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D. Bruce Johnston

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At least that was my take-away from a recent poll conducted by Ignites during their Exchange: Social Media's Role for Mutual Funds. Ignites is the pre-eminent source for news about the mutual fund industry, and their sponsored session offered two different perspectives on the use of social media at mutual fund firms. According to the Ignites poll - What do you think is the greatest benefit of social media marketing efforts? - conducted during the event, social media's greatest contribution maybe a "spike in direct communication with potential fund customers". Roughly 32% of respondents saw this as the greatest contribution of Web 2.0 tools. Enhanced "direct communication with potential fund customers" (32%), was followed by: "reaching a younger audience" (25%), " building brand loyalty" (23%), "building product awareness" (17%), "generating sales" (3%) and "I don... (more)

Full speed ahead: FINRA social media regs remove “excuses for delay”

By D. Bruce Johnston, DBJ Associates Researchers and compliance officers are rallying around FINRA’s landmark 10-06 rule on social media-driven investment communications to give guidance to legions of newly energized investment marketers. Marketers rejoice: Hedges “We’re seeing new levels of enthusiasm among marketing communications project managers,” said Zach Hedges of Advisolocity recently. “Marketers on a tight budget see sunlight through the clouds.” He credits freeware networking site Linkedin, Twitter and WordPress for a lot of the investment marketers regained optimism. ... (more)

Commerce on the Internet Skyrocketing

eCommerce Journal on Ulitzer Chad Levitt, author of the “New Sales Economy Blog,” recently wrote a post, “Sales Reps, Are You Ready for the Digital Universe?,” based on information he gleaned from a recently released IDC report on predictions for the year 2020. Here are some of the major findings from the IDC report: Between now and 2020, the amount of digital information created and replicated in the world will grow to an almost inconceivable 35 trillion gigabytes as all major forms of media – voice, TV, radio, print – will complete the journey from analog to digital. Last year d... (more)

A Distribution Strategy for Small Mutual Fund Firms

Mutual Funds on Ulitzer Recently I asked Dan Sondhelm, Partner and Vice President, SunStar Strategic, what strategies will help top performing small funds get the attention and recognition they deserve from investors and advisors. For those of you not familiar with SunStar and their Fund Factor publication, they specializes in helping institutional investment managers and mutual fund firms attract investors, strengthen distribution and build brands through structured news generation programs and smart marketing.  DBJ: Dan, can you name a few distribution misconceptions small mutu... (more)

Deloitte Study Suggests Social Media Policy a Must Have

According to Deloitte’s recently released 2009 Ethics & Workplace Survey, 74 percent of those surveyed believe it is easy to damage a brand’s reputation via sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.   Why wasn’t the result 100%? Without a social media policy and strategy the risk is 100% that your brand reputation will be damaged.  United Airlines got it wrong and this is what happened – “United Breaks Guitars,” which was the headline making public relations nightmare of the week last week.  For those of you keeping score, it is estimated this episode, viewed by over 4 millio... (more)