness and boost social selling efforts. ABA will keep content updated regularly, with evergreen, time-specific, and campaign-specific content. Even better, the ABA Shared Content Libraries can be built as often as needed, and users can quickly manage shared content and remove anything that is no longer relevant.

    Here’s how it works:

    • The publisher accesses the Denim Social platform
    • The ABA creates and manages content in the shared library
    • All ABA members and Denim Social users can access and share the available content to their connected networks

    This partnership makes it easier than ever to accelerate your bank’s messaging, manage social content in real time, stay compliant, and remain relevant. Denim Social has helped financial institutions see a 78% increase in engagement, a 2,000% increase in brand-level impressions, and an 874% increase in reach across networks. Empower your institution and strengthen your digital banking customer journey to create and publish social content at scale by booking a demo with Denim Social today. Already a Denim Social customer? Talk to your Customer Success representative to get started.


    We’re proud to share that Denim Social CEO, Doug Wilber, was named a 2022 Dealmaker of the Year at the Smart Business Dealmakers Conference - St. Louis. The award recognizes the owners and C-Suite executives of companies for “Deals” they have closed in the past two years.

    Denim Social has grown rapidly since the 2020 merger of Denim Labs and Gremlin Social. Notably, in late 2021, the company closed a $5 million Series B investment round.

    Wilber joined industry leaders at the conference in a panel discussion, “Demystifying The Factors Impacting Your M&A Transaction.”

    Today, Denim Social is proudly growing our ranks with top talent from the best of our industry (not to mention our competitors). Interested in hopping on this rocketship? Check out our Careers page.


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    September 30, 2020

    Denim Social Recognized in “2021 Best Tech Startups in St. Louis”

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    ST. LOUIS, Missouri (September 29, 2020)Denim Social, a social media management tool compliantly scaling the publishing, paid advertising, and landing page experience for financial services, was recently named to the list of “2021 Best Tech Startups in St. Louis” by The Tech Tribune.

    The Tech Tribune took four factors into consideration when creating their list including revenue potential, leadership team, brand/product tractions, and competitive landscape. They also stated that all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

    “We are excited to be recognized by The Tech Tribune as one of the best tech startups in our local community of St. Louis. At Denim Social we are working to humanize the social media experience at scale for financial services by providing solutions for brands, branch locations and advisors from one highly intuitive platform. We are in great company with the other companies recognized and it’s an honor to be included in this list,” said Doug Wilber, CEO of Denim Social.

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    The true foundation of sales is relationship building. While this has traditionally been done in person, especially in the insurance industry, the digital landscape offers endless possibilities for relationship building. This is why leveraging social media as a sales tool is so integral to your digital marketing strategy.

    Social selling is the perfect crossroads of marketing and sales, and enables intermediaries to add value to the customer journey where there wouldn’t otherwise be an opportunity. After all, Net Promoter Scores are 15 points higher for property and casualty insurance customers when they’ve interacted with their insurers within the past year.

    Developing a social selling strategy and launching a program can be daunting. Marketing and sales teams are already juggling full plates. Adding social to the sales mix is a culture shift, and supporting hundreds or thousands of intermediaries in weaving social into their everyday processes isn’t a small feat. Remember that social selling is more than marketing: It’s using social media as a digital relationship-building and sales tool.  

    This mindset shift can take some time, and launching your strategy and program won’t happen overnight. Luckily, there are tools available to make this culture shift much easier. Denim Social was built to power social selling programs within the financial services industry, and we’ve outlined what it takes to launch a successful program:

    1. Align with your team on the definition of social selling.

    Social selling is just what it sounds like: using social media to sell a product or service. It’s leveraging social to build personal relationships, showcase thought leadership, engage with prospects, interact with existing customers, and ultimately build trust and rapport that will eventually lead to sales.

    While this may be old news to you, intermediaries may have less experience with it. Take the time to talk about it this way and educate your teams on using social media as a sales tool. This time spent learning a new marketing tactic is very much worth your agents’ time, too. Prove it to them by sharing meaningful stats on the benefits of social selling. For example, LinkedIn’s 2022 State of Sales Report found the most successful sellers at large companies — those reaching more than 150% of quota — routinely use technology to build human connections with buyers.

