September 8, 2022

Maintaining A Strong Social Selling Strategy During Mergers and Acquisitions

Your financial institution, loan officers, bankers, agents, or advisors have spent a lot of time and effort building a robust social selling program, driving brand and associate presence, and establishing a good flow between marketing, compliance, and sales. Then comes the announcement that your organization will be going through a merger or an acquisition. Now what?

While it can at first seem like the hard work that was put into your social selling strategy was wasted, there are measures you can take to preserve the progress in social media marketing you’ve made and set your institution up for success both during and after a transition.

Digital transformation is one of the leading drivers of M&A activity and social selling can help your institution stay ahead. The industry shows no signs of slowing down, so banks, investment and wealth management firms, DBAs and others, will be faced with more uncertainty and opportunity for M&A activity in the future.

So, how to prepare and sustain a social selling program during transition? Start with these steps to create a foundation in your digital marketing strategy that will weather any change.  

  1. Be open and flexible as organizational shifts occur. Understanding what is changing and how it impacts various departments will make preserving or updating strategies more efficient. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and advocate for your social selling program as you navigate a new company environment.
  1. Document your social selling program. When you're in the thick of day-to-day marketing activity, it's easy to skip documenting the key tenets of the program you've designed. Take the opportunity to get down on paper the stakeholders involved, the strategy in use, the outcomes expected, etc. so it's easy to advocate for resources.
  2. Establish regular communication between compliance, marketing, and leadership. Get buy-in early and often from other departments. Sales should know why social selling is important to business, and legal and social media compliance should oversee that they are doing social selling safely. Progress and outcomes of the program should be made easily available, and setting regular meetings to keep everyone in the loop will make any transitions much easier and more adaptable.
  3. Be prepared to show records of all social media activity and history. Where there is a merger or acquisition, there is sure to be an audit. Keeping your strategy, your posts, and user information all in one place that can be easily accessed will give credibility to your social selling program and build trust with any new leadership. When users post through a platform, it is a quick fix to pull any needed information for compliance purposes.
  4. Get your budget in order. While budgets for marketing departments tend to be increasing, especially for social media, being faced with a merger might necessitate some budget rebalancing. Adopting a social selling strategy increases the value of your efforts, and multiplies what a brand can do alone, making it a budget-friendly approach.
  5. Track performance. Having a solid grasp of social media ROI and social selling analytics can inform how to present a budget to leadership and make the most of what is available. With insight from analytics, you can prove to the company that output on social media is resulting in input from new business. And remember, frontline employee engagement in a program is a powerful metric to emphasize!

Throughout the merger and acquisition process, keep an open mind and expect changes. Having management on the same page while promoting and driving the social selling program will be instrumental to ongoing success. In the face of potential transitions, feel confident that your financial institution social media marketing can withstand the test of time by preparing now.  The right social media management tools can give you the confidence to successfully transition your program, while staying compliant. Ready to learn more? Talk to your customer success manager or book a demo with us today.

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September 8, 2022

Maintaining A Strong Social Selling Strategy During Mergers and Acquisitions

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Connor Phillips

Your financial institution, loan officers, bankers, agents, or advisors have spent a lot of time and effort building a robust social selling program, driving brand and associate presence, and establishing a good flow between marketing, compliance, and sales. Then comes the announcement that your organization will be going through a merger or an acquisition. Now what?

While it can at first seem like the hard work that was put into your social selling strategy was wasted, there are measures you can take to preserve the progress in social media marketing you’ve made and set your institution up for success both during and after a transition.

Digital transformation is one of the leading drivers of M&A activity and social selling can help your institution stay ahead. The industry shows no signs of slowing down, so banks, investment and wealth management firms, DBAs and others, will be faced with more uncertainty and opportunity for M&A activity in the future.

So, how to prepare and sustain a social selling program during transition? Start with these steps to create a foundation in your digital marketing strategy that will weather any change.  

  1. Be open and flexible as organizational shifts occur. Understanding what is changing and how it impacts various departments will make preserving or updating strategies more efficient. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and advocate for your social selling program as you navigate a new company environment.
  1. Document your social selling program. When you're in the thick of day-to-day marketing activity, it's easy to skip documenting the key tenets of the program you've designed. Take the opportunity to get down on paper the stakeholders involved, the strategy in use, the outcomes expected, etc. so it's easy to advocate for resources.
  2. Establish regular communication between compliance, marketing, and leadership. Get buy-in early and often from other departments. Sales should know why social selling is important to business, and legal and social media compliance should oversee that they are doing social selling safely. Progress and outcomes of the program should be made easily available, and setting regular meetings to keep everyone in the loop will make any transitions much easier and more adaptable.
  3. Be prepared to show records of all social media activity and history. Where there is a merger or acquisition, there is sure to be an audit. Keeping your strategy, your posts, and user information all in one place that can be easily accessed will give credibility to your social selling program and build trust with any new leadership. When users post through a platform, it is a quick fix to pull any needed information for compliance purposes.
  4. Get your budget in order. While budgets for marketing departments tend to be increasing, especially for social media, being faced with a merger might necessitate some budget rebalancing. Adopting a social selling strategy increases the value of your efforts, and multiplies what a brand can do alone, making it a budget-friendly approach.
  5. Track performance. Having a solid grasp of social media ROI and social selling analytics can inform how to present a budget to leadership and make the most of what is available. With insight from analytics, you can prove to the company that output on social media is resulting in input from new business. And remember, frontline employee engagement in a program is a powerful metric to emphasize!

Throughout the merger and acquisition process, keep an open mind and expect changes. Having management on the same page while promoting and driving the social selling program will be instrumental to ongoing success. In the face of potential transitions, feel confident that your financial institution social media marketing can withstand the test of time by preparing now.  The right social media management tools can give you the confidence to successfully transition your program, while staying compliant. Ready to learn more? Talk to your customer success manager or book a demo with us today.

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Customer relationship-building is one of the greatest value drivers for insurance agents. A benchmark analysis from McKinsey & Co. found agents with deeper customer relationships have higher product density than those lacking in relationships — often cross-selling three or more products per customer.

With that in mind, it’s essential that agents understand how to best leverage their humanity and personality to truly connect with their audiences. In today’s age, this extends to how agents present themselves and connect online.

When prospective clients meet an agent for the first time, they’re asking themselves, “Is this person likable? Can I trust them?” Clients want to feel an authentic connection that gives them peace of mind and assures them that someone has their best interests at heart.

This desire for connection isn’t limited to the insurance industry. In fact, 88% of consumers say that authenticity is a key factor when deciding the brands they like and support, and that trust is vitally important to entering working relationships. That desire for trust grows exponentially when it comes to insurance sales because the business is built around protecting clients’ futures.

Insurance agents have a head start on this — their businesses have always been rooted in authenticity. But as digital transformation in the insurance industry continues, it’s more important than ever that agents assert themselves through authenticity on social media. It’s no different from what agents and other insurance professionals have been doing in person for years. It’s about conveying expertise, building trust, and showcasing industry knowledge — except now it’s within the digital universe. Social media provides a new platform for staying top of mind with customers and prospects alike.

So, how should agents be more authentic on social media? Same as they would offline — with relationships.

Good selling starts with genuinely listening to clients and being authentic, no matter what. Insurance agents are there to identify clients’ life needs and build a solution to protect them against loss. They must genuinely care about clients’ needs to find the right solutions and demonstrate that level of care to earn trust.

Here’s how agents can bring that energy to social media:

View social media as an opportunity to provide value. Marketers and agents alike already know that authenticity is important to customer acquisition. That same authenticity should show up in social media activity.

Agents should still be themselves, just on digital channels. After all, in the insurance business, agents are selling a promise that a consumer may or may not ever see delivery on. If the client never has an accident, they’ll never make a claim.

This means a lot of time can pass between a point of sale and delivery of promise.

With the rise of social media, however, there is a growing opportunity to deliver value in the long term. Whether it’s sharing thought-leadership articles, checking in with clients on social media, or providing digital tools to help educate clients, the digital landscape provides ample opportunity to reinforce proof of agent value on an ongoing basis. Including both paid and organic social media marketing for insurance agents in the mix of sales practices is critical.

