Boring Is Sexy

“Boring is sexy these days,” says Montana 1st Credit Union on its promotional microsite, The credit union’s agency, iDiz, cleverly used the promo’s URL as the campaign catchphrase — The word “sexy” isn’t something you see in financial marketing very often, nor the color pink. The attention-grabbing combination is very unexpected.

If you’re going to do a “boring” promotion, there is probably no better typeface you could pick than Courier, which is what Montana 1st uses exclusively on its Boring Is Sexy microsite. The project recently won an award from CUNA for marketing excellence.

“When it comes to your money, too much excitement is the last thing you need,” reads the introduction on the microsite. “Montana 1st Credit Union has been prudently boring the socks off Missoula for more than 78 years. Just ask your Grandpa. Since 1931, we’ve been quietly doing what’s right for our members without any high-roller excitement. No corporate jets, no million-dollar salaries. Just great rates and outstanding member service, year after year after boring year.”

Now that’s great copy. It has personality, style and attitude. There’s a distinct voice with a relevant message and points-of-proof. Even the credit union’s new slogan reflects the plain-vanilla message and tone:

While some financial institutions struggle to find a way to weave even a single product into their online promotions, Montana 1st has managed to successfully feather in a full range of products on the microsite’s homepage — six, to be exact. And they all have been given wonderfully unexciting names:

Clicking on any of the product links takes visitors back to the main corporate website for Montana 1st. The two sites may look a different, but there is continuity of message and tone.

And if plain vanilla is your thing, you can swing by one of two Montana 1st branches for a free scoop of ice cream…every day.

Montana 1st is doing something else a little unusual. They are promoting their microsite with a giant banner ad right on the homepage of their main website.

Banks and credit unions typically use microsites to drive traffic back to their main website, not the other way around. Montana 1st proudly redirects visitors to its corporate site over to

Very few financial institutions would be comfortable running a “teaser” billboard like this — nothing but a URL, not even a logo.

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  1. Kasey Skala says:

    Clever. Guarantee that it’s getting a lot of hits. Question is, what’s their goal? What’s the conversion rate? Very clever, nonetheless.

  2. Nancy Entz says:

    I love the way this campaign breaks through the clutter with a catchy, timely, relevant message. Nice job, Montana 1st!

  3. A really nice campaign, especially for turbulent times. I wonder how much life it has? Will boring become boring?

  4. Tressa B says:

    Very Catchy! It’s great to see a credit union with a strong, stable background tout the hard work and be FUNNY at the same time!

  5. “Clever. Guarantee that it’s getting a lot of hits. Question is, what’s their goal? What’s the conversion rate? Very clever, nonetheless.”

    It would appear they want to communicate very clearly and honestly what they have to offer. More often than not these products and services are shrouded in with run-of-the-mill banking lingo, which, at the end of the day doesn’t really stand out. I’m sure Montana has it’s share of quirky little communities, and a quirky little credit union is probably just want people want.

    Very cool campaign, and a testament to being open-minded.

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