Help members help themselves

Even though many branches are at least partially open, it’s still safer for members to manage their money and get the answers they need online or by phone rather than in-person. Which is why one of the consistent side effects of the pandemic has been greatly increased call volume at credit union call centers. Your…

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Video is about connecting humans to humans (or funny cats).

Everyone knows that video content is the most engaging by far on websites and social media. That goes double in times like these, when branch access is restricted, and people are depending heavily on online access. Of course, credit union products and services are a little abstract, so it can be hard to figure what’s…

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For a lot of your members, a branch is a last resort

I’m a branch hater. There, I said it. When I need to get something done with money, visiting a credit union branch has been the absolute last resort for, well, for pretty much my whole life. Branches are time-consuming, inconvenient, and never open when I need them. How many of your members feel the same way? How many…

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catch members at crucial points in their decision-making process

Financial calculators are a great way to make your credit union’s website more useful and interactive for your members. Credit union websites are a little different than most; one way to look at it is that your website is primarily a tool, not a destination: members visit your website to get things done. Good financial…

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Credit unions can be far more efficient if they replace paper forms with online forms.

One of the more common questions we get from our credit union website clients is “how can we put secure forms on our website?” Credit unions can be far more efficient if they replace paper forms and processes with online forms. And of course, no-contact member service is a lot safer all around if you…

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Focus on the win

NOW that you have had the chance to rethink, reorganize and re-prioritize, the next step to take is to decide what to do NEXT. Of course, what you do next will depend a lot on what the economy does. Depending upon which “expert” you listen to, the economy will likely mimic one of two classic…

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The human brain is complex.

The last few weeks have been rough on some people, while others seem to be taking it stride. For every person that is reasonably keeping a social distance, wearing a mask while out in public, or having their groceries delivered, there’s another person flouting the guidelines and loudly complaining that they can’t go out to…

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What effects can we see and what can we learn

A few days ago, I saw some very interesting stats from Google on how profoundly movement patterns have changed in recent weeks. The data comes from anonymized location data from Android users who have Location History turned on: https://www.google.com/covid19/mobility/ And I started wondering… what effects can we see by comparing the last few weeks of…

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Fill in the most urgent needs, but also look for some quick wins

Now that we’re here in the new normal, your credit union’s website is the focal point of contact with your members. With everyone hunkered down and branches mostly closed, now is the time to beef up your website to make sure your members get what they need to weather the storm. Here’s what we’ve been…

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Weird is what credit unions are made for

The Weird Times monster is hairy, scary, and totally unpredictable, constantly sprouting freaky new tentacles to worry about. Whatever your personal, political, or economic beliefs, we can all agree on one thing: the Weird Times monster is tromping all over the place right now. From election antics, freaky weather, and oh yeah, that little virus…

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