Unless you've been completely cut off from all civilization you have read or heard about the devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday. The Red Cross has estimated that as many as 3 million people have been affected by the quake with a possibility of 100,000 deaths. This is a horrible disaster and our thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who has been affected by it.
Many around the bank have been asking how they can help. So, I decided to put together a short list of how and where you can donate:
Before giving to any site, CBS News recommends checking out the organization at The Foundation Center web site to verify legitimacy via tax fillings and non-profit status.
Like the majority of Baltimoreans, we were really excited to see Baltimore's huge win over New England this past Sunday. I am still a little hoarse from yelling at the tv screen. To make the victory even sweeter, I had a friendly wager with some New England fans: New England Clam Chowder for Maryland Crab Soup. Needless to say, we'll be enjoying some "Chowdah" in the very near future.
So, as the city is bathed in purple lighting and the Ravens flags fly, we'll be wearing our purple proudly on Friday. Good luck to our guys as they take on the team from Indianapolis, and most especially to Joe Flacco, Baltimore's Quarterback, from Baltimore's Bank. Go get 'em Joe!
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.