Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Lending Purse Strings Loosen

By John Blom and Margie Church

It's been all over the news that subprime lending for auto loans is on the rise. If you haven't created any marketing campaigns to members with credit scores below 680, you might be getting the itch.

Here's the kicker. Many of these people have been sitting on the fence about replacing their vehicles and now, they may be hesitant to come forward because their financial situation hasn't been great.  You can diffuse that fear by acknowledging that the member's credit may have taken some dings, and telling them your lending department makes decisions on a case-by-case basis. If they have concerns or other needs, this is the right time to get in touch with you.

The obvious approach in this auto loan campaign is a pre-qualified or pre-approved offer. Don't make the member guess. They want solutions, not gimmicks. Use variable data to provide a rate and payment example based on their individual score. Marry the direct mail with a PURL. If things look good or they want to talk, the PURL lets them respond immediately. Follow up with an email or another direct mail piece. Spread the news on your website and to branch visitors with supporting ads and materials.

The automotive market is having a banner year. A carefully-crafted promotion to your members could be a great boost to your local economy.

Pinpoint Direct Marketing creates data-driven, electronic and print marketing campaigns for the financial industry. Its customized campaigns achieve excellent results without premium costs. Learn more about Pinpoint Direct Marketing at or call Kerry Blom, owner, 866-784-7555.


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