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Posted: Nov 1, 2018
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Why Embracing Lifelong Learning Is The Best Gift You Can Give To Your Professional Self

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

During my recent presentation at Trellance’s Payments Academy, I spoke about the importance of embracing thought leadership in building a personal brand. I challenged the attendees to ask themselves, “What do I want to be known for?” This sparked a conversation among the presenters and attendees about what makes someone an expert. The consensus was that years of experience in your field is just one of the main ingredients in claiming expertise. The other essential component is the expert’s ability to remain relevant and knowledgeable on his/her area(s) of expertise in this ever-changing landscape.

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Posted: Oct 15, 2018
Categories: Consulting
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Author: Lou Grilli

Simple Steps To Make More Informed Decisions And Enhance Member Experience

There is lots of buzz about big data and data analytics, but all the data in the world does no good unless it’s being used. Credit unions are behind retail and online companies in using data to make informed decisions. For example, if your forms, such as a HELOC application, do not have the fields for name, address, etc. already filled in for your members, that indicates that you are probably not using your data. You should already know this information about your members. Save them the hassle and give them the option of updating if necessary.

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Posted: Aug 8, 2018
Categories: Marketing
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Drive ROI Through Creative Marketing Automation Strategies

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

The U.S. credit union movement has seen record growth in the past year and now boasts more than 110 million members, one-third of the U.S. population. Sounds good? The caveat…when comparing credit union’s market share of total assets to large and small banking institutions, they only have about 7% of the assets (FDIC, NCUA & CUNA source). Americans may be joining credit unions but it has been difficult getting them to handle most of their financial needs at the credit union.

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Posted: Jul 18, 2018
Categories: Regulations
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ThePaymentsReview continues a new feature that highlights regulatory topics important to credit unions.

When one thinks of ADA accessibility, sidewalk ramps, disabled parking spaces, and wheel chair access immediately comes to mind. What about websites?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sets standards for accessibility for people with disabilities to all commercial and public entities that have “places of public accommodation”. In 2010, the Department of Justice proposed that the definition of places of public accommodation could include the internet, and hence, websites of commercial and public entities.

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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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