This won’t replace traditional tools like phone, email and in-person meetings, but having a mix of organic and paid content alongside them will complement other relationship-building efforts, keep agents top of mind, and continually provide value to clients and prospects.

Lean into the power of real-life experience. There’s a good chance that agents live and work in the communities they serve. Agents should use that advantage with prospective clients when building their authentic brands. Showing on social media what’s happening in their communities and their offices will help foster a sense of belonging and drive interest among followers.

Need more marketing ideas for insurance agents? Look to everyday experiences. If an agent runs into someone at a local event, they should take a selfie and tag the person on Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn. If a client drops off cookies, the agent should post a photo and a heartfelt message about what it meant to the team. Social media followers will connect with those real-life moments far more than they would with a branded post.

Embrace storytelling. Too often, social media marketing for insurance agents consists only of market statistics or limited-time promotions. While this type of content can absolutely be useful and helpful, it’s not enough on its own. Think about the brands you follow: Would statistics and discounts be enough to get you engaged?

Social media is about creating a narrative, not just posting facts or promotions.

Agents should share the true picture of what it’s been like to grow a practice. Tell client stories about how they’ve benefited from your insurance products (with permission and privacy in mind, of course). When agents share authentically, they build trust with clients and prospects.

Be themselves. If agents are only professional and stuffy, audiences won’t connect. Agents and marketers alike shouldn’t be afraid to let a little personality shine through on social media. Thought leadership can create credibility and demonstrate expertise, and it’s always better received when served up by a real-life person.

That’s what social selling is all about.

Posting is only one part of the strategy. Agents should also comment on and engage with clients’ posts as appropriate. Two-way communication is critical to building authenticity. Think about it as if you were having an in-person conversation; there would be plenty of back-and-forth throughout the discussion. Did a client become a grandparent? Their agent should congratulate them. Social selling is all about creating conversation, just like in real life.

Engagement provides the added benefit of personalization. Customers don’t want to feel like marketing collateral. When agents engage with them honestly and authentically, they’re well on their way to creating deep, lasting consumer relationships.

Building authenticity through social media is similar in principle to building authenticity in real life; it’s just using a different medium to do so. When intermediaries share personal stories and helpful content with clients in a way that reflects their true personalities, they’ll build lasting relationships both online and offline that will serve as the foundation of future sales.

*This article was originally published in Insurance Journal.

For financial institutions entering the fourth quarter of the year, budget is on every leader’s mind. For marketers, now is the time to take a step back and assess how the current year’s budget has served the needs of the institution, and determine how to spend wisely in the future. 

In the financial industry, marketing budgets increased over 10% in the past year with social media spend topping the list. This has many marketers rethinking their budgets for social selling and more. The good news is that social media can be one of the best (and most cost-effective ways) to get the most out of overall marketing and generate real business ROI. No matter how large or small a budget, with the right approach, marketers and social sellers can use social media to make new connections and drive results. 

So, what should you be doing with your social media budget? Here are our team’s top suggestions: 

  1. Embrace the season of giving. The last quarter of the year is one of holiday celebrations and an opportunity for financial institutions to connect with customers on a more personal level. It’s the perfect time to spend extra budget – or set a little aside –  for giveaways on social media, charitable drives or donations, or to spread cheer and gratitude for your employees. Social media makes it easy to get the message of giving out to your audience and get them involved
  2. Reach more people with paid advertising. Take your organic social media content further by targeting it to the right audience. Social media works most effectively when brands use a combination of original content and paid advertising, so incorporating both into any marketing campaign is a smart move that can increase reach and convert interested prospects. It doesn’t take a big expense with the right approach, but it can make a big difference in how far your content takes you. 
  3. Invest in your greatest asset: your employees. Consumers trust people more than brands; that’s why empowering loan officers, bankers, agents, or advisors with the resources they need to support their own business along with overall brand goals is vital. Invest in additional trainings for your team or incentivize social selling efforts with dedicated paid budget to the top social sellers every quarter. 
  4. Fuel your strategy by investing in the right financial social media solutions. Perhaps the best thing you can do for your budget is to streamline social media marketing needs into one all-inclusive tool. Platforms like Denim Social allow marketers to schedule out posts, curate content libraries, run paid ad campaigns, and design landing pages to hit the right audiences. It’s the most efficient way to build a social selling program, compliantly and to scale. Saving time and effort by investing in the right tools can help businesses meet customers where they are and get them where they need to be. 

No matter the size or scope of a bank, insurance agency, mortgage lender, or financial firm marketing budget, the end of the year is the best time to assess what’s going right and what might need to change in the coming year. There’s no doubt that social media has a place in every marketer’s budget, and knowing where and how to spend allocated dollars can support business goals and keep financial brands relevant and accessible. Social selling multiplies efforts of money spent on marketing to reach more customers where they are. Marketers that build a smart strategy through a personalized approach on social will be well positioned to get the most out of any budget. 

As financial marketers look to the coming year, most are wondering, “what’s next?” While no one can say for sure, our team of experts here at Denim Social are keeping a pulse on what’s new in digital marketing for financial institutions on social media. This guide will not only educate you on the latest trends, but help you make the case for increased investment in social selling and digital marketing strategies at your institution.

Surely every marketer has found frustration in the often slower-than-average pace of digital adoption and change in the financial industry, but there can be benefits. Namely, financial marketers can look to more forward industries (like consumer brands and tech), to see what’s catching on and evolving. Even if you’re not quite ready to dive-in, as new trends emerge, financial marketers can begin to lay the groundwork with leaders for the future.

Whether you’re in banking, mortgage, insurance or wealth management, we see a few key trends that every financial institution should begin preparing for. Download our 2023 Social Media Trends Report to learn more. 

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!

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

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

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

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

Here’s how it works:

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

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


Increasingly, customers are turning to digital providers for their financial needs — traditional lenders have dropped to only 21% of mortgage sales today. But even the highest-quality AI software can’t offer the basic building blocks of trust: guidance, reassurance, customization, and empathy.

That’s why capitalizing on the human experience and fostering genuine human interaction through social selling is key for traditional FIs to stay ahead. The trick, however, is doing it compliantly.

Compliance missteps can cause serious damage. In early 2021, for example, MassMutual received a hefty $4.75 million penalty for not ensuring its agents followed social media compliance regulations. This might be an extreme example, but any financial institution can still land in hot water if it fails to maintain FINRA-compliant digital communications. It’s vital to put compliance at the forefront of any financial institution’s social selling strategy.

Social Media Compliance for Financial Institutions From Denim Social

Denim Social is a social media compliance-first experience, as compliance is the thread that runs through our programming rather than an add-on or patch. Our tools are fully integrated to give a reliable, easy-to-use experience for financial services marketers. For this reason, financial institutions can feel safe relying on our software to help them meet their social selling goals.

How does Denim Social serve financial institutions interested in keeping up with compliance rules and regulations?

1. We offer protection.

The best way to ensure compliance is by finding and flagging potential content issues before any of it goes live on a site. Our workflows make sure the right eyes view and approve each post before publishing.

Keyword filtering flags problematic words or phrases ahead of time. And when team members try to use any restricted keywords, employees will immediately be notified of the issue — whether the content is a post, comment, or even a DM. Over time, your employees will begin to recognize restricted phrases even before the system notification appears. If there’s ever a need for damage control, Denim Social’s newest tools let administrators edit or delete users’ online messages. It can also prevent posts to out-of-compliance social networks altogether.

2. We provide constant training on social compliance.

Many of our users say the Denim Social platform offers ongoing compliance education. Your team members learn by osmosis as they test filters and receive feedback from Compliance, which continually educates your team and builds an ongoing culture of compliance among them. As they see what posts are approved versus unapproved, they receive real-time social media compliance education.

