Computerworld Names Citizens Financial Group a 2011 Honors Laureate: Citizens Financial Group has been cited as a 2011 Computerworld Honors Laureate for accessMobile, its breakthrough corporate mobile banking application. Through accessMobile’s easy-to-use and intuitive interface, Citizens Bank and Charter One cash management and commercial customers can approve pending transactions, view account history and transaction details, get current-day snapshots, perform intra-company funds transfers and receive alerts and bank mail wherever they are located — all from their mobile devices and in a secure environment. Computerworld named Citizens an Honors Laureate in the “Business Responsiveness” category, which recognizes the innovative use of information technology to improve business responsiveness to customer needs, the business environment or business challenges. The Computerworld Honors Program, now in its 23rd year, recognizes those organizations that create and use information technology to promote and advance the public welfare, benefit society and change the world for the better. AccessMobile is one in a series of “access”-branded offerings Citizens has developed specifically for the ease-of-use, flexibility and accessibility of banking functions for businesses. These products provide customers with 24/7 access — whenever and wherever they prefer — to the financial information they need to run their businesses better and more efficiently. Charter One is a division of RBS Citizens N.A., operating in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. It has approximately 370 branches and 600 ATMs. It has 108 branches and 121 ATMs in Michigan. RBS Citizens N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group Inc., a $132 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I. Citizens Financial Group is owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc.
Agency MartinJay Digital Wins Coveted Spot on List of Agencies to Watch: The Troy agency MartinJay Digital has won a spot on iMedia’s 2011 25 East Coast Agencies to Watch. The annual list aims to recognize the acomplishments of agencies that have advanced digital and interactive marketing through “big ideas, brilliant creative, cutting-edge technology and the passionate pursuit of excellence,” according to iMedia in its introduction of the list. IMedia pointed to MartinJAY’s work on RipIt Energy Drinks F-Bomb flavor and Levi’s platform for the brand’s Shape What’s To Come Campaign. The campaign includes an online community to connect like-minded women across the globe and empowers young women to create and share digital journals that show what they’re doing to shape the future. MartinJay’s RipIt Facebook app is targeted at males between the ages of 18 and 24. The app enables users to target their Facebook friend with four kinds of messages (F-Bombed Props, F-Bombing Invites, Everyday F-Bombs and F-Bombing Smack Talk). Each category has 15 different message options to choose from. Once a message has been selected, the user can post it on the receiver’s Facebook wall or send as a private message. MartinJay Digital “created a straightforward, clever Facebook app that is an extension of the product name and an obvious winner for the audience,” iMedia said in its “Agencies to Watch” feature. More at www.martinjaydigital.com.
EPS Security Staff Recognized by Top Trade Association: Amy Jo Feliciano, Central Station Manager of Grand-Rapids-based Engineered Protection Systems Inc., has been named Central Station Manager of the Year by the Central Station Alarm Association, the security industry’s largest trade organization. Feliciano has managed EPS Security’s Central Station (www.epssecurity.com/services/monitoring) operations for nearly 13 years and has 17 years of total service at the Company. The CSAA awards program is often referred to as the “Oscars” of the security industry; Feliciano was chosen as top central station manager for 2010 out of a field that included 48 of the nation’s largest security companies. Also nominated for CSAA awards this year were EPS Security employees Lisa Jeffries, Assistant Manager, and Dielle Holmberg, Central Station Operator. EPS Security currently ranks among the top-30 largest security companies in the United States. More at www.EpsSecurity.com