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Credit Unions, at least in the eyes of the general public, are notorious for having outdated websites, inconsistent social media efforts and little to no mobile presence.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

Severe or fatal COVID-19 very rare in children, study finds

first_img“The highest level message really has to be that (in children with COVID-19) severe disease is rare, and death is vanishingly rare – and that (parents) should be comforted that their children are not at direct harm by going back into school,” he told a briefing.Global data on the spread of the coronavirus pandemic shows that children and young people make up only 1-2% of cases of COVID-19 worldwide. The vast majority of reported infections in children are mild or asymptomatic, with few recorded deaths.For this study, published in the BMJ medical journal, Semple’s team looked at data from 651 babies and children under 19 who were hospitalized with COVID-19 between Jan. 17 and July 3.The six children who died all had “profound comorbidity”, the researchers said, and this was a “strikingly low” fatality rate compared with a 27% across all age groups – from 0-106 years – of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the same period. While the overall risk of children getting severe COVID is “tiny”, the researchers said, children of Black ethnicity and those with obesity are disproportionately affected, as previous studies in adults have found.The study also showed that children can have a cluster of symptoms including sore throat, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and rash alongside already-recognized COVID-19 symptoms of fever, breathlessness and cough. Children and young people are far less likely than adults to get severe cases of COVID-19 infection, and death from the pandemic disease among children is exceptionally rare, according to UK research published on Thursday.A study of COVID-19 patients admitted to 138 hospitals in Britain found that less than 1% were children, and of those fewer than 1% – or six in total – died, all of whom were already suffering serious illness or underlying health disorders.”We can be quite sure that COVID in itself is not causing harm to children on a significant scale,” said Malcolm Semple, a professor of outbreak medicine and child health at Britain’s University of Liverpool, who co-led the work. Topics :last_img read more

Partey set to snub Arsenal and sign new Atletico deal

first_imgAtletico Madrid midfielder, Thomas Partey is set to sign a new bumper contract with the Madrid based side, amid transfer links to Arsenal, according to reports in Spain.Spanish media outlet AS, Atleti will double the Ghanaian’s salary and release clause from €50m to €100m.Arsenal have shown a strong interest in the 27-year-old, however it has been reported that he has decided to stay, having become a key part of Diego Simeone’s side in the last couple of years.His current contract expires in 2023.The news will come as another bitter pill for Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, who has spoken of the need to strengthen his side to put up more of a fight for Champions league football next season.last_img