In a recent insightful piece featured in the Financial Brand, James Caliendo, CEO at PWCampbell, emphasized the critical role of embracing fresh branch technology approaches for the future prosperity of financial institutions (FIs) post-pandemic. Caliendo advocated for the expansion of branch technology offerings to include innovative tools such as interactive kiosks, iPad integration, digital marketing screens, and video conferencing—a sentiment we wholeheartedly support.

From the COVID-19 pandemic, credit unions have had to navigate uncertainties and adapt to the new environment. Technology like the lobby management solution of Better Lobby have enabled credit unions to adapt during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit unions are mission-first institutions that members and their local community rely on, include small business, the backbone of economies. 

Empowering Small Businesses: The Credit Union Difference

Credit unions are not just another financial institution—they are pillars of support for local communities and small businesses alike. Unlike traditional banks, credit unions operate as member-owned cooperatives, prioritizing the needs of their members and the communities they serve above profits. This unique structure enables credit unions to offer a range of tailored financial products and services specifically designed to support the growth and success of small businesses.

1. Access to Affordable Financing

Credit unions understand the challenges that small businesses face when seeking financing. That’s why they offer competitive loan rates, flexible terms, and personalized lending solutions to help small businesses access the capital they need to thrive. Whether it’s a business loan, line of credit, or equipment financing, credit unions work closely with small business owners to find the right financial solution to meet their unique needs.

2. Personalized Relationship Banking

One of the key advantages of banking with a credit union is the personalized service and relationship-focused approach they offer. Unlike large banks, credit unions take the time to get to know their members and understand their businesses. This personalized approach enables credit unions to provide tailored financial advice, support, and guidance to small business owners, helping them make informed decisions and achieve their goals.

3. Business Support Services

In addition to financial products and services, credit unions often offer a range of business support services to help small businesses succeed. From business checking accounts and merchant services to payroll processing and cash management solutions, credit unions provide the tools and resources small businesses need to manage their finances more effectively and efficiently.

4. Community Impact

Beyond their role in providing financial services, credit unions are deeply committed to supporting the communities they serve. By banking with a credit union, small businesses can feel confident knowing that their deposits are reinvested back into the local community through loans to other members and community development initiatives. This creates a cycle of support that strengthens the local economy and fosters growth and prosperity for all.

Supporting Small Businesses, Building Stronger Communities

In conclusion, credit unions play a vital role in supporting the growth and success of small businesses. With their focus on personalized service, competitive financing options, and commitment to community impact, credit unions are uniquely positioned to help small businesses thrive. By partnering with a credit union, small business owners can access the resources, support, and expertise they need to achieve their goals and build a brighter future for themselves and their communities.

Meeting the Demands of Tomorrow with Better Lobby

At Better Branches Technology, we have taken Caliendo’s recommendations to heart and have meticulously addressed each area with our Better Lobby modules, ensuring credit unions are equipped with cutting-edge solutions to thrive in the evolving banking landscape.

1. Interactive Kiosks & iPad Integration (Better Lobby Kiosk)

Our Better Lobby Kiosk module redefines member engagement within credit union branches. By seamlessly integrating interactive kiosks and iPad functionalities, credit unions can offer members self-service options, empowering them to complete transactions, access information, and engage with personalized content at their own pace. From account inquiries to appointment scheduling, BL Kiosk 5 enhances branch efficiency while delivering a tailored experience that resonates with members.

2. Digital Marketing Screens (Better Lobby Wall Display)

The Better Lobby Wall Display module transforms traditional branch environments into dynamic, interactive spaces. With eye-catching digital marketing screens, credit unions can captivate members’ attention with targeted messaging, promotional offers, and educational content. By leveraging the power of visual communication, BL Wall Display enhances brand visibility, drives product awareness, and fosters deeper connections with members, ultimately driving engagement and loyalty.

3. Video Conferencing (Better Lobby Flexible Branches Video)

In today’s digital age, the ability to connect with members remotely is more important than ever. Our Better Lobby Flexible Branches Video module empowers credit unions to offer virtual banking services through seamless video conferencing capabilities. Whether members seek financial advice, assistance with complex transactions, or personalized consultations, BL Flexible Branches enables credit unions to deliver the same level of personalized service virtually as they do in-branch, fostering trust and convenience while expanding access to financial services.

Key Takeaway: Enhancing the Member Experience through Technology

While technology will never replace the value of face-to-face branch interactions, its role in enhancing the overall member experience cannot be overstated. By embracing innovative solutions like Better Lobby, credit unions can position themselves at the forefront of member-centric banking, driving satisfaction, loyalty, and long-term success in the post-pandemic era.