    2. Educate your sales team.

    Remember that social selling isn’t just marketing’s responsibility. It’s an effort that should be supported by both marketing and sales. If you’re in a marketing role looking to launch social selling for your intermediaries, take the time to educate your sales partners on social selling. Craft your elevator pitch on how social helps intermediaries meet customers where they are in the digital landscape and how enabling them on social helps amplify your brand messaging.

    Keep in mind that social media in a heavily regulated industry can feel risky, and adding it to the mix of sales tactics that have “always been done a certain way” can feel like a huge change. Patience is key! Own the narrative around social selling, build your group of internal champions to help with this culture shift, and invest time in change management and your communication plan.

    3. Find your social selling technology.

    Once you’ve got your internal teams aligned on launching social selling for your intermediaries, it’s important to find a tech solution to make it all easier! Seek a solution that creates efficiencies for the administrators of your program and your users. For instance, does your platform account for compliance coverage? Does your vendor understand the nuances of your industry? As you’re evaluating potential platforms, make sure to consider both the administrative and end-user experience, as well as both organic and paid capabilities. A holistic social selling platform will include all these things.

    Spoiler alert: At Denim Social, we do all these things! We specifically support the financial services industry, understand your compliance needs, and, most importantly, understand the impact intermediaries can make through social selling (both organic and paid). We can also operate with any other tools you use to manage your brand, so you have full control over your tech stack.

    4. Identify social maturity.

    So you’re changing the narrative, gaining buy-in, and you’ve found Denim Social to help you — what’s next? It’s time to dig into your user group to identify social maturity. You don’t have to do it all at once — a phased approach with folks of different social maturity levels will make this easier to learn and scale from.

    Start by simply searching for your intermediaries on social media. How easy is it to find them? Are their pages updated and on brand? Is their “about” info robust and accurate? Have their profile photos been updated in the last decade?

    If you are answering “yes” to a lot of these, you already have a great start. Those are your people. But if you aren’t, that’s OK — you’ll just need to start with some generalized social education and profile optimization to get your group started. Taking the time to deliver this education is critical in making social media for insurance agents stick.

    5. Train and test your user group.

    Once you’ve identified agents who are either already active on social or ready to be active, start communicating. Let your whole organization know that you’re launching a social selling program. The more folks who know, the more they can support your work. Then, communicate with your first user group; let them know what to expect throughout the launch, including your level of support and upcoming training to get them started.

    And finally ... train! Depending on the level of social maturity of your launch group, this might mean starting with the basics of each social platform, as well as the basics of organic and paid social. If your users are super ready, it could mean jumping right into your social selling tech solution.

    6. Measure success and optimize over time.

    Once you have momentum, fuel that success with regular content. It takes time: Start simply by creating intermediary versions of your brand content and add this content to your content planning processes (for instance, you might craft language your agents can use to share branded social posts). One of the perks of Denim Social? We curate your library with our content integration.

    Finally, measure your success and share it with your internal champions, teams, and leadership. Your measurement might just consist of basic content usage and engagement at first, but it will ultimately grow to measuring return on ad spend and leads generated. Take the time to celebrate small wins and educate your internal partners on the growth of your social selling program. Check in with your social sellers to make sure they’re understanding the value and celebrating with you.

    At the end of the day, remember that launching and maintaining a social selling program is a long-term commitment. It can take a while to steer the ship in a new direction, and that’s OK! It means you’re thoughtfully implementing a new strategy and are training your team appropriately.

    To learn more about how insurance agents can optimize social selling and promote growth, connect with Denim Social today.

    New research from social media pros and partners, Denim Social and UpContent, shows that economic trends like rising interest rates and inflation are impacting more than bank accounts – they’re influencing social media activity. Denim Social and UpContent integrate to offer financial marketers curated collections of relevant, high-quality and compliant social media content.

    Hundreds of UpContent-derived third-party articles are shared by Denim Social users every week generating thousands of clicks. This integration provides unique insights on what content is resonating and driving engagement. The pulse study data shows three key social trends from the first half of 2022, including:

    Financial Wellness Content on the Rise

    From Q1-Q2 this year, the number of clicks per financial wellness article shared were up nearly 10%, indicating that  social media users are interested to learn more about financial health during tough economic conditions. Sharing credible financial wellness content can help both financial brands and individual producers educate followers and build trust.

