September 7, 2021

How Does Your Social Media Strategy Measure Up to Other Financial Services Organizations?

Financial institutions of all sizes have realized the value of social media and digital marketing to reach prospects and customers today. Modern data and analytics make it possible to track the impact of your efforts, but it can be difficult to see how your institution compares to others when it comes to digital strategy.

That’s why Denim Social teamed up with researchers from Washington University in St. Louis to analyze more than 150,000 social media posts from financial institutions. We used the findings in our 2020 Social Media Benchmark Report for Financial Services to answer the question: How are we doing on social media?

Keep reading for a rundown of our most telling findings and insights from 2020 that can help you optimize your social media marketing strategies in 2021 and beyond.

The Best Social Media Platforms for Marketing Financial Services

First, let’s dive into where financial services marketers are putting their attention online. Then, we’ll look at how marketers can strengthen strategies across these platforms to make more connections and drive business goals.

Facebook: The first social stop for financial services providers

Facebook is the most popular social platform for financial services institutions with 82% of those surveyed active on the platform. Yet most institutions still have room to further optimize their Facebook social media strategies. More on that later.

Other platforms that go underutilized but deserve more attention are LinkedIn,Twitter, and Instagram. You don’t have to be on all of these platforms to have a strong and holistic approach, but you should have a working knowledge of each one to make the best-informed decisions about where and how to reach prospects and customers online.

LinkedIn: A winning social avenue for smaller financial services organizations

According to our research, fewer than two-thirds of banks, insurance companies, credit unions, and similar entities consider LinkedIn as a marketing vehicle.But LinkedIn can help brands, especially smaller ones, boost their visibility and foster more connections. Personnel at smaller financial services organizations tend to form closer relationships with clients, and LinkedIn is an excellent avenue for sourcing customers, making inroads with them, and maintaining strong connections throughout the relationship.

The first step to setting up a LinkedIn account is to create a brand profile.Then, encourage employees to share brand-related content on their own channels with a strategy known as social selling. Putting human faces behind your content can help you built trust and connections. Consider working with your executive team to develop a social media engagement calendar to guide brand and employee posts.

Twitter: Ideal for financial institutions ready for a fast-paced, hashtag-heavy forum

Only about 36% of financial institution marketers are using Twitter on a regular basis. Many worry about staying in line with important compliance regulations on such a fast-paced platform. With the right tools and approach, however, financial institutions can see great benefit from focusing more on Twitter, especially when it comes to sharing more newsworthy items. Twitter is where many people go to learn about what’s happening in the world in real time.

Banks and other financial brands can use automated software to conduct social listening for specific hashtags. This can show you what trends and discussions are hot in the industry and among customers so you can weigh in. Social media management software can also help streamline review and approvals processes for brand-related tweets, so marketers can rest easy knowing every post that goes live will be compliant.

Instagram: The unsung social media platform for financial brands

Many financial institutions lack any kind of Instagram marketing strategy because they aren’t sure Instagram holds relevance. It does, especially for brands looking to reach younger customers. The platform is popular amongGeneration Z and Millennial users, and about four-fifths of Instagrammers follow a favorite brand. This means it’s an ideal place to get in front of younger audiences looking to learn how to attain and grow wealth.

Remember the importance of paid advertising as you plan your Instagram marketing strategy. Posting organically to your brand's Instagram feed is still important — and DenimSocial can help you do it compliantly with our new Instagram publishing, monitoring, and analytics features. But organic posts tend to have low reach because they only show up in the feeds of those who follow the brand.

With paid advertising, however, you can target ads to land in front of exactly the right people — even if they're not following you. Instagram ads also allow you to include a direct call to action in the post, giving viewers a clear path to learning more about your brand. Denim Social's platform helps marketers create ads at scale, both for the brand and individual advisors. Targeting ads to Instagram users in advisor's geographical areas can help build local connections.

Best Practices Across All Platforms

As we analyzed thousands of social media posts from financial institutions, we pinpointed a few growth opportunities across posts on all platforms. Whether you’re looking to revamp your current strategy or get started on one of the platforms above altogether, keep these two major tips in mind:

1. Audit your posts for self-promotion.

One of the biggest areas for improvement involves the content institutions share and post on social media. Our research shows that one-third of financial institution social media posts are about companies' offerings, but users don't appreciate being bombarded with promotional posts; about half will unfollow a brand on social media if they do too much self-promotion.

If you’re feeling that your credit union, insurance company, or bank social media posts have fallen into self-absorption, don’t despair. Instead, create more opportunities to provide value to and foster connection with your audience with a couple of modern financial services marketing strategies:

Let employees be the voice behind the brand. Consumers want to hear from real people — not big brand names — on social media. Enable and encourage employees to share brand-related content with their own networks. This is social selling, and it aims to set the foundation for greater trust and stronger connections by putting real human faces behind branded posts. You’ll expand your reach while humanizing your brand. Of course, having many employees posting about the brand raises some compliance concerns, but a comprehensive social media management software like Denim Social’s can help you keep everything within bounds by automating approval workflows, housing pre-approved content, and more.

Provide value with educational content. A recent report from the National Financial Educators Council found that a quarter of American adults surveyed said they had no source for financial advice. That's a huge opportunity for your team to step in and be the resources your audience needs. Create and share valuable resources like how-to videos, online pamphlets, easy-to-use calculators, and step-by-step guides. This approach puts the focus on prospects and customers rather than the brand, but it also showcases the brand’s financial expertise and eagerness to help. You’ll become a trusted source for audience members looking to become smarter money managers.

2. Practice strategic linking.

Another major stumbling block we uncovered in our analysis has to do with linking in social media posts. Approximately 80% of financial organizations don't include any links in their posts, which means most are missing huge opportunities to drive more conversions.

Think about it: Someone visits your social media page. Your latest content is about the future of mortgage rates. But you don’t add a link to your own institution’s mortgage rates or other information. So what’s your curious reader going to do? They might Google the topic and end upon a competitor’s website.

Don’t let this happen. Instead, include the following three types of links:

External links: For every six posts you schedule, try to make four informational and evergreen. These posts should include links to trustworthy, non-competing sites with informative and educational resources.

Landing page links: Landing pages can be a valuable part of your internal website real estate. They allow you to gather personal information from visitors in exchange for something like an exclusive whitepaper download. Make sure 1 in every 6 social media posts contains a landing page link. If you don’t have landing pages on your website and aren’t sure how to start making them, check out our easy landing-page builder — no coding or website design experience required.

Owned content links: This is where tactful and strategic promotion can come into play. On social posts that don’t include external or landing-page links, include links to relevant on-site content. These could be blog posts, videos, or service offering pages. Just make sure the content on the link matches up with the tone and focus of the post. For instance, you wouldn’t want to post about home improvement loans and include a link to an article about 401(k)plans.

Social media is the name of the game in marketing for financial services — and most organizations already know that.But how do your strategies measure up to the competition? Are you on the right platforms and sharing the right types of posts to reach your target audience, provide value, and ultimately drive more conversions? Dive further into our 2020 Social Media Benchmark Report for Financial Services and request a custom report today to answer those questions and optimize your social media strategy for the future.

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September 7, 2021

How Does Your Social Media Strategy Measure Up to Other Financial Services Organizations?

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Financial institutions of all sizes have realized the value of social media and digital marketing to reach prospects and customers today. Modern data and analytics make it possible to track the impact of your efforts, but it can be difficult to see how your institution compares to others when it comes to digital strategy.

That’s why Denim Social teamed up with researchers from Washington University in St. Louis to analyze more than 150,000 social media posts from financial institutions. We used the findings in our 2020 Social Media Benchmark Report for Financial Services to answer the question: How are we doing on social media?

Keep reading for a rundown of our most telling findings and insights from 2020 that can help you optimize your social media marketing strategies in 2021 and beyond.

The Best Social Media Platforms for Marketing Financial Services

First, let’s dive into where financial services marketers are putting their attention online. Then, we’ll look at how marketers can strengthen strategies across these platforms to make more connections and drive business goals.

Facebook: The first social stop for financial services providers

Facebook is the most popular social platform for financial services institutions with 82% of those surveyed active on the platform. Yet most institutions still have room to further optimize their Facebook social media strategies. More on that later.

Other platforms that go underutilized but deserve more attention are LinkedIn,Twitter, and Instagram. You don’t have to be on all of these platforms to have a strong and holistic approach, but you should have a working knowledge of each one to make the best-informed decisions about where and how to reach prospects and customers online.

LinkedIn: A winning social avenue for smaller financial services organizations

According to our research, fewer than two-thirds of banks, insurance companies, credit unions, and similar entities consider LinkedIn as a marketing vehicle.But LinkedIn can help brands, especially smaller ones, boost their visibility and foster more connections. Personnel at smaller financial services organizations tend to form closer relationships with clients, and LinkedIn is an excellent avenue for sourcing customers, making inroads with them, and maintaining strong connections throughout the relationship.

