Principled Product Development

CUES Credit Union Management—CUs can benefit from applying entrepreneurial strategies and bringing offerings more quickly to market. I was originally going to title this article, “The Lean Credit Union,” but that might give you the idea that it’s about reducing head count, hours or expenses.

A Good Place to Bank

CUES Credit Union Management—Consumers are looking for a solid place to put their money, convenience that offers accessibility, great service and great technology. Meanwhile, credit unions may be too hung up on trying to communicate the credit union difference, cooperative principles and not-for-profit status. Do these things even matter to the average Joe or Jill?

Is There A Crisis Of Participation?

CU Water Cooler—I attended the International Co-operative Governance Conference at St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in early September. I was there with my Mount Lehman Credit Union Board Chair hat on and ready to soak up different perspectives and new ways of thinking about governance. 

Move Over Gen Y…

CUES Credit Union Management—Just when you thought you had your head wrapped around the idiosyncrasies of Gen Y, the first of Gen Z will be graduating high school this year! What makes the next generation of young adults tick and what can your credit union do to appeal to this group?

Credit Union Unboxing

CUinsightRecently, I bought a new thermometer for our home. There was nothing wrong with our current model—it was programmable and did a fine job of controlling the heat and air conditioning. In fact, I had never given the subject any thought whatsoever.

Better Together

CUES Credit Union Management—Strawberries and chocolate. Peanut butter and jelly. Ham and cheese. Sometimes a thing is wonderful on its own. But add another ingredient and you have perfection. So it is with marketing and IT.

The Entrepreneurial Credit Union

CUinsightI live in two worlds. On one hand, I am an entrepreneur who left my last real job 23 years ago to start a design and marketing agency. I traded the safe 9 to 5 long ago and have employed a small team ever since. Entrepreneurship is risky.

Mom’s the Word

CUES Credit Union Management—Credit union marketers have typically divided their marketing efforts and budget to cover a wide variety of members and potential members across age segments. row a portion of the budget to youngsters, another chunk for young adults, a bit more for 30-somethings and spend the rest on baby boomers.