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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20% of Financial Institutions Are Missing Out On This Major Feature

By Preston Packer |

Dec

12

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston conducted studies earlier this year that produced shocking results. After polling 565 financial institutions, it was revealed that 20% do not offer mobile banking. 14% of respondents also noted that they have no intention of offering mobile banking any time soon. In a world that’s so focused on mobile, it may come as a surprise that some banks and credit unions are so uninterested in offering mobile banking solutions. Here are 3 reason why digital banking is worth the investment.

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Must-Have Features to Include in Your Credit Union's Website

By Preston Packer |

Nov

15

Any business in the modern era needs a website. People turn to the internet to find the products and services they need and those who don’t have a website lose out on significant opportunities. However, just having a website isn’t enough. Outdated sites not supported on mobile devices, or those that load slowly will deter members, not to mention lower your credit union's rank in the all-important eyes of Google. Studies have shown that if a user’s attention isn’t captured within 7 seconds, they will leave the website. Thus, the first impression is critical. For credit unions, there are some specific considerations when building or redesigning a website and must-have features to include:

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Marketing Strategies for Your Credit Union's 2019 Roadmap

By Preston Packer |

Nov

01

Many credit unions have the best of intentions to create and launch amazing marketing campaigns, but when things get busy throughout the year, marketing is oftentimes the first thing to fade into the background. Now that 2019 is almost here, it’s time to start planning for next year’s marketing initiatives. If your credit union finds that marketing gets pushed off to the side each year, it may be more effective to commit to a few key elements rather than creating an exhaustive plan that will be difficult to manage. Here are 3 key items that will give your credit union the most bang for its buck next year.

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4 Tips for a Better Digital Account Opening Experience

By Preston Packer |

Oct

10

When a financial institution states they offer digital account opening, oftentimes that's not the reality. True digital account opening means that the entire process can be completed online, without a visit to the branch. Most credit unions are somewhere in between true digital and traditional in-branch applications, where the process can be started online but must be finished in-branch. With digital ruling as the preferred method of communication for many, providing a complete digital experience for account applications is important for credit unions both big and small. Here are four ways credit unions can get on board with digital account opening.

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Do Credit Unions Really Need Digital Banking Solutions?

By Preston Packer |

Aug

07

Big banks are known for their deep pockets, and credit unions for their quality member service. It’s difficult for large banks to provide the same level of care and attention as credit unions but what they lack in customer service is oftentimes made up through robust online banking and digital solutions. Conversely, credit unions are able to provide a phenomenal in-person member experience yet digital technology may prove to be less than helpful to members. It is the impression of some, that credit unions don’t need digital services because they can manage their business offline. Although it’s true that some credit unions get by with little to no digital banking components, small institutions can benefit most from implementing a digital approach. Here’s what your credit union is missing out on by overlooking digital banking solutions.

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