The first step to setting up a LinkedIn account is to create a brand profile.Then, encourage employees to share brand-related content on their own channels with a strategy known as social selling. Putting human faces behind your content can help you built trust and connections. Consider working with your executive team to develop a social media engagement calendar to guide brand and employee posts.

Twitter: Ideal for financial institutions ready for a fast-paced, hashtag-heavy forum

Only about 36% of financial institution marketers are using Twitter on a regular basis. Many worry about staying in line with important compliance regulations on such a fast-paced platform. With the right tools and approach, however, financial institutions can see great benefit from focusing more on Twitter, especially when it comes to sharing more newsworthy items. Twitter is where many people go to learn about what’s happening in the world in real time.

Banks and other financial brands can use automated software to conduct social listening for specific hashtags. This can show you what trends and discussions are hot in the industry and among customers so you can weigh in. Social media management software can also help streamline review and approvals processes for brand-related tweets, so marketers can rest easy knowing every post that goes live will be compliant.

Instagram: The unsung social media platform for financial brands

Many financial institutions lack any kind of Instagram marketing strategy because they aren’t sure Instagram holds relevance. It does, especially for brands looking to reach younger customers. The platform is popular amongGeneration Z and Millennial users, and about four-fifths of Instagrammers follow a favorite brand. This means it’s an ideal place to get in front of younger audiences looking to learn how to attain and grow wealth.

Remember the importance of paid advertising as you plan your Instagram marketing strategy. Posting organically to your brand's Instagram feed is still important — and DenimSocial can help you do it compliantly with our new Instagram publishing, monitoring, and analytics features. But organic posts tend to have low reach because they only show up in the feeds of those who follow the brand.

With paid advertising, however, you can target ads to land in front of exactly the right people — even if they're not following you. Instagram ads also allow you to include a direct call to action in the post, giving viewers a clear path to learning more about your brand. Denim Social's platform helps marketers create ads at scale, both for the brand and individual advisors. Targeting ads to Instagram users in advisor's geographical areas can help build local connections.

Best Practices Across All Platforms

As we analyzed thousands of social media posts from financial institutions, we pinpointed a few growth opportunities across posts on all platforms. Whether you’re looking to revamp your current strategy or get started on one of the platforms above altogether, keep these two major tips in mind:

1. Audit your posts for self-promotion.

One of the biggest areas for improvement involves the content institutions share and post on social media. Our research shows that one-third of financial institution social media posts are about companies' offerings, but users don't appreciate being bombarded with promotional posts; about half will unfollow a brand on social media if they do too much self-promotion.

If you’re feeling that your credit union, insurance company, or bank social media posts have fallen into self-absorption, don’t despair. Instead, create more opportunities to provide value to and foster connection with your audience with a couple of modern financial services marketing strategies:

Let employees be the voice behind the brand. Consumers want to hear from real people — not big brand names — on social media. Enable and encourage employees to share brand-related content with their own networks. This is social selling, and it aims to set the foundation for greater trust and stronger connections by putting real human faces behind branded posts. You’ll expand your reach while humanizing your brand. Of course, having many employees posting about the brand raises some compliance concerns, but a comprehensive social media management software like Denim Social’s can help you keep everything within bounds by automating approval workflows, housing pre-approved content, and more.

Provide value with educational content. A recent report from the National Financial Educators Council found that a quarter of American adults surveyed said they had no source for financial advice. That's a huge opportunity for your team to step in and be the resources your audience needs. Create and share valuable resources like how-to videos, online pamphlets, easy-to-use calculators, and step-by-step guides. This approach puts the focus on prospects and customers rather than the brand, but it also showcases the brand’s financial expertise and eagerness to help. You’ll become a trusted source for audience members looking to become smarter money managers.

2. Practice strategic linking.

Another major stumbling block we uncovered in our analysis has to do with linking in social media posts. Approximately 80% of financial organizations don't include any links in their posts, which means most are missing huge opportunities to drive more conversions.

Think about it: Someone visits your social media page. Your latest content is about the future of mortgage rates. But you don’t add a link to your own institution’s mortgage rates or other information. So what’s your curious reader going to do? They might Google the topic and end upon a competitor’s website.

Don’t let this happen. Instead, include the following three types of links:

External links: For every six posts you schedule, try to make four informational and evergreen. These posts should include links to trustworthy, non-competing sites with informative and educational resources.

Landing page links: Landing pages can be a valuable part of your internal website real estate. They allow you to gather personal information from visitors in exchange for something like an exclusive whitepaper download. Make sure 1 in every 6 social media posts contains a landing page link. If you don’t have landing pages on your website and aren’t sure how to start making them, check out our easy landing-page builder — no coding or website design experience required.

Owned content links: This is where tactful and strategic promotion can come into play. On social posts that don’t include external or landing-page links, include links to relevant on-site content. These could be blog posts, videos, or service offering pages. Just make sure the content on the link matches up with the tone and focus of the post. For instance, you wouldn’t want to post about home improvement loans and include a link to an article about 401(k)plans.

Social media is the name of the game in marketing for financial services — and most organizations already know that.But how do your strategies measure up to the competition? Are you on the right platforms and sharing the right types of posts to reach your target audience, provide value, and ultimately drive more conversions? Dive further into our 2020 Social Media Benchmark Report for Financial Services and request a custom report today to answer those questions and optimize your social media strategy for the future.

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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!

Financial institutions often play it safe when it comes to marketing — and for good reason. They need to be certain they follow all compliance and governing regulations. But problems can also arise when firms play it too safe with their marketing mix and forgo largely effective modern tactics, such as paid social media advertising.

Organic social media should still have a place in your strategy, especially in a social selling program. Cultivating organic posts from your associates' accounts is a great way to add context, richness, and humanity to your brand. For current customers, organic social media posts can be a way to demonstrate the heart and culture of your company as you provide “behind the scenes” and in-office content that speaks to the personalities and values of your employees and institution.

For prospective customers, organic social can serve as a "verifier." A strong social media presence signals to prospects that your company and employees are legitimate and lends more insight into your value proposition.

However, what’s missing in this social media marketing strategy is the value for top-of-funnel leads — those who don’t know anything about your institution yet. According to a recent study, only 2.2% of your followers see your posts on Facebook, 5.5% on LinkedIn, and 9.4% on Instagram. Paid social media advertising is one of the most effective ways to introduce people who aren’t yet following your producers, loan officers, or advisors to your institution at the right place and the right time.

Organic and Paid: Better Together

Organic and paid social have a symbiotic relationship. Organic social builds first-degree connections and facilitates awareness, engagement, and branding, while paid social allows you to reach larger, more tailored audiences.

For instance, if you’re working for a wealth management firm, your top-of-funnel leads are unlikely to find your firm by searching Facebook, but if they happen to be scrolling and see your Facebook ad for a financial advisor's retirement planning services, they are more likely to navigate to your social and landing pages. There, your organic posts, which have been building over time, can show off the legitimacy of your brand and your advisor's expertise.

The question, then, is how to marry existing organic strategies with paid campaigns in your social media strategy for the highest return. Start here:

1. Amplify what works (and drop what isn't).

With paid social media ads, you can see immediate results, which makes them great for testing. If a post is underperforming, use A/B testing to experiment with different images, copy, and calls to action to make improvements for the future. A/B testing helps you isolate what elements of your ads need to change by showing which ones resonate and which don’t.

This method can even be applied to previously organic content: Did an employee's post have unexpectedly high engagement? Use it as a blueprint to try to isolate why. A paid ad will bring the post in front of greater audiences, and changing a few aspects can help identify why it was so successful in the first place.

As you see what’s performing, invest more dollars into posts that convert while cutting or changing content that doesn’t. With paid social media ads, you can see immediate results versus organic’s longer-term commitment. That makes paid ads well-suited to testing.

2. Expand your audience base.

Both organic and paid social media can help increase your reach on social media, and it starts with activating advisors in addition to brand pages. A social selling approach can increase your results tenfold and drive higher engagement. Facebook ads reach 1.95 billion average monthly users, and an average user clicks 12 ads per month, so significant reach is up for grabs.

With an organic social selling strategy, you can reach more people in your existing social and professional communities. But with a complementary paid ad strategy on top of that, you can break through your first-degree social connections to reach second- and third-degree connections, who will include important professional referral sources.

Utilize paid amplification of employee posts to benefit. Your advisors should be your brand's ambassadors, so up your social selling game by maximizing the reach of their posts.

3. Drive leads into conversions.

Don't let your marketing funnel lead to dead ends. Make sure employees are linking back to your site or other relevant brand content. A well-crafted organic post that drives to a landing page can be the start of a meaningful digital experience that creates business results. Combine this with paid social media ads, which can generate leads by offering call-to-action options that get attention and clicks.

For instance, an organic post can drive a prospective customer to a first-time homebuyer guide. But a paid social post lets you experiment further with a call-to-action button that makes taking the next step easy for potential customers.

