Credit union marketers must grow beyond ad buys, graphic design, copywriting, brochures, web design, SEO, SEM, and PR. A marketer must understand what Key Ratios they can impact and how. Knowing how marketing impacts the financials will dramatically change the conversation marketers have with the CEO and CFO. Here are five Key Ratios that Marketers…

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Credit unions and banks across the country have financial literacy on their to-do list, but what consumers need/want is a roadmap to financial wellness, not just financial literacy. Well, what’s the difference? Financial literacy is about understanding money basics. Typically the curriculum includes topics like “how to balance your checkbook,” “what is a savings account,”…

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One of the primary growth strategies for credit unions includes Mergers and Acquisitions. Any decent CFO can aggregate the income statements and balance sheets, and forecast the impact on the key ratios to establish the business case. But, an essential consideration for any successful Merger is how the two companies fit culturally. When the merger…

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It’s not a matter of if or even when, it is happening now. PNC, Wells Fargo, Key Bank, BofA, and Chase are experimenting with digital transformation now. What does your credit union/bank need to do to stay relevant in a digital economy? Create a digital strategy – This isn’t about SEO, SEM, websites, email, FaceBook,…

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We all know how important data is to our credit union. Let’s face it; we are report addicted. We love our reports. We like to compare day to day, month to month, year to year, and peer to peer. Let’s get real, we run two reports side by side and, oh the horrors; the numbers…

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We’ve all heard the nightmare stories of businesses being exposed for major failures in their cultural attributes. Maybe the failure is with their values. Significant companies have faced huge fines, and executives have gone to jail for not living up to their published values. These companies include Wells Fargo, Volkswagen, General Motors, Purdue Pharmaceuticals, and…

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“The times, they are a changin’.” This famous refrain from Bob Dylan’s song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7qQ6_RV4VQ) is as real today as it was in the early 60s, especially when we look at deposit needs for financial institutions. In 2008, FIs had to shrink deposits as a tactic to keep their expense ratio in line with the regulators.…

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“Words Matter,” I did not create this phrase.  The first time I heard it was from a great CEO I worked for, Gerry Agnes, at Elevations Credit Union. He used this short statement often.  However, these two words take on a lot of nuanced meanings. When used in grammar and spelling, words say a lot…

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