Micro Branches | The Next Big Idea?

Enhancing your branch strategy with the most flexible of solutions – the micro branch. Branch density is the goal. Space to build is the challenge. What makes a financial institution’s branching strategy successful? Many experts point to density “more locations and brand”.  Agreed! However, what if the target community doesn’t have any suitably sized site options […]

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Building Relationships: the Heartbeat of the Universal Banker

Technology hasn’t just required an upgrade in equipment, but a shift in employee skill sets. As American as apple pie. Community based financial institutions (FI’s) are the heart and soul of America. These locally­ owned and operated institutions are woven into the fabric of the communities we live in, work in, raise our families and build […]

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Business Case for Branching in a FinTech World

Business Case

Consumers strongly desire branches. Doing it well drives performance. Measuring is key for improvement.  In today’s consumer-centric world, change is constant. In fact, the only thing that doesn’t change is change. However, if we can quantify the change, then we can measure, and improve. If you build it, they may not come. The world of branch […]

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Return on Investment for Branching

Is the deck stacked against the physical branch? Priorities, priorities. A recent study released by the Financial Brand revealed the top priorities for financial institution (FI) marketers. In order of priority: 1) Increase Wallet Share, 2) Increase Loan Growth and 3) Acquire New Customers. Given the branch has historically been a dominant tool in the FI […]

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Branch Transformation and Safety…A Great Marriage!

Could the evolving role of the branch actually lead to fewer robberies? As we think about branch transformation, one of the overlooked benefits in the rush to design-build a customer or member-centric environment is safety.    The 2014 Bank Crime Statistics compiled by the FBI recorded 3,879 robberies of financial institutions in the U.S.  The breakdown […]

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