June 14, 2022

How to Find the Right Target Audiences for Your Paid Ads — and Then Reach Them

Social marketing can be customized to fit virtually every advertiser’s need, thanks to its wide array of targeting options. However, it can also be overwhelming for financial institutions to understand how to harness the full benefits of paid social media advertising. With the tools now available, how do financial institution marketers find the right target audiences and expand reach effectively?

By tapping into paid social advertising, financial institutions can put their ads in front of the right people at the right time. Whether it’s reaching new customers or addressing the needs of existing customers, paid ads help financial institutions find customers who not only fit the demographics they are looking to target, but also who are actively interested in the products or services they’re offering.

While different social media networks may have different rules or regulations for financial institutions, social media advertising drives results that make risk well worth it. And with Denim Social’s platform, you can be confident that no post will go live without being fully compliant.

How to Create Effective Campaigns to Reach Your Target Audience

Once you’ve chosen a social media network, you need to understand how to best utilize it. Social media’s power isn’t just in finding the people most receptive to your message. It’s also in helping you deliver the most effective advertising possible. As one of the top players in paid social advertising, Facebook offers a few different tools to help you do this, and other social media channels have similar features.

Facebook’s Audience Insights feature provides you with aggregate data on current followers and other Facebook users. Here, you can see a breakdown of useful information, such as relationship statuses, job titles, hobbies, and interests. This data can be channeled into creating content that’s more likely to capture your audience’s attention and keep them engaged.

Also useful are its Page and Video Insights, which show how your audience responds to your content and who your most active followers are. By looking at metrics like how long people watch your videos, who clicked on certain links, or where your most engaged users are from, you can continuously improve the effectiveness of your paid social advertising and your social media content in general.

3 Steps for Finding and Reaching Your Most Profitable Audience

Whatever platforms and tools you use, remember that experimentation is one key to reaching audiences effectively. Another is using those tools to create target audience profiles with data-based strategies. Begin with these steps:

1. Start with your Core Audience.

Your Core Audience is the foundation upon which you’ll build your social media marketing strategy. It should be made up of people who align with your broader business and marketing objectives — as well as those who already follow you on social media.

On Facebook, there are five simple but powerful criteria you can use to flesh out this audience: location, demographics, interests, behavior, and connections. For example, in the mortgage industry, you would limit your Core Audience to those who live in the geographic area you serve. You could also target those whose behavior indicates a recent interest in home financing.

2. Use Custom Audiences to reach out to people engaging with your content.

Now that you have a solid foundation, you need to build on that by adding those who have shown interest in your content. That’s where Custom Audiences come into play. With this feature, you can connect with people who have not only liked your page, but also have visited your website or downloaded your app. Custom Audiences also make it possible for institutions to include existing lists of leads and targets, ensuring that your targeted ads reach the maximum number of interested parties.

A mortgage loan officer, for instance, could take advantage of this feature by targeting ads to people who’ve visited their financial institution’s website, rather than only relying on the same basic demographics that other loan officers in the area are probably using.

3. Disrupt your competition with Lookalike Audiences.

The first two steps of this social marketing process should give you a reliable, engaged pool of potential customers to whom you can advertise. However, if you stop there, your ability to grow that pool will be limited. To reap the full benefits of paid advertising, you need to take advantage of Facebook’s algorithms with Lookalike Audiences.

This feature allows you to find people with similar interests, behaviors, and characteristics to your Custom and Core Audiences. By picking a percentage range of how much you want your new audience to match your current one, you can choose to either reach a wider, more general audience, or find people almost identical to your current target. It’s completely up to you.

This can be a very effective tool, especially in financial services. The ability to launch a lookalike ad campaign for a particular location and demographic could help you connect with high-quality targets who may have never connected with you if they hadn’t seen your ad. In many cases, these new leads are already seeing ads from similar institutions, which means you’re now getting a chance to bring your brand top of mind.

Paid social media ads can be some of the most effective advertising out there, both in terms of the number of conversions and cost-effectiveness. For financial institutions who want to be strategic about their target audience and expand their reach, there’s no better place to start than with paid social media advertising. Ready to launch your own paid social advertising campaign? Request a demo to find out how Denim Social can help.

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June 14, 2022

How to Find the Right Target Audiences for Your Paid Ads — and Then Reach Them

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Social marketing can be customized to fit virtually every advertiser’s need, thanks to its wide array of targeting options. However, it can also be overwhelming for financial institutions to understand how to harness the full benefits of paid social media advertising. With the tools now available, how do financial institution marketers find the right target audiences and expand reach effectively?

By tapping into paid social advertising, financial institutions can put their ads in front of the right people at the right time. Whether it’s reaching new customers or addressing the needs of existing customers, paid ads help financial institutions find customers who not only fit the demographics they are looking to target, but also who are actively interested in the products or services they’re offering.

While different social media networks may have different rules or regulations for financial institutions, social media advertising drives results that make risk well worth it. And with Denim Social’s platform, you can be confident that no post will go live without being fully compliant.

How to Create Effective Campaigns to Reach Your Target Audience

Once you’ve chosen a social media network, you need to understand how to best utilize it. Social media’s power isn’t just in finding the people most receptive to your message. It’s also in helping you deliver the most effective advertising possible. As one of the top players in paid social advertising, Facebook offers a few different tools to help you do this, and other social media channels have similar features.

Facebook’s Audience Insights feature provides you with aggregate data on current followers and other Facebook users. Here, you can see a breakdown of useful information, such as relationship statuses, job titles, hobbies, and interests. This data can be channeled into creating content that’s more likely to capture your audience’s attention and keep them engaged.

Also useful are its Page and Video Insights, which show how your audience responds to your content and who your most active followers are. By looking at metrics like how long people watch your videos, who clicked on certain links, or where your most engaged users are from, you can continuously improve the effectiveness of your paid social advertising and your social media content in general.

