News – ClairMail’s latest banking customer & BancVue’s REWARDChecking’s new milestone

On Monday, I received two emails: one from ClairMail (thanks Eleni. By the way, could you please say hello to Gavin?) and one from BancVue (thanksRenee).

ClairMail’s latest banking deal
Please note that this news was under embargo until yesterday.

ClairMail partnered with Alerus Financial,  a local and independently owned us bank, to offer Alerus customers a new mobile banking platform – Alerus Mobile Access. The service enables Alerus customers to access their accounts via text messaging or via the web on a mobile phone.

I have been in touch with Joe Salesky, ClairMail’s CEO, and his team since early 2007. I usually catch up with Joe at the hottest online banking / online finance events in the US.
I had the pleasure to shoot a video interview with a very inspired Joe in San Francisco at FinovateStartup 2008.

In September 2007, U.S. messaging and content delivery service provider Sybase 365 reported that:
* More than a third of U.S. consumers can state their bank balance at any given time
* Additionally, 42 % of American consumers can calculate their current balance total to the nearest $200
* As many as 61% of Americans admit to checking their bank balance at least every few days; 29 % check daily

BancVue’s new milestone
REWARDChecking is a free checking account offering a high-interest reward rate and ATM fee refunds worldwide when consumers meet cost saving and revenue generating electronic banking requirements.

* As of August 1, REWARDChecking accounts have eclipsed $5.5 billion in deposits nationwide and attracted more than 610,000 consumers interested in earning high-interest rewards on their checking accounts.
* REWARDChecking is currently attracting a new depositor every 45.6 seconds.
* Close to 400 community financial institutions are currently offering REWARDChecking accounts.

I met John Waupsh, CEO of First ROI, and Gabriel Krajicek, CEO of BancVue, in San Francisco a few months ago.

John and Gabe demoed their new online search tool,, at FinovateStartup 2008. They did a great job: their presentation was one of the very best. They have so much energy, so much passion. And a good service. Well done guys!

I invite you to check the video interview I shot with John and Gabe at the end of such a busy day., a new online search tool that allows consumers to find, compare and sign up for REWARDChecking accounts online.

What do you think?

Written by Christophe Langlois

Based in London for almost a decade, Christophe is an entertaining fintech marketing keynote speaker and a trusted advisor to the global financial services industry on the topics of digital marketing, innovation and B2B social media.

Christophe has contributed to over 140 events in 18 countries.

Currently, Christophe is advising a number of fintech startups on marketing and growth hacking and he is the Chief Marketing Officer of The Fintech Power 50, an exclusive annual programme helping fintech scale-ups to accelerate their growth globally.

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