We are living through the age of branding, according to Debbie Millman, president, design division at Sterling Brands. "Branding has become key to any message, whether internal or external," Millman said.
Unlike in the past, today people don't look at new brands to communicate ineffable qualifities and associations, they want to know, "How is this going to make a difference in my life?" Millman said. CUs should think about how to communicate their unified brand because even the term "credit union" can be vaguely menacing--"the word 'credit' especially," said Millman--and not enough people know what "credit union" means.
CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle said Thursday that the field-of-membership rule changes proposed by the National Credit Union Administration at its open board meeting will provide greater choice for consumers, as well as flexibility for credit unions to better serve their communities.