3. We curate content streams.

Using our enablement tool, teams can create libraries of preapproved content to keep employees’ social feeds full without additional approvals or workflow submissions. And if curating a full library of content on your own sounds daunting, you’re in luck. Our partnership with UpContent provides content sourcing with curated third-party content from hundreds of thousands of trusted publishers. You can optimize your time with “hands-free” curation around the clock.

This process streamlining will help your financial institution and employees build up a reputation for continuous social media use and allow you to turn your focus to vetting more personalized content. Trust that the curated content streams keep the lights on while you reach the 71% of consumers who expect personalized experiences.

4. We keep your records neat and organized.

Audits can happen at any time. Hopefully, you’ve moved past binders, but even if you’re keeping a spreadsheet of social posts, it’s not adequate or efficient for creating scalable, compliant social strategies. With our record-keeping tool, we automatically archive every post, comment, and like in our system, allowing you to easily find and share reports as needed for auditing. As you scale, it won’t be possible for a human on your team to capture everything. This is an essential protection for future audits and allows you to put your energies toward tasks other than record-keeping.

The importance of social media marketing for financial institutions is growing exponentially. So is the need for social media marketing tools that can keep up with compliance needs and ever-changing FINRA rules and expectations. If your financial institution is ready to dive into social selling but you’re concerned about remaining compliant, talk to Denim Social.

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Maintaining A Strong Social Selling Strategy During Mergers and Acquisitions

Your financial institution, loan officers, bankers, agents, or advisors have spent a lot of time and effort building a robust social selling program, driving brand and associate presence, and establishing a good flow between marketing, compliance, and sales. Then comes the announcement that your organization will be going through a merger or an acquisition. Now what?

While it can at first seem like the hard work that was put into your social selling strategy was wasted, there are measures you can take to preserve the progress in social media marketing you’ve made and set your institution up for success both during and after a transition.

Digital transformation is one of the leading drivers of M&A activity and social selling can help your institution stay ahead. The industry shows no signs of slowing down, so banks, investment and wealth management firms, DBAs and others, will be faced with more uncertainty and opportunity for M&A activity in the future.

So, how to prepare and sustain a social selling program during transition? Start with these steps to create a foundation in your digital marketing strategy that will weather any change.  

  1. Be open and flexible as organizational shifts occur. Understanding what is changing and how it impacts various departments will make preserving or updating strategies more efficient. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and advocate for your social selling program as you navigate a new company environment.
  1. Document your social selling program. When you're in the thick of day-to-day marketing activity, it's easy to skip documenting the key tenets of the program you've designed. Take the opportunity to get down on paper the stakeholders involved, the strategy in use, the outcomes expected, etc. so it's easy to advocate for resources.
  2. Establish regular communication between compliance, marketing, and leadership. Get buy-in early and often from other departments. Sales should know why social selling is important to business, and legal and social media compliance should oversee that they are doing social selling safely. Progress and outcomes of the program should be made easily available, and setting regular meetings to keep everyone in the loop will make any transitions much easier and more adaptable.
  3. Be prepared to show records of all social media activity and history. Where there is a merger or acquisition, there is sure to be an audit. Keeping your strategy, your posts, and user information all in one place that can be easily accessed will give credibility to your social selling program and build trust with any new leadership. When users post through a platform, it is a quick fix to pull any needed information for compliance purposes.
  4. Get your budget in order. While budgets for marketing departments tend to be increasing, especially for social media, being faced with a merger might necessitate some budget rebalancing. Adopting a social selling strategy increases the value of your efforts, and multiplies what a brand can do alone, making it a budget-friendly approach.
  5. Track performance. Having a solid grasp of social media ROI and social selling analytics can inform how to present a budget to leadership and make the most of what is available. With insight from analytics, you can prove to the company that output on social media is resulting in input from new business. And remember, frontline employee engagement in a program is a powerful metric to emphasize!

Throughout the merger and acquisition process, keep an open mind and expect changes. Having management on the same page while promoting and driving the social selling program will be instrumental to ongoing success. In the face of potential transitions, feel confident that your financial institution social media marketing can withstand the test of time by preparing now.  The right social media management tools can give you the confidence to successfully transition your program, while staying compliant. Ready to learn more? Talk to your customer success manager or book a demo with us today.

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BOK Financial is a financial services partner for consumers, businesses and wealth clients with more than 150 users on the Denim Social platform.

In addition to building brand credibility and establishing loan officer expertise, Denim Social enables their mortgage loan officers to cultivate relationships in social media and organically source leads.

As financial marketers look to the coming year, most are wondering, “what’s next?” While no one can say for sure, our team of experts here at Denim Social are keeping a pulse on what’s new in digital marketing for financial institutions on social media. This guide will not only educate you on the latest trends, but help you make the case for increased investment in social selling and digital marketing strategies at your institution.

Whether you’re in banking, wealth management, insurance or mortgage, relationships are the bedrock of your business.

Considering clients in these industries are handing over the keys to their personal kingdoms, it’s no surprise that trust and connection matter. That’s why successful sales strategies for these industries are focused on building long-term, trusted relationships.

To truly unleash the potential of social, financial institutions need to use social media as a sales tool. It’s called social selling and it works.

The power of social media is undeniable. The ability of banks to engage with and influence customers and prospects via interactive digital channels is an essential tool and a cornerstone of marketing. Gone are the days when it was “nice to have” a presence on platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. Today, these pathways are helping banks to build relationships that were historically cultivated by tirelessly walking up and down Main Street, shaking hands and leaving behind business cards.

In this case study by Denim Social and American Bankers Association, we take a look at how banks are using social media to ramp up digital engagement and build sales.

As any marketer worth their salt will tell you, analytics should drive your social strategy. The key to success is understanding how to link social media efforts to ROI metrics. Read this guide to learn how to gain insights that matter, optimize your strategy and prove your social success.

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

    Maintaining A Strong Social Selling Strategy During Mergers and Acquisitions

    Your financial institution, loan officers, bankers, agents, or advisors have spent a lot of time and effort building a robust social selling program, driving brand and associate presence, and establishing a good flow between marketing, compliance, and sales. Then comes the announcement that your organization will be going through a merger or an acquisition. Now what?

    While it can at first seem like the hard work that was put into your social selling strategy was wasted, there are measures you can take to preserve the progress in social media marketing you’ve made and set your institution up for success both during and after a transition.

    Digital transformation is one of the leading drivers of M&A activity and social selling can help your institution stay ahead. The industry shows no signs of slowing down, so banks, investment and wealth management firms, DBAs and others, will be faced with more uncertainty and opportunity for M&A activity in the future.

    So, how to prepare and sustain a social selling program during transition? Start with these steps to create a foundation in your digital marketing strategy that will weather any change.  

    1. Be open and flexible as organizational shifts occur. Understanding what is changing and how it impacts various departments will make preserving or updating strategies more efficient. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and advocate for your social selling program as you navigate a new company environment.
    1. Document your social selling program. When you're in the thick of day-to-day marketing activity, it's easy to skip documenting the key tenets of the program you've designed. Take the opportunity to get down on paper the stakeholders involved, the strategy in use, the outcomes expected, etc. so it's easy to advocate for resources.
    2. Establish regular communication between compliance, marketing, and leadership. Get buy-in early and often from other departments. Sales should know why social selling is important to business, and legal and social media compliance should oversee that they are doing social selling safely. Progress and outcomes of the program should be made easily available, and setting regular meetings to keep everyone in the loop will make any transitions much easier and more adaptable.
    3. Be prepared to show records of all social media activity and history. Where there is a merger or acquisition, there is sure to be an audit. Keeping your strategy, your posts, and user information all in one place that can be easily accessed will give credibility to your social selling program and build trust with any new leadership. When users post through a platform, it is a quick fix to pull any needed information for compliance purposes.
    4. Get your budget in order. While budgets for marketing departments tend to be increasing, especially for social media, being faced with a merger might necessitate some budget rebalancing. Adopting a social selling strategy increases the value of your efforts, and multiplies what a brand can do alone, making it a budget-friendly approach.
    5. Track performance. Having a solid grasp of social media ROI and social selling analytics can inform how to present a budget to leadership and make the most of what is available. With insight from analytics, you can prove to the company that output on social media is resulting in input from new business. And remember, frontline employee engagement in a program is a powerful metric to emphasize!

