May 12, 2020

Gremlin Social and Denim Merge to Create Denim Social

We’ve Raised $4 Million in Series A Funding to Fuel Growth

Today, we have important and exciting news to share. St. Louis-based Gremlin Social and Des Moines-based Denim have merged to form a new company called Denim Social.

Denim Social empowers marketers in regulated industries to build stronger customer relationships on social media with tools that manage organic content and paid advertising in one platform.

Denim Social provides social media management and marketing automation software built to meet the needs of regulated industries including banking, insurance, mortgage and wealth management. The merger brings together our complementary product offerings and provides a significant market opportunity in both insurance and financial services.

During times like today, it’s more important than ever for brands to use social media to build deeper, more meaningful relationships with consumers and their communities. But we also recognize that compliance remains a significant barrier in many regulated industries. By merging our technology and expertise, we are providing an industry-leading, all-in-one solution.

Our platform is the only social media management software that humanizes the social media experience at scale by providing solutions for brands, branch locations and advisors from one highly intuitive platform. Additionally, we’re proud to maintain the exclusive social media management endorsement from the American Bankers Association.

New Funding to Drive Growth

We’re equally excited to announce that we’ve raised our largest investment round to date – a $4 million Series A. Led by St. Louis-based Hermann Companies, the new funding will allow us to scale faster, enhance and expand our product offering and grow market share.

As part of the Series A raise, Rick Holton, Jr. is joining our Board of Directors. Rick has a proven track record of scaling business-to-business fintech solutions and has a unique skill set that will help us develop a more robust digital engagement platform.

Soon, we’ll share more details about enhancing our product capabilities for social media publishing, listening, analytics, compliance and team management. And, we look forward to delivering new and amazing products for our customers and partners.

Culture and Teams

When we began talking about merging our businesses, two of the most important elements of the conversation were focused on our company cultures and team members. We’re extremely excited that all of our team members have made the transition to Denim Social. Doug serves as our CEO, Gregory serves as president and chief product officer and Josh Dennis is our chief technology officer.

Our company now consists of more than 20 dedicated team members across St. Louis, Des Moines and Birmingham. Like many of you, we’re currently working remotely and looking for more team members to do the same. And, in the coming days, we’re excited to post several new job openings across engineering, marketing, sales and customer success.

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May 12, 2020

Gremlin Social and Denim Merge to Create Denim Social

We’ve Raised $4 Million in Series A Funding to Fuel Growth

Today, we have important and exciting news to share. St. Louis-based Gremlin Social and Des Moines-based Denim have merged to form a new company called Denim Social.

Denim Social empowers marketers in regulated industries to build stronger customer relationships on social media with tools that manage organic content and paid advertising in one platform.

Denim Social provides social media management and marketing automation software built to meet the needs of regulated industries including banking, insurance, mortgage and wealth management. The merger brings together our complementary product offerings and provides a significant market opportunity in both insurance and financial services.

During times like today, it’s more important than ever for brands to use social media to build deeper, more meaningful relationships with consumers and their communities. But we also recognize that compliance remains a significant barrier in many regulated industries. By merging our technology and expertise, we are providing an industry-leading, all-in-one solution.

Our platform is the only social media management software that humanizes the social media experience at scale by providing solutions for brands, branch locations and advisors from one highly intuitive platform. Additionally, we’re proud to maintain the exclusive social media management endorsement from the American Bankers Association.

New Funding to Drive Growth

We’re equally excited to announce that we’ve raised our largest investment round to date – a $4 million Series A. Led by St. Louis-based Hermann Companies, the new funding will allow us to scale faster, enhance and expand our product offering and grow market share.

As part of the Series A raise, Rick Holton, Jr. is joining our Board of Directors. Rick has a proven track record of scaling business-to-business fintech solutions and has a unique skill set that will help us develop a more robust digital engagement platform.

Soon, we’ll share more details about enhancing our product capabilities for social media publishing, listening, analytics, compliance and team management. And, we look forward to delivering new and amazing products for our customers and partners.

Culture and Teams

When we began talking about merging our businesses, two of the most important elements of the conversation were focused on our company cultures and team members. We’re extremely excited that all of our team members have made the transition to Denim Social. Doug serves as our CEO, Gregory serves as president and chief product officer and Josh Dennis is our chief technology officer.

Our company now consists of more than 20 dedicated team members across St. Louis, Des Moines and Birmingham. Like many of you, we’re currently working remotely and looking for more team members to do the same. And, in the coming days, we’re excited to post several new job openings across engineering, marketing, sales and customer success.

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Gremlin Social and Denim Merge to Create Denim Social

We’ve Raised $4 Million in Series A Funding to Fuel Growth

Today, we have important and exciting news to share. St. Louis-based Gremlin Social and Des Moines-based Denim have merged to form a new company called Denim Social.

