IIROC Guidance On Social Media Communications

Posted by Mikki Ware on April 16, 2015

What a difference a decade makes when finance meets technology. Notice MR0281, originally issued by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) in 2004, provided guidance for securities dealers on the nature of communications materials, including advertising and correspondence with clients. But that’s not all - IIROC Rule 29.7 (supplemented by IIROC Notice 11-0349) requires firms to produce proof of these materials during regulatory audits.

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Topics: compliance, Compliance, financial services, FINRA, IIROC, social media, social media compliance

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

The Loan Officer’s Guide to Social Media Strategy, Part 3: Tips for Twitter

Posted by Mikki Ware on February 25, 2015

In the first two installments of this series, we guided you through using LinkedIn and Facebook to grow and nurture your network as a loan originator (LO). Next we’ll talk about Twitter, and how you might tweet your way to closed deals in 140 characters or less.

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Topics: financial services, gremln, social media, social media compliance, Social Media for Mortgage Banks, social media marketing, strategy, tips, twitter, twitter business tools, twitter marketing

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

5 Ways Financial Advisors Can Gain Leads Through Facebook

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on December 9, 2014

The next in our 3-part series focuses on Facebook. The social behemoth lends itself to the personal and the professional, making for plenty of opportunities to connect with your network and develop new leads.

Financial advisors offer a unique service that lends itself quite nicely to social media. While there are plenty of regulations to ensure the playing field is kept fair and compliant, social media can help those in the financial services industry reach new and existing clients – simply by getting in the game! Friends, family members, and even those seemingly-random Facebook acquaintances can all be helpful when it comes to gaining new business. Word of mouth is an important part of an advisors’ lead acquisition – and Facebook is a great place for that kind of endorsement to take place!

We’re sharing some of our favorite tips and tricks

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Topics: facebook, financial services, social, social media, social media compliance, Social Media for Financial Advisors, social media marketing

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

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

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

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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