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Credit Union Blogs – NerdWallet’s Picks

by on March 11, 2013

 

A good blog is hard to find. A good bank blog is even more difficult to find. But, there are a few, awesome, tech-savvy credit unions that work hard to connect with their members through social media. We’ve put together a list of these credit unions to highlight the special ways they try to energize and encourage their members. Whether they are promoting fun activities and events, posting informative or funny articles, or providing educational resources, these blogs help bring the credit unions and their members closer together.

Hopewell Federal Credit Union – Heath, OH

Hopewell Federal Credit Union’s blog is chock full of good credit union information. Posts run the gamut from background on products offered by Hopewell, to financial and lifestyle tips. Every so often, they will post links to interesting articles at various news sources that they think you will enjoy reading. Hopewell Federal Credit Union has branches in Heath and Newark, Ohio. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works or worships in Licking County, Ohio.

Northwest Community Credit Union – Springfield, OR

Northwest Community Credit Union’s That’s So Northwest blog is designed to entice the younger consumers in Oregon, while still being user-friendly enough for the more mature set. Their blog posts are personable, with a very specific Oregon-centric bent. The writers’ distinct voices allow them to share aspects of their lives while talking about financial concepts or credit union products. Sometimes they simply post about fun things they enjoy, like scarves (“Scarves//Etsy//Joy”), or write funny articles that segue into serious discussions about cancer research (“The Moustache is Bad, but Cancer is Worse”). Northwest Community Credit Union has 13 branches in Northwest Oregon. Membership eligibility information can be found here.

Spokane Federal Credit Union – Spokane, WA

Spokane Federal Credit Union’s blog’s design makes it easy to promote. The bright, colorful pictures that accompany each post add to the fun flavor. Their posts revolve around credit union events or relevant products, but they include stories or details about members that make each post unique. They even do a Q-&-A with new staff and post pictures, so you can get to know them. Spokane Federal Credit Union has 2 branches in Spokane, Washington. Membership eligibility information can be found here.

Community Financial Credit Union – Broomfield, CO

Community Financial Credit Union’s blog covers a lot of ground. They have posts that range from branch updates to financial tips and advice, with community news, banks news and membership news all in between. Their posts are concise and easy to read, to ensure you get the information you need quickly. Community Financial Credit Union is located in Broomfield, Colorado. Membership eligibility details can be found here.

Great Lakes Credit Union – Perrysburg, OH

Great Lakes Credit Union’s blog puts a different spin on the usual blog format. Instead of posting articles, the credit union posts a series of videos wherein the credit union’s President and CEO, David Seeger, discusses important issues of the day. His most recent post was about the sequester, but he’s done many unique and funny posts with titles like “Are You Dating a Deadbeat?” and “When She Makes More: The Breadwinner Role”. Great Lakes Credit Union has branches in Sylvania and Perrysburg, Ohio. Membership eligibility information can be found here.

Great Basin Federal Credit Union – Reno, NV

Great Basin Federal Credit Union’s The GB Blog makes sure you know the people who are posting. Each writer has a separate, individualized profile that highlights their particular interests. Posts include bank news and information, but they also branch out to discuss sports, philanthropy, entertainment and pop culture. Posts like “Nerdonomics 101” and “Eating Facebook Crow” appeal to the various interest of the credit union members. Great Basin Federal Credit Union has branches in Reno and Sparks, Nevada. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, owns a business, or goes to school in Washoe County, Nevada.

Educators Credit Union – Racine, WI

Educators Credit Union seeks to expand their social connection with their blog, and they do a great job of attracting attention by making their posts both funny and relevant. A recent example includes “A Zombie Apocalypse and Your Car”, which discusses the many problems (and offers solutions!) you would face with a zombie attack, including a flat tire. Educators Credit Union has branches in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Walworth and Waukesha counties, Wisconsin. Membership eligibility information can be found here.

Greenville Federal Credit Union – Greenville, SC

Greenville Federal Credit Union recently re-launched their website to better take advantage of mobile technology. Their blog is new, and offers helpful financial information, as well as posts about credit union events and initiatives. Greenville Federal Credit Union has branches in Greenville and Greer, South Carolina. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Greenville County, South Carolina.

Taleris Credit Union – Brooklyn Heights, OH

Taleris Credit Union brings their members all the news, financial info and special offers they need with their blog. You’ll find posts about special promotions, new products, and community news, in addition to fun offers, like a recent post for discounted Cleveland Indians tickets. Taleris Credit Union has branches in Brooklyn Heights and Seven Hills, Ohio. Membership is available to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union – St. Paul, MN

Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union’s blog team does a great job of bringing a little personality to their blog. Posts cover a wide variety of topics and always have a friendly, casual feel (“Our CEO is Freezin’ for a Reason!”). You can get information on recent finance trends, credit union products and interesting news. They work hard to make sure you drop your bank account and switch to a credit union. Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union has 26 branches in 19 Minnesota cities. Membership eligibility information can be found here.

AltaOne Federal Credit Union – Ridgecrest, CA

AltaOne Federal Credit Union may have just started blogging only recently, but they have big plans. Check back soon to see posts about financial management advice, news, credit union events and policy updates. We’re definitely looking forward to seeing more posts about credit union politics (seriously). Most people, even credit union members, aren’t up-to-date on the important changes happening in Washington that will affect their wallets, for better or worse.

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  • http://vcu.com/ Vantage Credit Union

    This is a great list, thanks for putting this together! I would also note Linn Area Credit Union’s blog, too. We recently discovered them and the design and voice are just so personable! They’re at http://www.linnareacu.org/blog/

    • NW_Nico

      I’m glad you liked the article! And thanks for the tip about Linn Area Credit Union–they do have a great blog!

  • http://vcu.com/ Vantage Credit Union

    Also worth noting are the 18-25 year old Young & Free bloggers at many credit unions and associations across North America! A major part of their responsibility is keeping up with daily blog entries about finance and managing themselves well in the regions where they live. They can all be accessed here: http://www.youngfreehq.com/

    • NW_Laura

      We love Young and Free’s work! Thanks for sharing.