    Throughout the merger and acquisition process, keep an open mind and expect changes. Having management on the same page while promoting and driving the social selling program will be instrumental to ongoing success. In the face of potential transitions, feel confident that your financial institution social media marketing can withstand the test of time by preparing now.  The right social media management tools can give you the confidence to successfully transition your program, while staying compliant. Ready to learn more? Talk to your customer success manager or book a demo with us today.

    Download the Guide

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    ALL GUIDES:

    BOK Financial is a financial services partner for consumers, businesses and wealth clients with more than 150 users on the Denim Social platform.

    In addition to building brand credibility and establishing loan officer expertise, Denim Social enables their mortgage loan officers to cultivate relationships in social media and organically source leads.

    As financial marketers look to the coming year, most are wondering, “what’s next?” While no one can say for sure, our team of experts here at Denim Social are keeping a pulse on what’s new in digital marketing for financial institutions on social media. This guide will not only educate you on the latest trends, but help you make the case for increased investment in social selling and digital marketing strategies at your institution.

    Whether you’re in banking, wealth management, insurance or mortgage, relationships are the bedrock of your business.

    Considering clients in these industries are handing over the keys to their personal kingdoms, it’s no surprise that trust and connection matter. That’s why successful sales strategies for these industries are focused on building long-term, trusted relationships.

    To truly unleash the potential of social, financial institutions need to use social media as a sales tool. It’s called social selling and it works.

    The power of social media is undeniable. The ability of banks to engage with and influence customers and prospects via interactive digital channels is an essential tool and a cornerstone of marketing. Gone are the days when it was “nice to have” a presence on platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. Today, these pathways are helping banks to build relationships that were historically cultivated by tirelessly walking up and down Main Street, shaking hands and leaving behind business cards.

    In this case study by Denim Social and American Bankers Association, we take a look at how banks are using social media to ramp up digital engagement and build sales.

    As any marketer worth their salt will tell you, analytics should drive your social strategy. The key to success is understanding how to link social media efforts to ROI metrics. Read this guide to learn how to gain insights that matter, optimize your strategy and prove your social success.

    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

    Maintaining A Strong Social Selling Strategy During Mergers and Acquisitions

    Your financial institution, loan officers, bankers, agents, or advisors have spent a lot of time and effort building a robust social selling program, driving brand and associate presence, and establishing a good flow between marketing, compliance, and sales. Then comes the announcement that your organization will be going through a merger or an acquisition. Now what?

    While it can at first seem like the hard work that was put into your social selling strategy was wasted, there are measures you can take to preserve the progress in social media marketing you’ve made and set your institution up for success both during and after a transition.

    Digital transformation is one of the leading drivers of M&A activity and social selling can help your institution stay ahead. The industry shows no signs of slowing down, so banks, investment and wealth management firms, DBAs and others, will be faced with more uncertainty and opportunity for M&A activity in the future.

    So, how to prepare and sustain a social selling program during transition? Start with these steps to create a foundation in your digital marketing strategy that will weather any change.  

    1. Be open and flexible as organizational shifts occur. Understanding what is changing and how it impacts various departments will make preserving or updating strategies more efficient. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and advocate for your social selling program as you navigate a new company environment.
    1. Document your social selling program. When you're in the thick of day-to-day marketing activity, it's easy to skip documenting the key tenets of the program you've designed. Take the opportunity to get down on paper the stakeholders involved, the strategy in use, the outcomes expected, etc. so it's easy to advocate for resources.
    2. Establish regular communication between compliance, marketing, and leadership. Get buy-in early and often from other departments. Sales should know why social selling is important to business, and legal and social media compliance should oversee that they are doing social selling safely. Progress and outcomes of the program should be made easily available, and setting regular meetings to keep everyone in the loop will make any transitions much easier and more adaptable.
    3. Be prepared to show records of all social media activity and history. Where there is a merger or acquisition, there is sure to be an audit. Keeping your strategy, your posts, and user information all in one place that can be easily accessed will give credibility to your social selling program and build trust with any new leadership. When users post through a platform, it is a quick fix to pull any needed information for compliance purposes.
    4. Get your budget in order. While budgets for marketing departments tend to be increasing, especially for social media, being faced with a merger might necessitate some budget rebalancing. Adopting a social selling strategy increases the value of your efforts, and multiplies what a brand can do alone, making it a budget-friendly approach.
    5. Track performance. Having a solid grasp of social media ROI and social selling analytics can inform how to present a budget to leadership and make the most of what is available. With insight from analytics, you can prove to the company that output on social media is resulting in input from new business. And remember, frontline employee engagement in a program is a powerful metric to emphasize!

    Throughout the merger and acquisition process, keep an open mind and expect changes. Having management on the same page while promoting and driving the social selling program will be instrumental to ongoing success. In the face of potential transitions, feel confident that your financial institution social media marketing can withstand the test of time by preparing now.  The right social media management tools can give you the confidence to successfully transition your program, while staying compliant. Ready to learn more? Talk to your customer success manager or book a demo with us today.

    Download the Guide

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

    BOK Financial is a financial services partner for consumers, businesses and wealth clients with more than 150 users on the Denim Social platform.

    In addition to building brand credibility and establishing loan officer expertise, Denim Social enables their mortgage loan officers to cultivate relationships in social media and organically source leads.

    As financial marketers look to the coming year, most are wondering, “what’s next?” While no one can say for sure, our team of experts here at Denim Social are keeping a pulse on what’s new in digital marketing for financial institutions on social media. This guide will not only educate you on the latest trends, but help you make the case for increased investment in social selling and digital marketing strategies at your institution.

    Whether you’re in banking, wealth management, insurance or mortgage, relationships are the bedrock of your business.

    Considering clients in these industries are handing over the keys to their personal kingdoms, it’s no surprise that trust and connection matter. That’s why successful sales strategies for these industries are focused on building long-term, trusted relationships.

    To truly unleash the potential of social, financial institutions need to use social media as a sales tool. It’s called social selling and it works.

    The power of social media is undeniable. The ability of banks to engage with and influence customers and prospects via interactive digital channels is an essential tool and a cornerstone of marketing. Gone are the days when it was “nice to have” a presence on platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. Today, these pathways are helping banks to build relationships that were historically cultivated by tirelessly walking up and down Main Street, shaking hands and leaving behind business cards.

    In this case study by Denim Social and American Bankers Association, we take a look at how banks are using social media to ramp up digital engagement and build sales.

    As any marketer worth their salt will tell you, analytics should drive your social strategy. The key to success is understanding how to link social media efforts to ROI metrics. Read this guide to learn how to gain insights that matter, optimize your strategy and prove your social success.

    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

    Maintaining A Strong Social Selling Strategy During Mergers and Acquisitions

    Your financial institution, loan officers, bankers, agents, or advisors have spent a lot of time and effort building a robust social selling program, driving brand and associate presence, and establishing a good flow between marketing, compliance, and sales. Then comes the announcement that your organization will be going through a merger or an acquisition. Now what?

    While it can at first seem like the hard work that was put into your social selling strategy was wasted, there are measures you can take to preserve the progress in social media marketing you’ve made and set your institution up for success both during and after a transition.

    Digital transformation is one of the leading drivers of M&A activity and social selling can help your institution stay ahead. The industry shows no signs of slowing down, so banks, investment and wealth management firms, DBAs and others, will be faced with more uncertainty and opportunity for M&A activity in the future.

    So, how to prepare and sustain a social selling program during transition? Start with these steps to create a foundation in your digital marketing strategy that will weather any change.  

