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HomeEquity Bank Empowers Retirees to Stay Put with Cheeky New Campaign

Zulu Alpha Kilo launches new brand platform and fully integrated campaign

HomeEquity Bank Empowers Retirees to Stay Put with Cheeky New Campaign

After posting record mortgage numbers in 2017, HomeEquity Bank, providers of the CHIP Reverse Mortgage, announced the launch of a new brand platform today. Created in partnership with Zulu Alpha Kilo, the new brand introduces a redesigned logo, evolved brand positioning, a new visual identity, and a fully integrated campaign that is intended to set the brand up for continued long term growth.

“The Canadian population is ageing and many homeowners feel that they have no other choice than to sell the house they love to finance retirement,” says Yvonne Ziomecki EVP – marketing and sales. “Our research has shown that 93% of people over 65 want to retire in their home. We’re tremendously excited about this new direction for our brand because it is about empowering Canadians to live the life they’ve earned.”

The work to kick off the brand relaunch encompasses both traditional and non-traditional creative executions. All of the work tapped into insights gleaned from national research, in speaking to Canadians aged 55+ about retirement planning. In one spot, we see a young couple encouraging their parents to downsize and sell their house before the parents have some fun with that idea by suggesting they move in with the young couple. Another ad shows an overly persistent real-estate agent approaching a house to convince an older couple to sell their home, before they take matters into their own hands. A third spot shows two young parents in front of a house talking about making an unsolicited offer, simply because the homeowner is older. The parents end up getting a lesson from the older, but spry homeowner who overhears the conversation.

To compliment the TV commercials, DRTV with hard hitting messaging was also produced. In keeping with the brand narrative, the same on-camera characters were featured to help bring consistency throughout the consumer journey. Each execution plays a unique role in educating and empowering retirees to take back control of their retirement dreams. Rounding out the launch was a web site refresh, digital ads, and series of ambient executions that were designed to look like real-estate advertising but instead of speaking to selling or open houses, they use headlines such as: “SOLD On Staying Put.” Similar messages were also applied to tear away posters and door hangers that all pulled from the various executions by encouraging people to stay in the home they love.

“This is about empowering retirees,” says Zak Mroueh, Chief Creative Officer and Founder at Zulu Alpha Kilo. “There is a huge misperception about what it means to be retired. People feel patronized when they’re pressured into something they don’t want to do – like selling their home. We knew that these situations would be relatable to our audience and that we could really strike a chord with them.”

The launch campaign kicks off today and runs through to 2019.

Strategy and creative was led by Zulu Alpha Kilo with media planning and buying by OMD and PR by Jacki Nelson of Nelson Connects.

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Client

Advertiser: HomeEquity Bank

Clients: Yvonne Ziomecki, Vivianne Gauci, Joe Heale, Niary Toodakian, Carly Whittamore

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: Zulu Alpha Kilo

Copywriter: Irfan Kahn

Art Director: Shawn James

Strategist: Tim Hopkins

Producer: Jac Benoit, Teresa Bayley

Executive Creative Director: Patrick Scissons

Chief Creative Officer: Zak Mroueh

Media Agency

Media Agency: OMD

Media Planner: Dwayne Mataseje, Mitchell Cornelisse

Production Company

Production Company: Partners Film

Director: Michael Downing

DOP: Barry Parrell

Producer: Gigi Realini, Jill Godbold, Shannon Barnes

Casting Director: Steven Mann

Offline

Edit Company: Zulubot

Editor: Jay Baker

Post Production / VFX

Producer: Julie Neff / Alter Ego

Animators: Ian Flaig /Alter Ego

SFX: Eric Perrella, Sebastian Boros/Alter Ego

Compositor: Eric Perrella, Sebastian Boros /Alter Ego

Sound

Sound Company: Eggplant Music & Sound

Sound Engineer: Nathan Handy

Producer: Nicola Treadgold

Other

Photographer: Shereen Mroueh

PR Agency: Nelson Connects

PR Team: Jacki Nelson

Category: Banking , Finance/insurance

Genre: Comedy