Organic and paid social advertising work best in tandem. To ensure you're getting the most out of your social selling strategy, check out our Social Selling Playbook for Financial Marketers.

For financial services to successfully connect with their customers on social media, authenticity is essential. It is more important than ever for customers to feel genuinely connected to brands, and brands should stay true to their values and communicate in a way that is welcoming and personal. Customers support businesses that resonate on social media, and authenticity is key to strengthening that brand-customer relationship. Leading with a personalized approach on social media is the perfect opportunity to be a source of trust and reliability for financial customers. How can banks, mortgage offices, wealth management firms, and insurance agencies incorporate authenticity into their strategy? Start with these approaches: 

  1. Rely on user-generated content. User generated content is 12x more trusted than product descriptions, and brands see a 25% increase in conversion with organic images versus overly-curated ones. Through social selling, financial institutions can look to their own employees and customers to help produce authentic content to support the brand. Consider how you can activate your employees to engage in social selling, and leverage customer relationships to provide testimonials, user experiences, and more. 
  1. Incorporate video content into your mix. To meet customers where they are, it’s essential to use video as a tool in your social media strategy. With younger generations spending up to 4 hours per day on social networks, video is only going to grow in popularity. With video, customers can see for themselves what a business does every day, giving them a visualization to connect with. To make it more authentic, don’t over-edit and use storytelling to define the brand. Keep it short, though; attention spans on social media are shorter, and marketers only have a couple seconds to capture audiences.
  1. Keep audience experience top of mind. Brand loyalty among consumers continues to decrease given the surplus of choices that digital media and social networks provide. Customers are loyal to brands that they like and that they feel are authentic and care about them. Sixty-one percent of consumers switched business from one brand or provider to another in the past year, demonstrating a need to listen to customers on social networks. Businesses that can listen to customers and translate that into an authentic message or piece of content will see more success than those that push content out for the sake of it.
  1. Always offer value with content. When creating a healthy and balanced marketing mix for social media networks, don’t forget to be mindful of how to engage viewers. This is a great way for a financial brand to be authentic to what it does and how it helps customers. Social media offers endless opportunities to provide brand information, educate through thought leadership, and give insight into company values and missions. Customers want to feel that they are along for the ride with a brand, being welcomed rather than pursued. While content can be fun and entertaining, also remember to add value through content that is practical, useful, and enticing. 

Customers want real and authentic content on social media, and this presents opportunities for financial services to connect. The best practice is to keep content professional and on brand, but feel free to have fun and show that your organization is keeping up with the times as the industry continues to change and grow. Social media management platforms like Denim Social can help financial institutions to create and publish organically, and gives businesses the ability to manage posts at the brand and user level. The ability to show up and resonate with audiences on social media will be a winning strategy every time. Book a demo to see how publishing can work for you, and check out our existing social media resources for inspiration.  

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.

Before a customer makes a purchase, they go through a decision process called the buying journey. They initially become aware of a brand, learn more about it, evaluate whether it’s an appropriate option for their needs, and finally, make the choice to buy in or not. For marketers in the financial industry, this customer buying journey presents an opportunity to utilize a full-funnel marketing strategy. This approach involves getting the right content and messaging in front of the right customer at the right time, strategically engaging them at each stage of the funnel in the lead up to purchase.

This full-funnel marketing approach is important to the customer buying journey; at each stage, it allows marketers to pique interest, build trust, and encourage action. With customers expecting brands to meet their needs online, this gives financial marketers a unique opportunity to connect with audiences by creating touchpoints along the way. Ultimately, a full-funnel strategy helps financial institutions align marketing efforts with business ROI. Let’s take a look at each stage of the buying process using a full-funnel approach and how social media can help move customers down the funnel.

Create Brand Awareness With Organic Social

The first step of the full-funnel marketing approach is awareness – a customer needs to know a business exists before they can do anything else. Here, customers learn about the brand and what value it provides. Through organic publishing with curated social media content, brands can share targeted messages with wide-reaching audiences.  Creating a robust and interesting content mix that informs, educates, and entertains is the first step in giving a brand a place in a customer’s mind.

Engage Audiences With Paid Advertising

While establishing a consistent organic content routine is the foundation of the full-funnel process, moving customers along the buying journey requires engagement. The best way to make sure that the right customers are viewing content is to target them through paid advertising. Social advertising campaigns allow marketers to multiply their efforts through the power of intelligent targeting and better manage audience behavior. This way, the people that see a paid ad will be the most likely to be interested in it and engage.

Encourage Consideration With Relevant Landing Pages

Any social media post, organic or paid, should lead a customer to a landing page, where they will visit a brand’s website to learn more. For example, a brand can link to a personalized landing page that includes a form to collect customer information in exchange for access to content. It’s mutually beneficial – a customer receives content and a business now has a lead to continue nurturing.

Convert and Retain Customers With Retargeting

Finally, conversion is where the magic happens. At this stage, a customer has the information they need to make a purchase decision. With retargeting, marketers can continue to lead the customer along the buying journey by connecting based on previous engagement. While converting a lead to a customer is an excellent way to track success, the journey doesn’t end there. Conversion is simply another step in the circular journey, as the next step is to grow them into a loyal customer that can then become a valuable resource and reference for the brand.

The overall key to successfully adopting a full-funnel marketing approach is to meet customers where they are, and encourage them to move along the buying process. And that involves addressing them at every stage of the funnel to raise brand awareness, answer questions about the brand, and nurture people through final decision-making. The customer journey and full-funnel approach is ongoing, and can be a great way to better understand how you are meeting business goals and expectations through social media efforts.

Want to be empowered to embrace marketing opportunities at each stage of the customer buying journey? Having the right social media management tools for financial services at your disposal is the first step. Get started with a demo today.

What is a financial institution to do when they see the potential in social media, but lack the tools and time to scale a strategy that drives meaningful results? If this sounds familiar check out our case study to learn how Denim Social helped Evolve Bank and Trust build and execute a social strategy that drove big results at the brand and branch levels, even with limited resources.

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How Does Your Social Media Strategy Measure Up to Other Financial Services Organizations?

Financial institutions of all sizes have realized the value of social media and digital marketing to reach prospects and customers today. Modern data and analytics make it possible to track the impact of your efforts, but it can be difficult to see how your institution compares to others when it comes to digital strategy.

That’s why Denim Social teamed up with researchers from Washington University in St. Louis to analyze more than 150,000 social media posts from financial institutions. We used the findings in our 2020 Social Media Benchmark Report for Financial Services to answer the question: How are we doing on social media?

Keep reading for a rundown of our most telling findings and insights from 2020 that can help you optimize your social media marketing strategies in 2021 and beyond.

The Best Social Media Platforms for Marketing Financial Services

First, let’s dive into where financial services marketers are putting their attention online. Then, we’ll look at how marketers can strengthen strategies across these platforms to make more connections and drive business goals.

Facebook: The first social stop for financial services providers

Facebook is the most popular social platform for financial services institutions with 82% of those surveyed active on the platform. Yet most institutions still have room to further optimize their Facebook social media strategies. More on that later.

Other platforms that go underutilized but deserve more attention are LinkedIn,Twitter, and Instagram. You don’t have to be on all of these platforms to have a strong and holistic approach, but you should have a working knowledge of each one to make the best-informed decisions about where and how to reach prospects and customers online.

LinkedIn: A winning social avenue for smaller financial services organizations

According to our research, fewer than two-thirds of banks, insurance companies, credit unions, and similar entities consider LinkedIn as a marketing vehicle.But LinkedIn can help brands, especially smaller ones, boost their visibility and foster more connections. Personnel at smaller financial services organizations tend to form closer relationships with clients, and LinkedIn is an excellent avenue for sourcing customers, making inroads with them, and maintaining strong connections throughout the relationship.

The first step to setting up a LinkedIn account is to create a brand profile.Then, encourage employees to share brand-related content on their own channels with a strategy known as social selling. Putting human faces behind your content can help you built trust and connections. Consider working with your executive team to develop a social media engagement calendar to guide brand and employee posts.

Twitter: Ideal for financial institutions ready for a fast-paced, hashtag-heavy forum

Only about 36% of financial institution marketers are using Twitter on a regular basis. Many worry about staying in line with important compliance regulations on such a fast-paced platform. With the right tools and approach, however, financial institutions can see great benefit from focusing more on Twitter, especially when it comes to sharing more newsworthy items. Twitter is where many people go to learn about what’s happening in the world in real time.

Banks and other financial brands can use automated software to conduct social listening for specific hashtags. This can show you what trends and discussions are hot in the industry and among customers so you can weigh in. Social media management software can also help streamline review and approvals processes for brand-related tweets, so marketers can rest easy knowing every post that goes live will be compliant.

Instagram: The unsung social media platform for financial brands

Many financial institutions lack any kind of Instagram marketing strategy because they aren’t sure Instagram holds relevance. It does, especially for brands looking to reach younger customers. The platform is popular amongGeneration Z and Millennial users, and about four-fifths of Instagrammers follow a favorite brand. This means it’s an ideal place to get in front of younger audiences looking to learn how to attain and grow wealth.

