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Minnesota Credit Unions Launch Open Your Eyes to Credit Unions Campaign First in the Country Launch

Wednesday, February 6, 2019  
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St. Paul, Minn – The Minnesota Credit Union Network announces today that it is the first state to launch the Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union™ campaign with the Credit Union National Association.

The Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union campaign is designed to raise consumer consideration of credit unions as a category. The campaign’s digital-first strategy positions research-proven messages to disprove consumer myths associated with the ability to join and access to money.

In addition to the digital campaign, Minnesota credit unions are investing in a significant statewide non-digital campaign that includes events, billboards, transit ads and first in market mobile digital trucks.

Nearly 60 Minnesota credit unions have together made a $3.5 million financial commitment over the next three years to support the category-branding initiative.

A recent statewide survey indicated that 47 percent of Minnesotans “love” their credit union compared to only 17 percent of Minnesotans that say they “love” their bank.

“Minnesota’s Credit Unions have been committed to educating consumers with local awareness campaigns the past three years. Being the first state to launch with CUNA’s national Open Your Eyes campaign is exciting, and further illustrates Minnesota Credit Union’s commitment to our members and all Minnesotans best interests,” MnCUN CEO Mark Cummins said. “The campaign represents the true spirit of the cooperative movement to help consumers understand the advantages being a credit union member.”

Minnesotans will be driven to a site,, for additional key strengths of credit unions such as great rates and friendly service, and features a credit union finder and an ATM/shared branch finder.

“We’re thrilled that Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union is launching in Minnesota and that our work with the Minnesota Credit Union Network and credit unions in the state have led to this moment,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “The benefit of this modern-day, digital-first strategy is to connect with consumers where and when they’re looking – most people go online to research and select financial service providers, and we’re laying the groundwork to convince consumers that they should consider credit unions as their best financial partner. Not everyone can join every credit union but there is a credit union for everyone, and we can’t wait to build on this momentum in more markets across the country.”

Supporting Credit Unions in Minnesota include:

  • Accentra
  • Affinity Plus
  • Ae Goetze Employees
  • Altra
  • Anoka Hennepin
  • Associated Healthcare
  • Catholic United Financial
  • Central Minnesota
  • Centricity
  • City & County
  • Co-Op Credit Union Of Montevideo
  • Crow Wing Power
  • Diversified
  • Electric Machinery Employees
  • Electrus
  • Embarrass Vermillion
  • Financial One
  • Firefly
  • First Alliance
  • First Pace
  • H.B.I. Employees
  • Heartland
  • Hiway
  • Home Town
  • Ideal
  • Mayo Employees
  • Members Cooperative
  • Mid Minnesota
  • Minnesota Catholic
  • Minnesota Power Employees
  • Minnesota Valley
  • Mower County Employees
  • Mower County Catholic Parishes
  • North Memorial
  • Northern Communities
  • Northern States Power - St. Paul
  • Northwoods
  • Red Wing
  • Richfield-Bloomington
  • Riverview
  • Royal
  • Sharepoint
  • Soo Line
  • South Metro
  • SouthPoint Financial
  • Spire
  • Star Choice
  • St. Thomas Employee
  • Teamsters
  • Thrivent
  • TopLine
  • Toro Employees
  • Two Harbors
  • United Educators
  • United Employees
  • Wakota
  • West Metro Schools
  • Wings Financial

Credit unions across the nation have contributed more than a $25 million over the next three years to bring the campaign to their area. Working hand-in-hand with state associations, CUNA continues to enlist financial support from credit unions throughout the country. Through rigorous testing and continual evaluation of audience engagement in-market, CUNA will refine content across channels to ensure it drives action. The integrated approach to media, content and data analytics uses metrics at every point to ensure continuous testing, learning and refining of the content, media strategy and resources to optimize the return on investment. 


About MnCUN
The Minnesota Credit Union Network is the statewide trade association that works to ensure the success, growth and vitality of Minnesota credit unions. With $23 billion in assets, Minnesota credit unions are local, trusted financial cooperatives that serve more than 1.7 million members at over 400 locations around the state. As not-for-profit institutions, credit unions give back to the communities they serve. For more information, visit


About CUNA      
Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the only national association that advocates on behalf of all of America’s credit unions, which are owned by 115 million consumer members. CUNA, along with its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, delivers unwavering advocacy, continuous professional growth and operational confidence to protect the best interests of all credit unions. For more information about CUNA, visit   

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