Why Do Members Value Your Credit Union?

This seems like a simple question with a simple answer.  Far from simple, we often find that when we ask this of credit unions, it leads to great strategic discussion about who the credit union is serving  versus who the credit union wants to serve, as well as how.

Value can generally be funneled into four different points – service, product, price and convenience.  These four points are how businesses operating in the same industry or even selling the same product differentiate themselves and attract consumers.

Take Walmart and Nordstrom for example.  Both are well-known retail chains but compete on different points.  Walmart primarily competes on price by selling products cheaper than their competitors.  Nordstrom, on the other hand, primarily competes on service by taking a customer-centric approach.

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