Archive for February, 2011
Save up to 30% on UPS shipping!
Massachusetts Bankers Association members can save up to 30% off UPS Express air and international shipments. All this with the peace of mind that comes from using the carrier that delivers outstanding reliability, greater speed, more service, and innovative technology. UPS guarantees delivery of more packages around the world than anyone, and delivers more packages overnight on time in the US than any other carrier.
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*Example of potential savings:
*See Rates and Services Chart for details of Savings and Discounts, which depend on total weekly gross shipping charges incurred.
Massachusetts Bankers Association members can save:
- Up to 30% on UPS Next Day Air®, UPS Next Day Air Saver® and UPS Worldwide Express® services
- Up to 25% on UPS 2nd Day Air® and UPS 2nd Day Air® A.M. services
- Up to 20% on UPS Worldwide Expedited® services
- Up to 5% on UPS Next Day Air® Early A.M. services
- Up to 10% on business services at The UPS Store® with The UPS Store® Corporate Card
Affinion understands that financial institutions across the country are seeking reliable strategies to replace lost fee income. While a fee-based checking account seems like a natural place to begin, selecting the right approach is the key to maintaining your account holders’ satisfaction. Offering consumers the ability to eliminate those fees however, is the ultimate strategy in the marketplace.
Our Flex Checking solution provides a soft-transition from free checking to a sustainable fee based model. Flex Checking drives profitable behaviors while delivering value that your account holders expect and will pay for – resulting in deeper relationships, more non-interest income generation, and greater lifetime value.
To learn more about Flex Checking and Afffinion’s other account holder engagement solutions, please contact:
Senior Manager l Sales Administration
Telephone: (615) 764-2492
Cellphone: (615) 796-4981
Fax: (615) 764-5492
Diversifying Our Portfolio
We’d assume that many of your advisors would tell your account holders that having a diverse portfolio is important, both in terms of being flexible and in terms of making sure that their investments are growing. Our insurance business is no different. Over the next few months, we ask you to keep an eye out, because we’re looking to diversify, and are planning on making a couple of announcements with regards to our insurance carriers. It should be a very exciting 2011.
Your institution is unique – Your marketing should be, too.
Affinion’s NetGain solution will develop a custom direct mail strategy that merges your institution’s specific needs with proven approaches for acquiring and retaining more profitable relationships. Visit our web site for more information.
What is the most important operational function of your business? Said differently, if your building burned down tonight, what can’t your business live without?
Chances are there are several critical business functions that enable your business to run efficiently. Identifying and prioritizing these functions is integral to resuming operations following a disaster. When analyzing business functions, ask yourself:
- How many business units or departments perform this function? Are there redundancies?
- Is there potential for revenue loss if this function is not completed?
- Are there potential fines, litigation, or penalties for noncompliance tied to regulatory requirements?
- Is noncompliance tied to specific downtime for this function?
- Does this function directly impact the business’ image or market share?
My guess is that these questions got the wheels spinning. (That’s actually a good first step.) If you would like more help identifying your critical business functions, please join us next week for an educational webinar.
|“Analyzing Critical Business Functions.”
2:00 PM Eastern
Click here to register.
The winter storm that engulfed most the US this past week was a beast. Ice, snow, and hurricane-force winds created quite a mess. All told, we received 861 disaster alerts from Agility members and we have responded to disasters across five states. The main culprit? Power loss.
Power outages can be a huge issue for business after a large scale disaster. Without power, everything comes to a grinding halt. The most obvious solution to recovering power is to secure a generator.
- But when a million people are also looking for a generator, what are your options?
- Is your facility pre-wired to be compatible with a generator?
- What size generator do you need?
- How will you source fuel?
Over the past 20 years Agility has honed it’s power generator resources to provide our members with a number or flexible options to recovery from power loss.
Click here to download information about generator solutions and steps you can take to prep your office for installation
Click here for a map of the latest weather alerts watches and warnings in your area.
Mike Estey, Area Director at Agility Recovery Solutions
Telephone: (603) 660-2455
Fax: (800) 536-4237
Visit the Agility Recovery Solutions web site.
Synergy by Association is an extension of your state banking association that provides financial institutions with superior products and services through partnerships with the finest suppliers to the banking industry. Participation in the Harland Clarke/Synergy by Association Program channels a vital stream of support to your state banking association.
By pooling together the collective purchasing power of community banks in twelve states, including Oregon, Virginia, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Utah, North Carolina, Iowa and Washington, Synergy by Association maximizes the benefits available for participating banks.
Synergy by Association is focused on meeting the needs of community and regional banks and is committed to offering better pricing and service, as well as quality guarantees that are critical to participating banks. At a glance, here is a summary of benefits afforded participating banks as a result of Synergy by Association’s endorsement partnership with Harland Clarke:
- Increased bank efficiency and profitability
- Personal and business check products and programs
- Card Services
- Marketing Services
- Expert account management and support
Check Programs and Financial Forms
Synergy by Association will provide a 58.625% rebate on all check product sales, and our current agreement provides for increases in the rebate percentage as the total pool of Synergy by Association check sales grows.
Personal and Business Check Products – Harland Clarke offers a full selection of personal and business check products and programs that suit the needs of your customers while serving your functional and strategic needs. Beginning with a foundation of accuracy, security and quality, the check program builds with programs and services designed to increase fee income, check program profitability, and account holder satisfaction. We offer…
- Easy to use electronic tools that speed up branch processes
- Reporting tools that track program success
- Professionally designed collateral that drives sales
- Consumer check ordering programs that increase branch efficiency and revenue while offering your customers greater choice and convenience
- Complimentary new account kits, employee check orders, and counter documents
Harland Clarke Business Referral Program – Improve your bank’s small business customer experience, business check order volume revenue, efficiency and profitability by encouraging small business customers to contact a Harland Clarke business product specialist to order computer and specialty checks. You will receive rebates on business products ordered through Harland Clarke’s business referral program.