3 Steps for Finding and Reaching Your Most Profitable Audience

Whatever platforms and tools you use, remember that experimentation is one key to reaching audiences effectively. Another is using those tools to create target audience profiles with data-based strategies. Begin with these steps:

1. Start with your Core Audience.

Your Core Audience is the foundation upon which you’ll build your social media marketing strategy. It should be made up of people who align with your broader business and marketing objectives — as well as those who already follow you on social media.

On Facebook, there are five simple but powerful criteria you can use to flesh out this audience: location, demographics, interests, behavior, and connections. For example, in the mortgage industry, you would limit your Core Audience to those who live in the geographic area you serve. You could also target those whose behavior indicates a recent interest in home financing.

2. Use Custom Audiences to reach out to people engaging with your content.

Now that you have a solid foundation, you need to build on that by adding those who have shown interest in your content. That’s where Custom Audiences come into play. With this feature, you can connect with people who have not only liked your page, but also have visited your website or downloaded your app. Custom Audiences also make it possible for institutions to include existing lists of leads and targets, ensuring that your targeted ads reach the maximum number of interested parties.

A mortgage loan officer, for instance, could take advantage of this feature by targeting ads to people who’ve visited their financial institution’s website, rather than only relying on the same basic demographics that other loan officers in the area are probably using.

3. Disrupt your competition with Lookalike Audiences.

The first two steps of this social marketing process should give you a reliable, engaged pool of potential customers to whom you can advertise. However, if you stop there, your ability to grow that pool will be limited. To reap the full benefits of paid advertising, you need to take advantage of Facebook’s algorithms with Lookalike Audiences.

This feature allows you to find people with similar interests, behaviors, and characteristics to your Custom and Core Audiences. By picking a percentage range of how much you want your new audience to match your current one, you can choose to either reach a wider, more general audience, or find people almost identical to your current target. It’s completely up to you.

This can be a very effective tool, especially in financial services. The ability to launch a lookalike ad campaign for a particular location and demographic could help you connect with high-quality targets who may have never connected with you if they hadn’t seen your ad. In many cases, these new leads are already seeing ads from similar institutions, which means you’re now getting a chance to bring your brand top of mind.

Paid social media ads can be some of the most effective advertising out there, both in terms of the number of conversions and cost-effectiveness. For financial institutions who want to be strategic about their target audience and expand their reach, there’s no better place to start than with paid social media advertising. Ready to launch your own paid social advertising campaign? Request a demo to find out how Denim Social can help.

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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.

The ability to collect, interpret, and act on current customer data to cross-sell targeted products and services is a critical driver of revenue for banks, especially for mortgage lenders. Borrowers purchase an average of 11 mortgages in their lifetime, yet lenders retain fewer than 20 percent of past customers on average. That’s a lot of missed opportunity.

One survey of nearly 300 financial institutions found that 64 percent of respondents are not using data to cross-sell to existing customers. It makes sense: In today’s fast-paced landscape, many financial services marketers have enough on their hands.

Digital marketing changes at a breakneck pace, and it can be difficult to keep up with constant developments, let alone all the data. Many marketers do not know how to access or analyze customer data to capitalize on cross-selling opportunities. Further complicating the situation, significant structural barriers, such as siloed teams, can limit communication between data analysts and marketers.

Many marketers pour the time and resources they do have into new customer acquisition, but cross-selling within the ranks of existing customers is a much more lucrative strategy. Acquiring new customers is significantly more expensive than retaining existing ones. An increase in customer retention rates by a mere 5 percent can boost profits by 25 to 95 percent.

Social media marketing strategy for cross-selling in banking

Fortunately, collecting the right customer data to fuel cross-selling efforts does not have to be a daunting task. A strong social media marketing strategy is an excellent means of collecting and acting on valuable data, and with the right approach, can be easy to pull off at scale. Consider the following key principles to effectively gather and integrate data from social media and up your cross-selling game:

1. Understand your audience and what’s important to them. Social media is an excellent listening tool. By tracking likes, comments, shares and click-throughs, you can gain valuable insights about what content is resonating with existing customers and where your cross-selling opportunities lie. Remember that tracking existing customer engagement is key; while the probability of selling to a new lead is just 5 to 20 percent, the probability of cross-selling to a customer is 60 to 70 percent.

Consider, for example, you’ve shared a post with tips for first-time homebuyers. the post gets a lot of engagement from your current followers, many of which have accounts with you. This could indicate that those customers are interested in securing their first mortgage.

2. Target your messaging strategically. Social media is also a strong targeting tool. Once you’ve gathered engagement data, create custom lists within your customer roster, and retarget those customers with paid social media ads for relevant cross-selling opportunities. Retargeting is a great way to add power to your existing organic social media strategy. Building onto the example above, this could look like targeting ads for first-time mortgage seekers to the existing customers who engaged with your first-time homebuying post.

When targeting paid ads, remember that timing can go a long way toward effectiveness and efficiency. You want to personalize ads to land the right messages at the right time. For example, a year after someone closes a mortgage with your institution, you know that they already own a home, trust your institution, and may be looking to do some home renovations. You can capitalize on the cross-selling opportunity by serving them an ad about home equity loans for improvements right when they’re likely considering diving into a new project.

3. Use content to keep customers engaged. You can also use engagement data to see which customers have not engaged with your team lately. Use paid social as an opportunity to remind these customers why they chose you in the first place and show them what you still have to offer with valuable digital journeys. Re-engagement initiatives shouldn’t create digital dead ends—they should lead your customers to engage further with your brand.

Link to personalized landing pages from both paid and organic posts to guide customers to valuable content and gate the content behind contact submission forms to collect more valuable data from customers. For example, your homebuying tips post will pique the interest of customers who are looking to secure their first mortgage. Include a link in the post to a landing page on your website that houses a guidebook on first-time mortgage seekers. Customers can put their information into the contact submission form in exchange for the guide, and the form can alert your team to make a follow-up call. The customer gets valuable information, and your team gets a cross-selling opportunity right in their hands.

Combined, these principles aim to boost revenue and build stronger relationships. When you use data to understand your customers, deliver content when it matters most and personalize the digital journey, you can keep customers engaged and offer them more and more value through targeted cross-selling opportunities.

