No More Credit Cards, Cash, or Checks? Oh My!

By Preston Packer |

Jun

17

In The Wizard of Oz, a simple farm girl living her normal black and white life gets transported by force to a bright and colorful new world where things she never expected were possible. Most people who know the story would argue that the storm opened up something good for her that she would've missed out on without the shove. COVID-19 came in like a storm and the changes that we've been forced to make as a result may not all be bad. The last few months have pushed a lot of folks to try things they might never have before, like grocery delivery, Zoom calls, and digital payments. While these types of services may have once been ignored by some, that storm has pushed a lot of us into a new reality.

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Digital Payment Adoption Gives an Edge to Credit Unions

By Preston Packer |

Jun

11

 

With a surge in demand and adoption of digital payments, including mobile person-to-person (P2P) payments, why are credit unions so ideally suited to benefit from this change? The keys can be found in the credit union difference.

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Is Digital Banking the Death of Cash?

By Preston Packer |

Jun

03

Money makes the world go round, but where we once exchanged gold and silver for goods and services, we're now clicking and tapping our phones. Are we witnessing the death of cash? It is estimated that by the year 2024, non-cash transactions will nearly double from 2019. In addition, the number of people who made sure they always had cash on hand fell from 60% in 2015 to 53% in 2018. These trends lead to the same conclusion: we need to invest in smarter ways to exchange funds that meet the demands of the modern consumer, and digital banking is likely the answer.

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What to Do When Lobbies are Closed

By Preston Packer |

Apr

28

Through no choice of their own, credit unions across the country have been forced to shutter their doors, left struggling with the "now what?" conundrum of trying to continue serving members with the same dedication and personal service as always. Members are traveling on a high-speed learning curve of how to accomplish their to-do lists, while not actually going anywhere. New services and options are popping up everywhere. COVID-19 has pushed companies--and people--to adapt quickly and try new things. The adoption curve is being forced to shift, and now is the time to show members that you already have the services they need.

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Member Onboarding when Branches are Closed

By Preston Packer |

Apr

16

We are in uncharted territory as a result of the COVID-19 spread in the US. Depending on the state, your credit union is likely modifying normal daily operations to allow for safe social distancing, or in states like New York and California, closing branches completely for the foreseeable future. But, in this time of financial uncertainty, many Americans will be looking to their financial institutions for guidance and options. We know that a key piece of a long-term member/CU relationship lies in the first few months, so it's important that we adapt and show new members we are there for them now and in the future. How can we do this without those in-person interactions we rely on? We rely on our technology and our people.

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Member Awareness 101: In 10 Steps

By Preston Packer |

Apr

08

Making members aware of Credit Union digital products & services is half the battle. Members will use the tools that they know about and when branch hours are limited or eliminated members need to be aware of their options. When people are coming into the branch less frequently, be sure to keep sharing messaging in other ways to keep them aware of your offering.

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Credit Scores for Free: Can Your Members View Theirs?

By Preston Packer |

Feb

04

A recent study shows that 1 in 5 Americans ages 20-29, don’t know their credit score. Knowing your credit score is an important, personal, financial matter that can have a huge impact on a person’s life. But to be honest, most people don’t think to look it up until they need a loan. They are also (mistakenly) afraid to look it up because they’re worried that by doing so, it will hurt their score. And then, some just don’t want to pay the costs associated with looking it up. However, today it is increasingly common for many different types of locations and products to offer people a look at their score for free. Is your credit union one of them?

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Design Your Credit Union Around THIS Member

By Preston Packer |

May

14

Baby Boomers were once the ultimate buyer, and the target market of banks and CUs, as well as industries across the board. Now, a new generation is soon to be the biggest player in the market: Millennials. This generation will become the largest group of first time home buyers, and by the year 2020, they will control $7 trillion of U.S. assets. Among all the generations, there is the biggest gap between Boomers and Millennials as their values, habits, and interests are very different. This has spurred a lot of change for businesses, as they need to adjust several facets of their operations to fit the needs of this new generation. It has reached the point where this change is inevitable, and those who ignore the needs of Millennials will lose out to the competition. Here’s how you can redesign your credit union to fit the needs of the ever elusive Millennial member.

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The Top Banking Trends in 2019

By Preston Packer |

May

08

Not too long ago, there was a lot of skepticism associated with digital banking. Many assumed it was not secure, and even more people would not have considered a digital-only model for their credit union. Today the financial landscape is changing, and rather than being skeptical of digital, people are becoming impatient with traditional banking institutions… particularly Millennials. Younger generations are demonstrating their lack of trust in the traditional banking system at an unprecedented rate. Here are trends financial institutions can expect in 2019.

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How Digital Lending Helps Small Credit Unions

By Preston Packer |

Jan

23

In 2015, just 7% of banking services were completed on digital platforms from start to finish. While the credit union industry has made great strides in the last few years, there is still a lack of digital options for members. This can be a huge deterrent for members especially when digital lending isn't offered. Some small credit unions might be under the impression that they won’t benefit from digital lending platforms due to the demographics of their membership or for budget constraint reasons. However, it has been proven to help many small CUs in crucial ways. Here are some questions small credit unions should keep in mind when considering digital lending platforms.

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