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  • January 21, 2019

    Category: Financial

    Matt Cunard, Sr. Web Marketer/Financial Industry Lead This is Part 3 of our 4-part series looking at the four stages of running a marketing campaign as a financial marketer. It picks up at the end of the previous post, so you will want to read Part 1: Start with Profitability, Part 2: Build a Winning Campaign Strategy, and Part 3: Nail Your Campaign Execution. “What did we bring in for our last campaign?” As a financial marketer, you have heard this question –

    Tags: ROI

  • January 18, 2019

    Category: Financial

    Matt Cunard, Sr. Web Marketer & Financial Industry Lead This is Part 3 of our 4-part series looking at the four stages of running a marketing campaign as a financial marketer. It picks up at the end of the previous post, so you will want to read Part 1: Start with Profitability, and Part 2: Build a Winning Campaign Strategy. So far, we’ve flexed a lot of our strategic thinking muscles. We engaged our finance department to help us find profitable products and customer segments,

    Tags: campaign execution, marketing campaign

  • January 16, 2019

    Category: Financial

    Matt Cunard, Sr. Web Marketer & Financial Industry Lead This is Part 2 of our 4-part series looking at four stages of running a marketing campaign as a financial marketer. It picks up at the end of the previous, so you will want to read Part 1: Start with Profitability. Picking Up Where We Left Off In our first piece of this series, we hit on profitability and the role marketing plays in it. Specifically, we covered: The idea that marketing can transform from a cost center to

    Tags: campaign, Financial, marketing plan, marketing strategy

  • January 10, 2019

    Category: Financial

    Matt Cunard, Sr. Web Marketer & Financial Industry Lead "How do you run a marketing campaign? Where do you start? How do you measure ROI?" Our financial clients ask us these types of questions a lot. So we thought we'd put together a multi-post series about running a campaign from start to finish. This is meant to be a framework to give you a process to lean on.  The first post in the series focuses on where you as a marketer can positively impact your institution most: generating

    Tags: bank, credit union, Financial, marketing, profitability

  • January 9, 2019

    Categories: Digital Marketing, Financial, Online Marketing

    By Joshua Schneiderman, SEM/PPC Program Lead Each month, we spend time getting to know new friends like you in the financial services industry. In order to develop the most productive marketing plan, we need to learn what makes your financial institution uniquely wonderful. After all, if people would just sit down and listen, they’d understand that your bank is warm and kind and altruistic, and they should leave their current, cold, heartless financial institution to bank with you,

    Tags: bank, credit union, financial institution, financial marketing, unique sales proposition, unique selling proposition

  • October 29, 2018

    Categories: Financial, Financial Case Study, Website Launches

    City State Bank is a community bank headquartered in Norwalk, Iowa. They have 11 locations split between banking, trust & investment and insurance offices in central Iowa. After listening to the client’s goals and understanding the feedback they received about the website, we focused on a few main issues the new website would need to resolve: The need for a modern design and user interface More robust content to aid understanding of their products & services Make it easy to find

  • July 3, 2018

    Categories: Financial, Financial Case Study

      There may be a time when your current web hosting company isn’t making the cut for your financial institution. Maybe you’re disappointed with the customer service of your website provider or concerned about the level of security features they offer. Whatever the reason, your decision to switch doesn’t have to be an overwhelming venture into a wild frontier. What if we told you if you really liked the design of your site, you can keep it while increasing your access

    Tags: Web Design, Web Development

  • May 25, 2018

    Categories: Financial, Forbin Culture

    Walk into our office at VGM Forbin, and Darrell's smiling face is one of the first things you see. As our Financial Account Executive, Darrell brings plenty of energy to the team, which is good considering he has to keep up with wife, Liz, and their three sons every day. Originally from La Porte City, Iowa, Darrell's career in the financial industry started at a small bank south of Chicago in 2004. From there, he moved to Des Moines, Iowa to work in the electronic payments space for

  • May 15, 2018

    Category: Financial

    A vendor’s view of what opportunities lie ahead for financial marketers to capitalize on in order to claim a spot at the leadership table. A few weeks ago, I had the immense pleasure and opportunity to attend the American Bankers Association Bank Marketing School. It was eight days of class and craziness with nearly 100 fellow marketing junkies Throughout the school, I noticed several themes I could relate to as someone who markets to financial institutions.   Too often, strategy

    Tags: bank marketing school, marketing planning, marketing strategy

  • April 4, 2018

    Categories: Financial, Financial Case Study

    Iowa State Bank approached VGM Forbin because they were looking for a website that is informative at its core, while also creating a simplified visual experience. The community bank was seeking a site that reflected their relational personality and simultaneously provided spot-on customer-sought information. Take a peek into our process of discovery for creating a website that has Iowa State Bank’s users coming back!   Q: What makes you a community bank? A: We live,

    Tags: Iowa State Bank, Site Launch, Web Design, Web Development, Website Launch

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