Denim Social empowers marketers in regulated industries to build stronger customer relationships on social media with tools that manage organic content and paid advertising in one platform.

Denim Social provides social media management and marketing automation software built to meet the needs of regulated industries including banking, insurance, mortgage and wealth management. The merger brings together our complementary product offerings and provides a significant market opportunity in both insurance and financial services.

During times like today, it’s more important than ever for brands to use social media to build deeper, more meaningful relationships with consumers and their communities. But we also recognize that compliance remains a significant barrier in many regulated industries. By merging our technology and expertise, we are providing an industry-leading, all-in-one solution.

Our platform is the only social media management software that humanizes the social media experience at scale by providing solutions for brands, branch locations and advisors from one highly intuitive platform. Additionally, we’re proud to maintain the exclusive social media management endorsement from the American Bankers Association.

New Funding to Drive Growth

We’re equally excited to announce that we’ve raised our largest investment round to date – a $4 million Series A. Led by St. Louis-based Hermann Companies, the new funding will allow us to scale faster, enhance and expand our product offering and grow market share.

As part of the Series A raise, Rick Holton, Jr. is joining our Board of Directors. Rick has a proven track record of scaling business-to-business fintech solutions and has a unique skill set that will help us develop a more robust digital engagement platform.

Soon, we’ll share more details about enhancing our product capabilities for social media publishing, listening, analytics, compliance and team management. And, we look forward to delivering new and amazing products for our customers and partners.

Culture and Teams

When we began talking about merging our businesses, two of the most important elements of the conversation were focused on our company cultures and team members. We’re extremely excited that all of our team members have made the transition to Denim Social. Doug serves as our CEO, Gregory serves as president and chief product officer and Josh Dennis is our chief technology officer.

Our company now consists of more than 20 dedicated team members across St. Louis, Des Moines and Birmingham. Like many of you, we’re currently working remotely and looking for more team members to do the same. And, in the coming days, we’re excited to post several new job openings across engineering, marketing, sales and customer success.

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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.

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

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

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

Stronger Customer Relationships on Instagram

Financial Services companies should be 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.

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.

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.

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!

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?
  • 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!

    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.

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    Gremlin Social and Denim Merge to Create Denim Social

    We’ve Raised $4 Million in Series A Funding to Fuel Growth

    Today, we have important and exciting news to share. St. Louis-based Gremlin Social and Des Moines-based Denim have merged to form a new company called Denim Social.

    Denim Social empowers marketers in regulated industries to build stronger customer relationships on social media with tools that manage organic content and paid advertising in one platform.

    Denim Social provides social media management and marketing automation software built to meet the needs of regulated industries including banking, insurance, mortgage and wealth management. The merger brings together our complementary product offerings and provides a significant market opportunity in both insurance and financial services.

    During times like today, it’s more important than ever for brands to use social media to build deeper, more meaningful relationships with consumers and their communities. But we also recognize that compliance remains a significant barrier in many regulated industries. By merging our technology and expertise, we are providing an industry-leading, all-in-one solution.

    Our platform is the only social media management software that humanizes the social media experience at scale by providing solutions for brands, branch locations and advisors from one highly intuitive platform. Additionally, we’re proud to maintain the exclusive social media management endorsement from the American Bankers Association.

    New Funding to Drive Growth

    We’re equally excited to announce that we’ve raised our largest investment round to date – a $4 million Series A. Led by St. Louis-based Hermann Companies, the new funding will allow us to scale faster, enhance and expand our product offering and grow market share.

    As part of the Series A raise, Rick Holton, Jr. is joining our Board of Directors. Rick has a proven track record of scaling business-to-business fintech solutions and has a unique skill set that will help us develop a more robust digital engagement platform.

    Soon, we’ll share more details about enhancing our product capabilities for social media publishing, listening, analytics, compliance and team management. And, we look forward to delivering new and amazing products for our customers and partners.

    Culture and Teams

    When we began talking about merging our businesses, two of the most important elements of the conversation were focused on our company cultures and team members. We’re extremely excited that all of our team members have made the transition to Denim Social. Doug serves as our CEO, Gregory serves as president and chief product officer and Josh Dennis is our chief technology officer.

    Our company now consists of more than 20 dedicated team members across St. Louis, Des Moines and Birmingham. Like many of you, we’re currently working remotely and looking for more team members to do the same. And, in the coming days, we’re excited to post several new job openings across engineering, marketing, sales and customer success.

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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.

    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

    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

    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

    Stronger Customer Relationships on Instagram

    Financial Services companies should be 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.

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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?
  • 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!

    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.

