CMO Unplugged: The Art and Science of Marketing in the Future



FEATURING: Melissa Stevens, Executive Vice President and CMO of Fifth Third Bank

In today’s rapidly evolving financial landscape, marketing has become a crucial driver of success for banks and credit unions. As consumer expectations shift and digital disruption accelerates, the role of the Chief Marketing Officer has never been more critical – or more complex.

I was joined by Melissa Stevens, Executive Vice President and CMO of Fifth Third Bank at this year’s Financial Brand Forum. We explore the art and science of modern marketing in the banking industry. Melissa also shares her insights on how Fifth Third is reimagining customer engagement, leveraging data analytics to drive personalization, and aligning marketing strategies with broader organizational objectives.

Finally, she discusses the challenges of stemming ‘silent attrition’ in the face of increasing competition from fintechs and digital neobanks.

Prefer to read the conversation? Check out the edited Q&A here.


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In each Banking Transformed podcast, host Jim Marous has candid conversations with the world’s foremost leaders on what it takes to transform financial institutions during an age of digital disruption. His guests discuss technology, channels, innovation, customer experience, leadership, culture and competitive forces that are changing the banking industry faster than ever before.


Jim Marous Profile PictureNamed as one of the most influential people in banking, Jim Marous is an internationally recognized financial industry strategist, co-publisher of The Financial Brand and the owner and CEO of the Digital Banking Report. The Digital Banking Report is a subscription-based publication that provides deep insights into the digitization of banking, with over 150 reports in the digital archive available to subscribers.

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