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

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

Brandemonium Breaks Out in Cincinnati

Oct 25, 2017

Cincinnati, the “brand capital of the world,” recently served as the backdrop for Brandemonium, a week-long, experiential, brand-focused conference and festival. Vya was fortunate to have a front row seat to this first-ever international brand event, which took place right here in our own back yard.

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Tags: branding, brand consistency, marketing technology, marketing productivity, brand experience, marketing staff

Getting the Banking Customer Experience Right

May 16, 2017

Relationships have always been at the core of bank marketing success. While face-to-face transactions and handwritten notes have largely given way to mobile deposits, online bill paying, emails and texts, knowing and connecting with your customer on a personal level is as important as ever.

On the path to building lasting customer relationships, bank marketers must distinguish themselves from ever-increasing competition. There’s also the pressure to rise to elevated consumer expectations that are based on the streamlined, personalized experiences perfected by companies like Amazon and Uber.

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Tags: bank marketing, brand consistency, financial services, local marketing, banking customer experience

How to Support Your Local Associates for Successful Community Sponsorships

Apr 20, 2017

Whether you’re a bank with local branches or a franchise business with multiple locations, local sponsorships offer a powerful way for your local representatives to build relationships and visibility in the communities they serve. Sponsorships are effective because supporting local sports teams, charitable causes, the arts and other cultural organizations puts your brand in front of the customers and prospects you most want to reach at the local level.

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Tags: bank marketing, brand consistency, financial services, local marketing, legal and regulatory compliance, franchise, community sponsorship, local advertising

Don’t Get Knocked Off Balance by the Swinging Pendulum of Bank Regulation

Mar 23, 2017

With the recently signed executive order requesting a review of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Trump administration has taken a first step toward potential regulatory relief for banks and financial services companies. Experts and influencers on both sides of regulation are already fiercely debating the merits and failings of the current law and any possible rollback of it. At this point, the result of such a review is uncertain. What is clear is that change is most definitely in the air.

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Tags: bank marketing, bank marketing compliance, brand consistency, financial services, marketing resource management, legal and regulatory compliance, mortgage marketing

Transcending the Logo: Brand Consistency in All Its Forms

Oct 19, 2016

At Vya we are big on brand consistency. Your brand is the platform that delivers your core product or service differentiation to customers. Managing brand consistency is critical, especially in a distributed organization with branches, agents or franchises.

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Tags: bank marketing, brand consistency, financial services, video

Recapping the ABA Bank Marketing Conference 2016

Oct 03, 2016

Last week I was in Nashville with Vya’s Kandi O’Connor and Tracy McIntosh attending the ABA Bank Marketing Conference 2016 – a terrific event for bank marketers to zero in on the latest trends in digital marketing, branding and customer engagement.

Speaker Kimberly Capps, COO of Southern Bank, perfectly captured the overall spirit of the event when she shared this quote by Jeff Yabuki: “The only thing moving faster than technology is customer expectations.”

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Tags: bank marketing, brand consistency, financial services, social media

3 Tips to Engage Branches in Local Bank Marketing

Jul 20, 2016

Branch employees are the face and voice of your company to local communities. Engaging local branches and ensuring they use appropriately branded and compliant marketing material is a challenge that can seem insurmountable. It’s essential to achieve the right balance between empowering branches to reach local audiences with relevant messages and the clear need for oversight in order to maintain compliance and brand consistency.

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Tags: bank marketing, brand consistency, financial services, marketing resource management, legal and regulatory compliance, streamline marketing, marketing platform

Ideas for Grand Opening Event Success in a Distributed Marketing Model

Jun 09, 2016

Managing local grand opening events can be a challenge when you operate in a distributed marketing model. As a corporate marketer you want to support the success of the new location and ensure brand consistency. At the same time, you want to enable your local team the flexibility to create an event that resonates with their local market.

We’ve supported many clients’ local grand opening events. From franchisors facilitating new franchise openings to banks launching newly acquired local branches, here are some guidelines based on our experience:

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Tags: bank marketing, brand consistency, franchise, distributed marketing, franchisee marketing, grand opening event ideas

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