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Adams National Bank

Brand Case Study

Business Objective:
Adams National Bank, a small community bank in D.C., wanted to drive revenue by communicating to potential customers that it offered better rates, products and service than other local and national banks.

Brand Strategy:
The strategy was to develop a very unique, bold tone of voice for the bank — one that would scream that Adams was a different kind of bank. Such boldness would help the bank to stand out even in small space ads and attract customers’ attention to its superior rates, products and services.

Brand Campaign:
Adams National Bank was named after Abigail Adams — a quirky, unique lady, who was married to John Adams, the nation’s second President. As Abigail embodied the bank’s heritage and values, Brainwave created a brand campaign that brought Abigail to life, using the tag line “Get the Abigail Adams banking experience.” The campaign featured Abigail and her own funny insights into the modern world of banking.

Website, digital ads, social media, print, direct mail, collateral, in-store posters, bus sides, billboards, telephone answering spots.

With Abigail Adams as its spokesperson, Adams National Bank grew its deposits by $80 million and increased its revenue by 34.8% in a two-year period.

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