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François Rychlewski, V.P of Sales EMEA at SheerID, is an experienced Regional Sales Director with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry in companies like Oracle, Adobe, Marketo. He is also skilled in Digital Strategy, Sales, Software Industry, Management, and Software as a Service (SaaS).

Be able to elevate people in a new position, partnering with them to raise their level of expertise by either coaching them or by working with them on sales methodology and strategy.



MEDIA 7: What inspired you to pursue a successful career in sales and development?
FRANCOIS RYCHLEWSKI:
Being in sales wasn’t the objective that I had in mind after graduating with an M.A in Marketing & Communication. Working within large organizations in the marketing department became a challenge as I couldn’t understand the support of the sales org. needed from us to succeed. I naturally decided to experience the other side to become a sales representative, in order to better understand the challenges, the issues, and the needs that the job would require.
From that moment, I did not come back to marketing and I evolved in sales org. since 1999.

My job today is different than 23 years ago and I’m now focused on helping companies to grow in EMEA, structure sales and business development organizations, and partner with existing and new customers in our joint sales success. The same thing is still there though. Helping customers to solve issues by bringing added value solutions. From my experiences at Oracle, Adobe, Marketo, or now SheerID, the common denominator is added value and it was always what made me move from one experience to another. Sharing the knowledge to a new generation of Sales Executive is the other trigger. Be able to elevate people in a new position, partnering with them to raise their level of expertise by either coaching them or by working with them on sales methodology and strategy.

Last but not least is to contribute to successfully kick-off the EMEA organization, sometimes from scratch. It’s exciting! I joined SheerID in November 2020 and we now have a team of 12 across sales, pre-sales, marketing, product, business development and we opened an office in London. We continue to grow to deliver the best service for our customers and partners which is motivating for me.


M7: How does SheerID help brands use identity marketing to drive leads?
FR:
We recognize that consumers are increasingly seeking authentic, and personalized experiences from brands that they trust. In fact, our research shows that 81% of consumers need to be able to trust a brand before they can buy from them. This is achieved by recognizing and celebrating a consumers’ identity. SheerID helps hundreds of leading brands, like Spotify, The Economist, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, use identity marketing to reach 2.5 billion consumers worldwide. With our identity marketing platform, brands can create personalized, exclusive shopping experiences, to engage and reward their most coveted consumer communities based on their identity, whether they are students, teachers, healthcare professionals, or other consumer communities.

Identity marketing empowers brands to acquire more customers by creating strong emotional connections, which lends itself to nurturing their loyalty with authentic experiences, whilst also protecting their margins as only eligible consumers can redeem the offers. Again, this increases the appeal of an offer and adds that extra layer of exclusivity to consumers. In a study by Forrester Consulting, 88% of marketers said if they could align campaigns with more meaningful attributes, it would make their companies more successful. Identity marketing presents growth opportunities for brands.


By improving digital experiences, organizations can see the positive impact on their bottom line in terms of increased conversions, loyalty, and ultimately, customer retention.



M7: What do you think is essential to stay competitive in a market that is going through constant digitalization?
FR:
This really builds on the points raised earlier. In today’s digital world, it is vital to provide connected, personalized, and optimized experiences to consumers but not at the expense of their privacy. Our research indicates that 84% of the consumers want more control over how their data is being used.  Brands have an opportunity to build trust, gain real insight into their customers, build meaningful relationships, and really nurture their deeper brand loyalty. When brands do that they appeal to a consumers’ identity and emotions. By improving digital experiences, organizations can see the positive impact on their bottom line in terms of increased conversions, loyalty, and ultimately, customer retention.


M7: How do you generate leads? What is the process of lead generation at SheerID?
FR:
Lead generation is so important to get right, especially in the age of information overload. People are inundated with information, they are more connected and socially influential than ever, so it is critical to cut through the noise and find creative ways to reach potential customers. At SheerID, we see the lead generation process as a journey, from the initial stage when we educate prospects around our solutions, to nurturing their interest and converting them to actual customers. In fact, I’ll add one more step: we strive for reaching the stage of advocacy – this is really where our relationship with a customer we partner extends to the point where they are uniquely placed to directly influence the strategic direction of our product roadmap.

Let me walk you through our approach to lead generation. We recognize that people might be at different stages in their buying process so initially, we may contribute to articles or do an interview like this one, write a blog, seek speaking opportunities at industry events, and more, to introduce our brand and build connections with potential customers. This then opens up opportunities to educate further and dive deeper into the benefits that can be gained from identity marketing through whitepapers, webinars, or events. Ultimately, we want to meet our future buyers when they’re ready and demonstrate to them how our platform adds value, and how they can be successful in implementing identity marketing programs, backed by the powerful success stories of the 100’s of brands we help worldwide.

