10 Ways to Make CDs Cool Again

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By Neil Stanley The March 12, 2018 article by The Financial Brand, “How Banks and Credit Unions Can Survive Rising Interest Rates,” brings attention to the struggles banks and credit unions face today in attracting and retaining long-term savings depositors. In a recent study by Raddon, consumers were asked if they planned to open a CD or money market account in the next … Read More

Referrals That Get Results in Just Four Steps

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By Clint Goelz When a referral results in a new core relationship, something beautiful happens! It’s a positive endorsement of your bank or credit union’s customer service and typically results in a more loyal relationship. Referred customers and members require fewer marketing dollars than non-referred new customers, so your institution can generate more revenue at a lower cost. According to … Read More

Pop the Hood: A Customer Service Checklist

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By Bill Etmund Your car seems to be running just fine. No menacing dashboard lights are blinking at you. But since you’re a wise car owner, you occasionally drive your vehicle in for a maintenance checkup. You have the brakes checked, the cooling system examined, etc. You depend on your car, and you know that the consequences of neglect can … Read More

The Mortician’s Guide to Retail Banking

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By Dr. Sean Payant Community bankers face many challenges; intense deposit and credit competition, changing demographics, complicated technology and regulatory obligations, to name just a few. One of the most daunting challenges, however, is one that is often overlooked: conventional wisdom. Conventional wisdom is our adherence to accepted norms and common practices. On the surface, it appears to promise safe, … Read More

Winning People Over

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The slightest advantages can make a difference in convincing people you are right for them. Are you doing all you can to win prospects over? By Scott Friesen What is it like to become a new customer or member at a financial institution? One of the key elements of our Haberfeld Customer Acquisition and Growth™ strategy is to measure just … Read More

3 Myths Keeping Your Institution from Becoming a Sales Culture

By Jenifer Snook Community banks and credit unions are facing tougher competition every day. Pair that with many financial institutions losing important NSF fee revenue and it is more important than ever to make sure each and every customer is profitable. There are two ways to increase sales: gain new customers and sell new products to existing customers. Community banks … Read More

Service is everyone’s job

Customers simply want their needs to be addressed – they don’t want to hear “I can’t help you,” “I don’t know,” or “that’s not my job.” Taking care of our customers is everyone’s job.

Who is the face of your financial institution?

First impressions matter, of course, but they mean so much more in business. Do you know who is making that impression at your FI, and who customers — and prospects — are identifying with your brand?

Want to make a sale? Ask for it

Gone are the days when people got into banking because they didn’t want to get into sales. The nature of banking today is such that you must consider yourself a salesperson.