    1. Be open and flexible as organizational shifts occur. Understanding what is changing and how it impacts various departments will make preserving or updating strategies more efficient. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and advocate for your social selling program as you navigate a new company environment.
    1. Document your social selling program. When you're in the thick of day-to-day marketing activity, it's easy to skip documenting the key tenets of the program you've designed. Take the opportunity to get down on paper the stakeholders involved, the strategy in use, the outcomes expected, etc. so it's easy to advocate for resources.
    2. Establish regular communication between compliance, marketing, and leadership. Get buy-in early and often from other departments. Sales should know why social selling is important to business, and legal and social media compliance should oversee that they are doing social selling safely. Progress and outcomes of the program should be made easily available, and setting regular meetings to keep everyone in the loop will make any transitions much easier and more adaptable.
    3. Be prepared to show records of all social media activity and history. Where there is a merger or acquisition, there is sure to be an audit. Keeping your strategy, your posts, and user information all in one place that can be easily accessed will give credibility to your social selling program and build trust with any new leadership. When users post through a platform, it is a quick fix to pull any needed information for compliance purposes.
    4. Get your budget in order. While budgets for marketing departments tend to be increasing, especially for social media, being faced with a merger might necessitate some budget rebalancing. Adopting a social selling strategy increases the value of your efforts, and multiplies what a brand can do alone, making it a budget-friendly approach.
    5. Track performance. Having a solid grasp of social media ROI and social selling analytics can inform how to present a budget to leadership and make the most of what is available. With insight from analytics, you can prove to the company that output on social media is resulting in input from new business. And remember, frontline employee engagement in a program is a powerful metric to emphasize!

    Throughout the merger and acquisition process, keep an open mind and expect changes. Having management on the same page while promoting and driving the social selling program will be instrumental to ongoing success. In the face of potential transitions, feel confident that your financial institution social media marketing can withstand the test of time by preparing now.  The right social media management tools can give you the confidence to successfully transition your program, while staying compliant. Ready to learn more? Talk to your customer success manager or book a demo with us today.

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    BOK Financial is a financial services partner for consumers, businesses and wealth clients with more than 150 users on the Denim Social platform.

    In addition to building brand credibility and establishing loan officer expertise, Denim Social enables their mortgage loan officers to cultivate relationships in social media and organically source leads.

    As financial marketers look to the coming year, most are wondering, “what’s next?” While no one can say for sure, our team of experts here at Denim Social are keeping a pulse on what’s new in digital marketing for financial institutions on social media. This guide will not only educate you on the latest trends, but help you make the case for increased investment in social selling and digital marketing strategies at your institution.

    Whether you’re in banking, wealth management, insurance or mortgage, relationships are the bedrock of your business.

    Considering clients in these industries are handing over the keys to their personal kingdoms, it’s no surprise that trust and connection matter. That’s why successful sales strategies for these industries are focused on building long-term, trusted relationships.

    To truly unleash the potential of social, financial institutions need to use social media as a sales tool. It’s called social selling and it works.

    The power of social media is undeniable. The ability of banks to engage with and influence customers and prospects via interactive digital channels is an essential tool and a cornerstone of marketing. Gone are the days when it was “nice to have” a presence on platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. Today, these pathways are helping banks to build relationships that were historically cultivated by tirelessly walking up and down Main Street, shaking hands and leaving behind business cards.

    In this case study by Denim Social and American Bankers Association, we take a look at how banks are using social media to ramp up digital engagement and build sales.

    As any marketer worth their salt will tell you, analytics should drive your social strategy. The key to success is understanding how to link social media efforts to ROI metrics. Read this guide to learn how to gain insights that matter, optimize your strategy and prove your social success.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Every Mortgage Marketer Should Ask Themselves

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

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

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

    Read this guide if you’re asking yourself:

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

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

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

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

    Every Financial Services Marketer Should Ask Themselves

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

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    How 6 Financial Marketers Are Creating Value in Social Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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

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

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

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

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    September 8, 2022

    Maintaining A Strong Social Selling Strategy During Mergers and Acquisitions

    By
    Connor Phillips

    Your financial institution, loan officers, bankers, agents, or advisors have spent a lot of time and effort building a robust social selling program, driving brand and associate presence, and establishing a good flow between marketing, compliance, and sales. Then comes the announcement that your organization will be going through a merger or an acquisition. Now what?

    While it can at first seem like the hard work that was put into your social selling strategy was wasted, there are measures you can take to preserve the progress in social media marketing you’ve made and set your institution up for success both during and after a transition.

    Digital transformation is one of the leading drivers of M&A activity and social selling can help your institution stay ahead. The industry shows no signs of slowing down, so banks, investment and wealth management firms, DBAs and others, will be faced with more uncertainty and opportunity for M&A activity in the future.

    So, how to prepare and sustain a social selling program during transition? Start with these steps to create a foundation in your digital marketing strategy that will weather any change.  

    1. Be open and flexible as organizational shifts occur. Understanding what is changing and how it impacts various departments will make preserving or updating strategies more efficient. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and advocate for your social selling program as you navigate a new company environment.
    1. Document your social selling program. When you're in the thick of day-to-day marketing activity, it's easy to skip documenting the key tenets of the program you've designed. Take the opportunity to get down on paper the stakeholders involved, the strategy in use, the outcomes expected, etc. so it's easy to advocate for resources.
    2. Establish regular communication between compliance, marketing, and leadership. Get buy-in early and often from other departments. Sales should know why social selling is important to business, and legal and social media compliance should oversee that they are doing social selling safely. Progress and outcomes of the program should be made easily available, and setting regular meetings to keep everyone in the loop will make any transitions much easier and more adaptable.
    3. Be prepared to show records of all social media activity and history. Where there is a merger or acquisition, there is sure to be an audit. Keeping your strategy, your posts, and user information all in one place that can be easily accessed will give credibility to your social selling program and build trust with any new leadership. When users post through a platform, it is a quick fix to pull any needed information for compliance purposes.
    4. Get your budget in order. While budgets for marketing departments tend to be increasing, especially for social media, being faced with a merger might necessitate some budget rebalancing. Adopting a social selling strategy increases the value of your efforts, and multiplies what a brand can do alone, making it a budget-friendly approach.
    5. Track performance. Having a solid grasp of social media ROI and social selling analytics can inform how to present a budget to leadership and make the most of what is available. With insight from analytics, you can prove to the company that output on social media is resulting in input from new business. And remember, frontline employee engagement in a program is a powerful metric to emphasize!

    Throughout the merger and acquisition process, keep an open mind and expect changes. Having management on the same page while promoting and driving the social selling program will be instrumental to ongoing success. In the face of potential transitions, feel confident that your financial institution social media marketing can withstand the test of time by preparing now.  The right social media management tools can give you the confidence to successfully transition your program, while staying compliant. Ready to learn more? Talk to your customer success manager or book a demo with us today.

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    For many financial marketers and social sellers, Twitter is something of an enigma. It has a different format and structure than other popular social media networks, so it can be difficult to create the right social selling strategy. 

    However, it is still a great place to connect with customers and share thought leadership, service offerings, and authentic, real-time content. 

    Follow these Twitter best practices to drive results and show up in a meaningful way. 

    Need more social media content? Check out our guidebook on social media trends for financial services.

    Instagram is a great way for financial institutions to showcase their authenticity and highlight the human side of the business, but have you incorporated best practices into your social selling strategy?

    There’s no doubt that this highly visual social media network is a great place to reach audiences and connect with customers, especially for social sellers like insurance agents, mortgage loan officers, and financial advisors. 

    As you plan content and interact with followers, be sure to follow these best practices for a better Instagram marketing strategy.

    Need more Instagram inspiration? Download our guidebook, Stronger Customer Relationships on Instagram.

    Algorithm updates from nearly every social media network — including Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram — have frustrated their share of users over the years, consumers included. If you fall into that group, it’s time to make peace with them. Social media algorithm changes don’t have to ruin your day — or your organic reach. You just have to know how to peacefully coexist with them as a digital marketer.

    We all have to accept and expect that social media networks will change their algorithms over time. Whether the latest LinkedIn update is messing with your reach or Apple iOS update is suddenly upending your paid advertising strategy, you must be ready to pivot and adapt. Sure, it’s frustrating to see your Facebook reach drop by 5% practically overnight, even if your marketing peers are in the same boat. But it’s important to remember that even with algorithm changes, integrated digital strategies provide incredible opportunities to reach the right target audiences at the right time with the right messages— all to drive business results.

