Can AI assist in vendor management challenges?

As community banks grow, their vendor partnerships usually also do, which can lead to challenges with organization, data security and more. To address these issues, some community banks have turned to artificial intelligence.

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Should you offer financial planning services?

Offering financial planning services is one way to expand a community bank’s footprint and deepen customer relationships. We spoke with several banks about why and how they offer wealth management services to new and existing clients.

Hallmarks of stellar customer service across industries

Good customer service is good customer service, no matter the industry. Consumers build their customer service expectations based on their best—and worst—experiences, whether it’s with a grocery store or an online retailer. So, what lessons in innovative customer service can community banks learn from companies in other industries?

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How community banks serve immigrants

When people come to live in the U.S. from other countries, they often don’t have an American credit history, identification or other typical requirements of the account-opening or loan process. But community banks are finding ways to serve this growing population while mitigating credit and compliance hurdles.

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How COVID-19 has disrupted retail banking

The pandemic has disrupted the world of retail, and retail banking was no exception. Community banks adapted to COVID-19 restrictions to meet the needs of customers, embracing new and existing branch trends.

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Community bank branches are evolving

Many community banks were already rethinking the role of their branches when COVID-19 forced them to interact with customers in new and increasingly digital ways. But rather than buck physical banking trends, industry experts say the pandemic is furthering existing evolutions in how customers use branches, especially for complex financial services.

How community banks can ease financial anxiety

Unknowns create anxiety, and the COVID-19 pandemic has brought uncertainty like few other times in modern memory. Luckily, customers who feel anxious about money have community banks to lean on.

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How to rebuild your back office for Gen Z

Generation Z has arrived. They’re hitting the age when they’re getting jobs, opening bank accounts and making major life decisions. But their tech-savvy and customer service‑oriented expectations for businesses may strain many banks’ back offices. Here’s how community banks are evolving their operations to keep up. By Susan Thomas Springer ■ Illustrations by Daniel Hertzberg […]

How OceanFirst Bank retained clients by connecting

At the heart of the retention strategy at OceanFirst Bank in Toms River, N.J., is high-touch customer service coupled with an active staff training program. By Judith Sears Name: OceanFirst Bank Assets: $8 billion Location: Toms River, N.J. OceanFirst Bank has created a high-tech, high-touch customer service culture that is nimbly navigating consumers’ changing expectations of […]