Michigan First Credit Union is one of the state’s top five credit unions, but they had never advertised outside their own membership. As they began to expand their reach beyond southeast Michigan, it was time to make more potential customers aware of their unique brand of banking and their one-of-a-kind 24/7/365 call center, 365 Live.
Though Michigan First was very popular with its own customers, there was little awareness of the credit union among non-members. A mass media campaign was necessary to spark consideration and build a foundation for entering new markets.
Brogan worked with Michigan First to develop a marketing plan, creative brand platform, and mass media recommendations for two key markets – Detroit and Grand Rapids. The campaign positioned Michigan First Credit Union as a hero solving consumers’ after-hours banking dilemmas. Portraying these dilemmas as melodramatic, slow-motion tragedies added a humorous twist.
The media mix included social media, email marketing, radio and magazine print ads. In addition, we used digital units such as targeted display banners, rich media, an online video, online search, Spotify and an interactive mobile trivia game. Native advertising also allowed select Michigan First blog content to be featured in context of other news. Each creative unit directed consumers to a website landing page to "learn more" about the benefits of joining Michigan First Credit Union.
In less than one year, Michigan First has seen a significant return on its marketing investment. Community members are getting more opinionated about Michigan First Credit Union. The number of community members who answered ‘not familiar’ or ‘not sure’ dropped from 86 percent in 2014 to 68 percent in 2015. Positive numbers are up from 13 percent to 23 percent. More members are aware of 365 Live and nonmember recognition of the credit union’s unique service platform increased by 37 percent. The campaign call to action—visit MichiganFirst.com—worked hard, helping drive a 20 percent increase in website traffic and up to 74 percent increase in visits to key conversion pages.