Remember the importance of paid advertising as you plan your Instagram marketing strategy. Posting organically to your brand's Instagram feed is still important — and DenimSocial can help you do it compliantly with our new Instagram publishing, monitoring, and analytics features. But organic posts tend to have low reach because they only show up in the feeds of those who follow the brand.

With paid advertising, however, you can target ads to land in front of exactly the right people — even if they're not following you. Instagram ads also allow you to include a direct call to action in the post, giving viewers a clear path to learning more about your brand. Denim Social's platform helps marketers create ads at scale, both for the brand and individual advisors. Targeting ads to Instagram users in advisor's geographical areas can help build local connections.

Best Practices Across All Platforms

As we analyzed thousands of social media posts from financial institutions, we pinpointed a few growth opportunities across posts on all platforms. Whether you’re looking to revamp your current strategy or get started on one of the platforms above altogether, keep these two major tips in mind:

1. Audit your posts for self-promotion.

One of the biggest areas for improvement involves the content institutions share and post on social media. Our research shows that one-third of financial institution social media posts are about companies' offerings, but users don't appreciate being bombarded with promotional posts; about half will unfollow a brand on social media if they do too much self-promotion.

If you’re feeling that your credit union, insurance company, or bank social media posts have fallen into self-absorption, don’t despair. Instead, create more opportunities to provide value to and foster connection with your audience with a couple of modern financial services marketing strategies:

Let employees be the voice behind the brand. Consumers want to hear from real people — not big brand names — on social media. Enable and encourage employees to share brand-related content with their own networks. This is social selling, and it aims to set the foundation for greater trust and stronger connections by putting real human faces behind branded posts. You’ll expand your reach while humanizing your brand. Of course, having many employees posting about the brand raises some compliance concerns, but a comprehensive social media management software like Denim Social’s can help you keep everything within bounds by automating approval workflows, housing pre-approved content, and more.

Provide value with educational content. A recent report from the National Financial Educators Council found that a quarter of American adults surveyed said they had no source for financial advice. That's a huge opportunity for your team to step in and be the resources your audience needs. Create and share valuable resources like how-to videos, online pamphlets, easy-to-use calculators, and step-by-step guides. This approach puts the focus on prospects and customers rather than the brand, but it also showcases the brand’s financial expertise and eagerness to help. You’ll become a trusted source for audience members looking to become smarter money managers.

2. Practice strategic linking.

Another major stumbling block we uncovered in our analysis has to do with linking in social media posts. Approximately 80% of financial organizations don't include any links in their posts, which means most are missing huge opportunities to drive more conversions.

Think about it: Someone visits your social media page. Your latest content is about the future of mortgage rates. But you don’t add a link to your own institution’s mortgage rates or other information. So what’s your curious reader going to do? They might Google the topic and end upon a competitor’s website.

Don’t let this happen. Instead, include the following three types of links:

External links: For every six posts you schedule, try to make four informational and evergreen. These posts should include links to trustworthy, non-competing sites with informative and educational resources.

Landing page links: Landing pages can be a valuable part of your internal website real estate. They allow you to gather personal information from visitors in exchange for something like an exclusive whitepaper download. Make sure 1 in every 6 social media posts contains a landing page link. If you don’t have landing pages on your website and aren’t sure how to start making them, check out our easy landing-page builder — no coding or website design experience required.

Owned content links: This is where tactful and strategic promotion can come into play. On social posts that don’t include external or landing-page links, include links to relevant on-site content. These could be blog posts, videos, or service offering pages. Just make sure the content on the link matches up with the tone and focus of the post. For instance, you wouldn’t want to post about home improvement loans and include a link to an article about 401(k)plans.

Social media is the name of the game in marketing for financial services — and most organizations already know that.But how do your strategies measure up to the competition? Are you on the right platforms and sharing the right types of posts to reach your target audience, provide value, and ultimately drive more conversions? Dive further into our 2020 Social Media Benchmark Report for Financial Services and request a custom report today to answer those questions and optimize your social media strategy for the future.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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

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  • Is it important to equip your sales personnel with social media accounts?
  • Does your bank measure the impact of your social media use?
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    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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    How Does Your Social Media Strategy Measure Up to Other Financial Services Organizations?

    Financial institutions of all sizes have realized the value of social media and digital marketing to reach prospects and customers today. Modern data and analytics make it possible to track the impact of your efforts, but it can be difficult to see how your institution compares to others when it comes to digital strategy.

    That’s why Denim Social teamed up with researchers from Washington University in St. Louis to analyze more than 150,000 social media posts from financial institutions. We used the findings in our 2020 Social Media Benchmark Report for Financial Services to answer the question: How are we doing on social media?

    Keep reading for a rundown of our most telling findings and insights from 2020 that can help you optimize your social media marketing strategies in 2021 and beyond.

    The Best Social Media Platforms for Marketing Financial Services

    First, let’s dive into where financial services marketers are putting their attention online. Then, we’ll look at how marketers can strengthen strategies across these platforms to make more connections and drive business goals.

    Facebook: The first social stop for financial services providers

    Facebook is the most popular social platform for financial services institutions with 82% of those surveyed active on the platform. Yet most institutions still have room to further optimize their Facebook social media strategies. More on that later.

    Other platforms that go underutilized but deserve more attention are LinkedIn,Twitter, and Instagram. You don’t have to be on all of these platforms to have a strong and holistic approach, but you should have a working knowledge of each one to make the best-informed decisions about where and how to reach prospects and customers online.

    LinkedIn: A winning social avenue for smaller financial services organizations

    According to our research, fewer than two-thirds of banks, insurance companies, credit unions, and similar entities consider LinkedIn as a marketing vehicle.But LinkedIn can help brands, especially smaller ones, boost their visibility and foster more connections. Personnel at smaller financial services organizations tend to form closer relationships with clients, and LinkedIn is an excellent avenue for sourcing customers, making inroads with them, and maintaining strong connections throughout the relationship.

    The first step to setting up a LinkedIn account is to create a brand profile.Then, encourage employees to share brand-related content on their own channels with a strategy known as social selling. Putting human faces behind your content can help you built trust and connections. Consider working with your executive team to develop a social media engagement calendar to guide brand and employee posts.

    Twitter: Ideal for financial institutions ready for a fast-paced, hashtag-heavy forum

    Only about 36% of financial institution marketers are using Twitter on a regular basis. Many worry about staying in line with important compliance regulations on such a fast-paced platform. With the right tools and approach, however, financial institutions can see great benefit from focusing more on Twitter, especially when it comes to sharing more newsworthy items. Twitter is where many people go to learn about what’s happening in the world in real time.

    Banks and other financial brands can use automated software to conduct social listening for specific hashtags. This can show you what trends and discussions are hot in the industry and among customers so you can weigh in. Social media management software can also help streamline review and approvals processes for brand-related tweets, so marketers can rest easy knowing every post that goes live will be compliant.

    Instagram: The unsung social media platform for financial brands

    Many financial institutions lack any kind of Instagram marketing strategy because they aren’t sure Instagram holds relevance. It does, especially for brands looking to reach younger customers. The platform is popular amongGeneration Z and Millennial users, and about four-fifths of Instagrammers follow a favorite brand. This means it’s an ideal place to get in front of younger audiences looking to learn how to attain and grow wealth.

    Remember the importance of paid advertising as you plan your Instagram marketing strategy. Posting organically to your brand's Instagram feed is still important — and DenimSocial can help you do it compliantly with our new Instagram publishing, monitoring, and analytics features. But organic posts tend to have low reach because they only show up in the feeds of those who follow the brand.

    With paid advertising, however, you can target ads to land in front of exactly the right people — even if they're not following you. Instagram ads also allow you to include a direct call to action in the post, giving viewers a clear path to learning more about your brand. Denim Social's platform helps marketers create ads at scale, both for the brand and individual advisors. Targeting ads to Instagram users in advisor's geographical areas can help build local connections.

    Best Practices Across All Platforms

    As we analyzed thousands of social media posts from financial institutions, we pinpointed a few growth opportunities across posts on all platforms. Whether you’re looking to revamp your current strategy or get started on one of the platforms above altogether, keep these two major tips in mind:

    1. Audit your posts for self-promotion.

    One of the biggest areas for improvement involves the content institutions share and post on social media. Our research shows that one-third of financial institution social media posts are about companies' offerings, but users don't appreciate being bombarded with promotional posts; about half will unfollow a brand on social media if they do too much self-promotion.

    If you’re feeling that your credit union, insurance company, or bank social media posts have fallen into self-absorption, don’t despair. Instead, create more opportunities to provide value to and foster connection with your audience with a couple of modern financial services marketing strategies:

    Let employees be the voice behind the brand. Consumers want to hear from real people — not big brand names — on social media. Enable and encourage employees to share brand-related content with their own networks. This is social selling, and it aims to set the foundation for greater trust and stronger connections by putting real human faces behind branded posts. You’ll expand your reach while humanizing your brand. Of course, having many employees posting about the brand raises some compliance concerns, but a comprehensive social media management software like Denim Social’s can help you keep everything within bounds by automating approval workflows, housing pre-approved content, and more.

