How do we drive consideration?

At a glance

Credit Unions offer the same products and services as banks, with a business model that puts people before profits. So why do so few Americans put them front of mind for first choice of financial institution?

We created the first category-wide campaign to convince people to reconsider joining one of America’s 5,500 credit unions. In the first state to launch, we helped deliver a record-breaking results for new members in the campaign’s first year.

The full story

CUNA (Credit Union National Association) commissioned regional qualitative data to identify barriers to membership, along with a nationwide quantitative survey to assess the relative weighting of each barrier. The research revealed two key issues: people didn’t think they were eligible to join a credit union, and people perceived credit unions as local institutions so thought they would be tied down to one location. These weren’t product problems, they were misperceptions. We set out to change them.

To unite the association’s 5,500-member credit unions, we first developed a category-wide brand platform and messaging guide to execute research-backed communication with consistency. Next, we developed ‘Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union’, the industry’s first category-wide advertising campaign.

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Increase in the number of consumers in the state likely or very likely to join a credit union


Consumer recall of the Open Your Eyes ads (beating benchmark by 100%) 

Minnesota’s credit unions had their best ever year by number of new customers, APH and total revenue

“Our team is fabulous - as good as it gets. They are responsive, engaging and are willing to constructively challenge things that aren’t in our best interest. They are superb talents”

Douglas Kiker, Chief Communications Officer (former), CUNA


Financial Services



What we did

Brand & business strategy