Hold ‘Em High!
 CASE STUDY: Reinventing Credit Cards at Western State Bank
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“By the time we decided to go with Think Big!, we were already finding success with the Western Sold ‘Em campaign and our h...
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In-Branch Promotion Case Study

  1. 1. Hold ‘Em High! CASE STUDY: Reinventing Credit Cards at Western State Bank Banks, like cruise ships, are not known for changing course on a dime. Case in Brief It’s also understandable that - from time to time - a bank’s portfolio of services will include a product that falls by the wayside and becomes  $246 Million Asset Size Bank just another brochure on a shelf.  8 Branches  North Dakota, Suburban Market For Western State Bank in Devils Lake, ND, their credit card program became just such a product.  Card Program Stagnation For 15 Years “For about 15 years, our bank’s credit card program was fairly stagnant and was composed of the same cards at the same rates,” says Gary Lochow, president of Western State Bank. “The result was inactivity and a program that was slowly going down hill. We all knew that it was a problem but it took an organization- wide consensus to determine that if we were going to revive our program’s profitability, we would need serious help and a long term solution. “When some of Western’s staff began to inquire why they weren’t actively promoting their cards, Gary saw an opening to engage the staff in the change effort. “They realized what the managers of the bank were already aware of, which was that our cards were not as competitive as they could be relative to other bank-run credit cards in our area,” said Western’s Marketing Director, Audrey Myklebust. Realizing they could also take advantage of the numerous brand and revenue building opportunities by re-energizing their card program, Western State Bank resolved to create a better card program that represented their commitment to their customers and their staff. Gary contacted ICBA Bancard and was able to develop a strategy with ICBA Bancard’s Scott Broughton that would re-ignite their card’s image. Their plan included researching their competition, lowering their card rates, adding-on multiple enhancements including ScoreCard and designing an outreach and marketing plan for their 3 locations. Their recent card program adjustments have started to change the dynamic of credit cards within their bank, both for their customers and their employees. “We wanted the entire bank to be excited about our program,” said Audrey. “So, we thought up a promotion that we named Western Sold ‘Em,” The promotion consisted of a game that incentivized all bank staff including insurance, leasing and investments staff to sell customers on the benefits of a Western State Bank credit card and also came with western-style signage that tied into the unique attributes of each Western State Bank location. The program harnessed the vitality and the spirit of each branch footprint creating added energy that raised the profile of their credit card offerings. Each location was encouraged to build their card offering around their customer. At the bank’s locations in West Fargo this included a “Packer Pride” affinity card to support the local high school.
  2. 2. “By the time we decided to go with Think Big!, we were already finding success with the Western Sold ‘Em campaign and our high profile marketing activities. “Think Big! fit so well into our overall plan that we super-sized our Western Sold ‘Em campaign with ‘big’ items like a 4-foot pencil and a gallon-sized coffee cup. Even our entry box, decorated with photos of our staff playing with our ‘big’ items, is huge.” Western State Bank is a perfect example of a bank that has used ICBA Bancard’s resources, like personalized consultations and promotions like Visa Think Big! Campaign, to turn their program around. In fact, Western State Bank’s initiative has tackled some of the toughest areas of card program success. According to Insight Express Reserch, the top three reasons that consumers say they do not have a credit card from their primary financial institution are: 1. They have no incentive or rewards to go with their primary bank’s credit card 2. They think they can get better rates elsewhere and 3. They don’t think of their bank as a provider of credit cards Western’s strategy clearly confronted each of these three elements with a personalized solution and by using the tools available to them from ICBA Bancard. Based on their aggressive and innovative strategy, Western State Bank is back on course to keep more of their customers’ business and generate more revenue thanks to an active and vibrant credit card program. The Bottom Line 25% Higher Sales Volume than Previous Year 35% Higher Sales Volume (YTD) than their ICBA Peer Average 42% Average Higher Finance Revenue than their ICBA Peer Average For More Information On How ICBA Bancard Can Help Your Bank Maximize Its Card Program Contact: ICBA Bancard & TCM Bank www.icbabancard.com bancard@icba.org

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