Believe in Banking Podcast
In this special episode, Sean and Gina welcome Dave Ehlis, President and CEO of Bravera Bank, a regional banking leader in the Northern Plains. In this conversation, Dave discusses the bank’s rich history and new challenges they faced as they continued their path to growth. When the financial institution formerly known as American Bank Center was expanding their reach, they needed a more ownable name as they moved into new markets. Dave describes the decision-making, change management and consensus-building needed for such a large-scale institutional change, and ultimately how a rename and a rebrand to Bravera brought out a tremendous amount of institutional pride for their customers and communities.
We believe that better banking creates stronger communities and a better world.
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While it’s no secret that large banks play a vital role in the strength of our economy, regional and community banks are just as indispensable, serving customers in neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country. “The core of the U.S. banking system lies in community and regional banks that have strong relationships with their clients,” according to a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed. “They serve a diverse array of customers and businesses and are deeply invested in their communities.” These banks are so community-minded, in fact, that they make up 60% of all small business loans and more than 80% of farm loans, according to recent data.
Given the recent wave of banking news making national headlines, what better time to launch a campaign, aptly named “Now, More than Ever” to deliver a timely message to consumers? To raise awareness about the benefits of community banking, the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) has launched a public awareness program that shows how community banks differ from large banks, credit unions and other financial institutions, and encourages Americans to find their closest community bank at BankLocally.org. ICBA is supporting participating banks by providing market research, creative advertising, public relations, and media strategy.
Learn more about the value community banks bring to customers and communities.
Data You Can Use
Digital signage is becoming more prominent in all retail spaces, but especially in banking, where 90% of financial institutions are installing signs in at least one of their branches. Not only has digital signage proven effective in modernizing the look of branches, it is also instrumental in optimizing the way the branch functions, as well, with 49% of banking leaders reporting greater brand awareness and better outcomes for product promotions when digital signage is deployed in the retail banking channel.
Read more about digital signage’s impact on the banking industry.
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