1st Mariner Bank: Influential marketers of 2009

by Admin 31. December 2009

We are pretty proud of the response that we are seeing from the financial services (FI) community on our online marketing efforts.  In 2009, we put a heavy emphasis on social media and clearly others have taken notice.  Yesterday, Truebridge Financial Marketing, a consultancy based out of Boston, blogged about the most influential FI marketers of 2009. 

These banks and credit unions are showing signs that they're either moving in the direction of the new rules or in some cases, making it a top priority.  But they're clearly ahead of the curve in the financial industry.  

On the list, 1st Mariner Bank...  Saaaa-weet!   That's right, we are up there with other banking giants like BofA and Wells Fargo.  I don't know about you but it gives me a warm feeling to know that your local bank is providing the same - and more often than not, a better - level of customer service as institutions that are multiple times larger.  The web has not only empowered you as a consumer, but it has also empowered the smaller institutions and created a level playing field. 

Let us know what you think of our social media efforts by commenting below and be sure to check out the Truebridge blog post.

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Question of the Month

by Admin 21. December 2009

We have received a lot of questions from our customers, friends and associates lately on what will happen to housing prices in the new year.  We could do research, however, any of our comments would be pure speculation.  Instead, we would prefer to hear your thoughts and opinions. 

Use the comment feature below to post your perspective.  We are interested in what you have to say.

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Financial Crisis = the Opportunity for Positive Change

by Admin 17. December 2009

For those of you that know me, you know that I am a big fan of the TED talks. If you don't know me and you're not familiar with what TED is, I'll explain... Um, or at least wikipedia will explain:

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an academic organization owned by The Sapling Foundation, a private nonprofit foundation. TED is well-known for its annual, invitation-only conference devoted to "ideas worth spreading" and for its lectures, known as TED Talks, which originally focused on technology, entertainment and design, but have now expanded in scope to a broad set of topics including science, arts, politics, education, culture, business, global issues, technology and development.

So, basically TED helps spread new ideas and concepts by having the large TED talks and then more localized TEDx events which, I might add, was recently here in Baltimore at MICA called TEDxMidAtlantic. Needless to say, these talks never cease to amaze me and provide a great resource to evaluate our world from alternative point-of-views. This brings me to the point of this post...

This past year has been rough...very rough, and quite frankly, I'm tired of all the negativity. Right now, with the year coming to a close, I'd rather examine what good will come from the lessons learned. How will consumers and society as a whole evolve from the "Great Recession?" Well, John Gerzema recently gave a TED talk on "The post-crisis consumer" which answers those very questions. Take a look and let me know what you think and what your thoughts are in the comments section.

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