The Story

Despite its 60-plus years in business and status as the 12th-largest credit union in the country, Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU) was becoming crowded out of the market in the city of Spokane, where more than 20 different credit unions had opened their doors.

WSECU asked us to create a digital brand awareness campaign that would intrigue millennials using their limited marketing budget. We started by conducting unfocus group research, then crafted a long-term vision for the brand.

We decided that while most credit unions were leaning in to look more like community banks, we would pull back to remind everyone that a credit union is, first and foremost, a financial co-operative. We encouraged the community to collectively keep committing to the common good, and to contribute to a better tomorrow: “Let’s Co!” And to engage with the Spokane community in a distinctive way, we added analog elements to our digital campaign strategy: As we built microsites, a swell social media presence, and digital advertising, we also connected WSECU employees with their communities by actually getting them out on the streets, interacting with their members (and potential members).

After brand awareness was established, phase two of the campaign involved asking people — especially millennials —  to become WSECU members: “If you ever need a little help, look us up.” Our efforts saw a 133% increase in new millennial membership in Spokane.

Communicating the Significance of Co-ops

To improve brand awareness in Spokane, Washington, we spent nine months showing off the best (hidden) part of WSECU — how they care for their members and community. That’s the collaborative spirit of WSECU, Co-Op Credit Union.

Say Hello to the Co Corps

To balance our digital efforts, we created an epic analog experience: the Co Van to carry the Co Corps from coffee shop to festival to soup kitchen — all with the goal of providing experiences of delight.

Commit To Today, Contribute To Tomorrow

So many messages focus on living for today — or focus entirely on tomorrow — but our research confirmed that people really want to balance both. And we agreed. So, we made some commercials about the today/tomorrow balance.