    Expanded Content Resources Available for Real Estate and Mortgage

    Marketers increased available content in both real estate (+27%) and mortgage (+38%), helping users navigate spring buying season and a changing interest rate environment. In today's market, mortgage loan officers see the value in using social media to build and maintain strong relationships.

    Social Media Interest on the Rise for Banking

    Banking users are getting more traction with social media, boasting a 36% increase in clicks per article shared, quarter over quarter. This affirms Denim Social research showing year-over-year increases in social media channel adoption within the banking industry.

    Content sourcing continues to be a challenge for financial marketers. Not only is it time consuming, it can be especially tough to find high-quality, credible content. Together, Denim Social and UpContent make it easy to source curated, third-party articles. Here’s how it works:

    • Simply log in to Denim Social to access the curated content libraries. No search engine required and custom libraries can be quickly created for you to directly address the content needs of your market and strategy without as much as lifting a finger.
    • Curated posts include pre-populated post captions or your team can customize the message to fit your brand.
    • Select posts to use at the brand level or your marketing team can pre-approve and organize posts for employee use.

    Wondering if Denim Social and UpContent is a fit for your financial institution? Check out what our customers have to say:

    It’s really handy to have the UpContent Library in the Denim Social platform that we can grab trending topics from;  we can customize both the topics we want to see and articles from publications that our team prefers. We can also be specific to our various markets to include more local content in addition to industry-wide news.

    -Tiffany Van Zandt, Marketing Specialist, Bank of Oklahoma

    “Denim’s partnership with UpContent gave us a whole library of engaging content in just a few clicks. The articles provided allows us to share updates in the financial industry, what’s going on in our communities, and overall personal wellness. Since we started posted with UpContent, every one of our end users has experienced growth with their page engagement.”

    -Ken Stump, Digital Marketing Specialist-Content Team Lead, Dart Bank

    If you’re ready to fire up a social selling strategy with pre-approved content libraries and approval workflows, we’re here to help. Sign up for a demo to learn how Denim Social can help your institution level-up its social media strategy.

    About UpContent:

    UpContent helps marketing, sales, and HR professionals build trust, deepen relationships, and drive revenue through strategically curated content. UpContent analyzes millions of articles monthly and taps into the collective expertise of their company’s team by empowering individuals to engage with, and enrich, high-quality articles prior to sharing with customers and prospects through one of UpContent’s many social media, email marketing, and website partnerships and integrations. For more information, visit https://www.upcontent.com.

    Forward-thinking marketers understand the power of social media at all stages of their marketing funnel. From awareness and consideration to loyalty and even advocacy, social and digital channels can and do inform purchase decisions. Financial institutions are catching on — more than 90% of the 50 largest banks are currently on Facebook, and 88% have active Twitter accounts — but being on social media doesn’t equate to a strong social media strategy. Today’s digital market requires an integrated strategy that meets target audiences throughout the buyer’s journey. This means investing in paid social campaigns alongside organic and driving deeper relationships with customers through social selling.

    Sounds easy, right? While marketers may understand the strategies and costs associated with modern social success, senior decision makers may still need educating and persuading. That’s why it’s essential to be able to effectively communicate the benefits of integrated social media strategies. In addition to intangible benefits like building trust and humanizing your brand, both organic and paid social selling strategies offer metrics that enable marketers to prove value.

    After all, people buy from people. So if you’re ready to advocate for an expanded social media strategy, start by asking yourself these questions. Not only will they help you decide on your strategic priorities, but they will also show you how to articulate the value of social media strategies to the people holding the budget strings. To prove the value of social media in financial services and get buy-in from senior leaders, marketers must ask themselves these questions:

    Does Our Social Media Marketing Drive ROI?

    Expanding a social media strategy often means increased spending — so you must be able to show decision makers the value of social. While financial marketers are already advocates — they know the power of paid social media efforts and have seen it in action — other leadership may not have that knowledge. It’s up to marketing teams to connect the dots on how their efforts are driving business results, and that means providing a strong argument based on metrics and concrete benefits.

