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American Express Shines a Light on Small Businesses to Promote Cashback Offer


'The Big Small Takeover' from Dentsu Creative UK creates new media space that puts local businesses across the UK in the limelight

American Express Shines a Light on Small Businesses to Promote Cashback Offer

American Express has kicked off an innovative marketing campaign running over five days that has saw a secret selection of Britain’s small shops turned into big canvases.

Over the past week, several shopfronts across the UK were transformed into animated canvases, informing passers-by they can enjoy 5%* cashback on all their purchases when they use their Amex Platinum Cashback Everyday Credit Card, as a new Cardmember for the first three months (up to £100).

Love Walk Café in London, Soukous Gift Shop in Bristol, and Tariff & Dale in Manchester were among the small shops turned into these beacons, with messages encouraging people to not only shop locally and earn cashback at the projected shops, but many others in the surrounding area – from 'every gift in here' and 'every handcrafted drink one min that way', to 'a dance class two mins up the road', 'the escape room five mins that way' and all the ramen, pubs, tea shops, DIY shops, and hairdressers in between.

Amex is shining a light on these small businesses - literally - by using the latest projection mapping technology to turn the entire shopfront into a billboard, working with the shop to not just put them in the advert, but at the heart of it.

The campaign is a part of a wide backing of small businesses by Amex. 2022 marked ten years since the American Express Shop Small campaign** launched in the UK, and the tenth year of Small Business Saturday. American Express continues to be the principal supporter of Small Business Saturday, which encourages the nation to back their high street and enjoy the benefits of ‘shopping small’, whatever their budget.

More local shopfronts continued to be put into the limelight as Amex continued 'The Big Small Takeover' at a secret list of locations. From a pub to a yarn shop, many businesses will get the takeover treatment in different cities across the country.

Andrei Ciripitca, marketing VP at American Express, said, “I’m excited to bring our cashback offer to life with an innovative and eye-catching campaign that also backs small businesses; a long-term commitment at American Express.”

Rebecca Bone from Norfolk Yarn in Norwich said, “I’ve taken Amex since the day we opened. It’s a reliable service and I love the idea of our tiny store taking part in a national campaign”.

*New Cardmembers get 5% cashback on all purchases for the first 3 months (up to £100). Terms and minimum spend apply to get cashback. Representative 28.1% APR variable. 18+. Subject to status.

** Terms apply. 18+. Subject to status.

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Categories: Credit cards, Finance

Dentsu Creative UK, Mon, 27 Feb 2023 16:05:46 GMT