Integrated: McCann Centrala and Barclays UK

McCann helped Barclays encourage over 55s to take up mobile banking and use the Barclays App ID and verification feature, whether in branch or on the phone. This campaign scooped the PMW Integrated Award for generating thousands of incremental app registrations in just it'd first week alone. 


McCann Central

Trust Anchor: Driving digital adoption amongst the ultimate resistors, Barclays UK

Barclays wanted to encourage older people - those aged 55+, to take up mobile banking and use the Barclays App ID and verification feature, whether in branch or making telephone banking transactions.

Insight showed that this group of customers lacked confidence in technology, so the App ID was repositioned to them offering an additional layer of certainty: the knowledge that no one can impersonate them. 

Based on the understanding that these customers are less likely to be found online, the campaign utilised the more traditional channels of radio, press and in-branch. The creative idea was ‘Only you can be you’, summing up the ID verification functionality, and combining it with an emotional appeal to customers’ own sense of individuality. The copy brought to life those quirks and eccentricities that make each person unique, expressed in a warm, humorous way.  Imagery was carefully chosen to be representative of confident, happy, mature people, directly looking at the camera, demonstrating that App ID puts customers in control. 

The focus on fraud prevention was ramped up with a play on the often-used pandemic advice to ‘Stay Safe’ – combined with the offer of support to download and set up the app for those less confident with digital technology.

The campaign more than met its objectives, with thousands of incremental app registrations in its first week. In branch, registrations to the Barclays app in this channel also grew across the campaign period overall, despite footfall being down, and across telephony, the app registration rate also increased. 

Highly Commended 


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