MAP Releases Branch Best Practices Guide for Debit Card Programs
Research shows that the Visa debit card is one of the most popular of all credit union products. Understanding how best to offer a debit card in the branch is a great opportunity to increase member activation and usage of their cards.
Typically, branch staff view debit as a product that "comes with" a share draft account and may not spend much time talking about it. To help credit unions make the most of their debit card program, Member Access Pacific (MAP), the nation’s only aggregator of the Visa debit processing service platform for credit unions, offering a series of Best Practices based on research of local and national Visa debit issuers.
For example, Best Practice No. 1 is to simplify the in-branch product offering.
To make your member experience more pleasant and to keep your branch staff happier, it can be a good idea to trim down your product selection. Limiting the number of products offered helps to streamline the sales process, and utilizing market research can help you pare away products that are becoming less relevant. For example, paper checks are no longer being viewed as a standard offering, since Visa debit is becoming the preferred account access vehicle. Also, ATM-only cards are still viewed as a necessity by issuers, but most are taking steps to limit the distribution of those cards.
A recent study encompassing 10 of Visa's top 20 issuers shows how the biggest players narrow their offerings:
The key is not to bombard your members with a plethora of card options, but to create a few cards that will best fit the majority. Take some time, do your homework, and start with a sleek product line that will make your member experience smoother.
To receive a copy of the MAP Solution Series "Branch Best Practices Report” click here to download the PDF version of the report.
For more information about MAP's innovative debit, credit, prepaid, mobile, and ATM solutions, contact Bryan Elder at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reprinted with permission from Anthem, the publication of the Northwest Credit Union Association (www.nwcua.org).
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