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    May 12, 2020

    Gremlin Social and Denim Merge to Create Denim Social

    We’ve Raised $4 Million in Series A Funding to Fuel Growth

    Today, we have important and exciting news to share. St. Louis-based Gremlin Social and Des Moines-based Denim have merged to form a new company called Denim Social.

    Denim Social empowers marketers in regulated industries to build stronger customer relationships on social media with tools that manage organic content and paid advertising in one platform.

    Denim Social provides social media management and marketing automation software built to meet the needs of regulated industries including banking, insurance, mortgage and wealth management. The merger brings together our complementary product offerings and provides a significant market opportunity in both insurance and financial services.

    During times like today, it’s more important than ever for brands to use social media to build deeper, more meaningful relationships with consumers and their communities. But we also recognize that compliance remains a significant barrier in many regulated industries. By merging our technology and expertise, we are providing an industry-leading, all-in-one solution.

    Our platform is the only social media management software that humanizes the social media experience at scale by providing solutions for brands, branch locations and advisors from one highly intuitive platform. Additionally, we’re proud to maintain the exclusive social media management endorsement from the American Bankers Association.

    New Funding to Drive Growth

    We’re equally excited to announce that we’ve raised our largest investment round to date – a $4 million Series A. Led by St. Louis-based Hermann Companies, the new funding will allow us to scale faster, enhance and expand our product offering and grow market share.

    As part of the Series A raise, Rick Holton, Jr. is joining our Board of Directors. Rick has a proven track record of scaling business-to-business fintech solutions and has a unique skill set that will help us develop a more robust digital engagement platform.

    Soon, we’ll share more details about enhancing our product capabilities for social media publishing, listening, analytics, compliance and team management. And, we look forward to delivering new and amazing products for our customers and partners.

    Culture and Teams

    When we began talking about merging our businesses, two of the most important elements of the conversation were focused on our company cultures and team members. We’re extremely excited that all of our team members have made the transition to Denim Social. Doug serves as our CEO, Gregory serves as president and chief product officer and Josh Dennis is our chief technology officer.

    Our company now consists of more than 20 dedicated team members across St. Louis, Des Moines and Birmingham. Like many of you, we’re currently working remotely and looking for more team members to do the same. And, in the coming days, we’re excited to post several new job openings across engineering, marketing, sales and customer success.

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    From a platform that employers can use to test software development job candidates to software that aims to improve how companies deploy field services workers, software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies have made a splash in transforming workplaces in 2021.

    Some of the largest employers had to adopt remote working this past year and have declared a willingness to keep some form of it even after the global pandemic subsides, prompting a renewed interest in software tools that can improve and even change business operations in a variety of industries.

    With headquarter locations including San Francisco and St. Louis and Kissimmee, Fla., these startups show that not only does innovation happen anywhere, but that startup funding remains strong and good ideas don’t only happen within the largest tech giants.

    #3 Denim Social

    Top Executive: Douglas Wilber, CEO

    Headquarters: St. Louis

    Denim Social offers social media management and marketing automation software for highly-regulated industries such as banking, insurance and wealth management.

    For these companies, compliance can get in the way of a consumer-oriented marketing campaign, according to Denim Social’s website. The company allows customers to schedule and plan social media content, curate industry-specific articles for audiences and learn about online audiences with analytic reports.

    The company counts AWS, Twitter and Facebook among its partners.

    The company was founded in 2020 through the merger of St. Louis-based Gremlin Social and Iowa-based Denim. The company also raised a $4 million Series A round of funding to increase marketing.

    This list was originally published by CRN and the full list can be viewed here.

    Does your financial institution struggle with social media content curation? You’re not alone. With time, compliance and resource constraints, it can be difficult for financial institutions to find engaging and relevant content to fill their social media feeds. Denim Social has a new product to help!

    Through an integration with content curation industry leader, UpContent, Denim Social is proud to introduce new features that will give financial marketers the ability to curate collections of relevant, high-quality and compliant social media content.

    We get it, searching for content is time consuming and it can be especially tough to find quality content for financial institutions. Our integration with UpContent will bring curated, third-party articles directly to your Denim Social platform. Here’s how it works: 

    • Simply log in to Denim Social to access the curated content libraries. No search engine required. 
    • 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. 
    Content Curation Product Preview

    Social selling is a powerful strategy for financial institutions to increase reach, drive engagement and build trust with customers. With this new content integration, Denim Social can help your marketing team unlock the potential of employee social media, while maintaining brand consistency and staying compliant. Create pre-approved content libraries and implement approval workflows to keep your marketing team in control. 

    Denim Social’s built-in compliance processes work seamlessly with our new curated content libraries. And unlike our competitors, compliance approvals are built-in to our platform.

    Want to see our platform and curated content libraries in action? 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.

