Fostering a Corps of Active Brand Promoters

Sep 10, 2019

Word-of-mouth referrals and recommendations are the currency of business success today. More than ever, they are key to establishing trust and building awareness. According to Nielsen, 83% of consumers say they either completely or somewhat trust recommendations from family, colleagues, and friends about products and services, making them a powerful resource to amplify your message.  

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Tags: marketing process optimization, bank marketing, brand advocacy, MRM, marketing technology, Insurance Marketing, marketing resource management, local marketing, local marketing automation, franchise, franchise local marketing

Where Are Bank Marketing Teams Spending Too Much Time?

Aug 27, 2019

Today’s technology helps us address our goals of working smarter, faster and better. But even with the latest innovations, are there activities that Marketing continues to spend too much time on? And are these activities getting in the way of Marketing’s ability to contribute strategically to the organization?

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Tags: marketing process optimization, bank marketing, bank marketing compliance, MRM, marketing strategy, marketing technology, marketing resource management, CRM, strategic bank marketing

New Name & Focus Yield Meaningful Experience at Franchise Marketing Leadership Conference 2019

Jul 24, 2019

For the past several years, Franchise Update Media’s annual franchise marketing conference has been a must-attend event for the Vya marketing team. This year was no different. What was different was the name of the event, which rebranded as the “Franchise Marketing Leadership Conference.” With the new name came a revamped focus on leadership and recognizing marketing excellence. The result was a new and meaningful experience.

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Tags: marketing leadership, leadership, franchise, franchise local marketing

What Influences Marketing’s Role in a Financial Organization?

Jun 27, 2019

Marketing organizations at many financial institutions continue to struggle to participate in—and influence—the strategic decision-making processes in their organizations. This is a recurring theme in our discussions with clients, which is why we often examine it on this blog (see Bank Marketing’s Strategic Impact and Future Ready Bank Marketing).

At Vya, we’ve seen how marketing can contribute to a bank’s strategic success. Marketing bridges a bank’s strategic direction and daily execution, with a keen understanding of what matters to today’s banking customers.

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Tags: bank marketing, financial services, marketing strategy, strategy, financial services marketing, strategic bank marketing

How Effective Local Marketing Drives Franchise System Growth

May 28, 2019

In a recent post, we touched on the ever-increasing competition for qualified franchisee candidates. According to data cited by the Franchise Performance Group, some 4,000 franchise brands are competing for just under 14,000 new franchisees entering the marketplace. This level of competition requires franchisors to differentiate and create value for franchisees across every aspect of the business.

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Tags: brand consistency, growth, franchise, franchise local marketing

How to Manage Color Consistency Across Printed Marketing Materials

Apr 30, 2019

Most marketers would agree, color is a vital component of everything they do. Color can be used to represent essential attributes of your brand, express key messages or tap into emotional and psychological impulses, as this infographic by The Logo Company colorfully illustrates.

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Tags: Variable Data Printing, print, print best practices, compliant marketing materials, Color Printed Marketing Materials

IFA 2019 - Recapping the International Franchising Association’s Annual Convention

Mar 27, 2019

I recently attended the International Franchise Association’s Annual Convention (IFA 2019) in Las Vegas with my colleague Allan Greer. This was my first time at IFA, which is a bigger conference, with a broader franchise focus than the consumer marketing franchise events I regularly attend. What I liked about IFA 2019 was the chance it provided to learn more about the various roles within franchisor organizations and the challenges they face.

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Tags: branding, brand consistency, franchise, franchise marketing software, franchise local marketing

For Bank Marketers, What Does It Mean to Be Future Ready?

Feb 20, 2019

Planning for long-term success while addressing short-term goals isn’t easy for a bank marketing organization. It can feel like a tug-of-war between two opposing forces. A Deloitte Insights post about The Future-Ready CMO put it this way: “Effective marketing leaders often live in two realms—the present and the possible.”

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Tags: bank marketing, financial services, marketing strategy

Postage Rate Increase: How to Keep Your Direct Mail Marketing Costs in Check

Jan 10, 2019

If you’re not already aware, the U.S. Postal Service is ringing in the new year with a postal rate increase. Beginning January 27th, the price of a first-class stamp will go from $.50 to $.55, the largest jump since 1991, when the rate went from $.25 to $.29.

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Tags: direct mail, USPS, direct mail marketing

Report: How National Franchise Brands Are Getting Local with Marketing

Jan 02, 2019

The latest industry research shows, that while national franchise brands continue to invest heavily in national advertising to build brand awareness and favorability, they’re increasingly taking their marketing programs to the local level to drive engagement.

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Tags: local marketing budgets, franchise, franchise local marketing

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