    Data tells a powerful story, so let it guide the conversation. And to further strengthen your case for expanded social media strategies, make sure to highlight these benefits:

    • Targeting

    While organic content is important, leaders must understand that it’s not enough to impact the bottom line without paid support. Paid social media gives more flexibility than organic content — you can target specific customer subsets, or even new audience bases, allowing for greater personalization and a higher ROI. It’s all about delivering relevant content to the right consumers at the right time.

    • Feedback

    Feedback may not always impact the bottom line, but social media itself does offer a direct line to consumers. With the lines of communication open, it becomes easier to listen and learn about their wants, needs, and interests. An open-ended post, for instance, can encourage comments, which provide qualitative feedback on any given topic. This will improve the trust in your institution; customers (and their followers!) will see the commitment to providing an ever-improving experience.

    • Conversion

    Social media is about more than likes: If you’re providing links on social media (and you should), you’re creating conversion opportunities. Direct consumers to a landing page — from there, you can collect lead information. All that’s left is a follow-up. If that landing page has a form, track completion rates. The icing on top? These interactions are all measurable. Prove value by comparing these metrics with traditional tactics. When did a leader ever see a recorded, data-backed conversion metric from a billboard?

    • Efficiency

    Measuring social media marketing ROI, like most analytics, requires technology — and the right technology, at that. Spreadsheets simply won’t cut it, and they’re not as accurate or efficient as the tools that fintech partners offer. That’s why the Denim Social platform was built with financial institutions in mind. Its analytics capabilities allow for a more efficient means of capturing results while also centralizing information. Data is readily available, which can simplify and improve the approval workflow. Improvements to the workflow process have been shown to free up 20% to 30% of employees’ time — so bring that statistic to decision makers to prove its necessity.

    How Do You Use Social Media Analytics to Make Your Case?

    Expanding marketing strategies means collecting more data, and that necessitates a robust social media management tool. Gathering data on any social media marketing campaign affords you the opportunity to measure its overall performance and gives you clear-cut evidence to support business measures related to those efforts.

    Of course, data should be gathered based on specific criteria. Meaningful insights come from specific measurable goals related to your campaign and the goals of company decision makers. While the objectives of any social media strategy for financial services will vary from one institution to the next, any marketing effort can benefit from optimizing strategy through social media ROI metrics.

    Use metrics to hone your messaging and audience. Every social media marketing post is a learning opportunity about what resonates with your audience. Analytics show what topics drive engagement, what calls to action inspire clicks, and so on. Then, fine-tune subsequent posts based on your findings. Mastering social is an iterative process. When speaking with upper management, highlight how this process delivers greater value over time by continuously evolving.

    As you optimize your messaging, look to target audiences. Social media, and paid social in particular, allows you to target subsets of consumers. Vary your messaging and content, and you begin to understand what connects with whom. This allows you to maximize social media spend going forward — you’re not wasting time and effort putting messaging in front of an uninterested audience. When decision makers want to reach specific audiences, outline how putting money toward paid ad campaigns makes that happen.

    Audience engagement with your posts isn’t the only important metric; they’re likely interacting with your competition, too. Denim Social’s social listening tools provide a simple — but comprehensive — snapshot of competitors. Use our built-in metrics comparisons to learn what’s working for others and where you’re ahead.

    When you’re looking at your own metrics, be sure to pay attention to where the customer journey is going. Failure to guide customers to a landing page and other lead-generating tools will lead to dead ends, which isn’t the best use of these channels. Trackable links and analytics help marketers recognize the best avenues for using social media posts to capture leads that translate into sales. If you aren’t effectively working toward leads, it’ll be difficult to defend the necessity of your budget.

    Finally, don’t measure your ROI too soon. If you’re going to connect the value of social to your broader business objectives, you need to sync your measurement time with your sales cycle or risk misunderstanding (and likely underestimating) the impact of social. Help leadership understand that ROI isn’t a one-and-done and it’s not instantaneous. That way, you’re guiding their expectations to the bigger picture of what your social media strategy is doing.

    Troves of data are available from social media channels, and you’ll need the right technology to organize the information and arrive at a set of objectives that align with your larger business goals. The right measurement tool can build the confidence digital marketers need to foster social media marketing ROI success.