This article was originally published in ABA Bank Marketing.

According to a 2021 CMO survey, 59% of CMOs reported increased pressure from CEOs to prove the impact of their marketing efforts. As the world grows increasingly digital, markers at financial institutions have likely been feeling that pressure when it comes to their social media marketing strategies in particular.

Marketing managers might understand the power of social, but many financial institution leaders are simply more accustomed to traditional marketing tactics. While it’s clear how old efforts contributed to their bottom lines, social media can be a bit vaguer on the surface. Non-marketers in the financial space often see it as a personal channel for memes and political arguments rather than a valuable tool for achieving business outcomes.

But social media can drive business results for financial institutions. With adequate effort, investment, and resources, organic and paid social media will fit into the sales funnel and drive conversion. And when leadership calls the shots on the social media marketing budget, marketers must prove to them that further investment is a lucrative move.

How to Prove the Power of Social Media

So how can marketing managers show leadership teams that social media strategies are worthy of more investment? By measuring the success of their social media programs and getting metrics in front of leadership.

When it comes to proving what social can do to drive a financial institution quickly toward its goals, data tells a powerful story. The truth — and the proof — is in the analytics. Focus on these key points to make your strongest case to leadership:

1. Efficiency

Social media measurement in itself is nearly impossible to do manually. If you’re trying to get telling analytics with a spreadsheet, you won’t have much luck. Social media measurement, like most analytics, requires the right tools.

Quantify the time you spend on measurement to appeal to management. The right analytics tools can help you collect valuable marketing data faster and easier. Data shows that simplifying workflows with technology can free up 20–30% of employees’ time, so show leadership that with the right tools, you can up your efficiency to do more faster.

Another reason leaders might shy away from the idea of a robust social media marketing strategy is compliance. Financial services is a heavily regulated industry, and electronic communication is certainly not exempt from regulatory scrutiny. Again, the right tools can help. Denim Social’s platform, for example, enables marketers to keep social media compliant in an efficient way. Among other compliance features, the platform automates approval workflows so the right people can sign off on the right social content with ease before it ever goes live.

2. Targeting

As algorithms change and organic social media is no longer a promising strategy on its own, marketers need to persuade leadership teams to invest in paid social media. Not only will paid get your messages in front of the right people with direct targeting capabilities, but it can also provide more data to help you understand what your target audience groups want and need.

By tracking paid performance by target audience group, you can better understand who’s connecting with what content and hone your social media strategy to connect with more prospects. Show leadership teams that when every message lands in front of exactly the right people, you’re maximizing social media marketing budget dollars — instead of wasting them on irrelevant or unengaged audiences.

3. Competitor tracking

Help leaders understand that, while measuring your own social media performance offers valuable insights, measuring your competitors’ performance can take your marketing game to the next level.

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

What’s more, social listening tools offer financial institutions a clear line of sight into how other brands are resonating with customers and encouraging engagement on social. Your brand can use those insights to craft even more relevant messaging and keep a leg up on the competition at all times.

4. Conversion opportunities

Landing page linking strategies on social media drive conversions, and nothing is more compelling to a leadership team than a direct line from marketing spend to sales. Track form completion rates to present a clear picture of how many viewers have deemed your content valuable enough to exchange their information for. Then, tie that to sales data to see how many prospects who submitted their information and received follow-ups from sales teams eventually signed on.

When you can draw that clear line from social post all the way to conversion, the bottom-line impact is clear to see. Compare that to traditional marketing tactics — has your leadership team ever seen a recorded, data-backed customer conversion metric from a billboard? Not likely.

Marketers know that staying relevant in today’s digital world requires a strong approach to social media marketing. Show leaders how upping efficiency, performance metrics, and competitive insight can empower your marketing team to elevate a data-driven social media strategy that delivers clear, measurable results.

Interested to learn more about how to track your social media results? Sign-up for a demo with Denim Social to explore our Analytics tools.

Want to keep mortgage business flowing for your organization? Social media marketing for mortgage loan officers is key. Their social presence has greater reach and drives more engagement than brand pages alone. But to realize the full benefits of a social media marketing strategy, loan officers must post the right content frequently and consistently.

Of course, loan officers are busier than ever as they navigate a record-setting mortgage environment. They’re also loan officers — not marketers. Marketing teams must support their social media mortgage marketing efforts to create effective social selling programs that drive results. Monthly social media content plans that outline who will post what and when can help. Consider these tips when creating plans for your loan officers:

1. Schedule educational and promotional content on their behalf.

To determine how many posts to work into your loan officers’ monthly social media content plans, start with Denim Social’s recent benchmark report to see how often your competitors are posting. The frequency will depend greatly on your team and available resources, but remember that consistency is critical.

From there, consider the types of content to create and schedule. Loan officer content should be a mix of financial education, personalized posts, and limited promotion. Marketers can easily create and schedule education and promotional posts with a platform like Denim Social, which offers curated content libraries filled with posts from trusted third-party news sources. Linking to these in social media posts is a quick and easy way to share valuable educational content, and Denim Social saves marketers from spending hours digging for the right information.

Promotional content should be limited and meaningful. Branded posts should still be valuable to audiences. Include additional education or information with each post, and consider developing personalized landing pages on your website to link prospects to a tailored and personalized experience from every social post.

2. Guide them in developing their own personal posts.

Along with educational and limited promotional content, mortgage loan officers should also share personal content. This is their greatest opportunity to drive engagement, especially within local communities. Content like photos from community events, videos discussing local market conditions, and closing photos add a human level to the business that helps show audiences authenticity and creates connection points.

Authenticity is key here, though, which means loan officers should create and post this type of content themselves. Luckily, it’s the easiest and most fun to develop, so they’re likely to be more receptive to the idea, especially if you’re handing educational and promotional posts for them.

3. Make compliance easy.

Of course, all electronic communication — even posts and engagements from individual mortgage loan officers on social media — must remain compliant with financial regulatory bodies. Your loan officers might be nervous about posting on social media for fear of overstepping important compliance boundaries, but the right social media marketing tools can help ease their minds and make ensuring compliance simple and fast.

