By Xav Harrigin
The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) ThinkTECH Accelerator Demo Day is a nationally acclaimed program that promotes early-stage solutions designed specifically for community banks. The program is known for its commitment to fostering innovation in the banking industry, connecting the most innovative fintech companies with community bankers and industry leaders. At a recent Demo Day, Parker Steed, VP of Sales at Micronotes, delivered a compelling pitch that showcased the company’s innovative, AI-enabled, cloud-based marketing automation solutions for financial institutions (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_Mt84zq0qI, starts at 39:32).
Steed began the pitch by reflecting on the evolution of banking from in-person branch visits to digital interactions. He shared a personal anecdote about how banking has changed over the years, highlighting the importance of Micronotes’ mission to help community banks maintain strong connections with their customers in an increasingly digital world. He then emphasized the importance of emulating the traditional branch conversations in online and mobile banking environments, a feat made possible by Micronotes.ai’s cutting-edge technology.
Micronotes.ai, based in Boston, serves about 140 community banks in the U.S. The company’s growth has been supported by a distribution relationship with Fiserv and investments from Experian Ventures, TTVCapital, and most recently, Bank Tech Ventures. Being part of the ThinkTECH Accelerator has further enabled Micronotes.ai to connect community banks with their customers using big data, advanced analytics, and engagement technologies.
Steed’s pitch focused on two key areas: deposits and loans. He explained how Micronotes.ai’s technology identifies opportunities for exceptional deposits and initiates conversations with customers to retain those deposits. The company’s AI-driven marketing automation also helps banks predict customer behaviors such as delinquency and attrition, enabling banks to proactively offer solutions like overdraft protection products and retention strategies.
The Micronotes.ai solution goes beyond traditional banner ads in online and mobile banking. It offers 26X the click-through rate (CTR) of banners, more engagement, and most importantly, it starts conversations that enable banks to learn from and about their customers. This approach helps to keep the “community” in community banking.
Steed also highlighted how Micronotes.ai can help uncover “camouflaged small businesses” through the retail banking side of a bank. By identifying these businesses, banks can cross-sell products like small business credit cards or loans without increasing headcount.
The pitch concluded with a demonstration of how Micronotes.ai uses Experian credit data to identify creditworthy customers and find meaningful savings if they were to consolidate their loans with the bank. This personalized approach not only enhances customer experience but also helps banks retain and grow their customer base.
In a world where customers are constantly bombarded by ads from competitors and large fintechs, Micronotes.ai offers a solution that keeps community banks competitive and connected with their customers. It’s not just about retaining and growing deposits or booking better loans; it’s about starting meaningful conversations, developing relationships, and building trust.
Micronotes.ai is revolutionizing the way community banks engage with their customers. By leveraging big data, AI and machine learning, the company is helping banks to better understand their customers, predict their needs, and offer personalized financial solutions. The result is a win-win situation: customers feel understood and valued, while banks increase their revenue and deepen their customer relationships.
If you’re a community bank looking to take your data and make it actionable, Micronotes.ai is ready to help. As Parker Steed concluded in his pitch, “If you need to retain and grow deposits or book better loans, give us a call, we’d be happy to help.”