    Provide value with educational content. A recent report from the National Financial Educators Council found that a quarter of American adults surveyed said they had no source for financial advice. That's a huge opportunity for your team to step in and be the resources your audience needs. Create and share valuable resources like how-to videos, online pamphlets, easy-to-use calculators, and step-by-step guides. This approach puts the focus on prospects and customers rather than the brand, but it also showcases the brand’s financial expertise and eagerness to help. You’ll become a trusted source for audience members looking to become smarter money managers.

    2. Practice strategic linking.

    Another major stumbling block we uncovered in our analysis has to do with linking in social media posts. Approximately 80% of financial organizations don't include any links in their posts, which means most are missing huge opportunities to drive more conversions.

    Think about it: Someone visits your social media page. Your latest content is about the future of mortgage rates. But you don’t add a link to your own institution’s mortgage rates or other information. So what’s your curious reader going to do? They might Google the topic and end upon a competitor’s website.

    Don’t let this happen. Instead, include the following three types of links:

    External links: For every six posts you schedule, try to make four informational and evergreen. These posts should include links to trustworthy, non-competing sites with informative and educational resources.

    Landing page links: Landing pages can be a valuable part of your internal website real estate. They allow you to gather personal information from visitors in exchange for something like an exclusive whitepaper download. Make sure 1 in every 6 social media posts contains a landing page link. If you don’t have landing pages on your website and aren’t sure how to start making them, check out our easy landing-page builder — no coding or website design experience required.

    Owned content links: This is where tactful and strategic promotion can come into play. On social posts that don’t include external or landing-page links, include links to relevant on-site content. These could be blog posts, videos, or service offering pages. Just make sure the content on the link matches up with the tone and focus of the post. For instance, you wouldn’t want to post about home improvement loans and include a link to an article about 401(k)plans.

    Social media is the name of the game in marketing for financial services — and most organizations already know that.But how do your strategies measure up to the competition? Are you on the right platforms and sharing the right types of posts to reach your target audience, provide value, and ultimately drive more conversions? Dive further into our 2020 Social Media Benchmark Report for Financial Services and request a custom report today to answer those questions and optimize your social media strategy for the future.

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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
    GUIDES

    How Does Your Social Media Strategy Measure Up to Other Financial Services Organizations?

    Financial institutions of all sizes have realized the value of social media and digital marketing to reach prospects and customers today. Modern data and analytics make it possible to track the impact of your efforts, but it can be difficult to see how your institution compares to others when it comes to digital strategy.

    That’s why Denim Social teamed up with researchers from Washington University in St. Louis to analyze more than 150,000 social media posts from financial institutions. We used the findings in our 2020 Social Media Benchmark Report for Financial Services to answer the question: How are we doing on social media?

    Keep reading for a rundown of our most telling findings and insights from 2020 that can help you optimize your social media marketing strategies in 2021 and beyond.

    The Best Social Media Platforms for Marketing Financial Services

    First, let’s dive into where financial services marketers are putting their attention online. Then, we’ll look at how marketers can strengthen strategies across these platforms to make more connections and drive business goals.

    Facebook: The first social stop for financial services providers

    Facebook is the most popular social platform for financial services institutions with 82% of those surveyed active on the platform. Yet most institutions still have room to further optimize their Facebook social media strategies. More on that later.

    Other platforms that go underutilized but deserve more attention are LinkedIn,Twitter, and Instagram. You don’t have to be on all of these platforms to have a strong and holistic approach, but you should have a working knowledge of each one to make the best-informed decisions about where and how to reach prospects and customers online.

    LinkedIn: A winning social avenue for smaller financial services organizations

    According to our research, fewer than two-thirds of banks, insurance companies, credit unions, and similar entities consider LinkedIn as a marketing vehicle.But LinkedIn can help brands, especially smaller ones, boost their visibility and foster more connections. Personnel at smaller financial services organizations tend to form closer relationships with clients, and LinkedIn is an excellent avenue for sourcing customers, making inroads with them, and maintaining strong connections throughout the relationship.

    The first step to setting up a LinkedIn account is to create a brand profile.Then, encourage employees to share brand-related content on their own channels with a strategy known as social selling. Putting human faces behind your content can help you built trust and connections. Consider working with your executive team to develop a social media engagement calendar to guide brand and employee posts.

    Twitter: Ideal for financial institutions ready for a fast-paced, hashtag-heavy forum

    Only about 36% of financial institution marketers are using Twitter on a regular basis. Many worry about staying in line with important compliance regulations on such a fast-paced platform. With the right tools and approach, however, financial institutions can see great benefit from focusing more on Twitter, especially when it comes to sharing more newsworthy items. Twitter is where many people go to learn about what’s happening in the world in real time.

    Banks and other financial brands can use automated software to conduct social listening for specific hashtags. This can show you what trends and discussions are hot in the industry and among customers so you can weigh in. Social media management software can also help streamline review and approvals processes for brand-related tweets, so marketers can rest easy knowing every post that goes live will be compliant.

    Instagram: The unsung social media platform for financial brands

    Many financial institutions lack any kind of Instagram marketing strategy because they aren’t sure Instagram holds relevance. It does, especially for brands looking to reach younger customers. The platform is popular amongGeneration Z and Millennial users, and about four-fifths of Instagrammers follow a favorite brand. This means it’s an ideal place to get in front of younger audiences looking to learn how to attain and grow wealth.

    Remember the importance of paid advertising as you plan your Instagram marketing strategy. Posting organically to your brand's Instagram feed is still important — and DenimSocial can help you do it compliantly with our new Instagram publishing, monitoring, and analytics features. But organic posts tend to have low reach because they only show up in the feeds of those who follow the brand.

    With paid advertising, however, you can target ads to land in front of exactly the right people — even if they're not following you. Instagram ads also allow you to include a direct call to action in the post, giving viewers a clear path to learning more about your brand. Denim Social's platform helps marketers create ads at scale, both for the brand and individual advisors. Targeting ads to Instagram users in advisor's geographical areas can help build local connections.

    Best Practices Across All Platforms

    As we analyzed thousands of social media posts from financial institutions, we pinpointed a few growth opportunities across posts on all platforms. Whether you’re looking to revamp your current strategy or get started on one of the platforms above altogether, keep these two major tips in mind:

    1. Audit your posts for self-promotion.

    One of the biggest areas for improvement involves the content institutions share and post on social media. Our research shows that one-third of financial institution social media posts are about companies' offerings, but users don't appreciate being bombarded with promotional posts; about half will unfollow a brand on social media if they do too much self-promotion.

    If you’re feeling that your credit union, insurance company, or bank social media posts have fallen into self-absorption, don’t despair. Instead, create more opportunities to provide value to and foster connection with your audience with a couple of modern financial services marketing strategies:

    Let employees be the voice behind the brand. Consumers want to hear from real people — not big brand names — on social media. Enable and encourage employees to share brand-related content with their own networks. This is social selling, and it aims to set the foundation for greater trust and stronger connections by putting real human faces behind branded posts. You’ll expand your reach while humanizing your brand. Of course, having many employees posting about the brand raises some compliance concerns, but a comprehensive social media management software like Denim Social’s can help you keep everything within bounds by automating approval workflows, housing pre-approved content, and more.

    Provide value with educational content. A recent report from the National Financial Educators Council found that a quarter of American adults surveyed said they had no source for financial advice. That's a huge opportunity for your team to step in and be the resources your audience needs. Create and share valuable resources like how-to videos, online pamphlets, easy-to-use calculators, and step-by-step guides. This approach puts the focus on prospects and customers rather than the brand, but it also showcases the brand’s financial expertise and eagerness to help. You’ll become a trusted source for audience members looking to become smarter money managers.

    2. Practice strategic linking.

    Another major stumbling block we uncovered in our analysis has to do with linking in social media posts. Approximately 80% of financial organizations don't include any links in their posts, which means most are missing huge opportunities to drive more conversions.

    Think about it: Someone visits your social media page. Your latest content is about the future of mortgage rates. But you don’t add a link to your own institution’s mortgage rates or other information. So what’s your curious reader going to do? They might Google the topic and end upon a competitor’s website.

    Don’t let this happen. Instead, include the following three types of links:

    External links: For every six posts you schedule, try to make four informational and evergreen. These posts should include links to trustworthy, non-competing sites with informative and educational resources.

    Landing page links: Landing pages can be a valuable part of your internal website real estate. They allow you to gather personal information from visitors in exchange for something like an exclusive whitepaper download. Make sure 1 in every 6 social media posts contains a landing page link. If you don’t have landing pages on your website and aren’t sure how to start making them, check out our easy landing-page builder — no coding or website design experience required.

