Member Retention Strategies to Increase Profit and Enhance Image

Baby boomers remain the most influential generation when it comes to economic decision making. The U.S. Census Bureau defines Baby Boomers as those born between 1946 – 1964. There are 76 million nationwide, and their influence on healthcare, technology, travel, and e-commerce is expanding. Continually engaging your members and understanding their needs are two of the most important facets of maintaining retention.

Member retention is just as important as member acquisition. Data-mining strategies that go into gaining new members should also go into improving relationships with existing members. Credit unions can positively influence retention rates by using data analytics to build relationships with members. High member satisfaction levels lead to greater loyalty and referral business. However, all members are not created equal; some relationships are worth more than others. It is vital to identify the most loyal and profitable members who will most likely drive revenue at your credit union.

Training your staff to be in a partnership with your members is another way to create loyalty and gain retention. Asking the right questions, giving them the proper training, and constant engagement with your member base are all ways to create need and comfortability.

Ensure you have a defined and credible marketing strategy to reach the demographic you are targeting in order to maintain retention. An accurate database is essential to send the proper campaigns to each target market. Member services, product offerings, and interest rates are all factors, but it is imperative to remember that marketing efforts can strongly influence retention. Credit unions must be able to communicate with members in order to up-sell and market appropriately. New offers and special rates should be aptly communicated to members. 

These strategies increase retention rates and help eliminate the wasted costs of sending inaccurate information to people. Improved marketing campaigns and member analytics enhance the member experience and increase up-sell opportunities. This enables credit unions to streamline operations and reduce costs.

Do you know your member demographic? Your current member base is already a captive audience. Let the professionals at Omega Benefit Strategies help you integrate these strategies to gain more loyal customers and achieve strong referrals.

Omega Benefit Strategies provides senior credit union members an educational resource for Medicare. Our turnkey marketing package seamlessly integrates with existing market strategies. We can help businesses increase new member acquisitions, bolster retention, cross-sell opportunities via our “scorecard” system, and even earn an ancillary revenue stream. Accommodating any size membership, we maintain exemplary member service and offer top-notch products. Contact us today by going to or call 888-404-5049.

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Benefits of Becoming a Resource for Clients

The key to unlocking a lifelong client can be found when you become an unwavering resource. Clients typically look for value; when you offer affordable expertise combined with quality products, they will be hard-pressed to seek services elsewhere. A strong, reliable business resource adds value to the client’s portfolio while continuing to provide top-tier products and services.

Some of the benefits of becoming a business resource or information hub for clients include:

  1. Authority: you become your client’s go-to for questions in the decision-making process. It is imperative to become a hub for your client when they have a decision to make. Financial planners, for example, consult hundreds of clients who share their entire monetary portfolios. Other life decisions are put into the hands of different business genres such as home, auto, and health insurance, mortgages, and attorneys for legal counsel. If you position yourself as a steadfast resource, you are further embedded as a business they trust.
  2. Retention: as a business hub, you are able to assist your clients with other stressors in their lives, which means they are far less likely to turn to your competition. They will value you for whatever primary product or service you are providing. Moreover, they will most likely value your insight and refer to you for other ideas. Your clients will appreciate a steadfast resource, making them more loyal to you.
  3. Referrals: the greater the number of loyal clients who trust your business, the higher your referral rate will skyrocket. Clients who are satisfied with your services and see your overall value will more-than-likely refer you to family, friends, and other businesses.

Becoming an authority, securing retention, and gaining referrals are all quite powerful benefits of acting as a valuable resource for your clients. Implementing these strategies will yield harmonious results.

Want to become a valuable resource for your Medicare clients? Contact the experts at Omega Business Strategies today to learn more about offering Medicare benefits to your company.

Omega Benefit Strategies provides senior credit union members and other groups an educational resource for Medicare. Our turnkey marketing package seamlessly integrates with existing market strategies. We can help businesses increase new member acquisitions, bolster retention, cross-sell opportunities via our “scorecard” system, and even earn an ancillary revenue stream. Accommodating any size membership, we maintain exemplary member service and offer top-notch products. Contact us today by going to or call 888-404-5049.

