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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.

How to Optimize Trade Show Success with Proper Preparation

Fall not only brings a new school year, cooler temperatures and the emergence of college football rivalries, but also the start of conference season. This is the first time in several years people are feeling comfortable enough to travel and gather in person again, so this trade show season is already shaping up to be a busy one.

Chrissy, Wake Up: How to Keep Your PR Strategy from Falling Under A Curse

If you’re not one of the millions around the world who has been sucked into the “Stranger Things” phenomenon, the title reference may not make much sense to you. In short, the town of Hawkins, Indiana has fallen victim to Vecna, a humanoid monster with movable vines that protrude from his entire body and uses mental connections to control and attack teenagers of the town. While PR certainly isn’t that gruesome, there are quite a few things you can learn from this show to revamp your PR program.

The Power of Messaging is Vital During Economic Downturns

With economic uncertainty looming, it is more essential than ever for fintechs to employ continuous strategic communications with consumers. In every recession, marketers find themselves in unclear and difficult situations because no two downturns are exactly alike. However, understanding the marketing successes or failures of companies as they have navigated previous recessions helps to identify concerning patterns and trends.

Winning Your Stanley Cup: The Strategic Approach to Awards and Recognition

During the NHL Playoffs, sports fans may hear a lot about the Stanley Cup – the trophy given to the winner in the best of seven series. Beyond a three-foot tall tower of metal, the widely recognized hockey trophy symbolizes the leadership, the competitive desire of the team and the long road it took to win such a distinguished prize.

Knowing Your Audience: Crafting Your Words to Support Your Brand

Albert Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” We often become so immersed in our day-to-day language that we don’t stop to consider someone else’s knowledge on the subject before attempting to explain something. 

Read the Room: Why Emotional Intelligence Should Be a Top Priority in Your PR Strategy

Why do we communicate? To get our message across.

Communication plays a key role in effective public relations. Two-way communication between both parties is essential, and information must flow in its desired form between the organization and the public. With PR practitioners focused on what people think, feel and say about brands they interact with, we need to be consistent and authentic in our communications with our client's target audiences. One surefire way to improve communication skills is to strengthen your emotional intelligence.

Working with Influencers to Enhance Your Fintech PR Program

As the way consumers interact with brands continues to evolve, there has been a notable shift from traditional advertising to more influencer collaborations. As you scroll Facebook, Instagram or, most recently, TikTok, there is a consistent slew of influencers sharing their experiences with beauty, health and lifestyle brands to their followers.  

Company Culture and Brand Reputation: Lessons from Better.com

If you’ve paid any attention to the news in the last couple months, then you’ve heard about Better.com. Not because of a great PR campaign or anything – unfortunately, it’s because of their toxic leadership and resulting company culture.

A Look Ahead: WMA’s 2022 Marketing and PR Predictions

2021 was a whirlwind year for many, as evolving consumer preferences and continued health concerns forced many businesses to shift their strategies. As we work on our annual Bankers as Buyers report, which highlights predictions and trends for the financial services industry, we couldn’t help but wonder what the next year will bring. We reached out to the rest of the WMA team to see what they thought. Here are a few PR and marketing industry predictions for 2022:

Is TikTok Right for Your Fintech’s Communications Strategy?

The fear of missing out, or FOMO, affects nearly everybody. FOMO is a powerful social force that compels people to join in on popular trends and experiences. While FOMO as a concept predates social media, feelings associated with it have grown more intense with the rise of these platforms. Whether it’s about a party you didn’t get invited to or the latest industry trend, FOMO can manifest in personal and professional matters. Lately, the hottest trend in communications and marketing is TikTok, the fastest-growing social media network in the world. While many companies are eager to capitalize on this growth, others wonder if TikTok is right for them. 

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