More bang for the buck: Bricks or clicks?

first_imgBrick and mortar branches certainly aren’t going away. You’ll always need face-to-face interaction with members.But in-person service isn’t cheap – in 2014, the average credit union branch cost over $2 million to build and equip.  Even buying and refurbishing a closed branch of a competitor won’t save a lot of that cost. Sure, you can expense that over several years, but that’s still a big number on the ledger – especially for only averaging 7,200 transactions per month per branch.However, your most active members are seeing a lot more of your web site than your branches. Our credit union clients’ sites now average about four visits per month per member. In other words, an average midsize CU with about 20,000 members will usually get about 80,000 web site visits in a month – well over 10x the visits to one average branch. That’s 80,000 chances to get your message across and reinforce your brand in front of an active, involved audience – everywhere, any time, and on every device.Now let’s put these numbers in a budgeting perspective, shall we?Imagine if a credit union were to budget just over 1% of that average new branch cost to build a new web site. This would give you about $20-25K – enough to build a brand-new, mobile-friendly, responsive web site with an easy-to-use content management system.That’s right. For only 1% of the cost of a new branch you get 10x the opportunities to interact with your members.Even with secure hosting and maintenance rolled in, an up-to-date web site offers more bang for your buck than any other piece of your marketing or infrastructure budget. So before you get too involved in picking out the carpet and wallpaper for your next branch, make sure you’re getting the most out of the branch more members see more often than any other – your web site. 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kent Dicken Kent is CEO / Founder of iDiz, a full-service agency focused on Branding, Websites, and Big Ideas for credit unions that want to grow. He is also one of the authors … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Tokyo Gas to stock up on low spot LNG prices

first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy of Tokyo Gas)Japanese utility, Tokyo Gas could stock up its LNG supplies to take advantage of low spot LNG prices later in the peak winter season. Speaking during an earnings conference, Tokyo Gas manager of financial management department, Hirofumi Sato said the company is considering various ways to take advantage of lower spot LNG prices, Reuters reports.He added that the company could also look to renegotiate price terms in its contracts, however, it is only possible if the company accepts higher prices should the spot LNG value should rise.Tokyo Gas is focusing on securing flexible long-term deals that don’t have destination restrictions and volume restrictions.Earlier this year, Tokyo Gas negotiated a deal with Shell coming up with a pricing formula that is based on coal indexation. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more