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Sb1 Federal Credit Union ($535 million; 31,835 members; Philadelphia, PA) used to employ six different programs for its new membership opening process. To consolidate this cumbersome operation, Sb1 implemented fiVISION’s automated account opening solution, ACCOUNTworks 2G, in July 2011. Since then, SB1 has saved nearly 30 minutes for each membership account opening, cutting the operation from 30 minutes down to 5 minutes in most instances. In addition to opening new member accounts, ACCOUNTworks 2G allows existing Sb1 members to quickly and conveniently open new accounts without ever having to visit a branch. (more…)
Providing credit unions with a more streamlined application technology to enhance the ease of member enrollment and account opening efforts both online and in the branch, technology provider fiVISION has upgraded its original accountWORKS software to the new ACCOUNTworks 2G solution. E Federal Credit Union ($250 million; 26,946 members; Baton Rouge, LA) went live with the technology in Q1 2011.
fiVISION has implemented its new ACCOUNTworks 2G solution at Members Exchange Credit Union ($64 million; 14,509 members; Ridgeland, MS). Members Exchange went live with the technology in March 2011, using ACCOUNTworks 2G for online account opening for both existing and new members.
Prior to ACCOUNTworks 2G, Members Exchange had an existing “online membership application.” Because of the requirements of the USA Patriot Act, however, the credit union would still have to contact the potential member and have them bring in or mail identification. This procedure did not give them the ability to provide that ‘quick response,’ and therefore, had never been very successful. (more…)
The trends and demographics surrounding Online Account Opening as a delivery channel pose a real dilemma for Small CUs
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Several weeks ago a couple of statistics crossed my radar screen. At the time I didn’t really put them together in my own mind … but as we were working with a $60 million credit union at the time to see if our ACCOUNTworks solution could work for them I began to realize that smallish CUs are facing a real dilemma over the next few short years. (more…)
When new members join credit unions, it’s well known that this time period is essential in selling them certain products and services that will meet their financial needs. To accomplish this goal, credit unions are in constant contact with their new members to induct them into the credit union and all its offerings – a process called “onboarding.”
Sb1 Federal Credit Union ($490 million; 32,881 members; Philadelphia, PA) was searching for a tool to facilitate its onboarding process and has signed with fiVISION, a CRM solutions provider that enables enhanced member service and sales for credit unions, to use the company’s memberWORKS product as a contact
management system to support this process. Sb1 goes live with memberWORKS in early November 2009.
Last week we announced our new autoENROLL for HSAs capability and some of you might be wondering why we launched a new module to address this need. Pretty simple actually … because Health Savings Accounts represent a solid opportunity for credit unions of all sizes to expand services to existing members or to attract new members.
It is interesting to me that most credit unions I’ve come into contact with just sort of add HSAs to their list of accounts that members or non-members could open at the CU. By doing so, my opinion is that they are missing out on the biggest opportunity for accumulation of these accounts – which is working with their SEGs rather than the individual consumers. (more…)
Because of the unique parameters associated with Health Savings Accounts (HSA), most enrollment and account opening solutions don’t quite fit the bill. fiVISION, a CRM solutions provider that enables enhanced member service and sales for credit unions, has developed an affordable Health Savings Account Opening Module for credit union members and nonmembers alike. E Federal Credit Union ($240 million; 24,472 members; Baton Rouge, LA) launched the module, called autoENROLL, on June 18, 2009.
According to E Federal’s EVP of Operations, Stephen Mathews, new and existing members are able to go online, complete an application, open and fund an HSA account with E Federal Credit Union. As part of the online process, they are able to order checks as well as a debit card to access funds in their HSA account. Through automated cross-sell offers, they will be able to gain additional products and services.
Like you, I keep up on industry trends and industry news … and this one caught my eye. Online account opening has gained pretty significant traction in the minds of consumers and already makes up a pretty good portion of all accounts that are opened at financial institutions. Leading industry analysts like BAI are now predicting that in a mere 5 years half of all accounts will be opened online. The chart below is an estimate of online account activity in 2009 – by age range:
The folks at creditunions.com have offered up this explanation of the graph – which makes a lot of sense …
‘Younger generations have a much stronger demand for the ability to open new checking and saving accounts online. The graph represents the percentage of individuals that have attempted to open an account online in the past year. This also includes those who had to abandon the process due to process not being fully automated, such as requiring the individual to mail in an application or visit a branch. BAI Banking Strategies estimates that by 2015, approximately 50% of all new accounts at financial institutions will be opened online.’
How much is fully automated?
Part of fiVISION’s business is to offer online enrollment & account opening solutions, so I do check credit union websites pretty often – and find out more often than not that the online offer is of the ‘print & mail’ variety. In reaction, some of you may be thinking things like ‘We’re too small and can’t afford online account opening’ or ‘Our host processor does not support online account opening’ or ‘We’re keeping our expenses down and are not doing any projects right now’ as reasons you are not moving toward offering these services.
But read the analysis closely – the consumer is the judge of the level of automation – and the hurdle you need to meet is to make it so they don’t have to mail anything to you or visit one of your branches In other words, make it so they can do it online from anywhere they want to at any time of day. If you’d like some assistance on meeting that hurdle, give me a call.
fiVISION has developed an online loan application module that integrates the process of becoming a new member and getting a loan approval at the same time. This consolidated process bypasses all data entry screens, streamlining this task and eliminating the redundant manual inputting of member information – which allows the individual to become a new member and get a loan all in one session without retyping any personal and financial data.
The new module, launched initially at Digital FCU ($4.4 billion; 370,309 members, Marlborough, MA) is replacing an outsourced solution to provide a quicker, enhanced member experience at a reduced cost. According to Diane Richard, Vice President of Consumer Loans for Digital Federal Credit Union “Thirty-two percent of our members do their loan applications online,” Richard says. “So it’s very important that this process works well and is efficient. And fiVISION’s web loan module does just that. Its automation simplifies the whole process for our members by doing most of the work for them.” (more…)
Liberty Bay Credit Union ($529 million; 26,789 members; Boston, MA) has selected fiVISION to use its accountWORKS platform to enhance the speed and seamlessness in enrolling new members (both online and in-person) and open new accounts online for existing members. The credit union, which runs on XP Systems’ XP2 core processing system, will also leverage fiVISION’s Enrollment Cross Sell module to offer additional products the member applicant is qualified for but did not select during the application process. (more…)