The right online mindset is key to membership growth

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit Unions, at least in the eyes of the general public, are notorious for having outdated websites, inconsistent social media efforts and little to no mobile presence. While that’s an exaggerated sentiment, it’s not untrue that a lot of our industry is trying to keep up with an ever-changing digital environment. It seems costly (even though we’ve talked about this) and it’s intimidating, but when it’s done right — it sure is pretty. Yet it’s more than just a cute face. A solid online presence is smart and effective at bringing in new members.Examples of credit unions doing this well exists, despite the general belief otherwise. Not only do we want to highlight those that have forged ahead through somewhat-chartered waters — we want outsiders to know that we aren’t a backwards industry. Our clients most definitely want members to have a great experience in the branch — after all, the personal, human touch is what separates a credit union from a bank (besides better rates). So we’ll be spending the next couple months sharing a few of our favorites. We hope it informs you and inspires you.So what does it take to lead by example in online presence? For most, it comes down to responsive websites with solid designs, a mobile banking app, and an authentic social media endeavor.For our first installment in this series, we’re starting out with a simple ‘Aloha.’ continue reading »last_img read more

Volkswagen invests 2 billion euros in Chinese electric vehicle sector

first_imgCar troubleThe lifting of coronavirus lockdowns in China has given the stuttering auto industry a jumpstart, with sales rising for the first time in two years as buyers return as the health crisis eases and restrictions on travel and businesses are lifted.Sales rose 4.4 percent year-on-year in April, according to figures from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, driven by strong demand for commercial vehicles, which soared more than 30 percent.However, the global car industry faces an existential crisis from the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused sales to plunge as governments forced citizens to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus.The Volkswagen announcement came as French automaker announced 15,000 job losses worldwide, and a day after Japanese automaker Nissan reported a huge $6.2 billion annual net loss.Nissan, already battling weak demand as well as the fallout from the arrest of former boss Carlos Ghosn, said the global outbreak had hit all aspects of its business.Nissan said it will shut its Barcelona plant and slash production. It will also buy a 26 percent share of Chinese battery supplier Gotion High-Tech for 1.1 billion euros.China, which accounts for 40 percent of Volkswagen’s sales, has become the world’s largest auto market in recent years, with Beijing repeatedly pledging to support the electric vehicle industry.China’s industry ministry said in December the country should seek to ensure one in four of all vehicles sold in 2025 were either hybrids or fully-electric vehicles.And Beijing decided in late March to extend the tax exemption for the purchase of electric vehicles by two years.  Car sales in China began to slide in 2018 and plunged further when the coronavirus pandemic paralyzed the economy, but they have rebounded as the country appears to have brought the virus under control.The JAG investment is the first time the German carmaker will take “a strategic role in a state-owned company”, Volkswagen China CEO Stephan Woellenstein said in a statement. Volkswagen said on Friday it will invest around 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion) in two Chinese companies in the electric vehicle sector, calling it “the world’s biggest market”.The German car giant said it will take a 50 percent stake in JAG — the parent company of state-owned JAC Motors — and increase its holding in the JAC Volkswagen joint venture from 50 percent to 75 percent for around 1 billion euros.The group said in a statement that “by gaining management control, Volkswagen is paving the way for more electric models and infrastructure”. Topics :last_img read more