    Owned content links: This is where tactful and strategic promotion can come into play. On social posts that don’t include external or landing-page links, include links to relevant on-site content. These could be blog posts, videos, or service offering pages. Just make sure the content on the link matches up with the tone and focus of the post. For instance, you wouldn’t want to post about home improvement loans and include a link to an article about 401(k)plans.

    Social media is the name of the game in marketing for financial services — and most organizations already know that.But how do your strategies measure up to the competition? Are you on the right platforms and sharing the right types of posts to reach your target audience, provide value, and ultimately drive more conversions? Dive further into our 2020 Social Media Benchmark Report for Financial Services and request a custom report today to answer those questions and optimize your social media strategy for the future.

    Download the Guide

    Thank you! Your submission has been received!
    Download Guide
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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

    How Does Your Social Media Strategy Measure Up to Other Financial Services Organizations?

    Financial institutions of all sizes have realized the value of social media and digital marketing to reach prospects and customers today. Modern data and analytics make it possible to track the impact of your efforts, but it can be difficult to see how your institution compares to others when it comes to digital strategy.

    That’s why Denim Social teamed up with researchers from Washington University in St. Louis to analyze more than 150,000 social media posts from financial institutions. We used the findings in our 2020 Social Media Benchmark Report for Financial Services to answer the question: How are we doing on social media?

    Keep reading for a rundown of our most telling findings and insights from 2020 that can help you optimize your social media marketing strategies in 2021 and beyond.

    The Best Social Media Platforms for Marketing Financial Services

    First, let’s dive into where financial services marketers are putting their attention online. Then, we’ll look at how marketers can strengthen strategies across these platforms to make more connections and drive business goals.

    Facebook: The first social stop for financial services providers

    Facebook is the most popular social platform for financial services institutions with 82% of those surveyed active on the platform. Yet most institutions still have room to further optimize their Facebook social media strategies. More on that later.

    Other platforms that go underutilized but deserve more attention are LinkedIn,Twitter, and Instagram. You don’t have to be on all of these platforms to have a strong and holistic approach, but you should have a working knowledge of each one to make the best-informed decisions about where and how to reach prospects and customers online.

    LinkedIn: A winning social avenue for smaller financial services organizations

    According to our research, fewer than two-thirds of banks, insurance companies, credit unions, and similar entities consider LinkedIn as a marketing vehicle.But LinkedIn can help brands, especially smaller ones, boost their visibility and foster more connections. Personnel at smaller financial services organizations tend to form closer relationships with clients, and LinkedIn is an excellent avenue for sourcing customers, making inroads with them, and maintaining strong connections throughout the relationship.

    The first step to setting up a LinkedIn account is to create a brand profile.Then, encourage employees to share brand-related content on their own channels with a strategy known as social selling. Putting human faces behind your content can help you built trust and connections. Consider working with your executive team to develop a social media engagement calendar to guide brand and employee posts.

    Twitter: Ideal for financial institutions ready for a fast-paced, hashtag-heavy forum

    Only about 36% of financial institution marketers are using Twitter on a regular basis. Many worry about staying in line with important compliance regulations on such a fast-paced platform. With the right tools and approach, however, financial institutions can see great benefit from focusing more on Twitter, especially when it comes to sharing more newsworthy items. Twitter is where many people go to learn about what’s happening in the world in real time.

    Banks and other financial brands can use automated software to conduct social listening for specific hashtags. This can show you what trends and discussions are hot in the industry and among customers so you can weigh in. Social media management software can also help streamline review and approvals processes for brand-related tweets, so marketers can rest easy knowing every post that goes live will be compliant.

    Instagram: The unsung social media platform for financial brands

    Many financial institutions lack any kind of Instagram marketing strategy because they aren’t sure Instagram holds relevance. It does, especially for brands looking to reach younger customers. The platform is popular amongGeneration Z and Millennial users, and about four-fifths of Instagrammers follow a favorite brand. This means it’s an ideal place to get in front of younger audiences looking to learn how to attain and grow wealth.

    Remember the importance of paid advertising as you plan your Instagram marketing strategy. Posting organically to your brand's Instagram feed is still important — and DenimSocial can help you do it compliantly with our new Instagram publishing, monitoring, and analytics features. But organic posts tend to have low reach because they only show up in the feeds of those who follow the brand.

    With paid advertising, however, you can target ads to land in front of exactly the right people — even if they're not following you. Instagram ads also allow you to include a direct call to action in the post, giving viewers a clear path to learning more about your brand. Denim Social's platform helps marketers create ads at scale, both for the brand and individual advisors. Targeting ads to Instagram users in advisor's geographical areas can help build local connections.

    Best Practices Across All Platforms

    As we analyzed thousands of social media posts from financial institutions, we pinpointed a few growth opportunities across posts on all platforms. Whether you’re looking to revamp your current strategy or get started on one of the platforms above altogether, keep these two major tips in mind:

    1. Audit your posts for self-promotion.

    One of the biggest areas for improvement involves the content institutions share and post on social media. Our research shows that one-third of financial institution social media posts are about companies' offerings, but users don't appreciate being bombarded with promotional posts; about half will unfollow a brand on social media if they do too much self-promotion.

    If you’re feeling that your credit union, insurance company, or bank social media posts have fallen into self-absorption, don’t despair. Instead, create more opportunities to provide value to and foster connection with your audience with a couple of modern financial services marketing strategies:

    Let employees be the voice behind the brand. Consumers want to hear from real people — not big brand names — on social media. Enable and encourage employees to share brand-related content with their own networks. This is social selling, and it aims to set the foundation for greater trust and stronger connections by putting real human faces behind branded posts. You’ll expand your reach while humanizing your brand. Of course, having many employees posting about the brand raises some compliance concerns, but a comprehensive social media management software like Denim Social’s can help you keep everything within bounds by automating approval workflows, housing pre-approved content, and more.

    Provide value with educational content. A recent report from the National Financial Educators Council found that a quarter of American adults surveyed said they had no source for financial advice. That's a huge opportunity for your team to step in and be the resources your audience needs. Create and share valuable resources like how-to videos, online pamphlets, easy-to-use calculators, and step-by-step guides. This approach puts the focus on prospects and customers rather than the brand, but it also showcases the brand’s financial expertise and eagerness to help. You’ll become a trusted source for audience members looking to become smarter money managers.

    2. Practice strategic linking.

    Another major stumbling block we uncovered in our analysis has to do with linking in social media posts. Approximately 80% of financial organizations don't include any links in their posts, which means most are missing huge opportunities to drive more conversions.

    Think about it: Someone visits your social media page. Your latest content is about the future of mortgage rates. But you don’t add a link to your own institution’s mortgage rates or other information. So what’s your curious reader going to do? They might Google the topic and end upon a competitor’s website.

    Don’t let this happen. Instead, include the following three types of links:

    External links: For every six posts you schedule, try to make four informational and evergreen. These posts should include links to trustworthy, non-competing sites with informative and educational resources.

    Landing page links: Landing pages can be a valuable part of your internal website real estate. They allow you to gather personal information from visitors in exchange for something like an exclusive whitepaper download. Make sure 1 in every 6 social media posts contains a landing page link. If you don’t have landing pages on your website and aren’t sure how to start making them, check out our easy landing-page builder — no coding or website design experience required.

    Owned content links: This is where tactful and strategic promotion can come into play. On social posts that don’t include external or landing-page links, include links to relevant on-site content. These could be blog posts, videos, or service offering pages. Just make sure the content on the link matches up with the tone and focus of the post. For instance, you wouldn’t want to post about home improvement loans and include a link to an article about 401(k)plans.

    Social media is the name of the game in marketing for financial services — and most organizations already know that.But how do your strategies measure up to the competition? Are you on the right platforms and sharing the right types of posts to reach your target audience, provide value, and ultimately drive more conversions? Dive further into our 2020 Social Media Benchmark Report for Financial Services and request a custom report today to answer those questions and optimize your social media strategy for the future.

    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.

    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

    RESOURCES

    NEWS
    September 7, 2021

    How Does Your Social Media Strategy Measure Up to Other Financial Services Organizations?

    By
    Denim Social

    Financial institutions of all sizes have realized the value of social media and digital marketing to reach prospects and customers today. Modern data and analytics make it possible to track the impact of your efforts, but it can be difficult to see how your institution compares to others when it comes to digital strategy.

    That’s why Denim Social teamed up with researchers from Washington University in St. Louis to analyze more than 150,000 social media posts from financial institutions. We used the findings in our 2020 Social Media Benchmark Report for Financial Services to answer the question: How are we doing on social media?

    Keep reading for a rundown of our most telling findings and insights from 2020 that can help you optimize your social media marketing strategies in 2021 and beyond.

    The Best Social Media Platforms for Marketing Financial Services

    First, let’s dive into where financial services marketers are putting their attention online. Then, we’ll look at how marketers can strengthen strategies across these platforms to make more connections and drive business goals.

