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Posted: Jul 10, 2018
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A Survival Guide

[Editor's Note: This article was previously published in CUInsight, and has been modified.]

Credit unions face an aging membership base. At the recently held immersion18, Trellance’s annual conference, a survival guide was presented for credit unions to prepare for and counter this trend.

The average age of a credit union member is 47. This means that most members are past their prime borrowing years. Income from interest is the biggest line item on almost every credit union’s income statement, therefore if members are moving from borrowing age to saving age, the average Return on Member (ROM) will start to decline. That’s not to say that savers aren’t valuable members, a credit union needs both.

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Posted: Jul 5, 2018
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Author: Lou Grilli

Two years ago, ThePaymentsReview published an article asking the question “Will contactless payment cards catch on in the United States?” So far, they have not. But if it is up to the major card brands, that will change very soon. 

Most Americans are not familiar with contactless cards, which allow the cardholder to “tap-to-pay”, just like tapping a phone to pay. These cards are also called dual-interface cards, since they can still be used like traditional cards, but also have an antenna that can communicate with a point-of-sale terminal without being inserted or swiped; tapping to pay is the second interface.

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Posted: Jun 27, 2018
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Author: Glen Sarvady

We’re now several weeks removed from Trellance’s excellent inaugural Immersion conference, yet I still find myself returning to the thought-provoking content delivered over three May days in Fort Lauderdale. It was a savvy touch to enlist the help of an on-site commercial artist, documenting the plenary sessions by creating real-time infographics that captured the key themes far better than I would have imagined. Although my own drawing skills would earn no better than a C minus from the most generous grader, allow me to paint with words the takeaways from two of my favorite of the conference’s breakout sessions.

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Posted: Jun 22, 2018
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Credit Unions Can Offer Members Affluent Cards and Increase Their Bottom Line

Wealthy Americans love credit card rewards. These cardholders can also be the most profitable for a credit union issuer – but only with the right card product.

The battle to acquire cardholders is being won by issuers who use rewards as ammunition. Both Visa and Mastercard report card growth in the low double digits, with the lion’s share of that coming from reward cards. It’s no secret that Americans love their reward cards. According to Brian Riley of The Payments Journal, more households have credit card rewards than have 401k plans. And the rewards continue to grow. In 2008, the average credit card bonus offer was 16,050 points. Today, the average offer is 40,556 points.

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Posted: Jun 8, 2018
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Author: Lou Grilli

[Editor's Note: This article was previously published in CUInsight, and has been modified.]

Credit unions think of branding in terms of advertising, mailings, inserts, logos and social media. However, payments, and all the touch points associated with digital and plastic payments, are an equally important part of a credit union’s brand.

Credit Union marketers are diligent in ensuring that the brand is consistent throughout all aspects of member contact. So, signage, logos, websites, mobile and online banking platforms are all inspected for consistency with the brand. Payments should also be included in this thought process.

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