    What’s the Cost of Getting Social Media Compliance Wrong?

    Social media compliance for financial institutions can feel challenging, especially today. SEC Chairman Gary Gensler has brought increased scrutiny to social media since his appointment, and it’s understandable for institutions to want to pull back efforts to mitigate compliance risks. Make sure your executives understand that this method loses more than they gain.

    Consider that customers are increasingly using digital methods to meet financial needs. Can anyone afford to lose out on that audience base? You won’t reach new customers, and you’re losing valuable social selling opportunities with the ones you have. Social selling influences half of revenue for 14 major industries — and financial services is one of them.

    Rather than scaling back social media efforts (and in the process, your revenue), work to mitigate compliance risks. When senior management airs concerns over compliance, counter with technology to automate compliance monitoring. Denim Social was built for compliance, so you can focus less on worrying if you’re compliant and more on fostering leads.

    With Denim Social, you can use numerous tools that can help in ensuring:

    • Protection. Problematic posts never see the light of day, as our platform not only establishes an approval workflow but also flags posts containing questionable keywords or phrases even before the review process.

    • Education. Our platform can serve as an ongoing compliance education tool. Team members receive almost immediate feedback and can test the equipped filters to understand what might cause regulatory trouble.

    • Enablement. Denim Social allows for the creation content libraries and curated, pre-approved posts. Team members can pull from these resources without the need for approvals, adding speed and efficiency to the process.

    • Record-keeping. The potential of an audit hangs over every financial institution. Our platform archives all social media posts and interactions. It even does the same with comments. If regulators come knocking, you’ll have a report in no time.

    • Notifications. Should a team member try to send a post through the approval process with a prohibited keyword or phrase, those flags send a notification directly to the individual. Employees quickly learn what can and cannot be posted.

    • Profile locks. Rules can be built within the platform that can prevent team members from posting problematic content, helping to quell worries about social media compliance. The goal is to provide the controls necessary to avoid issues.

    • Editing. Admins can edit or delete team members’ posts, comments, or direct messages right from the platform — across any connected social channel. In fact, the process is automated when prohibited keywords or phrases hit the network.

    Social media compliance for financial institutions shouldn’t be more complicated than any other compliance for your operation. It all comes down to your choice of technology, and Denim Social has the experience and tools you need to make it a breeze.

    What Do We Need in a Fintech Partner?

    The social media marketing needs of financial institutions are unique. You’re not necessarily selling a product or a service but a relationship with a qualified professional, which calls for authenticity and empathy to establish a sense of trust. The tactics used by “traditional” brands simply aren’t as impactful in the financial services space.

    Beyond that, social media compliance is complex. Without industry knowledge, it can be difficult for a marketing agency to navigate the nuances set by FINRA. Your fintech partner should fully appreciate the regulatory constraints and respect the concerns of your financial institution while still understanding how to drive real value with your social media strategy.

    However, according to Cornerstone’s “What’s Going On In Banking 2021” report, financial institutions aren’t having much success finding these qualified and attentive partners, noting that FI “boards will tire of not seeing results [from fintech partnerships]." Executives are relying on your expertise to identify fintech partners with a proven ability to collaborate and create solutions. And because boards may be wary of partners, you must be able to outline exactly how that partner will help you reach your goals. Help executives understand these benefits.

    • Customized onboarding.

    Denim Social customizes our onboarding process to meet your specific needs, so executives know they’re getting an experience tailor-made for the company. No questions are left unanswered — we walk alongside you to always offer an explanation. On top of that, our team will help you craft the communication necessary to get employees to use the platform. Emails, messaging, toolkits, and more are available to encourage adoption, so upper-level management knows they’re investing in a tool that will see widespread use.

    • Team training.

    Depending on your size and needs, we provide kickoff and regular training to help team members make the most of the platform so that decision makers can rest easy knowing our software isn’t being underutilized. We can also provide train-the-trainer sessions to move training internal, and our recently launched Academy can help marketers become certified on our platform.

    • Strategy consultation.

    Our customer success team can help you identify tactics to move the needle on your social media strategy. Just ask, and we’ll provide best practices and industry-relevant comparisons to inform your tactics and optimize your social selling implementation.

