What Works in Marketing Financial Products
Social media was at the top of the list for many marketers that deBanked spoke with, but there are certain formulas necessary to make it work, they say.
“It’s coming up with new ways to say ‘we want to fund your deals,’” said Cassandra Lund, Social Media Manager at Lendini, when asked what the hardest part of her job is. Being heavily involved in the marketing campaigns of a large small business funding company, Lund believes social media is a prime place for setting up brand legitimacy.
“[Social media] provides something that even other forms of marketing cannot,” said Lund. “It instantly connects you to your audience and allows them to ask questions right away, either through direct message or as a comment.”
Fintech companies are also strategically using social media to start getting their name out there. Jennifer Marshall, Marketing Manager at fraud and dispute software provider Quavo, praised the power of social media; especially platforms that provide a professional environment for both consumers and businesses.
“We see the most results on LinkedIn,” said Marshall, “from both paid and organic efforts. “LinkedIn can take [businesses] a long way if their marketing team leverages tagging and mentioning [on the platform]. In the early stages of a company, when brand awareness is the top priority, [businesses] should leverage their employees’ LinkedIn networks.”
While Marshall and Lund are marketing different financial products, they both agree on the inherent value of LinkedIn to their respective companies when it comes to a buttoned-up platform for connections and content.
“Just create a Linkedin and Instagram and start posting,” Lund said, when asked how a business could get their foot in the social media door. “You will find people in your industry, potential clients and information about what other businesses in your field are doing. Build out from there, and your business will thank you for it.”
With the opportunity social media provides comes responsibility, and some companies have let simple mistakes hurt the perception of their brand. Lund and Marshall both believe that a misguided or typo-littered social media presence can do a company more harm than good.
“Spelling errors and bad graphics, I see these [errors] a lot on social media as it becomes more and more important to small businesses,” said Lund. “There is nothing more important on social media than a first impression, and a spelling error or hugely pixelated photos is a major deterrent.”
Marshall stressed that companies not let “B2B vs B2C” marketing practices dictate their social media efforts. “In the end, you should want to reach people where they work and where they play. Once you understand that, the value of social media to all financial companies is crystal clear.”
With new members of the work force living most of their lives ingrained in social media, it appears its value in the business world is exponential. “The younger generations have used it for years, or since being born, and it’s not going anywhere in the near future,” said Lund. “Finding new clients, new customers and like-minded business professionals on [social media] helps build your brand and stake a claim in the industry. Anyone that doesn’t think social media is important in business in general is missing out.”
Marketing financial products, especially new or alternative fintech solutions can be difficult, however. When asked about how to market a financial product, Francesca Ligouri, Lead National Designer at Create with Chess, a national marketing company that works in a variety of industries, spoke about the values of traditional marketing materials on top of social media. She stressed the importance of putting a tangible item that explains your business model in the hands of a potential customer that may not fully understand the product being sold to them.
Ligouri spoke about networking materials, and how sometimes the explanation of a product is best done through tangible imagery.
“It’s about using infographics and icons [to help] create a storyline of what you’re trying to say, while keeping your demographic engaged,” said Ligouri. “Illustrative materials like brochures, folders, and mailers make people want to pick up your collateral and be like ‘oh cool, what is this all about?’ instead of printing a word document of all your info and expecting people to want to read through it.”
Whether it is printed or digital materials, innovation in finance isn’t just about the technology behind the products themselves, but also about how those brands and their products are introduced to potential customers.Last modified: November 17, 2021
Adam Zaki is a Reporter at deBanked. Connect with me on LinkedIn or follow me on Twitter.