A new study from the Financial ResearcH Corp. and SwanDog Strategic Marketing, slated for a September release, explores a number of strategies to repurpose and strengthen marketing in an effort to make it more directly accountable for
contributions to the firm’s revenues and bottom line. The highlight of the study are “five bold structural changes” suggested to financial industry marketers.
Merging institutional and retail marketing groups is
just one of “five bold structural changes” suggested to financial industry marketers in a
new study set for release in September. The new research, co-authored by Financial
Research Corporation and SwanDog Strategic Marketing, calls for a number of moves to
repurpose and strengthen marketing in an effort to make it more directly accountable for
contributions to the firm’s revenues and bottom line.
“The retail market becomes more “institutional” in its approach everyday,” says Dave
Swanson, Founder & Managing Principal of SwanDog. “From the continued growth of
platforms to home-office analysts and portfolio transparency, the demand for a more
intellectual approach is driving business.”
The report suggests that the combination of institutional and retail marketing will not
only accelerate knowledge transfer across the businesses, but “will add horsepower to
traditionally understaffed institutional marketing efforts.” This transition may face some
roadblocks among team members, though. Retail marketing professionals have witnessed
the evolution of their functions to a more institutional process for the past few years;
institutional marketing professionals may require some convincing that the retail
approach will provide some synergies.
“For retail, it’s a slam dunk,” adds Swanson. “The guys who will scratch their heads will
be the institutional team—but we’re talking about how marketing needs to evolve over
the next five years, not the “brochureware” marketing we saw in the 90s.”
The study is a comprehensive examination of marketing in the intermediary-distributed
financial space. In addition to exploring the current state of marketing and the prospects
for its future, the study offers preliminary benchmarking for compensation, budgets, and
organization structures and presents a roadmap for bringing more strategic focus to a
firm’s marketing efforts. The study represents the first collaboration between Boston-
based Financial Research Corporation (FRC) and SwanDog Strategic Marketing, a
marketing strategy firm based in Chicago.
About SwanDog Strategic Marketing, LLC
Chicago-based SwanDog is a strategic consulting and marketing firm serving the needs
of financial services distributors and investment managers. Drawing on their deep
experience as industry practitioners, SwanDog principals help clients identify key growth
opportunities and inhibitors, develop distinct and effective marketing programs, drive
brand development, further their marketing infrastructure and offer training and
mentoring through the unique Marketing FuelTM training program. SwanDog’s client
roster includes many of the country’s leading broker/dealer firms, asset managers and
insurance product providers.
About Financial Research Corporation
Financial Research Corporation (FRC) provides the knowledge to build stronger
relationships through product development and management, distribution solutions, and
marketing strategies. For nearly 20 years, our insightful research and consulting services
have been assisting marketing, product development, and strategic planning professionals
in the creation of innovative products and services. Based in Boston, FRC is at the
forefront of assisting its clients to comprehend and respond to the rapid changes occurring in the manufacture and distribution of investment products. Our more than 200
clients include the world’s leading asset managers and distributors. For more information,
visit the FRC Web site at www.frcnet.com.
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