Women’s Day celebrations, on 9 August 2019, in South Africa focused largely on the scourge of gender-based violence which affects women and this dominated media coverage, as well as government events. Much of the conversations were centred around the struggles…
Taking stock of financial services advertising was the focus of the Financial Mail AdForum, which took place at the Vega School in Johannesburg, in association with Ornico. The financial services advertising currently being flighted is very rational and fails to resonate, agreed the panel at the latest Financial Mail AdForum.
The financial services sector has shifted advertising focus from price sensitivity to paying attention to the human element. Nedbank’s TV commercial, which follows a bank note, Standard Bank’s ‘What’s your next’ and Capitec’s uses of its mobile app are just a few examples of messaging that tries to resonate on a human level.
The financial institutions in the media and brand intelligence research and insights include FNB, Nedbank, Standard Bank, ABSA, Capitec, Clientele, Assupol, King Price, Outsurance, First For Women, Coronation, Budget Insurance, Investec and others. Part of the debate by the panellists on the day was based on how uninspired some of the advertising in the financial services industry is, how focusing mostly on price leads to a lack of creativity in some of the work and as such causes the brands to be far too similar.
South African banks spent R70-million in television advertising that didn’t create strong positive consumer reactions. One bank in particular had 70% of the measured ad spend channelled to ineffective ads. This begs the question of whether advertising is pre-tested or stress-tested before going live.