Before COVID-19, the banking industry was experiencing an unprecedented period of growth and prosperity. Despite increasing consumer expectations and increased competition from nontraditional financial institutions, most banks and credit unions were stronger than at any period since the financial crisis of 2008.
In a matter of only a few weeks, the world of banking has experienced a level of disruption that will change everything that had been the norm in financial services. There has not only been a major change in the way financial institutions conduct business, but in the way employees do their work and the way consumers manage their finances.
Banks and credit unions must use this time of disruption to consider reinventing themselves from the inside out. It is a time when we need to better understand the way consumers expect their financial institution to support their financial needs. This includes the way banks and credit unions use data, AI, technology and human resources to impact marketing, innovation and the digital delivery of products and services.
Some organizations may retrench and try to save costs because of the financial stress that results from the massive shutdowns caused by COVID-19. Other organizations will go beyond looking for efficiencies to create completely new business models that will impact all components of performance. Right now, there is an opportunity to reevaluate how technology, insight and analytics can accelerate the future growth and competitiveness of financial institutions globally. To move forward will require a new perspective from most C-suites regarding priorities and deployment of resources.
To better understand the impact of COVID-19 on financial services, we interviewed three senior executives on the Banking Transformed podcast. Each executive discussed where banking was before the coronavirus crisis and the impact recent events will have on the future of marketing, innovation and digital delivery. Our guests for our “Banking Responds to COVID-19” series were:
A portion of each interview is provided below. The complete interview is available on The Financial Brand website or can be downloaded on your favorite podcast app.
Marketing During Times of Disruptive Change
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