3 Tips for Building a Social Media Persona and Deploying Effective Content

Posted by Doug Wilber on October 30, 2018

Have you seen Wendy's cheeky tweets? What about cruelty-free fashion brand Wholesome Culture's meme-filled Instagram? These days, companies throw everything they've got at social media because attention means eyeballs — and eyeballs mean money. For every $2.50 spent on social media, businesses can reach 1,000 people, and 9 out of every 10 consumers say they'd recommend a brand after a positive interaction on social platforms.

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Topics: bank marketing, Social Selling, social media strategy, FFIEC, saving time, social media management and compliance, brand, social media presents, team management, regulated industry

How to Win Social Media Like Navy Federal Credit Union

Posted by Mikki Ware on March 24, 2016

Credit unions have a unique position when it comes to social media. Unlike banks, which are opened to everyone, credit unions have a specific customer base. Members have to be affiliated with certain groups, such as an employer, community, or school. With the smaller, more targeted pool of members and potential members, social media can be viewed as a natural extension of strategic community engagement. The challenge is getting buy-in from credit union decision makers, as well as tracking ROI of social media participation. However, the tide seems to be turning, as research from CUNA Mutual shows that 60 percent of credit unions have been using social media for about 2 years.

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Topics: credit unions, facebook, FFIEC, financial services, gremln, ROI, social media, Social Media for Credit Unions, strategy

3 Tips to Avoid Social Media Compliance Crises

Posted by Mikki Ware on May 6, 2015

In 2012 Gene Morphis, the former CFO of Francesca’s Collections, revealed sensitive company information on his Twitter account in advance of the company’s annual report to the SEC. It was later revealed that the CFO had often communicated inappropriate company information on social media, which led to his termination from the company.

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Topics: compliance, Compliance, FFIEC, Reputation Management, social media, Social Media, social media compliance, twitter

FFIEC FAQ: What Social Media Guidance Means for Financial Services

Posted by Paul Rauner on March 25, 2015


By now it’s no secret that financial services companies need to adhere to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) guidance regarding social media use. Gremlin Social customers are not only looking for social media compliance tools, but also guidance on how the tools specifically address their compliance needs. Here we’ve broken down the FFIEC rules into frequently asked questions, and shed some light how the rules apply to your social media and risk management programs.

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Topics: compliance, Compliance, facebook, FFIEC, financial services, linkedin, regulation, social media, social media compliance, twitter

7 Ways Financial Advisors Can Gain Leads Through Twitter

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on December 31, 2014

In our first two articles in this series, we discussed how financial advisors can leverage LinkedIn and Facebook for lead generation. Now it’s time to talk Twitter. Twitter is a fantastic resource for prospecting. A study by Putnam Investments reports that 66% of financial advisors saw an uptick in new business using social media in 2014 – a 17% increase from last year. The study also showed that Twitter use is on the rise, with 26% of financial advisors using Twitter for business.

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Topics: Business, facebook, FFIEC, financial services, gremlin, linkedin, social media, Social Media, social media for business, Social Media for Financial Advisors, social media marketing, Social Media Marketing, twitter, twitter business

Facebook, and Heartbleed, and Compliance, Oh My! 2014 In Review

Posted by Mikki Ware on December 24, 2014

It’s December, which means it’s time for the obligatory year in review post! What a year it has been. From Facebook’s seemingly constant newsfeed changes to the financial industry attempting to make its peace with social media through new compliance regulations, it has been an exciting time in digital marketing. Here are our picks for what was hot and happening in 2014:

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Topics: compliance, Cybersecurity, facebook, FFIEC, social media, Social Media, social media compliance, Social Media Education, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Updates, Year In Review

Mobile Banking and Social Media: What’s Next?

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on September 9, 2014

A recent report shared that 173 million Americans own smart phones, and CNN reported that mobile apps overtook desktop usage for the first time ever in February 2014. While mobile adoption rates continue to grow amongst consumers, a recent study by Capgemini found that financial institutions are relatively slow to adopt mobile banking capabilities – much to the chagrin of their customer base. So what can banks do to increase customer satisfaction and expand on their mobile offerings?

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Topics: compliance, FFIEC, gremlin, mobile app, Mobile Banking, mobile banking, social media, social media compliance

Gremln Get Started Guide For Banks: 3 Key Steps For Social Media Strategy

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on May 28, 2014


So you have decided your bank needs a social media presence – great – now what? Before creating your social media accounts, the Gremln Get Started Guide outlines 3 key steps for a successful social media strategy:

1)     Determine Your Purpose & Voice – Decide how you plan to use social media to further your organization. Is it for brand awareness? Building relationships within your community, customer service, or all of the above? The goals you set for your brand on social media will determine the direction of your strategy. Additionally, you will need to define the “voice” of your social media to ensure your messages have the same tone across the board. Are you casual and fun, friendly, or more professional? Know your audience and choose the voice most representative of your brand.

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Topics: compliance, Compliance, facebook, FFIEC, gremlin, linkedin, social media, Social Media, Social Media Education, social media for banking, Social Media for Banking, strategy, twitter, twitter business, twitter marketing

Banks, Don't Bore Your Customers: 3 Ways To Succeed At Social

Posted by Mikki Ware on April 8, 2014

Banks and financial institutions face a number of challenges when it comes to digital marketing, particularly with social media. Compliance and privacy issues pose unique challenges for financial marketers who recognize the benefits of having an online presence, but are beholden to guidance from the FFIEC, FINRA and SEC. Still, some banks and credit unions are successfully leveraging social media to further their brands. Susquehanna Bank is a Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based bank operating over 260 branches in four states including Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and West Virginia. The bank engages its more than 15,000 Facebook followers with weekly features such as “Where is it Wednesday?” and “Trivia Tuesday” — as well as social responsibility campaigns dedicated to helping those in need.

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Topics: compliance, Compliance, facebook, FFIEC, social, social media, Social Media, social media compliance, Social Media Education, social media for banking, Social Media for Banking, social media marketing

Updated Social Media Guidance from the FFIEC: Is Your Bank Still Compliant?

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on December 19, 2013

December 2013 – UPDATE:  

Nearly one year after putting out a proposed guidance on social media use for financial institutions, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued “Social Media: Consumer Compliance Risk Management Guidance.” This guidance has been adopted by FFIEC member organizations, including the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve Board), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) (collectively, the Agencies), and the State Liaison Committee (SLC).

These regulatory bodies overseeing financial institutions recognize the importance social media plays in marketing, customer service and audience engagement – but stress the importance of banks, credit unions and savings institutions to remain compliant while participating.

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Topics: Board, Business, CFPB, Compliance, compliance regulationss, consumer compliance, FDIC, FFIEC, NCUA, OCC, risk management, SLC, social media, social media banking, social media compliance, Social Media for Banking, social media regulations

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