The Benefits of Digital Lending Platforms for Credit Unions

By Preston Packer |

May

05

One of the big takeaways from 2020 for credit unions was that digital banking services are not only going to be important for the future, but they’re also essential right now. To satisfy members’ expectations and compete with the rise of fintech companies, CUs must choose the best technologies and continue to enhance their digital banking capabilities.One of the most important elements of credit unions’ digital banking future will be offering competitive digital lending services.

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Understanding Digital Transformation Trends in 2021

By Preston Packer |

Mar

30

When the pandemic hit in March of 2020 and caused a nationwide shutdown, many credit unions had to scramble to update their digital banking services as quickly as possible. Their hard work and adaptability were honorable, and most CUs were able to provide adequate digital services in a timely manner and maintain their member base. However, digital technology is never at a standstill and the transformation for CUs is far from complete.

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Build Your Credit Union Digital Banking Game Plan

By Preston Packer |

Mar

16

Let’s face it, the world has changed drastically since the beginning of the pandemic. We’re now living in a digital age where people want digital solutions to problems that used to be handled in person. This has had a huge effect on how all sorts of businesses operate, including credit unions. The days of credit unions conducting most of their business in the branch are over, and unlikely to return.

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How Core System Technology Can Help Credit Unions Defragment the Digital Ecosystem

By Preston Packer |

Mar

02

The events of 2020 and the ensuing pandemic shifted the world economy in unprecedented ways. Enforced global lockdowns suddenly changed consumer habits, causing all sorts of businesses to adapt and reevaluate how they can best serve customer and member needs. For many, this meant relying on digital solutions to perform financial transactions that were traditionally conducted in person—amplifying the importance of a sound digital ecosystem.

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Branch Visits Down? Shift to Remote Banking

By Preston Packer |

Nov

10

No one can deny this year has been unpredictable for both the world and American economies. From how we work and study, to how we watch sports, order food, and purchase daily goods, nearly every aspect of our lives has changed. To stay safe, more and more people have turned to conducting their business online. One area that has seen huge changes is the financial industry as people look for remote banking solutions.

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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 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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Do 75% of Your Members Want to "Do it Themselves"?

By Preston Packer |

Feb

07

In the past, some credit unions avoided self-service options. Credit unions were built upon the idea of personal service -- providing the highest quality of customized care for their members. However, credit unions today will benefit from self-service offerings. While many members still value personalization in their banking experience, they often prefer self-service channels over face-to-face interactions. According to a survey by Zendesk, 75% of respondents identified self-service as a convenient way to address customer service issues, and 67% prefer self-service over communication with a customer service representative. Self-service channels won’t replace your credit unions valued MSRs, but they will allow for greater efficiencies for both staff and members. Here’s how your credit union can begin to incorporate self-service channels for improved operations and happier members.

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Digital Self-Service is Key to Winning Millennials & Gen Z

By Preston Packer |

Jan

18

Many Baby Boomers are transitioning into retirement where their portfolio is shifting from wealth-building to waning assets. About 50% of credit union members are now 53 or older, and even though they will continue to rely on credit unions for their wealth management, CUs are in need of new members who are in their prime growth stages. Millennials and even some Generation Z-ers are now the target audience for credit unions as they are beginning to buy houses, cars, and paying for (or paying off) college. Millennial’s older sibling, Generation X, comprise 31% of the CU demographic largely due to the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009. They joined after becoming frustrated with big bank bailouts and stayed for personalized financial services. 10 years ago, Gen X fled to CUs, thus fulfilling their need for new, young members. However, Millennials and Gen Z will not be so easy to capture. Big banks have 10% more Millennial members than credit unions, and there’s one key way that CUs can win their business: digital self-service.

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