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Upcoming Annual Enrollment Period for Medicare

The annual enrollment for Medicare occurs from October 15 through December 7. Medicare health and drug plans make yearly adjustments to cost, coverage, and providers and pharmacies in their networks. During this time, it is possible for beneficiaries to alter their Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage to fit their needs better. The specific modifications are as follows:

  • Switch Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Return to Original Medicare (Parts A and B) if enrolled in the Medicare Advantage program
  • Sign up for a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan or Medicare Supplement Plan if enrolled in Original Medicare

Medicare beneficiaries should always review their plan, examining the Evidence of Coverage (EOC) and Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) materials included. If the plans are changing, beneficiaries should ensure the plan they are enrolled in will continue to meet their needs the following year. If they are satisfied that their plan will be sufficient for the next year, they do not need to make any adjustments.

Those who have Medicare supplements are able to change their program any day or time. If a beneficiary is new to Medicare, their Initial Enrollment Period (IEP) occurs three months prior to their birthday. For example, if that person’s birthday were in June, their IEP would be from March until September. Special Enrollment Periods are open to those who qualify due to a life event such as moving or retiring; during this time, the beneficiary can sign up for Medicare or change their plan.  

Annual enrollment is typically a busy time for agents. Is your business prepared to handle the influx of beneficiaries during the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period? If you need assistance, Omega Benefit Strategies is your number one resource to help prepare you and make confident Medicare decisions. Contact us today for advice on how to manage the rush.

Omega Benefit Strategies provides members belonging to credit unions, labor unions, and associations an educational resource for Medicare. Our turnkey marketing package seamlessly integrates with existing branding strategies. We can help increase new member acquisitions, bolster retention, cross-sell opportunities via our “scorecard” system, and even earn an ancillary revenue stream. Accommodating any size membership, we maintain exemplary member service and offer top-notch products.

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Costs Medicare Beneficiaries are Most Concerned About

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, many Medicare beneficiaries are worried about more than just their increased health risk or predisposition to contracting the virus. Large, unexpected medical expenses are more a factor now than ever.

A survey by polled more than 1,000 elderly (64-years-old and older) individuals to determine their views on several topics related to Medicare and healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results suggest a majority of current and pre-beneficiaries are worried most about out-of-pocket costs (66 percent) and unexpected medical bills (62 percent). In the United States, there have been 6.5 million cases of COVID-19 and 193,721 deaths.

About 35 percent of Medicare beneficiaries are worried about surprise medical bills if they contract COVID-19. If hospitalized through an in-network provider, a doctor who tends to the patient might not have a pre-existing agreement with your insurer; thus, bills the patient the full amount. Some Advantage Plans have temporarily waived the cost of treating COVID-19. However, the average price to treat a patient infected with the virus is $30,000. Generally, these surprise medical bills are infrequent, as the costs of treating a patient are partially covered by insurance. The specific amount, however, varies depending on their individual coverage.

Basic Medicare entails Part A (hospital coverage) and Part B (outpatient care/medical equipment), which are both associated with monetary costs. Since Part A does not include a premium (paid into the system through taxes), it does come with a deductible and copays for extended hospital stays. Part B does include a premium, deductible, and cost-sharing. These and other out-of-pocket costs worry most Medicare beneficiaries (66 percent), as stated above.

Fifty percent of Medicare beneficiaries have money set aside for their children or family to use for their health needs. Another 36 percent of the same beneficiaries have put off seeing a doctor due to costs associated with the visit.

At Omega Benefit Strategies, we understand the metrics of Medicare fees. We strive to provide the best Medicare options for your senior members. To learn more about the concerns of Medicare beneficiaries, read this article from CNBC.

Omega Benefit Strategies provides senior credit union members an educational resource for Medicare. Our turnkey marketing package seamlessly integrates with existing market strategies. We can help businesses increase new member acquisitions, bolster retention, cross-sell opportunities via our “scorecard” system, and even earn an ancillary revenue stream. Accommodating any size membership, we maintain exemplary member service and offer top-notch products.