    Facebook: The first social stop for financial services providers

    Facebook is the most popular social platform for financial services institutions with 82% of those surveyed active on the platform. Yet most institutions still have room to further optimize their Facebook social media strategies. More on that later.

    Other platforms that go underutilized but deserve more attention are LinkedIn,Twitter, and Instagram. You don’t have to be on all of these platforms to have a strong and holistic approach, but you should have a working knowledge of each one to make the best-informed decisions about where and how to reach prospects and customers online.

    LinkedIn: A winning social avenue for smaller financial services organizations

    According to our research, fewer than two-thirds of banks, insurance companies, credit unions, and similar entities consider LinkedIn as a marketing vehicle.But LinkedIn can help brands, especially smaller ones, boost their visibility and foster more connections. Personnel at smaller financial services organizations tend to form closer relationships with clients, and LinkedIn is an excellent avenue for sourcing customers, making inroads with them, and maintaining strong connections throughout the relationship.

    The first step to setting up a LinkedIn account is to create a brand profile.Then, encourage employees to share brand-related content on their own channels with a strategy known as social selling. Putting human faces behind your content can help you built trust and connections. Consider working with your executive team to develop a social media engagement calendar to guide brand and employee posts.

    Twitter: Ideal for financial institutions ready for a fast-paced, hashtag-heavy forum

    Only about 36% of financial institution marketers are using Twitter on a regular basis. Many worry about staying in line with important compliance regulations on such a fast-paced platform. With the right tools and approach, however, financial institutions can see great benefit from focusing more on Twitter, especially when it comes to sharing more newsworthy items. Twitter is where many people go to learn about what’s happening in the world in real time.

    Banks and other financial brands can use automated software to conduct social listening for specific hashtags. This can show you what trends and discussions are hot in the industry and among customers so you can weigh in. Social media management software can also help streamline review and approvals processes for brand-related tweets, so marketers can rest easy knowing every post that goes live will be compliant.

    Instagram: The unsung social media platform for financial brands

    Many financial institutions lack any kind of Instagram marketing strategy because they aren’t sure Instagram holds relevance. It does, especially for brands looking to reach younger customers. The platform is popular amongGeneration Z and Millennial users, and about four-fifths of Instagrammers follow a favorite brand. This means it’s an ideal place to get in front of younger audiences looking to learn how to attain and grow wealth.

    Remember the importance of paid advertising as you plan your Instagram marketing strategy. Posting organically to your brand's Instagram feed is still important — and DenimSocial can help you do it compliantly with our new Instagram publishing, monitoring, and analytics features. But organic posts tend to have low reach because they only show up in the feeds of those who follow the brand.

    With paid advertising, however, you can target ads to land in front of exactly the right people — even if they're not following you. Instagram ads also allow you to include a direct call to action in the post, giving viewers a clear path to learning more about your brand. Denim Social's platform helps marketers create ads at scale, both for the brand and individual advisors. Targeting ads to Instagram users in advisor's geographical areas can help build local connections.

    Best Practices Across All Platforms

    As we analyzed thousands of social media posts from financial institutions, we pinpointed a few growth opportunities across posts on all platforms. Whether you’re looking to revamp your current strategy or get started on one of the platforms above altogether, keep these two major tips in mind:

    1. Audit your posts for self-promotion.

    One of the biggest areas for improvement involves the content institutions share and post on social media. Our research shows that one-third of financial institution social media posts are about companies' offerings, but users don't appreciate being bombarded with promotional posts; about half will unfollow a brand on social media if they do too much self-promotion.

    If you’re feeling that your credit union, insurance company, or bank social media posts have fallen into self-absorption, don’t despair. Instead, create more opportunities to provide value to and foster connection with your audience with a couple of modern financial services marketing strategies:

    Let employees be the voice behind the brand. Consumers want to hear from real people — not big brand names — on social media. Enable and encourage employees to share brand-related content with their own networks. This is social selling, and it aims to set the foundation for greater trust and stronger connections by putting real human faces behind branded posts. You’ll expand your reach while humanizing your brand. Of course, having many employees posting about the brand raises some compliance concerns, but a comprehensive social media management software like Denim Social’s can help you keep everything within bounds by automating approval workflows, housing pre-approved content, and more.

    Provide value with educational content. A recent report from the National Financial Educators Council found that a quarter of American adults surveyed said they had no source for financial advice. That's a huge opportunity for your team to step in and be the resources your audience needs. Create and share valuable resources like how-to videos, online pamphlets, easy-to-use calculators, and step-by-step guides. This approach puts the focus on prospects and customers rather than the brand, but it also showcases the brand’s financial expertise and eagerness to help. You’ll become a trusted source for audience members looking to become smarter money managers.

    2. Practice strategic linking.

    Another major stumbling block we uncovered in our analysis has to do with linking in social media posts. Approximately 80% of financial organizations don't include any links in their posts, which means most are missing huge opportunities to drive more conversions.

    Think about it: Someone visits your social media page. Your latest content is about the future of mortgage rates. But you don’t add a link to your own institution’s mortgage rates or other information. So what’s your curious reader going to do? They might Google the topic and end upon a competitor’s website.

    Don’t let this happen. Instead, include the following three types of links:

    External links: For every six posts you schedule, try to make four informational and evergreen. These posts should include links to trustworthy, non-competing sites with informative and educational resources.

    Landing page links: Landing pages can be a valuable part of your internal website real estate. They allow you to gather personal information from visitors in exchange for something like an exclusive whitepaper download. Make sure 1 in every 6 social media posts contains a landing page link. If you don’t have landing pages on your website and aren’t sure how to start making them, check out our easy landing-page builder — no coding or website design experience required.

    Owned content links: This is where tactful and strategic promotion can come into play. On social posts that don’t include external or landing-page links, include links to relevant on-site content. These could be blog posts, videos, or service offering pages. Just make sure the content on the link matches up with the tone and focus of the post. For instance, you wouldn’t want to post about home improvement loans and include a link to an article about 401(k)plans.

    Social media is the name of the game in marketing for financial services — and most organizations already know that.But how do your strategies measure up to the competition? Are you on the right platforms and sharing the right types of posts to reach your target audience, provide value, and ultimately drive more conversions? Dive further into our 2020 Social Media Benchmark Report for Financial Services and request a custom report today to answer those questions and optimize your social media strategy for the future.

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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.

    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

    Most mortgage marketers have gotten comfortable with organic social media, but if you’re noticing your results are down, you’re not alone. Changing algorithms on social media platforms mean that an organic-only strategy is no longer viable today. To stand out in today’s social media environment, mortgage marketers need to invest in social selling and paid social advertising.

    In this session with the Mortgage Bankers Association, we look at next-level social strategies and key considerations for driving ROI (and deals) with social selling and paid social. We're joined by experts from GoPrime Mortgage to discuss real world examples.

    Watch the full webinar below: 

    If you're ready to learn more about social selling, check out our e-book, A Guide to Helping Mortgage Loan Officers Achieve Success with Social Media Marketing.

    Financial institutions often play it safe when it comes to marketing — and for good reason. They need to be certain they follow all compliance and governing regulations. But problems can also arise when firms play it too safe with their marketing mix and forgo largely effective modern tactics, such as paid social media advertising.

    Organic social media should still have a place in your strategy, especially in a social selling program. Cultivating organic posts from your associates' accounts is a great way to add context, richness, and humanity to your brand. For current customers, organic social media posts can be a way to demonstrate the heart and culture of your company as you provide “behind the scenes” and in-office content that speaks to the personalities and values of your employees and institution.

    For prospective customers, organic social can serve as a "verifier." A strong social media presence signals to prospects that your company and employees are legitimate and lends more insight into your value proposition.

    However, what’s missing in this social media marketing strategy is the value for top-of-funnel leads — those who don’t know anything about your institution yet. According to a recent study, only 2.2% of your followers see your posts on Facebook, 5.5% on LinkedIn, and 9.4% on Instagram. Paid social media advertising is one of the most effective ways to introduce people who aren’t yet following your producers, loan officers, or advisors to your institution at the right place and the right time.

    Organic and Paid: Better Together

    Organic and paid social have a symbiotic relationship. Organic social builds first-degree connections and facilitates awareness, engagement, and branding, while paid social allows you to reach larger, more tailored audiences.

    For instance, if you’re working for a wealth management firm, your top-of-funnel leads are unlikely to find your firm by searching Facebook, but if they happen to be scrolling and see your Facebook ad for a financial advisor's retirement planning services, they are more likely to navigate to your social and landing pages. There, your organic posts, which have been building over time, can show off the legitimacy of your brand and your advisor's expertise.

    The question, then, is how to marry existing organic strategies with paid campaigns in your social media strategy for the highest return. Start here:

    1. Amplify what works (and drop what isn't).

    With paid social media ads, you can see immediate results, which makes them great for testing. If a post is underperforming, use A/B testing to experiment with different images, copy, and calls to action to make improvements for the future. A/B testing helps you isolate what elements of your ads need to change by showing which ones resonate and which don’t.

