All posts by Emilie Totten

Emilie is Chief Marketing Officer at Synthesis. She brings over 15 years of integrated sales and marketing experience working with financial services, SaaS, and health and wellness companies. Her passion is architecting holistic marketing strategies that align with each business function to achieve client experience, employee advocacy, and revenue goals. When she isn't marketing, you can find her rehabbing her home in the Chicago suburbs, practicing yoga, or spending time with her family.


The Growing Importance of ADA Compliance for Accessible Investment Marketing Communications

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Investment Marketing ADA Compliance

This is a guest post by Jen Goulden, M.A., EDP, UEB Technical Accessibility Compliance Specialist at Crawford Technologies.


If you’re in the field of investment marketing operations or communications, you have already heard of document accessibility and ADA compliance. Accessibility is about conformance to a standard such as WCAG 2.0/2.1 or PDF/UA. So, what exactly is meant by the term ADA compliance, and what is the Section 508 ICT Refresh?

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Why Firms Automate The Investment Data Processes

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Investment Firms Automate Data Process To Focus On Building Investor Relations

Asset management firms that don’t automate the investment data processes pay the price every quarter in the form of time-consuming manual work, as well as the risk of human errors. The costs – including the opportunity costs – add up significantly over time. At a recent webinar, we explored how asset managers can get off the quarter-end hamster wheel forever and achieve long-term ROI through effective data automation. Below are some highlights from the conversation.

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Four Ways Asset Management Marketers Can Grow AUM

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4 Ways Asset Management Marketers are Growing AUM
The shift from active to passive investing continues to drive significant change for investment management sales and marketing. In this article, investment marketing consultants Sandra Powers Murphy and Donna DiMaria explain what marketers can do to help their firms grow AUM in today’s challenging environment.

According to DiMaria, operational efficiency in sales and marketing has become imperative, and asset managers are taking note.

“Firms are looking to be more efficient, doing more with fewer resources both in terms of bodies and budget. And that is leading to consolidation, outsourcing, and automation. The status quo isn’t working anymore so, in a way, the market is recreating itself,” she said.

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3 Ways Asset Managers Will Fail to Differentiate in 2021

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Asset managers differentiate in 2021 to be successful-Synthesis Technology

Growing asset management revenues is much harder than it used to be. The number of asset managers and strategies have proliferated in recent years. However, the number of consultants has shrunk, leading to a notable decline in available mandates. In this fiercely competitive marketplace, even firms with a solid track record of performance will struggle. Asset managers which master the marketing process and effectively differentiate themselves will be triumphant in 2021.

Each year, I check in with my network of industry experts to get a pulse on the trends and best practices in asset management marketing. The upcoming year will be marked by big changes in the way marketers develop and deploy their plans. Largely, this is due to the pandemic and a shift to digital. With everyone “going digital” with their content, events, etc…, it’s going to be harder than ever to rise above the noise.  Recently, I met virtually with three experts in investment management marketing. I learned what asset managers should avoid if they want to differentiate and gain assets in the coming year. Here are three things asset managers should avoid if they want to differentiate in 2021.

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