Stop Chasing Your Ideal Member

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Credit unions have been conditioned to identify their captive audience and market to their ideal member. You’ve probably gone through some sort of exercise to build a consumer profile that classifies your member’s basic demographics to what influences her buying decisions. Perhaps you’ve given your ideal member a name, such as “Carol.” The belief is […]

What Can You Learn From Purell?

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How a Hand Sanitizer Shortage Can Impact Your Credit Union In news that probably comes as no surprise to anyone, there appears to be a national shortage of Purell®. The Philadelphia Inquirer recently reported that the popular hand sanitizer has been flying off the shelves at stores and pharmacies across the country. To date, the […]

Challenge Yourself

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A few years back during a Tim Barry concert, Tim dropped a piece of knowledge on the crowd between songs. He explained that he used to ride cargo trains (illegally) and that time period of his life is an influence for many of his songs. He continued, “I don’t know why I rode trains. I […]

A Time to Reflect

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A Time to Reflect on 2019 The start of the year is a great time to evaluate what we accomplished in the past year and what we hope to achieve in the new year—or in the case of 2020, the new decade. As a participant in the Future Leaders of YMC program (FLY for short), […]

New Ways to Add Value for Your Membership

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I’m kind of an app freak. Well, really, I am a rebate, savings, make some money on the side app freak. I love them. My obsession began a few years ago when I was trying to do a “fun apps to help save you $$” newsletter article. I downloaded, tested them, hated some, loved others. […]

Your Credit Union’s Cinderella Story

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Your Credit Union’s Cinderella Story I play in a tennis league where last season I went 4-1, and this season I’ve started out 2-0. I got a backhanded compliment once (no pun intended) that I was the “largest gazelle” they had ever played. Well… I am a man of “larger carriage” and I can cover […]

What is the Worst Mistake Your Credit Union Can Make?

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When it comes to your credit union’s marketing, what’s one of the worst things that can happen? Creating an ad that you think is awesome—only to find your masterpiece at the center of a social media uproar due to its perceived offensiveness. That scenario may sound far-fetched, but I’m willing to bet that most of […]

What’s Wrong and What’s Right with Strategic Thinking

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Strategic Thinking Imagine you are in an airplane flying coast-to-coast, cruising at 30,000 feet. There are the mountains and valleys, cityscapes with twinkling lights, barren land and farmland – and let us not forget those little circles on the ground (they are center-pivot irrigation systems, by the way). You can see a lot… albeit a […]

What Are You Scared Of?

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“We’ll do more to avoid pain than to gain pleasure.” Whether we’re talking about our personal experiences or professional endeavors, this insightful quote from Tony Robbins rings true. Think about your life at home and at work. We have goals. We have dreams. We also have fears. And all too often, our fears keep us […]

5 Cents

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Put in my…5 cents…? What the what? It used to be 2 cents. When did inflation start affecting sayings? I am certainly more than willing to put in my 2, 5 or even 25 cents – not sure if my opinion is worth that but I’d throw some change in to give my say. Honestly, […]