Denim Social offers automated approval workflows to ensure that every post gets in front of the right people before going live. In this way, mortgage loan officers can become more comfortable and confident posting compliantly with ease. In fact, we’ve heard some loan officers say they’ve learned “compliance by osmosis” — in other words, they learn what is and isn’t approved each time they submit a post for approval with our platform.

Social media marketing for mortgage loan officers is the best way to reach and engage audiences while setting the stage for trusting, long-lasting relationships. But marketers can’t pull it off without their loan officers’ participation. Along with creating a thoughtful monthly content plan, marketers can help encourage loan officers by clearly showing them the value in social media mortgage marketing and how easy it can be with the right tools. Schedule a demo today to learn more about how our dedicated Customer Success Team can get your loan officers on board and excited about using social media to drive their business.


How Denim Social Works With Agency Partners to Create Consistent,Compliant Digital Marketing for Financial Services

Many financial institutions partner with outside agencies to create digital marketing experiences. They hire agencies to do what they do best: build connections to customers in creative ways. Even with this support, however, financial services marketers still have to ensure every piece of digital marketing stays compliant and distribute those pieces to their brand, branch, and employee feeds.

That’s where Denim Social fits into the picture — not as a replacement for agencies you’re already working with, but as a tool to boost their efforts. Financial institutions can turn to Denim Social to work with agency partners to activate more effective, efficient, and compliant social media marketing strategies. When agencies can rely on our compliance and management platform to cover the logistics behind social media marketing, they can focus all of their energy on crafting impactful campaigns. And financial institutions can get more out of their marketing dollars.

Here’s how we can work with agency partners to support financial institutions’ social media strategies and digital marketing efforts:

1. Curated Content for Social Media

So you’ve hired an agency to craft your social media marketing strategy and write attention-grabbing, interest-piquing posts. But not all of your social media posts should be new content. Your brand and employees should also share relevant news or helpful guides from other reliable sources.

You don’t need to task your agency partners with curating existing material Denim Social can free up their time to focus on creating new campaigns with our curated content support.​ Our integration with content curation industry leader UpContent brings relevant, curated articles directly to the Denim Social platform, so marketers or agencies don’t have to be responsible for sourcing every post. That means a lot, especially for financial institutions running social selling campaigns where hundreds or even thousands of employees post brand-related content.

2. Social Media Compliance Tools

The last thing any digital marketing agency wants is to create content that will land your brand in regulatory trouble. But financial institution marketers understand that even one noncompliant post could be a big problem. Denim Social can serve as the compliance checkpoint between the content an agency creates and the public, ensuring no posts go live that shouldn’t.

Our platform offers keyword and phrase filtering to bring any creative copy with potentially noncompliant messaging to your attention — before it goes live. What’s more, automated approval workflows can streamline agencies’ communication with financial institution marketers, compliance teams, and other stakeholders to get the proper sign-off on every post with ease. Marketers also know they must record every social post and interaction in case they get audited by regulatory agencies, but agency partners shouldn’t have to focus their efforts on administrative tasks and record-keeping. That’s where Denim Social can help with automatic archiving tools to get tedious tasks out of the way and let agencies do what they do best. 

3. Paid Social Media Management
Denim Social can work with agencies to deliver the best possible results for paid social media advertising. Our proprietary social media ads manager automatically optimizes ads’ performance and consolidates all social media platforms into one easily accessible dashboard for a one-stop shop.

When agencies can efficiently manage and optimize ads, they can easily scale campaigns at the brand, location, and advisor level. And when agencies can scale further and deliver more results, financial institutions get more bang for their agency buck.

4. Accurate, Data-Driven Results

Financial institution leaders need data to inform the smartest and most impactful decisions when determining where to allocate their marketing budgets. So agencies must provide that data to prove their worth beyond vanity metrics alone. Denim Social can help by clearly connecting social media campaigns to real business results.


For example, agency partners can easily create landing pages for each campaign using our Landing Page Builder. From there, they can incorporate landing page links into the social media marketing strategy and track analytics to see how many prospects followed the digital journey from social post to landing page to getting in touch to learn more. Essentially, social media can drive conversions — which translates to more profit for your institution. And Denim Social can help provide the analytics agencies need to prove it.

Successful digital marketing for financial services has to cover a lot of bases. It must be relevant, consistent, and compliant. Few financial institutions can do all of that on their own — and even their agency partners can use a hand to create more efficient and effective campaigns. That’s whereDenim Social fits into the mix. We don’t replace agencies: We support them in creating the strongest possible social media marketing strategies for financial institutions.

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How to Find the Right Target Audiences for Your Paid Ads — and Then Reach Them

Social marketing can be customized to fit virtually every advertiser’s need, thanks to its wide array of targeting options. However, it can also be overwhelming for financial institutions to understand how to harness the full benefits of paid social media advertising. With the tools now available, how do financial institution marketers find the right target audiences and expand reach effectively?

By tapping into paid social advertising, financial institutions can put their ads in front of the right people at the right time. Whether it’s reaching new customers or addressing the needs of existing customers, paid ads help financial institutions find customers who not only fit the demographics they are looking to target, but also who are actively interested in the products or services they’re offering.

While different social media networks may have different rules or regulations for financial institutions, social media advertising drives results that make risk well worth it. And with Denim Social’s platform, you can be confident that no post will go live without being fully compliant.

How to Create Effective Campaigns to Reach Your Target Audience

Once you’ve chosen a social media network, you need to understand how to best utilize it. Social media’s power isn’t just in finding the people most receptive to your message. It’s also in helping you deliver the most effective advertising possible. As one of the top players in paid social advertising, Facebook offers a few different tools to help you do this, and other social media channels have similar features.

Facebook’s Audience Insights feature provides you with aggregate data on current followers and other Facebook users. Here, you can see a breakdown of useful information, such as relationship statuses, job titles, hobbies, and interests. This data can be channeled into creating content that’s more likely to capture your audience’s attention and keep them engaged.