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9 Reasons Why Credit Unions Should Turn Marketing Efforts from Millennials to Baby Boomers Right Now

It’s obvious why the “ever-elusive” millennials are the apple of every marketing team’s eye, as the population is soon to control 75% of the workforce. Millennials are demanding of the companies and brands with which they do business, they’re technologically advanced as it’s been ingrained into their habits from a young age, and they’re the most educated generation living now. They’re an attractive population, especially for credit unions and financial institutions who are seeking to lock in lifetime members from an early age. They are also easier to reach for less expense because 86% of this generation uses social media and it directly influences their buying habits.

Again, it’s easy to see why most financial institutions are focusing on the millennials, but I’m here to say that it’s time for credit unions to turn their attention back to the baby boomers. Here are nine reasons that financial institutions should turn their marketing sites to the baby boomer generation instead of the millennials:

  1. Let’s look at the sheer volume of people needing similar information simultaneously. Half of the entire US population is age 50 and over currently. 10,000 people are aging into government systems like Medicare and Social Security every day. The biggest year of the baby boomer wave won’t even hit until 2022 (those born in 1957) and the numbers will increase until then. This population of people is huge and looking for retirement information from trusted sources constantly. Why should they look any further than your credit union?
  2. People are living longer and have more time to accumulate wealth and, of course, spend it. The average male life expectancy in the United States is about 77 years old and for females about 81 years old. The average retiree’s biggest fear is outliving their money, yet they have three times the wealth of their kids and grandkids and are choosing to work longer. They also outspend every other generation, with a whopping $400 billion spent on goods and services each year. The predicted longevity of this generation gives a brand enough time to foster a lifelong relationship, even if it happens later in the member’s life. This time of a person’s life is also when they make critical decisions regarding retirement, and they spend more money with newfound extra time.
  3. Did we mention they control a lot of wealth? Baby boomers have more disposable income, more money in savings and loans, and they outspend every other generation. We’ve all heard the expression “show me the money,” and my response to that would be to point to the baby boomers. This generation makes up about 26% of the country’s population, yet they control 47% of the income. The group also owns 80% of all money in loans and savings accounts. The average baby boomer has about $24,000 a year in disposable income, and they have three times the net worth than that of their kids and grandkids. If you’re looking for members with money to spend, then look no further than the boomers.
  4. Boomer spending is already the highest among the generations and will continue to increase over the next two decades. Researchers are estimating that within twenty years baby boomer spending will increase by almost 60%, and in that same time frame, millennial spending is only increasing by 25%. The baby boomer wealth is vast and growing exponentially.
  5. Boomers are set to accrue even more money soon. This group is predicted to inherit over $15 trillion from their “silent” parents and grandparents. As the traditionalists (otherwise known as the silent generation) pass away and leave their legacies, many baby boomers will inherit significant assets. It’s estimated that another $15 trillion (or more) in assets will be in the hands of the baby boomer generation. Another amazing statistic- only 52% of boomers plan to leave inheritances for their children. The rest plan to spend it before they die! In fact, luxury travel is one of the most significant spends of the boomer generation.
  6. Everybody else is targeting millennials – but you were born to stand out! Only 5-10% of ALL existing marketing is directed at baby boomers. If you’re like me, then you would prefer to take the road less traveled. It may be against what competitors are doing but in a lot of cases that is a great thing. Going against the grain, especially when the numbers make sense, is a delightful walk on the wild side. Those who find and influence the baby boomers with their marketing will earn the more profitable members, and meanwhile, enjoy a less saturated target market for prospecting.
  7. You can access the millennials VIA the baby boomers. Most baby boomers influence their loved ones, especially kids and grandkids, which includes those mystifying millennials. Baby boomers have close relationships with their children and grandchildren (for the most part) and are influential in their brand and product choices. The millennials listen to their relatives, in fact, with 63% of them saying they use all or many of the same brands as their parents and grandparents. Moreover, 38% of millennials are willing to change brands because of a recommendation from a relative. If the baby boomers are directly influencing the generation that most CUs are targeting, then it seems a natural move to attract and delight that group as well.
  8. Baby boomers seek in-person engagement and are a highly attentive audience for seminars and workshops with topics they care about. Baby boomers tend to desire human interaction and connection when making a purchase or gathering research to make a purchase, much more than the millennial generation. Boomers care about important issues and take opportunities to learn and understand the retirement landscape they’re entering. Putting the human interaction together with a learning and social occasion is a match made in heaven! If you’ve ever struggled with attendance at your events, aim for the boomers to be your audience for better results and provide them topics relevant to their lives.
  9. Baby boomers are more loyal to brands than millennials, which means once you have them you are likely to keep them. While millennials are undoubtedly capable of brand loyalty, they make brands work a lot harder to keep them. They have higher expectations when it comes to customer service, probably due in part to the fact that they’ve always had options at their fingertips via their mobile devices. Not only that, but they are known to “jump ship” from brands for many different reasons. In fact, 80% of millennials would switch a brand simply to save money. Boomers are more loyal and additionally more likely to refer when they’re satisfied. When a member is genuinely loyal, they will buy about 66% more from you than your non-loyal members throughout the membership. It pays to have loyal members (pun definitely intended).

