How to sit down with your competition’s employees and get them to spill their guts!
Every payday loan, title loan and installment loan business owner needs information. Want to know what your competition is doing?
Want to know what’s working for other payday loan, title loan and installment lenders in your area?
Thinking of starting a loan business but you’re not sure of where to begin?
Sit down with your competition’s employees and allow them to spill their guts.
Try Craigslist.com. Run an ad. Here’s how to get the dirt on the competition…
Here’s a free template you may use to start:
LOAN REPRESENTATIVE & AREA MANAGER
YOUR COMPANY NAME Loans is a short-term consumer finance company specializing in car title and payday loans.
We are currently seeking a Loan Representative & an Area Manager to join our growing company and work in our YOUR CITY office.
We are actively recruiting candidates that are looking for a career opportunity with our company. We value the relationships we have cultivated in the communities we serve and expect our employees to be an example of honesty and respect when dealing with them.
YOUR COMPANY NAME Loans has a special approach to business and we only desire experienced candidates that can step up and work towards the exceptional customer service and image we represent.
Daily Responsibilities to include:
• Providing customer service in person as well as over the phone.
• Processing loans and payments.
• Outbound collection calls.
• Managing defaulted accounts.
• Daily reporting.
• Daily deposits (no cash handling required).
• Handling heavy phone volume.
• General office duties.
To be considered eligible for our Loan Representative or Area Manager positions, you must meet the following requirements:
• 12+ months experience with a PDL/title lender (We guarantee we’ll be discreet).
• Excellent customer service skills.
• Computer proficient with full understanding of basic operating systems.
• Basic math skills.
• Excellent communication and organizational skills.
• Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.
• Ability to handle heavy phone volume.
• Ability to advance and make serious $$.
And, when I’m lucky enough to get a superior candidate, I often hire, collaborate or at least pay them a couple of hundred bucks for their time. It just feels right.
Wondering why payday loan ads are still showing in Google Adwords?
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I just checked my Google search results for “payday loan” on both my cell phones, my laptops, my desktop computers and my iPad. Payday loan ads are still showing. [Confession: I owe Check-N-Go roughly $12 because I clicked on their Google PPC ad. SORRY!]
Google delayed implementation of their new Google PPC adwords program an additional week. And, they’re “rolling it out” in a piecemeal fashion.
Here’s a link to Google’s official Policy Page: Google Payday Loan Adwords Policy.
In a nutshell, this is big brother Google’s payday loan guidelines:
- When promoting financial services and products, you must comply with state and local regulations for any region that your ads target — for example, include specific disclosures required by local law.
- Your ad may be disapproved for:
- Failure to provide legitimate contact information for a physical location for the business being promoted
- Failure to disclose associated fees
- Failure to include links to third-party accreditation or endorsement where affiliation is asserted or implied, particularly when it serves to improve the reputation of the site
Personal Loans: Google defines personal loans as “lending money from one individual, organization, or entity to an individual consumer on a non-recurring basis, not for the purpose of financing purchase of a fixed asset or education. Personal loan consumers require information about the quality, features, fees, risks, and benefits of loan products in order to make informed decisions about whether to undertake the loan.”
- Examples: Payday loans, title loans, pawnshops
- Not included:: Mortgages, car loans, student loans, revolving lines of credit (such as credit cards, personal lines of credit)
“Advertisers for personal loans must prominently disclose additional information on their destination site or app.”
- Your ad may be disapproved for:
- Failure to provide minimum and maximum period for repayment
- Failure to provide maximum Annual Percentage Rate (APR), which generally includes interest rate plus fees and other costs for a year, or similar other rate calculated consistently with local law. [What about tribe – sovereign nation lenders?]
- Failure to display a representative example of the total cost of the loan, including all applicable fees
- We want to protect our users from deceptive or harmful financial products.
- We do not allow the promotion of:
Personal loans which require repayment in full in 60 days or less from the date the loan is issued (we refer to these as “Short-term personal loans”). This policy applies to advertisers who offer loans directly, lead generators, and those who connect consumers with third-party lenders.
High APR Personal Loans
- “In the United States, we do not allow ads for personal loans where the Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is 36% or higher. Advertisers for personal loans in the United States must display their maximum APR, calculated consistently with the Truth in Lending Act (TILA).This policy applies to advertisers who make loans directly, lead generators, and those who connect consumers with third-party lenders.”
So… what about tribe payday lenders? What has Google decided is their fate?
Should non-bank debt purchasers who buy loan portfolios from Fintech, tribe payday lenders, and national banks make certain the usury rates of these portfolios do not exceed State maximum interest rates? Do these portfolios require lower valuations when the borrowers reside in the Second Circuit (Connecticut, New York and Vermont)? Will access to credit to residents of these States be impeded? Should these original lenders maintain valid economic interests in these loan portfolios when assigned or sold?
Payday Loan Lending
By Jer Trihouse. The battle between the CFPB and payday lenders is not yet decided. It appears the members of the U.S. House of Representatives understand how important access to credit is for consumers throughout America!
It’s refreshing to witness the heroic efforts by our representatives in the House against unelected CFPB bureaucrats and their draconian efforts to place credit restrictions on consumers for solving their daily financial challenges.
FISCA represents the thousands of small mom and pop payday loan operators offering short-term, small dollar loans to their clients.
Having actually visited payday loan stores in California, Nevada and Tennessee recently (unlike any CFPB employee), I can attest to the fact that consumers are scared. They are VERY worried that they will no longer have access to a $300 – $1000 payday loan from thier local loan center when facing a financial emergency.
Payday Lenders Win
Per Ed D’Alessio, FiSCA’s Executive Director, “By passing H.R. 5485 and rejecting the Sewell-Waters Amendment, this bipartisan group of lawmakers took an important step in keeping critical and often lifesaving lines of credit open for hard-working Americans.”
“H.R. 5485 requires the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to pause the implementation of the proposed federal rules governing small dollar lending in America, an extensive and economically devastating regulation that would deny access to short-term credit options to millions of Americans.”
Financial Service Centers Of America Statement In Response To H.R. 5485 And Sewell-Waters Amendment Votes
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Financial Service Centers of America (FiSCA), the national trade association representing 5,000-member financial service center locations around the U.S., issued the following statement today in response to the votes on H.R. 5485, the FY 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, and the Sewell-Waters Amendment #17: “We applaud the… Continue Reading >>
In February, I was given the unlikely opportunity to testify before Congress on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed small-dollar lending rule.
My testimony was unlikely because I grew up in public housing, spent time in federal prison for selling drugs – and I’m a satisfied customer of the payday lending industry.
Now with the CFBP officially releasing its proposed rule on June 2, a rule that will threaten access to small-dollar loans for millions of Americans just like me, I felt compelled to tell my story and make sure others know the true value these loans have for people in need of short term credit.
Mine is a true success story and I owe a great deal of it to the payday lending industry.
Without the payday and title loans I was able to get, nothing that I have been able to achieve would have happened.
Ten years ago, I started a commercial cleaning business, Imperial Cleaning Systems, Inc. in my hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. Today I have…
Read Robert Sherrill’s full story here on The Hill, the U.S. Congress Blog:
Here’s a shorter link via Google if you need it: http://goo.gl/GqTZL3
Mr. Sherrill’s story is amazing! Forward this email to EVERYONE. Help our industry.
Thank You, Jer – Trihouse