Shortly after announcing a return to an older slogan, ASB is staying busy with the release of two new ads, both of which have an innovation theme. The first shows how the bank is rethinking credit cards in the mobile age, while the latter celebrates the much-awaited arrival of Clever Kash.
‘Just do it’, ‘Sure to rise’ and ‘Finger lickin' good’. Read over these slogans and you immediately know the brands behind them. Slogans, in any context, can immediately trigger brand recognition and all a company stands for—something ASB recently confirmed when changing its slogan back to ‘One step ahead’. We take a look at the decision and why the once retired idea still works today.
These days, we use our mobile devices for many aspects of life: for social connections, as a camera, a map, a video recorder, entertainment, guitar tuning. You name it, your phone can probably do it. And now, ASB is inviting more Kiwis to add payment to the list of things they do with their phones.
ASB has announced that it will be launching a new account on the popular Chinese social media website Sina Weibo (Weibo) in a move aimed at diversifying ASB’s means of communication with one of New Zealand's fastest growing demographics.
Recently, ASB re-developed kids' favourite Kashin the moneybox to bring it in line with our increasingly cashless society. And for its latest campaign in support of St John, the bank is keeping the focus on children by telling the story of an animated toy ambulance saving a solitary teddy bear lying in the garden.
While the numbers competing in the Auckland Marathon were down significantly this year due to the clash with the Rugby World Cup final, ASB had a foot in both camps as a sponsor of the All Blacks and the event. So it couldn't really lose. And its clever 'Run down Your Rate' campaign was the latest in a series of impressive sponsorship activations from the bank and its agency Saatchi & Saatchi.
Newspapers love big events, as brands hoping to show their tactical advertising flair tend to gravitate towards them. That was certainly the case after the 2011 Rugby World Cup win, as it was on Monday when the team backed that performance up by beating the Aussies. But we found a few more full-pagers in a special World Cup lift-out in the Herald this week, as well as some other rugby-related efforts.
ASB previously put its clients to work by getting them to accumulate as many likes as possible in return for lower mortgage rates. And for its latest campaign, the bank is again giving some of its customers control of how low their interest rates might go—but this time they have to sweat for it. As part of its 'Run Down Your Rate' competition, the bank has selected ten customers (through a random prize draw) who will be able to run down their interest rates during the ASB Auckland Marathon.
With the Rugby World Cup about to start tomorrow morning, there are bound to be a few tired All Black fans over the next six weeks. There's already a campaign from NZME called Push Back for Black that asks employers to go easy on rugby-loving employees. But if there's no leeway from the boss, then ASB is ensuring Kiwis get some extra stamina through stimulants.
While not rational by any stretch of the imagination, superstition is an integral part of sporting culture. And as the World Cup approaches, fans across the country will dust off their lucky trinkets and get them ready for the biggest tournament on the rugby calendar. However, these magical items aren't only pulled out during big sporting events. Whenever we need luck, they're dragged from the dark recesses of our wardrobes and put to good use. And in a quirky new spot, ASB has through Saatchi & Saatchi poked fun at the tradition of rugby fans to wear their lucky jerseys during important events.