When planning for the future, CUs have to provide members with what they want, said Ivan Askwith, a producer and consultant who was head of digital for Lucasfilm. The reason the railroad industry collapsed, Askwith said, is because “they thought they were in the business of railroads instead of transportation.”
To avoid a similar fate, CUs need to offer members what they want, tell them what they want to hear, and forge stronger connections with them. Drawing parallels to the world of entertainment and brands such as “Star Wars,” Askwith said members will use your services but fans “will evangelize for you.”
“When fans love something they actually fight for it,” Askwith said.
President Barack Obama sent greetings Thursday to those celebrating International Credit Union Day. CUNA worked closely with the White House on the statement, and a number of credit union-friendly legislators also weighed in with the White House.
The NCUA’s Tuesday announcement that it will repay the U.S. Treasury in full is a good sign for credit unions, said CUNA Chief Policy Officer Bill Hampel. The agency will repay the $1 billion outstanding balance before Oct. 31.
CUNA’s Strategic Communications Department teamed up with The Wall Street Journal this week on an infographic illustrating the differences between credit unions and banks. The graphic ran in print today, on International Credit Union Day.