It looks like a fresh-baked biscuit. But it’s really a direct mail piece (pictured above) sent out by Countybank down in South Carolina. (You can see the inside of the mailer below.)
This clever campaign, targeting businesses in the bank’s area, offers new business customers a free biscuit breakfast for up to 13 people — delivered right to your doorstep — as long as you’re willing to meet with a Countybank representative.
Countybank kicked things off in late September with teaser billboards with a picture of a biscuit and a simple question: “How do you like yours?” The billboards bore no name, no phone number, no Countybank logo.
The bank then updated the billboards with a URL, howdoyoulikeyours.com. Earlier this year, Chemical Bank in Michigan used a similar tactic with its teaser billboards.
Finally, the bank updated the billboards with its logo and slogan, “Business banking the way you like it.”
The howdoyoulikeyours.com microsite invites businesses to “enjoy a fresh biscuit breakfast or lunch, for you and your employees, just the way you like it. If you’re a business owner or manager, just tell us how you like it and we’ll get cooking.” (Click either image to enlarge.)
The microsite is super simple. There are only two pages — the landing page and the ordering page. All you have to do is give your name, title, company, address and phone number. Then you can order up to 13 breakfast biscuits, with four different kinds to choose from:
- sausage, egg and cheese
- bacon, egg and cheese
You can even specify what time of day you’d like your breakfast delivered.
“That’s it, no purchase requirement, no strings,” the website says. “Just mouth-watering biscuits, the way you like.”
Countybank’s business services include cash management, employee benefits, insurance, payment processing, succession planning and wealth management. They are all bundled together under the name BizKit.
BizKit… Biscuit… Get it?
As Countybank explains on its microsite, “We thought it’d be a nicer way to say hi and introduce the BizKit, business banking custom-made to your business.”
Bill Jenkins, Marketing Director/Countybank, understands the value of standing out in an industry plagued by me-too look-alikes. In an interview with the NY Times, Jenkins said, “Bank ads all look similar. They’re great… if you suffer from insomnia.”
Bottom Line: The campaign — including direct mail, online, outdoor and print ads — cost $20,000 (biscuits not included).