This is not necessarily a linear process, ultimately, lead generation is a 2-way process. I truly believe that today’s buyers are self-directed, they will engage when they are ready so it’s about recognizing the intent signals, offering them relevant content, and nurturing that relationship until they are ready to engage further.


Contribute to successfully kick-off the EMEA organization, sometimes from scratch. It’s exciting!



M7: How does SheerID ensure that sales teams understand and present their products in an engaging manner?
FR:
Having the same message shared by everyone is important to keep consistency. At SheerID we invest at an early stage of the onboarding process to be sure our sales will understand not just how the product works but more importantly, what value the solution could bring to solve a situation or replace a competitor. We do not sell features otherwise we compete at a low level of discussion which - most of the time - results in fighting only on price without discussing value at all.

What we try to achieve is to position our platform at a higher level on how we could help companies to deliver more revenue, reduce fraud, and increase conversation and customer lifetime value (CLTV). Sales tend to speak the same language as our customers. We trained them on challenges, vertical pains, and how to measure success. Following sales process and sales methodology in addition to a strong onboarding program are some of our keys to succeeding in a highly competitive environment.


M7: If you could, what would you advise aspiring sales and development professionals about the industry today?
FR:
There are no easy sales. You would need the same energy and most of the time, the same time to prove your value and sign a large or a small deal. There is no small deal in fact, outside of the value of the deal itself. Every deal is crucial for us because it’s a win on how we could help the company to achieve its goals. And if learning from success is important, learning from a loss is even more crucial. What can be done differently next time, what did we miss in the sales process, etc.

My advice would be to always look into the detail, always try to collect as many points of view as possible. It's easy to be single-threaded in a sales relationship but going out of the comfort zone by engaging more, discussing more, challenging the status quo more is what makes the difference between good sales and an A-Player.

ABOUT SHEERID

SheerID is the leader in identity marketing. With SheerID, brands identify and acquire consumer communities — such as the military, students, teachers, and more — with personalized offers, gated by instant verification from the largest set of authoritative data worldwide. SheerID verifies over 2.5 billion people via 9,000 authoritative data sources; provides global insights from hundreds of the world’s leading brands, and never shares or sells customer data. As a result, the world’s biggest brands — including Amazon, The Home Depot, Spotify, and T-Mobile — rely on SheerID as their identity marketing partner. Founded in 2011, SheerID is backed by Voyager Capital, Arnold Venture Group, Brighton Park Capital, Centana Growth Partners, and CVC Growth Partners.

