Credit union video contest for $2,000 scholarship

As financial institutions across the country make announcements about their 2008 scholarship initiatives, Tinker Federal Credit Union is taking a unique approach by having an online video contest.

The concept is simple:

  1. Think about what money means to you.
  2. Show us any way you want in a video you make yourself.
  3. Upload your video for your chance to win a $2,000 scholarship.
  • Deadline: submitted before March 14
  • Voting: March 31
  • Winner: Announced April 7th

The concept’s centerpiece is, a website designed by Oklahoma City-based Third Degree Advertising. Fortunately, the underlying marketing concept is simple, so the website’s interface can be simple. The site’s overall design is casual and carefree.


Tinker FCU video contest

The domain name was secured only two weeks ago, meaning this campaign will take less than four months to go from inception to completion. (NOTE: Initially, only the .org domain had been secured, but Tinker elected to obtain the .com domain after a suggestion by The Financial Brand.)

According to an article in the Credit Union Times, Tinker FCU will apparently be utilizing a “panel of judges” in conjunction with online voting. It’s unclear whether these judges will be pre-screening entries to choose which videos will be voted on, or whether they will actually carry some sway over the selection of the final winner. Online votes are frequently abused, so the “judges” may be the credit union’s way of contending with manipulated results.

To promote the contest, Tinker FCU is sending e-mails to 600 college professors and select high school officials across Oklahoma.

Tinker FCU has $1.5 billion in assets and 185,000 members.

Key Questions:

  • Will the campaign be adequately promoted through just email?
  • Will “indirect marketing” to educators prove successful? Will the people getting emails pass word on to student – the target audience – as the credit union hopes?
  • How many entries will Tinker receive?
  • Is $2,000 enough to spur significant participation?
  • Will the credit union garner extra PR coverage from the campaign?

Bottom Line: As Matt Stratton, SVP marketing, said, “We thought we’d give this a try and see how it goes.”

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