Cooperative Trust: PFM Offering Will Build You Up
Consumers have been conditioned to have a “what’s next?” mentality when it comes to new product launches and technology improvements. They’re often not even aware they needed the latest gizmo, but it quickly moves to something they can’t live without. Credit unions must leverage technology to meet the needs of its members and capitalize on the opportunities to increase loan volume, attract younger members and differentiate from the competition. Personal finance management is one solution that continues to grow in popularity and has become a product that consumers now can’t live without.
PFM solutions offer members the ability to aggregate their transactions and balances, create budgets and manage their debt. There are many free PFM programs available to members, such as Mint, which has a cross-selling platform that advertises for your competitors. According to Mint’s website, “The fees that banks pay us for introducing new customers allow us to keep the service free for our users.” Instead of having your members use these free resources that can potentially dissolve your member relationships, you should actively consider offering your own PFM solution that will make your credit union the financial hub for your members.