African Bank appoints Black River FC as its ATL advertising agency

Media Update | January 22, 2019

African Bank has appointed Black River FC as it's above the line (ATL) advertising agency. According to African Bank, the appointment comes at a time when it is entering a new era as a fully-fledged retail bank and starting to play an increasingly significant role in changing banking in South Africa. This year, African Bank will launch MyWORLD™, its new banking product. This will enable customers to access a range of financial products with the bank, all under one roof. It is anticipated that the new product and service offerings will appeal to a larger customer base, and Black River FC will be responsible for driving the brand’s performance and connecting the business to its current and incoming customer base. Kaibe Mollo, African Bank’s head of marketing, says, "We are delighted to welcome the Black River FC team. We were impressed with their pitch presentation and felt that their approach resonated most closely with the bank’s vision. They have an exciting repositioning challenge ahead of them."

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Her role in the campaign is inspired in part by the legacy of her family, whose belief in the power of travel and the hotel stay to connect people and cultures continues to motivate Hilton Team Members around the world today. In addition to Paris, renowned actor Catherine O’Hara lends her voice to the campaign, with TV commercials first airing in the U.S. on July 25 and audio rolling out shortly thereafter. “Today, as we make company history with Hilton’s first brand platform, we’re reminding guests that at the heart of a great trip is a great stay and that it’s just different when that stay is with Hilton,” said Mark Weinstein, Chief Marketing Officer, Hilton. “Today, as we make company history with Hilton’s first brand platform, we’re reminding guests that at the heart of a great trip is a great stay and that it’s just different when that stay is with Hilton,” said Mark Weinstein, Chief Marketing Officer, Hilton. “As we enter this next era of travel, it has never been more important to consider where you stay – and Hilton is uniquely committed to making sure your stay is everything you need it to be.” Hilton and TBWA\Chiat\Day New York, Hilton’s agency since 2017, used TBWA’s Disruption methodology to architect the bold new vision, born from the insight the hospitality industry has become almost entirely focused on the destination, not the stay itself. Consumer research uncovered “the Stay,” and being cared for, are the crucial elements that can make or break any trip. So, Hilton is doubling down on its new brand platform to prove to its guests that truly, “it matters where you stay.” The platform will permeate nearly every consumer touchpoint, from broad-reaching consumer advertising through the travel planning process and the guests’ stay with Hilton, as well as post-stay. “With ‘Hilton. For the Stay,’ we are more fully connecting our external customer marketing to our purpose – staking our rightful claim that Hilton owns the Stay,” said Weinstein. “The idea of the Stay was incredibly natural to Hilton, and yet no one else was talking about it. As others tout the generic virtues of travel, minimize the role of the hotel and the hotel team members, and romanticize the destination, through our platform and the campaign it inspires, we’re reminding travelers that ‘It Matters Where You Stay’ and boldly affirming ‘Hilton. 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