M&T Bank | Green Flag
Waving the flag for M&T.
In the midst of a turbulent economy, we were charged with creating a campaign for M&T Bank that reassured current customers – as well as potential new ones – that the bank was eager to offer the financial guidance and services to help meet today’s challenges. We wanted to reinforce M&T’s stature as one of the best performing banks in the country, and a strong ray of hope in a time of turmoil.
The green flag was born – with M&T’s vibrant corporate color and logo prominent – a new symbol of optimism, hope, and triumph over challenges. In our communications, we featured strong, confident people proudly raising their green flags. We communicated our message throughout M&T Bank’s markets, utilizing newspaper ads, TV, and of course, actual green flags waving wherever possible.
The campaign proved to be incredibly successful. By the end of the first year, the bank saw a significant increase in checking account openings over the previous one. Research also showed a healthy lift in unaided awareness of M&T Bank. These trends continued in subsequent years, making this one of the most significant – and recognizable – branding efforts ever by the bank.
We flew actual flags atop bus shelters.
When football season hit,
we got popular players into the act.
We evolved the effort in the fourth year to introduce Green Flag Country – a place where confident, optimistic customers reside and positive ideals reign.
Founded in 1856 in Buffalo, NY, M&T is one of the strongest banks in the country today, with a growing presence throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
A word from our sponsor.
The “Raise the Green Flag” campaign developed by Crowley Webb has been highly successful for M&T Bank. It has helped drive strong year-over-year increases in checking account sales while at the same time reinforcing the M&T brand.
Bob Moody, M&T Bank Administrative VP, Advertising