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As consumers rely more on social media to stay informed, get connected, and interact with the marketplace, financial institutions have an opportunity to reach more audiences through more avenues than ever before possible – and reach them fast.

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Generating Non-Interest Income in a Highly Regulated Environment

Financial institutions looking for ways to remain viable and competitive can no longer rely on conducting business as usual. As the opportunities to generate fees from traditional services are reduced, many are concerned with how to maintain a level of income that allows them to offer the services that keep them competitive. It’s a challenging balancing act at best: increase your bottom line while staying compliant and delivering the services and service levels your account holders demand.

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Steps You Can Take to Remain Viable in Uncertain Times

By John M. Floyd, Chairman and CEO

Since the economic downturn in 2008, financial institutions across the nation have made adjustments to increase revenue and reduce expenses. But no one expected the difficult conditions to last as long as they have. Five years later, economic and regulatory factors continue to restrict revenue opportunities. Financial institutions face new worries today about the cost of regulations, increased capital requirements, low interest rates, and reduced loan quality and demand.

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Minding Your Social Media Ps and Qs
A well-managed program can enhance brand loyalty and communications

By Charles Shanley, SPHR, CFS, Executive Vice President, Recruitment Services

Learn how to establish a workable social media policy to get the most impact for your organization. Social media can be an effective communications tool for enhancing brand loyalty, as well as recruiting talent to fill your organization’s openings.

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Do You Have the Technology Know-How to Effectively Manage Your IT Contracts

By Kelly Flynn, National Director

As technology becomes more and more of an integral part of how financial institutions operate and provide account holders with the products and services they need, information technology (IT) services can account for as much as 70 percent of total spending, depending on the scope of services implemented. And as efforts to curb unnecessary expenses continue as a strategy for countering declining revenue, credit unions must keep a watchful eye on their IT service contracts to make sure they are getting the most appropriate tools to meet their goals, along with the best prices and terms.

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Establishing a Winning Team Requires Covering all the Bases
Finding and retaining talent

By Charles Shanley, SPHR, CFS, Executive Vice President

In today’s ever-changing environment, the profitability and success of a financial institution are due, in large part, to the expertise and skill of its employees. However, recruiting and retaining top-notch staff can be an intense process. Whether you are looking for a CEO to replace a beloved leader due to retirement or need to add specialized talent to an existing department, combining an efficient recruiting process with quality resources will give you the best long-term results.

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Successful Strategic Compass Includes Input from All Directions

By Keith Hughey, Senior Consultant

If credit unions and banks have learned one thing from the economic and regulatory challenges of the past few years, it is that change is inevitable. From a strategic planning prospective, the ideas and processes that seemed to make so much sense a few years ago—perhaps even a few months ago—may not be nearly as effective today.

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Implementing a Successful Strategic Plan Involves a Multi-Level Approach
Connecting the dots between drafting the plan and successful results
By Keith Hughey, Senior Consultant

Community banks and credit unions continue to address the challenges posed by an ever-changing marketplace, economic and regulatory uncertainty, and shifting account holder service expectations. As a result, having a clearly defined strategy for setting goals, focusing resources and measuring. Read more
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