    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.

    DES MOINES, Iowa (October 15, 2018)Denim Social, the most intelligent mobile marketing platform for financial services, has been named to the InsurTech 100 list by London-based FinTech Global, provider of comprehensive data, insights, and analytical tools to the global fintech industry.

    As incumbent financial institutions grapple with rapid innovation and digital transformation challenges, FinTech Global produced the InsurTech 100 list to identify the 100 innovative companies that every leader in the insurance industry needs to know about in 2019.

    “All insurance companies are aware they need to re-think their business models,” said Richard Sachar, a director of FinTech Global. “The InsurTech 100 identifies some of the solution providers that could become their competitors or partners in the next few years.”

    According to FinTech Global, insurtech is one of the largest and most important sectors within the fintech space. Over $7 billion has been invested in insurtech solution providers since 2015 as insurance and reinsurance firms as well as investors realize the huge impact new digital models are having on the industry.

    The InsurTech 100 companies were chosen by a panel of industry experts who reviewed an analysis of 637 insurtech companies. Companies that made the final cut were recognized for their innovative use of technology to solve a significant industry problem, or to generate cost savings or efficiency improvements across the insurance value chain.

    “The Denim team is extremely honored to be named one of the 100 most innovative insurtech companies in the world — and one of only 39 in the U.S,” said Gregory Bailey, CEO and founder of Denim. “It takes an awesome team to build products and services that create impact and transform businesses. I’m fortunate to be building Denim alongside an awesome team.”

    A full list of the InsurTech 100 can be found at TheInsurTech100.com. More detailed information about each of the companies is available to download in a research pdf.

    About Denim Social

    Denim Social is making marketing personal, at scale. Designed with today’s mobile and social consumers in mind, Denim’s patent-pending, data-driven platform saves time and money by enabling marketing teams to create and manage micro-targeted mobile and social media ad campaigns on behalf of local representatives. With a focus on delivering a simple and intuitive experience, Denim not only delivers results, it’s enjoyable to use. To learn more, visit denimsocial.com.

    ST. LOUIS (Sept. 19, 2018) — Denim Social, a social media marketing solution featuring the only American Bankers Association-endorsed compliance tools, recently acquired two companies as part of its strategic expansion: VidVerify, a video-based communication platform for mortgage lenders, and Insight CRM, a SaaS solution for social media management.

    By integrating VidVerify and Insight CRM into its existing capabilities, Denim Social will bolster its product offering for its 260-plus financial services clients who use the platform every day to compliantly distribute social content on behalf of their brands, branches, and employees. Doug Wilber, a fintech industry veteran, will join the company as Denim Social’s new CEO, while Ben April, CEO of VidVerify, will step into the role of chief operating officer. Josh Dennis, founder and CEO of Insight CRM, will join as the company’s first-ever chief technical officer.

    “This is a growth story,” Wilber said. “This is about three industry-leading platforms joining forces to become the best-in-class social media marketing suite for companies in regulated industries. These new partnerships and our new executive team give us the ability to dive more deeply into all sectors within the financial services industry, better serve our customers, and position us well for rapid growth.”

    Denim Social was founded in St. Louis in 2011. In October 2015, Denim was endorsed by the ABA as the recommended platform for social media marketing, monitoring, and compliance for all ABA member banks. VidVerify was founded in St. Louis in 2010, and Insight CRM was founded in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2011.

    As part of its overall growth strategy, Denim Social will leverage the acquisitions to expand the company’s scheduling, management, monitoring, and compliance tools for companies in all regulated industries and across all social media platforms. It’s also quickly securing its position as a robust sales enablement platform, offering financial institutions the ability to personalize and distribute content that engages with customers in a way that makes the institutions true thought leaders in the community. In the past year, Denim Social has increased revenue by 65 percent.

    “Through our new partnership, we’ll be able to offer an easier-to-use, more comprehensive product for clients in compliance-heavy industries that might think they can’t use social media effectively,” said April. “Our platform can be a key differentiator for organizations in these industries. We’re excited to explore all the potential opportunities the company has now.”

    For press inquiries or more information on Denim Social’s recent acquisitions, contact CEO Doug Wilber at info@denimsocial.com.

    DES MOINES, Iowa (September 28, 2017)Denim Social, the Des Moines-based insurtech company, has aggregated more than 1 billion data points on consumer engagement with the mobile and social media ads it has powered for insurance and financial services companies. The data is being collected through Denim Social’s patent-pending technology platform that allows marketing teams to easily scale localized mobile and social media ads for thousands of users in two minutes.

    “Data is key to making smarter marketing and distribution decisions, and we’re proud to have more data on consumer engagement with insurance-related mobile and social media ads than anyone,” said Gregory Bailey, CEO and co-founder of Denim. “Not only does this level of information reveal our customers’ engagement with the Denim platform, it also offers huge opportunities to drive better marketing and distribution results for our customers.”

