Cornerstone Credit Union League launches ‘Feel the Difference’ campaign

Campaign aimed at energizing consumers to spur the credit union movement forward

PLANO, TX (June 28, 2016) — When it comes to selecting a financial institution they can trust, Cornerstone Credit Union League wants consumers to know they have only one real choice: a credit union. And to communicate the many differences that exist between a credit union and a bank, Cornerstone is launching its “Feel The Difference” multi-state campaign aimed at rallying consumers around the vibrant and member-centric credit union movement by sharing the benefits that come from being a credit union member. The campaign will begin its rollout in August 2016.

The “Feel The Difference” campaign was guided by research that gathered insights from consumers on the services, products and level of customer care they expect from their financial institution. The campaign will run in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma, targeting consumers primarily through streaming radio and digital media supported by video.

“Credit unions have a tangible and personal effect on the lives of their members, offering a value and level of trust that can’t be replicated at a bank,” said Jon K. Gorman, Cornerstone Senior Vice President Communications & Outreach. “Credit unions are not-for-profit, member-owned, and extremely committed to the success and prosperity of their local communities. As a member of a credit union, you have a strong voice in your financial future and in your community, and you have a financial institution relationship that puts you and your financial needs first.”

“As a credit union CEO who has been involved with Cornerstone in the development of and investment in this campaign, we are excited that the ‘Feel The Difference’ campaign will lead to greater consumer understanding of credit unions, resulting in the growth of members and assets,” said Jim Brisendine, president/CEO, Resource One Credit Union, Dallas, Texas. “Credit unions have always been a ‘best kept secret’ in the financial services sector, however, after this campaign begins to expose consumers to the benefits of membership, I believe the secret will be out.”

As a campaign that is focused on both member acquisition and retention, a toolkit has been specifically developed for credit unions that they can use to share elements of the “Feel The Difference” campaign

in their local areas. The toolkit is designed to support and complement local or existing credit union communications and marketing efforts. Advertising that is currently in production is being added to the toolkit to enhance its features. The toolkit will be delivered to member credit unions in the next few weeks.

“Cornerstone and the credit unions working collaboratively on this campaign have been very measured and thoughtful in their approach. We didn’t want to create a campaign that would compete with or replace existing efforts by credit unions or chapters. Rather, we aim to provide a clear and consistent campaign that can be incorporated into or complement existing efforts by credit unions, while also providing tools and resources for credit unions that need marketing and advertising assistance,” said Gina Wilson, president/CEO, Oklahoma Central CU, Tulsa, Okla.

About Cornerstone League

Cornerstone League is among the nation’s largest regional credit union trade associations, serving approximately 700 credit unions in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Cornerstone exists to advance the success of credit unions in the region through legislative and grassroots advocacy; regulatory and compliance support; training, educational, and networking opportunities; essential communications related to news and information affecting the credit union industry; and other products and services that establish Cornerstone as the essential partner for credit unions. For more information, visit  


Tanya Dittberner

Director, Communications and Media Relations

Cornerstone League

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