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Are Millennials Finding You Attractive ?

February 11, 2016

As time marches on, we find Millennials coming into their most financially productive years, and they need financial services. In 2010, Gen Y made up only 17% of vehicle sales. Five years later, that number has grown to 28% of sales, while Baby Boomers and Gen X have flatlined or fallen back (according to J.D. Power and Associates). Many credit unions are considering process improvement in order to refine their processes to better appeal to Millennials but, believe it or not, easy appeals to any generation!

Consider the lending process from a Millennial’s perspective:

  • How long will I have to wait for an answer? (Most things in my life so far have been instantaneous. I have never had to wait for the annual TV broadcast of “The Wizard of Oz” or for the radio station to play my favorite song, or sit through boring commercials)
  • How many hoops do I have to jump through? (I have to drive somewhere to sign something? On paper? I have to gather a bunch of documents?)
  • How many stipulations are on the deal? (Are all of these questions necessary? Why is this application so long? How does the other online place I found do it without all this? Why can’t this be easy like Amazon?)

Are you getting your fair share of Millennials’ business? Can you be found where they are looking? Are you offering the type of experience they value and expect? Have you considered that making things easy will appeal to other generations – not just Millennials?

Facebook recently published a white paper on Millennials and Money that uncovered some key findings. The Millennials on Facebook are turning out to be financially conservative, with a focus on paying off debt and saving. Unlike previous generations, Millennials talk openly about money matters and they talk about them online, crowdsourcing for their financial advice – the modern-day version of word of mouth. Who better to dispense financial advice than credit unions? The question is, are you part of that online conversation?

Even if you are, is the experience you’re providing relevant to this generation? It’s well known that Millennials “live” on mobile, and while they are often multichannel users, they typically start their journeys on mobile. How do you show up? People expect things to be easy and convenient. If you need inspirational ideas for how fast, easy, and convenient the financial experience can be, look no further than the internet for non-traditional competitors like Lending Club or Quicken’s Rocket Mortgage. How does your experience compare? It is commonly said that this generation isn’t loyal. Why should they be if others are offering a far superior experience?

Have you fully revamped your lending and account opening processes – often the first exposure your potential member has to your credit union – with the Millennial in mind? This takes a hard, honest look, which isn’t easy, but keep in mind that some of your toughest competitors have already done it. Don’t forget this benefits other generations. How many Baby Boomers miss going to Blockbuster to rent a movie?

Process improvement is typically conducted with a goal of eliminating waste, which is critical, but tying in the strategic goal of providing a rewarding experience across generations is key to remaining relevant as a financial institution into the future.

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