State Farm Insurance Company has donated $10,000 to the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences in support of the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute.GTIPI, a Conyers-based UGA Extension program housed in the FACS department of human development and family science, will use the funds to expand the Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) program.P.R.I.D.E. is a free, two-hour course that focuses on seat belts, crash dynamics, Georgia’s teen driving law, parental influence and peer pressure. It is designed to help parents and new teen drivers manage the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time required by law.Roughly 200 PRIDE instructors in Georgia teach an average of 25 parent-teen classes each month. Since the PRIDE program was launched in 2003, more than 13,000 teens have been reached. Students are also informed about State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive program, which provides support and incentives for communities to support safer teen driving.This award will enable GTIPI to expand its outreach to more communities interested in offering proven teen driving training.“This is a natural partnership,” said Don Bower, UGA Extension specialist and FACS professor emeritus. “State Farm is a leader in all kinds of support for safer driving. Their acclaimed “Celebrate My Drive” initiative complements the UGA P.R.I.D.E. program to provide key elements of a comprehensive local teen driver education effort.”For more information, contact GTIPI at (800) 342-9819.
95SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Kassing Jay Kassing is President of MARQUIS, a Texas based provider of marketing analytics solutions including MCIF/CRM software, MCIF services, profitability, compliance, consulting and direct mail creative/fulfillment. Jay has … Web: www.gomarquis.com Details Jack Welch once said, “If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.” Is your financial institution changing how you spend money to acquire clients – is it changing as fast as the market is changing around you? If not, then pay close attention to the following 600 words or so. And take heed – now is the time to destroy your credit union marketing plan and rebuild it!The Financial Brand recently outlined the breakdown of marketing spending at financial institutions. In this research, they found that most marketers still plan to allocate and spend over 50% of their budgets on traditional media (Radio, TV, Billboard and such) even through 2017. Does your marketing fit this profile?The rate of change is faster at other institutions. Marketers elsewhere have embraced data analytics and action, and leveraging the digital world. Are you the problem for your institution’s lack of change? Is your management holding your marketing back? Maybe your institution is still living with the notion that nothing has really changed. Change is everywhere. Marketing is centered on the digital world today. And this change requires a constant and substantive understanding of client data.The pace of spending growth in the digital world is without comparison. Further, the growth of data analytics and proven results via these digital methods is rendering traditional marketing virtually obsolete. As a marketer, you must understand how you will gather the right information, leverage predictive analytics and automate action, so that you can leverage digital one-to-one marketing ASAP and rebuild your marketing budget to match.Scared? Good. Fear is often the most direct catalyst for change.As a marketer, are you comfortable collecting and analyzing data? Can you discern the relevance of the information and identify trends, patterns and meaning from client information in the context of the market(s) you serve? Even if you can do this, a better question might be, is data analytics where you find your joy? There is zero shame in saying “no.” Of course, all of this even presumes you have the time…Data scientists/analysts are unique creatures. They have the uncommon skill of understanding not just the data, but the marketing context and value held in the data. These folks are very left-brain/right-brain co-dominant species, and very hard to find. In August 2014 The Wall Street Journal described people with this skill set as “unicorns.” Clearly this implies that effective data analysts are as hard to find as the mythical unicorn. It would also stand to reason that if you don’t have the talent for data analytics; it is neither surprising nor even unusual. Very few marketers are built this way, which is why the “unicorns” among us are so unique.It’s important to note that you don’t have to do data analytics yourself. And you don’t even have to add a unicorn to your staff. You can outsource this skill set to get all the value and benefits from data analytics and action, without the life sucking responsibility of doing it yourself. Great, right!?!There are outside experts who can do this for you. Hire a unicorn that will work for you on an outsourced basis. They will collect your data, analyze it, refine it, and make extremely specific recommendations that will enable them to take targeted action on your behalf…every day. Doing this isn’t hard. Mutual communication about your goals and objectives – and proof that action taken from the information is working – is required. It is all about results. Nothing else matters. (Yes, full disclosure – our OnTrax product is perfect for this unicorn need.)You can embrace OnTrax (or another firm’s version) and see how quickly the pace of change in your organization’s marketing efforts will exceed what others are doing… better yet, provable revenue and profit growth will inspire your senior management to give you even more budget to invest.But you will likely have to destroy your marketing plan, and rebuild it!