So, there you have it. Nine reasons why I believe that credit unions need to take a walk on the wild side and change up their target market. Take it from me- I’m a millennial who markets to baby boomers for a living. Millennials are an obvious market to choose because of our near domination in the workforce and our demanding consumer habits, but we waiver and easily “brand jump” when we can save a buck or are unhappy with customer service. Growing up in a world where we have “option overload,” millennials are the riskier group to recruit. I hate to admit it, but as a millennial, I absolutely believe that.

Baby boomers have massive wealth and not near as much debt as millennials, they’re more loyal when given opportunities to get to know a brand, they’re more likely to refer when their delighted by a product, service, or brand, and to top it all off, very few brands out there are marketing to them. Baby boomers are where it’s at.

We’ll be breaking down how to market to baby boomers with some tips and tricks for CUs in future posts. Follow our blog and comment with more topics you’d like to see!

Stay classy, CU world!

Cortney Ventrone


Sources: 1) “The Generational Shift in Brand Loyalty” by Guest Contributor, SmallBizClub., 2) “How Brand Loyalty Differs Among the Generations” by Matt Graywood, Modern Restaurant Management., 3) “30 Customer Loyalty Stats You Need to Know” by Sara Spaventa, 4) “31 Stunning Baby Boomer Population Statistics” by Brandon Gaille,

Tips to separate your brand from your competition

  1. Don’t wait to make meaningful connections.
    1. The time to cultivate personal connections with your clients should not only be prior to a launch or an event. The time to create these relationship should start when your client begin the process to becoming a client. The quicker you create that relationship, the quicker your client sees your company more as a person than a business. If you can make a personal connection with your clients, you will see an increase in retention and loyalty.
  2. Make it playful.
    1. Allow your clients to see the playful side of your brand! You can use subtle hints such as color schemes, or you can be bold and create a nice game or animation as they are waiting for a landing page to load. Many companies have created sketches and funny one-liners for their clients to listen to while they are waiting. Brands everywhere are capturing their audiences in a more playful style to engage and entertain them.
  3. Be bold with your hiring.
    1. Don’t be scared to go bold, or to try new things. If you are looking for longevity with your clientele, attracting the younger generation is the way to go. The younger generation will allow your brand to grow, be experimental, and reinvent the brand if needed. Being bold also means using social media platforms to their fullest ability. For example, using an Instagram story to create a poll, or creating a Snapchat filter for one of your events.
  4. Share precious moments.
    1. Allow your clients to see the beautiful moments that your brand creates. A couple of ideas are celebrating clients/employees’ birthdays, hosting a monumental sale, attending or hosting a community outreach event, and sharing client success stories. These moments can really humanize your brand and company for people, almost instantly. Highlighting these events not only help retain your current clients, but it allows you to cast a wider net of prospects.
  5. Make it worth sharing.
    1. We all know the best marketing is word of mouth. If a picture says 1,000 words, then posting a picture allows us to speak without saying anything. If the moment that was photographed was shared…your brand could reach millions of people in seconds! Every picture, video or image that is posted on the behalf of your brand should be a piece of the overall story that you’re trying to create for your clients and prospects.