    • Content libraries.

    We work directly with your institution and UpContent to ensure you can create a customized content library that matches the specific needs of your business and your customers.

    In order to optimize a social media strategy, FI leaders and marketers must be able to sustain compliance at scale and understand social media measurement and analytics to see ROI. When you understand your metrics, you can bring that knowledge to decision makers, too. They’ll see the value you bring to the brand and associates (and match that value when it’s time to make budgets). Trusted fintech partners with dedicated customer success teams can help.

    Bottom line: Social media is hard, but marketers don’t have to do it alone. With Denim Social, they have dedicated team members they can call to help.

    Get in touch with us today to schedule a demo!

    For financial institutions, digital marketing for their financial services is a must, but organic posts are not enough on their own to build and nurture audiences. Organic content only reach an average of 2.2% of followers of social media platforms, so how can financial institutions stand out in busy social media newsfeeds and reach more people in their natural environments? The answer lies in paid social media advertising.

    A third of internet users find new products and brands through paid ads, so it’s no surprise to see a rise in digital ad spend over the years. While organic posts are also an important part of a social media strategy, paid ads are where financial institutions can grow their audience and reach their marketing goal metrics.

    You’re not doing ads for the sake of ads. Know your goals. Do you want to convert, get people to consider you, or build brand awareness? The platforms are going to ask you these questions, but you should know before you ever start building the ad sets. Once you have your ad campaign, budget, and targeting ready — the red tape needed before breaking ground — you can begin implementing your digital marketing strategy. This process can be repeated on multiple campaigns for maximum impact, increasing your ROI with each successful campaign.

    Creating Paid Ad Campaigns for More Effective Marketing Efforts

    When optimizing digital marketing for banking or any other financial institution, you’ll always hit these four key pillars:

    1. Choose a Platform

    Determining which platform is right for your financial institution depends on your objectives and target audience. There are no right or wrong answers; it’s about whom you want your ads to reach and for what purpose. For example, if you’re looking to build trust with professionals, LinkedIn is consistently rated as the most trustworthy platform. Featuring your ads there will have a higher impact than posting on platforms such as Instagram.

    Speaking of, Instagram is often used by Gen Z, and the most popular platform for following brands — almost 90% of people say they have followed, visited a brand site, or made a purchase because of Instagram ads. This would be a great place to post investment tips and personal finance advice because, according to FINRA data, Gen Z users are looking specifically for that subject. Tailoring your content to a specific platform requires thoughtful planning, but it’s a step you won’t regret.

    2. Create and Test Content

    Even a single social media post is made up of a lot of moving parts — from the images, to the copy, to the call to action — and each part can be optimized. Look at what pieces of your ads work, and change what doesn’t. Don’t follow trend articles; rather, pay attention to what works for your audience and your institution.

    This could mean using paid ads to A/B test different audiences or trying out different CTAs. The options are nearly endless. Track the performance of individual content decisions and use these insights to make improvements. And remember, all these content decisions — especially the placement of links — should be made with your customers’ purchase decision journeys in mind. Consumers want brands to be practical, authentic, and engaging. Test your content to ensure you’re delighting your audiences at every touchpoint.

    3. Monitor Analytics

    Every platform has analytics — but they all handle them differently. That’s why Denim Social gives you access to real-time, easy-to-understand engagement metrics across the board. Monitoring your analytics helps you track engagement metrics and benchmark your success against forecasts and competitors. By tracking which posts your audience engages with the most, you can also give your team a place to start when creating new content: Our platform lets you share local insights with your teammates in just two clicks. Taking high-performing topics and adapting them further will help you provide customers with the knowledge they find most valuable and cultivate trust. Almost a third of internet users say they find new products and brands through paid social ads, so monitor who you’re reaching and how it’s boosting your institution.

    4. Optimize Budget

    We’ve mentioned the need to set a budget, but let us emphasize that budgeting is crucial in your digital marketing strategy. With so many ad options available and so many potential target audiences to reach, it can be confusing to know where to invest your marketing dollars. Thankfully, Denim Social uses a proprietary social media ads manager to automatically optimize ad performance across multiple platforms. This allows you to run an omnichannel marketing strategy with ease.

