AKRON, Ohio, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstMerit (Nasdaq: FMER) announced today that it has launched its free account Alerts, which provide instant customer notifications via text and email. Customers can set Alerts to their personal needs, receiving notifications regarding their account status, activity, transactions, balance thresholds, payment due dates and much more. Retail and Business accounts and products that are eligible for Alerts include checking, savings, money market, HSAs, credit cards, lines of credit, installment loans and mortgage accounts. Users may also choose to be alerted whenever personal information has been changed or if various activities take place within online banking, such as email or password changes.
Business customers can receive Alerts via email and Retail customers may choose either email and/or text.
"FirstMerit is excited to give our customers greater control over their finances," says Julie C. Tutkovics, chief marketing officer at FirstMerit. "Customers can customize alerts to be sent at specific account levels, dates and other specific mileposts. This summer, we will be adding the ability to transfer funds between accounts via text message. For example, if you get an alert telling you that your checking account is down to a specific amount, you will be able to transfer funds from a savings or other deposit account to bring your account to the dollar amount you want."Alerts are free of charge, although text message fees from a customer's phone provider may apply. Customers should check with their cell phone provider for details. To sign up for Alerts, simply select the Alerts link in the Accounts tab within FirstMerit's Online Banking. Retail customers can be alerted via email or text and business customers can receive Alerts via email. To learn more go to firstmerit.com/alerts. About FirstMerit FirstMerit Corporation is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with assets of $14.7 billion as of March 31, 2012 and 205 banking offices and 213 ATMs in Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and Chicago, Illinois areas. FirstMerit provides a complete range of banking and other financial services to consumers and businesses through its core operations. FirstMerit was named a 2011 Greenwich Associates Small Business Banking Excellence Award winner in two national categories, Financial Stability and Treasury Management – Customer Service, and was recognized for Treasury Management – Overall Satisfaction in the Midwest for Middle Market Banking. Principal wholly-owned subsidiaries include: FirstMerit Bank, N.A., FirstMerit Mortgage Corporation, FirstMerit Title Agency, Ltd., and FirstMerit Community Development Corporation. FirstMerit Corporation Media Contact: Robert Townsend/Media Relations Officer Phone: 330.384.7075 SOURCE FirstMerit Corporation