     With an attitude of willingness to listen to the data, your team can navigate changes and optimize your strategies accordingly. Knowledge is power when it comes to optimizing the algorithm. Understanding social network changes is also an important consideration as you socialize results internally and advocate for a budget for your marketing efforts. You must be able to pinpoint how and when algorithmic changes impacted your results, so you can prove that it’s not a failure of your strategy but rather an opportunity to evolve.

    Ready to overcome today’s algorithm obstacles? Try these strategies:

    1. Drive greater reach and stronger engagement with social selling.

    When algorithm changes tank your brand’s organic social media reach and engagement, don’t waste time wishing you could turn back the clock. Take updates as a sign (and one of many!) that your institution should be empowering your intermediaries (think agents, loan officers, advisors, etc.) through social selling. The practice of social selling is just as it sounds: Using social media to sell a product or service. But social selling starts with relationship building, showcasing thought leadership, and building trust on social media through the voices of the folks driving business in their local communities.

    Social selling can simultaneously foster loyalty, humanize your brand, and supercharge your metrics in the face of algorithmic headwinds. Why? Employees’ social media accounts have 10 times the reach and drive double the engagement compared to their employers’ brand pages. Plus, sales reps who regularly share content are 57% more likely to generate leads. Social media networks prioritize content from individuals versus brands so that social selling can help your team bust through algorithmic barriers.

    2. Complement organic social selling with paid social advertising.

    All those algorithm changes might be causing engagement headaches. The cure is more straightforward than you might have assumed: paid social advertising. Paid social media advertisements, like in a PPC campaign, are terrific for funneling leads back to your landing pages. Once your ads are in place, you can target the audiences that matter most to your social sellers.

    By doubling up on organic and paid marketing tactics, you get a double-whammy effect that mitigates social media algorithm updates. Organic posts create a solid foundation for your social sellers, building credibility and reaching people who already follow your social sellers. Paid social media ads enable your team to strategically engage new audiences, filling your sales pipeline. Organic and paid work hand in hand to help your team break through on social.

    3. Make the most of every social media post.

    Every. Post. Counts. Although not every single thing you share on social will get the engagement you hoped for, being intentional and authentic is key. There are also three things you can do to make the most of each post that will play nice with algorithms, too:

    • First, include an image whenever you can. Social media posts with images often get more engagement. 
    • Second, schedule posts to publish at the ideal time for your desired audience. (Our team can tell you more about this!) 
    • Third, craft copy that encourages two-way communication, such as asking open-ended questions, soliciting feedback, or publishing polls. Thought-provoking copy encourages comments, and that’s where social selling really comes to life!

    Don’t forget that social posts should be the beginning of a digital journey for your followers. Not every post needs to include a direct call to action, but thoughtfully linking your followers to meaningful resources eventually paves the way for conversions. Whether it’s organic or paid, a social post can open the door to a digital journey that is beneficial for the customer and the intermediary looking to build that relationship.

    Algorithm updates might keep you on your toes, but they don’t have to ruin your marketing outcomes. You’ve got this! If you’re interested in further education about how organic and paid social work together, you’ll appreciate reading “How to Marry Organic and Paid Social Media Advertising Strategies.”

    Is your institution following  Facebook best practices?

    As the long-standing most popular social network, using Facebook is an important way for financial marketers and social sellers to reach a wide audience with timely content. Taking time to check for accuracy, updates, and more will go a long way in putting your best social selling  foot forward.

    Don’t forget these Facebook best practices as you build out a social selling program. 

    Want more social media ideas? Download our guidebook, Social Media Trends for Financial Institutions.

    Is your institution following LinkedIn best practices?

    For financial marketers looking to build a strong social selling program, LinkedIn is one of the best ways to authentically engage customers and prospects. . However, it’s important to make sure that all profiles and content are tailored correctly. Knowing the right way to show up can help brands and their social sellers maintain appearances and optimize strategy.

    Be sure to follow these best practices when it comes to posting on the professional social network.

    Want more social selling content? Download our Social Selling Playbook for Financial Marketers.

    Make the most of your social media presence by optimizing your images and including essential information about your business on each platform. By giving your customers an optimal digital experience, you will be able to broaden your reach and provide better customer service through your digital platforms.

    Facebook

    IMAGE SIZING:

    Profile picture: 170 x 170px (desktop), 128 x 128px (smartphones)

    Cover photo: 820 x 312px (desktop), 640 x 360px (smartphones)

    Keep the main content of your image centered. On a desktop the photo will display as 840x312px, but on mobile will size down to 640x360px.

    Facebook post image: 1200 x 630px

    The ideal width for a Facebook post image is 1200px, but height can vary based on what type of device the image display is optimized for. We recommend keeping it at the recommended size to keep consistency on all devices.

    When creating a Facebook Ad graphic, any text should not take up more than 20% of the photo. You can find a cheat sheet here: https://www.facebook.com/ads/tools/text_overlay.

    Facebook Video: 1280 x 720px

    The optimal length for a short-form video on Facebook is 15 seconds to 1 minute; for a long-form video, it is 3 minutes. The maximum file size is 10GB.

    Facebook Link Image: 1200 x 630px

    Make sure to claim ownership of your links for the ability to change the link preview photo. You can find more info on that here: https://www.facebook.com/business/help/528858287471922?id=708699556338610.

    Carousel Post: 1080 x 1080px

    Carousel posts are a great way to display multiple services or features that you offer to your customers. When placing a Facebook ad you can link each carousel photo to a different link, making it easy for people to navigate to your specific products.

    Facebook Story: 1080 x 1920px

    Make the most of your stories by using all of your space and creating a fullscreen experience.

    IMPORTANT PAGE INFORMATION:

    Page name:

    This is where you can name your Facebook Page, but be sure to keep it shorter than 75 characters.

    Page username:

    Customize your page URL by adding a username, making it easier for people to locate and navigate people from other digital platforms. Your Facebook URL can include up to 50 characters.

    Page call to action:

    Facebook gives you a variety of choices on calls to action. For example, if you’d like customers to contact you by email, you can set up a “Send Email” button with your email address connected and ready to go.

    LinkedIn

    IMAGE SIZING:

    Profile picture: 400 x 400px

    Upload your business logo here to personalize your profile. If this page is for an individual, this is where you will upload their headshot.

    Cover Photo: 1584 x 396px

    Having a personalized business cover photo will make your profile look more professional and give you the opportunity to provide page visitors with more of the look and feel of your business. This can include an image related to your business or a graphic with information on services you provide or your business slogan.

    LinkedIn post photo: 1200 x 628px (mobile), 1200 x 1200px (desktop)

    When targeting an audience on both desktop and mobile, make sure that you optimize for mobile to give people the best experience.

    LinkedIn Link Photo: 1200 x 628px (mobile), 1200 x 1200px (desktop)

    Providing an image with your link preview can help give viewers a better idea of article content and also communicate your brand look and feel.

    LinkedIn Link Video: 4096 x 2304px maximum, 256 x 144 pixels minimum

    The optimal video length for LinkedIn is 30-90 seconds and the maximum file size is 5GB.

    IMPORTANT PAGE INFORMATION

    Page name:

    This is where your business name is located, as well as your company industry, location, and number of followers.

    Page description:

    Add your business slogan, mission, or a short description that tells people what your company, products, and services can do for them.

    Twitter

    IMAGE SIZING

    Profile picture: 400 x 400px

    Upload your business logo or headshot to personalize your profile.

    Cover photo: 1500 x 500px

    Be sure to center your content to give your followers an optimized experience on mobile.

    Twitter post photo: 1200 x 675px

    Allow your followers to see the entirety of the photo in their feed by adhering to this sizing guideline. The maximum file size is 5MB.

