French bank Boursorama has bravely faced up to the questionable efficacy of banner ads by turning a man who dares to click on an online unit into a Hollywood hero.
The trailer for ‘The Man Who Clicked on a Banner Ad’ – a film we can safely assume will not be made in its entirety – pays homage to ads for thrillers such as Gone Girl and Vanilla Sky. But against the haunting piano riff and quick shots fading to black, our “ordinary man” is revealed as someone who just wanted to click on a banner ad.
The Hollywood voiceover declares he is “a man who saw what no-one else wanted to see, a man who dared to do what no-one else wanted to do and who dared to confront what the whole world was running from”.
As a click of a mouse is played out in dramatic slow-motion, the voice says: “Discover the story of a man who wanted to click on a banner ad.” The film was directed by Xavier Gens.
The bank noted that the use of ad blockers has rocketed and in 2018, the average display advertising clickthrough rate stands at a mere 0.14%. However, the parody has been designed to promote Boursorama Banque’s latest offer: new customers who click on its ‘Pink Weekend’ banner ad until 11 September will be gifted with a €130 welcome bonus.
The campaign follows two similar initiatives, also created by creative agency Buzzman. Boursorama printed an online banner ad into physical magazines and newspapers in January and painted another onto the side of a lorry in April.
: 'The Man Who Clicked on a Banner Ad – Boursorama Banque'
Marketing & Portal Director: Aurore Gaspar
Marketing & Digital Communication Director: Xavier Prin
Marketing Communication & Digital Director: Stéphanie Demmerlé
Brand Manager: Tounsia Amrani
Brand Communication Officer: Victoria Théron
Vice – President Thomas Granger
Managing Director Julien Levilain
Creative Directors Victor Sidoroff & Mickael Krikorian
Artistic Director Assistant Rick Andersen
Associate Director Isaure Goetz
Account Director Laura Quiles
Account Executive Sacha Hanras
Account Executive Lola Pegoraro
Head of Strategic Planning Clément Scherrer
Social Media Manager Paul Gosset
Head of PR & Communication Amélie Juillet
PR & Communication Manager Paul Renaudineau
PR & Communication Assistant Suzanne Langlais
Rights Management Dee Perryman
Head of TV Production Vanessa Barbel
TV Production Benoit Crouet
Sound Production THE
Director Xavier Gens
Producer Michel Teicher
Post Production Reepost