    By analyzing the more than 1 billion data points according to segments such as age, gender, ad placement, time of day, and locality, some fascinating insights emerge. Here are a few examples:

    • Millennial consumers ages 25 to 34 are a sweet spot. In addition to seeing ads more than any other age group, this generation represents a lower cost per click – 31 percent lower than Gen Z; 9 percent lower than Gen X.
    • Ads viewed by consumers between midnight and 7:00 a.m. local time are 29 percent more likely to be clicked on than ads viewed at any other time.
    • Android smartphone users are 410 percent more likely to click on ads than iPhone users.

    “Technology doesn’t stand still, and neither do the people who use it,” Bailey said. “At Denim, we’re always thinking about what’s next, and with this amount of data, we’re in an extremely strong position to drive smarter marketing for our customers. As the amount of data continues to grow, we look forward to delivering additional intelligent, multi-channel experiences.”

    About Denim Social

    Denim Social is reimagining marketing and distribution with wicked smart technology. Designed with today’s mobile and social consumers in mind, Denim Social’s patent-pending platform improves marketing ROI by changing the way insurance and financial services companies advertise, engage, and sell. With a focus on delivering a simple and intuitive platform, Denim not only delivers results, it’s enjoyable to use. To learn more, visit denimsocial.com.

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    May 12, 2020

    Gremlin Social and Denim Merge to Create Denim Social

    We’ve Raised $4 Million in Series A Funding to Fuel Growth

    Today, we have important and exciting news to share. St. Louis-based Gremlin Social and Des Moines-based Denim have merged to form a new company called Denim Social.

    Denim Social empowers marketers in regulated industries to build stronger customer relationships on social media with tools that manage organic content and paid advertising in one platform.

    Denim Social provides social media management and marketing automation software built to meet the needs of regulated industries including banking, insurance, mortgage and wealth management. The merger brings together our complementary product offerings and provides a significant market opportunity in both insurance and financial services.

    During times like today, it’s more important than ever for brands to use social media to build deeper, more meaningful relationships with consumers and their communities. But we also recognize that compliance remains a significant barrier in many regulated industries. By merging our technology and expertise, we are providing an industry-leading, all-in-one solution.

    Our platform is the only social media management software that humanizes the social media experience at scale by providing solutions for brands, branch locations and advisors from one highly intuitive platform. Additionally, we’re proud to maintain the exclusive social media management endorsement from the American Bankers Association.

    New Funding to Drive Growth

    We’re equally excited to announce that we’ve raised our largest investment round to date – a $4 million Series A. Led by St. Louis-based Hermann Companies, the new funding will allow us to scale faster, enhance and expand our product offering and grow market share.

    As part of the Series A raise, Rick Holton, Jr. is joining our Board of Directors. Rick has a proven track record of scaling business-to-business fintech solutions and has a unique skill set that will help us develop a more robust digital engagement platform.

    Soon, we’ll share more details about enhancing our product capabilities for social media publishing, listening, analytics, compliance and team management. And, we look forward to delivering new and amazing products for our customers and partners.

    Culture and Teams

    When we began talking about merging our businesses, two of the most important elements of the conversation were focused on our company cultures and team members. We’re extremely excited that all of our team members have made the transition to Denim Social. Doug serves as our CEO, Gregory serves as president and chief product officer and Josh Dennis is our chief technology officer.

    Our company now consists of more than 20 dedicated team members across St. Louis, Des Moines and Birmingham. Like many of you, we’re currently working remotely and looking for more team members to do the same. And, in the coming days, we’re excited to post several new job openings across engineering, marketing, sales and customer success.

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    How to Increase Engagement With Decreased Self-Promotion on Financial Institution Social Media Pages

    If your financial institution’s social media pages consist primarily of posts that directly promote your business, products, and services, it’s time to rethink your strategy. Social media should not be a one-way channel for self-promotion like a billboard or radio advertisement. Nearly half of social media users will unfollow a brand if they do too much self-promotion on social media, and only 19% trust social media advertisements.

    Still, about 30% of all posts on financial institution social media pages are about the companies themselves. It’s time for banks, insurance companies, and other financial services companies to recognize that social media engagement is built through maintaining two-way communication. Posts that provide real value to prospects and customers will start that dialogue.

    Ask, “What will a follower get out of this post?” If you can’t easily identify the value, it’s likely too promotional.Here’s how you can shift the focus:

    1. Use employees as your delivery channel.

    Followers are more likely to engage with an actual human than a big brand name. Let your employees carry the voice of the brand on social media by sharing brand-related content on their own profiles with their own networks. With larger networks and more engagement opportunities, employees can expand the brand’s reach exponentially. What’s more, putting real human faces behind the brand voice can humanize the brand and help build more trust with followers.

