Category Archives: Regulatory Risk Management
As we enter a new year, the shift from active to passive investing continues to drive significant change for investment management sales and marketing. Very recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sandra Powers Murphy and Donna DiMaria to discuss what marketers can do to grow AUM in this very challenging environment.
I first became acquainted with both women through the 3rd Party Marketers (3PM) Association, where Powers serves as President and DiMaria as Chairwoman. In addition to 3PM, Powers and DiMaria both act as CEO and CCO of their own third-party marketing firms, Ark Global and Tessera Capital Partners, respectively. Their firms provide outsourced strategic sales and marketing services to institutional asset managers who lack adequate internal resources.
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.
In the heavily-regulated world of investment management, consistency and harmony between functional areas, including marketing, sales and compliance, are key goals for competitive advantage. However, blending customization and compliance is difficult to achieve.
Many disconnects happen at investment companies when marketing creates collateral which, from the sales perspective, misses the mark on client-focus and relevance—all before a compliance review. Ultimately, in the name of making the sale, salespeople customize presentations, creating multiple versions along the way that are difficult to track. This unwieldy process can cause compliance, branding, and messaging nightmares that may lead to fines, outflows, and lost revenue.
Firms are almost always aware that these disconnects exist and want to fix them, yet don’t know where to start. We recently held a webinar; The Sales Success Formula in Financial Services: Blending Customization and Compliance, to discuss this very topic. It was a Q&A session moderated by investment marketing expert Andrew Corn of E5A Integrated Marketing and explored the ways in which firms are using digital transformation to disrupt the status quo and gain competitive advantage.Read More
Listen to our guest, Stephen Pope, discuss how asset managers can create marketing and sales processes that are both compliant and extremely efficient.
In this episode, we are joined by Stephen Pope, CEO and co-Founder of Red Oak Compliance. Stephen offers us some insight into the current issues and challenges he’s seeing with the marketing and sales process at asset management firms today. He explains how firms are creating marketing approval processes that salespeople will actually follow, and offers best practices for improving time-to-market of sales materials, such as a three-tier risk workflow system. Red Oak helps financial services companies improve their regulatory advertising review workflow processes. Their industry-leading web-based SaaS application, Admaster, helps firms get their materials approved and to market in less time, reduce regulatory risk, and improve efficiency. We hope you takeaway some useful ideas from this episode. Thank you for listening and enjoy the show!
Listen to our guest, Matt Suggs, discuss the future of sales enablement — “Evolved Selling”.
Matt Suggs, EVP of Sales and Customer Success at Mediafly, sat down with myself and Synthesis CEO, John Toepfer, to discuss the future of sales enablement.
Matt is A 20-year software sales veteran with experience working for industry giants like Oracle and SAP Ariba. In this episode, he offers insight into why B2B buyers hate being sold to and how asset managers can use technology to provide a truly engaging and compelling client experience. Some of the topics we touch on in this episode include the four pillars of “evolved selling”, why mobile technology lines are becoming blurred, the true meaning of personalization, and how interactive experiences are directly impacting sales success and bottom-line revenue. We hope you’ll take away some useful insights from this episode.