The Big Tech Threat (Opportunity?)

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In November 2019, Google announced that it was going to launch a checking account. The announcement elicited the typical frenzy in the press about how the Big Tech company and its fellow Gigantosauruses were going to put traditional banks out of business. But — surprise, surprise—that wasn’t the game plan.  The plan was to partner…

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Inside the Digital Bank Insurgency of 2020

The pandemic should get a lot of the credit for this, but 2020 was a good — no, make that a great — year for challenger banks and the broader group of digital banks. At the beginning of 2020, just 3 percent of U.S. consumers considered a digital bank to be their primary bank. By…

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Fuel Your Fee Income with BaZing

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Imagine your customers or members going to the pump and getting cheaper gas every single month. Think they’d appreciate your financial institution making that happen for them?  Inspired by popular grocery store programs, StrategyCorps’ new BaZing Fuel program takes fuel rewards to a whole new level by letting financial institutions help consumers save money when…

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Is Your Financial Institution Feeling the Burn?

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When the first so-called “challenger banks” like Simple and Moven appeared on the scene around 2010 they were heralded as “disruptors” that were going to put traditional banks and credit unions out of business. Why? The asserted logic was that they provided a better customer experience, were more customer-friendly in terms of pricing (i.e., no…

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Dave Crook Shares Three Strategies for Growing Primary Checking Relationships

Even before the coronavirus, there was a passionate renewal of relationship banking’s importance, with a specific focus on primacy — primary versus non-primary households. What’s evident is that all relationships are not created equal: Half your customers see your FI as their bank and about half don’t. It’s the curse of free checking. Free worked…

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StrategyCorps Partners with Vizo Financial for Share Draft Rewards Program

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A partnership between retail checking solutions industry leader StrategyCorps and Vizo Financial Corporate Credit Union will deliver actionable analytics and modern rewards solutions to Vizo Financial’s member credit unions. StrategyCorps’ share draft mobile rewards program will provide opportunities to increase member satisfaction, share draft performance analysis, and member-friendly fee income.  StrategyCorps’ CheckingScore® solution will allow…

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Reinventing the Checking Account

Is it “game over” for mid-size banks and credit unions when it comes to checking accounts? Are the threats from deposit displacement, P2P providers, Amazon, and megabanks insurmountable? No.  Despite the prevalence of free checking accounts, many consumers express interest in switching to that hypothetical Amazon-offered bundled checking account we discussed earlier in this report.…

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FI FOCUS: CS Bancshares, Inc.

State Bank customer service representatives Lisa Hobbs, Vicki Posch, Terra Allen, and Shelley Tate show off the bank’s new checking account features. For years, Chillicothe State Bank, State Bank of Missouri, and The State Bank have passed along a rich tradition of community banking, service, and values to residents of five cities in North-central Missouri. …

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It’s Time to Kill Free Checking

Why would consumers show more interest in a fee-based account from Amazon than a free account? One reason is surely the value-added services bundled in. But there’s another reason: Consumers have learned (the hard way) that a free checking account isn’t really free.  As one bank customer, commenting online, put it:  “The issue isn’t wanting…

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StrategyCorps, ChannelNet join forces to improve digital client experience

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Exciting news — we’ve entered into a strategic partnership with ChannelNet to use ChannelNet’s patented digital engagement platform OneClick Financial to optimize consumer adoption of our BaZing mobile rewards app for banks and credit unions. “More and more consumers want to purchase additional traditional retail banking services via a mobile-first platform. This kind of platform…

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