Financial Forms Program – Harland Clarke can provide the financial forms you need to manage your business, including payroll or official checks, cash tickets, notices, statements, lobby forms, teller receipts, control documents, general ledgers, pre-inked stamps and more. The current rebate for participants enrolled in the Forms program averages between 15% – 22%.
Harland Clarke Marketing Services is a full service, leading edge provider of marketing services focused on the financial services industry. We take a strategic approach to all projects, performing due diligence to understand our clients’ strategic goals, marketing objectives and project deliverables.
We are devoted to helping financial service providers create sustainable, measurable growth through the seamless delivery of comprehensive marketing solutions.
With a broad array of capabilities and intense financial services industry focus, we harness multiple channels to deliver innovative and measurable marketing solutions that generate growth, optimize efficiency and build long-term, satisfied relationships with your customers.
Strategy — Harland Clarke experts consult with you to formulate a road map for successful marketing strategies.
Analytics & Business Intelligence – Our proven suite of analytical tools allow you to leverage existing account holder data to improve performance and ROI.
Creative — Your brand is your institution’s promise, personality and position among your competition. Our award-winning campaigns generate excitement – and results.
Production — Our state-of-the-art capabilities support you to execute one-time mailings, year-round campaigns and anything in between.
Harland Clarke Marketing Services offers best-in-class solutions and capabilities that can be used separately or together to engage, grow and retain satisfied, loyal, long-term account holders. As a Synergy by Association participant, you will receive a 5% discount on all marketing services.
Card Design, Manufacturing and Personalization – Harland Clarke will work with you to create your own customized debit and credit cards or you may choose from our vast selection of attractive stock designs. Experience how easy it can be to:
- Design a custom card with Harland Clarke’s in-house design team at no additional cost–which makes your job easier
- Generate more revenue by offering distinctive cards that encourage customers to use them more frequently
- Order small quantities with quick turnaround and no inventory hassles when you select an attractive stock card customized with your logo
- Save money on small or large orders with free custom design work and quality cards that last
As a Synergy by Association participant, you may receive up to 15% discounted pricing on card manufacturing and personalization services.
From payment solutions to marketing services, Harland Clarke’s Synergy by Association Program has the tools to help banks succeed.
Randy Clark, Account Executive at Harland Clarke
Telephone: (800) 723-1470
Office: (603) 635-2147
Cell: (603) 508-2521
Many Community Banks have found that they are burning money maintaining an obsolete communications network.
As a busy CEO, it is easy to overlook your network costs. In fact, many believe there is nothing you can do about those costs. They are just a part of doing business. That is just the way it is.
The BITS solution has shown that is not true. In fact, NOT doing anything about these costs is burning money – on the order of HUNDRED$ OF DOLLAR$ PER MONTH IN EACH OF YOUR BRANCHES!
How is that possible? Are you willing to invest time to find out?
BITS provides phone company services to Community Banks and only Community Banks.
The evaluation is quick and easy. By working with key members of your financial and IT staff we will give you a summary of what you are paying now and what BITS can save you going forward in just 30 days.
And the best part is that it is FREE!
So stop burning money now and find out what how BITS also helps with Regulatory Compliance, Vendor Management, Minimizing Risk and keeping your business infrastructure going. Letting you focus on making your bank successful!
Find out how much you can save in just 30 days!
In just 30 days we will provide you with a financial analysis of how much you are paying now and how much BITS can save your bank. The evaluation is FREE of charge and just requires your executive sponsorship. The analysis and proposal will be delivered directly to you.
You could save an Average of $500 per location per Month – so signup for your FREE Evaluation Today!
Ray Carolan (Director of Sales)
Telephone: (973) 474-1833
The Association-sponsored Employee Assistance Plan, AllOne Health EAP, is conducting a 1-hour Webinar entitled, “Bullying: Confronting Hostility in the Workplace”, on Tuesday, February 15th, at 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. EST. We hope you and your employees will find the information useful and interesting!
Bob Messing at the Association office
Telephone: (617) 523-7595
with any questions about the Webinar or AllOne Health.
Founded in 1907 by Boston attorney and eventual Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, SBLI has provided hundreds of thousands of families with affordable, dependable life insurance. Now licensed in 40 states and the District of Columbia, SBLI offers term and whole life insurance as well as annuities. The Company has earned an A+ Superior rating from A.M. Best for financial strength year after year. Products can be obtained by calling 888-GET-SBLI, visiting SBLI.com, or via SBLI’s independent distribution partners in your area.
An industry leader since 1997, BankersEdge is the online training partner of choice for hundreds of financial institutions nationwide. In 2010, BankersEdge earned an outstanding customer satisfaction rating of 91% for its customizable courses priced less than the competition, reliable content, quick turnaround and exceptionally responsive service and support. Preview over 200 BankersEdge courses today here, then contact Mike Miller at (636) 821-1919 x196 or email@example.com for preferred member pricing.
The Association offers its members a variety of employee benefit plans through its Group Insurance Trust. (Individual institutions must meet an IRS “common bond” test in order to participate.) Members can select from a range of group life and health insurance plans underwritten by high quality insurers such as Blue Cross & Blue Shield, CIGNA, The Hartford, and Delta Dental. In addition to life and health plans, the Association offers accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D), vision care, business travel accident insurance plans, an employee assistance program (EAP), long-term care, and wellness publications.
Robert Messing, Director of Administration, Group Insurance Services
Telephone: (617) 523-7595