Also useful are its Page and Video Insights, which show how your audience responds to your content and who your most active followers are. By looking at metrics like how long people watch your videos, who clicked on certain links, or where your most engaged users are from, you can continuously improve the effectiveness of your paid social advertising and your social media content in general.

3 Steps for Finding and Reaching Your Most Profitable Audience

Whatever platforms and tools you use, remember that experimentation is one key to reaching audiences effectively. Another is using those tools to create target audience profiles with data-based strategies. Begin with these steps:

1. Start with your Core Audience.

Your Core Audience is the foundation upon which you’ll build your social media marketing strategy. It should be made up of people who align with your broader business and marketing objectives — as well as those who already follow you on social media.

On Facebook, there are five simple but powerful criteria you can use to flesh out this audience: location, demographics, interests, behavior, and connections. For example, in the mortgage industry, you would limit your Core Audience to those who live in the geographic area you serve. You could also target those whose behavior indicates a recent interest in home financing.

2. Use Custom Audiences to reach out to people engaging with your content.

Now that you have a solid foundation, you need to build on that by adding those who have shown interest in your content. That’s where Custom Audiences come into play. With this feature, you can connect with people who have not only liked your page, but also have visited your website or downloaded your app. Custom Audiences also make it possible for institutions to include existing lists of leads and targets, ensuring that your targeted ads reach the maximum number of interested parties.

A mortgage loan officer, for instance, could take advantage of this feature by targeting ads to people who’ve visited their financial institution’s website, rather than only relying on the same basic demographics that other loan officers in the area are probably using.

3. Disrupt your competition with Lookalike Audiences.

The first two steps of this social marketing process should give you a reliable, engaged pool of potential customers to whom you can advertise. However, if you stop there, your ability to grow that pool will be limited. To reap the full benefits of paid advertising, you need to take advantage of Facebook’s algorithms with Lookalike Audiences.

This feature allows you to find people with similar interests, behaviors, and characteristics to your Custom and Core Audiences. By picking a percentage range of how much you want your new audience to match your current one, you can choose to either reach a wider, more general audience, or find people almost identical to your current target. It’s completely up to you.

This can be a very effective tool, especially in financial services. The ability to launch a lookalike ad campaign for a particular location and demographic could help you connect with high-quality targets who may have never connected with you if they hadn’t seen your ad. In many cases, these new leads are already seeing ads from similar institutions, which means you’re now getting a chance to bring your brand top of mind.

Paid social media ads can be some of the most effective advertising out there, both in terms of the number of conversions and cost-effectiveness. For financial institutions who want to be strategic about their target audience and expand their reach, there’s no better place to start than with paid social media advertising. Ready to launch your own paid social advertising campaign? Request a demo to find out how Denim Social can help.

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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 to Find the Right Target Audiences for Your Paid Ads — and Then Reach Them

    Social marketing can be customized to fit virtually every advertiser’s need, thanks to its wide array of targeting options. However, it can also be overwhelming for financial institutions to understand how to harness the full benefits of paid social media advertising. With the tools now available, how do financial institution marketers find the right target audiences and expand reach effectively?

    By tapping into paid social advertising, financial institutions can put their ads in front of the right people at the right time. Whether it’s reaching new customers or addressing the needs of existing customers, paid ads help financial institutions find customers who not only fit the demographics they are looking to target, but also who are actively interested in the products or services they’re offering.

    While different social media networks may have different rules or regulations for financial institutions, social media advertising drives results that make risk well worth it. And with Denim Social’s platform, you can be confident that no post will go live without being fully compliant.

    How to Create Effective Campaigns to Reach Your Target Audience

    Once you’ve chosen a social media network, you need to understand how to best utilize it. Social media’s power isn’t just in finding the people most receptive to your message. It’s also in helping you deliver the most effective advertising possible. As one of the top players in paid social advertising, Facebook offers a few different tools to help you do this, and other social media channels have similar features.

    Facebook’s Audience Insights feature provides you with aggregate data on current followers and other Facebook users. Here, you can see a breakdown of useful information, such as relationship statuses, job titles, hobbies, and interests. This data can be channeled into creating content that’s more likely to capture your audience’s attention and keep them engaged.

    Also useful are its Page and Video Insights, which show how your audience responds to your content and who your most active followers are. By looking at metrics like how long people watch your videos, who clicked on certain links, or where your most engaged users are from, you can continuously improve the effectiveness of your paid social advertising and your social media content in general.

    3 Steps for Finding and Reaching Your Most Profitable Audience

    Whatever platforms and tools you use, remember that experimentation is one key to reaching audiences effectively. Another is using those tools to create target audience profiles with data-based strategies. Begin with these steps:

    1. Start with your Core Audience.

    Your Core Audience is the foundation upon which you’ll build your social media marketing strategy. It should be made up of people who align with your broader business and marketing objectives — as well as those who already follow you on social media.

    On Facebook, there are five simple but powerful criteria you can use to flesh out this audience: location, demographics, interests, behavior, and connections. For example, in the mortgage industry, you would limit your Core Audience to those who live in the geographic area you serve. You could also target those whose behavior indicates a recent interest in home financing.

    2. Use Custom Audiences to reach out to people engaging with your content.

    Now that you have a solid foundation, you need to build on that by adding those who have shown interest in your content. That’s where Custom Audiences come into play. With this feature, you can connect with people who have not only liked your page, but also have visited your website or downloaded your app. Custom Audiences also make it possible for institutions to include existing lists of leads and targets, ensuring that your targeted ads reach the maximum number of interested parties.

    A mortgage loan officer, for instance, could take advantage of this feature by targeting ads to people who’ve visited their financial institution’s website, rather than only relying on the same basic demographics that other loan officers in the area are probably using.

    3. Disrupt your competition with Lookalike Audiences.

    The first two steps of this social marketing process should give you a reliable, engaged pool of potential customers to whom you can advertise. However, if you stop there, your ability to grow that pool will be limited. To reap the full benefits of paid advertising, you need to take advantage of Facebook’s algorithms with Lookalike Audiences.

