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|The Pulse (08-01-2017)|
Volume 6, Issue 31
Credit Unions increase visibility at St. Paul Saints Baseball Game
Last week, the Minnesota Credit Union Network hosted a celebration of the state’s not-for-profit financial institutions at the St. Paul Saints game.
An element of the ongoing awareness campaign, the game included opportunities for increased visibility for credit unions, including 1,000 campaign branded piggy banks for attendees, campaign videos played on the scoreboard, and awareness banners. Additionally, credit unions which have supported the awareness campaign had the opportunity to participate in a cooperative kickball game and Minnesota Credit Union Network President & CEO Mark Cummins threw the ceremonial first pitch.
The Minnesota credit union Saint Paul Saints game sponsorship was made possible through an in-kind donation to the Minnesota Credit Union Network Awareness Campaign by SPIRE Credit Union. For information on contributing to the awareness campaign, visit the informational page on the Network website.
By Brian Werger, TruStage Insurance Program Director
Is your credit union leaving opportunities to grow membership on the table? If you’re not actively engaging non-members, you might be. The latest research from CUNA Mutual Group, “What Matters Now®: Insights from the Non-Member,” is a deep-dive into non-member and under-engaged member mindsets, lifestyles, attitudes, and habits. These crucial insights can be invaluable tools for your credit union to reach this audience.
Who are non-members?
Only 22 percent of hardworking families surveyed were fully engaged credit union members, meaning they consider their credit union their primary banking institution.* The other 78 percent of hardworking Americans fall into three areas of opportunity for membership growth: partially engaged members, disengaged members, and true non-members.*
Partially engaged members acknowledge that they are a credit union member, but say that their primary banking is done elsewhere. Disengaged members have credit union products, but don’t consider themselves to be credit union members. True non-members have no credit union affiliation at all.
So it’s not just a member vs non-member conversation. It’s important to think of membership on a continuum with these three distinct groups, known as the “opportunity segments,” representing the consumer groups that provide opportunity for credit unions.
How can you reach and engage the opportunity segments?
The What Matters Now® research found that each group represents a unique blend of mindsets, spending habits, banking relationships, and more. Keep in mind; these three groups are unique audiences so your credit union may have to create different messages and marketing strategies for each group.
However, your credit union may already have a foot in the door with disengaged members. According to the study, nearly two in five disengaged members are likely to switch to a credit union as their primary banking institution.* They cited their top two reasons to switch as better interest rates and financial incentives to open an account. Therefore, communications highlighting your interest rates or financial incentives may appeal most to this group.
Breaking down misconceptions about credit unions might also help your credit union reach non-members and grow membership as well. Some common perceptions of credit unions are that they’re only for loans, are not as secure as banks, and offer limited products and services. In fact, more than half of non-members believe that credit unions have limited locations, services, and products.* Targeted communications that address these misconceptions can help influence this group to make the switch.
TruStage Insurance products and programs are made available through TruStage Insurance Agency, LLC and issued by CMFG Life Insurance Company, a member company of CUNA Mutual Group and other leading insurance companies. The insurance offered is not a deposit, and is not federally insured, sold or guaranteed by credit unions.