Bad press has been dogging Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) a little more than usual lately thanks to the testimony of a handful of former employees in a lawsuit in progress concerning the big bank’s treatment of mortgage borrowers seeking refinancing of their loans. Together with a recent survey showing the appallingly low regard in which the general public holds B of A, it’s a wonder that the bank has any business at all.
But, just as no one person or company is perfect, so it is that none are all bad, either. Here is one survey of public opinion that shows that, despite all the negativity surrounding Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC), many Americans have noticed the efforts the big bank has been making to clean up its act — and are giving credit where credit is due.
Four big banks on the “Improvers” list
YouGov BrandIndex, a research firm that measures public sentiment and perceptions regarding major companies and their brand, recently released its 2013 Top U.S. Buzz Improvers list. These companies were considered to have improved their brand perception appreciably in the first half of the year, and it’s notable that four of the 10 companies listed are big banks.
In addition to Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC), Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) , and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) also made the grade, and it’s interesting to note that there a couple of common threads, here. Overall, the site gives credit to the improving U.S. economy in general and an improvement in the sentiment toward the financial sector in particular as reasons for the banks’ new, less tarnished image.
Another factor that seems to have been given some weight in the poll is the fact that most of these banks have launched public relations campaigns designed to improve their reputations with the public. B of A’s newest image-polishing promotion was mentioned, as well as JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM)’s own “So You Can” advertising campaign. Even Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) aired a “We Are Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS)” TV ad, pushing its investment expertise. Though No. 1 improver Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS) did not seem to follow this type of strategy, it was noted that the firm made the top 100 in Fortune’s “Best Companies to Work For” list for 2013.