5 Reasons To Be Thankful For Social Media

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on November 26, 2014

At Gremln, we spend a lot of time talking about, thinking about, and enjoying all the wonders of social media. While we often celebrate it's benefit as a marketing, customer service, and brand-building tool -- there are lots of other ways to take advantage of it. So, in the spirit of the holiday season, we've put together a list of the top five reasons we're thankful for social media.
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Topics: social media, Social Media, thankful, thanksgiving

Engage & Convert: How Financial Services Can Build Relationships on Social Media

Posted by Mikki Ware on October 23, 2014

We’ve all heard the terms B2B and B2C – but when it comes to social media, isn’t it all about P2P? In other words, people communicating with other people. Of course, as a business, the end goal is sales, but you can’t lose sight of thought leadership and consumer needs to get there. In fact, studies show that 71% of consumers who experience a quick and effective brand response on social media are likely to recommend that brand to others, compared to just 19% of customers who do not receive a response. The net net – social media isn't just about broadcasting your brands message, but responding and relating to people online.

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Topics: compliance, Compliance, facebook, financial services, gremlin, linkedin, social media, Social Media, social media compliance, Social Media Education, twitter, Uncategorized

Digital ER – How to Triage, Treat, and Discharge Social Media Crises

Posted by Mikki Ware on October 14, 2014

If you break your leg, you know what to do – call 911 or head to the nearest Emergency Room. In the digital world, social media emergencies are more difficult to diagnose. What even constitutes a social media emergency? Who deals with it? What should response time be? Here are the most critical social media crises, and the 911 on how to handle them.

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Topics: compliance, Compliance, social media, Social Media, social media compliance, social media for banking, Social Media for Banking, social media for business, tips

Marketing to the Generations: How to Connect With Gen X

Posted by Mikki Ware on August 15, 2014

Ask yourself: who is your audience? All financial institutions are not created equally, so it is important to have a grasp on to whom you are selling your services. Previously, we discussed how to reach out to millennials, those born between the years of 1980-1999. Now it’s time to talk about their predecessors, the group born between 1960-1979 who Douglas Coupland famously coined as Generation X.

Generation X presents an interesting challenge for marketers because there is no slam dunk way of appealing to them. They are tech savvy, but not as likely as millennials to look for their banking solutions online. They have a bit of money, but quite a bit more debt than Boomers; not that Gen X are frivolous spenders. The debt is a result of their position as the most educated generation, and consequently, the generation who owes the most in student loans. Let’s take a look at what else you can expect from Gen X, and how to close the deal with them.

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Topics: facebook, Gen X, linkedin, Marketing, social media, Social Media, social media marketing, Social Media Marketing, strategy, twitter, twitter marketing

Marketing to the Generations: How to Connect with Millennials

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on August 8, 2014

Millennials are an increasingly sought-after group when it comes to financial services. According to a report by Nielson, the Millennial generation, or Generation Y as they’re also known, consists of 77 million individuals born between 1977 and 1995 – that’s close to 24% of the population. And while they may not have the affluence of the Baby Boomers just yet, their burgeoning careers and bank accounts make millennials a prime audience for the financial services sector. In the first of this series on connecting with different generations, we will talk about what makes Millennials tick.

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Topics: financial services, Marketing, Millenials, social media, Social Media, social media for banking, Social Media for Banking, twitter

Your Bank is Social, Now What? 11 Ways to Protect Your Online Rep

Posted by Mikki Ware on July 14, 2014

Have you Googled yourself lately? What comes up on search engine results pages (SERP’s) can make or break your online reputation.  Harvard University research on Yelp shows that a 1-star difference in reviews on Yelp may result in 5% to 9% in business gained or lost. Review sites aren’t the only place customers can let you know their opinion. A  study by Brandwatch found that customers of financial brands are more likely to use social media and online forums to air grievances . There is also the issue of poor reputation for the financial services industry overall. The 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer found banking and financial services to be the least trusted industries globally. Add to that the challenges of balancing personality and regulatory responsibility, and having an online presence might make you ask – why bother? Use these tips to change public perception and control the conversation about your financial brand.

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Topics: facebook, google+, gremlin, linkedin, reputation management, Reputation Management, Social Media, social media for banking, Social Media for Banking, twitter

How to Drive Engagement: 8 Ways to Win at LinkedIn for Financial Services

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on June 18, 2014

In the first two installments in our Driving Engagement series, we covered 6 ways to leverage Facebook to build relationships with your customers and then tackled Twitter by sharing our 10 tips to tweet safely and compliantly in 140 characters or less. In this installment, we’ll cover the social network with the most “professional” reputation: LinkedIn. 

Financial services professionals have been gaining leads, developing customer relationships, and connecting more authentically with their audiences on LinkedIn – in fact, 62% of financial advisors report getting new clients thanks to the social network! We’re sharing eight great ways to help you drive more engagement – and win more clients – by boosting your presence on LinkedIn.  

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Topics: Business, compliant social media, engagement, financial services, linkedin, social media, Social Media, social media for business

How to Drive Engagement: 10 Twitter Tips for Financial Services

Posted by Mikki Ware on June 5, 2014

In the first installment of this series, How to Create Engagement - Facebook for Financial Services, we discussed 6 ways to leverage Facebook to build relationships with your customers. Next we’ll tackle Twitter and unveil 10 tips to tweet safely and compliantly in 140 characters or less. That’s right – while Facebook lets users to be as verbose as time and attention spans allow, tweets must get the job done in 140 characters. In fact, best practice is to leave 20 or 30 characters of space for followers to retweet and add comments. Therefore, a tweet is reduced to a brief 110-120 characters, including links.

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Topics: FINRA, gremlin, social media, Social Media, social media compliance, social media for banking, Social Media for Banking, twitter, twitter business, twitter business tools, twitter marketing

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

FINRA: 5 Guidelines and Hacks For Compliant Social Media

Posted by Mikki Ware on May 6, 2014


In 2011, FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) issued two notices and a new rule geared specifically to electronic communications with social media. Generally speaking, financial services organizations can assume that social media falls under the rules of any other business-related electronic communications in terms of recordkeeping, suitability, supervision, and content. However, certain aspects of social media, such as third-party posts and data feeds, require further oversight.

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Topics: compliance, Compliance, FINRA, social media, Social Media, social media compliance, Social Media Education, social media for banking, Social Media for Banking

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