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Credit Unions, at least in the eyes of the general public, are notorious for having outdated websites, inconsistent social media efforts and little to no mobile presence.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 »
DOHA, Qatar (AFP) — Qatar will kick off the 2022 World Cup at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, organisers announced yesterday, as they revealed the schedule for the finals.In a joint statement, FIFA and Qatar’s Supreme Committee organisational body said that the gas-rich Gulf nation will start the World Cup at the 60,000-capacity ground on November 21.The final will be held at the 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium in Doha nearly a month later on December 18.The opening match will begin a group stage that will feature four matches a day for 12 days, spread over eight stadiums around Qatar.Group matches will kick off at three-hour intervals, beginning at 1.00pm local time, with the late match kicking off at 10:00pm local time.The tournament will then jump straight to the last 16, with two matches a day until two rest days and the start of the quarter- and semi-finals, which will both be spread over two days.Qualification for the World Cup has begun in Asia and Africa, but is yet to start in Europe, the Americas and Oceania. Organisers said yesterday that the draw for the finals would be made “after the March 2022 international match calendar qualifying window”.Both the Al Bayt and Lusail stadiums are still under construction, although the Al Bayt ground — which takes its shape from the traditional tents used by nomadic peoples in the Gulf region — is nearing completion, according to World Cup organisers.Last week rights group Amnesty International claimed that around a hundred migrant workers at the Al-Bayt stadium, which is 50 kilometres north of Doha, have yet to receive outstanding wages in full after not being paid for up to seven months.Earlier this month several sources told AFP that World Cup organisers will lay off an undisclosed number of staff as Qatar cuts costs amid the coronavirus economic downturn.Qatar has one of the world’s highest per capita infection rates.