Analytics: The Key to Lending Speed For Credit Unions

By Preston Packer |

Aug

03

Within the last few years, we've seen many financial institutions rely heavily on traditional data as they've been making various credit decisions. Recent tumultuous times have also caused businesses and consumers to lose valuable revenue. Meanwhile, existing data models that were originally intended for periodic declines (instead of a complete economic standstill) have proven not to be as relevant or foretelling. These dramatic changes in both credit and consumer behavior have caused lenders to seek new data and earlier warning signs. This is where analytics come in.

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Merchant Services Can Help Credit Unions Minimize Dwindling Deposits

By Preston Packer |

May

12

As a credit union, providing your community's small businesses with the deposit and lending products they need is imperative to all you do. But are you currently meeting their merchant services needs? It's a fair estimate that credit card processing is a vital cornerstone for most businesses. And if you're not offering your members merchant services, you're missing out on a huge opportunity to deepen the relationship and increase your credit union's wallet share.

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Onboard, Cross-Sell, & Market With an All-In-One Automation Platform

By Preston Packer |

Apr

06

Successful member onboarding is among the most practical ways to boost credit union growth and must include timely and well-informed decisions. Effective onboarding can significantly benefit credit unions that seek to increase member engagement, cross-sell their services, build brand awareness and trust, and improve retention. Cross-selling and marketing also play crucial roles for CUs, each providing prime opportunities for both members and credit unions. Today, it's possible to onboard, cross-sell, and market simultaneously in a one-stop-shop marketing automation platform designed to fulfill member needs.

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Using Integrated Technology to Onboard Credit Union Members

By Preston Packer |

Feb

25

All around the country, credit unions are seeking the best strategies for moving forward. Since the pandemic has changed consumer behavior dramatically and things are unlikely to return to normal anytime soon, credit unions must adapt to the times and provide members with the services they now want and need. After all, credit unions were founded to serve their members. But to do so, it helps to understand current trends in the credit union world and the economy at large.

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The Rise of the Digital Wallet

By Preston Packer |

Nov

18

The coronavirus pandemic has transformed how we conduct business all over the world and few sectors of the economy have been influenced as much as the financial industry. As people look for ways to avoid having in-person experiences, many are turning to digital wallets and other online banking solutions. Although the pandemic won’t last forever, it’s likely that this trend towards technological solutions in banking will continue. 

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Reduce Friction for New Account Opening with this Checklist

By Preston Packer |

Sep

01

Every time we talk about adding new services or planning for member onboarding improvement, the goal is to "reduce friction." This means when someone is trying to accomplish a goal, you help them achieve it with as little resistance and as few steps as possible. You want the experience to be easy. This is especially true during account opening as it can set the expectations for the member experience moving forward. Here is a quick reference on what a member will need and an explanation of why you need it.

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Great Member Onboarding Creates Relationships that Last

By Preston Packer |

May

06

First impressions are important. They stick with you. You base all future interactions in contrast to that first one. It's said that a first impression is based 93% on what we experience and only 7% on the actual words we hear, so that experience is critical. After you sign on a new member, your courtship isn't over. Member onboarding is part of that first impression. It's not just about your marketing to sell them on your products. It's an opportunity to set expectations, to educate on how to use the tools you've provided them to manage their accounts, find the information they need, apply for loans, etc. This is your opportunity to prove that they've made the right choice by choosing your credit union. Both your intentional and unintentional efforts will be folded into this impression, so developing, and executing, a thorough onboarding strategy is a smart play.

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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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Reducing the Friction of Member Onboarding

By Preston Packer |

Feb

20

Members not only compare their onboarding experience with that of other credit unions and banks but to their experience in other industries as well. Companies large and small are focusing on the User eXperience (UX) to create a frictionless process. Member expectations are high, and if they experience roadblocks in the onboarding process they will lose confidence in the credit union. In some cases, they might abandon the credit union altogether for another financial institution that has a more seamless onboarding experience. In the credit union industry today, it is more important than ever to nurture relationships and demonstrate value during the onboarding process. Here are 3 ways you can create a frictionless member onboarding experience.

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