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Arthur Andersen Brand is Reborn Over a Decade After Enron Scandal

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 2, 2014 11:04 AM

In 2002, tax auditing firm Arthur Andersen was found guilty of obstructing justice after it was discovered that it had shredded thousands of Enron-related documents. Despite the charges, the since-defunct brand has retained its reputation through the years—a surprising conclusion of a financial industry poll conducted by Prime Group for WTAS LLC, a San Francisco-based firm that is reviving the brand, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Time may heal all wounds, but it doesn’t restock the billions of dollars in bank accounts that shareholders lost in the wake of Enron’s shutdown and certainly doesn’t make life easier for the 85,000 employees of the company that lost their jobs. But WTAS, which bought the rights to the name so it could rebrand to Andersen Tax, looks to change that.

“Our issues with Enron were the mistake of a few,” WTAS CEO Mark Vorsatz told Businessweek. “Irrespective of Enron, we thought we were the benchmark in the industry.”Continue reading...

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Money Tree: 5 Questions with CMO Sean O'Reilly on Peachtree Financial Solutions

Posted by Shirley Brady on August 22, 2014 11:12 AM

For consumers that suddenly come into a cash windfall, it can be a confusing time. That's where Peachtree Financial Solutions comes in. The brand, a sister company of J.G. Wentworth under parent JGWPT Holdings, recently refreshed its brand identity with a renewed focus on customer service. 

The refreshed brand, which debuted earlier this month, is centered around "The Peachtree Promise," six core attributes of the brand that define the way Peachtree representatives handle customer care. With an improved customer experience woven throughout the new website and into the brand's core offerings, there's no doubt that Peachtree is eager to share its refreshed brand with consumers across the US. 

brandchannel Editor-in-Chief Shirley Brady chatted with Sean O'Reilly, SVP and CMO of JGWPT Holdings, about the brand's new look—and outlook.Continue reading...

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TD Bank Turns ATMs Into Automated Thanking Machines

Posted by Shirley Brady on July 29, 2014 06:44 PM

TD Bank showed its gratitude to its LGBT customers and employees by sponsoring WorldPride 2014. Now it's showing its gratitude to all its Canadian customers with its #TDThanksYou (or #TDVousDitMerci in French) campaign, in which ATM machines and the bank's employees thank customers for choosing TD.

In a move that recalls Coca-Cola’s Open Happiness machine giveaways, TD’s ATM machines are shown dispensing gifts ranging from a flight so a mother can visit her sick daughter in Trinidad to a meeting with a Toronto Blue Jay to free tickets to Disneyland. (The campaign also recalls WestJet's emotional holiday campaign in Canada.)

Watch what happens below, in a video that now has almost 1.4 million views on YouTube.Continue reading...

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Visa Taps Morgan Freeman to Help Rebrand V.me as Visa Checkout

Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 17, 2014 03:04 PM

Visa has now got its own Innovation Center. It was opened in San Francisco Wednesday to try to bring the company’s software developers, clients, and other tech folks “to jointly develop the next generation of commerce applications," according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The first product coming out of the Innovation Center is the Visa Checkout mobile payment system, which hopes to give PayPal, Isis and Google Wallet a run for the money, and replaces Visa's V.me brand that was introduced in the US in 2012.

"It's a recognition of the fact that the credit card is becoming a digital card, and innovations are occurring through digital means," said Jim McCarthy, the brand's senior vice president of innovation and strategic partnerships, to the Chronicle. "Basically, we're opening up our network to software developers to use our capabilities and assets, and to help consumers to take advantage of them."Continue reading...

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Forever Proud: TD Bank Walks Its Talk With WorldPride 2014 Sponsorship

Posted by Shirley Brady on July 7, 2014 06:05 PM

The recent WorldPride event in Toronto marked the first time the event had been held in North America—and served as a testament to platinum sponsor TD Bank Group's acceptance of diversity.

The most valuable brand on Interbrand's Best Canadian Brands report, TD Bank not only sponsored WorldPride 2014, which ran from June 20 to 29 and attracted an estimated two million people across the Greater Toronto Area, but helped the host committee land the event by sponsoring their bid and accompanying them to make their case to InterPride, the event's organizer, in a first for a corporate sponsor.

It also wasn't a one-off commitment. TD is supporting 42 Pride events across North America this year, including signing a multi-year partnership with Boston Pride, all part of its bigger committment to equality and creating an inclusive workplace. "This is our tenth year of supporting Pride events," notes Scott Mullin, the bank's Vice President of Community Relations. "Ten years ago it was seen as pretty edgy for a financial institution."Continue reading...

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American Express Invests in the Unbanked in New Branded Documentary

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 4, 2014 12:03 PM

“Our financial system is leaving nearly 70 million Americans behind. It’s time for a change.” 

That's the opening statement in the latest branded content series from American Express, Spent: Looking For Change, which targets the millions of consumers who eschew traditional banking. 

The nearly 40-minute documentary—a first in terms of length and subject for the brand—profiles families and individuals that are "under-banked" or "unbanked" and who may turn to costly services like check-cashing, payday loans, and pawn shops to meet their basic financial needs.

The alarming trend, dubbed "financial exclusion" in the financial services industry, is a hot topic internally that the brand feels "pretty passionately" about, Daniel H. Schulman, group president for enterprise growth at American Express, told the New York Times—hence the decision to run with it as an external topic for a showpiece branded content platform.Continue reading...

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Financial Services Brands Come Into Their Own in Changing Canadian Market

Posted by Dale Buss on May 27, 2014 05:12 PM

Canada has been in the news a lot lately, mostly for being a hard nut to crack when it comes to retail. But according to Interbrand's just-released Best Canadian Brands report, other sectors such as financial services have come into their own in the northern marketplace. 

Among the top five brands, three are banks, with TD retaining its No. 1 positioning and the Royal Bank of Canada coming in at No. 2. Still, other list-makers among the top 25 brands, including lululemon and WestJet, have become increasingly savvy about finding ways to extend their value both in Canada and abroad. 

“We’re trying to create a bit of a call to action for brands in Canada,” Carolyn Ray, managing director of Interbrand Canada, told brandchannel. “We want brands to ‘step out of line’ and do things differently, take the opportunity to reassess whether they’re getting the most they can out of what they’re doing, and their investments in their brands.”

Scotiabank is one most-valuable brand that has needed no such prompting, Ray added. The financial-services giant grew its brand value by 94 percent since 2012, to C$7.7 billion in the latest Interbrand ranking, in part by “becoming increasingly customer-centric,” she said. “It’s become almost like an obsession” with the brand as Scotiabank “uses that lens to filter all their marketing decisions.”Continue reading...

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Visa, MasterCard Team Up to Push for Better Credit Data Protections

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 10, 2014 06:42 PM

As more information and new reports of data hacks continue to pour in, striking major retailers like Target, Neiman Marcus and others, the US is becoming increasingly aware of the many dangers associated with using debit and credit cards

MasterCard and Visa, whose businesses are eroded every time a consumer’s information is stolen, have decided to take action and are leading an effort to form a “cross-industry group to improve security for card transactions and press US retailers and banks to meet a 2015 deadline to adopt technology that would make it safer to pay with plastic,” Reuters reports.

Other members of the group include credit unions, banks, retailers, and industry trade associations, which are initially pushing for the implementation of technology already used in Europe and Asia—EMV cards—which “store information on computer chips rather than on traditional magnetic strips, making them harder to counterfeit,” according to the wire service.Continue reading...

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