    This method can even be applied to previously organic content: Did an employee's post have unexpectedly high engagement? Use it as a blueprint to try to isolate why. A paid ad will bring the post in front of greater audiences, and changing a few aspects can help identify why it was so successful in the first place.

    As you see what’s performing, invest more dollars into posts that convert while cutting or changing content that doesn’t. With paid social media ads, you can see immediate results versus organic’s longer-term commitment. That makes paid ads well-suited to testing.

    2. Expand your audience base.

    Both organic and paid social media can help increase your reach on social media, and it starts with activating advisors in addition to brand pages. A social selling approach can increase your results tenfold and drive higher engagement. Facebook ads reach 1.95 billion average monthly users, and an average user clicks 12 ads per month, so significant reach is up for grabs.

    With an organic social selling strategy, you can reach more people in your existing social and professional communities. But with a complementary paid ad strategy on top of that, you can break through your first-degree social connections to reach second- and third-degree connections, who will include important professional referral sources.

    Utilize paid amplification of employee posts to benefit. Your advisors should be your brand's ambassadors, so up your social selling game by maximizing the reach of their posts.

    3. Drive leads into conversions.

    Don't let your marketing funnel lead to dead ends. Make sure employees are linking back to your site or other relevant brand content. A well-crafted organic post that drives to a landing page can be the start of a meaningful digital experience that creates business results. Combine this with paid social media ads, which can generate leads by offering call-to-action options that get attention and clicks.

    For instance, an organic post can drive a prospective customer to a first-time homebuyer guide. But a paid social post lets you experiment further with a call-to-action button that makes taking the next step easy for potential customers.

    Organic and paid social advertising work best in tandem. To ensure you're getting the most out of your social selling strategy, check out our Social Selling Playbook for Financial Marketers.

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    How Does Your Social Media Strategy Measure Up to Other Financial Services Organizations?

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    Denim Social

    Financial institutions of all sizes have realized the value of social media and digital marketing to reach prospects and customers today. Modern data and analytics make it possible to track the impact of your efforts, but it can be difficult to see how your institution compares to others when it comes to digital strategy.

    That’s why Denim Social teamed up with researchers from Washington University in St. Louis to analyze more than 150,000 social media posts from financial institutions. We used the findings in our 2020 Social Media Benchmark Report for Financial Services to answer the question: How are we doing on social media?

    Keep reading for a rundown of our most telling findings and insights from 2020 that can help you optimize your social media marketing strategies in 2021 and beyond.

    The Best Social Media Platforms for Marketing Financial Services

    First, let’s dive into where financial services marketers are putting their attention online. Then, we’ll look at how marketers can strengthen strategies across these platforms to make more connections and drive business goals.

    Facebook: The first social stop for financial services providers

    Facebook is the most popular social platform for financial services institutions with 82% of those surveyed active on the platform. Yet most institutions still have room to further optimize their Facebook social media strategies. More on that later.

    Other platforms that go underutilized but deserve more attention are LinkedIn,Twitter, and Instagram. You don’t have to be on all of these platforms to have a strong and holistic approach, but you should have a working knowledge of each one to make the best-informed decisions about where and how to reach prospects and customers online.

    LinkedIn: A winning social avenue for smaller financial services organizations

    According to our research, fewer than two-thirds of banks, insurance companies, credit unions, and similar entities consider LinkedIn as a marketing vehicle.But LinkedIn can help brands, especially smaller ones, boost their visibility and foster more connections. Personnel at smaller financial services organizations tend to form closer relationships with clients, and LinkedIn is an excellent avenue for sourcing customers, making inroads with them, and maintaining strong connections throughout the relationship.

    The first step to setting up a LinkedIn account is to create a brand profile.Then, encourage employees to share brand-related content on their own channels with a strategy known as social selling. Putting human faces behind your content can help you built trust and connections. Consider working with your executive team to develop a social media engagement calendar to guide brand and employee posts.

    Twitter: Ideal for financial institutions ready for a fast-paced, hashtag-heavy forum

    Only about 36% of financial institution marketers are using Twitter on a regular basis. Many worry about staying in line with important compliance regulations on such a fast-paced platform. With the right tools and approach, however, financial institutions can see great benefit from focusing more on Twitter, especially when it comes to sharing more newsworthy items. Twitter is where many people go to learn about what’s happening in the world in real time.

    Banks and other financial brands can use automated software to conduct social listening for specific hashtags. This can show you what trends and discussions are hot in the industry and among customers so you can weigh in. Social media management software can also help streamline review and approvals processes for brand-related tweets, so marketers can rest easy knowing every post that goes live will be compliant.

    Instagram: The unsung social media platform for financial brands

    Many financial institutions lack any kind of Instagram marketing strategy because they aren’t sure Instagram holds relevance. It does, especially for brands looking to reach younger customers. The platform is popular amongGeneration Z and Millennial users, and about four-fifths of Instagrammers follow a favorite brand. This means it’s an ideal place to get in front of younger audiences looking to learn how to attain and grow wealth.

    Remember the importance of paid advertising as you plan your Instagram marketing strategy. Posting organically to your brand's Instagram feed is still important — and DenimSocial can help you do it compliantly with our new Instagram publishing, monitoring, and analytics features. But organic posts tend to have low reach because they only show up in the feeds of those who follow the brand.

    With paid advertising, however, you can target ads to land in front of exactly the right people — even if they're not following you. Instagram ads also allow you to include a direct call to action in the post, giving viewers a clear path to learning more about your brand. Denim Social's platform helps marketers create ads at scale, both for the brand and individual advisors. Targeting ads to Instagram users in advisor's geographical areas can help build local connections.

    Best Practices Across All Platforms

    As we analyzed thousands of social media posts from financial institutions, we pinpointed a few growth opportunities across posts on all platforms. Whether you’re looking to revamp your current strategy or get started on one of the platforms above altogether, keep these two major tips in mind:

    1. Audit your posts for self-promotion.

    One of the biggest areas for improvement involves the content institutions share and post on social media. Our research shows that one-third of financial institution social media posts are about companies' offerings, but users don't appreciate being bombarded with promotional posts; about half will unfollow a brand on social media if they do too much self-promotion.

    If you’re feeling that your credit union, insurance company, or bank social media posts have fallen into self-absorption, don’t despair. Instead, create more opportunities to provide value to and foster connection with your audience with a couple of modern financial services marketing strategies:

    Let employees be the voice behind the brand. Consumers want to hear from real people — not big brand names — on social media. Enable and encourage employees to share brand-related content with their own networks. This is social selling, and it aims to set the foundation for greater trust and stronger connections by putting real human faces behind branded posts. You’ll expand your reach while humanizing your brand. Of course, having many employees posting about the brand raises some compliance concerns, but a comprehensive social media management software like Denim Social’s can help you keep everything within bounds by automating approval workflows, housing pre-approved content, and more.

    Provide value with educational content. A recent report from the National Financial Educators Council found that a quarter of American adults surveyed said they had no source for financial advice. That's a huge opportunity for your team to step in and be the resources your audience needs. Create and share valuable resources like how-to videos, online pamphlets, easy-to-use calculators, and step-by-step guides. This approach puts the focus on prospects and customers rather than the brand, but it also showcases the brand’s financial expertise and eagerness to help. You’ll become a trusted source for audience members looking to become smarter money managers.

    2. Practice strategic linking.

    Another major stumbling block we uncovered in our analysis has to do with linking in social media posts. Approximately 80% of financial organizations don't include any links in their posts, which means most are missing huge opportunities to drive more conversions.

    Think about it: Someone visits your social media page. Your latest content is about the future of mortgage rates. But you don’t add a link to your own institution’s mortgage rates or other information. So what’s your curious reader going to do? They might Google the topic and end upon a competitor’s website.

    Don’t let this happen. Instead, include the following three types of links:

    External links: For every six posts you schedule, try to make four informational and evergreen. These posts should include links to trustworthy, non-competing sites with informative and educational resources.

    Landing page links: Landing pages can be a valuable part of your internal website real estate. They allow you to gather personal information from visitors in exchange for something like an exclusive whitepaper download. Make sure 1 in every 6 social media posts contains a landing page link. If you don’t have landing pages on your website and aren’t sure how to start making them, check out our easy landing-page builder — no coding or website design experience required.

    Owned content links: This is where tactful and strategic promotion can come into play. On social posts that don’t include external or landing-page links, include links to relevant on-site content. These could be blog posts, videos, or service offering pages. Just make sure the content on the link matches up with the tone and focus of the post. For instance, you wouldn’t want to post about home improvement loans and include a link to an article about 401(k)plans.

    Social media is the name of the game in marketing for financial services — and most organizations already know that.But how do your strategies measure up to the competition? Are you on the right platforms and sharing the right types of posts to reach your target audience, provide value, and ultimately drive more conversions? Dive further into our 2020 Social Media Benchmark Report for Financial Services and request a custom report today to answer those questions and optimize your social media strategy for the future.

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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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