Money Advice Service

The Money Advice Service is an organisation that provides free-of-charge advice on money and financial decisions to people in the United Kingdom.

The Brief

January is the most financially stressful time of the year. Holiday spending combined with being paid earlier in December mean that more than 1 in 4 adults in the UK struggle to survive financially during this period.

Our long term client Money Advice Service asked us to develop a video led content marketing campaign to provide actionable advice to people in the UK to help get the through this period.

Survive January

It was important that any content that we produced was viewed as relatable, authentic and not condescending. At the same time the financial problems that people experience during January are extremely serious and so the advice had to be highly practical.

To meet this challenge we decided not to approach typical “financial gurus” from the financial industry. Instead we chose to identify influencers inside of the online budgeting community that our target audience would relate to. This would also help us later on when we needed to gain exposure for the videos as many of these influencers already had large social media followings.

For each of the featured subjects – Adam & Tami, Carlton, and Thrifty Leslie- had their own unique colour palettes for the video. For example, for Adam & Tami we used a pink colour theme. The idea underlying this was that in an attention scarce online environment people will recognise and remember a colour even if they don’t recall the exact video.

The #SurviveJanuary campaign was extremely successful with the videos achieving collectively over a million views during the first few weeks online. Along with being featured widely through-out the online budgeting community, the campaign was also reported in The Daily Mail, The Daily Mirror, The Daily Express and The Metro. The number of people who downloaded their Money Advice Service financial tool-kit also hit record numbers in response to the campaign.

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