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1 September 2010
New York, NY – HSBC Bank USA, N.A. (“HSBC Bank”) today unveils new “out-of-home” (OOH) advertisements that makes use of first-ever placements in unexpected places on the streets of New York. From nautical cleats and coin-operated binoculars at the South Street Seaport to halal food carts and flower planters citywide, objects large and small are repurposed to become the center “image” of new ads from the bank’s “Unlocking the World’s Potential” campaign. The objects are “framed” by surprising global insights and facts, and the proposition that New Yorkers “discover the world’s potential with a bank that knows how to find it,” as the ads’ tag line proclaims.
HSBC Bank created the new campaign in partnership with JWT and Kinetic, a subsidiary of Mindshare, to engage the New York City Parks Department and other organizations including South Street Seaport and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, to identify and secure unique OOH placements. Starting today, the HSBC ads will pop up in such unexpected places as
“In keeping with our platform as ‘The world’s local bank,’ we launched this campaign to share with New Yorkers our perspective of the world as full of diverse potential,” said Johanna Breman Tzur, Head of HSBC Brand & Advertising, North America. “In today’s marketplace, with ever increasing economic, social and cultural interconnectedness, our global orientation has never been more relevant for consumers and businesses that see a world of possibilities. We’re helping U.S. customers manage their money and do business in all 88 countries and territories where we operate.”
Some of the more surprising facts in the ad copy highlight insights about New York and its relationship with countries where HSBC does business. Such as:
The ads’ use of unexpected facts builds upon the Bank’s promotion of its June 2010 Wimbledon program at Rockefeller Center. QR codes were posted at the venue and included in print ads promoting the week of activities that brought Wimbledon to life for New Yorkers. When scanned with a smart phone, the QR codes unlocked tournament facts and videos. The new OOH ads extend the global “Unlocking the World’s Potential” campaign where HSBC first shared globally oriented facts and insights in print, TV and online placements, such as:
HSBC has a sustained focus on innovative “out-of-home” campaigns. The July 2009 “Soapbox” campaign invited New Yorkers to stand atop actual soapboxes in Madison Square Park and share their values on topics like immigration and marriage, with the footage appearing on NYmag.com. Additionally, HSBC has created an iconic presence in airports around the world with its thought-provoking jetway ads.
HSBC Bank USA , National Association operates more than 470 bank branches throughout the United States. There are over 375 in New York state as well as branches in Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, California, Delaware, Illinois, Oregon and Washington State. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is the principal subsidiary of HSBC USA Inc., an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC North America Holdings Inc. HSBC USA Inc. is one of the nation's largest bank holding companies by assets. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is a member of the FDIC.
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