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We want to share with you the trends we see in the financial services industry, including important events and media input. As an agency, our goal is to help you. That is why we also post our financial PR and Marketing best practices and opinion articles as a resource for your company.

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Building Brand Awareness for a B2B Fintech using PR and Marketing

While some differences do exist, building brand awareness in B2B markets is still just as important it is for companies marketing to consumers. For fintechs looking to up their B2B brand, here are proven recommendations:

Cast a Wide Net
To build brand awareness for your fintech, it’s important to create a presence in multiple places and have a diverse library of content. This includes industry publications, multiple social media platforms, blogging and trade shows, just to name a few. However, you don’t need to expend resources everywhere. For example, the president of a billion-dollar bank is unlikely to be found on Snapchat, but he or she is likely spending time on LinkedIn. Focus efforts on a few key content types and platforms where you can succeed and reach the decision makers that matter most.

What Can Fintechs Learn from the Biggest Public Relations Scandals Of 2018?

Every organization, even the largest of companies, is subject to making public relations mistakes when responding to a crisis. As many have learned the hard way however, the most important factor is often how you respond. Ensuring your fintech’s public relations strategy includes a comprehensive crisis communications plan can help prevent a small mistake from turning into a much larger disaster that can erode customer trust. The latest white paper from William Mills Agency, Top 10 PR Nightmares of 2018, reviews PR mistakes made by some of the biggest companies in the world. Just one example that is highlighted is Lockheed Martin’s failed Twitter campaign.

Why Social Media Should Be A Part Of Your Fintech Trade Show Strategy

Maximizing participation in industry trade shows is a key component of any fintech PR program, but simply showing up and taking cards at the booth is not enough anymore. Conference managers, speakers, attendees and vendors are increasingly leveraging social media to promote their participation in trade shows – before, during and after the event. In fact, many conference goers (including your prospects) are using social media to set their schedules before they even leave home. Trade show participation often requires a significant investment in terms of time and money, so here are some recommendations on using social media to get the most out of your investment:

PR Insight: Leveraging Awards To Grow Your Business

Industry and community recognition provides a great opportunity to attract new members.

The laborious process of applying for industry awards can prove stressful and painstakingly long for credit union marketers. They may not consider the countless hours of drafting and editing award nominations the most enjoyable work, but the euphoria that permeates throughout the organization after winning makes it worthwhile. Awards play a key role in feeding the public relations and marketing engine, which supports the credit union’s overall business goals. When utilized correctly, awards serve as tools to attract new members, inform existing members of organizational leadership and innovation and strengthen the credit union’s brand. 

Fintech Media Training 101: Three Tips to Nail Your Next Interview

 

The right earned media coverage can be a game changer for your business and a key factor in achieving this begins with mastering the art of the interview.

For many fintech executives, interviews can be a bit intimidating – especially when it’s up to you to speak on behalf of your entire company. The good news is that serving as an effective spokesperson is a coachable skill. As an agency, we have had the opportunity to train hundreds of executives and there are a few tips that go a long way toward ensuring that an upcoming media interview converts into great media coverage:

Turning Posts into Profit: Creating a Social Media Strategy That Supports B2B Fintech Objectives

Social media is frequently viewed as a B2C marketing strategy that other companies needn’t bother with. However B2B companies, and fintechs in particular, can gain enormous benefits from a well-rounded social media strategy. According to the Content Marketing Institute’s annual report, 61% of B2B marketers increased their use of social media for content marketing purposes compared with one year ago. By taking a customized approach and carefully considering unique goals and key performance indicators (KPIs), fintechs can create and maintain a social media strategy that supports business objectives.

Encouraging Employee Buy-In To Support Social Media Promotion of Your Fintech Brand

There’s no denying social media is a great tool for creating consistent, genuine interest in your brand and business. While historically companies in the financial industry (and B2B in general) have been slower to embrace social media, more fintech companies are recognizing its importance in supporting marketing and lead generation. And while fintech companies are certainly upping their game, a frequently overlooked (but very important) component of any successful social media campaign is employee engagement.

Gated Content vs. Ungated Content: Which is Best for Fintech Marketing Campaigns?

 

In any fintech marketing campaign, you’re probably using some form of content to attract leads, right? You’ve created exceptional content that your audience will enjoy and hopefully, act upon. Producing high quality content requires a lot of resources. You want to get maximum exposure, but you also need to get a measurable return on your investment

This often leads to the question: to gate or not to gate your content? To determine an answer, you must first understand what each of these terms means.

Benefits of a Fintech Specific PR Agency

Financial technology companies interested in working with a public relations firm need to be aware of the very specific benefits that come with hiring an agency that specializes in their industries.

Here are three key reasons to hire a fintech PR and marketing agency. 

1. They speak the language.
Financial services companies have their own language, culture and processes that are very different from any other industry. They need people with experience who better understand both the business and social context of the technology they are providing. PR firms that specialize in fintech will be able to create distinctive messaging that resonates with target audiences.

Measuring Effectiveness of Your Fintech PR Programs

When a company chooses to run a public relations campaign, they need to be able to measure and evaluate the success of the public relations efforts in order to get the maximum value. Without measurement, the resources they dedicate towards public relations will be unfocused and less effective.

So, how can you measure the results and impact of a public relations campaign?

There are plenty of things you can measure, but it generally boils down to output, engagement and outcomes. Looking for a simple solution or report is akin to relying on a single source of truth, therefore the best approach is looking at multiple data points and agreeing on what are the benchmarks of success.  

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