Financial Services (105)
Making banking responsible?
The consumer credit company Cofidis has just launched a new signature - “From people, to people” - and changed its own brand positioning to get closer to its clients and their needs. The company is moving away from being known for anonymous and remote loans.
Why it matters
The financial crisis has thrown many families into a very difficult situation, especially because of over indebtment and an abrupt rise in living costs. In a time where some people need credit more then ever, consumers are increasingly suspicious of the financial system. Companies like Cofidis are well aware of this and are offering much more than a loan to its clients: a service that includes not only the money needed, but also personalized financial counselling and help in household budget management. Is this the end of “blind loans” that contributed to the collapse of the banking system? Will this crisis contribute to a more responsible and sound financial system? And will this new approach last?
Microcredit company Fair Finance in the UK is the first in Europe to secure financing from commercial banks to expand its business model. credit and payment solutions for exporting companies, limiting the risks of business abroad, helping the country to reduce its deficit. But will this campaign be enough to restore the public confidence in financial institutions and banks - widely perceived as being accountable for the crisis?
Bankia and MTV have organised a design and branding contest to find the new image of a credit card for teenagers. Creativity and the ability to capture the philosophy of the two brands will be the most valued factors when choosing the two winning designs, which will receive a prize valued at more than 10,000 euros (www.mtv.es/concursobankia)