    This feature allows you to find people with similar interests, behaviors, and characteristics to your Custom and Core Audiences. By picking a percentage range of how much you want your new audience to match your current one, you can choose to either reach a wider, more general audience, or find people almost identical to your current target. It’s completely up to you.

    This can be a very effective tool, especially in financial services. The ability to launch a lookalike ad campaign for a particular location and demographic could help you connect with high-quality targets who may have never connected with you if they hadn’t seen your ad. In many cases, these new leads are already seeing ads from similar institutions, which means you’re now getting a chance to bring your brand top of mind.

    Paid social media ads can be some of the most effective advertising out there, both in terms of the number of conversions and cost-effectiveness. For financial institutions who want to be strategic about their target audience and expand their reach, there’s no better place to start than with paid social media advertising. Ready to launch your own paid social advertising campaign? Request a demo to find out how Denim Social can help.

    Download the Guide

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    Download Guide
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    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 to Find the Right Target Audiences for Your Paid Ads — and Then Reach Them

    Social marketing can be customized to fit virtually every advertiser’s need, thanks to its wide array of targeting options. However, it can also be overwhelming for financial institutions to understand how to harness the full benefits of paid social media advertising. With the tools now available, how do financial institution marketers find the right target audiences and expand reach effectively?

    By tapping into paid social advertising, financial institutions can put their ads in front of the right people at the right time. Whether it’s reaching new customers or addressing the needs of existing customers, paid ads help financial institutions find customers who not only fit the demographics they are looking to target, but also who are actively interested in the products or services they’re offering.

    While different social media networks may have different rules or regulations for financial institutions, social media advertising drives results that make risk well worth it. And with Denim Social’s platform, you can be confident that no post will go live without being fully compliant.

    How to Create Effective Campaigns to Reach Your Target Audience

    Once you’ve chosen a social media network, you need to understand how to best utilize it. Social media’s power isn’t just in finding the people most receptive to your message. It’s also in helping you deliver the most effective advertising possible. As one of the top players in paid social advertising, Facebook offers a few different tools to help you do this, and other social media channels have similar features.

    Facebook’s Audience Insights feature provides you with aggregate data on current followers and other Facebook users. Here, you can see a breakdown of useful information, such as relationship statuses, job titles, hobbies, and interests. This data can be channeled into creating content that’s more likely to capture your audience’s attention and keep them engaged.

    Also useful are its Page and Video Insights, which show how your audience responds to your content and who your most active followers are. By looking at metrics like how long people watch your videos, who clicked on certain links, or where your most engaged users are from, you can continuously improve the effectiveness of your paid social advertising and your social media content in general.

    3 Steps for Finding and Reaching Your Most Profitable Audience

    Whatever platforms and tools you use, remember that experimentation is one key to reaching audiences effectively. Another is using those tools to create target audience profiles with data-based strategies. Begin with these steps:

    1. Start with your Core Audience.

    Your Core Audience is the foundation upon which you’ll build your social media marketing strategy. It should be made up of people who align with your broader business and marketing objectives — as well as those who already follow you on social media.

    On Facebook, there are five simple but powerful criteria you can use to flesh out this audience: location, demographics, interests, behavior, and connections. For example, in the mortgage industry, you would limit your Core Audience to those who live in the geographic area you serve. You could also target those whose behavior indicates a recent interest in home financing.

    2. Use Custom Audiences to reach out to people engaging with your content.

    Now that you have a solid foundation, you need to build on that by adding those who have shown interest in your content. That’s where Custom Audiences come into play. With this feature, you can connect with people who have not only liked your page, but also have visited your website or downloaded your app. Custom Audiences also make it possible for institutions to include existing lists of leads and targets, ensuring that your targeted ads reach the maximum number of interested parties.

    A mortgage loan officer, for instance, could take advantage of this feature by targeting ads to people who’ve visited their financial institution’s website, rather than only relying on the same basic demographics that other loan officers in the area are probably using.

    3. Disrupt your competition with Lookalike Audiences.

    The first two steps of this social marketing process should give you a reliable, engaged pool of potential customers to whom you can advertise. However, if you stop there, your ability to grow that pool will be limited. To reap the full benefits of paid advertising, you need to take advantage of Facebook’s algorithms with Lookalike Audiences.

    This feature allows you to find people with similar interests, behaviors, and characteristics to your Custom and Core Audiences. By picking a percentage range of how much you want your new audience to match your current one, you can choose to either reach a wider, more general audience, or find people almost identical to your current target. It’s completely up to you.

    This can be a very effective tool, especially in financial services. The ability to launch a lookalike ad campaign for a particular location and demographic could help you connect with high-quality targets who may have never connected with you if they hadn’t seen your ad. In many cases, these new leads are already seeing ads from similar institutions, which means you’re now getting a chance to bring your brand top of mind.

    Paid social media ads can be some of the most effective advertising out there, both in terms of the number of conversions and cost-effectiveness. For financial institutions who want to be strategic about their target audience and expand their reach, there’s no better place to start than with paid social media advertising. Ready to launch your own paid social advertising campaign? Request a demo to find out how Denim Social can help.

    Download the Guide

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

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

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

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

    Instant Download

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

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

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

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

    Every Mortgage Marketer Should Ask Themselves

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

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

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

    Read this guide if you’re asking yourself:

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

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

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

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

    Every Financial Services Marketer Should Ask Themselves

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

    Stronger Customer Relationships on Instagram

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

    How 6 Financial Marketers Are Creating Value in Social Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Enjoy!

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

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

    ABA Study: The Current State of Social Media

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

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

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

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

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

    Download Here
    GUIDES

    How to Find the Right Target Audiences for Your Paid Ads — and Then Reach Them

    Social marketing can be customized to fit virtually every advertiser’s need, thanks to its wide array of targeting options. However, it can also be overwhelming for financial institutions to understand how to harness the full benefits of paid social media advertising. With the tools now available, how do financial institution marketers find the right target audiences and expand reach effectively?

    By tapping into paid social advertising, financial institutions can put their ads in front of the right people at the right time. Whether it’s reaching new customers or addressing the needs of existing customers, paid ads help financial institutions find customers who not only fit the demographics they are looking to target, but also who are actively interested in the products or services they’re offering.

