Flacco Fridays: It's Back...

by Stacy Tharp 6. September 2013

Flacco Fridays

For the second year in a row, Team Flacco and 1st Mariner Bank are teaming up on Facebook to bring our fans Flacco Fridays - a series of weekly contests that will run throughout the course of the NFL season.

Week 1 of the season is here! So, what's the first contest?

Photo Search!

How does it work?
  • Each Friday, beginning, September 6, 2013, two photos of Joe Flacco will be posted on 1st Mariner Bank’s Facebook wall. At first glace, the photos will look identical...but look a little harder and you will notice FIVE differences between the two photos.
  • Participants must find the five differences between the two photos, then send 1st Mariner Bank a private, direct message on Facebook describing the five differences.
  • The fifth person to accurately describe the five differences wins!
When can you enter?
  • The photos of Joe will be posted on 1st Mariner Bank’s Facebook page beginning on Friday, September 6, 2013. You may begin submitting your entries as soon as the photos are posted.
  • Participants will have until the following Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. to enter.  (But remember, you must be the fifth person to correctly identify the five differences to win!)
  • The winner will be announced on 1st Mariner Bank’s Facebook page the following Friday before 5:00 p.m.
What can you win?

The fifth person to correctly identify the five differences between the photos via a direct message to 1st Mariner Bank on Facebook will win a piece of autographed Joe Flacco merchandise!

Click here to read the full terms and conditions.

Tip: If you “like” Joe Flacco’s and 1st Mariner Bank’s Facebook pages, you will get news feed alerts detailing information about each week’s contest over the course of the football season.

Good luck!

Joe Flacco Is Taking You Shopping & Other News

by Stacy Tharp 5. September 2013

Today's the day, folks! The 2013-2014 NFL season begins TONIGHT with none other than our Baltimore Ravens led by our favorite quarterback, Joe Flacco. How are we celebrating the season opener? Let us count the ways...

1st Mariner Billbaord

You may have already noticed 1st Mariner's digital billboards while driving around Charm City these past couple of days. The boards are currently rotating messages submitted by fans through our Facebook page. Each fan message selected is being featured for one hour on 6 digital billboards around the city of Baltimore. The messages will end around the start of tonight's game, but that doesn't mean the fun will end...

Oh yes, there's more!

Does anyone know what tomorrow is? Well it just so happens to be the kickoff to this year's Flacco Fridays series. For those of you who are new 1st Mariner fans, first of all, welcome to our blog and thanks for following us! Secondly, Flacco Fridays is a weekly contest series that runs throughout the course of the football season. Last year's contests included trivia, photo searches, and questions for Joe. Each week, one lucky winner is presented an autographed Joe Flacco photo.

Joe Flacco Visa® Debit Card

So what do we have in store for you this year? Hmm...I guess you'll have to follow us on Facebook to see!

And one final treat for our fans...

Joe Flacco may be just hours away from the Ravens' 2013-2014 season opener, but he's not too busy to go shopping with you - yes YOU. With our new Joe Flacco Visa® Debit Card you can keep Joe in your back pocket at all times. These cards come free with any 1st Mariner checking account, so stop into a branch or open an account online to get your Joe Flacco Visa® Debit Card.

Here's to a fantastic 2013-2014 season!

How to Change Banks in 5 Simple Steps

by Stacy Tharp 2. August 2013

Shop for New Bank"I hate my bank!” It seems like you’ve uttered these words a million times, yet you keep going back for more. But why? Changing banks is simpler than you might think. Plus when you take into consideration all of the headache and hassle you’ll free yourself of, these simple steps it takes to change banks will seem even simpler.

1) Figure Out Why You Are Not Satisfied with Your Bank

This might seem like an easy question to answer, as you may have been complaining about the reasons you do not like your bank for a while. But make sure you are certain of specifically what it is that you are not satisfied with so you don’t make the same mistake again. Break down the problem to the source. Are you being charged too many fees? Is that because your bank doesn’t offer an account that meets your needs? Are you getting too many ATM fees because of limited ATM locations? Or, are you unable to get the help you need when you have questions about fees or other issues?

2) Find a Bank That Fits Your Needs and Open Your Account

So you’ve identified the problem, now it’s time to find a solution. Do your research and open an account at a bank that fits your needs. In today’s world, most of your research and even the account opening can be done from the comfort of your own home. Simple, I tell you! As much as it may hurt, you do not want to close your old bank account(s) quite yet…just try to hold on a little longer!

3) Switch Your Direct Deposit

If you do not use direct deposit, you can skip this step. If you do, go ahead and get your paychecks deposited into your exciting new account. You should be able to fill out a simple form at work to do this.

4) Switch Automatic Bill Payments

Once you have your direct deposit set up, it’s time to switch all automatic transfers and payments you have set up. Take a look at your transactions over the last month to make sure you don’t miss any regular monthly payments. Then try to think about any other automatic payments you make either quarterly, annually, or sporadically.

5) It's Time! Close Your Original Account

Make sure all checks and payments from your old account have cleared and you should be good to go. You’ll want to make sure you don’t leave your old account open to avoid any inactivity or low balance fees. Don’t let your old bank collect any more from you. Once you close your old account, you will have successfully completed the simple steps to change banks!

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