    In the example below, loan officer Andrea Kling posted an informative video about preapproval letters from her personalFacebook profile to share with her networks. The valuable resource opens opportunities for engagement without screaming the company name. Users who want to know more can simply leave a comment or send Andrea a message.

    2. Share educational content.

    Another key aspect of Andrea’s post is that it provides education to the reader. In a survey of more than 1,000 American adults, 25% said they had no one to turn to for financial advice. When a financial services company and its employees share relevant education resources, they establish themselves as go-to sources for guidance —establishing their expertise and building trust through social media at the same time.

    Commerce Bank exemplified this well in their post during graduation season by sharing an article about financial tips for new graduates. The bank saw an educational opportunity for a specific audience and addressed it with a helpful, relevant resource.

    3. Include links in promotional posts.

    Some posts will be inherently promotional, even when you are providing educational content. The key is to ensure there is still value for readers, and an excellent way to do that is with strategic linking. Include links in your social posts that lead readers back to places on your website where they can get more of the information they need.

    Look at how AnnieMac Home Mortgage shared a link to a construction loan guide on its Facebook Page. The post explains a bit of the value of construction loans in one sentence, then includes a call to action for the reader to follow the link to read more. The link goes to a helpful guidebook on construction home loans. 

    When considering your linking strategy, landing pages are also an excellent move. These pages house valuable resources, such as the construction loan guidebook, behind an information request form. Visitors submit their name and email address to receive the download, and you get their contact information right in your hands. Then, you can engage in targeted outreach to prospects you know are already interested in the service.

    A solid social media strategy for financial services balances promotion with value. Put the human element front and center, focus on educating your followers, and develop a strategic linking strategy to limit self-promotion and prioritize the needs of your audience. For more information on how to shift your focus on social media, download the Denim 2020 Benchmark report.

    When it comes to connecting with consumers all over the world, where should you turn? Social media. Denim Social CEO, Doug Wilber, joins Sue Woodard on the Fresh Takes by Total Expert podcast to shine a light on the power of social media and utilizing it to nurture customer relationships. Doug answers the million-dollar question, “How does your brand connect with consumers on social media?”

    Where Are the Biggest Opportunities to Use Social Media in Financial Services?

    Denim Social's 2020 Benchmark Report shows that most financial institutions — 82% of those surveyed — are using Facebook to reach their audiences. It’s a great place to start, but Facebook is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to social media strategy for financial services.

    Your customers are active in many other places online, so why not meet them there? Our research shows that a few other valuable social media platforms are going underutilized. Let’s dive into whatInstagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter have to offer and how financial services marketers can best use each platform.

    1. Instagram

    As far as unsung social media platforms in financial services go, Instagram tops the list. The Benchmark Report reveals that it's the least adopted platform across all asset groups of financial services, and that’s a huge missed opportunity.

    Instagram is one of the best ways to get in front of younger audiences, which is a worthwhile goal, considering that many Millennial customers will likely be on the search for new financial services providers as Baby Boomers pass their wealth on to the next generations. What's more, 80% of Instagram users follow at least one business account and 60% use the platform to discover new products.


    If you’re already on Facebook, getting started on Instagram is a breeze. You can sync your Instagram account with your Facebook Business page and create content simultaneously for both platforms, saving both time and money. That's an excellent place to start, but from there, you'll want to begin creating Instagram-specific ads with extra visual content such as photos and videos.

    Instagram ads also allow hyperlinks, so you can lead readers right from their feeds to your website with specific calls to action to learn more. Lead them to a personalized and well-designed landing page on your site, for instance, and you'll be drawing each follower who clicks through one big step closer to conversion.

    What's more, you can create localized ad campaigns on Instagram to connect your individual employees with customers inclose geographical proximity. A local face in someone's feed is much more likely to capture their attention than a brand ad alone. Denim's social media management tools can help you organize and run localized ad campaigns with ease.

    2. LinkedIn

    Our research revealed that only about 63% of financial services providers in smaller asset groups use LinkedIn, and those that do use it don’t post as frequently as larger institutions. But smaller organizations might have the most to gain from LinkedIn. Employees at smaller companies are likely to know their customers on a closer level and can utilize LinkedIn to build and maintain those relationships.

    For financial services marketers, a brand profile is a necessary starting point. Getting the most out of the platform, however, requires activating your employees in a social selling strategy. They can share relevant content, such as videos and published articles from trusted media outlets, as well as engage with customers and prospects one-on-one via direct messaging to establish themselves as experts and build trusting relationships. People want to engage with other people, not with general brand pages. It’s no wonder that employees on social media can garner double the engagement of brand pages alone.