    Twitter video: 1280 x 720px (desktop, recommended), 720 x 720px (mobile)

    The optimal video length for Twitter is 20-45 seconds and the maximum file size is 512MB.

    IMPORTANT PAGE INFORMATION

    Underneath your profile photo, your company name and username will be displayed.

    Write a short bio to tell people more about your business.

    Instagram

    IMAGE SIZING

    Profile photo: 110 x 110px

    Your profile picture will be small, so be sure your image is sized correctly and centered. This is a great place for your company logo.

    Profile thumbnail: Displays as 161 x 161px

    This is a preview of your large image post, but looks best when the photo posted is square.

    Highlight Cover: 1080 x 1920px

    Your cover photos should have centered images to give your highlight reel a balanced look. You can also name your highlights, but be concise as they can only be 15 characters long.

    Instagram Feed Photo: 1080 x 1080px (square), 1080 x 1350 (portrait), 1080 x 566 (landscape)

    The recommended width for all Instagram feed photos is 1080px, but the height can vary. To optimize for your feed display within your profile, we recommend using the sizing listed above to keep your image square.

    Instagram Feed Video:  1080 x 1080px (square), 1080 x 1350 (portrait), 1080 x 566 (landscape)

    The optimal length for an Instagram video is 30-60 seconds and the max file size is 650MB.

    Instagram Feed Ad Photo: 1080 x 1080px

    Your ad photo will display the same as a normal feed photo, but with a link attached. When creating an ad in Ads Manager, you’ll be able to upload a separate photo for Instagram to keep your photos optimized for the user experience.

    Instagram Story: 1080 x 1920px (portrait), 1080 x 601 (landscape)

    Make the most of your stories by using all of your space and creating a fullscreen experience. The maximum length of the story is 15 seconds.

    Instagram Reels & Live: 1080 x 1920px

    Reels can be used to offer tutorials, demos, or service features. These will be saved under your profile page for viewers to go back and watch at their leisure. The maximum length for Reels is 30 seconds. For Live, this can be used for announcements, events, or other Q&A sessions. These can also be saved for later viewing, and can last up to 4 hours.

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    September 8, 2022

    Maintaining A Strong Social Selling Strategy During Mergers and Acquisitions

    By
    Connor Phillips

    Your financial institution, loan officers, bankers, agents, or advisors have spent a lot of time and effort building a robust social selling program, driving brand and associate presence, and establishing a good flow between marketing, compliance, and sales. Then comes the announcement that your organization will be going through a merger or an acquisition. Now what?

    While it can at first seem like the hard work that was put into your social selling strategy was wasted, there are measures you can take to preserve the progress in social media marketing you’ve made and set your institution up for success both during and after a transition.

    Digital transformation is one of the leading drivers of M&A activity and social selling can help your institution stay ahead. The industry shows no signs of slowing down, so banks, investment and wealth management firms, DBAs and others, will be faced with more uncertainty and opportunity for M&A activity in the future.

    So, how to prepare and sustain a social selling program during transition? Start with these steps to create a foundation in your digital marketing strategy that will weather any change.  

    1. Be open and flexible as organizational shifts occur. Understanding what is changing and how it impacts various departments will make preserving or updating strategies more efficient. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and advocate for your social selling program as you navigate a new company environment.
    1. Document your social selling program. When you're in the thick of day-to-day marketing activity, it's easy to skip documenting the key tenets of the program you've designed. Take the opportunity to get down on paper the stakeholders involved, the strategy in use, the outcomes expected, etc. so it's easy to advocate for resources.
    2. Establish regular communication between compliance, marketing, and leadership. Get buy-in early and often from other departments. Sales should know why social selling is important to business, and legal and social media compliance should oversee that they are doing social selling safely. Progress and outcomes of the program should be made easily available, and setting regular meetings to keep everyone in the loop will make any transitions much easier and more adaptable.
    3. Be prepared to show records of all social media activity and history. Where there is a merger or acquisition, there is sure to be an audit. Keeping your strategy, your posts, and user information all in one place that can be easily accessed will give credibility to your social selling program and build trust with any new leadership. When users post through a platform, it is a quick fix to pull any needed information for compliance purposes.
    4. Get your budget in order. While budgets for marketing departments tend to be increasing, especially for social media, being faced with a merger might necessitate some budget rebalancing. Adopting a social selling strategy increases the value of your efforts, and multiplies what a brand can do alone, making it a budget-friendly approach.
    5. Track performance. Having a solid grasp of social media ROI and social selling analytics can inform how to present a budget to leadership and make the most of what is available. With insight from analytics, you can prove to the company that output on social media is resulting in input from new business. And remember, frontline employee engagement in a program is a powerful metric to emphasize!

    Throughout the merger and acquisition process, keep an open mind and expect changes. Having management on the same page while promoting and driving the social selling program will be instrumental to ongoing success. In the face of potential transitions, feel confident that your financial institution social media marketing can withstand the test of time by preparing now.  The right social media management tools can give you the confidence to successfully transition your program, while staying compliant. Ready to learn more? Talk to your customer success manager or book a demo with us today.

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    For many financial marketers and social sellers, Twitter is something of an enigma. It has a different format and structure than other popular social media networks, so it can be difficult to create the right social selling strategy. 

    However, it is still a great place to connect with customers and share thought leadership, service offerings, and authentic, real-time content. 

    Follow these Twitter best practices to drive results and show up in a meaningful way. 

    Need more social media content? Check out our guidebook on social media trends for financial services.

    Customer relationship-building is one of the greatest value drivers for insurance agents. A benchmark analysis from McKinsey & Co. found agents with deeper customer relationships have higher product density than those lacking in relationships — often cross-selling three or more products per customer.

    With that in mind, it’s essential that agents understand how to best leverage their humanity and personality to truly connect with their audiences. In today’s age, this extends to how agents present themselves and connect online.

    When prospective clients meet an agent for the first time, they’re asking themselves, “Is this person likable? Can I trust them?” Clients want to feel an authentic connection that gives them peace of mind and assures them that someone has their best interests at heart.

    This desire for connection isn’t limited to the insurance industry. In fact, 88% of consumers say that authenticity is a key factor when deciding the brands they like and support, and that trust is vitally important to entering working relationships. That desire for trust grows exponentially when it comes to insurance sales because the business is built around protecting clients’ futures.

    Insurance agents have a head start on this — their businesses have always been rooted in authenticity. But as digital transformation in the insurance industry continues, it’s more important than ever that agents assert themselves through authenticity on social media. It’s no different from what agents and other insurance professionals have been doing in person for years. It’s about conveying expertise, building trust, and showcasing industry knowledge — except now it’s within the digital universe. Social media provides a new platform for staying top of mind with customers and prospects alike.

    So, how should agents be more authentic on social media? Same as they would offline — with relationships.

    Good selling starts with genuinely listening to clients and being authentic, no matter what. Insurance agents are there to identify clients’ life needs and build a solution to protect them against loss. They must genuinely care about clients’ needs to find the right solutions and demonstrate that level of care to earn trust.

    Here’s how agents can bring that energy to social media:

    View social media as an opportunity to provide value. Marketers and agents alike already know that authenticity is important to customer acquisition. That same authenticity should show up in social media activity.

    Agents should still be themselves, just on digital channels. After all, in the insurance business, agents are selling a promise that a consumer may or may not ever see delivery on. If the client never has an accident, they’ll never make a claim.

    This means a lot of time can pass between a point of sale and delivery of promise.

    With the rise of social media, however, there is a growing opportunity to deliver value in the long term. Whether it’s sharing thought-leadership articles, checking in with clients on social media, or providing digital tools to help educate clients, the digital landscape provides ample opportunity to reinforce proof of agent value on an ongoing basis. Including both paid and organic social media marketing for insurance agents in the mix of sales practices is critical.

    This won’t replace traditional tools like phone, email and in-person meetings, but having a mix of organic and paid content alongside them will complement other relationship-building efforts, keep agents top of mind, and continually provide value to clients and prospects.

