Since 1988, the CFI Group has been a leading provider of consumer feedback insights through analytics. The firm’s second installment of their Credit Union Satisfaction Index just found that online and mobile banking is more important than any other aspect of the member experience. No surprises there!

However if you dig deeper into the report, you will find that while mobile and online banking obviously play a crucial part in member satisfaction, branches remain key to member acquisition. In fact, the convenience of a branch’s location is one of the top member considerations when joining a credit union, and a CFI spokesperson stated that “even though the vast majority of members are using online and mobile banking, members still want the convenience of a nearby branch, exceptional service and the ability to access their accounts in-person if they choose to do so.”

Key Takeaway: Branch staff and branch convenience together accounted for nearly half of the overall leverage on satisfaction. Branch staff also plays a valuable role with a score of 92, reflecting members’ ongoing delight with the way they are treated during a branch visit. With these important facts in mind, consider making mobile and online appointment setting capabilities a priority at your credit union.