Industry marketing

Financial services advertising

How can Amazon Ads fit into your financial services marketing strategy? Learn about the advertising solutions that we can offer your financial services company, whether it’s insurance, banking, brokerage or tax.

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Understanding financial services marketing

Financial services marketing helps you connect with consumers and companies looking for service providers to fulfil their financial management needs. A complete marketing strategy reaches prospective customers and encourages them to consider your business when they’re in the market for financial solutions similar to yours, before eventually purchasing and becoming loyal customers.

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Financial services advertising is projected to grow 9.7% in the US, and is the second largest spending category after retail.1 Financial services advertisers are continuously looking for ways to connect with consumers to drive awareness and consideration of their brand and products, as well as lower-funnel actions, like adoption and retention. In a highly competitive marketplace, advertising can help them stand out.

Financial services marketing trends

79% of financial services customers say that the experience a company provides is as important as its products and services.2

71% of Gen Zers believe that financial services brands should help them achieve personal goals and aspirations.3

87% of financial services marketers say adopting or refining customer journey strategies is a priority.4

Challenges facing the financial services industry today

Hard-to-reach audiences

Financial services brands are looking to differentiate their brands and products to reach unique audiences with complementary solutions. A strong marketing strategy requires analysing insights to effectively reach audiences in a fragmented landscape.

Competition for brand awareness

48% of consumers know which financial services brand they are going to select before they open a new credit card, insurance policy or brokerage account.5 It’s important for you to reach these audiences before they’re ready to purchase and while they’re still open to considering your products and solutions.

Finding the right moment

An effective marketing strategy reaches consumers at just the right time. More than 30% of insurance, banking and brokerage customers say that their most recent purchase of a new policy, credit or debit card, loan or online brokerage account was due to a life-event change.6

Amazon Ads marketing insights

Insurance

Insurance as a category covers a broad scope of products, spanning health, property and accident (home, car and tenants), life, travel and many more niche types of insurance. Any risk or liability can be insured.

Based on a custom survey by Kantar, 68% of insurance customers who purchased insurance in the last six months shop on Amazon at least 1+ times per month.7

Banking and payments

The banking and payments industry comprises financial institutions such as traditional banks, financial technology (fintech) companies and network payments providers. They offer a variety of products and services, including credit or debit cards, current and savings accounts, and payments and lending solutions.

The Kantar survey also found that 88% of consumers who searched for a credit card in the last six months visited Amazon within a few days of their application.8

Brokerage

Online brokerage firms allow customers to buy and sell various securities online. Aside from allowing customers to transact online, they also provide resources for investment information and advice.

Of the Kantar survey respondents, 61% of those who used a brokerage firm in the last 12 months had also visited Amazon in the last 30 days prior to the survey.9

  • Financial services marketing examples

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    Case study

    Mastercard used audio ads to drive awareness of their cause-based contactless payments campaign.

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    Case study

    With the 1-Click programme, the banking and financial services organisation grew the use of their HSBC UK debit card by 59% on Amazon year over year.

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    Case study

    In order to reach their desired audience, the brokerage firm decided to use Amazon Ad’s unique audiences and brand-building solutions.

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    Blog

    1-Click ordering places Amazon customers’ orders automatically so that they can skip the shopping basket, simplifying their shopping experience.

    Create your financial services marketing plan

    To get started with your financial services marketing strategy, contact an Amazon Ads account executive.

    Financial services advertising strategies

    Maximise your brand awareness

    Our upper-funnel solutions help you extend your reach to audiences on and off Amazon, and outside the home.

    Reach audiences at the right time

    We can help you reach audiences at relevant moments when they may be considering new financial services products.

    Measure your campaigns

    Amazon Ads measurement solutions go beyond return on ad spend to help inform and customise your future marketing campaigns.

  • Sources

    1 Scotiabank; Bloomberg; Ward’s, Global, October 2020
    2 IHS Markit, US, October 2020
    3 WARC’s Global Ad Trends: State of the Industry 2020/1, Global, November 2020
    4 Conviva’s State of Streaming, Global, Q3 2020
    5 Kantar and Amazon Ads auto shopping study, US, April 2020
    6 Deloitte Insights – Electric Vehicles, Global, July 2020
    7 Kantar and Amazon Ads TV viewers study, US, August 2020
    8 Kantar and Amazon Ads auto shopping study, US, April 2020
    9 Kantar and Amazon Ads auto shopping study, US, April 2020
    10 Kantar and Amazon Ads auto shopping study, US, April 2020
    11 Nielsen Media Impact and Amazon internal, US, 2021