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Core Planning Concepts: What Can Finance Learn from Marketing?

Posted by Megan Plis on 2/3/22 2:46 PM

For six wonderful years, I’ve had the privilege of being a part of Plansmith’s marketing team. From marketing assistant, to department manager, to my most recent role as Director of Marketing, I’ve experienced firsthand how important our company’s mission is: improving planning. Why? Because there is nothing more frustrating than having a brilliant idea with no real way of making it come to fruition. However, with incredible people and a quality plan, anything is possible – and doable.

Like many of you, I notice how important the planning process is when I’m putting together my ideas for next year. Though a marketing plan is a bit different than financial institution planning, the core concepts are the same.

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Fresh Tips for Successful Budgeting

Posted by Megan Plis on 2/2/21 12:09 PM

Plansmith is a planning company, as our name implies. For 50 years, budgeting has been what we’re known for. We get a lot of questions about our top budgeting advice, and as we kick off a new year, it’s the perfect time to offer some fresh tips for successful budgeting.

Though we certainly suggest using a robust budgeting solution like our Compass software, this advice applies to any process. We understand many organizations still use spreadsheets or outdated software, and that may work for them because they’re used to it. However, quality planning software makes budgeting much easier, more accurate, and more approachable for all parties involved – including the board during presentations.

So, what are some realistic tips for effective budgeting?

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Gratitude in Crisis Times

Posted by Megan Plis on 9/2/20 2:36 PM

There’s something about summer that always represents freedom to me. It could be the Fourth of July resonating past the day of, or it could be the warm weather and carefree attitude that comes with it. Maybe it’s the road trips we take and barbecues we host with friends and family. Maybe it’s the trips to the pool or the beach. Maybe it’s the general sense of enjoyment that we try to soak up before the weather gets crisp again.

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Reforecasting: Planning for Real Life

Posted by Megan Plis on 7/17/20 11:00 AM

If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that plans change.

For example, I had a cruise booked and paid for, including excursions to play with sea turtles and visit Mayan ruins this spring. Two of my close friends and I were set to venture from Tampa to Cozumel, Belize, and Honduras – live our best tropical lives, if you will. We were supposed to set sail April 19th and return April 26th.

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Why Shouldn’t My Financial Institution Use a Budgeting Program That Transcends Industries?

Posted by Megan Plis on 5/5/20 10:28 AM

Banking, like Yogi, is a unique bear. If you haven’t worked in the trenches, you probably just don’t understand it. It’s an industry best served by those who have lived it.

As unique as the industry is – you guessed it – your budgeting solution should be just as unique.

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Plansmith: Budgeting, Asset Liability Management, CECL & Strategy

Posted by Megan Plis on 12/12/19 11:33 AM

For almost 50 years, Plansmith has helped financial institutions remove the stress from budgeting and interest rate risk.

As customer preferences and regulatory challenges progress, we create new solutions to complement our core in-house budgeting and IRR solutions.

Are you familiar with all of the ways Plansmith helps financial institutions like yours?

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One Less Thing to Worry About

Posted by Megan Plis on 10/9/19 4:59 PM

After almost 50 years in the biz, we've learned a thing or two about banking. And since most of our employees have spent time in the industry, we know the heavy hitters that keep bankers up at night.

That's why we designed our business around one specific goal: giving our clients one less thing to worry about.

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We've Walked in Your Shoes

Posted by Megan Plis on 9/20/19 2:35 PM

Running a successful business, like anything worthwhile in life, is difficult. Of course, the same can be said for operating a bank or credit union.

There's never enough time in a day to get everything done. The amount of work per number of hands to accomplish it isn't equitable. The number of new regulations versus training bandwidth is not even close to on par.

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The Worst Budgeting Advice We've Ever Heard

Posted by Megan Plis on 8/1/19 8:08 AM

For almost 50 years, Plansmith has helped financial institutions become better organizations through improved planning. In that time, we've heard a lot of industry chatter - much of it a load of, dare we say, bologna.

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5 Simple Tweaks to Build a Better Strategic Plan

Posted by Megan Plis on 7/20/18 3:23 PM

Only part of a successful strategic plan lies in the plan itself. A good plan, just like a recipe, is important. But any good chef will tell you, choosing the right ingredients is only half the challenge. The rest lies in executing the recipe properly.

So, how can your bank or credit union make a better strategic plan?

Here are some simple tweaks to the ingredients and execution of your strategic planning recipe.

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