Primary Relationships or Bust

Banker shaking hands with customer across desk

By Ryan Harbry Customer loyalty is essential in every industry under the sun. In banking, it matters even more than most industries because not only do unloyal customers represent a missed opportunity for revenue; they have the potential to cost more than they are bringing in — creating a drag on earnings. And, if we’re…

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Competing with the Gigantosauruses and Digitalbatrosses

I know you’re thinking that this isn’t a great analogy because dinosaurs are extinct, and an “albatross” is a psychological burden that feels like a curse. But gigantosauruses are (OK, were) huge, powerful animals (like the Big Tech companies) and albatrosses are one of the fastest species of animals, flying at nearly 80 miles per…

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Squirrels? Aww, nuts!

Squirrel on road next to white SUV

By Dave Pond A few weeks ago, my 16-year-old daughter, Mallory — with her sights firmly focused on a successful driver’s license road test at our local DMV — wanted to practice parallel parking in my trusty ol’ Ford Explorer. (After all, it was smaller than her mom’s minivan.)  However, when they cranked it up, the…

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Tales of Decommoditization

money and padlock

By Ryan Harbry Commoditization has been around for about as long as the banking industry itself — there’s no avoiding it.  Whenever a good or service comes along and is successful (proving its proof of concept), other companies throw their hat in the ring, join the market, and compete. In legacy industries like banking, so…

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What’s in a Name?

Customers and bank employee reviewing account benefits at desk.

By James Mason My friend and her six-year-old daughter were listening to music. Her daughter said that she’s never heard the song playing and that it was “weird,” so my friend said, “This was a popular song when I was a teenager in the ’90s.”  Her daughter replied and said, “Oh. You mean in the…

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Our Favorite Monthly Subscription? Our Community Bank!

Garrelts family photo (Amy, Elizabeth, Max, and Claire)

Members of the Garrelts family, which includes Chris (the unseen photographer), his wife, Amy, and their three teens (Elizabeth, Max, and Claire), saved $35 per ticket at Universal Studios Hollywood — plus another $1,200 in unforeseen cell phone repair costs, all thanks to their checking account powered by BaZing. By Chris Garrelts As a father…

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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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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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