Top Social Business Leaders: Wendy Arnott – TD Bank’s VP of Social...

Top Social Business Leaders: Wendy Arnott – TD Bank’s VP of Social Media

Top 25 Social Business Leaders TD Bank Wendy Arnott

Wendy Arnott, TD Bank’s VP of Social Media and Digital Marketing was recognized by the Economist Intelligence Unit as one of the top 25 Social Business Leaders in 2014.

Top 25 Social Business Leaders Wendy ArnottEarlier this month, the prestigious the Economist Intelligence Unit recognised TD Bank‘s Wendy Arnott as one of the top 25 social business leaders in 2014.

The financial services industry is well represented with no less than 4 social business leaders, including Wendy: Chubb‘s Jon Bidwell, Wells Fargo‘s Nathan Bricklin and Deutsche Bank‘s John Stepper.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Wendy joined TD Bank at the very end of 2003.  In the last ten years, Wendy has been instrumental in establishing TD Bank as one of the most engaging financial institutions in Canada, and one with the highest level of customer advocacy.  Congratulations Wendy!

This could only be achieved through a digital transformation programme aimed to turn the bank into a truly social business.

I invite you to watch my YouTube playlist where I curated some of the best social media and social business videos involving Wendy and TD Bank.

I included the recent outstandingly successful TDThanksYou campaign, the ‘bank human‘ campaign where TD Bank proudly promote their social media / social customer care team… did you know that TD Bank experimented with Google+ in the US?

Twitter users, I invite you to follow Wendy (@Wendy_Arnott), TD Canada (@TD_Canada) and TD Bank US (@TDBank_US).

Top TD Bank Wendy Arnott’s Social Business Quotes

TD Bank Wendy Arnott Social Business Quotes

  • Social collaboration: “We developed an internal social network that connects all 85,000 employees in the US and Canada in a very open way: it’s a little bit like LinkedIn, so you can do status updates and connect with different people at the bank.”
  • Social customer care: “As we were ramping up on the inside, we also were listening to our customers: we were noticing that Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn were becoming popular, so we developed a social media programme focused on customer service.”
  • Tone of voice: “Social is a conversation: if you walked into a cocktail party and the first thing you said was ‘buy my product’, that would be jarring. You have to establish a relationship.”
  • Social analytics: “If we see a lot of questions about a topic, that might indicate that we need to take a look at an issue and do something about it.”
  • Employee empowerment: “We’re starting with a small number of employees—in the hundreds.  What they’re doing is building up their social network. So you could have branch managers connecting with local leaders or an economist sharing their views on Twitter.”
  • Social business: “When you have a company that’s committed to social and openness, it really changes the way you think.”

I look forward to interviewing Wendy myself in the near future.  Stay tuned on VisibleBanking.com.

The rather outstanding success of TD Bank in driving customer and employee advocacy demonstrates once again that the only way to derive any significant and meaningful business value from social media is to approach social strategically and holistically.

As a priority, you must make sure all the foundations (tech, processes, data/insights, content and capability) are all in place to enable you to build those trusted relationships with your banking customers, your employees and your influencers.

A digital transformation programme in financial services can only succeed with the full support from your Senior Executives and under the leadership of a digitally savvy business leader.

Congratulations to Wendy Arnott and TD Bank for their inclusion to the top 25 social business leaders 2014 by the Economist Intelligence Unit!

If you enjoyed reading my article or if you wanted to react, I invite you to connect with me here, on twitter (@Visible_Banking) and on google+.

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