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first direct Returns to Irreverent Beginnings


JWT London & MPC intro us to the brand’s talking platypus – and he is very cool

first direct Returns to Irreverent Beginnings

first direct has launched a new fully integrated brand campaign to run across TV, press, digital and outdoor media.  Breaking the category mould, the campaign uses first direct’s quirky and humorous personality in order appeal to a wider audience. 


Created by JWT London, campaign launches with a series of 10 second teaser TV slots and outdoor media on 22th May with the 60” TV commercial airing on 27th May. It will run in the UK through to November and is the first major campaign that the bank has run in recent years. 


JWT London worked with visual effects company MPC to bring the star of the ad, a talking platypus, to life.  Barry, as he is fondly known, is seen walking through his neighbourhood, meeting up with curious friends and advocating first direct along the way. 


In the outdoor and online banners, thoughtful philosophies and reasons to believe statements bring the bank’s personality to life.


Lisa Wood, first direct’s Head of Marketing commented: ‘It’s turning into quite a year for us at first direct.  We recently put our name to the first direct arena in our home town of Leeds and now we’re back on TV with a great new campaign which highlights the un-bank like nature of the brand.


‘The aim of the campaign is to show customers there is an alternative to the high street banks, highlight why we’re different to a wider audience and also reconnect with our loyal customers in a more physical form.’




Project name: first direct brand relaunch

Client and Job Title: Lisa Wood, Head of first direct Marketing

Creative agency: JWT London

Executive Creative Director: Russell Ramsey

Creative Director:  Jason Berry

Art Director: Kevin Masters

Copy Writer: Miles Bingham

Agency Producer:  Sian Parker

Planning Director (creative agency): Guy Murphy

Planner (creative agency): Chien-Wen Tong

Business Director in Charge: Caitlin Blewett

Account Director: Phil Ridsdale

Media agency: Mindshare

Media planner: Nikki Gunning

Director: Dom and Nic

Production Company: Outsider

Production Company Producer: John Madsen

Post-production and VFX: MPC. Lead Animator – Tim Van Hussen, CG Supervisor – Anthony Bloor, VFX Supervisor – Chrys Aldred

Editor: Struan Clay, Final Cut

Sound: Gary Walker & Phil Bolland, 750mph

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Genres: Visual VFX

Categories: Finance, Banking, Fri, 24 May 2013 13:35:13 GMT