Is Your Brand on Instagram? Millennials Are

A new report from marketing firm Brogan & Partners says that Instagram is an ideal platform to reach Millennials, enhance your visual marketing, and increase engagement.

Northwest Credit Unions Recognized as Best of the Best

Two more Northwest credit unions have been recognized for their outstanding achievements—Columbia Credit Union for workplace excellence and O Bee Credit Union for business philanthropy.

WSECU to Hold Community Shred and Share Day

The credit union is inviting anyone to take advantage of this free service, and will also collect donations for local community partners.

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Dating Site for Credit Unions is Easy as 1-2-3

Strategic Link’s new CU Match Up is like a dating site to connect your credit union with the best business partners. Tell it a little about your goals and your culture, and it will tailor options to your needs. See a quick walkthrough here.

Northwest Credit Union Association Unveils Online Dating Site…and More

With its innovative new CU Matchup tool, the new site makes it easier than ever for Northwest credit unions to connect with strategic business partners and improve service to members.

Point West Completes CDFI Certification Featured in NCUA Video

Newrizons, Lighthouse Community, and Point West were featured as CDFI success stories in a new video series from the NCUA. Read an update on Point West’s CDFI status since the video was filmed.

CU Direct to Pay 3-Percent Dividend to Shareholders; Autoland Earnings Beat Forecasts

CU Direct announces that will pay a 3-percent cash dividend to its 102 credit union shareholders — the ninth consecutive year that it has paid a dividend. Autoland, Inc. reports increased earnings for the third straight year; gross margin, vehicle sales and the CUSO’s auto-loan-to-sale-retention rate all increased, the company says.

‘Piggy Bank Hero’ T-Shirts Help Junior Achievement Spread the Word about Financial Literacy

He isn’t faster than a speeding bullet, and he probably can’t leap tall buildings in a single bound. But the pink pig adorning new T-shirts from Junior Achievement and the Northwest Credit Union Foundation is a superhero nonetheless.

A.B. Stoddard, Associate Editor of The Hill, to Keynote Amplify Convention

A star-studded line up of speakers will talk media, messaging, innovation, and regulation at Amplify Convention in Portland Oct. 8-10. One of the keynote sessions and talent has been announced.

Autoland Earnings 76% Ahead of Forecast

The experience that Autoland provides for consumers, along with attractive leasing programs and vehicle prices, have returned revenue 76% ahead of forecasted earnings. That means the Strategic Link partner will be able to continue offering value to credit unions, auto dealerships, and main street consumers.

Advantis CU is Founding Partner of New Professional Baseball Franchise

Advantis Credit Union has signed on as a “Founding Corporate Partner” of the Hillsboro Hops. The Hops, a professional baseball team, debut June 14, ending a nearly three-year dry spell of professional baseball in the Portland area.

Compliance Question of the Week

Our credit union participates in indirect lending where the auto dealers sign up new members. What are the CIP rules for the credit union?

Autoland Reports Most Profitable Year on Record in 2012

Citing increased business referral volume from an expanded partner base and sustained car buying demand, Autoland, Inc. posted a year-over-year net profit increase of 174 percent in 2012 and also raised its auto-loan-to-vehicle-sale retention rate to a combined 82 percent, driving $93.2 million in auto loans to credit union partners.

Strategic Link Question of the Week

Our credit union is opening two new branches and remodeling a few others, and we need to furnish and decorate them. Does the NWCUA have any business partners who sell office furniture? I looked through the list of partners on your website, but no one stood out. Can you help?

Wanted: Passionate Credit Unions for Kids Advocates Under 40

Applications are now being accepted from energetic, dedicated, capable credit union professionals to join the Young Leaders for Kids board, an under-40 national advisory board for Credit Unions for Kids.

Autoland Awards Third Charitable Grant to Credit Union-Sponsored Organization

Autoland, a Strategic Link business partner, donated $2,000 to the Center for Comprehensive Care and Diagnosis of Inherited Blood Disorders in Anaheim, Calif., after the center was nominated by Financial Partners Credit Union.

Autoland Reports 25-Percent Sales Increase From 2011

Strategic Link business partner Autoland has seen continued growth this year, with 15 new credit union partnerships and a strong new-car sales market. Net profits through August have exceeded 2011 profitability by 99 percent.

Car-Buying Demand Drives Continued Profitability for Autoland and Its Partners

Having added 11 new credit union partners and with lead volume up 27 percent, Strategic Link business partner Autoland reported positive first-quarter earnings, including a 16-percent sales increase over the same period in 2011.