    Digital marketing for financial services can seem daunting at first. Financial services marketers have a lot of details to pay attention to, and each platform has its unique way of serving ads. But a singular platform like Denim Social can help you run and monitor social media ad campaigns across all networks and ensure you’re standing out among the competition — to get started, reach out for a demo of the Denim Social platform today.

    In today's market, building and maintaining strong relationships with your connections is more important than ever. Your business and customer relationships can also help you make new connections, building your referral network and sales pipeline.

    Listen in as FinLocker President and COO, Brian Vieaux and Denim Social CEO, Doug Wilber, discuss how in a tough market, mortgage loan officers have an opportunity to use their social media influence to reach the right people at the right time and how you can get started with a social selling program to drive sales.

    Interested in learning more about social selling for mortgage loan officers? Check out our guidebook: Helping Mortgage Loan Officers Achieve Success with Social Media Marketing

    Social media for banks is a necessity. That’s a given. You meet customers where they are, and today, that’s online. But customers (and potential customers) are not just engaging and interacting with one bank’s website, apps and social accounts. They are seeing competitors’ accounts, too. Bank marketers must leverage social media analytics to understand what works for their competitors—and figure out how to do it better.

    A competitive analysis of social media data in the banking industry can help guide your strategy by quantifying the successes and failures of your rivals. This is especially true of community banks, which may feel they are fighting an uphill digital battle against the resources of fintech companies and enterprise financial institutions. Thankfully, lots of competitor data is publicly available. Plenty of successes and blunders are out there for any savvy bank marketer to learn from. With the right social media analytics tool, this data could be the key to keeping up in today’s fast-paced environment.

    There’s a lot of powerful data on social media, and banks can leverage this to their advantage. Analytics and competitive insights empower bank marketers—even at smaller institutions—to be smart and efficient with both their time and dollars. You cannot differentiate your institution unless you know and understand the stories your competitors are telling.

    You also need to be aware of the quality of your competitors’ ads, calls to action and websites. If your marketing materials are not comparable you could lose customers. It is more than just optimizing a landing page—there needs to be a quality experience at every possible touchpoint. To start understanding competitors, consider these three tips when analyzing social media for banks:

    1. Benchmark your strategy. Benchmarking is the foundation of any competitive marketing strategy because it shows how measuring your competitors’ performance can help you step up your bank’s marketing game.

    With social listening tools that enable tracking competitors’ social media activity, leaders can see the organization’s performance benchmarked against competitors and get a clear picture of where social needs more investment to stay competitive.

    For instance, if you’re working to understand how often your team should be posting to social media channels, look at how often a competitor is posting. Or if you’re aiming for 50 percent audience growth and see everyone else has 5 percent month-over-month, you know to adjust expectations to be more achievable.

    2. Understand what is resonating. When financial institutions embrace social listening, they gain clear insight into how other brands are producing engagement on social channels and resonating with customers. One bank finding resonance could be an outlier, but if multiple competitors are using the same technique, your brand can use those trend insights to craft even more relevant messaging and maintain an advantage against the competition.

    Track which trends and are getting high engagement for your competitors. Which topics that drive the most engagement? Certain aspects of storytelling? Or maybe specific kinds of posts, such as short-form videos, resonate best. Understanding what works for your competitors will teach you what works for you. Conversely, if they have posts that are driving little to no engagement, learn from their mistakes and avoid spending your time and dollars doing the same thing.

    3. Identify proactive opportunities. Monitoring competitors on social media can provide unique insights and offer proactive opportunities for your institution to pick up a customer. For better or worse, social media gives us all a view into a brand’s dirty laundry. If you notice a competitor getting social media complaints on a particular service or product, this could be an opportunity for you to target that audience and tell them how you do it better.

    Are people posting messages on your competitors’ pages about how hard it is to reach a customer service representative with them? Grab the opportunity and design a targeted paid campaign that emphasizes your institution’s excellent customer service.

    These moments may not come often or easily, so stay vigilant to make the most of them.

    Competitor social media analysis is a vital tool to help smaller financial institutions remain competitive. It keeps your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the industry while identifying what’s working—and what’s not—for the bigger players.

    This article was originally published on ABA Bank Marketing.

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