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Megan Plis Knapp

is the Corporate Marketing Manager at Plansmith in Schaumburg, IL. Follow on her Twitter at @meganplisknapp and connect with her on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/meganplis
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Plansmith: Budgeting, Asset Liability Management, CECL & Strategy

Posted by Megan Plis Knapp 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 Knapp 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 Knapp 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 Knapp 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 Knapp 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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5 Things Your Strategic Plan is Probably Missing

Posted by Megan Plis Knapp on 2/23/18 3:17 PM

The saddest thing I see with banks and credit unions is probably not what you'd think.

It's not a lack of passion for people, or even a disparate set of products that fail to match up with customer needs. In fact, banks and credit unions excel at both of these and they play a big role in creating a unique customer experience.

I could continue to list things, but you still wouldn't guess. Why? Because it's something we don't even think about it's so foreign to us.

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3 Reasons Outsourcing Your IRR is the Smart Choice

Posted by Megan Plis Knapp on 1/17/18 2:55 PM

Smart choice - that's a bold statement. But believe me, I wouldn't use those words if it weren't the truth.

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The 3 Biggest Missed Opportunities of Social Media

Posted by Megan Plis Knapp on 11/27/17 4:11 PM

Banks and credit unions have made leaps in the way of social media in the last year. But, there's still tremendous opportunity waiting to be seized.

The idea behind social media is that it's simply another method of communicating with your audience. If you'd like to read more about social media best practices, you can read about it here, but that's not the purpose of this article.

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Social Media Best Practices for Banks

Posted by Megan Plis Knapp on 8/22/17 3:05 PM

Social media best practices in the financial industry are tough because regulation becomes a real issue. Fortunately, there are some helpful platforms, such as Social Assurance, that assist in marketing automation (which is essential in 2017!) and ensure your social posts are compliant. Once you’re confident with the regulatory side, it’s all about value.

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Marketing to the Inundated Customer

Posted by Megan Plis Knapp on 8/1/17 1:04 PM
2017 is all about the inundated consumer. They’re inundated with emails, text messages, billboards, direct mail, social networks, etc. And, most of these from a variety of audiences: work, personal, blanket marketing, and marketing of things they actually care about. Their brain is left with the job of sorting through it all. It’s exhausting and beyond cluttered.
 
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