Other banks can never be frank
Brand + Content & creative for ME Bank

Integrated services for ME Bank

Crafting frank into a straight-talking character

A distinctly

ME is a direct bank, owned by a group of Australian industry super funds. Formerly known as ME Bank, in 2015 ME dropped the ‘Bank’ from its name and relaunched with a brand-new look and a distinctly un-bank-like personality. The brand was developed by NZ branding agency Dick&Jane in partnership with ME’s in-house team.

The launch of ‘frank’, ME’s rebranded low-rate credit card, was the bank’s first major product roll-out under its new brand and a test of ME’s cut-through and perception-shifting powers.

ME Campaign webpage

Putting integrated
services to work

Icon was engaged by ME to work on the frank launch. Our job was to bring frank to life and give the bank’s low-rate credit card a fresh, authentic personality that would inspire Australian banking customers to switch to ME.

Working closely with ME’s in-house team and with the bank’s branding agency, Dick&Jane, Icon crafted frank into a straight-talking character with a love of levity. The frank persona was extended into hundreds of campaign elements – from the design of the credit card itself through to the product’s original landing page, EDMs, welcome pack and even the card’s T&Cs.

In 2016, ME selected Icon to support its broader design and production requirements. Our account support model, process management, art direction and print production experience, and in-house digital capabilities were all factors in appointing Icon as a trusted supplier.

Today, we continue to work with ME’s in-house team and brand agency, producing campaign material for the bank’s credit card and home loan products, plus everyday transaction account and term deposits.

ME mobile webpage

Tackling a

Icon excels at collaborating across teams and disciplines. By streamlining communications and respecting established relationships we were able to add genuine value to the creative production process. Onboarding and regular review sessions run by the client ensured all contributors worked as a cohesive champion of the ME brand.

A small taste of projects we're helping deliver can be seen below.

ME Scroogify campaign

Adding value

Icon was able to add value by acknowledging existing relationships and skills and building on their creative foundation work. We established an intermediary design and production service to take briefs, liaise with both teams and produce assets efficiently. Our experience with developing the personality of the frank credit card ensured that we were fluent in 'brand ME' and helped smooth communications between all parties.