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How many times do potential savers aim for the piggy bank but miss the mark? We all know that committing to a savings plan isn’t easy, and making regular savings account deposits can be even more challenging. That’s where Sharetec’s Save the Change feature comes in handy!

Save the Change provides a convenient and painless way for your Credit Union members to aim for their piggy banks and save with ease. This account feature helps them stay on target by building their savings accounts effortlessly and incrementally, without having to make larger, lump-sum deposits. Members can accumulate a modest savings, a little at a time—without even missing that extra change!

The idea behind Save the Change is simple: members’ debit card transactions are rounded up to the nearest dollar and the difference is securely deposited into a designated savings account. Funds can go directly into a member’s savings account or into another member's account, such as a child or grandchild. Eligibility only requires that the member have a savings account, checking account and a debit card set up to make purchases.

Provide your members with a savings plan that truly works! With Sharetec’s Save the Change, you’ll help your members hit the mark every time as they effortlessly transform their extra change into real savings. How’s that for a piggy bank?


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Sharetec’s Ultimate Checking allows credit unions to boost their revenue with an increase in interchange income. Ultimate Checking is a unique product that differentiates credit unions from competitors and doubles revenue compared to a standard share draft account. Not only will this product attract new members, current members will embrace it.

Gas & Electric Credit Union, located in Rock Island, IL, took advantage of Sharetec’s powerful Ultimate Checking module to launch a successful high yield checking account. "This was a product that we felt we had to have in order to compete. We pay 4% interest when various requirements are met and our members have really embraced it," remarks CEO, Daryl Empen. "Our debit card revenue grew 19% our first year and over 27% our second year. We have enjoyed 7% growth in checking accounts directly tied to this service, which has lead to more loans and other services."

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Who wouldn’t love the ability to sign important documents from a distance — even while enjoying a little rest and relaxation time? Your Credit Union members can do just that with Remote Signatures, Sharetec’s integrated remote e-signature solution.

With today’s busy schedules and limited leisure time, many members simply don’t have the luxury of taking a trip to the Credit Union to complete their financial business. Most likely, they would prefer to take a trip to the beach or some other remote location! Thankfully, Sharetec’s Remotes Signatures feature allows Credit Unions to securely capture data and legally-binding signatures, which enables safe, reliable and secure remote signing capabilities for members.

With Sharetec’s Remote Signatures solution, your Credit Union can:

  • Improve member service with fast, easy, secure and convenient new account setup or loan application completion from a distance

  • Reduce manual work and eliminate errors by capturing members’ signatures that are securely sent back to your system

  • Simplify member data updates and integrate with system records to automate new account setup, change of address, and more

By offering such capabilities, Sharetec clearly provides members with the ease, security and convenience they’ve come to expect—and helps Credit Unions improve their member relationships and operational efficiency. Sharetec makes all of this possible … so let the beach time begin!



Sharetec customers have great things to say about Sharetec. Below are just a few testimonials from customers about Sharetec and products offered.

"I love Ultimate Checking. It gives us a way to reward those who use us as their primary financial institution and it's a great sales tool. We have added a lot of new members to E-statements because that is one of our requirements to earn the higher dividend." Cari Palmer, Energy Plus CU

"We really love using the Sharetec interface for our member's account needs. I have been with the company for a year after transitioning from a different financial institution and I love that we are able to integrate so many different outside programs into one program. Thumbs up!" Alden Barnhill, Flag CU

"One of the things that I like best about Sharetec is the ease of E-Sign. We can input the loans on the system and in a matter of a few clicks the papers are off to our members no matter where they are at. Most of the time we can get the loan done in 1 day! Just as if they are sitting in front of us! So many members are happy that we have this now...And it saves us money by not having the additional postage fees etc." Shannon Pickett, Lennox Employees CU

"Results has been a great product for me to use for our Credit Union as I can create custom reports for many different uses. I have found Results to be incredibly useful for our purposes." Charlie Yenni, NSP CU

"After a day without internet I can’t say enough positive things in regards to Offline Processing. It made what could have been a real disaster much easier to handle here at Streator Community Credit Union!!" Betsy Rhynes, Streator Community CU


Guest Blogger: Kathryn Bianga, Great Lakes First Federal Credit Union Marketing Coordinator/Human Resources

3 Steps to Improve Your Marketing Efforts

Think about all the ads you see in one day: the logo on your coffee mug, the billboards on your way to work, the ads all over your Facebook page, the ads that play when you watch video streaming services…

These mentions are merely the large, noticeable ads that you encounter in a day! There are hundreds of other advertising methods the brain is subjected to leave a mark on your subconscious mind without you even realizing it.

With all of this advertising “clutter,” the question is how to differentiate and stand out. For a credit union, the concept goes even deeper: how do you stand out AND make your services seem enticing enough to convert strangers into members?

Define Your Target Market…Then Meet Them Where They’re At.

Before you can market successfully, you have to know WHO you are sending the message to. It’s true that the same type of marketing isn’t going to work on everyone. Your 18-25 age group is less likely to respond to a radio ad, the same way your 30-45 age group is less likely to respond to Twitter ads! Take a look at your member demographics to determine where the need to build membership is. Who should you be targeting with your marketing?

When you can define a target market, think about their interests. What do they do? How do they spend their free time? What platforms are they using for news, work, and entertainment? Take advantage of this information. Post your content on channels that you know your target market uses to ensure it gets visibility from the right person, at the right time.

Use Social Media for Engagement

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are all great ways to build a following and spread important news and updates to mass quantities…but your posts won’t mean as much as they’re receiving little to no engagement. Engagements and post clicks show how attractive, helpful, and intriguing your content is. Use social media ‘insight’ tools to see which posts receive the most clicks and shares. Try to model your future posts around your most successful ones.

Plan your posts carefully. Don’t post mindlessly without a plan or bombard your followers (one post a day is usually sufficient!) Fewer, more impactful posts that are well written and concise will have more of an effect on your audience than multiple, grammatically incorrect posts.

Lastly, use calls to action. ASK your friends and followers to engage with content, whether it’s by liking, commenting, sharing, or tagging. Tell them to click your helpful links or visit your website for more information. The more your followers engage with a post, the more visibility and reach it creates – getting your name out to more prospective members.

Create Helpful Content

Today’s audiences, especially millennials, are tuning out interruptive ads. They don’t want to be bombarded with displays of why your institution is the best among its competitors. In reality, they want to be helped, and they want to learn. Try to create educational content that helps your members (and potential members) solve problems. Consider starting a financial blog to cover real-world topics. Open up discussions on your social media channels for people to ask questions and submit topics. Create member surveys to see what areas your members want to learn more about, then create from there.

This helpful, informative marketing method can be credited to Hubspot, the creators of Inbound Marketing. To learn more about inbound methodologies and best practices, you can even become Inbound Certified free of charge, thanks to Hubspot!

By following these tactics, you can get on the road to a more progressive marketing strategy. It’s a process that will take time to carry out. Engagement doesn’t happen overnight, but slowly and surely, the more you’ll be ensured that when people do need services, you’ll be top of mind.