In this episode we dive into the buzz surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) – and specifically, Generative AI tools like ChatGPT, in the banking industry. AI is here to stay and will be utterly transformative to the financial services…
Ep 31 – The Role of Marketing in Crisis Communications As a cornerstone of the community, banks play an important role in times of crisis. In the wake of the March 2023 bank failures, community banks must build confidence in their strength, and…
Ep 30 – Think Like a Brand, Not a Bank In this episode, Chris Bates and Dan Novalis interview Allison Netzer and Liz High, authors of the book “Think Like a Brand, Not a Bank” – a must read for any banker. Your bank’s brand belongs to…
Ep 29 – The Value of Strategy To meet your goals, you must pause to plan. Marketing cannot be viewed as a side project but as an integral part of your strategy. Do you know what your customer journey looks like? What are the steps that lead from brand…
ABOUT CHRIS & DAN
Chris S. Bates
Chris is CEO of AgoraEversole Marketing Agency. Chris attended the University of Alabama, completing his B.A.in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration at Belhaven University in 1994. He was a nonprofit executive for 10 years, and then owned Mean Mallard, a 50-employee outdoor sporting goods retail operation for nearly a decade. In 2009, Chris focused his career experiences to guide other business operators through his marketing services agency, Agora Company. On January 1, 2020, the agency merged with The Eversole Group, bringing more than 30 years of bank marketing expertise into a combined new agency, AgoraEversole.
While his company has focused for 12 years on many industry verticals, banking and healthcare have become their primary service specialties. He and his team deliver goal-focused marketing through partnerships with their clients, providing services in marketing design/consulting, digital marketing (SEO, Digital Advertising, etc.), web design and social media management. They are currently partnering with over 150 financial institution and other clients across 15 states.
Chris and his wife, Stacy, live in Madison, MS near their young adult children and attend St. James Episcopal Church. Chris is an active outdoorsman, and serves in leadership roles on several nonprofit Boards of Directors including Harbor House and the Belhaven University School of Business Advisory Board.
Dan is CEO of 2Novas, a marketing agency for community banks, based in St. Louis, Missouri. Dan earned his MBA in Marketing and Strategy from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and also holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to 2Novas, Dan worked for a variety of ad tech startups and global agencies as a marketing and technology strategist. His prior clients include Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Bankrate, Liberty Mutual, and more.
In 2018, Dan founded 2Novas with the idea of making the Fortune 100 consulting methodology available to community banks and other financial institutions. 2Novas focuses on data-driven marketing, and enabling smaller institutions to utilize marketing technology to better compete with fintechs and megabanks, who are steadily eating away at the traditional institutions’ market share.
Dan and his wife, Christine, live in Webster Groves, Missouri with their two dogs, two cats, and two sons (the 2 in 2Novas!), and are continually cleaning their home. When he can find the time, Dan is a powerlifter, drummer, and can grill a mean burger.
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