Archive for the ‘Banking’ Category

NewGround Strategic Communications

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Built for Banking

Originally the Bank Building Corporation, NewGround has evolved to become a design-build leader in the banking industry. Along the way, the industry has undergone drastic changes that have made a big impact on architectural trends and retail banking experiences. For nearly a decade, NewGround relied on our team to help craft their B2B communications with sophistication and brand savvy. Working directly with NewGround senior leadership, we helped shape narratives and design compelling digital, experiential and print marketing communications. Our work helped to ensure their team was engaged at the earliest and highest levels with banks seeking new ways to meet the needs of modern banking customers.

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Brand strategy

web & digital strategy

messaging strategy

strategic communications

advertising

Adapting to the Market

As with every facet of the banking industry, NewGround constantly evolved their focus to ensure they were meeting the needs of their customers and partners. This required our team to pivot on a variety of communications and messages to ensure their teams had what they needed to make powerful connections.

Macon-Atlanta Bank Checking Accounts

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For Any Point in Your Life

As Macon-Atlanta State Bank continues to evolve its product offerings, they look to Magnetize to develop product designs that align with their brand. Their new line of checking products was all about deposit accounts that meet customers wherever they are in life. Inspired by the bank’s “Drop Pin” brand icon, our team created a line of product names that are not only closely tied to the bank’s brand, but reflect a key aspect of each product.

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Brand strategy

messaging strategy

advertising

graphic design

Rolling it Out

Our creative work went beyond product naming, developing a wide range of consumer-facing communications, published across channels that included in-branch signage, and traditional and digital advertising. The result is a product line designed around brand cohesiveness and purpose that shows the proof of this bank’s promise in its products.

Macon-Atlanta Bank Brand Strategy

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Making 1893 Fresh Again

Over its 125+ year history, Macon-Atlanta State Bank has cemented its role as a true community bank in northeastern Missouri. As larger national and regional banks began to encroach upon their market, they wisely adapted to the times, offering their customers all of the modern banking conveniences necessary to compete. But they needed a brand makeover that would resonate with new customers — and they requested we do this without changing their legacy logo.

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Brand strategy

messaging strategy

advertising

graphic design

It All Happens Here

The Magnetize team conducted research and a competitive analysis to create a strategic framework for the brand. Our findings revealed an approach to doing business that just simply could not be found anywhere else in the community. It began in the 1890’s when founder Jett Dearing rode on horseback to sell bank stock to area farmers. And that community spirit continues today as the Macon-Atlanta team makes financial recommendations based on how well they know their customers. Our creative team recommended a brand position that celebrated this relationship, which inspired the tagline “It All Happens Here.”

Bringing Community Back to Banking

Soon after the rebrand, Macon-Atlanta State Bank acquired a branch from a regional competitor in the nearby community of Monroe City, MO. The first order of business was to create a “bank branch transition toolkit” for existing employees who would now be working for Macon-Atlanta State Bank. The Magnetize team put its extensive employee communications expertise to use, creating a guide that would help the new team feel like valued employees and trusted brand ambassadors. We also developed a comprehensive suite of branch communications to support the bank as it arrived in this new community.

Missouri Valley Brand Strategy

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A Wealth of Expertise

When Bank of Franklin County created a new wealth management team, they needed their own brand identity. As an Ameriprise provider, this team of financial advisors offers wealth management expertise and services rooted in the friendly and approachable way that Bank of Franklin County does business. For operational reasons and because this team would serve an audience within and beyond the bank’s normal service area, our client requested a brand identity set apart from the main bank.

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brand strategy

advertising

identity design

Franklin Mortgage

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Autonomous, but Aligned

Shortly after we created a new brand position and communications system for the Bank of Franklin County, the marketing team reached out for brand support with a new mortgage services subsidiary they planned to launch in O’Fallon, MO. The bank’s leadership wanted an identity for the mortgage group that would feel somewhat autonomous, but also have subtle connections with the main bank.

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brand strategy

messaging strategy

advertising

web & uX design

business collateral

Fifth Third Bank

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National Reach, Community Focus

Often, marketing communications teams at larger banks are faced with interpreting high-level brand platforms for local needs. Being able to quickly focus the larger brand to meet business and community engagement opportunities can be a daily challenge. When the Fifth Third Bank marketing communications team needed to create advertising to highlight partnerships in the St. Louis medical community, they called on us. We found relevance in the tagline “The Curious Bank,” creating an advertising campaign that positioned Fifth Third’s support of medical research and development.

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campaign strategy

messaging strategy

advertising

graphic design

Making Connections

To create a genuine narrative and connection between Fifth Third and the medical community, we shaped unique stories of healing and research, reflecting the bank’s commitment to always finding ways to solve problems for the communities it serves. By leveraging our fresh perspective, we were able to develop simple, clear communications for their marketing team.

Bank of Franklin County Marketing

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Cohesive Campaigns

A strong brand narrative should rely on its collective communications, built on a cohesive platform that leaves room for targeted visuals and narrative when needed. From promotional campaigns to advertising efforts, we’ve worked closely with Bank of Franklin County to deliver engaging materials that serve up their brand promise across multiple channels throughout the community.

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campaign strategy

messaging strategy

digital marketing

advertising

Cross-channel Branch Expansion

A community bank brand relies on multiple tactics to ensure continued exposure to their target audiences. As Bank of Franklin County continues to adapt and expand its physical presence, we in turn re-align our strategic recommendations to include a variety of traditional and digital channels to maximize exposure to their markets.

Bank of Franklin County Communications

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Go for the Gold

Magnetize continues to provide specific event and initiative support for the bank, crafting custom messaging and concepts that work as an extension of their friendly brand promise. This Olympic-themed employee promo helped reinforce the bank’s mission for the staff — a fun reminder of why their customers choose their bank over others.

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Campaign strategy

Messaging strategy

illustration

Bank of Franklin County Brand

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A Brand New Bank

Founded in 2000, Bank of Franklin County sought a new brand position that highlighted its friendly values, modern conveniences and ongoing commitment to the community. Our team began the project by conducting research and brand analysis. Based on our findings, we crafted “Nice to Know,” an approachable and confident tagline that reflects the culture of this community bank.

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Brand strategy

web & digital strategy

content strategy

advertising

event marketing

illustration

video

Sharing a Story

Expanding on the friendliness and warmth of the tagline, our design team created a new brand look that uses inviting fonts and colors alongside interesting patterns. The mix of traditional and contemporary cues results in a comfortable brand experience anchored by modern banking amenities. Beautiful original photography and thoughtfully crafted collateral tell the story of the authentic relationships the bank staff have with their customers, while whimsical animation in TV and social video assets captures their friendliness and easy way of doing business.

To Be Frank

True community banking is all about relationships, so we created “Frank,” the Bank of Franklin County mascot. This friendly young face beneath the “F” styled hair is the brand avatar that personifies the “Nice to Know” promise in retail merchandising and digital communications. Our creative team continues to develop Frank’s character to support the bank’s deepening engagement in the communities they serve.

“Magnetize has been instrumental in the creation of a full design and brand identity project for our bank. The quality of work and, most importantly, the personal attention and customer service we receive makes this a true partnership.”
Lesley L., Marketing Director

Friendly & Approachable

In Franklin County, Missouri, banking is done differently. Tellers remember your name. Bankers are your neighbors. To embrace that philosophy, we chose a warm and inviting color palette for the brand, one that reflected the warm and friendly environment Bank of Franklin County offers its customers.