    3. Twitter

    Like Instagram, Twitter use is also low across all financial services asset groups with an average of 36% adoption. Understandably, financial services marketers might be intimidated by the fast-paced nature of the platform and fear they don’t have enough resources to keep up. However, with the proper social media management tools, maintaining compliant engagement on Twitter is totally possible — and worth it.

    One of the greatest benefits of social media marketing for financial services is the ability to provide more value to customers. Twitter makes this incredibly easy to do. Marketers can follow all relevant news media outlets and keep an eye out for any articles that might benefit their clients or prospects.For example, an explainer piece on recent changes in tax legislation may be helpful come tax season. Retweeting such helpful resources educates followers on financial topics and builds trust in the brand and its employees.

    There’s no single best social media platform for marketing. Each one has a unique opportunity to reach and engage current and future customers. If you’re already on Facebook, it’s time to level up your social media marketing strategy by diving into Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter as well. No matter the size of your financial institution, extending your social media strategy to encompass these platforms can help grow your audience, build trust, and maintain solid customer relationships.

    Gone are the days of sharing helpful, compliant content organically from your bank’s social media profile and seeing significant reach and engagement.

    Social media platforms today frequently update their algorithms to make branded content less visible. In January, for example, Facebook announced algorithmic changes to filter every post through integrity filters, a multifaceted scoring system and even a contextual pass.

    You might be wondering whether social media is even worth the try anymore in the broader scope of marketing efforts. The answer is a resounding yes. Your prospects and customers are still on social media, perhaps more than ever before. For example, 86 percent of Baby Boomers use social media daily. That’s only 3 percentage points less than Gen Z. With physical banking on a downward trend, banks have to meet people where they are if they want to continue making connections and building relationships.

    The following steps can help financial services provider skirt tricky algorithms to get in front of the right audiences:

    Don’t avoid organic altogether: Organic social media is still an important jumping-off point, and a key asset to help your brand cut through is your employees. Research from LinkedIn shows that employees have 10 times the following on LinkedIn compared to their employers and that employee posts on LinkedIn create twice the engagement. When employees share with and engage customers and prospects from individual accounts, they humanize the brand beyond brand profiles alone — in the eyes of audiences and algorithms.

    Social media algorithms favor people and person-to-person conversation. Because more engagement means greater algorithmic scoring, you can bet that the more people who engage with an employee post, the more social media users will see that post in their feeds.

    Pay to play: Of course, one of the biggest advantages of organic social media is that it’s free — but paid advertising doesn’t take a huge investment, either, and the returns can be well worth the initial spend and effort. Consider, for instance, pulling back your marketing budget from traditional out-of-home advertising tactics that have lost their impact as people stay home and reallocating the spend toward paid social efforts.

    Paid ads actually help you optimize your advertising budget more than organic alone because you can target them. You can build a targeting strategy based on your ideal persona’s demographics, activities, interests, etc. — which means you can make better-informed decisions about what content to share with whom. Audiences will appreciate the posts’ relevance, and bank associates will appreciate knowing that social media outreach efforts aren’t wasted on the wrong audience.

    Provide value with content: While great content isn’t the only thing you need for success today, it is still a crucial factor because it serves as a helpful resource for audiences. Think beyond promotion when creating and distributing ad content. Consider how to create real value.

    Content should both highlight your expertise and help educate readers. Guidebooks, blog posts and videos are among many valuable content tools. And you don’t have to limit a post to include only one of them. Instead, link to a landing page on your website from a social media ad. Viewers will go to the page that houses all the relevant, valuable content they want.

    What’s more, if you include form fields requesting visitor information in return for downloading some of that content, you’ll get valuable consumer data in your hands that can help you drive more conversions.

    Think strategically about retargeting:  To further optimize your approach for even greater ROI, consider retargeted advertising. This means serving social media advertisements to people you know already engage with your website, social media pages or content.

    Don’t just retarget campaigns to every person who has ever shown interest in your brand, however. This approach is likely too broad to create much impact, especially when customers today are all about personalization. Instead, divide your audience into segments and create specific campaigns for each.

    For example, people who visited your blog might be more receptive to more educational content, while those who visited your contact page might be closer to conversion and ready to hop into a conversation with your sales team. Even in retargeting, precision is the name of the game.

    The bottom line is: If your bank’s social media strategy is only organic, you won’t see enough ROI to justify your time and effort. But if you level up with employees, paid advertising and valuable content, you can optimize your efforts beyond what even the best organic strategy would allow to overcome algorithmic roadblocks and get in front of exactly the right people.

    This article was originally published on BAI.org.