    Lean into the power of real-life experience. There’s a good chance that agents live and work in the communities they serve. Agents should use that advantage with prospective clients when building their authentic brands. Showing on social media what’s happening in their communities and their offices will help foster a sense of belonging and drive interest among followers.

    Need more marketing ideas for insurance agents? Look to everyday experiences. If an agent runs into someone at a local event, they should take a selfie and tag the person on Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn. If a client drops off cookies, the agent should post a photo and a heartfelt message about what it meant to the team. Social media followers will connect with those real-life moments far more than they would with a branded post.

    Embrace storytelling. Too often, social media marketing for insurance agents consists only of market statistics or limited-time promotions. While this type of content can absolutely be useful and helpful, it’s not enough on its own. Think about the brands you follow: Would statistics and discounts be enough to get you engaged?

    Social media is about creating a narrative, not just posting facts or promotions.

    Agents should share the true picture of what it’s been like to grow a practice. Tell client stories about how they’ve benefited from your insurance products (with permission and privacy in mind, of course). When agents share authentically, they build trust with clients and prospects.

    Be themselves. If agents are only professional and stuffy, audiences won’t connect. Agents and marketers alike shouldn’t be afraid to let a little personality shine through on social media. Thought leadership can create credibility and demonstrate expertise, and it’s always better received when served up by a real-life person.

    That’s what social selling is all about.

    Posting is only one part of the strategy. Agents should also comment on and engage with clients’ posts as appropriate. Two-way communication is critical to building authenticity. Think about it as if you were having an in-person conversation; there would be plenty of back-and-forth throughout the discussion. Did a client become a grandparent? Their agent should congratulate them. Social selling is all about creating conversation, just like in real life.

    Engagement provides the added benefit of personalization. Customers don’t want to feel like marketing collateral. When agents engage with them honestly and authentically, they’re well on their way to creating deep, lasting consumer relationships.

    Building authenticity through social media is similar in principle to building authenticity in real life; it’s just using a different medium to do so. When intermediaries share personal stories and helpful content with clients in a way that reflects their true personalities, they’ll build lasting relationships both online and offline that will serve as the foundation of future sales.

    *This article was originally published in Insurance Journal.

    Instagram is a great way for financial institutions to showcase their authenticity and highlight the human side of the business, but have you incorporated best practices into your social selling strategy?

    There’s no doubt that this highly visual social media network is a great place to reach audiences and connect with customers, especially for social sellers like insurance agents, mortgage loan officers, and financial advisors. 

    As you plan content and interact with followers, be sure to follow these best practices for a better Instagram marketing strategy.

    Need more Instagram inspiration? Download our guidebook, Stronger Customer Relationships on Instagram.

    Algorithm updates from nearly every social media network — including Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram — have frustrated their share of users over the years, consumers included. If you fall into that group, it’s time to make peace with them. Social media algorithm changes don’t have to ruin your day — or your organic reach. You just have to know how to peacefully coexist with them as a digital marketer.

    We all have to accept and expect that social media networks will change their algorithms over time. Whether the latest LinkedIn update is messing with your reach or Apple iOS update is suddenly upending your paid advertising strategy, you must be ready to pivot and adapt. Sure, it’s frustrating to see your Facebook reach drop by 5% practically overnight, even if your marketing peers are in the same boat. But it’s important to remember that even with algorithm changes, integrated digital strategies provide incredible opportunities to reach the right target audiences at the right time with the right messages— all to drive business results.

     With an attitude of willingness to listen to the data, your team can navigate changes and optimize your strategies accordingly. Knowledge is power when it comes to optimizing the algorithm. Understanding social network changes is also an important consideration as you socialize results internally and advocate for a budget for your marketing efforts. You must be able to pinpoint how and when algorithmic changes impacted your results, so you can prove that it’s not a failure of your strategy but rather an opportunity to evolve.

    Ready to overcome today’s algorithm obstacles? Try these strategies:

    1. Drive greater reach and stronger engagement with social selling.

    When algorithm changes tank your brand’s organic social media reach and engagement, don’t waste time wishing you could turn back the clock. Take updates as a sign (and one of many!) that your institution should be empowering your intermediaries (think agents, loan officers, advisors, etc.) through social selling. The practice of social selling is just as it sounds: Using social media to sell a product or service. But social selling starts with relationship building, showcasing thought leadership, and building trust on social media through the voices of the folks driving business in their local communities.

    Social selling can simultaneously foster loyalty, humanize your brand, and supercharge your metrics in the face of algorithmic headwinds. Why? Employees’ social media accounts have 10 times the reach and drive double the engagement compared to their employers’ brand pages. Plus, sales reps who regularly share content are 57% more likely to generate leads. Social media networks prioritize content from individuals versus brands so that social selling can help your team bust through algorithmic barriers.

    2. Complement organic social selling with paid social advertising.

    All those algorithm changes might be causing engagement headaches. The cure is more straightforward than you might have assumed: paid social advertising. Paid social media advertisements, like in a PPC campaign, are terrific for funneling leads back to your landing pages. Once your ads are in place, you can target the audiences that matter most to your social sellers.

    By doubling up on organic and paid marketing tactics, you get a double-whammy effect that mitigates social media algorithm updates. Organic posts create a solid foundation for your social sellers, building credibility and reaching people who already follow your social sellers. Paid social media ads enable your team to strategically engage new audiences, filling your sales pipeline. Organic and paid work hand in hand to help your team break through on social.

    3. Make the most of every social media post.

    Every. Post. Counts. Although not every single thing you share on social will get the engagement you hoped for, being intentional and authentic is key. There are also three things you can do to make the most of each post that will play nice with algorithms, too:

    • First, include an image whenever you can. Social media posts with images often get more engagement. 
    • Second, schedule posts to publish at the ideal time for your desired audience. (Our team can tell you more about this!) 
    • Third, craft copy that encourages two-way communication, such as asking open-ended questions, soliciting feedback, or publishing polls. Thought-provoking copy encourages comments, and that’s where social selling really comes to life!

    Don’t forget that social posts should be the beginning of a digital journey for your followers. Not every post needs to include a direct call to action, but thoughtfully linking your followers to meaningful resources eventually paves the way for conversions. Whether it’s organic or paid, a social post can open the door to a digital journey that is beneficial for the customer and the intermediary looking to build that relationship.

    Algorithm updates might keep you on your toes, but they don’t have to ruin your marketing outcomes. You’ve got this! If you’re interested in further education about how organic and paid social work together, you’ll appreciate reading “How to Marry Organic and Paid Social Media Advertising Strategies.”

    Denim Social, a leading provider of social selling software for the mortgage industry, is proud to announce it has joined The Mortgage Collaborative. Together, the two organizations will educate mortgage lenders on the power of social selling and help them elevate their social selling programs to increase mortgage loan officer success. 

    The Mortgage Collaborative empowers mortgage lenders across the country with better financial execution, reduced costs, enhanced expertise and improved compliance. As consumer behavior shifts online and in a highly competitive marketplace, The Mortgage Collaborative also helps members reach and access prospective clients. 

    “Social selling is an essential tool for today’s mortgage lenders,” said Tom Gallucci, Senior Vice President of Business Development at The Mortgage Collaborative. “Partners like Denim Social will help our members build trust online, stay compliant and, most importantly, close more deals.”

    Members of The Mortgage Collaborative and customers of Denim Social will have access to member only pricing, resources and training. 

    “We’re excited to be a part of The Mortgage Collaborative – an organization that so many of our customers gain great value from already. We’re looking forward to collaborating with TMC on special content and resources, as well as forging deeper connections with members,” said Doug Wilber, CEO of Denim Social. 

    Click here to learn more about Denim Social and the Mortgage Collaborative’s partnership.

    Is your institution following  Facebook best practices?

    As the long-standing most popular social network, using Facebook is an important way for financial marketers and social sellers to reach a wide audience with timely content. Taking time to check for accuracy, updates, and more will go a long way in putting your best social selling  foot forward.

    Don’t forget these Facebook best practices as you build out a social selling program. 

    Want more social media ideas? Download our guidebook, Social Media Trends for Financial Institutions.

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