Blogging & Banking

blog 3Blogging … sigh! Some may think it is just one of those things where you can sit down with your computer and just start typing your thoughts.  In a way, that is partially true, but there is so much more that goes in to a blog than just some quick thoughts and fast fingers.   

Anyone can write a blog.  That’s the easy part.  The hard part is getting people to read the blog, but there are ways to draw in more readers.  So let’s talk about some of the best practices of blogging. 

First things first.  The title, of course!  We need to make sure the title of our blog has some important words in it.  These important words are the words that best describe what the reader is about to read.  This is important so people can find your blog by searching for those important words. 

Now that we have perfectly described what the blog is about in our title, the next thing we have to think about it the opening paragraph (since that is the next thing the reader is going to read, unless they for some reason read from the bottom up).  Barry Feldman gives us 7 Ways to Write Better Opening Paragraphs for Your Blog Posts.

  1. Put your reader in the storyblog 2
  2. Ask a question
  3. Present interesting facts or stats
  4. Quote someone famous
  5. Offer an anecdote
  6. Bond on a problem
  7. Introduce a threat

Using any one (or two) of these seven different techniques in your opening paragraph is a sure way to draw in an audience.  Since we are writing the blog, and putting in all the effort, we want to keep our readers interested in what we have to say, right?

The rest is pretty much history.  Of course, we have to make sure we are including useful content and content that is true and correct.  We do not want to be misleading in any way to our audience. (This is a sure way to reduce the amount of readers instead of increasing the amount of readers.)  Let’s just make sure the content we write about in our blog has sources and the sources are clear and evidenced in the blog itself.  If you are still feelings a bit intimidated by the blog itself, here are 10 Tips that Will Make You a Better Blogger. Check them out!

Now that we learned some tips and tricks to writing a good blog, let’s talk about some of the best blogs in the banking industry.  The banking industry may be a bit behind the times when it comes to the idea of social media, but blogging is a whole different aspect of banking.  Here is a list of The 25 Best Financial Blogs .  Want to know the latest industry news?  Just follow these bloggers as they are some of the best in the industry.  Everything you need to know about the banking world can be found in one of these blogs.

Thanks for reading!  Now, go get blogging!

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Social Media Dos and Don’ts: Bankers Edition

As we all know, money is one of the most important things in peoples lives.  Money allows us to survive on a daily basis.  It allows us to pay for our necessities such as shelter, clothing and food, but it also allows us to enjoy our lives with entertainment and travel.  Because money is so important, we want to bemoney-under-mattress able to keep that money in a safe place.  Many people would agree that their safe place is the bank.  (We have finally realized that “under the mattress” is not really the safest place for our money.)  We all want a sense of reassurance to know that our hard earned money is going to be safe, and most banks assure their customers that it is safe. 

Banks know how important safety is for their customers, which is one of the reasons why banks are so far behind in the technology and social media areas.  With social media accounts, there is a certain amount of risk associated with each account and this can become a problem for banks; especially knowing that they have assured their customers of their safety.  Steve Culp tells us about some of the risks associated withKeep money safe social media in his blog: Is Social Media a Risk For Financial Institutions?  He gives us a more in depth idea of all the risks such as: strategic, business, regulatory, legal, and market risks. Although social media is an easy marketing tool for all companies including banks, banks and financial institutions have to be especially careful to keep their customers most prized possession (their money) safe. 

So now that we know how many different kinds of risks the banking industry faces when using social media, so let’s look at some examples of things NOT to post or do on social media. 

  1. Posting financial advice.  The last thing anyone wants to do is post financial advice all over the internet, when it could potentially be misleading.  Something as simple as posting “Now is a great time to refinance” can be misleading.
  2. Retweeting or reposting information without verifying its source.  How many times have we heard, “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet”.  The last thing a bank wants to do is post false information on their social media account without verifying that the information is true and correct. 
  3. Having a social media account and not using it.  That’s right! If you are going to have a social media account, you better believe that you must keep it updated with the most current information.  It is also a good idea to respond to customer inquiries through each social media account.  The last thing the bank wants is for their customers to feel as though they are being ignored. 

To see some other things NOT to do on social media check out 10 Things Banks Should Not Do on Social Media

The complexity of what to post and what not to post on social media can be quite overwhelming.   Even though it is social media, and we think this is a place we were can be a little more laid back with the things we post and say, banks have to be sure they are still following all of their rules and regulations; otherwise they can put themselves in the limelight for banking regulators. (Cringe!)  That is the last thing banks want!  If you are a banker and you are thinking about posting on your social media account, just think twice about what you are about to put out there for EVERYONE to see!

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