When Beneficial Bank, well known as one of the oldest banks in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, set out to revamp its brand in 2013, they also shifted their entire culture to be more relevant to the Millennial audience. By deeply defining this group of people through consumer research, introducing purposeful creative focused on serving Millennials’ financial needs and working to change the mindset of every employee from top to bottom, they created a brand that enhanced their most traditional values and gained the attention of this new, valuable audience.
I’ve done hundreds of mystery shops over the years, at branches all over the country. While I find that the branch employees I meet are generally friendly and professional, I’m frustrated in the small number of truly great mystery shop results that I get to report. Banks spend big marketing dollars to get new customers in the door, but what happens when they get there sometimes becomes an afterthought.