Instead of hitting the gym or quitting a bad habit, the staff at CreditUnions.com made our 2017 New Year's resolutions all about you, our reader. That's why, this week in January, we're launching phase 1 of a new look built around an improved reading experience.
Don't worry, the site still offers the same best-practice content you rely on and love. But we've added new ways to make those practices easier to digest.
And this is just the first step. Throughout the year, we'll continue to evolve the way we showcase all the things you want to see.
So, what's new today?
1. Better Style
Let's face it — style matters. And we've given ourselves a new look in 2017 that improves readability in a big way.
When you check out a newly released article, blog, or video, you'll notice a new look and feel to the text and images. We've got more white space (give those peepers a rest) and a cleaner design that makes different items stand out. Our pull quotes pop (and we're telling you who said what), our CU Quick Facts are quickly identifiable, and our images can run BIG! And for those of you who like putting faces to names, you can now see the pearly whites of the authors along with easy ways to share the content you love.
Plus, when we have a story that demands a lot of space to tell — think timelines and lots of graphs — we've got wide-format articles and drop down sidebars that allow you to see the full monty at-a-glance and then dive deeper where you desire.
2. Better Direction
We love the look of our new editorial pages, but we want you to stay around to read more than just this week's featured content.
So, we've also optimized how we identify your next best read. We've cleaned up the right-hand margin to include only two components — one of which is a recommended reading box that offers related content based on the subject your are currently reading about. For example, if you are reading an article about an innovative lending program, that “related” tab will show you more to read. Similarly, if you want to see what is popular with your peers, the “trending” tab tells you what else people are reading right now. We've improved our algorithms; take them for a spin.
If you're not sure you're really interested in a topic until you've read the full piece, you'll find more suggestions on what to read next at the bottom of each page. And seeing as you've made it to the bottom of the page, don't forget to leave a comment or rating. We've made that more intuitive, too, so please engage with us.
3. Interactive Graphs
Reading an article with data can spark ideas on how to analyze the performance of your own credit union. You might find a new peer group to compare yourself against or a new metric to benchmark.
Callahan's Peer-to-Peer financial analysis tool helps credit unions put data into context, and CreditUnions.com is now making that context easier to come by.
Peer graphs that run in new articles and blogs are now clickable and will automatically take you to that graph within Peer-to-Peer. There, after a few clicks, you can customize the graph to see how your credit union compares.
READING + ANALYSIS = A GAME CHANGER
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4. Mobile Makeover
Do you read CreditUnions.com on your mobile phone? If not, you should start today!
In addition to the changes on the desktop site, we've enhanced the mobile site, too. Easily search for credit union data or contact information, read an article, or check out the latest press releases while on the go. It's all at your fingertips.
This is just the beginning. We have exciting updates planned for 2017. Whatever your personal resolutions for 2017, we hope you add reading CreditUnions.com every day to them.