By its very nature, community banking requires innovative thought and action. You operate in an extremely competitive business sector, seemingly dominated by large national and regional institutions with deep pockets. However, as a community bank, you offer advantages the big banks can’t match, enabling you to not just survive, but thrive.
Topics: Community Banking, Technology, Innovation
Cutting costs is an easy process, right? You pick a target, assess what it will take to get there, and make a plan to close the gap. Here’s the reality: The world of community banking is constantly and rapidly evolving, meaning you can no longer rely on a static vision of where you need to go. Moreover, if your cost-cutting initiative doesn’t start with your company mission as the guiding principle, it’s destined to fail.
Topics: Community Banking, Costs, Cutting Costs, Invest
Community bank spending on regulatory compliance continues to increase with the ever-growing number of regulations imposed on the financial service sector. This situation creates a significant challenge, requiring you to constantly evaluate and improve your operations — and not just to keep up with regulations, but also to satisfy rapidly changing consumer expectations.
Topics: Compliance, Community Banking, Regulations, Regulatory Compliance
In recent years, businesses across the country have struggled to attract and retain a high-quality workforce, a trend that’s been exacerbated by a highly disruptive pandemic. Community banks are not exempt from this predicament, and, in fact, they must grapple with a unique set of challenges.
Topics: Community Banking, Workforce, Employee Retention, Employee Recruitment
Create meaningful, personalized, and efficient digital experiences for your prospects and customers — or they’ll take their banking business elsewhere. This is the reality of today’s financial services sector, accelerated by the trend toward a younger, more tech-savvy clientele.
Topics: Community Banking, Digital, Digital Experience, Technology
A growing segment of community bank customers want it all: both digital and in-person interactions, coupled with highly personalized banking advice based on their individual circumstances. Smarter, savvier, and more informed than ever, today’s consumers are less concerned about brand loyalty and identity — and more than willing to switch to a competitor if you’re not satisfying their needs and expectations.
Topics: Community Banking, Customer Expectations
Banks and other financial institutions are prime targets for cybercrime — because that’s where the money is. In fact, recent statistics show that financial service firms were hit 300 more times than other businesses. Each of these cyberattacks typically costs financial service firms millions of dollars.
Topics: cybersecurity, Community Banking
Community banking comes with a unique set of challenges — different from other types of financial service firms. In a new blog series, I’ll be exploring several crucial business issues in community banking, as well as how they may be addressed through innovative strategies and technology. I’ll also pose key questions that can be used as a framework for moving forward.
Topics: Community Banking