The ROI of Branding – What Is It, and How To Measure It? Seems like an age old question, which is why with great excitement we began reading Notably Quotable: The ROI of Branding, a guest post by Mark Arnold on The Financial Brand asking 9 experts to answer the above two questions. Sadly, our feeling of excitement very quickly turned to disbelief, sadness, and frustration.
Before we delve into the meat of the discussion, let’s first define ROI:
The synaptic tissue connecting consumers’ brains, Neanderthal Man, and brand differentiation in the banking industry. This is an excerpt of the opening remarks delivered by Jeffry Pilcher, publisher of The Financial Brand, to 418 attendees at The Forum 2014 in Las Vegas.
Winning the attention and loyalty of today’s disengaged banking consumers is no simple task. While most financial institutions continue to rely on old marketing strategies to grow, there are lessons we can learn from the sports marketing industry, where even gym sneakers and soda pop have been transformed into high-priced symbols of brand loyalty.
Do you confuse “brand building” with “bank building?” Slick logos and pretty fonts aren’t enough to build a powerful brand.
Let’s be honest about the dark art of “branding” in the financial industry: it’s usually a big waste of time.
Now I can hear graphic designers, ad agencies and marketing directors screaming about that comment.
But it’s the truth — at least the way most financial institutions approach branding.
Typical branding campaigns focus on the graphic identity — logos, fonts, design and colors. Sometimes it’s a labored, lengthy pursuit of the just-right image, the perfect Pantone shade and just the ideal brand typeface. Other times, it’s a tweak here, a refresh there… and viola! You’ve got yourself an exciting “new brand” for the bank.
DigitalMailer took a look at twelve months worth of raw data from banks and credit unions using our email marketing engine. Here are the big trends the data revealed.,
The Financial Brand’s contributor-at-large, Mark Arnold, asked marketing experts from across the bank and credit union industry what they think the ROI of branding is and how it can be calculated? Here’s what nine of them had to say.