Other versions can be viewed on a Barclays YouTube channel.
I’m an avid fan of engaging Clients into an interaction. To show them, that they are part of our brand, to use their creativity (and do part of our job instead of us…). If properly conducted, it can be extremely beneficial, by i.e. showing our modern face, how open are we on new ideas etc. In this case Barclays decided to promote their contactless payment solution , by creating a competition where Clients could post their versions of this commercial, their own waterslide.
Sounds ok, but I see one main fault on the conception stage – campaign is only directed to the technical advanced/superior Clients. Clients who will know how to make a movie and post it. It is not a simple think-a-lame-promotional-slogan-for-us task. This is a demanding project. Additionally, even if Client meets our basic requirement – knows how to make a movie, doesn’t have to be good at it… And probably will not be. So, obviously we’re promoting semi or full professionals. You may say that this is what competition is all about, but remember – we want to engage our Client, so we shouldn’t discourage him. The winning video is cool, but it wasn’t made by an average Joe… Also, with YouTube you’re completely upfront. It is hard to ‘cheat’. People can immediately see how popular your campaign is, how many entries you have etc. That is only good when we have of what to be proud, but when our campaign is completely missed – it will be hard to ‘hide’ the failure. I’m just naming potential dangers, there should be a sort of consolation prize for obviously tech-disadvantaged people, so they could also participate.
Concept – waterslide and contactless payment, hmmm the connection is not immediate but when you finally know what the spot is about, it works. It shows you the speed and easiness of transactions, and well it is what it should be doing. You can feel freedom, are not bounded with your money, cash is not an anchor for you, speed etc.… In general a good idea, and definetly a breeze of freshness.