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MoneyLion Inc., the go-to destination for personalized financial content, products and advice, and Zogo, a Gen Z-powered financial literacy company, announced their collaboration today that will provide enhanced financial education to over three million MoneyLion users. The partnership offers an essential blend of holistic and technological innovation that for many years has been left out of the banking and education industries. This is Zogo's largest integration with a Fintech platform since its conception in 2018. The two digital-first companies are teaming up to create crucial content and a seamless experience for users via a co-branded design effort of modules. MoneyLion customers can now easily access Zogo's bite-sized education modules within the MoneyLion app's "Today Feed" content. The Today Feed is a key element on MoneyLion that brings together the power of community, data, knowledge and expertise to help educate and empower customers to find the best products and offers for them. Consumers will be able to make more informed, responsible financial decisions based on the education they receive every day. Skills users can learn from Zogo include, but not limited to: investing, saving, budgeting, credit scores, applying for loans, entrepreneurship, etc. With the implementation of Zogo, MoneyLion is changing the conversation around money, making it a positive one and reaching customers where they are by providing an essential and engaging educational experience. "At MoneyLion, we think about our customers each day and want to provide them with the tools and know-how to become money savvy in a way that's approachable and fun, "Together with Zogo and through MoneyLion's data science and machine learning capabilities, each customer will receive a unique lineup of content and information, and the tools necessary to help them achieve their money goals, and at the same time, have the confidence to improve their financial health with a hyper-personalized in-app feed." - Tim Hong, Chief Product Officer at MoneyLion Partnering with a premiere [neobank] such as MoneyLion is a pivotal step toward Zogo's goal to bolster investor education for consumers' prosperous financial futures, This is one of our biggest leaps in the Fintech space, driving us closer to our overall mission of reinventing financial education than ever before, said Bolun Li, CEO at Zogo. Shyam Pradheep, Zogo's Head of Operations adds, It's been unbelievable to watch and be a part of Zogo's growth journey from our roots in dorm rooms and dining halls to now joining forces with a Fintech giant like MoneyLion. Our partnership unlocks opportunities for financial education and success for users across the country, and we can't wait to reach new heights together. About Zogo Created in 2018 in a dorm room at Duke University by three college students, Zogo has since flourished into an industry leader in financial education. Its award-winning suite of products offer bite-size modules and tangible incentives to make financial literacy education accessible, fun, and rewarding. Zogo partners with 200+ financial institutions in all 50 U.S. states to help them educate, engage, and empower the next generation of financial decision-makers. Zogo's engaging app has garnered nearly one million users and won numerous industry accolades, including "Best of Show" at Finovate Fall 2019 and the NACUSO 2019 Next Big Idea Competition. Bolun Li, Founder & CEO of Zogo, was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2021. Li recently appeared on NBC News Now and FOX 7 Austin to discuss the criticalness of financial literacy. Li's work has also been featured in Forbes, INSIDER, The Financial Brand, EdTech Digest, The Learning Counsel, and more. About MoneyLion MoneyLion is a leading digital financial services and lifestyle content platform. MoneyLion's mission is to rewire the financial system to positively change the path of every hard-working American. MoneyLion uses its proprietary data advantage and technology to empower its customers. MoneyLion engages and educates its customers with daily, hyper-personalized money-related and money-adjacent content that is delivered through each customer's own content feed. MoneyLion provides its customers a full suite of financial and non-financial solutions, bundling its proprietary, low-cost financial products with products that are offered through its marketplace technology and network affiliate partners. MoneyLion also leverages its distinct data, technology, and network advantages to deliver leading embedded finance and marketplace solutions for enterprise customers. Since its founding in 2013, MoneyLion has empowered millions of Americans to take control of their finances and live their best financial life, every day.

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CORPORATE EDUCATION AND TRAINING

AIME Launches New Training Program, the AIME Academy, for the Wholesale Mortgage Community

Association of Independent Mortgage Experts | August 05, 2022

The Association of Independent Mortgage Experts (AIME), a non-profit, national trade membership association which supports wholesale mortgage professionals, announced its new training program, the AIME Academy. The AIME Academy’s launch showcases two brand new training programs – the Loan Officer Assistant Training Program and the Processor: Level 100 Training Program – both designed to provide entry-level training for learners without prior mortgage industry knowledge. “The AIME Academy was created to specifically help Broker Owners and small broker shops, who often lack critical training support in-house, Our association is committed to helping our members effectively scale their businesses, and in order for the broker channel to continue to grow, we need to provide the tools and resources that make it easier for their businesses to thrive.” -Katie Sweeney, CEO of AIME Loan Officer Assistant Training Program The Loan Officer Assistant Training Program is tailored to provide the basics of the mortgage industry and its history, while teaching the responsibilities and expectations of the average wholesale LOA. This self-paced program also highlights the basic requirements from the Fannie Mae, FHA, HUD, VA, and USDA selling guides, and is designed to support wholesale brokerages as part of their internal training processes. Processor: Level 100 Training Program The Processor: Level 100 Training Program is the first level of a multi-tier processor training plan, teaching aspiring processors how to analyze initial loan data. Trainees will be able to determine eligibility, including income, property, assets, and credit. This 10-hour competitive syllabus takes learners through five in-depth courses, covering lender regulations, guidelines, IPAC, and various workflows- all specifically designed for the wholesale mortgage channel. Program learners can work at their own pace towards the next level of certification and all graduates earn skill badges and a completion certificate. Both training programs are available immediately in the AIME Academy with additional courses available in the coming months. This program is intended to be a game-changer for anyone who wants to step into the wholesale mortgage industry. The nation’s leading mortgage experts developed the coursework for the training program guaranteeing that learners will excel in the fast-paced world of wholesale mortgage lending, adds Mike Cox, AIME’s Vice President of Education. About Association of Independent Mortgage Experts The Association of Independent Mortgage Experts (AIME) is a non-profit, national trade membership association created exclusively for independent mortgage brokers. With over 65,000 members, AIME is committed to establishing a community of independent mortgage experts by creating an association that empowers them with unparalleled technology, continued education, and networking support necessary to successfully advise consumers nationwide with their residential mortgage needs. AIME operates with a growth-focused strategy, providing tools and resources to propel the wholesale channel beyond a 25% share of the mortgage market in 2022 and beyond.

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