    While different social media networks may have different rules or regulations for financial institutions, social media advertising drives results that make risk well worth it. And with Denim Social’s platform, you can be confident that no post will go live without being fully compliant.

    How to Create Effective Campaigns to Reach Your Target Audience

    Once you’ve chosen a social media network, you need to understand how to best utilize it. Social media’s power isn’t just in finding the people most receptive to your message. It’s also in helping you deliver the most effective advertising possible. As one of the top players in paid social advertising, Facebook offers a few different tools to help you do this, and other social media channels have similar features.

    Facebook’s Audience Insights feature provides you with aggregate data on current followers and other Facebook users. Here, you can see a breakdown of useful information, such as relationship statuses, job titles, hobbies, and interests. This data can be channeled into creating content that’s more likely to capture your audience’s attention and keep them engaged.

    Also useful are its Page and Video Insights, which show how your audience responds to your content and who your most active followers are. By looking at metrics like how long people watch your videos, who clicked on certain links, or where your most engaged users are from, you can continuously improve the effectiveness of your paid social advertising and your social media content in general.

    3 Steps for Finding and Reaching Your Most Profitable Audience

    Whatever platforms and tools you use, remember that experimentation is one key to reaching audiences effectively. Another is using those tools to create target audience profiles with data-based strategies. Begin with these steps:

    1. Start with your Core Audience.

    Your Core Audience is the foundation upon which you’ll build your social media marketing strategy. It should be made up of people who align with your broader business and marketing objectives — as well as those who already follow you on social media.

    On Facebook, there are five simple but powerful criteria you can use to flesh out this audience: location, demographics, interests, behavior, and connections. For example, in the mortgage industry, you would limit your Core Audience to those who live in the geographic area you serve. You could also target those whose behavior indicates a recent interest in home financing.

    2. Use Custom Audiences to reach out to people engaging with your content.

    Now that you have a solid foundation, you need to build on that by adding those who have shown interest in your content. That’s where Custom Audiences come into play. With this feature, you can connect with people who have not only liked your page, but also have visited your website or downloaded your app. Custom Audiences also make it possible for institutions to include existing lists of leads and targets, ensuring that your targeted ads reach the maximum number of interested parties.

    A mortgage loan officer, for instance, could take advantage of this feature by targeting ads to people who’ve visited their financial institution’s website, rather than only relying on the same basic demographics that other loan officers in the area are probably using.

    3. Disrupt your competition with Lookalike Audiences.

    The first two steps of this social marketing process should give you a reliable, engaged pool of potential customers to whom you can advertise. However, if you stop there, your ability to grow that pool will be limited. To reap the full benefits of paid advertising, you need to take advantage of Facebook’s algorithms with Lookalike Audiences.

    This feature allows you to find people with similar interests, behaviors, and characteristics to your Custom and Core Audiences. By picking a percentage range of how much you want your new audience to match your current one, you can choose to either reach a wider, more general audience, or find people almost identical to your current target. It’s completely up to you.

    This can be a very effective tool, especially in financial services. The ability to launch a lookalike ad campaign for a particular location and demographic could help you connect with high-quality targets who may have never connected with you if they hadn’t seen your ad. In many cases, these new leads are already seeing ads from similar institutions, which means you’re now getting a chance to bring your brand top of mind.

    Paid social media ads can be some of the most effective advertising out there, both in terms of the number of conversions and cost-effectiveness. For financial institutions who want to be strategic about their target audience and expand their reach, there’s no better place to start than with paid social media advertising. Ready to launch your own paid social advertising campaign? Request a demo to find out how Denim Social can help.

    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.

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    June 14, 2022

    How to Find the Right Target Audiences for Your Paid Ads — and Then Reach Them

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    Social marketing can be customized to fit virtually every advertiser’s need, thanks to its wide array of targeting options. However, it can also be overwhelming for financial institutions to understand how to harness the full benefits of paid social media advertising. With the tools now available, how do financial institution marketers find the right target audiences and expand reach effectively?

    By tapping into paid social advertising, financial institutions can put their ads in front of the right people at the right time. Whether it’s reaching new customers or addressing the needs of existing customers, paid ads help financial institutions find customers who not only fit the demographics they are looking to target, but also who are actively interested in the products or services they’re offering.

    While different social media networks may have different rules or regulations for financial institutions, social media advertising drives results that make risk well worth it. And with Denim Social’s platform, you can be confident that no post will go live without being fully compliant.

    How to Create Effective Campaigns to Reach Your Target Audience

    Once you’ve chosen a social media network, you need to understand how to best utilize it. Social media’s power isn’t just in finding the people most receptive to your message. It’s also in helping you deliver the most effective advertising possible. As one of the top players in paid social advertising, Facebook offers a few different tools to help you do this, and other social media channels have similar features.

    Facebook’s Audience Insights feature provides you with aggregate data on current followers and other Facebook users. Here, you can see a breakdown of useful information, such as relationship statuses, job titles, hobbies, and interests. This data can be channeled into creating content that’s more likely to capture your audience’s attention and keep them engaged.

    Also useful are its Page and Video Insights, which show how your audience responds to your content and who your most active followers are. By looking at metrics like how long people watch your videos, who clicked on certain links, or where your most engaged users are from, you can continuously improve the effectiveness of your paid social advertising and your social media content in general.

    3 Steps for Finding and Reaching Your Most Profitable Audience

    Whatever platforms and tools you use, remember that experimentation is one key to reaching audiences effectively. Another is using those tools to create target audience profiles with data-based strategies. Begin with these steps:

    1. Start with your Core Audience.

    Your Core Audience is the foundation upon which you’ll build your social media marketing strategy. It should be made up of people who align with your broader business and marketing objectives — as well as those who already follow you on social media.

    On Facebook, there are five simple but powerful criteria you can use to flesh out this audience: location, demographics, interests, behavior, and connections. For example, in the mortgage industry, you would limit your Core Audience to those who live in the geographic area you serve. You could also target those whose behavior indicates a recent interest in home financing.

