What does it take to redesign a credit union website?

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derik Krauss Derik is a cofounder of BloomCU, an award-winning website design agency for credit unions. His agency’s design work has received recognition from CUNA (Diamond Award), TheFinancialBrand.com, and others. He … Web: bloomCU.com Details So. You’ve decided to redo your credit union website design. Or maybe you’re still just thinking about it. Either way, it’s probably a good idea to know what you’re getting into. The truth is, each journey is different, because every credit union has slightly different needs and goals. However, there are some universal parts of the process that are pretty much true across the board. In this post, we’ll outline what it takes to redesign your site, from start to finish. Phase 1: Getting StartedUnderstanding your brandAny good website redesign starts with a conversation, either with your in-house team or with an agency. First, you should discuss your brand. What makes your credit union unique? What are your members like? Who do you want to reach with your website? If you know the answers to these questions, then you’ll have a much better idea of how you want your site to look and feel later on in the process. Understanding your goals The second thing you need to understand before you start is your goals. What’s important to your credit union right now? Do you want more loan applications and member sign-ups? Are you hoping to reduce the burden of your support team? Do you want to be known as a tech-savvy financial institution? All of the above? Outline these goals first, and then determine which ones could be aided by aspects of your site. For example, a great FAQs section could help your support team, and cool features like chatbots could be great for attracting tech-savvy millennials. Phase 2: The nitty-gritty Almost all websites incorporate some combination of images, copy, and design/layout. These will likely be the major components of your redesign, though you may invest in some amazing extras as well, like animations or background video. A chatbot example on Lifecu.orgHow will your new design look? Perhaps you are doing a very basic redesign and just basing it off a template you’ve purchased, which you will populate with new images and copy. Or perhaps you are choosing to create a truly stunning design, one that feels modern, sleek, and forward-thinking. Depending on your resources and goals, you will have the chance to decide which changes are most important, and prioritize them. In this phase, we always recommend design choices that a.) are consistent with your brand and b.) are backed by data. As it turns out, there’s a lot of information out there that can help advise you on where to invest your money in your new design. How will you implement your new design? After you’ve decided what you need your site to look like, you’ll need to make it come alive. Having pretty wireframes and mockups isn’t enough, you need a design that is fully functional, and hopefully, mobile-friendly. This requires development work (programming). Often, your development team, or the agency you are working with, will implement your design on a separate, private “dev” site, which can be seamlessly switched over to your actual web location when you’re ready to launch. That way, you aren’t doing intense overhauls while your members are trying to use your old site. How will you populate your new design? Once you have a new design and layout, you will need to populate it, primarily with images and copy. Some of these resources may be from your old site, or you may take the opportunity to make more growth-driven gains by writing copy that converts and collecting more authentic images. Phase 3: The transitionAs we mentioned above, typically you’ll be working on your new site on a separate domain while your old site runs “business as usual.” However, when it comes time to launch, you’ll need to make sure you’re ready for a smooth transition. You’ll want to determine that your current site host can handle your newer, fresher site, and if not, you’ll need to pick a new host. Celebrating your new site Before your new site launches, you may want to do a countdown on social media or on your old site, so that your members are prepared for what to expect. Once it’s up, you may want to write a blog post that gives a “tour” of the new features and changes. Testing your new site After your site is launched, we recommend tracking its success—the key to growth-driven design! Review the numbers on your original goals (such as number of loan applications) and see what has changed/improved. Then, don’t be afraid to keep experimenting with everything on your credit union website design, from your homepage content to your calls to action. Even if you don’t have the resources to do a full redesign every year, you can make small wins that add up big through continued experimentation and testing.last_img read more

Drugs probe: Fury paid me to lie, but never fulfilled £25,000 promise — Farmer

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Joshua: Tyson Fury won’t distract me Tyson Fury is facing a fresh investigation into his failed drugs test in 2015 after a farmer alleged he was offered £25,000 to lie and cover for the heavyweight champion. Fury and cousin Hughie were given backdated two-year drugs bans after testing positive for elevated levels of banned steroid nandrolone in February 2015. The pair blamed the elevated levels of the substance on eating uncastrated wild boar or contaminated supplements and insisted they never intentionally cheated. But Lancashire farmer Martin Carefoot has now alleged to the Mail on Sunday that he was asked to lie about supplying wild boar to the Furys having never done so and offered £25,000 for his services, which he was never paid. Carefoot claimed he signed two witness statements confirming he had been the supplier to the pair, which were both forwarded to UKAD via lawyers. UKAD have now promised to review any potential evidence and launch a fresh investigation if necessary as they urged anyone with further information on the claims to contact them. A statement from UKAD to The Mail on Sunday read: “We will always review any potential evidence in relation to any anti-doping offence, and take investigatory action where necessary. “If anyone has information that could be of interest to UKAD and its investigations on any matter, we urge them to contact us.” Fury tested positive in February 2015 but had beaten Wladimir Klitschko to become world heavyweight champion by the time he was charged by UKAD 16 months later. Carefoot alleges he was visited by a member of Fury’s team in November 2016 and asked to lie about supplying the meat products, signing two witness statements, including one with a line which read: “I supplied a range of animal meats and offal to Team Fury, including wild boar and pigs.” Carefoot told the Mail on Sunday: “I have never kept wild boar. I have never killed a wild boar. “I just went along with it, and they always dangled this carrot that I was going to get paid. When things got quite serious, they offered me a sum of money before it went to court in London, and a sum of money after. I went along with them because, I suppose, in my own way I was just helping them out. “I feel sick of the lies and deceit and the public need to know the truth.” UKAD spent close to £600,000 on the investigation into Fury, which was settled by a compromise before being heard by a National Anti-Doping Panel in December 2017. Fury’s management team, MTK Global, declined to comment on the allegations but promoter Frank Warren told the Mail on Sunday: “Back then, I was not promoting Tyson. “These allegations are totally unfounded and libellous.”Tags: DrugsHughieMartin CarefootNandroloneTyson Furylast_img read more

