“SERVICE” – Our Last Name, Our First Priority!
“SERVICE” – Our Last Name, Our First Priority!

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Branch Transformation
Even as digital banking gains ground, many customers still prefer human, face-to-face interaction for complex products such as mortgages and investments. And while 60 percent of banking customers use digital channels, online banking only generates 25 percent of sales, according to research by McKinsey & Company. Make no mistake: Branches remain relevant. But as with any...
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Approximately 80 percent of American households actively save loose change and look to their financial institution to count this saved coin, according to research by creditunions.com. Savvy FIs are catching on to this trend and many now offer coin-counting machines in the lobby. Here’s why: It matters to the customer Sixty-four percent of people who save...
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Few dispute that the traditional branch format no longer fits most consumers’ banking habits, but therein lies an expensive dilemma: What to do with the 100,000-plus branches still in operation in the U.S. Some institutions have tried new approaches, but with unknown results. One existing option (if it were better executed) could provide the way...
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As the banking industry faces tighter margins and increasing competition for customers, many financial executives find themselves looking to cost reductions and department downsizing to better their bottom lines. Yet, those who take a balanced approach and identify the right operational efficiency initiatives may find that what’s good for profit margins may also improve the...
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You may already know this, but it’s worth revisiting the basic economy of banking. Banks and credit unions make money by acquiring funds through deposit accounts and then lending those same funds to customers with interest. While they have many direct and indirect channels to lend funds, the most cost-effective way to get the deposit...
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Everyone is still trying to make sense of CX. Chances are you’ve encountered endlessly diverse interpretations, opinions, strategies, theories and analyses by now about the emergence of customer experience (CX) as a fundamental business strategy. However, one principle connects them all: CX is critical, and it will only become more important as digital consumerism grows....
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If your ATMs are getting old and you are thinking about replacing them or if you have a branch transformation strategy that entails restructuring to a more cost-effective physical delivery platform, going to an interactive/video teller machine (ITMs) must be a consideration. This isn’t an easy decision, especially when there are few banks that can...
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The modern bank is evolving. As branch managers know, customers don’t use the branch the same way they did even a few years ago, because they have so many more options for handling transactions. Today, people can do most of their banking from their phones while they’re on the run. There are still many reasons people may...
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Community banks today find themselves under mounting pressure: The battle for deposits shows no signs of ceasing, new entrants to the space introduce unprecedented competition, customer expectations climb sky-high and technology continues to evolve at a dizzying rate. All the while, these institutions know they must effectively manage regulatory requirements, maintain security protocols and grow...
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Today’s financial institutions face yet another challenging stage of change: to align digital and physical touch points with the needs of today’s account holders in the most cost-efficient, effective way possible. Branch transformation strategies must balance, as well as integrate with, the game plans for online and mobile. After all, account holders expect (demand, even)...
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