Mergers can be complex, but the best bank merger communications are simple and transparent. It’s essential to understand when to communicate, what to communicate, and to whom you should communicate. Using an effective strategy and process design is key to the success of your bank merger communications.
Communication teams within a merger environment should ask themselves:
Before creating a strategy and process design for bank merger communications, conduct an assessment of all data and situational factors that will play a role in the merger.
Some situations to consider include:
Once you understand how the merger is likely to affect various organizations and consumers, write a comprehensive bank merger communications plan. Be realistic about what you can accomplish and what the timeline will be. Timing is often a fail point for project teams–you don’t want to give too much information too soon and confuse people. At the same time, you don’t want to appear to be hiding things or failing to communicate. Consider the vantage point of employees, business partners, and clients–what will be important for each group to know during each step of a merger?
Don’t write a communications strategy and process design that has no flexibility. Build in time for approvals and data review, and understand that your timeline may need to be tweaked more than once as customer or employee needs change.
Of course, BKM Marketing manages several bank conversion programs every year and we are happy to discuss your current situation with you. Click here to learn more about our experience with bank mergers, or download our Guide to Bank Merger Communications Best Practices today.