Badgers, Werwie off to strong start

first_imgIn transitioning between the fall and spring season, the UW women’s golf team has found a way to maintain its consistency. The spring season got off to a strong start with its win at the BYU Entrada Classic, making it the second win this season and sixth victory in school history.“In the fall, one of our strengths was that we were fairly consistent and we had decent depth, and I have seen the same things show to be true so far this spring. Our strength is really truly in our consistency and our depth. We tend to drive the ball very accurately, keep the ball in play and are a pretty steady golf team most of the time we are out there,” head coach Todd Oehrlein said.In the BYU Classic, the Badgers were led by redshirt freshman Alexis Nelson, also seeing strong performances by Kris Yoo, Lindsay Danielson, Alyssa Elliot and senior Carly Werwie to push them past Oklahoma State by five strokes for the win.“I thought I played well; I just had five bad holes the whole tournament that really hurt me. Other than that, I thought I hit the ball really well, and I thought I gave myself really good opportunities to put some low numbers out there. I feel good going into these last couple of tournaments,” Werwie said.Beyond BYU, Oehrlein has been impressed with the team’s nine tournament rounds of play.“I’m happy with where we are at given the time of year, but none of that is going to mean anything if we don’t continue to improve, continue to make it better from this point forward, and that has to be our focus,” Oehrlein said.Although a great start for the team, the girls and coaches are looking forward to the next round of tournament play at the Indiana Invitational starting April 4. The team is banking on continuing its strong play and hard efforts to improve on its early-season play.“The BYU tournament was an excellent event for us, good competition, good tournament, good field and I was really proud of how we played, but that one is done now, and we kind of just have to move past it and get ourselves ready for the next tournament, ” Oehrlein said.Despite what the Midwestern weather can bring, Werwie feels the mindset of the team is really good going into the final stretch of the spring season and has full confidence in the team to pull out another victory at Indiana.“I would say we are fully capable of winning this tournament. It’s a tough course, but I think we see the potential that we have, and we are really excited that it is all starting to click for us,” Werwie said.Werwie providing veteran leadershipThe Badgers are continuing to work towards building a championship caliber level team around young talent.This year’s squad has only one senior in Werwie, signaling the vast potential the program has moving forward.“We have a neat group in that I think we have a whole team full of players that are very committed, very dedicated and are all on the same page. Right now, having everybody on the same page with the same goals, has really made a big difference,” Oehrlein said.Werwie has proven to be a valuable asset to the team given her insight into the game.“Carly has been a great all around kid for us; she has been a great role model and has just been really helpful to all the younger kids,” Elliot said. “She has worked really hard to get where she is; she is very competitive, and that’s great for the younger kids to see, and she puts a lot of time and effort into everything she has done. We hope to bring in more players like that, that have that competitive drive.”Despite her senior standing, Werwie admits to feeling no extra pressure of being the senior of the team. She feels she is surrounded by a great group of leaders regardless.“We get along really well, and it makes it fun; it’s not stressful,” she said.After building a fun yet competitive environment, the Badgers look forward to continued success throughout the rest of the season and into the future.“We have a ways to go yet, and I am proud of the way they are working, I am proud of their approach right now. Their practices are productive; they have purpose. It is nice to see progress, but there is a lot of season left,” Oehrlein said.last_img read more

R Ashwin references ‘#LockdownLessons’ from Rajinikanth as he advocates online cricketing drills

first_imgImage Courtesy: NDTV/PTIAdvertisement 828qttbNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2vcrWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8m7w( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8dn3xlbWould you ever consider trying this?😱s9nCan your students do this? 🌚e3iRoller skating! Powered by Firework With no fixtures to attend in the current lock down from the novel Coronavirus pandemic, many sportspersons have taken to social media to keep themselves busy with home exercise posts, awareness videos and also some funny banter for the entertainment of the fans. Team India stalwart Ravichandran Ashwin has come up with an ‘online coaching’ lesson, where he gives some tips on fielding, inspired from the one and only Rajinikanth!Advertisement Image Courtesy: NDTV/PTIAn iconic Indian film actor, Rajinikanth is well known across his fan base for the bizarre yet amazing action scenes in his movies. There are many such clips of the veteran that are found all over social media, and one such ended up in a Twitter fan session of Ravichandran Ashwin.The Team India star recently asked his followers to name their favourite non-cricketing sportspersons and actors who would shine as a cricketer, as he is making use of the time in self-isolation to connect to the fans through social media.Advertisement As many netizens came up with some witty and hysterical examples, Twitter user @manivannankama1 shared a movie clip of Rajinikanth where he is seen throwing bombs at enemies, indicating that how good of a fielder the actor could have been.“Hey ash…u forgot #thalaivar…that double hand pickup and throw🔥” the user commented in the Twitter thread.Advertisement This is just what Ashwin needed to crack a funny joke, saying that this ‘fielding drill’ should only be performed with soft balls and not explosives.“Online coaching alert: some fielding drills. Please try it at home but not with explosives, strictly soft balls. 😂 by our Thalaivar #lockdownlessons” the 33 year old’s hilarious reply read.Ashwin was picked up by Indian Premier League franchise Delhi Capitals back in November. However, the all rounder may have to wait some more to head to the 22 yards, as the currently postponed IPL 2020 may face further suspension, as BCCI is considering hosting the 13th edition of the cash rich league in July or in the winter season.India, which is currently observing a 21-day lock down, has seen 7,447 confirmed COVID-19 cases till date, and 239 patients have died.Also read-Yuvraj revisits Kevin Pietersen’s ‘pie chucker’ comment with hilarious troll on his IG post!Indian Olympian stuck in Covid-19 hotspot Phuket – but safe! Advertisementlast_img read more