Create a Better Member Experience: Open Banking APIs

By Preston Packer |

Feb

09

Whether it's a credit union, community bank, or national bank, open banking has transformed how people perform financial transactions. Highlighted by innovative and integrated apps, open banking is made possible through application programming interfaces (APIs). In the most simple sense, an API is a software intermediary that allows two different applications—such as your credit union core processing system and a third-party app—to seamlessly communicate.

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Why Open Banking APIs Are Essential For Credit Unions

By Preston Packer |

Feb

04

Though face-to-face interactions have always been more personal, credit union members today are leaning more towards digital interactions. Whether it's due to the pandemic or advances in technology, there is no one clear-cut cause. But it's the reality credit unions need to face and accept. For example, a recent study showed that between December 2020 and May 2021, 95% of Gen Z used mobile banking. And according to the Credit Union Journal, "70% of likely bank account applicants would prefer to submit a digital application." So whatever type of banking a credit union member is interested in, it's important for them to be able to conduct their business online if they so desire. Application programming interfaces (APIs) can help make that possible.

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The Future is Now: Improve Your Credit Union at the Core

By Preston Packer |

Feb

01

In the fast-paced world of banking, you can either change or get left behind. And far too often, credit unions have defaulted to the latter by failing to embrace the rapid pace of technological change. Instead, many credit unions have attempted to remain competitive by delivering world-class member service and valuable relationship-based banking.

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The Impact of New Technology for Credit Unions

By Preston Packer |

Jan

26

In today's digital age, virtually all credit unions face one glaring concern: how to maintain the valuable face-to-face relationship-based banking that members have come to expect while offering the cutting-edge digital tools younger members demand. In addition to finding the right mix, the capital investment required to make this transition has often helped justify kicking the proverbial can down the road. That was until COVID-19 escalated digital transformation from a nice-to-have into a must-have. Fortunately, Eastern Utah Community Credit Union (EUCCU) already had the plans and groundwork in place to seamlessly make the transition. 

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Budgeting for Success with Digital Transformation

By Preston Packer |

Jan

18

Digital transformation is no longer a buzzword that all the cool financial institutions are using. Instead, COVID-19 has escalated it from a nice-to-have, wishful thinking strategy into a must-have for credit unions to remain competitive. At the very heart of any effective digital transformation is a metamorphosis that transforms how your credit union interacts with members. In the act of doing so, it should modernize and simplify processes while generating efficiencies and improving KPIs, such as the credit union's efficiency ratio. While COVID-19 has escalated the importance of digital transformation, it has also highlighted key problems credit unions face.

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The Value of New Technology in 2022 and Beyond

By Preston Packer |

Jan

12

The past 18 months have brought unexpected challenges to credit unions of all sizes. The severity of these challenges varies by credit union and some peer groups were more affected than others. Digital transformation became a real topic, instead of wishful thinking or “clickbait” for marketing companies. We quickly learned which credit unions were prepared for a digital transformation and those that were not.

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The Keys to Effective Organic Loan Growth

By Preston Packer |

Jan

06

Credit union loan balances are growing steadily, increasing from 5.3% in 2020. Experts predict loans to escalate 9% each year in 2022 and 2023 after the economy returns to normal, infrastructure expenditure begins, and unemployment levels decrease. As loan balances continue to rise, credit unions are searching for strategies to increase direct lending that will boost profits and set the stage for cross-sales.

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Understanding Credit Union Efficiency Ratio for 2022

By Preston Packer |

Jan

04

In the credit union and the banking industry, the importance of numbers can't be overstated. Whether it's net new deposits, loan growth, member retention rate, or any other credit union metric, your institution's story can often be told by the numbers. However, few key performance indicators can be as indicative of the financial health and resiliency of your credit union as the efficiency ratio. Let's take a deeper dive into the importance of the efficiency ratio.

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How to Analyze and Optimize Your Credit Union's 2022 Growth Strategy

By Preston Packer |

Dec

29

As the financial world fully embraces the digital-first approach, credit unions are unique in that physical branches still act as an important component of the growth strategy. Whether it's seasoned credit union members valuing face-to-face interactions with tellers or younger members looking for personalized guidance in purchasing a first home, there will almost always be a place for credit union branch transactions—as long as there is a space. Let's take a closer look at a few ways credit unions can incorporate the branch into your 2022's growth strategy and optimize every square inch for maximum ROI.

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2022 Planning Priorities for Credit Union Growth

By Preston Packer |

Dec

01

It's simple: Those who fail to plan are planning to fail. While this may not be a surprise or foreign concept, not all planning is created equal. As you begin entering strategic planning for the upcoming year, here are three key goals that should be on your credit union's roadmap.

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