Social Media for Financial Services and Managing all that Data

If you’re like me, you don’t think of Financial Services and Social Media in the same sentence all that much.  In fact, if you’re like me and have worked at super secretive hedge funds and the sort, you would never think of social media and financial services. Financial Communications SocietyThe very idea is like oil and water, a complete oxymoron. But, some financial service organizations are starting to change their outlook. The Financial Communications Society assembled a wonderful panel at the Union League Club of Chicago to discuss this very topic.

The symposium consisted of fabulous expert speakers and led by Alecia Dantico, our moderator. Eric Rehl of Robert W. Baird and Pat Allen of Rock the Boat Marketing, contributed incredibly valuable insights into content development, intra-organization social media management and tools and strategies to help with social media campaigns. Ruth Wagner of discussed technologies to help facilitate social media compliance through legal disclosure. Finally, I discussed the need to partner with I.T. in an organization to develop a wholistic strategy for the development and management of social media.

The consensus from the audience seemed to indicate that I.T. was a inhibiter to accomplishing social media goals rather than a partner. Unfortunately, that is a common theme in many companies that has come from a long history of an adversarial relationship between I.T. and other departments. For any company to be successful, they need to see I.T. as a partner and leverage technology as a competitive advantage in accomplishing the goals of the business. Adversarial relationships between I.T. and other teams in the organization stalls out progress (a.k.a. revenue). That’s when I.T. becomes a cost center as opposed to the business enabler and competitive advantage that I.T. should be.

All in all, a great panel and I learned a lot from the other speakers. If you need help with your social media strategy, compliance or I.T. strategy, don’t hesitate to contact me or the other speakers on the panel.

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. — John Wooden

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Panelists from left to right:  Eric RehlPat Allen, Brian GreenbergAlecia Dantico and Ruth Wagner.

About Brian Greenberg

Brian Greenberg is a technology and product leader, Forbes contributor, and is a member of the Forbes Technology Council. He lives in Chicago and has been working at companies of all sizes from the Fortune 100 to startups for over 30 years including international experience as an expatriate in Japan and Europe. In addition to being part of the Adjunct Faculty in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University, Brian Greenberg is an award winning CIO & CTO, considered a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and visionary leader, accomplished at strategic planning, process improvement, product development, and reengineering of key business processes. Highly successful in achieving financial results through strong customer loyalty and long term relationships with suppliers and vendors. Ability to achieve business results through strategic application of technology to business challenges. Readily pursues "stretch goals", not afraid to take risks, and is grounded in a strong teamwork approach. Regarded as a skilled communicator, team builder and negotiator who maximizes efficiencies and productivity through boosting employee morale and performance. Brian Greenberg has expertise in digital transformation, automation, turnaround management, security, data storage, and data protection. He is also a storyteller and an improvisor in Chicago’s comedy community.