SAI-Kokrajhar students elated for archer Pramila Daimary ’s triumph in Asian Games

first_imgA CorrespondentKOKRAJHAR: The students of Sports Authority of India (SAI) Special Area Games Centre, Kanthalguri, Kokrajhar today gathered at the SAI complex in the morning and expressed their best wishes for Pramila Daimary’s triumph in the Asian Games to be held from August 18 to September 2 at Jakarta in Indonesia. The elated students chanted slogan for Daimary for achieving gold medal in the games.The BTC EM of Sports and Youth Welfare, Doneswar Goyary also joined the SAI students and hoped that Daimary will clinch gold in the Asian Games at Jakarta. He said the BTC Sports department had been giving all privileges for the players and achievers in the national and international arena and the council pays respect that bring laurels for the council, state as well as for the nation. He said his department was extending support to all sports achievers and Pramila Daimary was also given the same support.Goyary said there had been some allegations that the council often failed to provide due attention and facilities to the international achievers, but this is completely false and baseless. He said the BTC has been looking after the welfare of sporting talents in every field, taking up improvement of infrastructures. He also said the council used to felicitate the international achievers of boxing, archery, taekwondo, football or other disciplines during the celebration of Bodoland Day on 10 February every year. He also said there was neither discrimination nor ignoring of their achievement in the council but it has been giving equal importance for the development of sports.The Director (I/C) of Kokrajhar SAI Pradip Brahma said as many as six players from Assam have been selected for Asian Games at Jakarta in Indonesia in different events. They are Pramila Daimary (Archer), Hima Das (Athletic), Shiva Thapa (Boxing), Rodali Baruah (Taekwondo), Wasmita Chaliha (Badminton) and Kabita Debi (Taekwondo). He said the players will leave for Indonesia today to participate the Asian games.Hailing from remote village of Udalguri district, the poor parents of Pramila Daimary used to sell vegetable as livelihood. But despite financial hurdles, Daimary has been achieving in her carrier and becomes one of the top ranking archers of the world. People of the region expect to bring laurel to the people of the country by clinching gold in the Asian games.On the occasion, a tree plantation programme was also held in the SAI complex. EM Doneswar Goyary started the plantation of sapling where Director (I/C) Pradip Brahma and other coaches also took part.last_img read more

NBA free agency: Willie Cauley-Stein ready to ‘move on’ from Kings, his agent says

first_imgAfter four seasons with the Kings, center Willie Cauley-Stein is ready to move on. His agent told the Sacramento Bee that he has asked the Kings to allow his client to become an unrestricted free agent.  Raptors’ Danny Green on potential White House visit: ‘Hard no’ The Kings released a brief statement in response to Montgomery’s comments.“Willie is a great player who has shown he can fit our style of play,” the team said. “Beyond that, we can’t comment further.”Cauley-Stein, 25, was selected by Sacramento with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Montgomery added: “I’m hopeful they will not even give Willie his qualifying offer.”Cauley-Stein led the Kings to a 39-43 record last season while averaging 11.9 points on 55.6 percent shooting, but his agent feels that the center won’t reach his full potential with Sacramento.”We haven’t felt that he’s been able to get what has been necessary for him to be able to lead the franchise the way he wants to,” Montgomery said. “We are very, very thankful for the opportunity that was presented to him, but we just think it’s not working. It’s not going to work. It’s just time for a fresh start. We need a fresh start and maybe the Kings do, too.” “I really think Willie needs a fresh start,” said Roger Montgomery, a representative of Roc Nation Sports. “Based on how things have gone for him there in Sacramento, I just think it’s time for Willie to move on and we’d really like him to move on.”Cauley-Stein finished the final year of his four-year contract and the Kings have until June 30 to extend a qualifying offer to make the center a restricted free agent. That would allow the Kings to match any offer Cauley-Stein receives from another team.  Related Newslast_img read more