    2. Use Custom Audiences to reach out to people engaging with your content.

    Now that you have a solid foundation, you need to build on that by adding those who have shown interest in your content. That’s where Custom Audiences come into play. With this feature, you can connect with people who have not only liked your page, but also have visited your website or downloaded your app. Custom Audiences also make it possible for institutions to include existing lists of leads and targets, ensuring that your targeted ads reach the maximum number of interested parties.

    A mortgage loan officer, for instance, could take advantage of this feature by targeting ads to people who’ve visited their financial institution’s website, rather than only relying on the same basic demographics that other loan officers in the area are probably using.

    3. Disrupt your competition with Lookalike Audiences.

    The first two steps of this social marketing process should give you a reliable, engaged pool of potential customers to whom you can advertise. However, if you stop there, your ability to grow that pool will be limited. To reap the full benefits of paid advertising, you need to take advantage of Facebook’s algorithms with Lookalike Audiences.

    This feature allows you to find people with similar interests, behaviors, and characteristics to your Custom and Core Audiences. By picking a percentage range of how much you want your new audience to match your current one, you can choose to either reach a wider, more general audience, or find people almost identical to your current target. It’s completely up to you.

    This can be a very effective tool, especially in financial services. The ability to launch a lookalike ad campaign for a particular location and demographic could help you connect with high-quality targets who may have never connected with you if they hadn’t seen your ad. In many cases, these new leads are already seeing ads from similar institutions, which means you’re now getting a chance to bring your brand top of mind.

    Paid social media ads can be some of the most effective advertising out there, both in terms of the number of conversions and cost-effectiveness. For financial institutions who want to be strategic about their target audience and expand their reach, there’s no better place to start than with paid social media advertising. Ready to launch your own paid social advertising campaign? Request a demo to find out how Denim Social can help.

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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 to Find the Right Target Audiences for Your Paid Ads — and Then Reach Them

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    Social marketing can be customized to fit virtually every advertiser’s need, thanks to its wide array of targeting options. However, it can also be overwhelming for financial institutions to understand how to harness the full benefits of paid social media advertising. With the tools now available, how do financial institution marketers find the right target audiences and expand reach effectively?

    By tapping into paid social advertising, financial institutions can put their ads in front of the right people at the right time. Whether it’s reaching new customers or addressing the needs of existing customers, paid ads help financial institutions find customers who not only fit the demographics they are looking to target, but also who are actively interested in the products or services they’re offering.

    While different social media networks may have different rules or regulations for financial institutions, social media advertising drives results that make risk well worth it. And with Denim Social’s platform, you can be confident that no post will go live without being fully compliant.

    How to Create Effective Campaigns to Reach Your Target Audience

    Once you’ve chosen a social media network, you need to understand how to best utilize it. Social media’s power isn’t just in finding the people most receptive to your message. It’s also in helping you deliver the most effective advertising possible. As one of the top players in paid social advertising, Facebook offers a few different tools to help you do this, and other social media channels have similar features.

    Facebook’s Audience Insights feature provides you with aggregate data on current followers and other Facebook users. Here, you can see a breakdown of useful information, such as relationship statuses, job titles, hobbies, and interests. This data can be channeled into creating content that’s more likely to capture your audience’s attention and keep them engaged.

    Also useful are its Page and Video Insights, which show how your audience responds to your content and who your most active followers are. By looking at metrics like how long people watch your videos, who clicked on certain links, or where your most engaged users are from, you can continuously improve the effectiveness of your paid social advertising and your social media content in general.

    3 Steps for Finding and Reaching Your Most Profitable Audience

    Whatever platforms and tools you use, remember that experimentation is one key to reaching audiences effectively. Another is using those tools to create target audience profiles with data-based strategies. Begin with these steps:

    1. Start with your Core Audience.

    Your Core Audience is the foundation upon which you’ll build your social media marketing strategy. It should be made up of people who align with your broader business and marketing objectives — as well as those who already follow you on social media.

    On Facebook, there are five simple but powerful criteria you can use to flesh out this audience: location, demographics, interests, behavior, and connections. For example, in the mortgage industry, you would limit your Core Audience to those who live in the geographic area you serve. You could also target those whose behavior indicates a recent interest in home financing.

    2. Use Custom Audiences to reach out to people engaging with your content.

    Now that you have a solid foundation, you need to build on that by adding those who have shown interest in your content. That’s where Custom Audiences come into play. With this feature, you can connect with people who have not only liked your page, but also have visited your website or downloaded your app. Custom Audiences also make it possible for institutions to include existing lists of leads and targets, ensuring that your targeted ads reach the maximum number of interested parties.

    A mortgage loan officer, for instance, could take advantage of this feature by targeting ads to people who’ve visited their financial institution’s website, rather than only relying on the same basic demographics that other loan officers in the area are probably using.

    3. Disrupt your competition with Lookalike Audiences.

    The first two steps of this social marketing process should give you a reliable, engaged pool of potential customers to whom you can advertise. However, if you stop there, your ability to grow that pool will be limited. To reap the full benefits of paid advertising, you need to take advantage of Facebook’s algorithms with Lookalike Audiences.

    This feature allows you to find people with similar interests, behaviors, and characteristics to your Custom and Core Audiences. By picking a percentage range of how much you want your new audience to match your current one, you can choose to either reach a wider, more general audience, or find people almost identical to your current target. It’s completely up to you.

    This can be a very effective tool, especially in financial services. The ability to launch a lookalike ad campaign for a particular location and demographic could help you connect with high-quality targets who may have never connected with you if they hadn’t seen your ad. In many cases, these new leads are already seeing ads from similar institutions, which means you’re now getting a chance to bring your brand top of mind.

    Paid social media ads can be some of the most effective advertising out there, both in terms of the number of conversions and cost-effectiveness. For financial institutions who want to be strategic about their target audience and expand their reach, there’s no better place to start than with paid social media advertising. Ready to launch your own paid social advertising campaign? Request a demo to find out how Denim Social can help.

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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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