If your financial institution hasn’t implemented an inbound, content driven sales and/or marketing strategy, you’re not alone, but you are a little behind. No worries though, it’s the beginning of a New Year and there’s no better time to add an inbound strategy to your strategic initiatives. Inbound marketing (and sales), often referred to as ‘content marketing,’ consists of publishing content in the form of blog posts, e-books, templates, financial guides, infographics, video, and even podcasts so these content pieces are available in search results. Providing this content allows users the opportunity to engage with you, recognize that you’re available as a financial solutions provider, and generates “warm” leads for your sales team (read more about Content Marketing Services here).
Believe it or not, not all good marketing ideas for credit unions should come from other credit unions. Because Instagram is so new for CUs, I would venture to say that creating effective content ideas for this platform are even more challenging. At Social Stairway we follow MANY different IG accounts for inspiration… and we wanted to share a few with you! So, here are a few you might want to consider following for ideas to include in your next CU campaign. And believe it or not, NONE of these are other CUs!
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Ready or not, it's a millennial world; the rest of us just live in it. Millennials are those people born between the years of 1977 and 2000 and they now comprise 25% of the U.S. population. They also make up 21% of consumer discretionary purchases, estimated at over a trillion dollars of direct buying power. Some other important facts about millennials also include: 46% say that they have over 200 friends on Facebook 56% say that they are an early adapter of new technology They are avid content users and creators and post videos and photos they create 80% wish that companies would entertain them
One question we get over and over is 'Where can I find good social media content for our credit union?' And the answer truly is more simple than you might think… JUST ASK YOUR MEMBERS! Example #1: Ask Members Simple Questions on Instagram or Facebook About Favorite Local Businesses/Restaurants Recently we ran a simple comment to win contest for members around ‘get to know your customers’ day (which we changed to get to know your members day!). This is celebrated by businesses on the 3rd Thursday of each quarter, and we have found it’s a great excuse to learn more about your CU members.
This year we ran a 'Back to School' email nurture campaign for one of our clients. The main goal of this campaign was to get people to the credit union's website and promote all the great content the CU has to offer their subscribers and members. The results were out of this world! Take a look and see if there's some ideas you can implement for your own credit union marketing. Email 1 Subject: [3 Blogs] College, Credit Card Spending & Beyond Sent: Wednesday @ 5:41PM - 15.28% Open Rate This email was sent to their entire email list - over 20,000 people. Most of these contacts are current members, but some are contacts from eBook downloads or blog subscriptions. The open rate was a little low, but we were thrilled that 63% of the people who opened the email actually spent time reading the ENTIRE email. This almost never happens!
Disclaimer #1: These Facebook pages are NOT other financial institutions, as we often like to take inspiration from other industries and then use those ideas for the betterment of CUs. Disclaimer #2: Some of the Facebook pages might have content you don't like, or perhaps find offensive. Truth be told, I have a foul mouth and what I think is a well-developed, if juvenile, sense of humor. So, proceed with caution! 😳 With that all in mind, in no particular order, here are the 10 best Facebook pages for content inspiration. Credit Union marketing ideas, here you go! On your mark, get set, go....