Bacs, the not-for-profit organisation behind Direct Debit and the Current Account Switch Service in the UK, is promoting the current account switch guarantee through a new integrated campaign created by Engine.
The campaign is fronted by the Switch Guarantee Guy, an ultra-smooth character who’s spreading the word that it’s never been easier for UK customers to switch current accounts.
The work incorporates TV, cinema, radio, social media and press activity. A new website has also been launched to provide customers with help and support on how to switch, as well as listing the participating banks and building societies.
Creative work was led by Engine’s customer engagement specialists Partners Andrews Aldridge. Engine Media and The7Stars handled media planning and buying.
In the TV spot, the Switch Guy brings to life the benefits of the Current Account Switch Service through an adaptation of Isaac Hayes’ classic ‘Shaft’ theme tune. The new arrangement was conducted by iconic composer John Altman and performed specially by a 25-piece orchestra at Angel Studios.
Peter Cattaneo, director of The Full Monty, The Rocker and Lucky Break, directed the ad. It will run in 40-second and 20-second versions across all major commercial TV channels throughout September.
So far 3 million people have already switched seamlessly using the free-to-use Current Account Switch Service, which helps individuals, small businesses, charities and trusts move their current accounts between banks and building societies in a simple, reliable and stress free manner.
More than 40 banks and building society brands are now part of the service and over 99% of UK current accounts are covered.