    Instagram stands out as the shining star of social media platforms. While Facebook still reigns supreme, Instagram is quickly catching up fast with more than 1 billion users worldwide today — up by 73.5 million since 2020.

    With users under age 34 making up nearly half of this user population, financial services marketers looking to reach younger generations should take note. And with an estimated sum of $68 trillion in wealth expected to transfer from Baby Boomers to Millennials in the next couple of decades, Millennials are a worthwhile target.

    Studies predict that, after inheriting wealth, 80% or more young heirs will seek out a new financial advisor. Considering that 9 in 10 accounts follow at least one business on Instagram and 8 in 10 users find new products and services in the app, it’s a safe bet that Instagram will be a place to influence many Millennials. Wise financial services marketers will meet them where they are with strong Instagram marketing strategies, and the following tips can help:

    1. Focus on paid ads

    Instagram is a visual platform for sharing photos and videos, so it’s important for brand pages to populate their profiles with organic posts. While this presence is important, organic content isn’t what will move the needle on business goals. Financial services aren’t exactly visually interesting, and organic posts tend to have low reach as they only show up in the feeds of a brand’s current followers. Without the ability to include hyperlinks in captions, they also won’t drive any traffic back to your site. If you want to build the type of following needed to generate new business, including paid advertising in your Instagram marketing strategy is your ticket.

    With Instagram advertising, institutions and advisors can target ads to land with exactly the right audience — even outside their follower base — and include links in posts to drive more traffic to the brand. With a specific call to action that directs consumers to learn more about a topic, Instagram ads offer a straight-line path to giving customers the valuable information they desire — in their own time and at their own place. What’s more, Instagram advertising is seamlessly integrated directly into Instagram feeds and stories, creating a smoother user experience all around.

    2. Connect with consumers on a local level

    Instagram marketing on the corporate brand level is a great starting point, but advertising on behalf of your individual advisors can take your strategy to the next level. Think of it this way: If a consumer sees a well-known brand on social media, they might recognize the name, but they won’t feel an intrinsic connection beyond initial familiarity. In contrast, they’ll feel familiarity and an immediate connection when they see a post from an advisor in their own community. Consumers want to build relationships with brands, and a shared community is a great starting point.

    Of course, most advisors and other financial services employees are not experts on how to market the business on Instagram. And marketers know they must keep all social media marketing for their financial institutions compliant to avoid heavy regulatory reprimands. To keep posts compliant, save employees time, and help them build relationships with consumers in their physical communities, financial services marketers can set up and run ads on their behalf.

    3. Micro-target content to your audience

    As big-name brands like Amazon continue to elevate the digital customer experience with seamless customer service, purchasing, and delivery, customer expectations are higher than ever before. When customers evaluate a financial institution, they compare it not only to other organizations in the industry, but also to tech giants in any industry that give them exactly what they need when they need it.

    They expect a high level of personalization and convenience, and Instagram marketing with paid advertising can help you give it to them. Match basic behavioral and geographic data to potential customers on Instagram to target ads, and then track clicks, engagements, and post-click actions. These data points don’t indicate much on their own, but together they offer a rich story about what consumers want. Continually refine your strategy with these data points in mind to deliver the kind of highly personalized experiences your audiences want on Instagram.

    With a large Millennial user base that engages actively with brands online and the ability to target highly personalized ads to exactly the right audiences, Instagram is a must-have in any financial services marketing strategy. To learn more about how Instagram marketing can work to drive your business forward, download our guide to building stronger customer relationships on Instagram for free today.

    From a platform that employers can use to test software development job candidates to software that aims to improve how companies deploy field services workers, software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies have made a splash in transforming workplaces in 2021.

    Some of the largest employers had to adopt remote working this past year and have declared a willingness to keep some form of it even after the global pandemic subsides, prompting a renewed interest in software tools that can improve and even change business operations in a variety of industries.

    With headquarter locations including San Francisco and St. Louis and Kissimmee, Fla., these startups show that not only does innovation happen anywhere, but that startup funding remains strong and good ideas don’t only happen within the largest tech giants.

    #3 Denim Social

    Top Executive: Douglas Wilber, CEO

    Headquarters: St. Louis

    Denim Social offers social media management and marketing automation software for highly-regulated industries such as banking, insurance and wealth management.

    For these companies, compliance can get in the way of a consumer-oriented marketing campaign, according to Denim Social’s website. The company allows customers to schedule and plan social media content, curate industry-specific articles for audiences and learn about online audiences with analytic reports.

    The company counts AWS, Twitter and Facebook among its partners.

    The company was founded in 2020 through the merger of St. Louis-based Gremlin Social and Iowa-based Denim. The company also raised a $4 million Series A round of funding to increase marketing.

    This list was originally published by CRN and the full list can be viewed here.