Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012 Credit Union Blog Round Up

Welcome to the new year! New years is probably one of my favorite holidays because of what it symbolizes: a fresh start, a clean slate, a do-over. A time to reflect on last year's successes and mishaps and make changes for the future. Make new years resolutions to do more, learn more, and grow.

In that spirit, I want to kick off this year by giving our readers my top 5 credit union blogs to watch in 2012. Personally I plan on keeping a better eye on these blogs myself. I chose them because they are updated frequently, and have a wealth of useful and informative content.

1. The Financial Brand
If you aren't already following the Financial Brand, you're in for a treat. Though content isn't only centered on Credit Unions (yes, it also pertains to those 'big banks' we in the CU biz love to hate), it follows news, trends, social media marketing and case studies, and MUCH more. Not to mention, the "Webinars" tab at the top of the page can introduce you to all kinds of valuable information.

2. The Credit Union Exchange at cutimes.com
Here you can find a wealth of information and the opinions of industry experts.

3. Mark Arnold
This guy is full of industry knowledge and expertise on everything from customer service to branding to organization.

4. That Credit Union Blog
Some of the focus here is on east coast credit union news, but overall the info is good and they have several contributors with something to offer, from info on general management faux pas to specifics on the industry. Check out '23 Credit Union Truths', or listen to any one of the episodes of 'Current Issues in Credit Unions.'

5. Laskos on Credit Unions
Since our focus at Kearley is marketing and advertising--a blog that focuses on these attributes specifically is just my cup of tea. Though not updated as frequently as the aforementioned blogs, Laskos provides a good, critical eye on the best and worst of credit union PR.

Hope you enjoy! Please leave links to any of your favorite credit union related blogs in the comments below.

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