Let’s have a look at an innovative bank based in Russia, Promsvyazbank aka ‘PSBank’. I’ve asked my friend Daniel Gusev – Head of Innovation to talk us through their social media journey and their focus on facebook and twitter. Please note that it is Daniel’s second contribution on Visible Banking, I invite you to read his first guest post ‘Overview of Social Media and Banking in Russia & CIS‘.
Asian and Australian banks are more and more eager to engage with their markets on social media channels like facebook or twitter with the likes of CIMB in Malaysia, Standard Chartered in Singapore or Commonwealth Bank in Australia.
But the Asia Pacific (APAC) region is not the only area of the world where financial institutions try their best to embrace social media. Earlier this year, Credit Agricole launched TooKam.com, the first ‘social bank’ / virtual branch fully engaged on facebook, twitter, blogging and 3D internet.
By experience, social media engagement in financial services is driven by four possible reasons: 1. PR crisis, 2. competition, 3. internally via an influential and knowledgeable advisor or stakeholder, 4. internally via a member of the Senior Management.
PSBank’s ambitious venture to create a truly social bank is a long story – but the first chapters of it are already breathtaking – so we are happy to note several milestones we had achieved this far:Social media marketing in Russia, as we see it – is a young – and voracious industry, first taken by Senior FS Executives (I invite you to checkour list of Senior Execs on twitter) as nonsense drivel, then turned into a front-seat mirror, bringing lavish budgets and self-prononuced gurus that guided the expenses.That befuddled and confused many enterprises that scorned at the previously free ride on viral waves of marketing – including PSBank, that only felt social media as an complementary mechanism to push its releases on products and APRs.
When the bank approached the social media realm was with many things, major of them being:
In short, there is more than a simple presense on a platform like Facebookor Twitter, or else. It is the reverse innovation, where interactions formed through all these next-gen communication platforms, would impact the core communications of prime channels. There is no reason for a bank to make a shiny island on Facebook, once it cannot drive the same feelings towards other channels.