It has been just over a month since we released the Bank Alerts feature and the new Bank Promotions section. In the last month we have fixed a few bugs. One in particular affected the bank alerts, and this resulted in some missed emails or duplicate emails in the first week or two. We think this bug has now been fixed. In addition to the bug fixes, we have also made some improvements.
As a reminder, Bank Alerts can keep you updated on rate changes and other news at your banks and credit unions. As I described in my Bank Alerts Introduction, you can have DepositAccounts.com send you email when your bank changes rates or offers new promotions, when there's a new blog post on your bank or when there's a new user bank review or comment in the forum.
Bank Alert Frequency
When we first released Bank Alerts, emails would be sent out daily if there were something new to report. With some banks like Ally making small rate cuts almost every day, the emails were overwhelming some users. To avoid email overload, you can change the alert frequency from daily to weekly. To change the notification frequency, log into DepositAccounts.com and select the Control Panel link above the main menu. On the bottom of the right sidebar, select "Edit Subscriptions". You can see all of your subscriptions here, and on the right column you can see the notification frequency. To change this setting, just select the bank and you can change the notifications to either daily or weekly.
If you have set notifications to weekly, you can still view the recent alerts. When you're logged into DepositAccounts.com and viewing your Control Panel, select "View Alerts" in the bottom of the right sidebar. When a change is identified, it will be logged immediately in this "View Alerts" page. The notification frequency only affects the emails that you receive. This "View Alerts" page can also be useful if something goes wrong in the email process (either on our end or on your end).
Reminder on How to Set a Bank Alert
To set a new Bank Alert, select the "Banks" in the main menu above and then select "Bank Alerts". Type in the name of your bank or credit union in the text box. This will take you to our hub page for that bank or credit union. On this page, there's a big blue button on the top right side that says "Receive Bank Alerts". If you're already logged into DepositAccounts.com, you won't have to enter your email address. If you're not logged in, make sure you use the same email address that you used when you created a DepositAccounts.com account. Otherwise, you'll have to create a new account if you want to manage the subscription.
Another thing that changed since we first released Bank Alerts is that we added promotions as another option to be notified on. When we find that a bank is offering a new promotion, we add it to our new Bank Promotions page (Page is available under "Banks" in the main menu). If you have promotions selected in your bank subscription, you'll receive an email about this new promotion. To learn more about our Bank Promotions page, please refer to my Bank Promotions Introduction.