Off to Finovate.

FinovateI’m off to New York to attend Finovate on Tuesday. I’m excited to see first-hand demos of all of these products and services that are evolving the landscape of the financial services industry. Many of them I’ve read about, but seeing them first hand is a real opportunity to understand them on a deeper level.

I’ll be live blogging the whole thing on NetBanker, so check in throughout the day on Tuesday and I’ll be updating as often as I can.

And if you’re gonna be there, please say hi.

New NetBanker post: Spending Your First Social Media Dime.

I haven’t posted on NetBanker in a little while, but I released a new one today. It actually came out of a discussion with the wise Ted Josephson from People’s United Bank a month or so ago. Ted is obviously someone who gets it and wants to try out social media, but is at a crossroads I hadn’t thought of:
I want in, but where do I start?

I kept thinking about this situation, and it seemed to me that there might be others in the same boat. I wish there was a roadmap I could describe to make the journey easier, but in the end it’s a very customized strategic development process. Different for every company.

So I wrote an article called Spending Your First Social Media Dime. Enjoy.

Here’s where you can see all my NetBanker posts.

Live blogging at Finovate.

I’m very pleased to be going to NYC in October for Finovate. This is a new conference created by Jim Bruene who runs NetBanker. According to the website:

Following the popular format pioneered by DEMO, FINOVATE 2007 will provide each company with a mere 7 minutes to “wow!” an audience of 200 leading executives, investors, analysts, members of the press and bloggers with an actual demonstration of their latest and greatest product or service. The demos will be followed by intimate networking sessions where the attendees will get unprecedented access to the executives from these innovative companies.

Twenty leading companies have already committed to present including (in alphabetical order): Andera, Billeo Inc, CheckFree, ClairMail, Firethorn, Digital Insight (an Intuit company), Geezeo, Identity Theft 911, iPay Technologies, Jwaala, Lending Club, Metavante, mFoundry, Mint, Monitise, MortgageBot, MShift, Online Resources, Prosper Marketplace, and Yodlee.

I’ll be a fly on the wall for the day, live-blogging the whole thing. I’m very excited to be covering the event and getting a chance to learn from all the innovative presenters. See you there…

Final part of trilogy now on NetBanker.

The third and final installment of my three part article on success factors of social media projects is now live on NetBanker.

The Importance of Community Management in Social Media Projects examines the crucial role of the moderator in ensuring the success of social media projects, including efforts by Vancity, Verity and Wells Fargo.

The first part was titled Key Success Factors for Social Media Projects, and the second part was Measuring Success for Social Media Projects.

All my NetBanker articles can be found at netbanker.com/azaroff.