Life Goes Beyond Money with Santander Bank

CLIENT: Santander Bank

INDUSTRY: Financial, Banking & Professional Services

CAPABILITIES: Campaign, Creative, Digital Strategy & Marketing, User Experience Design, Digital Production, Relationship Management, Relationship Marketing

To bring home one of the biggest awards in the industry takes a whole lot of creativity, and the work has to have a big impact on people’s lives. This is exactly what MRM Spain delivered when helping Santander Bank promote its new 1|2|3 Smart Account for millennials in an entertainingly novel way: With a short science fiction film. For their efforts, the team won their first-ever Cannes Grand Prix.
The 1|2|3 Smart Account is aimed at young people ages 18 to 31, a target that values experiences as much as they do money. With that in mind, Santander created an account that they say goes “beyond money,” offering tools, resources and experiences designed to help individuals progress through life. Besides offering financial benefits, Smart Account holders have access to benefits from online training, grants and technology to leasing cars — plus much more.


To bring the philosophy behind the Smart Account to life, we partnered with award-winning director Kike Maillo and famed actress Adriana Ugarte to create “Beyond Money,” a cinematic science fiction thriller. The film takes place in a near future where it is possible for people to buy and sell their personal experiences. Lucia, played by Ugarte, decides to sell some of her experiences to earn money. Surrounded by wealth and luxury, she ultimately discovers where her own balance lies. The idea: Life goes beyond money … and the Santander Bank 1|2|3 Smart Account will help ensure that your money serves you rather than the other way around. The film is available online, on demand and will be broadcast on five different television channels.


Head Of Art

"A science fiction project like "Beyond Money" demands excellent art direction, not only to give it an attractive appearance, but also to make it credible."

As a part of the integrated campaign, we also developed a 60-second trailer for television, cinema and internet; a poster to be displayed in Santander branches throughout the country; plus press communications, radio, banners, billboards and digital billboards in La Liga Santander’s stadium. The campaign also features a second phase that is more focused on the specific financial and nonfinancial benefits of the account, which will be supported by real-time bidding and retargeting.
Millennials are critical of banks and very savvy about advertising. By creating a campaign that starts with a short film and that invites viewers to question the values of the banking industry, we helped Santander Bank build a trusting relationship with this all-important target market.
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