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Finding Top 100 Customers [VIDEO]

We know that for banks that have 2 billion in assets that anywhere between 50 to 140% of their profits come from their top 100 most profitable customers.   But the real question is how do we find another 100 just like these? Well, they have the same psychographics, and firmographics, and so we must study very carefully the psychographics and demographics of our current customers, and then find...

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What is the Most Effective Way to Choose the Right Next Best Customer [VIDEO]

Several years ago, there was a gentleman who came into our boot camp, and he was an EVP of a bank on the West Coast.   He told me that they had hired a firm, spent several hundred thousand dollars, and been in meetings for five months to figure out how to find their next most profitable customers. I was thinking, “are you kidding me”? I said, “Well, how's it working?” He said, “Well, we're not...

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Mastering Team Selling [VIDEO]

All of our Top 5% performing banks have something in common. They've all mastered the science of team selling.   Yeah, I know you think you're doing team selling because you put Josie and Molly together and you put Tom and Joe together- that's not team selling. An optimized team selling experience requires an incredible amount of skill sets, and different team members going out the first time...

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How Can a Bank Best Align Personnel to Profitability [VIDEO]

Most bank CEOs tell me, we have great people, and yet, sometimes they suffer not such great efficiency ratios, return on assets, return on equity.   And what they're really saying is we have good people, but they're not great because they don't know how they tie to profitability. Well, I get it. When I first started in banking, people showed me what to do, I moved things from the left side of my...

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Loan Growth Multiplier Strategies [VIDEO]

I believe it's fun to win. How about you?     What if you could help your lenders win more and better deals. If you're the kind of leader whose team already brings in nice deals, and you're fairly happy, you'll love this, because I'll show you that there's a lot more where that came from. They can, with that base, bring in so much more and at better pricing, and they're leaving hundreds of...

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Put the Right Players in the Right Seats For Loan Growth [VIDEO]

I believe quality loan growth is one of the top three drivers of sustainable profitability for banks.     What if you could restructure your lending department and increase the productivity per lender by 30 to 40% or more within 12 months.   Now if you're the kind of leader who thinks your team kicks butt and takes names at securing quality loans at extreme premium pricing, and you’re sure it’s...

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Differentiation Value that Drives A+ Prospects [VIDEO]

Do you agree that high quality customers love high quality attention? Let's explore how you can transform your safety and profitability by creating the kind of differentiation that attracts the highest quality credits and makes price irrelevant. If you think that the best customers get the best pricing because everyone wants them, then you have to watch this episode because it can and is being...

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You Deserve More and Better [VIDEO]

Are you tired of accepting or being bound by limiting beliefs?     Today, we're going to blow up the biggest limiting belief in banking. It's so bad that it keeps you and your team from attracting the very best credits and commanding extreme premium pricing. If you're the kind of leader that has a team that already gets premium pricing and attracts the best credits, you're gonna love this...

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Fishing Hole Instead of the Whole Lake [VIDEO]

Sometimes one small tweak can make a huge impact. Do you agree?     What if you could immediately find your next Top 100 most profitable, low risk clients; exactly the customers you want on your roster? Would it be worth the work to bring them in? You bet and using this system I'm about to reveal has brought my clients a closing rate of nearly one 100%, so stay tuned. If you're the kind of...

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Stop Looking in All the Wrong Places [VIDEO]

I believe the world is full of abundance, a field of diamonds in every backyard, and you deserve to mine your share. What if you could find and bring in all the deposits you want in your market without having to pay up.   Now if you're the kind of banker who has all the deposits that you want already, you'll appreciate this because you'll discover how to bring your cost of funds down even more....

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New Product Line Strategies for Rapid Sales Transformation [VIDEO]

I believe every bank has a breakthrough opportunity, a missed profit opportunity, including you, in several of your product lines.     What if one of your product lines could be the source of thousands of dollars of additional profits within a few short weeks? You'll need to radically change your strategic planning process to make that happen.   If you're the kind of person who knows your team...

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Build Strategies Into Your Strategic Plan [VIDEO]

What if you were sitting on a goldmine of untapped potential for organic growth and increased profits? What if you could get far more predictable profit and growth impact from your strategic planning process?   After reviewing over 500 strategic plans, I find that most banks lack effective strategies, intentional congruence, and essentially have a list of goals but no effective way to achieve...

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