In past blogs, I have discussed how web analytics can help gain the support of the decision makers and even laid out some great ways to measure traditional marketing with Google Analytics. But how do you get to the point of being able to show the decision makers the right insights in the first place? Today’s blog is focused on some of the most common problems we’ve come across with banks and credit unions that stand between them and gaining greater insights into member behaviors and trends. More importantly, it sets out to show how you can get the most out of your marketing campaigns via analytics and open minds.
Institutions often seem to lack visibility into the “big picture”. When I say “big picture”, I am referring to the complete analytical scene: The website, your institution’s social media assets, marketing campaigns (both online AND offline), affiliate sites, and of course conversions (leads & sales) and Return on Investment. There is little-to-no connection between their assets. Why is this?
This fragmented view seems to be caused by several things from internal politics to fears on data collection and security. What banks and credit unions often fail to realize is that tools like Google Analytics do not collect personally identifiable information! Monitoring beyond the main credit union/bank website is often viewed as a risk, when in reality the real risk is in the lack of visibility into the performance of marketing initiatives.
Are you from a bank or credit union that isn’t afraid to get the tools in place to uncover some insightful gems? Want to see how to tie everything together? Read on!
The key to putting this analytical puzzle together is to first establish links between the data points. This means that policies and procedures need to be created for every “fragment” of your institution’s initiatives:
A seamless view of marketing initiatives not obstructed by the glaring gaps and disconnects in data is every financial marketer’s dream. Luckily a holistic view can be achieved through a combination of tagging, scripting, and good ol’ ingenuity. Connecting the dots using analytical tools can yield opportunities to optimize both traditional and digital campaigns and ultimately increase new memberships and loan & credit applications.