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CEO

Best Innovation Group

John Best is recognized as a thought leader and visionary of technology advancements and financial application development within the credit union industry.

May 17, 2018
At a conference a couple weeks ago someone asked me what the number one most important upcoming technology there was for banking. Without hesitation, I answered, “artificial intelligence”.
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May 17, 2018
When I first started credit unions, branches were the thing. Home banking hardly even existed at that time and involved things like sending disks to members so that they could dial in to your organization like it was AOL.
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Oct 24, 2017
Modern members are no longer willing to wait for their credit union to provide them with what they need. Instead, they want it to provide the products and services they need now, when they need them – or even before.
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Sep 30, 2017
Members are the driving force behind all your credit union’s activities, and that’s understandable. Not only does your business strategy focus foremost on fulfilling their needs, but with directors who are members it’s a given that member interests will be top of the priority list.
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Sep 28, 2017
Through ups and downs, thick and thin, traditional and emerging schemes, one thing remains constant for credit unions: budgeting season. As we all know, October is the month credit unions start to strategically plan and budget for the coming year and beyond. The season typically begins with big ideas for growth and improving customer relationships, but sadly ends with a tight budget that reflects must-do tasks driven by government regulations.
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Aug 29, 2017
The future of your Credit Union depends upon how you adapt to the changing landscape of the financial industry. One aspect of the change is leveraging your greatest tool for fee income—debit and credit card interchange revenue. Take a look at some of the emerging strategies, then compare them to your CU's current approach.
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Aug 28, 2017
Most credit unions recognize the growing role and incredible benefits of technology in the financial industry. Some have been fast adopters, but many more have found it challenging, especially as rising costs for software and third-party services squeeze IT budgets. If credit unions are going to survive in a mobile and app-driven world, though, they’ll need to adapt or face falling behind.
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Aug 23, 2017
In the United States, the average credit union customer is 47 – in Canada, 53. Legacy members are entering a phase of life in which their spending may be more restrained. To continue growing, credit unions must seek new ground: The Millennial consumer.
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Aug 22, 2017
Most consumers have at least three credit cards from various sources. In addition, many people also carry one or two debits cards and a mix of gift and loyalty cards. A recent Gallup poll showed most Americans foresee the death of cash in their lifetimes, meaning all purchases will be made with credit and debit cards, as well as other forms of electronic payment. For the big issuers, this is rosy news, but for smaller institutions like credit unions, it can be stormy.
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Aug 22, 2017
Credit union interchange revenue is a key part of every credit union’s bottom line. Credit Unions have seen impressive growth and the industry looks to continue this expansion by growing markets size and keeping pace with improving technology trends. However, despite this growth, there are several factors that can limit your interchange revenue if you don't keep a careful watch on them.
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