27
Jun

THE WELLNESS REVOLUTION: Intel & Inspiration from 92Y’s Panel Discussion with Well+Good CEO Alexia Brue

Posted by: Malisa Meresman in: Consumer Lifestyle -

We recently had the opportunity to attend The Wellness Revolution, a curated conversation at 92nd Street Y with three trailblazing women at the center of it all. Renowned writer and chef Candice Kumai, Inspiralized founder Ali Maffucci and F-Factor diet creator Tanya Zuckerbrot sat down with Alexia Brue of Well+Good to discuss the latest industry intel and share their tips for getting started down the life-changing path of wellness.

Alternative yesterday, mainstream today
The wellness sector is undoubtedly booming, and it’s impressive just how strongly (and how quickly) this revolution has taken hold. One of the key themes of the panel discussion focused on the origins of today’s leading wellness trends. Practices that were considered “alternative” and “niche” in the past are today quite mainstream. All the panelists noted that many concepts that are now trending in wellness aren’t necessarily new and original. What is new is how today’s wellness innovators, entrepreneurs and experts are applying existing research and science and evolving traditional practices, as well as how consumers today are educating themselves and seeking wellness solutions that fit their lifestyles.

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26
Jun

Digital Banking 2018: Finding your Fintech Soul Mate

Posted by: AmberRoberts in: Financial Services -


It seems every day a new shiny tech company enters the scene, touting a solution to a problem that consumers may not even know they had. While banks have fully accepted that tech startups are friend not foe, the tough question to answer is which one is right for my organization? Bank and tech industry leaders sat down at Digital Banking 2018 to discuss criteria and best practices for finding the right tech partner. Here are our highlights:

 

  1. Know what you are looking for: Ask for customer feedback on potential new features. Have a clear vision internally about what you want to do to serve customer needs better, and then go seek that out with a laser focus.
  2. Find a thought partner: Look for a thought partner who respects you and the product roadmap. Ensure they understand your near- and long-term vision, which is key to determining if their technology is right for your business.
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26
Jun

How Culture is Key for Innovation at Today’s Banks

Posted by: AmberRoberts in: Financial Services -

Just a few years ago we were pondering if, when and how banks will answer to consumer desires for simplification, speed and integration when it comes to everyday money matters. Today, technology is table stakes in the world of banking, and the new question being asked is how banks can shift their organizations to be successful in a tech-driven world.

At this year’s Digital Banking conference, a common theme across financial institutions of all sizes was the importance of culture in our rapidly shifting, tech-forward environment. Here are cultural best practices from the banks who are truly embracing technology:

  1. Overcommunicate: If the entire organization feels they are part of new technologies, there will be more internal buy-in. Explain what the organization is doing and why. Talk to all levels of staff and update them regularly.
  2. Create digital ambassadors: Financial institutions have created digital ambassadors successfully and stand behind the approach. The “ambassadors” can range from digital natives to novices; what’s important is that they are trained to understand new tech inside and out, and they are capable of encouraging their colleagues and customers to embrace the advancements. Ambassadors can engage in the field, at the branch level and in the back office.
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