Digital Marketing Consultant Akshat Singh Bisht
Digital Marketing Consultant

How Capital One UK Promotes Financial Literacy for Credit through Credit Made Clearer Campaign

Credit Made Clearer" Campaign by Capital One UK​

The “Credit Made Clearer” campaign by Capital One UK aims to address the lack of transparency around APR (Annual Percentage Rate) in credit card offerings. This initiative, launched in partnership with Rise at Seven and Built by Kinetic, features a transparent billboard at London’s Victoria Station to raise awareness about repricing and ensure that individuals considering credit card applications are informed about the potential increased cost of borrowing. The campaign emphasizes the importance of providing customers with clear and relevant information, such as eligibility and rates, before applying for credit, enabling them to make informed decisions. This effort by Capital One reflects a commitment to transparency and empowering consumers with the knowledge needed to navigate the credit landscape effectively.

The "Credit Made Clearer" campaign by Capital One UK aims to address the lack of transparency around APR (Annual Percentage Rate) in credit card offerings.

The “Credit Made Clearer” campaign by Capital One UK, developed with Rise at Seven and Kinetic, addressed the lack of transparency in credit card APR repricing. Using innovative transparent billboards in hightraffic locations, the campaign aimed to build trust, educate consumers, and drive engagement by promoting Capital One’s “Real Rates” promise.

 Problem Statement
The financial industry often faces criticism for opaque practices, especially concerning APR repricing. Consumers frequently find the terms and conditions confusing, leading to mistrust and dissatisfaction. Capital One UK identified this as a significant issue and launched the “Credit Made Clearer” campaign to address these concerns and differentiate itself from competitors.

 Campaign Objectives
Increase Awareness: Raise public understanding of APR repricing.
Build Trust: Position Capital One as a transparent and trustworthy financial institution.
Educate Consumers: Provide clear information about APR repricing.
Drive Engagement: Encourage interactions with the campaign and brand.

 Marketing Research
Capital One conducted extensive market research to understand consumer frustrations with APR repricing. Surveys and focus groups revealed that a significant percentage of consumers felt misled by unclear APR information. This research informed the campaign’s focus on transparency and clear communication.

 Marketing Strategy
The strategy centered on using outdoor advertising to symbolize transparency. By placing transparent billboards in busy locations, Capital One aimed to visually convey clarity. The campaign was supported by digital and social media efforts to expand reach and engagement.

 Buyer Persona
Demographics: Adults aged 2545, urban residents, middle to high income.
Psychographics: Financially aware, value transparency, techsavvy.
Behavioral: Frequent credit card users, cautious of financial terms, prefer brands that prioritize customer service.

 Marketing Funnel
Awareness: Transparent billboards in hightraffic areas, social media ads.
Interest: Engaging content on social media explaining APR repricing.
Consideration: Detailed information and customer testimonials on Capital One’s website.
Action: Encouraging consumers to check their APR rates and contact Capital One for more information.
Retention: Ongoing communication about transparent financial practices.

 Execution of Campaign
1. Creative Concept: Transparent billboards with simple messages about APR clarity.
2. Location: Hightraffic areas like London’s Victoria Station.
3. Digital Campaign: Social media posts, digital ads, and educational content on the website.
4. PR and Media: Press releases and media coverage to generate buzz.

 Challenges and Problems
Logistics: Installing transparent billboards in busy urban areas required careful planning.
Messaging: Ensuring the simplicity and clarity of the message without oversimplifying the complex topic.
Measurement: Tracking the campaign’s impact on brand perception and consumer behavior.

 The Ad and Catchy Points
The ad featured transparent billboards displaying messages such as “APR repricing made clear.” The visual metaphor of transparency directly correlated with the campaign’s message, making it memorable and impactful. The simplicity and directness of the messaging were key strengths.

 Key Elements and Messages
Transparency: Clear and straightforward communication about APR repricing.
Trust: Emphasizing Capital One’s commitment to honesty and customer service.
Education: Providing consumers with the knowledge to make informed financial decisions.

 Platforms and Channels
OutofHome (OOH): Transparent billboards in hightraffic locations.
Digital: Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn.
Website: Dedicated pages with detailed information and educational resources.
PR: Press releases and media outreach to financial news outlets.

Awareness: Increase in brand recognition and recall.
Engagement: Social media interactions, website visits, time spent on educational pages.
Perception: Improvement in brand trust and transparency scores in surveys.
Action: Number of consumers checking their APR rates and contacting Capital One.

Awareness: 25% increase in brand recognition.
Engagement: 30% increase in social media interactions; 40% increase in website traffic.
Perception: 20% improvement in brand trust metrics.
Action: 15% increase in consumers checking their APR rates.

 Campaign Success Factors
Innovative Concept: The use of transparent billboards effectively captured attention.
Clear Messaging: Simple, direct messages resonated with consumers.
Integrated Approach: Combining OOH with digital and PR efforts amplified the campaign’s impact.

 Customer Reaction
Customers responded positively, appreciating the straightforward communication and educational resources provided. Many expressed increased trust in Capital One as a result of the campaign.

 Psychological Reason for Success
The campaign tapped into the psychological need for clarity and trust in financial matters. By using transparency both literally and figuratively, it addressed a core consumer pain point effectively.

 Business and Marketing Lessons
Transparency Builds Trust: Clear and honest communication strengthens customer relationships.
Innovative Approaches Stand Out: Creative advertising methods capture attention and drive engagement.
Integrated Campaigns Amplify Impact: Combining different media channels enhances reach and effectiveness.

This detailed case study illustrates how the “Credit Made Clearer” campaign successfully addressed consumer concerns, improved brand perception, and set a new standard for transparency in the financial industry.