How OTCQX Banks Can Communicate Effectively Through Crisis

As the past week has unraveled some clear indicators of a turbulent time ahead for banks, it is not the first time. Bank runs, liquidity issues, consolidations and other event viewed as a crisis have happened before and how to effectively communicate throughout the process has been well documented in history.

Effective communication is essential for banks during a financial crisis or turbulent times in the financial and banking markets. In such situations, people tend to become anxious, uncertain, and fearful about their financial stability. Thus, it is critical for banks to communicate with their customers, stakeholders, and the public to alleviate their fears and provide accurate and timely information. Effective communication can help prevent panic withdrawals, minimize the spread of misinformation, and restore trust in the banking system. By keeping customers informed about the bank’s financial condition, the steps being taken to mitigate risks, and the support available to them, banks can build stronger relationships with their customers and mitigate the impact of a financial crisis. Therefore, effective communication during turbulent times is crucial for banks to maintain their reputation, strengthen customer loyalty, and restore market confidence.

In addition, banks seeking to merge, be sold or purchase another bank during a crisis would keep this in mind when developing an effective communications strategy.

The team at Cervitude Intelligent Relations has developed a White Paper for OTCQX Banks, with a focus on how regional, smaller banks can navigate communicating in a crisis. The outline of the whitepaper is below and you can read and download the full version here: White Paper; How OTCQX Banks Can Communicate Effectively Through Crisis


  • Brief explanation of the importance of effective crisis communication for banks
  • Explanation of the purpose and target audience of the whitepaper

II. The Role of Effective Communication in Crisis Management

  • Explanation of the importance of clear, transparent, and timely communication during a crisis
  • Overview of the impact of effective crisis communication on stakeholder trust and confidence

III. Key Elements of Effective Crisis Communication

  • Importance of developing a crisis communication plan
  • Key elements of a crisis communication plan, including message development, communication channels, and stakeholder engagement
  • Strategies for developing and implementing effective crisis communication plans

IV. Communication Strategies for Different Stakeholders

  • Overview of key stakeholders in a crisis, including customers, employees, investors, regulators, and the media
  • Strategies for communicating with each stakeholder group, including tailored messaging and communication channels

V. Crisis Communication in the Digital Age

  • Explanation of the impact of social media and other digital communication channels on crisis communication
  • Strategies for effective crisis communication in the digital age, including social media monitoring and response, website updates, and email communication

VI. Best Practices and Lessons Learned

  • Overview of best practices for effective crisis communication in the banking industry
  • Examples of successful crisis communication strategies and tactics
  • Lessons learned from past crisis communication failures

VII. Conclusion

  • Recap of key points
  • Call to action for regional banks trading on the OTCQX Tier to prioritize effective crisis communication and implement best practices and strategies for navigating turbulent times.

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