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Digital Transformation in Action – CU of Colorado's Innovative Journey

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By Prisma Campaigns
January 22, 2024

In the dynamic world of financial solutions, Credit Union of Colorado's recent strategy to increase deposits and streamline certificate of deposit (CD) sales online stands as a testament to their commitment to innovation and member-focused services. At Prisma, we're proud to have played a pivotal role in this journey, demonstrating our platform's adaptability and problem-solving prowess.

This article details how Credit Union of Colorado was able to increase deposits with the help of Marketing Automation.

The Initiative: A Shift Towards Increasing Deposits

A partner of Prisma since 2019, Credit Union of Colorado has over 80 years of service, 170,000 members, and $2.81 billion in assets. In May 2023, akin to many credit unions, rather than to seek loans as usual, Credit Union of Colorado had to prioritize deposits. To attract new money and retain their existing deposits, they launched a competitive CD offer and sought to introduce an online, self-service model to facilitate member interactions and transactions. This marked a shift from their traditional approach, which involved in-person or over-the-phone interactions, creating friction in the process.

Prisma's Role: Facilitating a Seamless Transition

Leveraging Prisma's integration capabilities, Credit Union of Colorado embarked on a transformative initiative. Their strategy involved multiple components.

  • Digital Engagement
    Leveraging Prisma and Tyfone's integration, they've deployed targeted banners on digital banking platforms, drawing attention to the CD offers.
  • Data Handling and Ticket Creation
    Leveraging Prisma's ability to integrate with other tools by adding Web Service processes to the campaigns, Credit Union of Colorado integrated Prisma with Zendesk and enabled efficient collection of member data and ticket generation for seamless processing.
  • Backend Automation
    The seamless connection between Prisma, Zendesk, and their core, facilitated automated account creation and transaction processes.
  • Direct Member Communication
    Automated notifications confirmed CD setup, enhancing transparency and member satisfaction.
  • Enhanced Limits and Security
    ACH transfer limits were increased to $100,000 and robust security measures were implemented to prevent fraud.

Results: A New Benchmark in Member Services

  • This initiative led to impressive outcomes:
    • Over 10,000 leads were generated
    • A conversion rate of about 15%, leading to the opening of over 5,500 CDs
    • A total of $186 million in deposits across three separate campaigns
    • Most notably, the last wave saw a significant increase in member self-service, indicating a successful shift in member behavior and preference

Kelly Wagner-Grull, Director of Member Experience, Innovation and Digital Services at Credit Union of Colorado, who played a pivotal role in this project, remarked, “Such high-level integration and transformation opened up a world of possibilities for us, showing if CDs can be this accessible, why not other services? The success of this campaign is a steppingstone for further innovations.”

Reflections and Future Directions

This collaboration reflects our ability at Prisma not just to provide solutions but also to empower institutions like Credit Union of Colorado in their digital transformation journeys. The project's rapid deployment, expert collaboration, and continuous improvement strategies highlight our commitment to delivering efficient and innovative solutions.

As Credit Union of Colorado continues to leverage Prisma for their evolving needs, they set an example for other institutions in harnessing digital tools for enhanced member services.

Connect with Prisma Campaigns to learn more.

About Prisma Campaigns

Prisma Campaigns is a marketing automation platform specifically designed to help credit unions develop deep and empathic relationships with their members through personalized marketing campaigns. It uses a connected, data-centric approach to communicate with members on all your digital channels - email, SMS, online banking and mobile app. Prisma Campaigns’ open platform integrates with your existing banking technology and is ready to grow and expand with your credit union.

Prisma is trusted by 25 credit unions to enhance their member experience and increase conversion rates.